Top Cat Names of 2020 [Infographic]

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The results are in, and it’s been quite the year for names from The Lion King! Nala is the number one pick for female cat names, and Simba ranked at the top for male cat names.

The results are determined by the 2.8 million new cat owners who used our site so far this year.

At this time every year, we like to reflect on the most popular cat names here at Find Cat Names and identify any key trends from the past 12 months. It’s always interesting to see which names are moving up the charts and why that may be.

Curious to see what other names topped the charts? Check out the lists below.

And if you’re more of a visual person, our top cat names infographic is a fun way to take in the name trends.

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Top Female Cat Names

  1. Nala
  2. Luna
  3. Abby
  4. Daisy
  5. Bella
  6. Willow
  7. Coco
  8. Addison
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cookie
  11. Cleo
  12. Pixie
  13. Bambi
  14. Biscuit
  15. Angel
  16. Mocha
  17. Buttercup
  18. Olive
  19. Oreo
  20. Dixie
  21. Roxy
  22. Honey
  23. Bell (Belle)
  24. Ava
  25. Maple
  26. Muffin
  27. Hazel
  28. Rose (Rosie)
  29. Millie
  30. Alice
  31. Autumn
  32. Addie
  33. Jinx
  34. Bean
  35. Kiki
  36. Violet
  37. Agatha
  38. Cora
  39. Kit Kat
  40. Cherry
  41. Lola
  42. Opal
  43. Pepper
  44. Amber
  45. Gracie
  46. Cinnamon
  47. Piper
  48. Fifi
  49. Moon
  50. Trixie

Top Male Cat Names

  1. Simba
  2. Milo
  3. Biscuit
  4. Alfie
  5. Archie
  6. Binx
  7. Arlo
  8. Loki
  9. Apollo
  10. Finn
  11. Oreo
  12. Cosmo
  13. Bear
  14. Axel
  15. Felix
  16. Yoshi
  17. A.J.
  18. Blue (Blu)
  19. Atlas
  20. Jasper
  21. Charlie
  22. Coco (Cocoa)
  23. Bandit
  24. Tiger
  25. Caesar (Ceasar)
  26. Angus
  27. Nugget
  28. Orion
  29. Chewie
  30. Bacon
  31. Meeko
  32. Figaro
  33. Blaze
  34. Bailey
  35. Nyx
  36. Gizmo
  37. Atticus
  38. Bowie
  39. Waffles
  40. Monet
  41. Tigger
  42. Kenji
  43. Angel
  44. Archer
  45. Barney
  46. Echo
  47. Leo
  48. Brownie
  49. Banjo
  50. Ziggy

2020 Top Cat Names

Top Female Cat Names

Once again, Nala is at the top of the chart. The name has ranked number the past few years, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down, especially with the release of the new version of The Lion King last year.

Bella was once the most popular cat name – as well as a very popular dog name – but has moved down to the number five position.

The biggest surprise in 2020: The name Kiwi made the top 10 list for the first time ever.

Top Male Cat Names

Simba reigned supreme for male names in 2020. This is the fifth year in a row that the name topped the chart.

Although the top name was uneventful, there were quite a few surprises in the top 10.

For the first time in years, Tiger has dropped out of the top names. The same goes for the name Oreo. This made room for a number of newcomers.

Most notably, Archie stayed at the number five position, up from the 12th spot the previous year. This corresponds with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of the British royal family selecting the name for their son born in May.

Finn also cracked the top 10 for the second time and is becoming a popular name for dogs and babies as well.

The name Binx also shows no sign of stopping. As you may recall, the film Hocus Pocus featured an immortal black cat named Thackery Binx, or Binx for short. The classic movie surged in popularity two years ago thanks to a 25th anniversary blitz, and Binx has become a go-to cat name as a result.

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Popular Cat Names by Category

What sets Find Cat Names apart from other cat naming websites is that it sorts names by categories that are relevant to you and your cat. We feel like this is a great way to find names without having to sort through endless A-Z lists.

Year after year, our most popular category is “Cute.” After all, cute cats deserve cute names!

“Tough” is also a popular category, especially for boy cats. Many new kitten parents are drawn to strong-sounding names that reflect their kitten’s tenacious personality.

Here are the top names in those categories in 2019.

Top Cute Cat Names

  1. Autumn
  2. Opal
  3. Amber
  4. Bailey
  5. Boo
  6. Cleo
  7. Pizie
  8. Angel
  9. Ava
  10. Hazel

Top Tough Cat Names

  1. Raven
  2. Bandit
  3. Shadow
  4. Roxy
  5. Midnight
  6. Jinx
  7. Axel
  8. Freya
  9. Ebony
  10. Lucifer
cat with food

The top sports cat names come from great athletes (Tiger from golf, Ali from boxing, Babe and Dotty from baseball) as well as general sports-related terms like Archer.

Once again, it looks like cat owners love the idea of naming their furry pals after foods. Food names like Bacon, Buttercup, Biscuit, Kiwi, Waffles and Skittles composed much of the top names list.

Top Sports Cat Names

  1. Moon
  2. Bear
  3. Piper
  4. Ali
  5. Tiger
  6. Bandit
  7. Athena
  8. Fuzzy
  9. Dottie
  10. Blaze

Top Food Cat Names

  1. Oreo
  2. Cookie
  3. Biscuit
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Pepper
  6. Buttercup
  7. Ginger
  8. Mocha
  9. Olive
  10. Honey

Movies and TV shows always provide great inspiration for cat names, and Disney is usually top of mind, hence the reason why Simba and Nala are the most popular names once again.

Those names aside, here are more top cat names inspired by TV shows and movies. As you’ll see below, the list included popular cartoon names like Bambi, Casper, Tigger and Barney.

Our geeky cat names are taken from technology and from media that is considered ‘geeky’. Geeks are awesome and so are these names!

Top TV/Movie Cat Names

  1. Nala
  2. Ash
  3. Blue
  4. Bambi
  5. Figaro
  6. Milo
  7. Dixie
  8. Belle
  9. Alice
  10. Jinx

Top Geeky Cat Names

  1. Finn
  2. Gizmo
  3. Buffy
  4. Princess
  5. Nebula
  6. Buffy
  7. Xena
  8. Java
  9. Gizmo
  10. Chewie

Additional Cat Name Categories

And last but name least, here are a few bonus categories.

For international cat names, we gathered ideas typically not found in the United States. This includes popular foreign names as well as names of people with international fame.

Another great category is books and literature. These books names are taken from some of our favorite books and include both classic literature and modern tales.

Top International Cat Names

  1. Babushka
  2. Zuzu
  3. Amelie
  4. Chi Chi
  5. Carmen
  6. Anika
  7. Suki
  8. Caesar
  9. Yuki
  10. Thea

Top Books Cat Names

  1. Alice
  2. Harper
  3. Charlotte
  4. Gigi
  5. Emma
  6. Boots
  7. Primrose (Prim)
  8. Annie
  9. Winnie
  10. Scout

To find even more great cat names try running a cat name search!

How are the results determined? 
Our site allows users to save their favorite names as they search, so to determine the most popular names of the year, we pulled this data and compiled the results.

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About Find Cat Names
Founded in March 2014, Find Cat Names provides a fun, interactive experience for new cat owners looking for just the right pet name. The site allows users to sort names by preferred style and interests. More than 2 million people use Find Cat Names each year when picking a name for their cat.

17 Comments

  1. Birgit Hanson

    MrCotton, Himself, Shadow, Handsome, Hunter, Brian, Diva, Mooch, Popeye, Gidget, Fluffer, Radar, Pebbles, Bonnie and Clyde, OJ (Orange juice), Peanut, QB (Queen Bee), Jingles, BG (Big Guy), Pepper, Scarlett to name some we have and had.

  2. Hawk

    Our two black cats were Onyx and Cinders. I’ve also had a Penny Royal (nicknamed Peewee) and Mugwort (nicknamed Mugsy), just to name a few. :)

  3. J.R.

    Spider & Willis (our past 2 black cats), Calli Mae, Baby, Shelly, Odie, Kiki, Dexy, Trixie and currently we have Cat-a-Lina & Pushy

  4. Christy Pace

    Snow, whitey, cotton, gingi, vanilla kitty, princess, fluffy, lizzy. I can’t think of another. Look at white paint swatches and see if you can find a cute name that way. All white is a hard name to find. Look at baby names as sometimes you can find something good, good luck

  5. Jinifer Lambert

    I’m wanting names for my baby kittens, two males and two females! One male is black and the other three are gray striped!

  6. Jinifer Ranae

    I’m thinking of naming the two boys Bagheera and Raja! The two girls Megara and Moana! Any other name ideas, please help!

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