100 of the Most Popular Cute Cat Names

Did your cat’s name make the list? 

Tuxedo Kitten, black and white kittens on a quilt
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Between litter training and curbing a kitten's insatiable urge to scratch the furniture, adopting a cat comes with many challenges. Not least of them is the challenge of choosing a name.

Every year, the pet care website Rover compiles a list of popular cat names, the perfect resource for picking an appropriate designation for a new furry companion. In 2021, that list included the classics — Bella, Milo, Charlie, Max — but also a number of names inspired by trending celebrities, TV shows, Olympic athletes, and even coronavirus and cryptocurrency (welcome to the world, little Bitcoins!).

So, whether you're keen to name your cat after your favorite "Bridgerton" character or a New England Patriot — predictably, "Gronk" was the No. 1 trending football name — look to Rover's list of the most popular cat names, below, for inspiration.

Top 10 Boy Cat Names

  1. Oliver
  2. Leo
  3. Milo
  4. Charlie
  5. Max
  6. Simba
  7. Jack
  8. Loki
  9. Ollie
  10. Jasper

Top 10 Girl Cat Names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lily
  4. Lucy
  5. Nala
  6. Kitty
  7. Chloe
  8. Stella
  9. Zoe
  10. Lola

Trending Gender-Neutral Cat Names

  • Oreo
  • Kitty
  • Charlie
  • Pumpkin
  • Boo
  • Salem
  • Bean
  • Smokey
  • Blu
  • Lucky
  • Coco
  • Boots

Popular Celebrity-Inspired Cat Names of 2021

  • Yeezy
  • Doja/Doja Cat
  • Taylor/Taylor Swift
  • Chad/Chadwick (Chadwick Boseman)
  • V (BTS)
  • Suga (BTS)
  • Jin (BTS)
  • Kim (BTS)
  • Kamala (Kamala Harris)
  • Fauci (Dr. Anthony Fauci)
  • Dolly Parton
  • Oprah

Cat Names Inspired by Sports

  • Tom (Olympic diver Tom Daley)
  • Katie (Olympic swimmers Katie Grimes and Katie Ledecky, Olympic pole vaulter Katie Nageotte)
  • Simone (Olympic gymnast Simone Biles)
  • Naomi (tennis player Naomi Osaka)
  • Tobin (soccer player Tobin Heath)
  • Gronk (Tampa Bay Buccaneer Rob Gronkowski)
  • CeeDee (Dallas Cowboy CeeDee Lamb)

Cat Names Inspired by Food and Drink

  • Peach/Peaches
  • Pepper
  • Pear
  • Kiwi
  • Snickers
  • Nugget
  • Mocha
  • Muffin
  • Mango
  • Mochi
  • Lychee
  • Pork Chop

Travel-Inspired Cat Names

  • Baguette
  • Voltaire
  • Caviar
  • Dior
  • Pizza
  • Anchovy
  • Eiffel
  • Parma
  • Prosecco
  • Schnitzel

Cat Names Derived From TV and Movies

  • Thor
  • Arturo ("Money Heist")
  • Tokyo ("Money Heist")
  • Salvador ("Money Heist")
  • Duke ("Bridgerton")
  • Daphne ("Bridgerton")
  • Arya ("Game of Thrones")
  • Natasha ("Black Widow")
  • Kiki ("Kiki's Delivery Service")
  • Jiji ("Kiki's Delivery Service")

Cat Names Inspired by Cartoon Classics

  • Simba ("The Lion King")
  • Nala ("The Lion King")
  • Tigger ("Winnie the Pooh")
  • Ratatouille
  • Goofy
  • Bagheera ("The Jungle Book")
  • Elsa ("Frozen")
  • Minnie

2021's Strangest Cat Name Trends

  • Bitcoin
  • Vax
  • Covi
  • Binx
  • Tofu
  • Gimlet
  • Ham
  • Gimlet
  • Vodka
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