Mews: The top cat names in the USA – #1 is Oliver!

Hi everyone,

You may remember our post a few weeks back about the top cat names in the UK which you can find here. Well today we are looking at the top US names! These have been captured by Pets Best Insurance.


And Oliver is SOOOO proud of the outcome of this list! (Apparently he believes it is all thanks to him being popular! Let’s leave him that illusion 😉 )

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, released its annual list of the top 10 most popular names for pets enrolled with the agency in 2014.

While it’s typical to see a slight shift in pet names from year to year, the cat names of 2014 have seen significant changes this year. Six of the 10 most popular cat names are new to this year’s list.

Top 10 Cat Names of 2014
1. Oliver
2. Luna
3. Tigger
4. Milo
5. Max
6. Sophie
7. Shadow
8. Kitty
9. Lily
10. Jack

On the list of top cat names, Oliver jumped from sixth in 2013 to first place on this year’s list. Check this post for other great boy kitten names.

Pet names are often heavily influenced by pop culture, demonstrated in 2014 with the popularity of Luna. Social media sensation Luna the Fashion Kitty has her own fashion advice website and more than 1.3 million followers on Facebook. The name Kitty, made famous by pop singer Katy Perry’s beloved feline companion Kitty Purry debuted at number eight on the Pets Best list. The famed cat has been a theme of Perry’s international concert tours, and even has a perfume fragrance named after her.

Human names are also on the rise among pets.

“Pet owners often have a personal reason for choosing their pets’ names, which serves as an important part of developing a bond,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “Many Pets Best policyholders have unique names for their pets, but every year we see noticeable patterns of pets named after animals and celebrities experiencing nationwide attention.”

For more information about the agency and its plans, visit



Don't miss out!
Subscribe To Newsletter

Receive top cat news, competitions, tips and more!

Invalid email address
Give it a try. You can unsubscribe at any time.

65 thoughts on “Mews: The top cat names in the USA – #1 is Oliver!

  1. foguth says:

    Uh, Marc, when you say, “Oliver is SOOOO proud of the outcome of this list! (Apparently he believes it is all thanks to him being popular! Let’s leave him that illusion 😉 )” you aren’t trying to suggest that they aren’t named after him, are you?!?
    Because I am sure that Ms. Carol knows who all those US cats were named after. She has a purrsonal connection to this sort of information. 😉

  2. sledpress says:

    I’ve never fancied the trendy cat name. I found out eventually that “Apricat” – which I thought that I kind of pulled out of my butt in an emergency when the vet needed a name on top of a foundling’s file — was not original with me, but his full name was Apricat Houdini Mitzvah Valjean Beezler. T. S. Eliot was quite serious about a cat needing five different names and I observe his rubric as best I can. I have Agatha Spacklepaws Voleslayer, Torvald Einar Magnussen, Mr. Ferguson aka Fergie, and Nickel Catmium-Ferguson (they are married). I miss Esther Patricia Upcat Reveille Twinkle, though we called her Patty, mostly.

  3. Elouise says:

    Prince Oliver Smudge the Second sends greetings to Oliver and all other Olivers who share this splendiferous name!

    Smudge (for short) was rescued a little over 2 years ago by our granddaughters from a scary rainy forest. It took over two hours! Skin and bones, filthy, wary, weary and oh so sweet. 6 months old maybe. He reminded me of Oliver Twist who just wanted more porridge! White with pink ears, pink paws, pink nose and a little gray charcoal smudge on top of his head.

    Thanks for this Very Important News. Great comments above, too!

  4. paws4moment says:

    I was going to name my cats, in 2012, Edward and Bella. Everyone thought I was big into Twilight. I was like heck no and changed Bella into Java. I am into coffee big time. My other cat is Daiquiri and I named her that because it sounds cool :)!!

  5. Pingback: 5 Top Cat Names in the UK | Library of Cats

  6. Susan Langer says:

    Love the name. My 3 yr. old grandson is named Oliver and when I told him, he was very proud to have a cat named for him. Thought your story was cute and had interesting info. Susan 🙂

Why not meow a comment to fellow readers?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.