Studies of resumes have found that people with black-sounding names are less likely to get callbacks.
"20/20" put 22 pairs of names to the test, posting identical resumes except for the names at the top.
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The resumes with the white-sounding names were actually downloaded 17 percent more often by job recruiters than the resumes with black-sounding names.
What are some of those names? Here's a list from the book "Freakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, showing the top 20 whitest- and blackest-sounding girl and boy names.
Black food names
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Why Choose Food Names for Dogs?
Coming up with dog names is hard work! We look for inspiration all around us, including our favorite foods.
If you have kids, choosing from dog food names can help them remember their new pup’s moniker! Think about it: is your toddler more likely to remember the name “Roosevelt” or “Peanut”?
Another reason: food associations bring up great memories, much like your family dog will years into the future! I have fond memories of making brownies with my mom as a child, or drinking mochas with my friends in high school!
Spooky, Magic & More
What’s a list of black cat names without scary, Halloween-inspired ideas?
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Black in Other Languages
How creative is this idea for black cat names? Translate black into another language and voila! A unique, customized cat name.
- Nero (Italian)
- Preto (Portuguese)
- Noir (French)
- Schwarz (German)
- Zwart (Dutch)
- Kuro (Japanese)
Popular Black Cats in Pop Culture
A number of iconic black cats have been in TV, movies and even the White House.
- Felix – a funny cartoon originating in the silent film era.
- Salem – from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
- Socks – family cat of U.S. President Bill Clinton
- Sylvester – always chasing Tweety Bird in “Looney Toons.”
- Figaro – the adorable black cat in “Pinocchio.”
- Bagheera – the black panther in “The Jungle Book.”
- Binx – the immortal black cat in “Hocus Pocus.”
More Cat Name Ideas
Didn’t find the cat name for you? Don’t fret. We’ve got plenty of other ideas.
And by plenty, we mean thousands. To get started, try our online name generator and sort by your favorite styles and themes.
Popular cat name styles
The following styles are quite popular amongst new cat owners:
Popular cat name themes
Or you could also sort by name themes. For example, if you’re a history buff, check out our historic cat names.
Popular themes include:
The Crazy History of the Black Cat
OK, totally a tangent, but have you ever wondered why halloween and spooky stories are about black cats and not a white cat or a calico cat? And why are they so frightening?
To get to the bottom of it, we did a little digging. (Or should I say, clawing?)
Turns out, the folklore behind a black cat varies from culture to culture. Black cats are actually considered good luck in Japan, for example. They say a woman with a black cat will have many suitors.
In Egypt, legend has it that the goddess Bast saw black cats as favorable, so households there thought they could gain her favor by having a black cat.
In Western history, however, black cats are looked upon as a bad omen and as a symbol of evil, and are often correlated with witches. Europeans believed that if a black cat crosses your path, it’s an omen of death and misfortune. But their evil work wasn’t always in the form of a cat. European folklore also said that these black cats could transform into human shape and act like a spy or courier for demons and witches. In some areas of the continent, people would burn black cats to be safe.
These beliefs traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims. They were a deeply suspicious bunch and viewed the black cat as an accomplice of the devil. Anyone caught with a black cat would be severely punished or killed.
Luckily times have changed and people no longer hold these beliefs. However, a black cat continues to be associated with Halloween and superstitions.
Some reports say that shelters have a harder time finding homes for cats that are black, which is all the more reason to get one.
Some people may say black cats are bad luck, but we think you are truly lucky to bring home such a cool, beautiful creature and want to wish you good luck in your name search!
Looking for more great cat name ideas? Check out these halloween cat names or try out our cat name search!