Top 10 Most Popular Cat Names in the UK

What do you call your cat? Hello Kitty? Katy Purry? Or even Kitty Poppins? If you do you might have a cat with a very rare name, because these ten are what most people call their cat…


Jasper the Cat
Jasper the Cat

10 – Jasper

Meaning & History: Means “treasurer” in Persian. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages. The name can also be given in reference to the English word for the gemstone.

Max the Cat

9 – Max

Meaning & History: Have you every wondered what the most popular cat names in the UK are? I have found out the ten most common names and more than a few are a surprise. Short form of Maximilian (or sometimes of maxwell in English). It is pronounced: mahks (German), maks (English)

Daisy the Cat

8 – Daisy

Meaning & History: Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English dægeseage meaning “day eye”. It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined.

Millie the Cat

7 – Millie

Meaning & History: Diminutive of MILDRED, MILLICENT and other names containing the same sound. With the variants Cammie, Em, Emmie, Emmy, Milly.

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Smudge the Cat

6 – Smudge

Meaning & History: Smudge is a (UK) nickname for anyone who’s surname is Smith. But it is also used as a nickname for a cat with a small fur marking that often looks like a smudge.


5 – Oscar

Meaning & History: Possibly means “deer friend”, derived from Gaelic os “deer” and cara “friend”. Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers.

Poppy the Cat

4 – Poppy

Meaning & History: From the word for the red flower, derived from Old English popæg. Mostly for girl cats or cats with older owners.

Tigger the Cat

3 – Tigger

Meaning & History: Tigger is a fictional tiger character originally introduced in A. A. Milne’s book The House at Pooh Corner. Like other Pooh characters, Tigger is based on one of Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed toy animals.

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Charlie the Cat

2 – Charlie

Meaning & History: Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES. A famous bearer is Charlie Brown, the main character in the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ by Charles Schulz.

Molly the Cat

1 – Molly

Meaning & History: Diminutive of Mary. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. James Joyce used this name in his novel ‘Ulysses’ (1920), where it belongs to Molly Bloom, the wife of the main character.

Author: Gus Barge

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