The 10 Most Popular Cat Names of 2019
By Alvin Ward
Though pet people often find themselves having to choose a side on the ages-old cats-versus-dog debate, there's no denying the fact that Americans love their cats. An estimated 94.2 million kitties are official residents of households across the country (compared to 89.7 million puppers). And while each one undoubtedly has its own adorable quirks, one thing a lot of them have in common is the name Luna.
For the third year in a row, Luna topped the list of most popular cat names in 2019. The data comes courtesy of Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest general veterinary practice, which mined its database of more than 500,000 feline clients to determine the year's most popular cat monikers.
As is often the case, pop culture continues to be a major inspiration when it comes to pet names. As Game of Thrones wrapped up its epic run, pet owners paid tribute to their favorite characters; 41 percent more cats were named Sansa this year, while 27 percent more were dubbed Jon Snow (given the whole nine lives thing, that name seems appropriate).
The return of Toy Story brought Woody and Buzz Lightyear back into the cat name mix; 19 percent and 12 percent more cats got those monikers, respectively. And it seems as if a lot of royal watchers are also cat people, as 40 percent more cats were bestowed with title Archie—the name of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son.
The following are the 10 most popular cat names of 2019. Did yours make the cut?