Don’t Call Them Cool Cats: 10 Cat Names on the Decline
For every name that moves up a mark on the list of the top 100 most popular cat names, another name has to slide. And some names have fallen more than their fair share over the past decade, with a few dropping off the list completely.
Do any of these names ring a bell? They might be losing ground now, but they were certainly popular once upon a time!
No. 1: Nemo and Katie
Although not as dramatic as Nemo’s fall from popularity, Katie has experienced a significant downward trend, beginning as the No. 44 most popular female cat name in 2003 and dropping off the list in 2011.
No. 2: Bailey and Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty was sitting pretty at No. 28 in 2003, but by 2012 she’d fallen down to No. 79.
No. 3: Spike and Pumpkin
Pumpkin claimed the No. 83 spot on the most popular female names list in 2012 after enjoying the view at No. 43 back in 2003.
No. 4: Junior and Muffin
Although Muffin dug her claws in at No. 64 in 2003, a decade later the name dropped from the top 100 list.
No. 5: Boo and Tigger
Tigger bounced its way up to No. 42 in 2003, but fell to No. 76 in 2012. Interestingly, Tiger (one “g,” less bouncing) has also lost popularity in the past decade, but not as quickly — it was No. 32 in 2003 and No. 48 last year.
No. 6: Pumpkin and Snowball
Snowball fell out of the top 100 most popular female cat names in 2011 after claiming the No. 69 spot in 2003. It’s also declined sharply for male cats, but not enough to make this top 10 list.
No. 7: Thomas and Zoe
Zoe has fallen from No. 16 to No. 45 over the past decade, which is especially curious given that the same name with a different spelling — Zoey — has risen from No. 54 to No. 17 in the same time period.
No. 8: Sylvester and Sabrina
Sabrina held the No. 72 spot in 2003, but fell out of the top 100 just four short years later.
No. 9: Tommy and Allie
Allie was once the No. 71 most popular female cat name, but it looks like this name is nearing its end on the list; in 2012 it was barely hanging on at No. 99.
No. 10: Fluffy and Kiki
Kiki has dropped somewhat drastically, going from No. 41 in 2003 to No. 68 in 2012.
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