According to a 2012 study by Vet Street, the top 10 female cat names include: Lola, Stella, Izzy, Zoey, Lulu, Luna, Nala, Penny, Ruby and Willow. 95 percent of the female cat names studied were human names, as opposed to descriptive names, such as Whiskers or Snowball.
The Baby Name Wizard suggests a link between pet naming and the role the pet plays in the home. Pet owners who give their pets human names tend to see the pet in a more human-style role. Recent names indicate personality rather than physical description, demonstrating the increasingly significant role of pets. While unisex monikers like Pepper and Shadow used to be popular, now there is a movement toward single sex names that reflect the individuality of the pet.