my boycat's name is on the most popular list!
The 10 Trendiest Cat Names of 2012
Vetstreet recently ran the numbers on the
trendiest -- and least trendy -- kitty names of last year, along with
the most popular.
I bet you had no idea that someone was actually
tracking kitten name trends. I didn’t either, until I heard about
Vetstreet’s annual survey of popular cat names. They looked over the
names of more than 643,000 cats born in 2012 and found that using
adjectives to name your cat (Blackie, Snowball, Smokey, Stripes,
Mittens) is out, and human monikers are in.
To my pleasant surprise, the list is mercifully free of the woeful
excesses that parents inflict on their human babies by playing fast and
loose with vowels and silent letters. Nope, the cats got lucky: Their
names will fit on their ID tags and their vets will be able to pronounce
and spell them.
Here are the big winners -- and the big losers -- in the kitty name game.
Top 10 most popular male cat names
Kitty? Really? You couldn’t do any better than that? Okay,
full disclosure: I had a cat named Kitty once, but that was only because
he almost died when he was a newborn because his mother didn’t have
enough milk, and we weren’t sure he was going to survive despite our
efforts at nursing him back to health. By the time it was clear he was
going to make it, the name had stuck. At least we had an excuse!
Top 10 most popular female cat names
2. Kitty (sigh)
7. Lily (with one L)
9. Lilly (with two L’s)
Yes, my newest adoptee
is named Bella. And yes, she was born in 2012. I must, however, clarify
that my Bella is short for Belladonna and she was not named after Bella
of Twilight saga fame.
So those are the most popular names, but what are the long-term
trends indicating for feline monikers? After looking back over name data
for the last 12 years, Vetstreet came to the conclusion that the
following names were rising fastest in popularity.
Top 10 trendiest male cat names
I can't be the only one who thinks most of these sound like dog names, not cat names.
Top 10 trendiest female cat names
The name Katniss is apparently on the rise as well, which isn’t surprising given the huge popularity of The Hunger Games. I wouldn’t be surprised if more Hunger Games
names started appearing: One of my nieces named the newest family cat
Prim, and I think Peeta, Gale, Rue, and perhaps even Haymitch will start
climbing the charts, too.
Edited by PurplePhase - Nov 16 2013 at 11:49pm