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Top Cat Names for 2015 and Predictions for 2016

By Leah_Pet on Jan. 11, 2016

If you’re one of the millions of people who added a cat to your family over the past year, selecting a name for your fine feline was something you likely thought long and hard about. Well, the most popular cat names of 2015 have been released and now we know which names many of you chose. Many (in fact, most) of these were favorites in 2014, so we’re pretty sure there are a LOT of cats named Oliver, Luna and Bella out there. And why not? Those are all excellent names for kitties. However, if you’re looking for some inspiration in the naming of your next pet, we’ve also offered up some new ideas that just might nudge a few of these down the list a little for 2016.

We love you, Oliver.

When it comes to selecting a name for boy cats, people didn’t tend to deviate much at all from last year. There isn’t a single new contender in the top 10. The order of preferred names may have changed places, but your favorites are holding strong. Oliver retained its number one status for two years in a row, while Milo was edged out of its number spot in favor of Charlie. Oddly enough, the name Kitty maintained its title as tenth most popular cat name for boys and (spoiler alert) stayed at number four for girl cats too. Sounds like no matter how creative people can get with their cat’s name, some pets just name themselves.

Top 10 Boy Cat Names for 2015

  1. Oliver
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Leo
  5. Milo
  6. Simba
  7. Smokey
  8. Jack
  9. Tiger
  10. Kitty

Hello, Chloe.

Moving on to the ladies, there were a couple surprise entries this year. Bella got booted from number one by the ever popular Luna. We suspect there may be quite a few Harry Potter fans amongst cat lovers. Lucy and the aforementioned Kitty maintained their spots at three and four, but here’s where there was an upset. Chloe surged to number five on the list even though it didn’t break the top 25 favorites in 2014. As many people choose human monikers for their furry family members, perhaps its sudden appearance shouldn’t be surprising. It’s rapidly moving up the ranks in popularity for human girls as well. However, a decidedly not so common human name soared into the Top Ten as well. That would be the name Nala. Now the Disney Channel may have released a new “Lion King” spinoff in November of 2015, but that could hardly account for this name’s sudden appearance on the list. It’s more likely that it’s been inspired by Instagram. Specifically Nala (@Nala_Cat), an adorably short-legged rescue kitty who has more than 2.6 million followers.

Top 10 Girl Cat Names for 2015

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lucy
  4. Kitty
  5. Chloe
  6. Callie
  7. Nala
  8. Lily
  9. Gracie
  10. Daisy

 

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Looking forward

Given the longstanding popularity of last year’s most prevalent cat names, we highly doubt there will be major changes for 2016. However, we would like to throw a few new ideas out there based on what may be on peoples’ radar in the upcoming year. As it appears cat lovers are an eclectic lot, we looked to popular culture for inspiration as well as recent trends in human naming.

First let’s start with STAR WARS. The Force has literally been awakened amongst fans both old and new as December 2015 saw the release of what has rapidly become the highest-grossing film of all time in North America. To our collective delight, the movie introduces several engaging new characters with names that are simply perfect for pet lovers. From the fearless Rey to the endearingly furry Chewie, we predict STAR WARS names will be hot next year. It might be odd to name your daughter Maz (after Maz Kanata) but it’s the perfect name for an intuitive little kitty.

Other pop culture influences that are in the works for 2016 (or refuse to go away) are movies such as new releases of “Disney’s “The Jungle Book” and the long anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo” entitled “Finding Dory”. Also due to release is “Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” featuring Johnny Depp. This may mean a slew of cats named Dory, Alice, Baloo and maybe even an, ahem, Meow-gli (based on Mowgli in “The Jungle Book”) are on the horizon for next year. Plus, with hints at prequels and sequels to the Hunger Games, we bet it’s a movie that will continue to inspire — if only for the perfection that is the cat name Katniss. And with the return of the “Game of Thrones” in April (which happens to coincide with the start of kitten season), we can expect more Khaleesi’s, and if we’re lucky, Jon Snow’s bestowing their names on the cats of 2016.

And who can forget that 2016 is election year? That means everywhere you look it’ll be politics, politics, politics. Cats may not be too interested in political parties, but their parents usually are. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, red states and blue states are pretty divided on their pet type of choice. It appears that by and large, cats are the preferred pets in blue states. This leads us to believe there may be multiple cats sporting the named Clinton next year, although we wouldn’t be surprised if a few kitties came running to the call of Trump or Carson on occasion. However, the name that seems most fitting for the notably independent cat personality is Bernie. We’re betting, based simply on how easy it is to say, that this is the name that gains the most traction with cat lovers out of all the candidates.

Finally, the last thing we looked at in naming trends is what’s been popular in the human world. If cats follow what’s happening there, we predict classic, almost Victorian, names are going to be big. People have been turning to their grandparents and great-grandparents for inspiration when it comes to naming their children. We see no reason why this would be any different in the cat community. Whether you call that kitty Penelope or Penny, 2016 is the perfect year to bestow a beloved grandparent’s name on your cat.

Here are some of the names we think will rise in the polls for 2016. Feel free to add your own predictions and favorites in the comments below.

Top 10 Trendy Names for Girl Cats in 2016

  1. Charlotte
  2. Rey
  3. Amelia
  4. Penelope
  5. Leia
  6. Khaleesi
  7. Katniss
  8. Maz
  9. Alice
  10. Dory

Top 10 Trendy Names for Boy Cats in 2016

  1. Poe
  2. Atticus
  3. Chewie
  4. Peeta
  5. Grayson
  6. Silas
  7. Bernie
  8. Baloo
  9. Kylo
  10. Jon Snow

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‎01-29-2016 07:58 PM
" Khaleesi" sounds lIke calici - virus, which is a component in the feline upper respiratory virus complex. This often leads to a bacterial infection that causes mild to severe "human cold like" symptoms. It is known to be fatal to the young and immunocompromised. Petco, you may want to rethink your media sources.
" Khaleesi" sounds lIke calici - virus, which is a component in the feline upper respiratory virus complex. This often leads to a bacterial infection that causes mild to severe "human cold like" symptoms. It is known to be fatal to the young and immunocompromised. Petco, you may want to rethink your media sources.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 08:01 PM
My current kitties are Fuzz (Male manx)and Whiskers (Female tuxedo). Past pair were Thespis (Female Maine coon found in a theater) and Purrzon-Dax (Male of Star Trek Deep Space 9 fame)
My current kitties are Fuzz (Male manx)and Whiskers (Female tuxedo). Past pair were Thespis (Female Maine coon found in a theater) and Purrzon-Dax (Male of Star Trek Deep Space 9 fame)
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 08:22 PM
My two fur babies are Remington (Remy) and Pico. My other two that we had to put down were Sambuca and Ouzo.
My two fur babies are Remington (Remy) and Pico. My other two that we had to put down were Sambuca and Ouzo.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
by Amellia
‎01-29-2016 08:59 PM

All three of my cats names were not on there. I have a male cat named Aella (pronounced A la) and 2 female cats one named Marisa and the other's official name is Socks but since the other two cats are huge heightwise and she is so much smaller we call her Little Bit. We had a female cat named Simba before (son was going though a Lion King phase and didn't care she was female LOL)

All three of my cats names were not on there. I have a male cat named Aella (pronounced A la) and 2 female cats one named Marisa and the other's official name is Socks but since the other two cats are huge heightwise and she is so much smaller we call her Little Bit. We had a female cat named Simba before (son was going though a Lion King phase and didn't care she was female LOL)

Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 11:43 PM
My cats names are Philomena and River
My cats names are Philomena and River
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-30-2016 01:05 AM
My cat name is Purrvis
My cat name is Purrvis
Posted on Jan. 30, 2016
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‎01-30-2016 05:16 AM
What? No Pinky or Boydee? I'm shocked ours didn't make the list. ;-)
What? No Pinky or Boydee? I'm shocked ours didn't make the list. ;-)
Posted on Jan. 30, 2016
by Anna Bobe
‎01-30-2016 08:43 AM

My cats are Thomas And Athena

My cats are Thomas And Athena

Posted on Jan. 30, 2016
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‎01-30-2016 08:51 AM
After asking for a cat for 50 yrs my husband finally told me I could get a ragdoll. I named her Shamrock (Shami) bc I felt I was lucky to get her and visa versa. She is so spoiled but in 8 yrs I have never had to correct her. She is perfect BUT she was my husbands cat...she took to him big time. She seemed to know he was sick and would lay across his lap to be petted. I just love her! ♡♡♡
After asking for a cat for 50 yrs my husband finally told me I could get a ragdoll. I named her Shamrock (Shami) bc I felt I was lucky to get her and visa versa. She is so spoiled but in 8 yrs I have never had to correct her. She is perfect BUT she was my husbands cat...she took to him big time. She seemed to know he was sick and would lay across his lap to be petted. I just love her! ♡♡♡
Posted on Jan. 30, 2016
About the Author
  • As a child Leah used to write in her journal about how she’d like to be an animal when she grew up. As luck would have it, she grew up to be a writer who writes about animals instead. She has worked in veterinarian clinics, had pets of all types and has fostered many cats and dogs. Currently she lives with two cats named Irma and Yuyu and feeds a bevvy of semi-feral neighborhood cats.
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