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Best loved cat names: These are the most popular cat names for 2020

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Most popular cat names for 2020

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All cats deserve a great name, but how do you find the perfect name? Looks like cat owners enjoy naming their cats after their favourite characters. What do 2020’s most popular cat names tell us?

By Lorraine Kipling

Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:30

Cats have a lot of personality, so it’s important that their name suits them. If you are looking for inspiration for your new cat’s name, you should try to find something that expresses your personality as well as your cats. Your cat should have a name that makes you proud to introduce him to all your cat-loving friends!

What do the most popular cat names mean, and where do they come from? We have gathered the top 20 most popular names from last year, and suggestions for favourite names in 2020.

Are you looking for name ideas for your male cat or female cat? Read on to find out what’s trending!

What to call a cat?

Finding the puurfect cat name isn't always easy. Why not get some inspiration from famous movie characters, celebrities, cartoons, singers, etc. Or, you can continue scrolling down this article and get ideas from our list of the UK’s most popular male and female cat names.

Cats sometimes find a way to tell you their name. The chatty Mr Meowigton or the white-footed Socks are nominal gifts to their owners. But some pet owners need a little inspiration to find the name that works best. Well, help is at hand!

What is a good name for a kitten?

The secret to choosing a good name for a kitten is to know its personality and to find a name that would suit either to its personality or its physique. For example, imagine your cute kitten is black and white and it has a black patch on its eye, why not call your kitten pirate? Another example, you have a little girl kitten who just loves to cuddle with you, is so gentle and soft, you could name her Pearl.

Here is a list of 10 funny kitty names:

Tiger

Tiger is a cool name for a kitten who not only looks like a mini tiger but also acts like one.

Coco

Coco means chocolate beans and is of American origins. This name would be perfect for a brown kitten.

Jasmine

We all know who princess Jasmine is from Aladdin. If your kitten is your little princess, why not call her by this beautiful name. Jasmine is also a white flower.

Pepper

The Pepper is a type of spice, so, if you have a very active kitten on your hands, Pepper could be a good name for him. Also, if your kitten has got some grey tones in his coat, Pepper is a great name for him.

Shadow

Kittens are usually very mischievous and like to hide in the shadow and jump on your toes. If you kittens is a little devil, Shadow would be a great name for him.

Gary

You probably all seen Spongebob's pet Gary? Ok, he's a snail, but he is supposed to be a cat. If your kitten is as smart and quirky as Gary, then this name would suit him.

Loco

Loco means crazy in Spanish... Yes, you've guessed it! If your kitten is crazy, Loco is the best name for her.

Stella

Stella means star in Latin. This pretty name would be perfect for a small and delicate kitten girl.

Smoke

Smoke would be a good name for a mysterious and modest kitten.

Oreo

We all know the Oreo cookies, they are delicious. Ok, we know we can't eat kittens even though they are so cute, but Oreo would be a great name for a black and white kitten.

10 cute girl cat names for a cat or a kitten

Poppy

Poppy is a pretty name taken from the red flower of remembrance. A great name for a ginger Abyssinian.

Molly

Molly is an Irish name for the Virgin Mary, which means ‘star of the sea.’ It’s a perfect name for a European Shorthair.

Luna

From the latin for ‘moon,’ this name is an ideal match for a white gem like the Khao Manee.

Bella

Bella is a ‘beautiful’ name for a Korat, shared with the character from Twilight.

Daisy

A very cute name from the delicate little white flower. This could work for a Japanese Bobtail.

Millie

Fans of Stranger Things are naming their cats after star Millie Bobby Brown. A Peterbald would fit this name.

Rosie

A sweet flower name for a rose-gold Persian.

Tilly

Short for Matilda, which means ‘mighty.’ This suits a cat with the stature of a Norwegian Forest Cat.

Willow

Whether you like the tree, or the character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Willow is a great name for a Somali.

Lily

A lovely white flower, and Harry Potter’s mum, this is a sweet name for a Turkish Angora.

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Oscar

This name means ‘divine spear.’ It could also refer to the poet Oscar Wilde, or the Hollywood award. This is a good name for a statuesque Toyger.

Charlie

Charlie means ‘free man,’ this is a name for an independent soul, such as a strong-willed Singapura.

Alfie

This royal baby name is short for Alfred, which means ‘wise counsellor.’ Perfect for a sage Maine Coon.

Jasper

Japser is another name from Twilight, this originate from the Persian for ‘bringer of treasure.’ A lovely name for a Persian cat.

Milo

The name Milo comes from the Japanese film The Adventures of Milo and Otis, this suits a tabby Domestic cat.

Leo

Leo means ‘lion’ and would be a great name for a British Longhair.

George

Another royal name, this time meaning ‘tiller of the soil’ or ‘farmer,’ would be cute for a British Shorthair.

Merlin

The name for the Arthurian sorcerer and mentor would suit a Burmese.

Harry

This is a name with royal and magic connections. Could Harry Potter be inspiration for naming a Munchkin?

Monty

Short for Montague, this means ‘hill of the ruler.’ It also reminds us of the Monty Python comedy troupe. A fun name for a playful Russian Blue.

What are the most popular male and female cat names for 2020?

Oliver

A name made famous by Dickens’s Oliver Twist, and popular ever since. This is great for a Snowshoe.

Bella

The Twilight name means ‘beautiful.’ It would work for Tiffany, to be sure.

Simba

The Lion King made the name Simba, from the Swahili for ‘lion,’ popular for long-haired cats such as the Selkirk Rex.

Chloe

This name is perennially popular. It means ‘blooming,’ or ‘fertility,’ and would be lovely for a Turkish Van.

Luna

Meaning ‘moon,’ and also the name of the well-loved character from Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, this would suit a Sphynx.

Max

Short for Maxwell or Maximillian, this would work for a ‘big’ cat, such as a Norwegian Forest Cat.

Lucy

It means ‘light,’ and works for any blonde or white cat, such as a Chinchilla Persian.

Lily

Although the lily flower is actually toxic to cats, the name of Harry Potter’s mum works fine for a Burmilla.

Nala

Another name from The Lion King, this could work for an American Curl.

Sophie

This name means ‘wisdom,’ and is also a character in the popular film Joker. It’s a nice name for a Balinese cat.

Milo

From the Japanese film The Adventures of Milo and Otis, this name would be a cute fit for an American Wirehair.

What are the top 10 cat names of all time?

Did you know that the first named cat lived over 3,400 years ago? Indeed, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it was an Egyptian cat named "Nedjem" which means "sweet" or "pleasant". In all these years, there must have been a lot of different names for cats.

We wanted you to have even more ideas to pick a name from we have made a list of the most popular cat and kitty names of all time.

  • Garfield
  • Felix
  • Tigger
  • Simba
  • Whiskers
  • Salem
  • Missy
  • Max
  • Bella
  • Oscar

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