Most Popular Dog And Cat Names

Dog and Cat

What’s your pet’s name? Is it Lucky, Princess, or Potato? (I actually have met a dog named Potato.) I think this one name is probably one of the most controversial pet names I have ever encountered.

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), Max is the most popular dog and cat name for the fifth consecutive year. Following are the 10 most common dog and cat names based on a recent analysis of VPI’s 450,000 insured clients:

Top 10 Dog Names:

  1. Max
  2. Molly
  3. Buddy
  4. Bella
  5. Lucy
  6. Maggie
  7. Daisy
  8. Jake
  9. Bailey
  10. Rocky

Top 10 Cat Names:

  1. Max
  2. Chloe
  3. Lucy
  4. Tigger
  5. Tiger
  6. Smokey
  7. Oliver
  8. Bella
  9. Sophie
  10. Princess

“The continuing popularity of Max is largely due to the fact that it is monosyllabic and simple for people and pets to remember, yet easy to
distinguish from common commands,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer for VPI. “Plus, it’s a fitting name for an
active, energetic pet.”

Few of the names on the top 10 dog and cat names list are traditional pet names. In fact, some of the top 10 names, or close variations, appear on the Social Security Administration’s list of most common baby names. Jacob (Jake) is the top name for boys, while Isabella (Bella) is No. 4 for girls, and Sophia ranks ninth on both the SSA’s list and VPI’s cat name list. Ironically, Max is far from the top at No. 160.

“When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to choose a human name for it,” said McConnell. “The prevalence of pets with human names clearly reflects the growing human-animal bond.”

Each of this year’s top 10 dog names appeared on last year’s list. Bella made the most impressive jump, going from No. 8 to No. 4, while Bailey fell from No. 2 to No. 9. For the cats, Simba, Angel, and Shadow dropped off this year’s list, making way for Princess, Sophie, and Bella.
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16 Responses to “Most Popular Dog And Cat Names”

  1. Lynne says:

    “When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to choose a human name for it.”

    That’s no surprise to my ‘kids’: Dustin, Gretchen, and Joey!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My cat’s name is Laptop

  3. 2CatMom says:

    What does it mean if your cats have human first names, and animal second names? (In my case it means I added a human first name to their shelter names).

  4. Amanda says:

    My cats names are:

    Jake, Clarence, Jasmine, Belle, Puck, Pepper, Cosmo, Felix, Jaspurr.

    They don’t have human names persay but they are my babies. Rather have my furkids than human kids ^_^

  5. Karen Goodhart says:

    I have a Max, but it’s spelled Maks. I added a vowel and named him after my children - Megan, Kayla, and Steven. We also have Bam-Bam, Molly, Buddy, Jewel, Bitsy, Jack, and Bubba.

  6. MaineMom says:

    My first black cat was named Jinx. Mavrick was a half coyote/border collie.
    My recently deceased Maltese was Nikki, Short for Ice Man’s Last Nickle - five puppies in her mom, Penny and father, Icemantese’s, last litter. Current kitties are Lincoln, for the local breeder and where we live, and Disco, for Discovery Bay where she was born to her feral mom and we lived. One of our cats was named Benowa, because that’s what his cries sounded like to our hearing-impared daughter. We named one of our cats Rowdy Red - because he was! It’s more fun to name our animals than our kids.

  7. PegH says:

    All my cats over the years
    my first…Thomas Jeremiah Blackstone
    Neuro (short for neurotic), Little Girl….name was changed after he sprayed!! I was a kid, what did I know, he had a pink nose….he should have been a girl. Butch, Little Boy
    Meatball, Acorn, Rocky, Bandit, Puddles(he was found in the pouring rain in a puddle), Tiggr, Raisin, Kitty, Norton, Walter Brennan
    RockyII, Rambo, Tuffy, Fitzie
    In the house now…..
    Rikers, Gizmo, Gadget, Rufus, Frosty, Edgar Winter
    Callie the mom I rescued and her 5 kittens that were saved (2 were adopted to a wonderful home this evening!!) The kittens that were adopted….Yoda and Josie.
    The remaining 3 are Elly, Sonny and Minnie
    I have loved and will continue to love them all

  8. kaefamily says:

    We named our first dog, a 12 lbs rescued terrier mutt, Einstein Napoleon. Einstein because he always tries to outsmart us and Napoleon because he always thinks he is a bigger dog than he is.

  9. Don Earl says:

    Hmm… I think a list of the least common names would be more fun.

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  15. Joseph says:

    My cat’s name is Stringbean.

  16. araceli says:

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