Infographic: Top Cat Names of 2017

Top Cat Names of 2017

Picking out a name for your cat is one of the most fun – and nerve wracking! – experiences of being a cat parent. After all, you’ll have to say that name for a very long time.

As the year comes to a close, Find Cat Names ( has announced the year’s top cat names. The site compiled the selections of its 2.2 million visitors, and the results are surprising.

For starters, while names from the 1994 film The Lion King have always been popular, this is the first year that they’ve placed first on both the top male and female lists.

For the male cat names, Simba, the movie’s main character, ranked number one on the list. Nala, the friend and eventual wife of Simba, finished as the top choice of the year for female cats.

People say that the ‘90s are making a comeback, so perhaps that is what’s behind the resurgence of these names?

That wasn’t the only surprise. Milo, typically considered a popular dog name, skyrocketed to the number two spot on the list of top male cat names.

We hope you’ll find this infographic fun but don’t forget to let us know the names of your cats!

Text copy of fofographic below:

Top Female Cat Names

  1. Nala
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Abby
  5. Daisy
  6. Angel
  7. Cleo
  8. Hazel
  9. Belle
  10. Coco

Top Male Cat Names

  1. Simba
  2. Milo
  3. Tiger
  4. Oreo
  5. Bear
  6. Biscuit
  7. Felix
  8. Jasper
  9. Alfie
  10. Caesar

Find Cat Names also tracked the top cat names in other key categories.

Cute Cat Names

  1. Willow
  2. Addie
  3. Blue
  4. Pixie
  5. Archie
  6. Lola
  7. Binx
  8. Ella
  9. Zoey
  10. Arlo

Tough Cat Names

  1. Axel
  2. Leo
  3. Roxy
  4. Jinx
  5. Bandit
  6. Pepper
  7. Jojo
  8. Atlas
  9. Jax
  10. Bear

Sports Cat Names      

  1. Archer
  2. Mia
  3. Fuzzy
  4. Ali
  5. Moon
  6. Boomer
  7. Blitz
  8. Babe
  9. Dottie
  10. Teddy

Funny Cat Names

  1. Bacon
  2. Oreo
  3. Whiskers
  4. Buttercup
  5. Monet
  6. Waffles
  7. Kiki
  8. Princess
  9. Bingo
  10. Skittles

TV/Movie Cat Names

  1. Ariel
  2. Dixie
  3. Felix
  4. Tigger
  5. Harper
  6. Casper
  7. Pebbles
  8. Meeko
  9. Olive
  10. Barney

Geeky Cat Names

  1. Cookie
  2. Gizmo
  3. Chewie
  4. Buffy
  5. Gidget
  6. Finn
  7. Ash
  8. Mouse
  9. Java
  10. Neo
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53 thoughts on “Infographic: Top Cat Names of 2017

  1. Rohvannyn says:

    Fun infographic! I had Orion, then along came Parker (for Parkerized Gray Kitty) then Cassiopeia was renamed Mouse for her hypersqueak, then she renamed herself Nezumi (means the same thing in Japanese) because she liked the sound of it better. Recently, fourteen year old BooBoo renamed himself Shinji – he liked the sound of that better too.

  2. chrisscatmeow says:

    My boy is called Spike the Cats Protection named him as when he was born he had spiky hair on his head. I remember I took him to the vets and when it was our turn the receptionist shouted out Pikes need what an embarrassment every one was looking at me as if to say who would name a cat after a fish. My other cats were called Oscar,Aslan,Simon cause he was Siamese and Jaffa my wee ginger boy but he sadly had to get put to sleep because of cancer.Then there was Wallace I used to call him my wee William Wallace as he was so brave.x??????

  3. Willow Croft says:

    Naming cats is hard. I had about 15 different names for my critters before I settled on Cricket (Tabby) and Lettuce (black cat). Then I had Sid and Nancy, as well. The family cat name was “Lunch”.

      • The Chaos Realm says:

        A family member named him. When I was younger, it was de rigueur to let cats be indoor/outdoor. So, this family member picked the name, so, as you probably guessed, when he was calling him home, it would be, of course, calling “Lunch” home for all the neighbours to hear.

          • The Chaos Realm says:

            Especially in the Southern US…ya know, fine redneck cuisine like possum and squirrel and gator…LOL

          • Marc-André says:

            XD. Oh yes I’ve been to southern US. Though I’ve to say gator bites are nice!!!

            Not tried possum tho :O

          • The Chaos Realm says:

            I love (from a respectful distance) my gator friends. I miss seeing them…in yards…in parking lots. LOL

          • Marc-André says:

            I once held a baby gator at a friends place. I thought it was a rather scary experience despite him saying that it’s his pet gator. 😐

          • The Chaos Realm says:

            I would imagine it would be scary. I’ve worked with enough wildlife during my years as a wildlife rescue volunteer to consider the term “pet” when applied to wildlife an oxymoron. *laugh* Gators are beautiful creatures though…there’s something about watching them glide through the water that’s both eerie and mystic at the same time.

  4. subodai213 says:

    I have two cats: Sable (my applehead Siamese) and Diamond (my shelter tabby).
    I have several names for cats from the past:
    Cheetoh…(a ginger tuxedo male)
    Kiwi…an all black female
    Boots and Sneakers: two sisters, both brown tabbys, Boots had white on her forelegs up to the shins, and Sneakers was white just on the forefeet.
    And a friend of mine had an all black cat with huge yellow eyes like an owl, so she was named “Who?”
    We had alllll sorts of fun with that name, in the vein of Abbot and Costello’s classic “who’s on first.”

  5. Liz Dixon says:

    I have three cats. Max, a 17 year old black Oriental cross Shorthair. Maya, a white and black Shorthair and her brother, Mylo a Tuxedo Shorthair. Maya and Mylo are both about four months old. We did have Max’s brother, Oliver, but he passed away this year having developed heart failure.

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  7. Dennis the Vizsla says:

    hello katzenworld its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm the hipster kitties ar naymd charlee and chaplin my dada sez that theez ar moovee nayms but i hav never herd of that moovee!!! happy noo yeer to all of yoo!!! ok bye

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