Most Popular Cat Names

Do you know how people around the world named these mysterious ‘cat-scratch’ capable creatures we call cats?

In America, according to 2017 findcatnames online search engine data compiled from 2.2 million cat owners:

Top 5 female cat names were:Wh

  1. Nala
  2. Bell
  3. Luna
  4. Abby
  5. Daisy

While the top 5 male cat names were:

  1. Simba
  2. Milo
  3. Tiger
  4. Oreo
  5. Bear

In Australia, according to a 2006 survey conducted by Nestle Purina PetCare on their 270,000 customers, these were the top 10 most popular cat names:

  1. Tiger
  2. Puss
  3. Smokey
  4. Misty
  5. Tigger
  6. Kitty
  7. Oscar
  8. Missy
  9. Max
  10. Ginger

In the middle ages, cats in England most likely to have the name Pyewacket or Grimalkin, unfortunately both names have fallen out of favor. A recent survey  conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of UK found these names are most likely to be bestowed on their cats:

  1. Ashes
  2. Molly
  3. Felix
  4. Smudge
  5. Sooty
  6. Tigger
  7. Charlie
  8. Alfie
  9. Oscar
  10. Millie
  11. Misty

In Germany, these are the preferred names for the feline companions:

  1. Mieze or Miezekatze (“pussycat”)
  2. Felix
  3. Minka
  4. Moritz
  5. Charly
  6. Tiger
  7. Eve
  8. Susi
  9. Lisa
  10. Gismo
  11. Muschi

According to a survey polled on 3000 cat lovers by the website Amoremiao, the Italians are most likely to give their cats these names:

  1. Romeo
  2. Pallina
  3. Micio
  4. Luna
  5. Chicco
  6. Birba
  7. Trilly
  8. Leo
  9. Minù
  10. Briciola

In Japan, the land of rising sun but also the land of kawai (cute), these are the top 10 all-time favorite cat names:

  1. Kuro (“Black”)
  2. Sakura (“Cherry Blossom”)
  3. Chibi (“Tiny”)
  4. Momo (“Peach”)
  5. Mike (“Tortoiseshell”)
  6. Hime (“Princess”)
  7. Koko
  8. Hana (“Flower”)
  9. Nana

In Canadian Quebec, according to a survey polled by the website Veterinet, the top 11 most popular cat names are these:

  1. Ashes
  2. Minou
  3. Grisou
  4. Ti-Mine
  5. Félix
  6. Caramel
  7. Mimi
  8. Pacha
  9. Charlotte
  10. Minette
  11. Chanel

In France, favorite female cat names are:

  1. Minette
  2. Chipie
  3. Câline
  4. Maya
  5. Mimi
  6. Nala
  7. Princesse
  8. Mimine
  9. Kitty
  10. Isis

Favorite male cat names are:

  1. Tigrou
  2. Caramel
  3. Felix
  4. Simba
  5. Gribouille
  6. Filou
  7. Minou
  8. Léo
  9. Garfield
  10. Fripouille

In Turkey, Benek, Efecan, Aslan, and Zilli are favorite Turkish names for cats.

In Asia, especially in the Chinese speaking communities, family cats are often called Mimi. The most generic name given to cats in Korea is Nabi which means butterfly.


Famous Cat Lovers’ Quotes, Part 4

Here is another collection of sometimes humorous quotes about our feline friends by famous cat lovers. Enjoy!

Bravery or witless:
“If you hold a cat by the tail, you learn things you can’t learn any other way.” – Mark Twain
In deed! whoever that is, moronic or brave, is definitely cat-scratched certain!

Music to the ear:
“I was just thinking how the purr of a contented cat is one of my favorite sounds in the world. There’s something so comforting about it, isn’t there?” ― Laura Lam, Shadowplay

Good judge of character, a cat is:
“Kind old ladies assure us that cats are often the best judges of character. A cat will always go to a good man, they say.” ― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

Cat and soul:
“Desire, problem solving, and communication are all signs of intelligence and awareness. My cat has these, so it’s quite possible he has a soul too.”
― Lewis N. Roe, From A To Theta: Taking The Tricky Subject Of Religion And Explaining Why It Makes Sense In A Way We Can All Understand

Cat is adaptable:
“Cats are marvelous creatures – they either adapt to circumstances, or decide to make circumstances adapt to them. Either way – they win.” ― Will Advise, Nothing is here…

Cat always win:
“Never try to out-stubborn a cat.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

Purring cat, contented owner:
“Indeed, there is nothing on this earth more peaceful than a sleeping, purring cat.”
― Jonathon Scott Payne, Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story

Cat does what it pleases:
Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.”
― Pam Brown

“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.”
― Mary Bly

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
― Winston S. Churchill

This is just so prima donna funny that it has to be included:
“So Nikki came aboard as Jaqueline’s spare cat, presumably in case our prime cat, Eliza, goes on vacation, takes industrial action, or requests a personal day.”
― Christopher S. Wren, The Cat Who Covered the World: The Adventures Of Henrietta And Her Foreign Correspondent

Be sure to check out Famous Cat Lovers’ Quotes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5 too.

The Origin of Cheshire Cat

The fictional Cheshire Cat, popularised by Lewis Carroll in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is famous for its mischievous wide grin that stays while the rest of its body vanishes in thin air. Although the cat may seem of dubious character, its saving grace may just be it is not known to be cat-scratch extending.

While mainly attributed to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in popular culture, the grinning Cheshire Cat predates the 1865 novel but has since extended its influence beyond the context of literature and has enmeshed in political cartoons, satirical media, advertisement, as well as multi-disciplinary studies, from entertainment and linguistics, business and politics to science and astronomy.

There are numerous suggestions on the origins of the phrase “grinning like a Cheshire Cat” in English culture. One of the likely sources is that the cats of Cheshire of England often grin, sated with milk and cream from numerous dairy farms in the county. Cheshire was an important milk, cheese and cream producing county for several centuries.

Another possible origin was the British Shorthair breed. The Cat Fanciers’ Association profile states: “When gracelessness is observed, the British Shorthair is duly embarrassed, quickly recovering with a ‘Cheshire cat smile’”.

There is another source based on a medieval story. In the City of Chester, wherein lived one landowner, John Catterall. Catterall was a skilled axman who took on the post of Public Executioner when called upon. He was infamously known for the way in which he executed wrongdoers – with a gigantic wide grin on his face. Coincidentally, his coat of arms displayed a grinning cat.