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.


A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 5

A fifth selective collection of ‘cat-scratch’ facts on the intriguing feline pals. Have your favorite drinks and snack ready and enjoy. Perhaps your very own cat shares the same manner!

  • Winner of 1954 Nobel Prize, novelist Ernest Hemingway was a well-known cat lover who had cats throughout his entire life. He understood cat’s mindset and behavior very well to the extend he trusted his gentle Persian, F. Puss, to babysit his three month old young son, Bumby while he and his wife were out.
  • English author Charles Dickens had a kitten which was known as The Master’s Cat because of its attachment to him. The little kitten stayed with him while he wrote. As the day grew late, the little kitten would snuff out the candle with its paw to remind his master to take a well-deserved break.
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States, was a great cat lover. First Lady Mary Todd said cats were her husband’s only hobby. President Lincoln doted on his cats unapologetically. He once fed Tabby from the table at a state dinner. When his wife complained, Lincoln reassured her, “If the gold fork was good enough for [former President James] Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”
  • Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) had many cats at his side; they were his inspiration, his subjects, his travel companions, and sometimes his aids. American philanthropist and collector Edward Warburg once tried to shoo away one of his cats from walking across Klee’s still-wet watercolors. Klee stopped him. “Many years from now,” Klee said, “one of your art connoisseurs will wonder how in the world I ever got that effect.”
  • American actor Robert Downey Jr. never thought he could tolerate cats in his life, until he met Montgomery and Dartanian, two rescues from West Hollywood. The actor said about his change of heart, “Eighteen months ago, I’m saying, ‘I don’t want any rescue pets within 100 yards of either of my residences, I’m sorry. I don’t want some, like, tripod, abused animal.’ I was adamantly opposed to the whole idea. And now I couldn’t imagine living without them. I’ve become one of those people where the Missus is like, ‘They don’t want to see iPhone pictures of our kittens right now. Stop it.”

Feed your craving for all cat things: A few amusing ‘cat-scratch’ facts, part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Famous Cat Lovers’ Quotes, Part 5

Here is another ‘cat-scratch’ collection of famous quotes on the cat from notable people; dedicated to cat lovers of all ages.

Cat is smarter than you:
“In the event of an air raid, don’t worry about your cats. Cats can take care of themselves far better than you can. Your cat will probably meet you as you enter the air raid shelter.”
― an Autumn 1939 BBC radio broadcast

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”
― Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

“If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.”
― Mark Twain, Notebook

“Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.”
― Pam Brown

“Cats speak the language of comfort and coolness and therefore we feel comfortable and cool whenever we see a cat!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Cat never lies:
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“I realized that cats make a perfect audience, they don’t laugh at you, they never contradict you, there’s no need to impress them, and they won’t divulge your secrets.”
― Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

“Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.”
― Oliver Herford

“Then it suddenly and theatrically began to clean itself in the way cats do when they want you to know what a big deal you aren’t.”
― Adam Rex, Cold Cereal

“There is no creature better at delicate rudeness than a cat…”
― Elizabeth Peters

“That’s the way with a cat, you know — any cat; they don’t give a damn for discipline. And they can’t help it, they’re made so. But it ain’t really insubordination, when you come to look at it right and fair — it’s a word that don’t apply to a cat. A cat ain’t ever anybody’s slave or serf or servant, and can’t be — it ain’t in him to be. And so, he don’t have to obey anybody. He is the only creature in heaven or earth or anywhere that don’t have to obey somebody or other, including the angels. It sets him above the whole ruck, it puts him in a class by himself. He is independent. You understand the size of it? He is the only independent person there is. In heaven or anywhere else. There’s always somebody a king has to obey — a trollop, or a priest, or a ring, or a nation, or a deity or what not — but it ain’t so with a cat. A cat ain’t servant nor slave to anybody at all. He’s got all the independence there is, in Heaven or anywhere else, there ain’t any left over for anybody else. He’s your friend, if you like, but that’s the limit — equal terms, too, be you king or be you cobbler; you can’t play any I’m-better-than-you on a cat — no, sir! Yes, he’s your friend, if you like, but you got to treat him like a gentleman, there ain’t any other terms. The minute you don’t, he pulls freight.”
― Mark Twain

Hope you like above quotes; be sure to check out Famous Cat Lovers’ Quotes, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.