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Russian Cat Names: 300+ Great Names for Your Proud Cat

Whether they’re rambunctious and playful or a lover of cuddles, your cat deserves a name that they can wear proudly. Russian names combine strength with a unique twist on more familiar names. They suit all felines, from the well-known Russian Blue to the less common Kurilian Bobtail.

These names aren’t only limited to Russian breeds. You’re bound to find inspiration for any breed of cat. To make the names easier to look through, we’ve split the list into female cat names, male cat names, and unisex cat names.

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How to Name Your Cat

Naming your cat isn’t always as simple as just looking at their adorable face. Sometimes, it comes down to your personal preference and your cat’s personality.

If you’re struggling to figure out your new kitten’s name, give yourself time to get to know them. Their name needs to suit their character without making you feel embarrassed if you have to yell for them outside. You may even find inspiration from the way that they watch the rain or a moment when the sunlight touches their coat.

By taking the time to learn who your cat is, you’ll find it easier to match them with a name that suits them. When all else fails, consider asking friends and family for ideas!

Female Russian Cat Names

Prim and proper or chipper and playful, your female cat deserves a name as regal and loving as they are. Whether you choose a pretty name like Alina or prefer a warrior’s title for your fierce mother cat, these Russian names will give you plenty of inspiration.

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A

  • Agrafina (feet first)
  • Alina (beautiful)
  • Alkonost
  • Alyonushka (shining light)
  • Anastasia (resurrection)
  • Anoushka
  • Anya (gracious)

B

  • Babushka (granny)
  • Barynya (landlady)
  • Basya
  • Belka (squirrel)
  • Biryuza
  • Bronislava (protection)

C

  • Calina (moon)
  • Charodeika
  • Cyzarine (royalty)

D

  • Darya (good)
  • Dasha (God’s gift)
  • Desna
  • Dinara (wealth)
  • Dunya (well pleased)

E

  • Ekaterina (pure)
  • Elena (bright one)
  • Eleonora
  • Elizaveta
  • Eva (living one)
  • Evgenia (noble)
  • Evva (light)

F

  • Faina (light)
  • Fayina (the free one)
  • Fedora (God’s gift)
  • Fedosia

G

  • Galina (tranquil)
  • Gena (noble)

I

  • Illya
  • Inessa (chaste)
  • Inna (little girl)
  • Irina (peace)
  • Isidora (gift from Isis)
  • Iva (God’s gift)

J

  • Jeirgif (shining light)
  • Jelena

K

  • Kapitolina
  • Karenina
  • Katenka
  • Katya (pure)
  • Kira (ruler)
  • Kisa (kitty)
  • Kiska (pure)
  • Klara (bright)
  • Koshechka (female kitten)
  • Koshka (female cat)
  • Ksana

L

  • Laika (barker)
  • Larisa (cheerful)
  • Leena
  • Lena
  • Levka
  • Lidiya
  • Lolita
  • Luda (love of the people)
  • Ludmila
  • Luna

M

  • Marat (desired)
  • Marfa
  • Margosha (pearl)
  • Marina (from the sea)
  • Marzanna (goddess of winter and death)
  • Masha
  • Maya (dream)
  • Mechta
  • Mila (loved)
  • Mischa
  • Murka (purring cat)

N

  • Nadezhda (hope)
  • Nadia
  • Nadine (hope)
  • Narechnitsy (givers of destiny)
  • Natasha
  • Nikola
  • Nina (favor)
  • Nochka (little night)
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O

  • Oksana (praised by God)
  • Olesya
  • Olga (holy)
  • Olya (holy)

P

  • Paskha (Easter cake)
  • Polina (little)

R

  • Rada (pleased)
  • Raisa (easygoing)
  • Rozhanitsy (giver of life)
  • Rufina (red hair)
  • Rusalka (water nymph)

S

  • Sari
  • Sashenka
  • Siberia
  • Slava (glory)
  • Solyanka
  • Sonechka (wise)
  • Sonya (wise)
  • Sophia
  • Strela
  • Sudenitsy (givers of fate)
  • Sushki
  • Sveta (Saint)
  • Svetlana (luminous)

T

  • Taisiya (clever)
  • Tamryn
  • Tanya (praiseworthy)
  • Tatyana (fair queen)
  • Tigra
  • Tirgatao (unclear)
  • Tsevtok
  • Tusya

U

  • Ulyana (youthful)

V

  • Valeri
  • Vanka (grace)
  • Vasilisa (folk heroine)
  • Veruschka (truth)

X

  • Xenia

Y

  • Yana
  • Yekaterina (pure)
  • Yelena (shining light)
  • Yulia (young)

Z

  • Zaneta
  • Zia
  • Zilya
  • Zinovia
  • Zoey (life)

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Male Russian Cat Names

Tomcats are well-known defenders of the cat kingdom; they’ll battle everything, from your toes to their favorite stuffed mouse. At other times, though, they can be complete softies. Choose one of these names to give them a title that strikes fear into their prey or one that inspires tranquility.

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A

  • Adrik (dark)
  • Alek (defender)
  • Aleksandr (defender of man)
  • Alexei (defender)
  • Alexi
  • Alyosha (defender of man)
  • Anatoly (sunrise)
  • Anton (praiseworthy)
  • Arseny (manly)
  • Artem
  • Axel (peace)

B

  • Bagira
  • Balki
  • Balto
  • Baran (ram)
  • Barsik
  • Bayun
  • Bazhen (wish)
  • Begemot
  • Bogdan
  • Boris (wolf)

C

  • Chekhov
  • Chort (Russian demon)
  • Czar (emperor)

D

  • Daniil (God is my judge)
  • Danyl (hero)
  • Dax
  • Dema (calm)
  • Dima
  • Dimok (light blue smoke)
  • Dmitry (devotee of Demeter)
  • Drago (dear one)

E

  • Eban
  • Edvard (rich guard)
  • Elisei
  • Eriks (ruler)
  • Evgeni (well-born)

F

  • Fedorov
  • Feliks (lucky)
  • Feodor (God’s gift)
  • Firs

G

  • Grisha (watchful)

H

  • Hedeon (destroyer)

I

  • Igor (warrior)
  • Isidor
  • Ivan

J

  • Jalen

K

  • Kalashnikov
  • Kandinsky
  • Karolek (strong)
  • Kasparov
  • Kazimir
  • Kir
  • Kirill (master)
  • Kissel
  • Kodiak
  • Kolya
  • Konstantin (steadfast)
  • Kornet (a lesser military rank)
  • Kostya
  • Kot (male cat)
  • Kotik (male kitten)

L

  • Larik
  • Lenya (lion)
  • Leonid (lion-like)
  • Leopold
  • Lev (lion)
  • Likho (demon of misfortune)
  • Luka (light)

M

  • Maksim (greatest)
  • Markov (God of war)
  • Matislav (glory)
  • Mikhail (God’s follower)
  • Misha (bear cub)
  • Murych
  • Murzik
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N

  • Nikolai (victorious)
  • Norm (from the north)

O

  • Ony (eagle)
  • Oriel (eagle)
  • Orion (hunter)

P

  • Pabiyan (bean farmer)
  • Pushok (fluffy)
  • Pyotr (rock)

R

  • Rasputin (rebirth)
  • Ratmir (protector of peace)
  • Rolan (famous)
  • Rurik (notable ruler)
  • Ruslan

S

  • Schrodinger
  • Semyon (God is heard)
  • Sergey (shepherd)
  • Serka
  • Slavik (glory)
  • Soyuz
  • Spalko
  • Sputnik (traveling companion)
  • Stansilav (standing in glory)
  • Stepan (crown)
  • Stroganoff

T

  • Tenyok
  • Tikhon
  • Timur (iron)
  • Tolstoy
  • Tretiak

V

  • Vadim
  • Valentin (strong)
  • Valery (strength)
  • Vanechka (God’s gift)
  • Vanko
  • Vas (royal)
  • Vasiliy (king)
  • Vasya
  • Veles (shapeshifter god)
  • Veniamin (son of the south)
  • Venyamin
  • Viktor (conqueror)
  • Vladimir (ruler of the world)
  • Vladislav (glory)
  • Vodianoy (water sprite)
  • Volya (freedom)

X

  • Xander

Y

  • Yaroslav (fierce)
  • Yegor (farmer)
  • Yevgeny (noble)
  • Yuri (farmer)

Z

  • Zane
  • Zefir
  • Zoran (dawn)

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Unisex Cat Names

Why limit your cat to a name dedicated to female or male? The following list includes names that can be used for both sexes.

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A

  • Alexis (defender)

B

  • Baba Yaga (witch)
  • Bimka (lovely)
  • Bliny (thin Russian pancake)
  • Bubley

C

  • Cosmo

F

  • Faddei (brave)

H

  • Hermitage

I

  • Ilya (God’s strength)
  • Ira (watchful)

J

  • Jeramie

K

  • Karasique
  • Kasha (porridge)
  • Koschei
  • Kremlin
  • Ksenia (wanderer)

L

  • Lyubov (love)

M

  • Maxim (greatest)
  • Mazarine
  • Milan (dear)
  • Morkin
  • Moscow
  • Myshka (little mouse)
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N

  • Nika
  • Nikita (invincible)

O

  • Oksana (praise to God)

P

  • Pasha
  • Pavel (humble)
  • Pushka (cannon)

R

  • Rachenko
  • Ruble
  • Rybka (little fish)

S

  • Sakharok
  • Sasha (defender of men)
  • Shishkin
  • Sochi
  • Solnyshko (small sun)
  • Solzhenitsyn

T

  • Tanis (serpent lady)
  • Tasha (Christ’s birthday)
  • Tianna (fairy queen)
  • Tonya (priceless)
  • Tuz (ace)

U

  • Ukha (clear soup)

V

  • Valery (strength)
  • Varya (stranger)

Y

  • Yegor (hunter)

Z

  • Zolotse (gold)
  • Zolushka
  • Zoya (life)
  • Zsofia (life)
  • Zvezda (star)

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Final Thoughts

If you’re a fan of Russia, have a Russian cat breed, or are of Russian descent, a Russian name is a way to acknowledge your or your cat’s ancestry. Foreign names are also a good way to get away from common pet names that we hear all the time.

While there’s nothing wrong with the simple approach, sometimes it’s nice to step out of your comfort zone and use a Russian name with a meaning that describes your cat to a T.

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