According to PetMD, some of the most popular names for male cats include Mikesch, Toby, Oliver, Leo and Garfield. Each cat name also has its own meaning. For example, Mikesch means "fun-loving," and Toby is short for Tobias, which means "precious."
Better Homes and Gardens says that finding the perfect name for a male cat is sometimes as easy as matching his name to his color. Casper is the perfect name for a nearly all-white cat, and Smokey is fitting for a gray cat. Other times, owners choose to name their cats after actions that define the cat. For example, if a cat loves to hunt and is always bringing home mice to its owner, a fitting name to consider is Hunter. If a cat is notorious for stealing things, such as hair bows, keys and bottle tops, Bandit is a great fit.
Another popular option, according to Better Homes and Gardens, is to name the animal after famous cats. In this case, some good examples are Felix, Fritz and Tigger. Felix was the name of a black and white cat that starred in 1920s cartoon called “Felix the Cat.” The name Fritz comes from a cat cartoon that was popular in the mid-1960s, and Tigger is the name of a hyper-active tiger in the popular Winnie the Pooh children's books.
Bold cats can have brave names like Lancelot, Aslan or Blade, while rambunctious cats may be named Tigger or Milo. Laid-back felines that love to sit on the couch take after the cartoon cat Garfield. Milo is the feline featured in the hit movie "Milo and Otis." Aslan is the brave lion from "The Chronicles of Narnia" book series by C.S. Lewis. Leo is a moniker that means "lion" in Greek. Bagheera is the black panther from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." For Persian breeds, Crookshanks is the name of Hermione Granger's cat from the Harry Potter series.
Other names have more modern connotations. Morris is a cat popularized in cat food commercials in the 1980s. Salem's talking antics on the television series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" made the lovable black cat a devious housemate. Spock denotes a smart, pointy-eared cat named after a "Star Trek" character. Toonces is featured on "Saturday Night Live" as a driving cat.