The Teesside veterinary practice White Cross Vets has been researching the most popular pet names. The practice looked at the names of the cats and dogs registered with them to establish the most top picks. The resulting data reveals that human names are now favoured as opposed to Fido and Rover and that more and more pets are being named after film and TV characters.
The Top Monikers for Pets
So, Spot, Patch and Kitty are out of fashion! Pet owners have been choosing human names for their animals instead. White Cross Vets discovered that the following are currently the most popular choices for Dogs:
Here’s the most popular names for moggies:
But what of those film and TV inspired names? Well, Elsa is becoming hugely popular following the success of the Disney movie Frozen. Jungle Book fans often choose Baloo and there are now a fair few cats and dogs called Peppa, honouring the cartoon pig. Games of Thrones characters are predictably popular so watch out for pooches called Khaleesi, Sansa, Brienne and Tyrion.
Pet owners also often copy the choices of their favourite celebrities and so it should come as no surprise that White Cross Vets found that they have 16 pets called Olive on their books. This is the name of David Beckham’s Cocker Spaniel!
Pet Names in the 1930s
The veterinary practice first opened its doors in 1937 and their client’s choices of names have changed dramatically over the years. None of the current top ten names for cats and dogs were amongst the top choices in the 1930s. In those days Susie, Sally, Judy, Penny, Candy, Sam, Betty, Simon, Wendy and Bridget were the most common choices.
It’s interesting to note that in 1930s human names were used. Fido, Rover, Fluffy and Patch came later. However, the research shows that Teddy, Buddy, Luna, Milo and Coco have suddenly become very popular names for both cats and dogs. These names didn’t make the top ten lists but suggest that there could be a new trend for names more associated with pets than people. What goes around, comes around!
What’s Your Pet’s Name?
Whilst some pet owners may not place much importance on their animal’s name, for others the choice of name is a big decision. Cats and dogs almost certainly don’t care what name they end up with but pets are becoming more and more integral to family life and so their name somehow seems more significant. Then there’s the fact that owners may have to call out that name in public and will have to announce it at the vets. It pays to choose wisely!
How did you choose your pet’s name? Did you feel that it was important to pick something which suited the animal or were you determined to honour a favourite character or celebrity? Do you think that you made the right decision or have you chosen a moniker that you now regret?