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150 Roman Cat Names: Powerful Names Apt for an Emperor

Welcoming a new cat into your home is an incredible moment. After the excitement of those first few days settles down and your cat starts adjusting to their new environment, it’s time to start thinking about a name for your new companion. If you’re a fan of Roman history, architecture, art, and literature or have a thing for all things ancient, you may be considering giving your cat a Roman name.

Luckily, there are several to consider, including choices based on common names, famous people, and cities. And there are even fun names that you can choose to reflect your new buddy’s personality or appearance. Below you’ll find 150 Roman cat names to inspire you.

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Cat Names Based on Roman Gods and Goddesses

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Roman gods and goddesses provide excellent cat names, and the deities are often associated with specific activities, personality traits, and even colors. If you find an interesting name, consider looking it up to learn more about the god or goddess, their symbols, special powers, and areas in which they’re known for meddling in human affairs.

  • Apollo
  • Aurora
  • Hercules
  • Vulcan
  • Jupiter
  • Bacchus
  • Saturn
  • Sol
  • Mars
  • Pluto
  • Mercury
  • Mithras
  • Spes
  • Juventus
  • Cupid
  • Fides
  • Neptune
  • Flora
  • Cybele
  • Bellona
  • Ceres
  • Fortuna
  • Juno
  • Luna
  • Minerva
  • Nox
  • Pax
  • Roma
  • Vesta
  • Terra

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Cat Names Based on Roman Emperors

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Roman history provides a ton of inspiration regarding cat names. The emperors can keep you busy for quite a while, as many had colorful lives and odd personality quirks. The variation in this category is astounding; you can find names for naughty cats and intellectual kitties.

  • Augustus (Caesar Augustus)
  • Tiberius (Tiberius Caesar Augustus)
  • Caligula (Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus)
  • Claudius (Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus)
  • Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus)
  • Glaba (Servius Galba Caesar Augustus)
  • Constantine the Great (Flavius Valerius Constantinus)
  • Julian the Apostate (Flavius Claudius Julianus)
  • Otho (Marcus Otho Caesar Augustus)
  • Didius Julianus (Marcus Didius Severus Julianus)
  • Septimius Severus (Lucius Septimius Severus Pertinax)
  • Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)
  • Geta (Publius Septimius Geta)
  • Valerian (Publius Licinius Valerianus)
  • Diocletian (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus or Jovius)
  • Valentinian (Valentinianus)
  • Theodosius the Great
  • Vitellius (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus)
  • Vespasian (Caesar Vespasianus Augustus)
  • Titus (Titus Caesar Vespasianus Augustus)
  • Domitian (Caesar Domitianus Augustus)
  • Trajan (Caesar Nerva Traianus Augustus)
  • Nerva (Nerva Caesar Augustus)
  • Hadrian (Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus)
  • Antoninus Pius (Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Pius)
  • Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)
  • Lucius Verus (Lucius Aurelius Verus)
  • Commodus (Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus)
  • Pertinax (Publius Helvius Pertinax)
  • Valens

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Cat Names Based on Roman Cities

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Between the 5th century BCE and around 117 CE, the Romans conquered much of Europe and large sections of North Africa, leaving great archaeological ruins to explore and city names to consider for your cat. Some names might make your list because you like how they roll off your tongue, and others may interest you because of a historical reference or interest in a particular geographic area.

  • Agathe
  • Apollonia
  • Aquitania
  • Arelate
  • Baiae
  • Basti
  • Bona
  • Celia
  • Cirta
  • Deva
  • Metis
  • Nola
  • Pola
  • Almus
  • Baetulo
  • Berytus
  • Bethar
  • Brivas
  • Callatis
  • Carmo
  • Carthago
  • Castulo
  • Narbo
  • Tomis
  • Zeugma
  • Palma
  • Nida
  • Anio
  • Trajana (Augusta Trajana)
  • Celeia

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Cat Names Based on Roman Writers

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From staid historians to high-living playwrights, there are Roman writers of all stripes to provide inspiration for your cat’s name. You can always opt for a name that honors your favorite Latin author or try a few out to see if your cat has a preference!

  • Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
  • Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  • Apuleius (Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis)
  • Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
  • Livy (Titus Livius)
  • Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)
  • Tacitus (Publius Cornelius Tacitus)
  • Josephus (Flavius Josephus)
  • Pliny the Younger (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus)
  • Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  • Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
  • Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio)
  • Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)
  • Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)
  • Cornelia
  • Varro (Marcus Terentius Varro)
  • Melinno
  • Perpetua
  • Faltonia Betitia Proba
  • Claudia Severa
  • Sulpicia
  • Terentia
  • Caecilia (Caecilia Trebulla)
  • Egeria
  • Cornifica
  • Aconia Fabia Paulina
  • Ulpian (Gnaeus Domitius Annius Ulpianus)
  • Columella (Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella)
  • Ammianus Marcellinus
  • Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus)

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Names Drawn from Roman History

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Below you’ll find a collection of names gathered from Roman history. It’s where to look if you’re interested in naming your cat after some of the ancient world’s most famous movers and shakers.

  • Sulla (Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix)
  • Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus)
  • Crassus (Marcus Licinius Crassus)
  • Mark Anthony (Marcus Antonius)
  • Catiline (Lucius Sergius Catilina)
  • Spartacus
  • Agrippina the Younger
  • Fluvia
  • Livia Drusilla
  • Atia
  • Servilia
  • Clodia
  • Achilla
  • Agrippa (Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa)
  • Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus)
  • Crassus (Marcus Licinius Crassus)
  • Gaius Gracchus (Gaius Sempronius Gracchus)
  • Lepidus (Marcus Aemilius Lepidus)
  • Cleopatra
  • Gaius Marius
  • Alba
  • (Plautus) Titus Maccius Plautus
  • Tarquin
  • Brutus (Marcus Junius Brutus)
  • Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus)
  • Sabine
  • Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar)
  • Boudica
  • Octavia
  • Servilia

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How to Name Your Cat

There are several ways to approach naming your cat. You can select a choice that reflects your cat’s build or coloring or highlights one of their personality traits. Many Latin names are based on roots that allow you to adjust them to reflect your cat’s sex if you’re so inclined. There’s no rush to find a name for your cat; it’s fine to take your time and think things over before making a decision.

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So now that you’ve had a chance to review a few suggestions, it’s time for the real work to start. You can do some research to learn more about the people, places, and stories behind the names on this list, or go with something that simply reaches out and grabs you. Whether you’re looking for a name that has something to do with the way your cat looks or an option that reflects your buddy’s personality, names inspired by Roman history and culture give you several options!

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