Cats have been long revered and feared in Ireland and considered almost magical creatures, especially around Halloween, when they were thought to cast spells good and bad. There are many Irish today who feel better when a black cat crosses their path or use a saying taken from the Irish language such as “The cat purrs only for the good of himself” and “What would the son of a cat do but kill a mouse.”

The cat population in Ireland was estimated at 318,000 in 2014, according to the national census.

So what are special Irish cat names? Here are a few you might want to call your next moggy.

Read More: Top Irish names for your dog

Pangur

Pangus Ban from The Secret of Kells movie.

Pangus Ban from The Secret of Kells movie.

A famous old Irish poem written by a monk in the 9th century that starts

Me and Pangur Ban my cat

Like tasks we are at”

Hunting mice is his delight

Hunting words I do all night.”

Pangur is the most famous Irish cat in history, the Elvis of the Irish cat world.

Cat

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Irish language for 'cat' – using the Irish phonetic translation it sounds like “Cot.” Confuse everyone!

Melodeon

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One of the most unique Irish expressions which no one has a clue where it came from is “Cat melodeon.” When some thing or event is called “cat melodeon” it means it is/was terrible, as in “that game was cat melodeon”

If you have a bad pussycat you might consider the name.

Altogether

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Again another famous Irish expression as in “Cat altogether.” When something dire happens to someone you will hear “it was cat altogether.”

Craic

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The great Irish standby expression, meaning fun. No one knows precisely where the word came from, but the Irish have claimed it.

90

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A great cat name as in “the craic was ninety” is the ultimate expression that everything was great, could not have been better. See Christy Moore’s “The Craic was Ninety in the Isle of Man.”

Dubh

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(Pronounced duve, meaning “black.”) A cat which will surely bring you luck.

Pusheen

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A form of endearment for a cat, as in “Ah look at the little Pusheen” from Puisin, Irish for little cat or kitten.

Cait

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Pronounced caw-it, an Irish female name derived from Caitlin meaning pure. If you have a very proper female cat this might be the name.

Guinness

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Ireland’s favorite pint is also a great name for a black and white cat.

Elvis

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No Irish connection whatsoever. Hope I haven’t started a cat fight!

Can you think of any other great Irish cat names? Let us know in the comment section. 

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