Picking out a name for your new pet can be tricky simply because the options are endless. You can go super traditional, super un-traditional, or anywhere in between. Pets Best Insurance recently released a list of the most common dog and cat names of 2013 (based off the name of the animals they insure), and it’s an interesting look at what was popular, what fell out of favor, and what names are always sitting at the top. Here’s what they had to say:
Each year, pop culture tends to have a considerable impact on the names people select for their pets. Illustrating this trend, Bella was the No. 1 name among dogs. The increased popularity of the name Bella can be attributed to the well-known main character of the Twilight book and movie series. Bella also served as the most popular canine name in 2012.
While Lucy took the No. 2 spot for canines, other favorites in 2013 included classic dog names that remain popular throughout the years, such as Max, Buddy, Molly, and Charlie. Although Bailey was the fourth most popular name in 2012, it slid to tenth place in 2013.
Lucy was the most popular cat name, representing an impressive increase from 2012, when it was tenth on the list. Bella was also popular among felines, placing fourth in 2013. In addition, the name Lily dropped from first place in 2012 to fifth in 2013. Simba, the name of the courageous young lion in Disney’s animated film “The Lion King,” fell out of the top 10 in 2013 after ranking fourth in 2012. Simba’s spike in popularity likely came as a result of the popular film’s 3D rerelease in 2011.
“A pet’s name often has a strong personal significance to its caregiver,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Many people show their affection by naming pets after characters and icons they admire and enjoy. Pet parents also often give their dogs and cats human names that seem to reflect the unique personalities of their four-legged family members.”
So what are the favorites?
Top 10 Dog Names of 20131. Bella2. Lucy3. Max4. Charlie5. Daisy6. Molly7. Buddy8. Lola9. Maggie10. Bailey
Top 10 Cat Names of 20131. Lucy2. Jack3. Max4. Bella5. Lily6. Oliver7. Charlie8. Lucky9. Sammy10. Leo
Did your pet’s name make the list?