Choosing the perfect name for your kitten or rescue cat is a lot of fun. But, if you find that you’re stuck as to which name to choose, we have just the thing to get your thinking cap working.
Here is a list of the top cat names in Australia — and their meanings!
The most popular male cat names in Australia
Oliver — “Oliver” is the name of the main character of Disney’s Oliver and Company. From “Olivier”, the French form of a name meaning “elf warrior”; this is definitely a cool name to give to your cat.
Leo — “Leo” means “lion” — a perfect name for a stately tomcat!
Charlie — The dimunitive of “Charles” that can either mean “man” or “warrior”.
Milo — “Milo” can mean “gracious” or “soldier”, and is the name of one of the main characters in The Adventures of Milo and Otis, in which “Milo” is an orange tabby cat.
Max — Short for “Maximilian”, it means “the greatest” — and isn’t your cat exactly that?
Jack — “Jack” is the diminutive form of “John”, which can be traced back to mean “Yahweh is gracious”. It has since become a common name and has never been out of the US top 100 names. So many characters have also been named Jack, you can practically take your pick!
George — From the Greek meaning “farmer”, George is also the name of the saint who is famous for killing a dragon. Keeping in mind that your kitten daily “kills” his catnip mice, this can be a good name to choose.
Simon — The name “Simon” can be traced back to the Hebrew “he has heard”, and is the name of various important persons in the Bible. There is also a Simon in the A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books.
Loki — No longer simply a god of mischief in the Norse mythology, Loki is also a very popular character in the Marvel universe.
Simba — The lead character in The Lion King, “Simba” means “lion”.
The most popular female cat names in Australia
Luna — “Luna” means “moon” and is the perfect name for a white or grey cat.
Chloe — “Chloe” means “green shoot” in Greek, and is a name that is very popular in Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, and the US. It is also an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter, the goddess of agriculture.
Bella — “Bella” means “beauty” and is the name of the main character in The Twilight Saga.
Lucy — The English form of “Lucia”, derived from the Latin for “light”.
Lily — Just hearing “lily” makes you think of wonderfully beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers. Quite apt, then, to name your cute kitty after such a beautiful thing.
Sophie — “Sophie” is the French form of “Sophia”, that means “Wisdom” in Greek.
Lola — The diminutive of “Dolores”, “Lola” is a sweet and short name for a kitten or small house cat. Although “Dolores” means “sorrows”, a cat in the house brings everything but that.
Zoe — “Zoe” means “life” in Greek and features quite a bit in popular culture like Doctor Who and Firefly. It is also one of the top 10 baby names in Australia!
Cleo — Short for “Cleopatra”, it was the name of the queens of Egypt from the Ptolemaic royal family.
Nala — The female main character and love interest in the film The Lion King. The name means “gift”.
For even more ideas for names for your cat, click here for male cat names and here for female cat names. Here is also some tips on choosing the perfect cat name for your new cat.
And don’t forget to check out our Cat Name Generator!