Cool Cat Names

In the United States (and probably elsewhere) the cool cat names of 2012 are names that are equally suited to a new born child. The significance of this is that we seem to be treating our cats more and more like a member of the family. Or at least we think we are.

I wonder if the trend for treating cats as members of the family extends to actually doing it; meaning giving our cats equal status and rights. I’ll save that discussion for another time.

Lola loves you!

“Lola”, she loves you.
Photo by Giane Portal on Flickr

The research into cat and dog naming trends was carried out by vetstreet.com. You can see where this trend takes us. The modern person has a tendency to be slightly obsessed with celebrity. As a result it is probably fair to say that the names that celebrities give their cats, dogs and themselves might influence our choice of cat names.

Personally I never choose a name that way being slightly anarchic. But the one person most likely to influence choice, today, is the celebrated and now famous Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. She and her husband recently adopted a dog, a black cocker spaniel puppy given to her by her parents. They named the puppy, “Lupo”, Italian for wolf and also a surname in parts of the world.

Vetstreet suggest that the top ten trendiest or coolest cat names this year are (in order of popularity left to right):

For the girls and ladies: Lola, Stella, Izzy, Zoey, Lulu, Luna, Nala, Penny, Ruby, Willow.

For the blokes: Dexter, Cooper, Louie, Loki, Henry, Teddy, Marley, Tucker, Ziggy and Winston.

Lola and Dexter are the individual coolest cat names this year.

Lola

This is name given to female people and is a shortened form of the Spanish name, Dolores. Dolores means “sorrows”. The origin of the given name “Dolores” is the title of the Virign Mary: Virgen Maria de los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows). It is also a shortened form of the German name, Aloisia.

Although originating in religion, Lola is now considered quite a sexy sort of name as well as cool. It conjures up a sultry, sexy femme fatale image. Well it does for me!

The present day popularity of this name for cats may originate in Madonna giving her child, Lourdes Leon the nickname ‘Lola’.

Quite a few celebs such as Charlie Sheen and Annie Lennox have named their daughters Lola.

Lolita is a diminutive form of the name. It was the title of the well known film “Lolita”. The name Lolita conjures up a an image of an unintentionally sexually provocative precocious young girl because of this film.

Dexter

In latin ‘dexter’ means skilled, fortunate and favourable. A name that promotes success for a young man. Do you think a person’s name helps the person to succeed? The say it does and I am inclined to believe that it is true.

To me the name ‘Dexter’ conjures up an image of an all American upstanding young man or respected and reliable senior citizen. What does it do for you?

It can be used both as a surname and given name. It is also the name of at least a dozen towns or cities in the United States.

I feel that it is American name but might be wrong on that.

Two cats

If you have two cats, one female and one male and you want to be up-to-the-minute with names, you could do worse than name them: Izzy and Ziggy, as they go nicely together.

A search of internet keywords (words or phrases that people use to search on the internet) indicate that cat names beginning with: m, p, w, x, r, l, q, i, e, a, d and t are currently popular.

You know that my cat is ‘Charlie‘. It is a bit trendy therefore! I inherited the name. My late mother named him. My late lady cat I named ‘Missie’ because she was a little, sweet and independent madam.

See also: Black Cat Names, Cat Names For Siamese and Cat Names by Elisa.

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Mar 20, 2012
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by: leanne

very cool and very exotic names. great stuff.


Mar 20, 2012
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by: Kathy W

I love everyones cool cat names. Here are my cool cat names. My oldest cat Lia is actually names after the Himalyian Mountains. From the movie Seven Years in Tibet. He has a marble pattern that reminded me of mountains and his snow color and blue eyes also reminded me of the colors inh the high mounbtains. Our second cat who if all black and angora like is Midnight of course. She is identical to my first cat midnight so thats who she is named after. Our third cat is Mariel because she is a Hemmingway cat with 8 paws. Then comes Rory our Savannah. Her name is Aurora Borealis because she so shiny she glows. Then comes our Native American tribe cats. Our Bengal Quanah is names after a famous Indian cheif Quanah Parker. He is the father of a litter with Rory our Savannah. We researched Quanah Parkers family to see what cool names we could find. Our silver spotted male that we kept is Peta Nakona after Quanah Parkers father. The femal we kept is Prarie Flower who was Quanah Parkers sister. We call the male Nakona and the girl Flower who now lives with my son. Cool or what???


Mar 17, 2012
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To Vet Tech NEW
by: Lindy Fellober

Dear Friend

I thoroughly agree on no declawing. I do not approve of it. I sure think Bootsey my sweetie with 7 claws on each foot would take offence as she likes to use them to slap us, little monkey. I will be getting the girls fixed on April 16th, by laser as I have done with the others, except for Simba as he was neutered already when we took him in. The girls just had their needles. Also I just ordered for all of them their Advantage which they will need soon. I have to take care of my furkids, they are special in our hearts.


Mar 17, 2012
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How true Lindy NEW
by: Vet tech

I love your cats names Lindy and agree with your comment don’t expect them to be perfect all the time as we aren’t either.
That goes especially for people who pay to have their cats mutilated by having their toe ends amputated by that barbaric surgery misnomed declawing.
That’s name them and then maim them!
No one declaws with love!


Mar 17, 2012
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by: Lindy Fellober

My furkids, the cats are Simba(Orange Tabby)when I took him in my neighbour had already given him this name and it suits him as he is a good size fella of 12 years, he was an abandoned housecat at this age abandoned, shame on these people, next we have Little Joe, my hubby named him as we got him at a week and a half and bottle-fed him and he today is 10 months on St. Patrick’s Day and tall and long and almost 10 pounds, a handsome boy, black and white, and the last two are the girls, little sisters, Bootsey who has 7 claws on each foot, a gorgeous black and white and her sister Snickers who is slim, long and a beautiful calico, they are going to be 8 months on 7th of April. These two are from the same litter, a Calico mom. Then of course there is Dusty, whom I didn’t name as we got him at almost 2 a handsome little shih tzu and just the sweetest guy and loves to play with the cats. I had better mention there are two birds, a lovebird, Toby and a conure Kiwi and 6 fish, thats all folks. Enjoy all your babies they bring such happiness and don’t expect them to be perfect all the time as we aren’t either.


Mar 16, 2012
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by: Edward

ROFLOL Michael you are so funny you have to discuss your cats names with them and I thought it was only me and Mrs Ed who asked our cats if they liked our ideas and if they dont answer we try again.
Ed


Mar 12, 2012
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posted as anon – about Fergus and Angus NEW
by: Tamylock

Hi Michael,
My surname is Scottish so I picked all Scottish names for my cats!
Alex is popular in Scotland and I loved Fergus and Angus!

THey are my orange darlings, one is very dark orange and white (Alex), one is Light orange and white (Fergus) and Angus has no white but orange stripes and I call him my caramel kitten. I will post pictures soon.
T


Mar 09, 2012
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by: leanne

many years ago i had a big black tom cat who just acted like he owned the place, the name mr ben just suited him. i have a pat and a lenny who came with their names already in place, i have minty, who was found by my son and daughter in law while on holiday, apparently she’d been abandoned at the holiday site weeks before and everyone kept chasing her away. the receptionist told my son to just ‘kick it, it’ll go away’ my son was brought uf different to that and so brought her home. she was called minty because they were eating mint ice cream and she was so nosy she got too close and actually fell into my sons ice cream, getting in all on her face and then her paws while trying to get away, minty seemed appropriate. i also have two dogs, teddy (shih tzu) and charity (jack russell x chihuahua) i think i just like names that pop into my head while watching my little pals, i’m not swayed by celebrity names. a little while ago we rehomed wilson,(named after our vet), a beautiful tabby cat who had had to have his leg amputated. he is now called cass, after hop along cassidy, sometimes its down to an individuals sense of humour.


Mar 09, 2012
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by: Michael

Looks like you guys and ladies have rejected cool cat names! LOL.

I am like you. I don’t get involved with trends or fashion. I just name my cat by instinct.

And of course my cat has agree to his or her name. We have a discussion about it…..


Mar 09, 2012
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by: Edward

Lola makes me think of that song about meeting her in a club in old Soho and she drank champagne like cherry cola but it turned out she was a man lol
Dexter sounds like some sort of chap who puts deckchairs up for a living.
Mrs Ed and me like our cats to have proper names like we have man and it gives them personalities.
Ed


Mar 09, 2012
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Names NEW
by: Ruth

Many years ago my late mother adopted a kitten from Cats Protection, she was called Abracadabra, imagine shouting that for her to come in from the garden !
She was as black as night so was renamed Ebony.
But mostly our cats have had/have proper names, we’ve had Bert and Bryan and Alice, we now have Walter and Jozef. But some typical cats names too in the past, Kitty and Felix.
I hate the fashion of calling children or pets after celebrities, it’s much more individual to look at them first and then decide what name will suit them.

Kattaddorra signature Ruth


Mar 08, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Ok….I love all the most popular cat names! I’m not sure where my cats names come in…..I have a sweet Orange medium hair male named Frank….I did not name him, the vets office named him at 6 weeks when he had brilliant blue Frank Sinatra eyes….they, unfortunately did not last. Now he has golden eyes. Then…I have another rescue named Bob….after this kitty was named Bob (for; Bag Of Bones) we actually thought she was a male as she was so skinny, she looked like she had testicals….came to find out, they were her bones. But the name stuck, she’s still Bob. Then finally, we adopted Tigger, and yes, she’s a beautiful domestic tiger kitty with the most prominent stripes you’ve ever seen. I still think each of them have been named perfectly. Perhaps not popular names, but fitting for each!


Mar 08, 2012
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Polite names NEW
by: Michael

Hi Anon, you have given some very nice, full names to your cats. There seems to be Scottish or celtic connection. Not sure, just guessing. Apparently Fergus is a Gaelic name meaning “man of strength”. Great name.

You don’t have a Scottish or Irish connection do you?


Mar 08, 2012
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Names of my cat family NEW
by: Anonymous

I always give my cats proper names. I currently live with Alex, Fergus and Angus. All are orange kitties and they are my family. (Along with my horse Madison – who is a gelding and whom I did not name. He prefers his nickname “The Madman”).
Angus was being called Drip at the shelter where he was reared and I thought, what a horrible name. He is perfect as Angus.
Poor Fergus was Scooter!! Such improper names in my mind.



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