Top 10 Cat Names of 2019

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

20 May 2019

If you’d rather have your kitten fit in with the crowd than give them a completely unique name, why not try one of these popular names? There is something for everyone!

The most popular male cat names in 2019

  • 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.    Cat knight Geaorge fighting with the dragon
  • 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 2019

  • 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!

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