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The 100 Most Popular Male and Female Cat Names
The names we give our cats say more about us than we realize. More often than not, they reflect our passions, interests, and things that matter most to us—not to mention what’s happening in the world around us. A lot of cats were given new names in 2021, in no small part due to soaring pet adoption rates and additional time spent at home due to the pandemic.
To better understand the stories these names have to tell us about the people, places, and stories that defined the past year, we dug into our database of over a million pet parents on Rover. We scratched past the surface to uncover the cat names we loved most, which names topped the charts, and some incredibly creative names we honestly can’t stop thinking about. Ready to dig in?
Luna and Bella top the most popular female cat names again this year, in first and second places respectively. Lily beat out Lucy for third place, pushing Lucy to fourth, and new to the top five this year is Nala in fifth place.
Top 5 Male Cat Names
Oliver tops the list of most popular male cat names for another year, followed by Leo in second, Milo in third, and Charlie in fourth. New to the top five this year is Max in fifth place.
2021's Biggest Cat Name Trends
COVID-Inspired Cat Names Are Still Popular in 2021
COVID-inspired cat names continued to trend in 2021, with the name Fauci up 443% and Covi up 43%. However, the names Rona and Covid are trending down for cats. Special shoutout to the cats named Vax and Dolly Parton.
Olympics-Inspired Cat Names Took Gold in 2021
Cat owners were inspired by the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and named their cats accordingly. The top three most popular Olympic athlete cat names are Tom, Katie, and Simone.
Are tennis fans also cat people? The cat name Naomi is trending up 54% this year. Cats named Tobin were up 68% in 2021, inspired by the bronze-winning USA women's Olympic soccer player.
Covid and the Olympics Aren't the Only Inspiration for Cat Names This Year
Cat names reflect pet parents’ interests, passions and personalities, from a diverse array of inspirations like the cartoons they watched as kids or the destinations people hope to travel to.
US Cat Parents Are Motivated by Travel Destinations Like France and Italy
With so much time at home during the pandemic and many delaying their international travel plans, cat names with international influence are rising in popularity. France must be on a lot of travel bucket lists since Baguette (+343%), Voltaire (+43%), Caviar (+43%), and Dior (+12%) are all trending cat names. While we are sad to say that there aren't any new cats named Prosciutto this year, the cat names Pizza and Anchovy are both trending up 51% and 9% respectively.
2021 also put the cat names Eiffel, Parma, and Prosecco on the map.
2021 Turned Up the Volume on Celebrity-Inspired Cat Names
The Korean boy band BTS swept the country with their catchy songs, incredible outfits, and unbeatable performances. Pet parents are into it! BTS-inspired cat names are up 74% this year. The most popular are V, Suga, Jin, and Kim.
BTS aside, here are a few more of the stand-out trends:
Cats named Yeezy are trending up by 516%.
Cats named Doja and Doja Cat are each trending up 176% respectively.
Taylor Swift is more popular for cats than dogs in 2021 with the name Taylor trending up 76%.
The name Oprah is trending up by 76%.
Ellen is down by 129%.
2021 put the cat names Suga, Octavia Butler, Miley Cyrus, Joko, J-Hope, Halsey, GaGa, Dua Lipa, and Aretha Franklin on the map for the first time.
Always Popular, Food and Beverage Cat Names Continue to Dominate in 2021
Cat names are frequently inspired by pet parents’ favorite beverages, meals, and snacks—from watermelon to schnitzel. Yep, Schnitzel is an especially hot cat name this year.
Meaty vs Plant-Based Cat Names
In 2021 meat-themed names are trending for cats even more than dogs! Overall they’re up up 58% with Beef, Pork Chop, Ham, and Brisket trending up 343%, 193%, 183%, and 103% respectively.
While meat undoubtedly serves as a core inspiration for cat names, so-called “meatless” names are trending up for cats this year by 15%! The most popular plant-based names are Bean(s), Tofu, and Almond.
And with oat milk’s soaring rise in popularity, it should be no surprise that cats named Oat are up 643% this year.
Step Aside, Cookie! Pear, Watermelon, and Lychee Are Taking Over
Unlike 2020’s cat names, Cupcake, Muffin, and Cookie are trending down this year. Instead, cat parents are taking inspiration from their favorite fruits like Pear (+643%), Watermelon (+443%), Lychee (+218%), Plum (+168%), and Pineapple (+100%). While these are trending the most and gaining traction, the following fruity names are the most popular by volume:
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Breakfast Names Are on the Rise
There are some serious breakfast enthusiasts out there and we have cat names to show for it. These are the most popular breakfast names this year:
Cats Named Margarita and Gimlet? We’re In
A couple of beverage-inspired cat names are trending in 2021, with Margarita (+276%), Gimlet (143%), Vodka (+143%), Pepsi (+88%), and Scotch (+76%) leading the way. Conversely, cat names like Cappuccino, Whiskey, Tequila, Pino, Cola, Vino, and Chardonnay are trending down.
Grab Some Popcorn: These Names Get Entertaining
From Marvel to Bridgerton, movies, TV shows and music are often one of the biggest motivators behind new cat names. Some are nostalgic—characters people grew up watching—while others are new in 2021.
TV Character Names We’re Watching
Bridgerton: The late 2020 Netflix TV show Bridgerton whisked viewers away to a glamorous place when they perhaps needed it most. Cat lovers are fans too, and if their cat names tell us anything it’s that they were rooting for the Duke and Daphne all along.
Cats named Duke are trending up 30% and Daphne is trending up 22%. There is even a cat named Lady Whistledown!
Money Heist (Casa de Papel): This action-packed Netflix hit took the world by storm and we’re seeing that trend takeover cat names, too. Arturo (+343%), Tokyo (+293%), Salvador (+243%), Professor (+73%), Berlin (+63%), and Rio (+58%) are all trending up this year. Monica, Denver, Nairobi, and Raquel are all trending down.
Game of Thrones: 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the first episode of Game of Thrones.
The most popular GOT cat names are:
Getting Real With Reality TV-Inspired Cat Names
Survivor: Is the decades-old series having a renaissance? Some would say so. The most popular Survivor-inspired cat names are:
Cat owners are here for Love Island. The most popular names for Love Island-inspired cats are Chloe, Ollie, and Sophie.
Cat parents have particularly taken to the Real Housewives of Potomac. The most popular names are:
Sorry Gizelle! Maybe 2022 will be your year.
Movies Inspired Creative Cat Names This year
Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio known for feature films like Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away, is an inspiration for cat names in the US this year. The most popular are Kiki, Jiji, and Totoro.
More names inspired by the silver screen:
Honoring Chadwick Boseman: Cats named Chadwick increased by 403% and for the first time, cats named Boseman appeared on the list in 2021.
The Marvel Universe: Black Widow-inspired cat names in 2021 with cats named Natasha up 161% while Alexei made the list for the first time.
Disney nostalgia: Cats named Disney are trending up 943% this year, Ratatouille is up 443%, Raya is up 427%, and Goofy is up 377%.
These Dogs Are Ready for Blast Off
2021 has been a big year for all things space, including cat names. The top trending space-inspired names for cats in the US are Saturn (+159%), Star (+66%), Jupiter (+16%), and Pluto (+5%).
Cats named Elon are trending up 343% this year.
TLDR: There Are Now Cats Named Bitcoin
For the first time, we saw Bitcoin appear on our cat names list.
Bitcoin aside, tech-motivated cat names are trending down generally. Siri (-80%), Wifi (-124%), Google (-124%), and Mac (-47%) are all trending down.
Polls Show Political Cat Names Are In
Cat names Kamala and Harris are trending up 543% and 383% respectively. 2021 also put the cat name Biden on the map.
The Overlap Between Football Fans and Cat Lovers
Sports names are typically dominated by dogs but this year cat parents showed their love for football with names like Gronk. The former New England Patriot, Gronk, is the #1 trending football name (up 276% this year).
An honorable mention goes to cats named CeeDee (up 42%) after the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver.