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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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‎01-25-2016 08:16 PM
Cuddle bug should be on there for a girls name
Cuddle bug should be on there for a girls name
Posted on Jan. 25, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 07:06 AM
I got cami and elsa. They should be on there
I got cami and elsa. They should be on there
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 10:08 AM
I have Scout, Sadie, Siren, and Scarlet.
I have Scout, Sadie, Siren, and Scarlet.
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 02:40 PM
Nope. My cat name is thinker bell
Nope. My cat name is thinker bell
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 03:22 PM
I got lizzard & buttons . (Lizzard is a nick name for thin lizzy)
I got lizzard & buttons . (Lizzard is a nick name for thin lizzy)
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 07:38 PM
Ninja Girl (F) Oddball (F) Kezzie(M) Termite (M) Mozzy (M) Max (M) and Trigger (M) are my babies names
Ninja Girl (F) Oddball (F) Kezzie(M) Termite (M) Mozzy (M) Max (M) and Trigger (M) are my babies names
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-26-2016 10:40 PM
I have Cinna (from Hunger Games) and Cloud (from the video game Final Fantasy VII). They're both boys and litter mates. They're the best!
I have Cinna (from Hunger Games) and Cloud (from the video game Final Fantasy VII). They're both boys and litter mates. They're the best!
Posted on Jan. 26, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 03:43 AM
My big gray boy's name will never appear on any list but mine. Best loved cats of all time. ..
Da TaDa... presenting...
"Happy Hooligan"..because he was happiest when being a hooligan - of course! And I mean that in the nicest of ways.
My big gray boy's name will never appear on any list but mine. Best loved cats of all time. ..
Da TaDa... presenting...
"Happy Hooligan"..because he was happiest when being a hooligan - of course! And I mean that in the nicest of ways.
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 04:25 AM
Harley Jane, Wanda Sue, Molly Maie, Lizzie Grace and Betsy Lou are my babies.
Harley Jane, Wanda Sue, Molly Maie, Lizzie Grace and Betsy Lou are my babies.
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 04:36 AM
Sammie and Shooter are my cute little fur balls
Sammie and Shooter are my cute little fur balls
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 05:45 AM
Neither of my cat's names are on there. Both are girls. My long haired cat is Poof and my short haired cat is Viviane.
Neither of my cat's names are on there. Both are girls. My long haired cat is Poof and my short haired cat is Viviane.
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 08:58 AM
My male cats name is "Chewie". Cute ragdoll!
My male cats name is "Chewie". Cute ragdoll!
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 09:10 AM
I have a Jonesey (m) and a Ripley (f)
I have a Jonesey (m) and a Ripley (f)
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
by Elizabeth
‎01-27-2016 09:57 AM

I have a feeling (that could be wrong), that Luna is most likely due to the Sailor Moon cat, Luna. But then again, I grew up in that era, and that's why I would name a cat Luna Smiley Happy

I have a feeling (that could be wrong), that Luna is most likely due to the Sailor Moon cat, Luna. But then again, I grew up in that era, and that's why I would name a cat Luna Smiley Happy

Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 12:05 PM
My kitties names are Saturn and Soot!!
My kitties names are Saturn and Soot!!
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
by CatTayls90
‎01-27-2016 01:11 PM

Cheshire is NOT hard to say... It's quite easy to say, Che-sure. that's one of my darling Furbabies' Names, and she lives up to it and pops up out of nowhere. 

Cheshire is NOT hard to say... It's quite easy to say, Che-sure. that's one of my darling Furbabies' Names, and she lives up to it and pops up out of nowhere. 

Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
by Katmomma
‎01-27-2016 02:50 PM

My furkids names are Piglet (male and he got his name because his late brothers name was Tigger) Tammi Faye (female and the shelter named her Tammi so we decide because she's a regal Maine Coon she needed a middle name) and Baby Bella ( female who was a foster fail kit who was our last litter of 2014 and she was a homely kitten so we figured we give her a name that meant beautiful)

My furkids names are Piglet (male and he got his name because his late brothers name was Tigger) Tammi Faye (female and the shelter named her Tammi so we decide because she's a regal Maine Coon she needed a middle name) and Baby Bella ( female who was a foster fail kit who was our last litter of 2014 and she was a homely kitten so we figured we give her a name that meant beautiful)

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‎01-27-2016 04:47 PM
My all white male cat's name is Walter...because Walter white.
My all white male cat's name is Walter...because Walter white.
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 06:32 PM
What? Harry didn't make it on the boys names. Lol My cat is just one of a kind. Hehe
What? Harry didn't make it on the boys names. Lol My cat is just one of a kind. Hehe
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 06:47 PM
Stinky and Lucy are mine. Stinky because when I found him, he only weighed a pound and had worms. He was really stinky after the dewormer kicked in.
Stinky and Lucy are mine. Stinky because when I found him, he only weighed a pound and had worms. He was really stinky after the dewormer kicked in.
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-27-2016 08:33 PM
We named our little guy Cheddar with soon turned into cheddar cheese. You've probably guessed he is orange
We named our little guy Cheddar with soon turned into cheddar cheese. You've probably guessed he is orange
Posted on Jan. 27, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 12:17 AM
I've got a Shannon(tortoise shell) and a Rahjah(orange tabby). Rahjah being named after the tiger in Aladdin and he lives up to his princely name.
I've got a Shannon(tortoise shell) and a Rahjah(orange tabby). Rahjah being named after the tiger in Aladdin and he lives up to his princely name.
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 12:20 AM
I have two sweet girls: Luna Meres and India Serabi and a stray boy who likes to drop in now and then. I named him Leopold Nikolai.
I have two sweet girls: Luna Meres and India Serabi and a stray boy who likes to drop in now and then. I named him Leopold Nikolai.
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 04:56 AM
Named my kitten oden cause his brothers got the names of other gods atlas and zues. My oldest Siamese is named kimshi cause it sounded cute yes I know what kimshi is. Izzybell my daughter named her Isabella but I dislike naming cats human names for the most part so it's izzy or Izzybell now. And my husband's cat is named the dude. Cause he's a cool cat lays around the room and really brings the room together. Lol.
Named my kitten oden cause his brothers got the names of other gods atlas and zues. My oldest Siamese is named kimshi cause it sounded cute yes I know what kimshi is. Izzybell my daughter named her Isabella but I dislike naming cats human names for the most part so it's izzy or Izzybell now. And my husband's cat is named the dude. Cause he's a cool cat lays around the room and really brings the room together. Lol.
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 10:31 AM
I have three girls. Eggberta,chickadee and storm. Plus one boy,boots.
I have three girls. Eggberta,chickadee and storm. Plus one boy,boots.
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 10:49 AM
I've got Ranger (m) Zoey (f) Rose Tyler (f) and Ezio (m) from the video game assasins creed
I've got Ranger (m) Zoey (f) Rose Tyler (f) and Ezio (m) from the video game assasins creed
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 11:26 AM
My boys are General and Sargent. General came first and is orange, so named after the General Lee. But I cut Lee off. Sarge came a few months later and was originally named Soot. But as I'm not a diesel fan, Soot had to go and Sargent went well with General lol
My boys are General and Sargent. General came first and is orange, so named after the General Lee. But I cut Lee off. Sarge came a few months later and was originally named Soot. But as I'm not a diesel fan, Soot had to go and Sargent went well with General lol
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 03:43 PM
I agree with Elizabeth about the name Luna. With the re-release and new version of Sailor Moon, it's more likely that the cat lovers are anime/manga fans.
I agree with Elizabeth about the name Luna. With the re-release and new version of Sailor Moon, it's more likely that the cat lovers are anime/manga fans.
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 04:46 PM
I have two girls, little black stray named 'Puppy' and a big tabby-calico mutt named 'Monkey.' ♡♡
I have two girls, little black stray named 'Puppy' and a big tabby-calico mutt named 'Monkey.' ♡♡
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 05:35 PM
Booger, Bebo, and Chilli all males
Booger, Bebo, and Chilli all males
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-28-2016 11:55 PM
Rick, Louie and Dugan.
I'm so un-trendy!
Rick, Louie and Dugan.
I'm so un-trendy!
Posted on Jan. 28, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 12:41 AM
Yuri, Zeus and Chance. All males.
Yuri, Zeus and Chance. All males.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 03:31 AM
I have Mary-jane and Curious George! ❤
I have Mary-jane and Curious George! ❤
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 03:41 AM
Timmy, Luna, Leo, Hamtaro, and Arwen. Those are my preciouses
Timmy, Luna, Leo, Hamtaro, and Arwen. Those are my preciouses
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 05:41 AM
Kat, Skittles and Thelma are my spoiled kitties.
Kat, Skittles and Thelma are my spoiled kitties.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 06:26 AM
Dexter, Dempsey (males) and Izzy (female).
Dexter, Dempsey (males) and Izzy (female).
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 08:22 AM
My cats are Katrina, Phoebee, and Shadow.
My cats are Katrina, Phoebee, and Shadow.
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‎01-29-2016 12:23 PM
We have four- all rescues. 3 boys - Ramsey, Rudi and Rex and 1 girl - Marmalade, She is a beautiful Ragdoll that adopted us, showing up on our porch a couple of winters ago. She belonged to some neighbors down the street who told us to just keep her. (She was not treated well and now has a much better life)
We have four- all rescues. 3 boys - Ramsey, Rudi and Rex and 1 girl - Marmalade, She is a beautiful Ragdoll that adopted us, showing up on our porch a couple of winters ago. She belonged to some neighbors down the street who told us to just keep her. (She was not treated well and now has a much better life)
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 01:38 PM
Mina is solid black female. Wicked is my male Maine Coon. Smiley Happy
Mina is solid black female. Wicked is my male Maine Coon. Smiley Happy
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‎01-29-2016 02:05 PM
My girl's name is Cassie and my boy's name is Dale, after Dale Jr., Nascar!
My girl's name is Cassie and my boy's name is Dale, after Dale Jr., Nascar!
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‎01-29-2016 04:01 PM
My girl cat's are. Tink, Buttons, Callie, Dusty, Jj, Patches, Neytiri, Bobbie, and my boy cat's are. John Coffee, Gus, Binks, Roger, Sonny, Tommy, Checkers, They all know their name's and are treated like baby's. I talk to them with a soft voice and they kiss my face. I love my little friend's.
My girl cat's are. Tink, Buttons, Callie, Dusty, Jj, Patches, Neytiri, Bobbie, and my boy cat's are. John Coffee, Gus, Binks, Roger, Sonny, Tommy, Checkers, They all know their name's and are treated like baby's. I talk to them with a soft voice and they kiss my face. I love my little friend's.
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‎01-29-2016 04:25 PM
I have. Rupert Weasley, Dewey, Borg and Pixie. I'm glad none of mine are common.
I have. Rupert Weasley, Dewey, Borg and Pixie. I'm glad none of mine are common.
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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‎01-29-2016 04:28 PM
I had a Joey :-( RIP, but now I have Princess and Jackson.
I had a Joey :-( RIP, but now I have Princess and Jackson.
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‎01-29-2016 05:13 PM
I have a polydactyl tuxedo boy named Gordon Bigfoot.
I have a polydactyl tuxedo boy named Gordon Bigfoot.
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‎01-29-2016 05:29 PM
Chester, Voorhees, Loki and Butternut.
Chester, Voorhees, Loki and Butternut.
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‎01-29-2016 06:02 PM
I have Pandora, Pandi for short
I have Pandora, Pandi for short
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‎01-29-2016 07:44 PM
Pretty sure my cats are the only ones with names of Uncle Poopie, Mister Peepers, and Meeps
Pretty sure my cats are the only ones with names of Uncle Poopie, Mister Peepers, and Meeps
Posted on Jan. 29, 2016
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  • 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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