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Top Cat Names of 2021 [Infographic]

Published: Last updated: by Kyle Larson
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The results are in! We’re excited to announce the top cat names of 2021, as determined by the 1.4 million new cat owners who have used our site so far this year.

Nala is the number one pick for female cat names for the fifth year running, and Apollo skyrocketed to number one for male cat names.

Curious to see what other names topped the charts? Check out the lists below to find what is trending now.

The Top 100 Cat Names of 2021

Top Female Cat Names

  1. Nala
  2. Daisy
  3. Luna
  4. Bella
  5. Abby (Abigail)
  6. Coco (Cocoa)
  7. Addison
  8. Agatha
  9. Aurora
  10. Bell (Belle)
  11. Willow
  12. Freya
  13. Ava
  14. Kiwi
  15. Violet
  16. Rose (Rosie)
  17. A.J.
  18. Cleo
  19. Angel
  20. Cherry
  21. Amethyst
  22. Cora
  23. Moon
  24. Buttercup
  25. Biscuit
  26. Opal
  27. Ivy
  28. Mocha
  29. Sage
  30. Alice
  31. Olive
  32. Nyx
  33. Pixie
  34. Bambi
  35. Cookie
  36. Bean
  37. Jinx
  38. Roxy
  39. Amelie
  40. Buffy
  41. Harper
  42. Hera
  43. Anastasia
  44. Oreo
  45. Dixie
  46. Kiki
  47. Honey
  48. Hazel
  49. Fifi
  50. Millie

Top Male Cat Names

  1. Apollo
  2. Binx
  3. Bear
  4. Simba
  5. Milo
  6. Axel
  7. Loki
  8. Cosmo
  9. Bandit
  10. Atlas
  11. Biscuit
  12. Blaze
  13. Finn
  14. Arlo
  15. Admiral
  16. Archie
  17. Yoshi
  18. Felix
  19. Orion
  20. Nyx
  21. Jasper
  22. Atticus
  23. Figaro
  24. Alfie
  25. Archer
  26. Echo
  27. Hades
  28. Oreo
  29. Blitz
  30. Beast
  31. Angus
  32. Tiger
  33. Adonis
  34. Bruno
  35. Charlie
  36. Chewie
  37. Diesel
  38. Rocky
  39. Caesar (Ceasar)
  40. Neo
  41. Ziggy
  42. Asher
  43. Leo
  44. Bane
  45. Meeko
  46. Merlin
  47. A.J.
  48. Gizmo
  49. Bailey
  50. Bacon

2021 Top Cat Names

Top Female Cat Names

Once again, Nala is at the top of the chart. The name has ranked number the past five years, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Bella was once the most popular cat name and a trendy dog name – but has moved down to the number four position.

Favorites Daisy, Luna, and Coco remain popular picks, and new to the list are Agatha and Aurora.

Top Male Cat Names

This year, Apollo enjoyed a meteoric rise and shot up to the top spot for male cat names in 2021.

The previous winner, Simba, bumped down to the fourth position. It had previously led the list for five years.

Binx, Bear, and Milo are continual feline favorites and remain on the most popular list. Cosmo, Bandit, and Atlas are rising in the ranks, all newcomers to the top 10.

Top Cat Names Video

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Popular Cat Names by Category

What distinguishes Find Cat Names from other cat naming websites is that it sorts names by categories relevant to you and your cat. As a result, we feel like this is a great way to find names without sorting through endless A-Z lists.

Top Cute Cat Names

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

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

Top Tough Cat Names

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

  1. Raven
  2. Bandit
  3. Freya
  4. Shadow
  5. Roxy
  6. Midnight
  7. Jinx
  8. Axel
  9. Ebony
  10. Lucifer
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Top Sports Cat Names

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

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

Top Food Cat Names

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 list of the top cat names.

  1. Biscuit
  2. Oreo
  3. Cookie
  4. Kiwi
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Buttercup
  7. Ginger
  8. Mocha
  9. Cherry
  10. Olive
cat with glasses and a hat

Top TV/Movie Cat Names

Movies and TV shows always provide great inspiration for cat names, and Disney is usually top of mind, hence why Simba and Nala are consistently popular names. Those names aside, here are ideas inspired by TV shows and movies.

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

Top Geeky Cat Names

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

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

Top Cat Names Infographic

Here’s our infographic from all the data we gathered. Feel free to reuse this with a link back to findcatnames.com.

top cat names of 2021 infographic

Try running a cat name search to find even more great cat names!

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.

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. Teddi Begley

    Nobody has the name JETT! that is the best name for my black cat!

  2. Anika Wagner

    Good idea! Jett is a good name!

  3. DJ

    Kitty Kitty Bang Bang
    Whiskers Meowington the 3rd

  4. Shari

    Our cats names are Tyra and Misty! <3

  5. Jerry

    We call our newest addition Gabby, because she talks constantly even while eating.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. :)

  8. 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

  9. Nadinetabakman

    I just got a all white cat need a good name help

  10. 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

  11. Oasis the SandWing

    we named our two cats mouse and catcher so when you put them together it says mouse catcher
    i love my girls

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. A.B.

    Powder is a good name for a white cat.

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