Top Cat Names of 2017 [Infographic]

top cat names smallThe results are in! We’re excited to announce the top cat names of 2017, as determined by the 2.2 million new cat owners who used our site so far this year.

Is it time to get a new cat? Lets take a look at the top cat names for 2017 to find the perfect name for your kitty!

Last year more than 2 million new cat owners used Find Cat Names to find an awesome cat name. Our site allows users to save their favorite names, so we pulled the most selected options to find the top cat names for 2017.

Curious to see what names top 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 look through some great name option!

Top Female Cat NamesTop Male Cat Names
  1. Nala
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Abby
  5. Daisy
  6. Angel
  7. Cleo
  8. Hazel
  9. Belle
  10. Coco
  11. A.J.
  12. Bambi
  13. Willow
  14. Oreo
  15. Addie
  16. Ava
  17. Buttercup
  18. Cookie
  19. Amber
  20. Biscuit
  21. Autumn
  22. Mia
  23. April
  24. Pixie
  25. Alice
  1. Simba
  2. Milo
  3. Tiger
  4. Oreo
  5. Bear
  6. Biscuit
  7. Felix
  8. Jasper
  9. Alfie
  10. Caesar
  11. Axel
  12. Leo
  13. Gizmo
  14. Blue
  15. Binx
  16. Bacon
  17. Archie
  18. Bandit
  19. A.J.
  20. Whiskers
  21. Chewie
  22. Tigger
  23. Casper
  24. Monet
  25. Jax

We created an infographic from the results we found:

top cat names of 2017 infographic

2017 Top Cat Names

Top Female Cat Names

The top female cat names are short and beautiful. Many of the names are included in our list of cute female cat names. Bella has been a favorite name for the past few years, and Nala comes from the Lion King movie.

Top Male Cat Names

The top male cat names also include Simba from the Lion King. The list also includes a few food cat names (Oreo, Biscuit, Bacon) and some famous names from history (Caesar), cartoons (Felix), and film (Chewie).

Top Cat Names by Category

Our site focuses on searching for great cat names within categories that are relevant to you and your kitty. We feel like this is a great way to find names without having to sort through endless A-Z lists.

Without a doubt, one of the most popular categories is “Cute.” After all, cute cats deserve cute names! The list of top female cute cat names includes the usual mix of sweet-sounding names, all of which are great options.

And for the boy cats, tough names are always a popular category. Many new kitty parents are drawn to strong-sounding names.

Cute Cat NamesTough Cat Names
  1. Willow
  2. Addie
  3. Blue
  4. Pixie
  5. Archie
  6. Lola
  7. Binx
  8. Ella
  9. Zoey
  10. Arlo
  1. Axel
  2. Leo
  3. Roxy
  4. Jinx
  5. Bandit
  6. Pepper
  7. Jojo
  8. Atlas
  9. Jax
  10. Bear

The top sports cat names come from some great athletes of the past (Fuzzy from golf, Ali from boxing, Babe & Dotty from baseball) and some general sports related terms like Archer.

These funny cat names are pulled from unusual cat name ideas. It looks like cat owners love the idea of naming their pals after foods, which make for both cute and funny name options like Bacon, Oreo or Buttercup.

Sports Cat NamesFunny Cat Names
  1. Archer
  2. Mia
  3. Fuzzy
  4. Ali
  5. Moon
  6. Boomer
  7. Blitz
  8. Babe
  9. Dottie
  10. Teddy
  1. Bacon
  2. Oreo
  3. Whiskers
  4. Buttercup
  5. Monet
  6. Waffles
  7. Kiki
  8. Princess
  9. Bingo
  10. Skittles

Movies and TV shows always provide great inspiration for cat names.  Disney was definitely top of mind as many of these names come from their animated films. You’ll notice that Simba & Nala from the Lion King made our top names, so we’ve grabbed some additional names after those to provide you with more options. These included popular cartoon names like Ariel, Felix, Tigger, and Casper.

Our geeky cat names are taken from technology and from media that is considered ‘geeky’. Geeks rule and so do these names! Some are computer related terms like Cookie, Mouse, and Java. Others are from geeky movies and shows like Gizmo, Chewie, Buffy, and Finn.

TV/Movie Cat NamesGeeky Cat Names
  1. Ariel
  2. Dixie
  3. Felix
  4. Tigger
  5. Harper
  6. Casper
  7. Pebbles
  8. Meeko
  9. Olive
  10. Barney
  1. Cookie
  2. Gizmo
  3. Chewie
  4. Buffy
  5. Gidget
  6. Finn
  7. Ash
  8. Mouse
  9. Java
  10. Neo

Additional Cat Name Categories

Here’s a couple bonus categories!

These international cat names are typically not found in the US. They range from popular foreign names to names of people with international fame.

These books names are taken from some of our favorite books. Both from classic literature and more modern tales.

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


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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.


  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

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