The Top 10 Cat Names of 2013: Some Things Never Change, But Oh, How I Wish They Would


Last year, I wrote about the 10 most popular kitten names of 2012, and that post was a huge hit. Given that you all enjoyed it so much, I decided it was time to check up on the trendiest cat names of 2013 according to Vetstreet’s database of 425,000 kitten names.

So, what’s new in the world of feline monikers? Well, not a whole lot, it seems, but there are a couple of up-and-comers. Bella is still clinging with all 18 claws to the top spot in the female cat names list, where she’s been perched for the last seven years — which I’m sure has nothing at all to do with the October 2005 debut of the first Twilight novel, just like the movie Love Story had nothing at all to do with making Jennifer the most popular name in the U.S. from 1970 through 1984.

But what about the other most popular female cat names? Much to my chagrin, Kitty is still on the top 10 list, but this year she’s dropped a position to No. 3. Last year’s bottom two, Lilly and Callie, fell off the list to make room for two newcomers. Molly made her debut at No. 5, and Nala made a splash at No. 9.

Top 10 female cat names

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Kitty
  4. Luna
  5. Chloe
  6. Molly
  7. Lily
  8. Sophie
  9. Nala
  10. Daisy

On the male side, though, there has been a coup: Oliver has overtaken Max for the top spot in tomcat world. Beyond that, though, there aren’t any new entries in the male cat top 10 list this year, though, just some shuffling of places.

Top 10 male cat names

  1. Oliver
  2. Max
  3. Tiger
  4. Charlie
  5. Simba
  6. Milo
  7. Smokey
  8. Leo
  9. Jack
  10. Kitty

What does that tell me? It’s time to get more creative with the male cat names. They deserve some dignity! How can a suave tom hold his tail high if he finds out he’s the eighth cat at the shelter to be named Tiger? How many Maxes does the world need? And don’t even get me started on Kitty.

No, for heaven’s sake, give your boy-cat some respect: How about Samuel L. Catson or Hamlet? Lucius or Lucipurr? Frodo, Samwise and Merry? John, Paul, George and Ringo? Really, people, there are lots of choices!

I want to see some changes in next year’s top 10 lists, people! If you volunteer for a shelter or rescue and you’ve got the chance to help name some cats, please scour your memory for the names of your favorite musicians and characters from books, TV shows, movies, folk tales, spiritual traditions, myths and plays. There are tons and tons of names to choose from! May the reign of Kitty in the top 10 list finally come to an end.

What do you think? Is this top 10 list an accurate reflection of the popularity of cat names? What are the names you wish people would stop using? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, since 2003.

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