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Scientific Cat Names: 180 Great Ideas for Your Smart Cat

Bringing home a brand new kitty is so exciting. Whether you are adopting, buying from a breeder, or picking up a kitten from a free litter, your new family member is sure as you bring you so much joy and happiness.

But you will have to call them by a name. So, where should you start? If you are a science buff, there are several selections you can make in this category that would be both unique and fitting. Here are 180 of those very names.


How to Name Your Cat

Naming your cat can be challenging and exciting at the same time. So, what is a good way to pick your cat’s name? You probably already have a couple of options that you’ve been mulling over, but you can’t really pick out the one that fits them best. Don’t worry, sometimes we all need a little inspiration.

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Pick at Random

You could always let fate decide for you. Just put your favorites in a hat or whatever you choose. You can draw a name and call it a day.

Just pick a few names that you absolutely love and leave it to chance.

Personality Fit

Naming your cat based on their personality is one of the best ways that you can go about it. Sometimes, certain names just fit like a glove. Test out a few and see what works!

Pick a Sentimental Favorite

If you can’t decide, name your cat after your very favorite scientific innovator or science-related subject matter.

In the Name of Science

We scoured the web and put our heads together to come up with our own terrific and scientific names we think you’ll love. Check them out!

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Great Inventors of the Past

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the great inventors that got us here. You might not be familiar with every inventor, but some of them have some pretty cool names. And they did some pretty amazing things.

Male Cat Names

  • Edison—Thomas Edison
  • Graham Bell—Alexander Graham Bell
  • Henry—Henry Ford
  • Franklin—Benjamin Franklin
  • Eli—Eli Whitney
  • Archimedes—Archimedes
  • Babbage—Charles Babbage
  • Morse—Samuel Morse
  • Gutenburg—Johannes Gutenbyrg
  • Jefferson—Thomas Jefferson
  • Logie—John Logie Baird
  • Galileo—Galileo
  • Vitaly—Vitaly Abalakov
  • Guido—Guido of Arezzo
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Female Cat Names

  • Marian—Marian Croak
  • Margaret—Margaret E. Knight
  • Beasley—Maria E. Beasley
  • Hedy—Hedy Lemarr
  • Josephine—Josephine Cochrane
  • Melitta—Melitta Bentz
  • Beulah—Beulah Louise Henry
  • Sarah—Sarah Boone
  • Florence—Florence Parpart
  • Patricia—Patricia Bath
  • Magie—Lizzie Magie
  • Ellen—Ellen Egin
  • Caresse—Caresse Crosby
  • Esther—Esther Takeuchi
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Famous Scientific Researchers

Do you love the things that you’ve been learning scientifically? It’s all thanks to the ongoing research and service scientific researchers have put in through the years. You could honor your favorite researcher by naming your kitty after their works of genius.

Male Cat Names

  • Einstein—Albert Einstein
  • Darwin—Charles Darwin
  • Tesla—Nikola Tesla
  • Hawking—Steven Hawking
  • Copernicus—Nicolaus Copernicus
  • Aristotle—Aristotle
  • Bohr—Neils Bohr
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Female Cat Names

  • Rosalind—Rosalind Franklin
  • Marie—Marie Curie
  • Barbara—Barbara McClintock
  • Rita—Rita Levi Montalcini
  • Ada—Ada Lovelace
  • Lise—Lise Meitner
  • Wu—Chien-Shiung Wu
  • Doudna—Jennifer Doudna
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Science on TV

Whether you’re talking fiction or nonfiction, there are plenty of science buffs on TV, too. You could name them after a type of scientist on your favorite show or go with a classic.

Male Cat Names

  • Nye—Bill Nye
  • Beakman—Beakman’s World
  • Sid—Sid the Science Kid
  • deGrasse—Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Dr. Emmet Brown—Back to the Future
  • Dr. Frankenstein—Frankenstein
  • Strangeglove—Dr. Strangeglove
  • Rotwang—Metropolis
  • Walter—Breaking Bad
  • Wu—Jurassic Park
  • Farnsworth—Futurama
  • Szalinski—Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Ross—Friends
  • Jimmy Neutron—Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius
  • Dexter—Dexter’s Laboratory
  • Pinky—Pinky & the Brain
  • Bruce—The Incredible Hulk
  • The Professor—Gilligan’s Island
  • Wall-E—Wall-E
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Female Cat Names

  • Miss Frizzle—The Magic School Bus
  • Scully—X-Files
  • Jane—Thor: Dark World
  • Keough—Outbreak
  • Gwen—Gwen Stacy
  • Jo—Twister
  • Stone—Gravity
  • Lily—Chain Reaction
  • Marta—The Bourne Legacy
  • Helen—The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Charlie—Top Gun
  • Sarah—The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Emma—The Saint
  • Bindi—Bindi the Jungle Girl
  • Sue Storm—The Fantastic Four
  • Ellie—Jurassic Park
  • Susan—Robot
  • Mears—Contagion
  • Amelia—Interstellar
  • Grace—Avatar
  • Fossey—Gorillas in the Mist
  • Peggy—Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Arroway—Contact
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Famous Mathematicians

We all know that math and science go hand in hand. Are there any mathematical geniuses that you could name your cat after? You decide.

Male Cat Names

  • Newton—Isaac Newton
  • Euclid—Euclid of Alexandria
  • Pythagoras—Pythagoras of Samos
  • Archimedes—Archimedes of Syracuse
  • Magnus—Albertus Magnus
  • Alexander—Alexander Grothendieck
  • Carl—Carl Gauss
  • Leonhard—Leonhard Euler
  • Arthur—Arthur Caley
  • Hilbert—David Hilbert
  • Riemann—Bernhard Riemann
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Female Cat Names

  • Ada—Ada Lovelace
  • Emmy—Emmy Noether
  • Sophie—Sophie Germain
  • Hypatia—Hypatia
  • Sofya—Sofya Kovalevskaya
  • Majorie—Majorie Lee Browne
  • Ingrid—Ingrid Daubechies
  • Euphemia—Euphemia Haynes
  • Dorothy—Dorothy Vaughn
  • Evelyn—Evelyn Boyd Granville
  • Phillipa—Phillipa Fawcett
  • Daina—Daina Taimina

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Science-Related Words

Rather than naming them after a person, there are plenty of cool words in the science field relating to nature, space, chemical compounds, and other science-y words.

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  • Beaker
  • Everest
  • Permafrost
  • Botany
  • Celsius
  • Fahrenheit
  • Zinc
  • Compound
  • Molecule
  • Atom
  • Chemist
  • Alchemy
  • Robot
  • Pi
  • Cortex
  • Quantum
  • Bunsen
  • Flask
  • Pipette
  • Petri
  • Thermos
  • Graphite
  • Nimbus
  • Cirrus
  • Cumulus
  • Fossil
  • Darwin
  • Cuvette
  • Data
  • Gibbous
  • Syzygy
  • Penumbra
  • Magnet
  • Arctic

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Space-Related Science Names

Here are some space-related words you can use for your kitty if you are so inclined. We think they would be interesting at the very least—and pretty cool in the best-case scenario! If you’re looking for a conversation starter, start with these unisex names that work for boys or girls!

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  • Comet
  • Cosmo
  • Constellation
  • Sputnik
  • Nasa
  • Orbit
  • Orion
  • Andromeda
  • Draco
  • Jupiter
  • Cassiopeia
  • Nova
  • Aries
  • Sirius
  • Moon
  • Neptune
  • Halley
  • Celeste
  • Oberon
  • Star
  • Janus
  • Mercury
  • Juno
  • Luna
  • Eclipse
  • Light Year
  • Pluto
  • Alien
  • Fractal
  • Plasma
  • Wandflower
  • Jaxa
  • Density
  • Soyuz
  • Asteroid
  • Galaxy
  • Phobos
  • Echo

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Final Thoughts

We hope we’ve given you science junkies lots to think about! We certainly had fun compiling a list of creative ideas you can use to your advantage. If you love some of the names on this list but can’t decide, remember to think about how you will name your kitty.

We have complete confidence that you will pick the best scientific name of all—and it will fit your cat like a glove, hopefully like the one they’ll be wearing for midnight experiments.

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