Teeuwynn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, one dog, one cat, and two rats. She is a long-time pet lover.
Choosing a Name for Your Cat
There is a whole world of places to get cat names from. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your kitty? One way is to look for what a name means. Mythology is a great place to turn to for names brimming with meaning, and offers everything from gods and goddesses, to nymphs and Titans to choose from.
Greek mythology comes from the ancient nation of Greece, known as the cradle of Western civilization. The mythology refers to a pantheon of gods led by Zeus, god of the sky, and stories of adventures and battles. In this article, we'll look at 15 names out of Greek mythology that could be just right for your cat or kitten.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. She is the daughter of Zeus. Her quarrel with Athena and Hera was said to have started the Trojan War. Aphrodite is often considered the idealization of beauty come to life.
This name might work well for a physically gorgeous cat. However, it could work just as well for a female cat with a beautiful soul or maybe even better for a kitty inclined to jealous fits!
Apollo has one of the most prolific resumes in mythology. He is the god of the sun, music, prophecy, truth, healing, light, poetry, plague, and more! Apollo is the son of Zeus. His twin sister is Artemis, the huntress. Apollo is also the leader of the nine muses.
Apollo has a diverse portfolio, so this name could work well for most male cats. Due to Apollo’s musical proclivities, it might work particularly well for a kitty that likes to yowl!
Ares is the god of war. His parents are Zeus and Hera. Ares is the god of untamed, violent conflict. He is a wild, primal force. Ares loves to get into battle and fight it out with humans and gods alike. This name would work well for a tough male cat that likes to tussle or who just looks badass.
Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis, is the goddess of the hunt. She is also the goddess of wild animals and the wilderness. Artemis’ favorite weapon is a bow and arrows.
Artemis could be a good name for a female cat that loves roaming the outdoors and bringing you home little "gifts" of dead birds and mice. It could also be nice for a cat that likes to hunt things around the house and loves to play with springy toys!
Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Unlike Ares, Athena prefers tactical and strategic battles. She is a careful and competent goddess. As a warrior goddess, she leads her own troops into battle.
This name is a beautiful one for most female cats of some stature. It is particularly well suited for cats who have the pristine air of careful guardians of their households. This name might also suit a cat that loves to sit and stare out of the windows, drawing up her grand battle plans.
Calypso is a nymph who lives on the Isle of Ogygia. In Homer’s Odyssey, Calypso seduced Odysseus and kept him on her isle for seven years. She is exceptionally pretty and well-spoken. She is a lovely singer and dancer, and she uses those skills to lure Odysseus in.
Calypso could make a pretty name for a more delicate female cat or one that is particularly agile, even for a feline. The name could also work for a cat that likes to “sing” or is particularly good at wheedling treats and petting out of people.
Chaos is the very first thing to ever exist in the universe. Chaos is that which everything else came from. The first gods emerged from Chaos. This name could work for any cat that likes to cause mischief or is always running this way and that.
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. People believed that, without Demeter, crops wouldn’t grow and the earth would grow barren. When her daughter, Persephone, is in the Underworld, Demeter grieves, and Winter falls upon the earth.
This name could work for many female cats. It could work particularly well for a rescue cat that has had kittens or for a cat that loves to frolic among the plants and trees.
In Greek mythology, Gaia is earth personified. She is not a true god or Titan; she exists as the literal earth mother. She is the mother of the Titans, the sea gods, and the giants. In art, Gaia usually appears laying upon the earth or partially on it.
Gaia could be a great name for a motherly cat who enjoys lounging around on her back and giving you long, mysterious stares.
Hera is the wife of Zeus and queen of the gods. She is extremely jealous of all of Zeus’ infidelities. Hera is the goddess of women and marriage, which makes her feelings about Zeus make even more sense.
Hera could make a good name for a female cat that likes to be a “mother hen” or for a kitty who is very jealous of her owner’s affections and wants to keep them all to herself.
The winged god, Hermes, is known for his speed. He is the messenger of the gods. He is also known as a trickster. He likes to trick other gods just for the sheer satisfaction of doing so. Hermes is also the patron of travelers.
Hermes could be a nice name for a male cat that runs very fast or who likes to play tricks on you and other people and creatures he meets. If you like taking a cat with you when you go traveling, this is a great name for that kitty too!
The nine muses in Greek mythology are known for their knowledge of the sciences, arts, and literature. Each muse has her own specialty. The nine arts assigned to the muses are: drama, music, science, mathematics, philosophy, geography, literature, dance, and especially art.
A lot of female kitties could fit this name since there are nine muses and they cover such a wide variety of subjects. A shy kitten might be the Muse of Literature or philosophy, while you might call a more physical feline Muse because she dances all over the house.
Nike is the goddess of victory. Nike flies on her chariot, visiting battlefields and rewarding valorous warriors. Nike could make an interesting name for any cat that reminds you of victory. After all, cats can bring good luck, so why not victory?
Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Half of the year she is forced to reign as queen in the Underworld alongside the god-king, Hades. Persephone is a goddess of vegetation. She ate seeds from a pomegranate while in the Underworld and that is why she must stay there every fall and winter.
Persephone could make a good name for a female rescue cat. It would also be a pretty name for a cat with a regal demeanor.
Zeus is the king of the gods. He is the god of skies and thunder. Zeus is married to Hera, although he cheats on her all of the time. Zeus has many, many children from many mothers, both immortal and mortal. He resides on Mount Olympus.
Zeus might make an interesting name for a male cat that likes to flirt a lot. It could also work for a majestic cat who could be king of all cats.
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Kitty on September 16, 2019:
This help me choose a name for my new kitten, hope you'll have more list thanks.
Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 06, 2019:
Glad you like the names. I'll put another Greek myth naming article on my list!
More Dog Names From Mythology
Achilles: Trojan War hero
Aeolus: Deity of the winds
Aphrodite: Greek goddess of love
Apollo: A mythology dog name after the Greek idol of music
Aporia: Spirit of difficulty, good name for a mischievous dog
Aries: Greek idol of war
Artemis: Greek virgin goddess of the hunt
Asteria: Mother of Hecate in Greek mythology
Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom
Atlas: Forced to carry the sky on his shoulders, good for big breed
Aurora: Roman goddess of the dawn
Bia: Spirit of force and power, good on Rotties, Danes, Pits
Chronos: God of time, for the dog that's never late to dinner
Cronus: Father of Zeus
Cupid: Roman dog of love, sweet name for a loving pooch
Cura: Roman goddess of care
Di: Short for Diana, goddess of the hunt, good for a hunters dog
Echo: A nymph who only repeated the words of others
Enyo: Goddess of war and peace
Eris: Goddess of discord, for an energetic dog
Eros: Son of Aphrodite
Fortuna: Roman goddess of fortune, did you feel lucky finding her?
Hades: King of the underworld
Harmonia: Greek goddess of harmony
Helios: Titan of the sun
Hercules: Roman deity of strength
Hermes: Greek deity of travel and trade
Hyperion: The titan of light
Hypnos: Greek idol of sleep
Icarus: For the dog that likes to вЂњflyвЂќ and catch balls
Iris: Goddess of the rainbow, for the dog with a colorful personality
Isis: An Egyptian deity
Janus: Two-headed idol
Juno: Roman queen of the gods
Jupiter: Roman king of gods
Kakia: Spirit of the voice
Karpo: Goddess of the fruits of the earth
Lima: Roman goddess of the threshold, cute name for a little dog
Luna: Roman goddess of the moon
Mania: Spirit of madness, good for energetic dog
Mars: Deity of war, the dog that's always at war with your cat
Mercury: Fleet footed messenger of the gods
Minerva: Roman goddess of poetry and wisdom, good for a small dog
Minotaur: Half man/half bull creature
Nemesis: Roman goddess of revenge, like Mars she hates cats too
Neptune: Perfect name for a water-loving dog
Nike: Goddess of victory, named after famous tennis shoe
Nixi: Roman idol of childbirth
Olympus: Home of the 12 Olympian gods
Odin: The Norse deity associated with wisdom, poetry, and magic
Opis: Goddess of fertility, better have this dog neutered!
Perseus: Titan of destruction and peace
Phoebe: Titan of the intellect and prophecy, good for upbeat female dog
Pluto: Deity of the underworld AND the dog from Disney
Poseidon: Great name for a water-loving dog
Psyche: Goddess of the soul
Rhea: Mother of Zeus a strong mythology dog name
Roma: Personification of the Roman state
Selene: Titan goddess of the moon
Styx: One of the river gods, great name for a dog that likes to fetch
Tempeste: Deity of storms, great for a temperamental dog
Thesis: Primordial god of creation
Thor: The Norse god of thunder
Uranus: Roman deity of sky, prior to Jupiter
Venus: Roman goddess of love and beauty
Vesta: Goddess of the hearth
Vulcan: Roman deity of fire
Zeus: Ruler of Mount Olympus, for the dog that rules your house
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Quick refresher course in case it’s been a while since you studied mythology.
Both have fascinating myths, stories and teachings and both have also inspired some great names for female dogs.
Let’s check out the Greek female dog names first, then we’ll move on to the Roman!
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10 Greek Female Dog Names
Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty, love, pleasure and procreation. Her major symbols include doves, myrtles, roses, sparrows and swans. She is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
This name is appropriate for so many dogs, as they are all beautiful! I do kind of love it for a poodle, though.
If you want a good hunting dog name, you can’t get much better than Artemis. After all, she was the goddess of the hunt! Artemis was also the “mistress of animals,” a protector so to speak.
Fun fact: the Temple of Artemis, located in present-day Turkey, is one of the original 7 Wonders of the World .
Athena is the goddess of handicraft, warfare and wisdom. Her major symbols include helmets, olive trees, owls, snakes and spears. She is the daughter of Zeus and Metis.
I love this name for a wise dog, like the Border Collie!
Cassandra was a mortal princess in the city of Troy. She is the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. She is said to have had the gift of prophecy and was also cursed by Apollo and in turn, no one would believe her accurate prophecies.
As the second most beautiful woman in the Greek world (second only to Helen), this is the perfect name for a stunning breed, like the Samoyed or the Australian Shepherd.
Harmonia is the immortal goddess of harmony and concord. She is either the daughter of Ares and Aphrodite or Zeus and Electra.
When you’re talking about Greek goddess names for dogs, you can’t leave Hera off the list! She is, after all, the Queen of the Gods! She’s also the goddess of marriage and the sky (including all the stars in it).
This name is perfect for a dog that’s the queen of the queens, the goddess of the goddesses! Basically, the ultimate dog.
According to all of the lists of the most popular dog breeds, that would be the lab, by the way.
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A lot of people think Nike is a masculine name, perhaps because the shoe brand is popular among male athletes. However, Nike was actually a Greek goddess.
As you can imagine, the name represents speed & strength, making it perfect for a Greyhound!
We all know the story of how the curious Pandora opened a box that unleashed all the misery and evils of the world, only to realize what she had done and close the lid before hope could escape.
What many don’t know, however, is that Pandora was the first female human, sculpted by the Greek Gods themselves.
Despite Pandora’s faux pas that brought about the end of the Golden Age of humanity, I love this name for a rescue dog that endured many hardships before finding her forever home.
Even though so much misery was unleashed upon her, she still has hope.
Selene is the goddess of the moon. Her major symbols include chariots, cloaks, crescents and torches. She is the daughter of Hyperion and Theia.
I kind of love this name for a dog breed that howls a lot, like the Husky or the Bloodhound. Get it, they howl at the moon, and Selene is the goddess of the moon?
Thalia is the goddess of comedy and idyllic poetry. She is one of the 9 Muses and is the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne. This name is just perfect for a goofy or playful girl, like the Papillon.
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10 Roman Female Dog Names
Aurora is the goddess of the dawn. Her brother, Sol, is the god of the sun and her sister, Luna, is the goddess of the moon. I love this name for a red dog (reminds me of the sun rising), like the Irish Setter!
Bellona is the goddess of war. She is normally depicted wearing armor and a helmet and armed with either a sword, a spear or a shield, as well as a torch.
She is the daughter of Jupiter and Juno. It’s a great name for a protective dog breed, like the German Shepherd.
Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt and of nature, making this name ideal for a hunting dog!
Fortuna is the goddess of fate, fortune and luck. She is associated with both good luck and bad luck. Fortuna is often depicted with a horn of plenty, a ship’s rudder and a wheel of fortune.
This is the perfect name for a rescue dog, since she was fated to become your pup, and you are lucky to have found each other!
While the name was made popular by Harry Potter, as mentioned above Luna is the Roman goddess of the moon.
If you’re planning to adopt two girl dogs, I love the idea of naming them Aurora and Luna. Then you’re have the sun (dawn) and the moon! If you go with a boy and a girl, go with Sol and Luna!
Just like you can’t have Greek goddesses with Hera, you can’t talk about Roman goddesses without Juno.
She is Hera’s counterpart, the queen of the gods. It’s a great name for a pup born in June, since the month comes from her name!
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Maia is the goddess of the spring and plants, as well as mother to Mercury (the messenger god). This is one of my favorite Roman female dog names, and I love it for a motherly breed, like the Collie.
Minerva is the goddess of arts, crafts, trade, strategic warfare and wisdom. She is the daughter of Jupiter and Metis.
Venus is the goddess of beauty, desire, fertility, love, prosperity and victory. It has been said that she was born from the foam of the sea shore.
Vesta is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home and family. She is the daughter of Saturn and Opis. Vesta is also the sister of Ceres, Juno, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.
Mythology is ripe for the picking with hundreds of fabulous names, but I really do love Greek female dog names the best! Roman names are a close second (I love the name Maia).
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