Hey, Bella, Luna & Gracie! Did You Make the Top Cat Names of 2016?

Vetstreet clawed through its database of 505,270 names to dig up the top choices for 2016. No surprise here, pop culture influenced many of the ranking picks.

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Vetstreet clawed through its database to dig up the top names for cats in 2016. While it may come as no surprise, seems that pop culture has a decided influence over what we name our newest family members. They went through the 505,270 names (yes, 505,270 names) given to kittens that were born between January 1 and August 31 of 2016.  Granted, that still leaves four months unaccounted for, and chances are likely that names from end-of-year television, movie, and celebrity franchises, think Stranger Things and Rogue One, may have displaced a couple, but accuracy aside, this is a pretty interesting collection.

 

Top Ten Names for Girls:

 

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10. Gracie (Photo: Vetsteet)

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9. Lily (from Harry Potter)(Photo: We Love Cats & Kittens)

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8. Daisy (moving up from #10 in 2015)(Photo: Ben Terode)

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7. Nala (still going strong, a nod to The Lion King’s queen)(Photo: Vetstreet)

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6. Callie (Photo: Imgur)

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5. Chloe (Photo: Discovery)

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4. Kitty (Photo: Instagram)

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3. Lucy (Photo: Pinterest)

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2. Bella (being displaced from the #1 spot for the first time since 2006, and representing the Twilight series)(Photo: Discovery)

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And coming in at #1, Luna (and as is Lily, from the Harry Potter stories and films)(Photo: Freestock)

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Top Ten Names for Boys:

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10. Kitty (yes, even for boys) (Photo: Pinterest)

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9. Jack (down from #8 in 2015)(Photo: Discovery)

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8. Tiger (up 1 position from 2015)(Photo: Discovery)

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7. Smokey (Photo: Kitty World)

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6. Simba (like Nala, for the hero of The Lion King)(Photo: Discovery)

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5. Charlie (experiencing a big fall from #2 in 2015 to #5 in 2016)(Photo: Vetstreet)

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4. Max (down 1 place, just like Jack)(Photo: Discovery)

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3. Leo (up 1 position)(Photo: Discovery)

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2. Milo (with a jump up from the #5 position in 2015)(Photo: Vetstreet)

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And coming in at #1, Oliver (Photo: Discovery)

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Vetstreet noticed that, unlike humans, gender neutrality is not a trend for kitten names, but classic names, like Kitty, Tiger, and Smokey, are seeing a surge. Certainly some cat-food-for-thought should you find yourself in a position to need a special name for your new buddy. Hmmm, Buddy. That might be just the ticket!

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