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Popular Names for Cats throughout History

Popular Names for Cats throughout History

The Egyptians were the first to domestic cats, and they did it back in 2000 B.C. when some of the earliest feline pets in history were recorded. Some of the most royal cats were costumed in gold garb, and ate from the plates of their masters.

Queen Cleopatra's favorite cat was named Tivali, and other popular names of cats for the time were Cleo, Ghiza, Isis and Horus.

It is a tough thing to pick just the right name for your kitty, and historically, cat names go through phases. In different parts of the world researchers have discovered different ideas of how to name their cats, with some humorous results.

In the 1950s and 1960s pet names were practical, so they often reflected their pet's appearance. So, Blackie, Spotty, Mittens, Goldie, Tabby were common names.

Then, in the 1980s, people started naming their cats after human names. Gib, short for Gilbert, Winston and Tibert were popular names in Great Britain. Since then, cat names became part of popular culture.

The comics brought Garfield, and Felix, and Tom cat. The TV commercial for 9 Lives brought Morris the Finnicky cat. Disney brought Tigger from "Winnie the Pooh" and Lucifer from "Cinderella" and Simba from "The Lion King."

For a long time a series of Crookshanks were given to ginger cats like Hermione's magical cat in Harry Potter.

What are the Most Popular Cat Names Today?

A survey that collected the most popular names of cats in the United States in 2020 found that many of the top names were common human names, or names of stars.


The second most common name, of simply Kitty, is a historically popular name for people who can't figure out the best name for their cat. And, it really doesn't matter to the cat either, as long as you keep feeding him, right?

Leo, the most historically popular male name for a cat, is also on the most recent list. Again, it's mostly for people who can't figure out what to name their boy cat, but for most of the male cats, it fits.

Here are the most popular names of cats for 2020:

1. Bella
2. Kitty
3. Lily / Lilly
4. Charlie
5. Lucy
6. Leo
7. Milo
8. Jack
9. Nala
10. Sam

Most Popular Cat Names Throughout the World

It's unusual and funny to see what some of the most popular names in other parts of the world are. Sometimes it reflects the population's fascination with the feline.

In England today, some older traditional names still are most popular: Molly, Smudge, Charlie, Alfie, Tiddles and Oscar.

In Germany, Minka, Felix, Mortiz, Eve and Muschi are popular.

In Italy, the romantic names of Romeo, Pallina (meaning small ball), Luna (for moon), and Birba (for scoundrel) are popular.

South Korea calls their cats Nabi, which means butterfly, and No-rang-i which stand for Goldie and Ya-ong-i which means Meow.

In Quebec, the French-speaking part of Canada, popular names are Minou, Grisou, Caramel, Mimi, Chanel and Minette. Some of those names have been on the most popular list in the area for more than a decade.

In China, the common names are Mimi, Meimei (which means young sister), Qiuqiu (balls), Doudou (beans) and Juzi (which means mandarin).

The Japanese popular names include Momo (which means peach), Hana (flower), Koko (here), Fuku (Lucky) and Kai (seashell).

The Russians take their cat names seriously, and have specific names for males and females. The male cats are Aleksandr, Dima, Stanislav, Bazhen, Valentin and Vladimir. The female cats are Anastasia, Bronislava, Irina, Katya, Svetlana and Tanya.

Once you come up with a name, you'll want to personalize a special Bowl or Feeder that is reserved specifically for that cat. Many things in our Living Spaces collection can be personalized with your cat's name.

Picking a name is a tough thing, but once you settle on it, stick to it, or else you will have a Grumpy Cat, and you don't want that.
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