The 20 Most Popular Cat Names In The US


Thinking of adopting a new kitty? Bringing a new cat into the family is exciting in itself, one of the best parts is getting to pick a name! Our pets’ names can say a lot about us—for instance, if you meet someone with a cat named Luke Skywhisker, there’s a good chance that they are a fan of a certain space saga. 

So if you’re looking to find a new best feline friend, we’ve gathered 20 of the most popular—and some of the funniest—cat names in the US for some inspurration. This list was compiled by Healthy Paws Pet and Insurance Foundation and includes the 10 male and 10 female cat names that were most popular in 2017.

Scroll down for some name ideas that will be purr-fect for any feline! 

Top 10 Male Cat Names


Thanks to the Disney classic Oliver and Company, which is derived from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Oliver is ideal for ginger cats. It has a Latin origin and means "olive tree." 


Loki is known as the god of mischief in Norse mythology, and thanks to the Avengers, he's more popular than ever. If you name a cat Loki, though, be prepared: it might be a self-fulfilling prophecy.



Milo is of German origin and means "soldier" or "merciful." 



The Lion King pretty much instituted Simba as a classic cat name. It is originally of Swahili origin, and fittingly means "lion." You can give your kitty their very own mane and crown them the king of your living room! 


Jack is a durable, cheery everyman form of John. How did John get to Jack? It went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to Jack. Language is strange!


Charlie has dozens of pop cultural references, from Charlie Chaplin  to "Charlie's Angels." It derives from Charles, which means "free man." It became popular in France in the Middle Ages thanks to Charles the Great (aka Charlemagne). 


Finn is of Irish origin and means "fair or white." Popular characters featuring the name are Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and more recently, Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Leo is the purrfect name for any tiny house lion, especially as it literally translates to lion in Latin.  




Max traces its origins back to Ancient Rome, from the Roman family name "Maximus," meaning "greatest." 


Oscar is of Irish and English origins, and has multiple meanings, from "God spear," "deer-lover," and "champion warrior." Notable bearers of the name are writer Oscar Wilde and, of course, Oscar-Mayer (of the Oscar Mayer Wieners). 


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Top 10 Female Cat Names:


Luna is of Italian origin and translates to, you guessed it, "moon." Luna was also the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.


Bella is of Italian origin and means "beautiful." 


Lucy is predominately English in origin, and is derived from the Latin "lux" which means "light." The purrfect name for a feline who lights up your life!  


Floral names are coming back into style, with Lily at the head of the parade! Slightly ironic in name as lilies are highly toxic to cats if ingested - so if you have a Lily, keep her well away from the lilies. 


Another lovely floral name that is as bright and energetic as a sweet kitten. Daisy comes from the phrase "day's eye," because it opens its petals at daybreak. 


As with the name Simba, Nala became a popular cat name thanks to The Lion King. Nala is a name with an African origin, meaning "successful." In Sanskrit it means stem.


In its simplest form, the name Mia means "mine" or "my beloved," as it does in Italian. 


Means "green shoot" in Greek, referring to new plant growth in the spring. 


Stella means "star" in Latin and also provides endless amounts of fun each and everytime you reenact that famous line from A Streetcar Named Desire. You know the one.

Need some more ideas? Check out our collection of unique historical names for your cat!  


Have a story on how you picked out your cat's name? Comment below! 


  • Elsa

    I named my boy Loki because it’s both cute and mischievous, just like he is!
    Our family cat was called Whisky after the whiskey brand “Black and White”. Our neighbours who found him named him, and we kept it.
    They are both black and white cats, and incidentally came from the same human family. Since they looked so much alike, they even called one of the kittens Whisky. The kitten who ended up picking me! But I changed the name this time, to Loki :)

  • Janelle

    i miss my cat a lot his name is opie he is 2 weeks old and he is out on the streets alone god bless you opie

  • Katie

    Past cats-

    Pepper was so named because he was solid grey.
    Sophie was a calico. I think my mother picked her name because she didn’t want a “typical” calico name.
    Lucky was a grey tabby. We found him abandoned in our yard-he was lucky we spotted him.
    Peanut was named that because he was a tiny orange tabby when we got him. Later, the name became ironic because he got fat.
    Belle and Beau were grey and white tabby littermates. Belle means “beautiful” and Beau means “handsome.”

    Current cats-

    Charlie is solid black. He’s named after Charlie Chaplin, both because I love Chaplin’s work and because he was found wandering around outside as a kitten (a tramp, so to speak.)
    Selene is a grey tabby. I like mythology, and I named her after the ancient Greek personification of the moon, because she’s colored like it.

  • Jeanne

    I adopted two kittens when they were three and five months old their names are chaos and calamity, no more Explanation required 🤣 and I love every little tiny piece of fur on them ❤️

  • Sandy G

    I always name my cats human names. Here are just a few: I have Toby now. I’ve had a Charley, Zachary, Jack, Buddy, Leo, Alex (a girl), Rene (another girl). My sister names hers human names too. She has Bella, Rudy & Kelly right now. In the past, she has had: William, Harry (yes, names after Diana’s boy’s) Siobhan, Timothy, Baby Jack and more.

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