There’s nothing quite as stunning in the feline world as a fluffy, Persian cat. These kitties are one of the oldest cat breeds in the world, and are believed to originate in ancient Mesopotamia, later known as Persia. When they arrived in Europe, their luxuriously long and silky coats seduced everyone from peasant to royalty, so it was no surprise when they won the top prize at the very first cat show in 1871.
If you are lucky enough to have a Persian in your life, you’ll want to choose a name that reflects their beauty, ancient origins or purrsonality. Check out these unique names to give your furry bud a title worthy of this stunning and historic breed.
Persian Cat Names in Pop Culture
Exotic and mythical, the name Xerxes has become quite popular for cats of all varieties, including Persians, and its easy to see why. Xerxes the Great has forever cemented his place in human history as the most famous Persian ruler. Powerful and vicious, this God-King was meant for greatness.
He was born Xerxes I in 519 BCE in Persepolis, Iran, the capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire to King Darius I and Atossa, the daughter of Cyrus the Great, king and founder of the Empire. After his service to Cyrus and his son after him, Darius helped overthrow an illegitimate ruler only to take the throne for himself. Darius the Great had vastly expanded Persian rule through military campaigns stretching into Egypt, India, and European Scythia before setting his sights on the lands of the Greeks. After several successful battles, Darius sought to take Athens, but was defeated in the Battle of Marathon. Before he was able to mount another invasion, Darius died in 486 BCE, marking the moment his son Xerxes became the King of Persia.
While his grandfather Cyrus was tolerance of different religious and cultural beliefs, Xerxes saw his conquered peoples as only subjects, ruling with military violence. To quell a Babylonian revolt, he had a golden statue of their patron deity Marduk melted down, and ignored the local traditions Cyrus had upheld.
After quelling several rebellions, Xerxes honored his father by mounting another attack on Athens. Amassing a large army that was numbered in the millions, he faced several setbacks. Water seemed to rise to stop his progress, and the bridges he ordered to be built for his army to advance were destroyed by a storm. Furious, Xerxes ordered the very sea to be lashed, shackled and punished, and the bridge builders to be beheaded. The Greeks struggled to defend their lands as Xerxes burned Athens. After several more battles, the Greeks managed to defeat the Persian forces, and Xerxes returned home with a ghost of an army.
Once the realm of historians, Xerxes’ story was brought to life for modern audiences in the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller which details his battles against the Greeks. In the subsequent film 300, we watch the Spartan King Leonidas as he leads 300 of his countrymen into battle against Xerxes and his Persian forces. While the Spartans are defeated here, we again see the Greek armies in the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, as they defeat Xerxes and his Persian army.
Persian Cat Name Considerations
Giving your Persian kitty a name from their homeland is a great way to honor their heritage, and many of these ancient monikers sound exotic to the western ear. But your Persian also has several characteristics that could inspire a pawfect name.
Persians sport gorgeous long-hair that comes in many colors, including tri-colors and even calico. If you’ve got a kitty who looks like the white Fancy Feast cat, perhaps a Ghost, Everest or even Ivory would fit. Bleu or Skye would be great names for a blue colored feline, while Smokey or Misty would be better for a gray cat. Or how about Champagne for an off-white or tan coat, or Caramel or Latte for a brown one?
Often, the eyes that peer out of that luxurious coat are just as stunning, so maybe a name that reflects those heavenly orbs would fit your furry feline. Try Sapphire or Indigo for blue eyes, or Jade or Ivy for green ones. For those copper eyes, perhaps Amber, or Topaz for eyes that are just undefinable.
Many Persians are pretty laid-back, and are often affectionate cuddlers. Names like Honey or Serenity may better suit your kitty’s disposition. But for your fluffy ruler, Leo may just say it all.