15 Best Names For Your New Kitten

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on April 6, 2017

When you name your new kitten, you want something that feels right and fits their special charm and personality! Your cat deserves a name that tells the world who they are. With so many different cats out there, the possibilities are endless. Consider naming your soon-to-be-rescued kitten one of the 15 names listed here!

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1. Oliver

Remember the cute little ginger kitty in Disney’s Oliver & Company? It seems that many people do – “Oliver” was the top name for male cats last year!

2. Luna

Luna is a perfect name for the cat who is more night-owl than feline. Luna means “moon” in several languages including Spanish, Romanian and Italian.

3. Leo

Leo is latin for Lion – and the constellation was named for the Nemean Lion Heracles had to defeat as part of his twelve labors. A great name for your fierce friend!

4. Chloe

The name Chloe came back in a big way in 2016 for both kittens AND human babies! We’d bet those parents who named their kids Chloe are cat people!

5. Charlie

Charlie is a fantastic name for kittens of either gender – the name can be short for “Charles” or “Charlotte”, but stands alone just fine as well.

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6. Bella

Ready to feel old? The first movie in the Twilight series was released almost ten years ago and the name still stands as a favorite for pet parents!

7. Milo

The name of another movie cat! Milo was the curious cat in The Adventures of Milo and Otis, who has to find his way home with the help of his Pug pal, Otis. This could be a great name if your cat has a canine friend with a matching name.

8. Lucy

Is your kitten bright – as in brains or fur? Lucy is a classic, feminine name meaning “as of light”. Lucille Ball is a favorite Lucy, but you’ll love your Lucy as well!

9. Max

Did you know that the shark costume-wearing, Roomba-riding cat had a name that wasn’t “Roomba Cat”? His name was Max! This is another name that topped both the cat AND dog lists for popular pet names in 2016.

10. Lily

Lilies aren’t just pretty flowers – they’re pretty kitties, too! Other floral names like Rose, Daisy, and Jasmine aren’t as popular as Lily for cats.

11. Jack

Jack isn’t just a cool name for your new little guy. It works well for females too. If anyone asks why you named your girl-kitten “Jack”, you can tell them it’s short for “Jaqueline”.

12. Sophie

Sophie comes from the Greek word for “wisdom” (think: Sophocles). A perfect name for a clever cat!

13. George

A regal kitty deserves a royal name. George has been a favorite name for British royals for hundreds of years! Six kings of England have been named George.


14. Lola

There are several pet Lolas in Hollywood – celebrities love the name! Gregg Sulkin and Bella Thorne adopted a floppy-eared Lola just last year.

15. Simon

The name Simon has been popular for humans and pets in the UK for years. Americans are jumping on the trend!