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

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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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