Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Or in today’s lingo, “Why does it matter what we call something? A rose will smell like rose whether you call it a rose or a pig.” However, the truth is that names really do matter, a lot, and when it comes to naming pets, getting the “right” name can be a bit tricky. And arguably, naming cats can be more difficult than naming humans, because cats can be given traditional human names like Sarah and Thomas or they can be given more catty names like Snowflake and Tiger. So, what are good cat names? Here is a list of 20 of the more popular ones from this decade:
20 Popular Cat Names
Just a start
These are just a start, and truthfully, this list could easily have expanded to include hundreds more. You notice, though, how much pop culture has influenced the list provided here. For example, Disney obviously caused the world to start naming cats Simba, Nala, Tigger, and Oliver. Not to mention the other obvious cartoon cat character Garfield.
My personal favorite from this list of 20 is Caesar. Also, I think George is a good one, too.
The strangest name
However, probably the strangest named-cat was arguably the most famous cat (at least pet house cat). The cat was named Tardar Sauce, but you probably knew her as “Grumpy Cat.” This cat was so popular it amassed an internet following of 8.3 million likes on Facebook, 1.5 million Twitter followers, and over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. Oh, and nearly 300,000 subscribers on YouTube. RIP Tardar Sauce.
So what’s in a name? Well, a cat by any other name is still a mouser, whether you call it Garfield, Tardar Sauce, or Butters. Just remember, though, regardless of what you name it, you need to love it!