150 Hebrew Cat Names With Meanings For Male & Female Cats

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Hebrew is the beautiful, ancient language of the Bible. Once relegated to mostly prayer and holy works, the modern state of Israel has revitalized Hebrew, turning it into a modern, spoken language.

But even before its rebirth, some of the most popular and common names found around the world have their roots in Hebrew. Rich with meaning, Hebrew names are a wonderful choice not just for us hairless bipeds, but for our four-legged furry friends as well.

Here are 150 Hebrew names to consider for your cat!

Best Male Hebrew Cat Names

  1. Achi – “My brother.” This name is pronounced, “ahk-hi.”
  2. Adir – “Strong one.” The hymn “Adir Hu” or “He is mighty” is a happy tune that has been sung around the table at Passover seders for generations.
  3. Aharon – “Of the high mountain, exalted one.” This is the original Hebrew pronunciation of Aaron, Moses’ priestly brother.
  4. Alon – “Oak tree.” Pronounced “Ah-lone.”
  5. Ami – “My people.” Pronounced “Ah-mi.”
  6. Amir – “Prince.” This is an adorable name for your little prince.
  7. Anani – “My cloud.” A sweet name for a fluffy cat.
  8. Ari – “Lion.”  Other versions include “Ariel” and “Ariyeh.”
  9. Asher – One of the twelve sons of Jacob and therefore one of the twelve tribes of Israel, this name simply means “joy.”
  10.  Avi – “My father.” This is often the shortened form of “Avraham” or the anglicized “Abraham.” In the Bible, Abraham was the father of the Jewish people and is considered one of the main patriarchs of the Jewish people.
  11.  Ayal – “Gazelle.” A beautiful name for a graceful cat.
  12.  Barack – “Lightning bolt.” A fun name for a fast cat prone to getting the zoomies.
  13.  Benjy – A cute, shortened name for “Benjamin,” meaning “son of my right hand.”
  14.  Chaimi – “My life.” It’s pronounced with a slightly guttural “Hy-mi.”
  15.  Dov – “Bear.” A sweet name for your little teddy bear.

Lavi – Another name version for “lion.”

  1.  Elie – The shortened form of “Eliyahu,” meaning “The Lord is My God.”
  2.  Elroi – “God saw me.”
  3.  Ezra – “God has helped.” Ezra was also a scribe with one of the books of the Bible named after him.
  4.  Goliath – The name of the giant that is slain by David after an epic battle in the Bible. Although this name is not completely rooted in Hebrew, the original meaning of Goliath’s name is, according to scholars, most likely “Lion-man.” I personally have a cat with this name!
  5.  Idan – A beautiful name meaning “era” or “time.”
  6.  Ira – “Watchful.” Perfect for a watchful little guard cat.
  7.  Itamar – A name that marries two Hebrew words meaning “Island” and “Date tree.”
  8.  Lavi – Another name version for “lion.”
  9.  Lazarus – A Latinized version of Ezra, meaning “God has helped.” In the New Testament, Lazarus is a man resurrected from the dead by Jesus.
  10.  Lev – A sweet name that simply means “heart.” Perfect for the cat that you love so dearly.
  11.  Malachi – “Messenger of God.” A name of one of the Biblical prophets with its roots in the Hebrew word for “angel.”
  12.  Matan – The perfect name for a precious cat, which means “gift.”
  13.  Meir – “One who shines.”
  14.  Moses – The anglicized version of “Moshe,” the most important prophet in Judaism, the name is actually probably rooted in the ancient Egyptian language when Pharoah’s daughter named him upon finding him as a baby floating in a basket down the Nile – “..he became her son. She named him Moses [מֹשֶׁה], saying, ‘I drew him out [מְשִׁיתִֽהוּ] of the water’.”
  15.  Naphtali – One of the tribes of ancient Israel, this unique name means “my struggle.”

Raphi – A cute nickname for Raphael, which means “God has healed.”

  1.  Ophir – “Land of gold.” A pretty name for a cat that is as precious as gold.
  2.  Ori – “My light.”
  3.  Oz – Pronounced “ohz,” this name means “strength.”
  4.  Sagiv – Another mighty name that means “great, mighty, sublime.”
  5.  Samson – The last of the judges of Israel, this anglicized version of “Shimshon” means “of the sun.” Samson was known for his long hair, which was the source of his mighty strength.
  6.  Shachar – Pronounced “sha-har,” this unique name means “dawn.”
  7.  Shai – A beautiful name that is pronounced as “shy,” it means “gift.”
  8.  Shalom – A name that means “peace” and how we say “hello” in Hebrew.
  9.  Shilo – A biblical place meaning “heavenly peace.”
  10.  Shoresh – A name that means “root,” which can have all kinds of symbolic meanings. After all, a mighty and beautiful tree is supported by the strength of its roots.
  11.  Solomon – The anglicized name of King Shlomo, Solomon is known for his vast wisdom.
  12.  Tzvi – A name for an elegant and graceful cat that means “deer.”
  13.  Esau – The name of Jacob’s twin brother, Esau literally means “hairy” because he was covered in reddish hair.
  14.  Raphi – A cute nickname for Raphael, which means “God has healed.”
  15.  Rav – A name that means “rabbi” and is more of an illustrious title. A great name for a cat that carries himself with a sense of self-importance.

Zion – The anglicized version of “Tzion,” the name describes the holy land of Israel or Jerusalem.

  1.  Roi – A cute name meaning “my shepherd.”
  2.  Yehuda – A name that means “praise,” Yehuda is one of Jacob’s twelve sons who come to lead the twelve tribes of Israel.
  3.  Yitzi – Short for “Yitzhak” or “Isaac,” this cute name means “one who laughs.” A cute name for a happy kitty.
  4.  Yoni – Short for “Yonatan” or “Jonathan,” this name means “God has given.”
  5.  Zion – The anglicized version of “Tzion,” the name describes the holy land of Israel or Jerusalem.

Best Female Hebrew Cat Names

  1.  Adele – Calling all fans of the pop singer with this name! This name has its roots in Hebrew and means “God is eternal.”
  2.  Adina – A sweet name for a sweet cat that means “gentle.”
  3.  Aliyah – A lofty name meaning “exalted, ascending.”
  4.  Aliza – A sweet name meaning “joy.”
  5.  Alma – A pretty name meaning “young maiden.”
  6.  Alona – A feminine version of “Alon,” which means “oak tree.”
  7.  Asa – “Healer.” A lovely name for a cat that has provided healing in your life.
  8.  Anat – A unique name that means “answer.”
  9.  Atarah – A great name for a queenly cat, this name means “crown.”
  10.  Aviva – Perfect for a cat with a sunny disposition, this name means “springtime.”
  11.  Ayala – A female version of the name “Ayal,” which means “gazelle.”
  12.  Ahava – I love this that means, incidentally, “love.”
  13.  Amira – If you have a furry little princess at home, this name is very fitting! It means “princess.”
  14.  Bathsheba – This name means “Seventh Daughter.” The anglicized version of “Batsheva,” she is King David’s controversial wife in the Bible and the mother of the great King Solomon.
  15.  Dafna – A beautiful name meaning “laurel.”

Keshet – A beautiful name meaning “Rainbow”

  1.  Delilah – A fascinating but stigmatized figure in the Bible from Samson’s story, Delilah means “delicate.”
  2.  Devorah – The only named female judge from the Bible, the anglicized version is “Deborah.” It means simply “bee.”
  3.  Dina – A strong name for your kitty cat, it means “judgment.”
  4.  Dorit – Pronounced “dor-eet,” this name means “generation.”
  5.  Gila – Pronounced as “gee-la,” it means “joy.”
  6.  Hadassah – A gorgeous name that means “myrtle tree.”
  7.  Hagar – The mother of Ishmael, Abraham’s son from Sarah’s handmaid, her name means “flight.”
  8.  Inbar – The Hebrew name for “Amber.”
  9.  Keren – “Ray of light.” A very sweet name for a cat that has brought light to your life.
  10.  Keshet – A beautiful name meaning “Rainbow”
  11.  Kineret – The Hebrew name of the Sea of Galilee, it also means “harp.”
  12.  Eden – Of course, we think of the Garden of Eden from the Bible, the name actually means “delight.”
  13.  Jezebel – Okay, we know this name means something, er, not so nice. But did you know that this name of an ancient queen of Israel (who was condemned by God) actually means “pure, virginal”? A daring name for those with a darker sense of humor.
  14.  Leah – A beautiful name that means “weary,” Leah is one of the biblical matriarchs.
  15.  Libby – A diminutive of Elizabeth, which means “God is my oath.”

Ora – Another bright name that means “light.”

  1.  Lilah – A pretty name for a black cat, it means “night.”
  2.  Livna – And now for the white kitties, this name simply means “white.”
  3.  Malka – A name befitting royalty, this name means “queen.”
  4.  Margalit –  A pretty name for a pretty cat that means “pearl.”
  5.  Nava – And speaking of pretty cats, how about a name like this, which actually means “pretty?”
  6.  Noga – For the cat that shines, this name means “sparkle or brightness.”
  7.  Ora – Another bright name that means “light.”
  8.  Orna – A nice nature-based name that means “pine tree.”
  9.  Parpar – A fun name that means “butterfly.”
  10.  Rina – A name for a happy cat, this name means “joy.”
  11.  Rivka – You may recognize the anglicized version of this name, which is “Rebecca,” which means “to tie, bind.” Rebecca is one of the biblical matriarchs.
  12.  Romi – A cute name that means “my exalted.”
  13.  Sarai – “Princess.” In the Bible, before God changes her name to Sarah, it is Sarai.
  14.  Shira – A happy name that means “song” or “poem.”
  15.  Simcha – Speaking of happy names, this name literally means “happiness!”

Anak – If you have a big boy or big girl, this name means “giant.”

  1.  Varda – A sweet name that means “rose.”
  2.  Vered – An alternate version of “Varda.”
  3.  Yaffa – For all those furry beauties, this name means “beauty.”
  4.  Zahava – An exotic-sounding name that means “gold.”
  5.  Zahara – A beautiful name that means “flowering, shining.”

Best Unisex Hebrew Cat Names

  1.  Adie – A cute name that means “ornament.”
  2.  Agam – A pretty nature name that means “lake.”
  3.  Agas – A sweet name that means “a fruit pear.”
  4.  Anak – If you have a big boy or big girl, this name means “giant.”
  5.  Avia – This pretty-sounding name means “The Lord is my father.”
  6.  Balagan – If you have a cat who gets into a lot of mischief, this fun-to-say name means “mess.”
  7.  Chesed – Pronounced as a guttural “He-sed,” this name means “kindness.” It is also used to describe charity.
  8.  Davash – A sweet name meaning “honey.”
  9.  Dikla – The word for a palm tree.
  10.  Dodi – A familiar turn of phrase from the Song of Songs, “dodi” means “my beloved.”
  11.  Dror – An inspiring name that means “freedom.”
  12.  Efrat – Meaning “fruitful.”
  13.  Emek – Another lovely nature name that means “valley.”
  14.  Etz – Another nice nature name that means “tree.”
  15.  Gal – Made famous by Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, this simple and sweet name means “wave,” as in an ocean’s wave.

Kochav – Pronounced “Koc-hav,” it means “star.”

  1.  Gefen – A name that means “vine” and is one of the seven species of Israel.
  2.  Geshem – A pretty and tranquil nature name that means “rain.”
  3.  Gili – A cute name that means “my joy.”
  4.  Hallel – A special prayer of thanks to God in Hebrew, it simply means “praise.”
  5.  Habibi – A term of endearment that you will hear a lot in Israel, it actually has its roots in Arabic and means, “my love.”
  6.  Inbal – A name that means “tongue of a bell.” A sweet name for a cat with a sweet-sounding meow,
  7.  Kadosh – If your furry friend is sacred to you, this means “holy” or “divine.”
  8.  Katoret – A word that means “incense,” which had holy significance in the Temple in Jerusalem.
  9.  Kochav – Pronounced “Koc-hav,” it means “star.”
  10.  Lior – A beautiful name that means “my light.”
  11.  Liron – For the cat that brings happiness into your life, this name means “my joy.”
  12.  Maayan – Pronounced “Ma-ah-yahn,” this name means “spring, fountain.”
  13.  Mayim – Pronounced “my-yim,” this is the word for “water.”
  14.  Mazal – If you have ever wished someone “mazal tov” you have wished them luck!
  15.  Matok – A name for a sweetie, this name means “sweet.”

Orli – A version of “Ori,” this name means “my light.”

  1.  Motek – And this name means “sweetie.”
  2.  Nahar – A nice nature name that means “river.”
  3.  Neta – Perfect for that first kitten who becomes your lifelong buddy, this name means “seedling.”
  4.  Nes – If you have a cat that has been through a lot, this fitting name means “miracle.”
  5. Olam – If your cat means the world to you, then this name is most fitting; it means “the world.”
  6.  Orli – A version of “Ori,” this name means “my light.”
  7.  Otzar – A name for your precious one that means “treasure.”
  8.  Perach – Pronounced “Pehr-rahk,” this name means “flower.”
  9.  Raz – A cool-sounding name that means “secret.”
  10.  Rimon – The word for “pomegranate” and one of the seven species of the land of Israel.
  11.  Ruach – Pronounced “Ru-akh,” this name can mean “wind,” “spirit,” or “ghost.”
  12.  Sababa – A fun-to-say slang term that means “alright.”
  13.  Shachar – A cool name that means “dawn.”
  14.  Shaked – Pronounced “Shah-ked,” this name means “almond.”

Zayit – One of the seven species of Israel, this name means “olive.”

  1.  Sheleg – Perfect for a snowy white cat, this means “snow.”
  2.  Teva – A great name for an outdoor cat that means “nature.”
  3.  Yakar – A name meaning “precious.”
  4.  Yalla – More of an exclamation or slang that means “let’s go!”
  5.  Yarden – The Hebrew name of the Jordan River, which means “to flow down.”
  6.  Zayit – One of the seven species of Israel, this name means “olive.”

Hebrew is a rich, ancient and dynamic language full of interesting and deeply meaningful names (along with some silly and fun ones as well!) We hope you have found the perfect Hebrew name for your cat here!

About Ma'ayan Gutbezahl

Maayan is a freelance writer living in Southern New Jersey. Over the course of her career, she has written on a wide variety of topics that reflect her many interests, from video game reviews to animal and pet care; and from rock music to international social issues. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family, drinking tea with a good book and one of her cats in her lap, and deep diving into new hobbies and exploring new interests.

2 thoughts on “150 Hebrew Cat Names With Meanings For Male & Female Cats

  1. Linda Christensen

    Fun article. Let me add: We named a cat Ruach (Ruah for short). She was a wild wind. Sadly, the breath passed at 6 months old.. We named our next cat Nehemiah (a good addition to your list), meaning “God Comforts” or Comforter. He was aptly named and balm to our sore Ruach-deserted hearts. After Nehemiah (Miah for short) passed, we had Ari (lion) –a delightful 1/2 Siamese who lived in my hoodie pouch for weeks, played with his whole heart and later took long walks with us (but terrorized the neighborhood). He met a lion’s end when he tangled with a car. Moral of the post: Take those Hebrew names seriously!
    15 years later, we still love those Biblical names but are now working on favorite detectives.

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  2. sandy konstantinidis

    My kitty (female) is named Simka (happiness in Hebrew). Her “gottcha” day was 11/4/2016)! She is truly a blessing!

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