Most Trendy Kitten Names of 2015
Do you feel like you’re noticing more and more of your friends naming their new kittens Stella and Bandit these days? They might not be the most popular kitten names right now, but based on our research, they’re definitely on trend.
You might have seen our list of the most popular kitten names of 2015, and now, we’re using that data to determine which kitten names are the trendiest! And, if you’re wondering how, exactly a popular kitten name differs from a trendy one, we’ve got a simple explanation. The most popular kitten names are found by looking at the number of kittens born in a single year and the names they’re given. But, to figure out the trendiest names, we take a longer view and look at kitty names over the space of ten years to see which ones have increased the most in popularity.
To come up with this list, we worked with Nationwide Pet Insurance, who provided us with the most popular male and female kitten names of 2005. Then, we compared the cat names on the 2005 list to our 2015 popular kitten name list to see which names had the most dramatic increase. Those that rose the most over the decade earned spots in our slideshow below.
Luna and Stella
Bandit and Milo
Mia, Willow, Kitty, Lilly and Sassy
Oliver, Charlie, Leo, George and Louie
Nala, Elsa, Cali and Mittens
So, even though we don't have a starting point for these names, it's certainly worth noting how much they've climbed! The following names all found spots within the current top 20 most popular kitten names: Nala currently No. 7, Elsa (No. 17), Cali (No. 18) and Mittens (No. 20).
Kitty and Loki
Zoey, Rosie, Shadow, Penny and Oreo
Jax, Dexter, Henry, Sammy, Pumpkin and Bear
Analyzing the TrendsWe couldn’t help but notice that a number of these appellations had a few things in common.
Traditional Monikers: There’s definitely a bit of a throwback feel to a few of these names, isn’t there? Bandit, Mittens, Kitty, Sassy, Oliver, Princess, Pepper, Rosie, Shadow, Pumpkin and Oreo are all names that we could easily believe belonged to cats living in an earlier era. Additionally, there are some strong masculine and feminine tones — a trend we also noted among puppy names: Luna, Callie, Cali, Princess, Zoey, Mia, Milo, Oliver, Charlie, Leo, George, Louie and Henry are very popular.
Pop Culture: We also saw a sampling of handles with distinct pop culture ties. Loki’s upward trend is likely due to the fact that the name belongs to a main character in the Thor and Avenger movies, while both Jax and Dexter were lead characters in television hits (Jax from Sons of Anarchy and Dexter from Dexter). Stella is the name of the adorable Frenchie on Modern Family, and we’re sure you recognize Elsa as the elder sister in Frozen.
Did you catch any similarities that we missed? And, are there any names you’ve noticed on an upward trend that we should be watching for?
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