Our pets are part of our family and there is certainly a change in how we name them. According to John Lewis Pet Insurance’s research we are now naming our pets with popular baby’s names like Charlie, Alfie and Ruby.
Poppy is the UK’s most popular name for our cats and dogs according a study of more than 50,000 pets.
Childrens’ television programmes also influence pet names from Peppa (Peppa Pig), Dora (Dora the explorer), Minnie (Minnie Mouse) and Winnie (Winnie The Pooh). Names from Harry Potter also popular – Harry, Luna, Dumbledore, Lupin, Draco, Severus and Dudley.
Top 10 cat and dog names in the UK 2013
While it is interesting to see trends towards people’s name or film and TV characters, we still like the traditional name like Fido, Spot, etc. I particularly like the using the names of other animals or vegetables for cats or dogs – Bear (The bear – a famous kitty from the book Talk to the Tail: Adventures in Cat Ownership and Beyond), Leopard, Frog and Pigeon (my ex-colleague’s cat). My best friend had a dog called Onion. (I was extremely jealous of that name). And I used to have two gerbils called Mushroom and Radish. At the moment we have a cat called Talisker. (Yes – a whisky brand name. My partner insists that it’s genius as people often buy you the product as a present). Hmm… maybe I need to name my next pet Chanel, I can never have enough of them (both Chanel and pets).
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