Ten Most Popular Cat Names Revealed

Max tops the list once again; Princess, Sophie and Bella Make Their Debut

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) recently analyzed the names of its 450,000 insured pets and revealed their most popular cat names.  Rounding out the top ten are:

1. Max
2. Chloe
3. Lucy
4. Tigger
5. Tiger
6. Smokey
7. Oliver
8. Bella
9. Sophie
10. Princess

Max tops the list for the fifth year in a row (for both cats and dogs), according to VPI.

“The continuing popularity of Max is largely due to the fact that it is monosyllabic and simple for people and pets to remember,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer for VPI, “yet easy to distinguish from common commands.”

A few of the names (or slight variations thereof) are popular baby names as well. The Social Security Administration reports that Isabella (Bella) is the fourth most popular name for girls, and Sophia places ninth.

“When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to choose a human name for it,” McConnnell explained. “The prevalence of pets with human names clearly reflects the growing human-animal bond.”

A few names made their debut on this year’s list. Princess, Sophie and Bella were added while Simba, Angel and Shadow fell from the top 10.

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