Here at Rover, it’s fair to say we’re obsessed with pet names. Every year we release data on the top dog names around the country, and this year, we also wanted to see the name rankings for cats. We dug deep into our huge database of pet names to reveal the most popular cat names of 2018. From there, we pulled out the top 100 male cat names, listed below. If you’re looking for kitten names for your new boy cat, this roundup is a great place to start.
Cat names used to be pretty straightforward (“here, Fluffy!”) and while there’s nothing wrong with those old-fashioned choices, these days, cat owners are choosing a wide variety for their pets. From Oliver to Jax to Gizmo, there’s a cat name on this list for every style…not to mention for every cat personality.
Top 100 Male Cat Names
Ranked in order of popularity from Rover.com
Top 7 Grandpa Cat Names
Old-timey human names are popular for cats, perhaps because of their vintage vibe—perfect for a smart cat who can’t be bothered with your nonsense. (Unless there’s salmon involved.) These are the top “grandpa” names for cats in our database.
Top 12 Double Names for Male Cats
Cat owners love to give their cats a title or a middle name, and if you’ve ever met a cat, you can see why. What’s more fitting than a “Mister,” a “Lord,” or a “Prince” for a regal little kitty?
Of course, double names for cats also include adorable monikers (see: “Little Bit”) and famous characters (“Sirius Black.”) Here are the top choices for male cats with two names in Rover’s data.
- Mr. Kitty
- Kit Kat
- Chairman Meow
- Little Bit
- Earl Grey
- Jon Snow
- Jack Jack
- Sirius Black
- Mr. Darcy
- Mr. Whiskers
- Biggie Smalls
- Prince Harry
Trends in Male Cat Names
Across the board, we’re seeing a big lift in human names for cats (and dogs, for that matter!) While word names like Shadow and Pepper are still big, along with character names like Tigger, Felix, and Simba, the cat names with the biggest growth are also popular baby names.
That means cat lovers are choosing Jack, Jasper, and William (nickname Willie) as kitten names. Hipster baby names also find their way into our popular cat name data. Names like Finn, Milo, and Dexter are hot for kittens and newly adopted cats just as they are for trendsetting human babies.
God and goddess names for cats are also on the rise, with Loki, Thor, and Apollo big for the boys and Athena ranking higher than ever in girl cat names.
Oliver: The Year’s Hottest Male Cat Name
What is it about Oliver? It’s the most popular of male cat names in Rover’s data by far. It easily beats out Charlie and Max, which come in at two and three.
Let’s start with the adorable orange kitten in Disney’s Oliver and Company. That 1988 animated take on Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist spawned a whole generation of cats named Oliver. That said, it can’t be the only explanation for Oliver’s popularity as a male cat name. Did we mention it was released in 1988?
At the end of the day, Oliver is a surprisingly popular name for human babies. In fact, it’s downright hot. Among American baby boys, it’s risen to the top 10 in the last couple of years. It’s not just that it’s popular, but it’s also trending: it jumped from the 140th most popular male baby name in 2007 to the 9th in 2017! (source)
That’s quite a rise, and it appears that cat owners are just as taken with it as parents of new babies.
Choosing the Best Cat Name
We get it. Your new cat is part of the family, and their name deserves to be special. Finding the perfect name doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Consider your cat’s personality: a feisty Pepper or an elegant Winston? A sassy Louie or a playful Charlie? The sky’s the limit.
Your interests and favorites play a part in pet naming, too. Cat owners have chosen names of favorite foods, book characters, colors, and musicians to name their new cat. Yes, that means you can name your cat “Mr. Darcy” if it makes you smile.
Cats don’t typically respond to their names in the same way that dogs do, mainly because cat owners are far less likely to train their cats (and therefore, teach their cats to associate their names with certain outcomes.) Nevertheless, you’ll be saying your cat’s name plenty, so give your top contenders a whirl. Say them out loud and get a feel for how easy they are to say, not to mention whether you enjoy hearing the sound.
Discover More Top Cat Names
Maybe this roundup of popular cat names is too, well, popular for your taste? In that case, never fear. Rover has you covered with adult and kitten name ideas galore.
Some of the cat name lists are made up entirely of our pet name data, while others include expert suggestions with popularity ranking where available. From top cat names of the year to female cat names and cute cat names, black cat names and Harry Potter cat names, there’s a name list for every cat lover. The perfect name is out there!