500 Cat Names of Reddit

Yes, I am one of those guys who likes to look at pictures of cats on the Internet (Reddit being my supplier of choice). After a few years of this (okay, more than a few), I began to get the impression that a small handful of cat names was being applied to a large number of cats. So I did an extremely informal and unscientific survey of cats I saw on Reddit during August and September of 2013. If we can draw any conclusions from this (and I’m not sure we can), I was mostly wrong. I expected whole kitty squadrons of Dexters, Bellas, and Gizmos, and not much else.

Instead, I saw four Dexters, two Gizmos, and exactly one Bella. And lots and lots of other names. (Confirmation bias at work. mea culpa.)

Looking for a good cat name? Here are 500 more or less unique ones, grouped by the number of cats I found bearing each name. (Methodology follows the list.)

Nine

  • Lillie/Lilly/Lily

Eight

  • Luna

Seven

  • Max

Six

  • Charles/Charley/Charlie

Four

  • Archer/Sterling Archer
  • Dexter
  • Fred/Freddie
  • Jack
  • Oliver
  • Penny
  • Smokee/Smokie/Smokey/Smoky
  • Thomas/Tom/Tommy

Three

  • Boris
  • Callie
  • Chairman Meow
  • Chewie/Chewy
  • Dusty
  • Frank/Frankie
  • Lenny
  • Leo
  • Link
  • Lucy
  • Mac
  • Marley
  • Odin
  • Oreo
  • Peanut
  • Pumpkin
  • Sasha
  • Simba
  • Simon
  • Sugar
  • Suki
  • Waffle/Waffles
  • Zoe/Zoey

Two

  • Abby
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Ben/Benny
  • Buster
  • Butters
  • Cora/Kora
  • Cricket
  • Daisy
  • Daniel/Dany
  • Elvis
  • Emma
  • Gato
  • Gizmo
  • Han Solo
  • Harleigh/Harley
  • Henry
  • Hobbes
  • Jackson
  • Jerry
  • Joe/Joey
  • Leela/Lela
  • Little
  • Lola
  • Louie
  • Lucky
  • Maybe
  • Milo
  • Mittens/Mittenz
  • Monster
  • Monty
  • Mufasa
  • Muffet
  • Muffin
  • Panda
  • Peach/Peaches
  • Penelope
  • Pepper
  • Romeo
  • Sam
  • Shadow
  • Sheldon
  • Steve French
  • Taco
  • Tobi/Toby
  • Winston
  • Ziggy

One

  • Agata
  • Aimee
  • Akua
  • Albus
  • Alf
  • All Star
  • Alpha
  • Amigo
  • Anakin
  • Annabel
  • Arc
  • Areyah
  • Aries
  • Arya
  • Astrid
  • Aussie
  • Autumn
  • BadBoy
  • Bailey
  • Bane
  • Banjo
  • Barker
  • Barnaby
  • Barney
  • Bartholomew
  • Bastet
  • Batley
  • Batman
  • Battleship
  • Baylor
  • Beans
  • Bear
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bernard Oscar
  • Beta
  • Big Moe
  • Biggles
  • Bill Furray
  • Bingo
  • Binx
  • Biscuit
  • Blitzle
  • Blue
  • Bluecat
  • Bo
  • Bob
  • Boule Noire
  • Bouncer
  • Bubba
  • Bunny
  • Butterscotch
  • Buttons
  • Candy
  • Captain Janeway
  • Captain Nemo
  • Carl
  • Carlin
  • Carter
  • Cash
  • Chalice
  • Charlotte
  • Chauncy
  • Cheese
  • Cheong Mei
  • Chez
  • Chickpea
  • Chloe
  • Chrissy
  • Churchill
  • Cinderella
  • Cisco
  • Claude
  • Cleo
  • Cloud
  • Clyde
  • Commodore
  • Coral
  • Coraline
  • Cujo
  • Cypress
  • Dali
  • Damien
  • Dante
  • Darla
  • Darwin
  • Dean
  • Delilah
  • Dezi
  • Diablo
  • Diego
  • Dobby
  • Dolce Lynn
  • Dolly
  • Dovahkiin
  • Dr. Bombay
  • Drusilla
  • Dudley
  • Duke
  • Edgar
  • Emergency
  • Emmett
  • Ernie
  • Eve
  • Ezio
  • Farofa
  • Felix
  • Fifi
  • Finn
  • Finnegan
  • Florence
  • Fluff Puff
  • Francine
  • François
  • Frigg
  • Frita
  • Froggy
  • Fudge
  • Gadget
  • Gaia
  • Gallifrey
  • Garfield
  • George
  • Giblet
  • Gilbert
  • Gilgamesh
  • Ginger
  • Ginko
  • Gisle
  • Glados
  • Godzilla
  • Goose
  • Gordon
  • Griffey
  • Halo
  • Hawthorne
  • Hazey
  • Heisenberg
  • Helios
  • Hemingway
  • Hexxus
  • Hilo
  • Hjalmy
  • Hogan
  • Holden
  • Honey
  • Huckle
  • Hunter
  • Ignacio
  • Indiana Jones
  • Inky
  • Isaac
  • Isaiah
  • Isis
  • Jake
  • James
  • Jareth
  • Jarvis
  • Jasper
  • JD
  • Jeffery
  • Jinx
  • Jory
  • June
  • Junior
  • Kaiser Wilhelm
  • Kalie
  • Kaliste Strayborn
  • Kasper
  • Keti
  • Kevin
  • Kiara
  • Kidu
  • Kiera
  • Kiki
  • King Hyperion
  • Kins
  • Kira
  • Kirby
  • Kitana
  • Kitten
  • Kitty
  • Kiwi
  • Krackel
  • Larry
  • Leonard
  • Levi
  • Lexie
  • Liam
  • Loki
  • Lord Potato
  • Ludwig
  • Luffy
  • Luke
  • Lunatic
  • Lunchbox
  • Lydia
  • Macy
  • Madeline
  • Magellan
  • Maggie
  • Magoo
  • Maizy
  • Malibu
  • Mana
  • Manny
  • Marceline
  • Mardi
  • Margot
  • Marko
  • Marlowe
  • Marna
  • Marshmallow
  • Mary
  • Mau
  • Maude
  • Medea
  • Meeko
  • Meera
  • Memine
  • Me-Mow
  • Meowington
  • Merlin
  • Mew
  • Mia
  • Michaelangelo
  • Midi
  • Midna
  • Miggy
  • Milan
  • Mildred
  • Milkshake
  • Milton
  • Mina
  • Minka
  • Minnie
  • Mischief
  • Miso
  • Miss Bojangles
  • Miss Furr
  • Miss Kitty
  • Missy
  • Misty
  • Mitzi
  • Mixi
  • Mojo
  • Molly
  • Moogy
  • Moose
  • Morgan
  • Mort
  • Mosley
  • Mouse
  • Mr. Cuppy Cakes
  • Mr. Riley Toulouse
  • Mr. Tough
  • Muad’Dib
  • Mulan
  • Mushi
  • Nala
  • Napoleon
  • Nas
  • Nels
  • Ness
  • Newt
  • Nicholas
  • Nigel
  • Nikko
  • Niles
  • Nina
  • Nino
  • Nitro
  • Noel
  • Nymeria
  • Nyx
  • Odessa
  • Olive
  • Opie
  • Oscar
  • Otis
  • Otto
  • Oz
  • Paco
  • Padme
  • Padraic
  • Papi
  • Paschoal
  • Paw
  • Pax
  • Peekaboo
  • Phoebe
  • Pico
  • Pierre
  • Pineapple
  • Pinocchio
  • Pistachio
  • Playboy
  • Pluto
  • Pond
  • Pootie
  • Poppet
  • Poppy
  • Purrcules
  • Pushkin
  • Quentin
  • Quinn
  • Raja
  • Ramses
  • Randy
  • Ranger
  • Red Baron
  • Reese
  • Renly
  • Rhaegar
  • Rita
  • Ritzy
  • River
  • Roger
  • Roland
  • Rouge
  • Ruby
  • Saffy
  • Sakamoto
  • Sakura
  • Salem
  • Samson
  • Sandwich
  • Scaredy
  • Scorpio
  • Scratch
  • Scribbles
  • Seabass
  • Shampoo
  • Shay
  • Sheeba
  • Shelly
  • Shimmy
  • Shmi
  • Shocky
  • Sidney
  • Silver
  • Simone
  • Skippy John
  • Smudge
  • Sneakers
  • Snowball
  • Snowy
  • Sofie
  • Sonny
  • Sparrow
  • Spartapuss
  • Spectre
  • Spock
  • Spoons
  • Squeakers
  • Squirt
  • Squishy
  • Stripe
  • Sue
  • Sulis
  • Suzi
  • Sweep
  • Sy
  • Tak
  • Tallow
  • Tallulah
  • Tank
  • Tati
  • Taz
  • Tazo
  • T-Bone
  • Teddy
  • Tex
  • Theodora
  • Tiddles
  • Tigger
  • Tim
  • Tinkerbell
  • Titan
  • TJ
  • Tobias
  • Topher
  • Toro
  • Trick
  • Trouble
  • Tuna
  • Twitch
  • Tyson
  • Venom
  • Vern
  • Victor
  • Virtue
  • Visa
  • Wallace
  • Wally
  • Walter
  • Wazzie
  • Weasley
  • Wheatley
  • Whïsker Dü
  • Whisky
  • Whisp
  • Wiley
  • William Catner
  • Willis
  • Willy
  • Wilson
  • Xaiotato
  • Yang
  • Yik
  • Yin
  • Yoda
  • Zappacatsa
  • Zef
  • Zelda
  • Zephy
  • Zeppelin
  • Zippy
Methodology

For about four weeks (say, mid-August to mid-September, 2013) I noted every cat name I encountered in /r/cats and /r/catpictures (these are subreddits, for the uninitiated). I didn’t make any effort to systematize my looking. I just looked whenever I felt like it.

I entered each cat name in a spreadsheet, along with the username of the person posting the image. This encompasses the entirety of my efforts to ensure that I didn’t count the same cat twice: checking the usernames to make sure they hadn’t already posted the same cat. You can see some problems with this method. Suppose two different redditors live in the same dwelling and post pictures of the same cat? Or, suppose one redditor encounters two different cats with the same name and posts images of both of them? In either case, the result is errors in my data. Like I said, informal and unscientific.

And what, I hear some of you saying, about the possibility of reposts? (Shudder!) I did happen to catch one (of the ever-popular Squishy), but there may be others I missed.

Then there is the issue of uniqueness of names. I made a bunch of arbitrary decisions. “Charles” and “Charlie” felt like essentially the same name to me; “Penny” and “Penelope” did not. Some would consider “Jack” and “Jackson” the same name. Where I come from, “Jack” is a nickname for “John,” so I couldn’t see it that way. And what to do about “Leo,” “Lenny,” and “Leonard”? I made them all separate names. I can’t really defend any of this. You can rearrange and recount as you see fit.

If there is sufficient interest, I will add to the list from time to time. I feel safe in estimating that images of thousands of individual cats have been posted to Reddit, and I expect there will be thousands more. There’s no reason to be stuck for a cat name!