Rover brings you the most popular dog names every year, and we’re all about giving the same treatment to our cat friends. We dug into our data to find out what pet parents nationwide are naming their feline family members. From there, we took a peek at the top gray cat names of the year. From cute gray kitten names to sophisticated adult gray cat choices, you’ll find something in our database to fit every cat personality.
What’s so alluring about a gray cat? The sleek beauties deserve a fantastic gray cat name to compliment their striking looks. Cat names used to be pretty straightforward (“here, Fluffy!”) and while there’s nothing wrong with classic options, these days, cat owners are choosing a wide variety of interesting names for their pets.
When it comes to silver or gray kittens, their smoke-colored fur gives rise to names like Ash, Moon, Gandalf, and Bluebell. Find our top picks for gray cat names below, along with the most popular of these names, and a few fabulous Russian monikers thrown in for good measure.
For male and female cats
- Albus (for Albus Dumbledore, of course)
- Azure or Azura
- Bastet (an Egyptian cat goddess)
- Cinder or Cinderella
- Disco (for a party cat!)
- Dorian (as in Dorian Gray)
- Earl Grey
- Edie (of Gray Gardens)
- Ella (short for Cinderella)
- Floyd (meaning “gray” in Welsh)
- Grace or Gracie
- Guthrie (Scottish for “windy spot”)
- Kai (Hawaiian for “sea”)
- Lady Grey
- Lloyd (meaning “gray” in Welsh)
- Mab (the fairy queen)
- Mercury (feel free to add “Freddie” for superstar power)
- Miku (Japanese for “beautiful sky”)
- Noelani (Hawaiian for “heavenly mist”)
- Reva (“rain” in Hindi)
- Sasha (great for a Russian Blue)
- Stormy or Storm
- Sylvia or Sylvie
- Yin (from the Chinese 银 meaning “silver” or “money”)
- Yuki (“snow storm”)
- Zelda (from “Griselda” meaning “gray”)
- Ziggy (as in Stardust)
From Rover.com’s database of pet names
Popular among Russian Blue owners, but beautiful on any cat
Whether you have a British Blue Shorthair, a Chartreux from France, or perhaps a Russian Blue, a gray-coated feline is a sight to behold. One of the rarest color variations in a cat is called “lilac” or “lavender,” which is a cool bluish gray, usually spread evenly throughout the coat.
Your new gray cat is part of the family, so take some time to choose a name you love. Along with their silvery coat, consider your cat’s personality: a feisty Pepper or an elegant Violet? A sassy Bubbles or a playful Grady? Your interests and favorites play a part in pet naming, too. Cat lovers have chosen names of favorite foods, book characters, colors, and musicians to name their kitten or newly adopted cat. Yes, that means that everything from Dorian Gray to Zelda is on the table.
And of course, color doesn’t have to factor into your cat’s name. A gray cat can sport a top feline name like Lily, Ollie, or Boots just as well as the next cat.
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.
Across the board, we’re seeing a big lift in human names for cats (and dogs, for that matter!) While word names like Smokey and Shadow are still big, along with character names like Baloo and Meeko, the cat names with the biggest growth are also popular baby names.
That means cat lovers are choosing Gracie, Rowan, and Albus (full name Albus Dumbledore, of course) as kitten names rather than Lady or Kitty. Hipster baby names also find their way into our popular cat name data. Names like Opal, Griffin, and Luna are hot for kittens and newly adopted cats just as they are for trendsetting human babies.
For gray cats, in particular, we see a continuing fascination with naming cats after other animals. These include Mouse, Goose, Wolf, and Fox, along with the more unusual Koala and Otter.
Finally, moon and sky names are big for gray cats (as well as black cats!) These include the ever-popular Luna along with Selena, Artemis, Moon itself, and Jupiter, Venus, Nimbus, and Storm.
Cats seem more independent than dogs, sure, but they need attention, play, and treats when you’re gone, too. Your great cat deserves great cat care. You’ve found the best cat name, so now it’s time to find them the perfect cat sitter.
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