Friday, January 4, 2013

Top Pet Names of 2012

I scoured all the baby and dog name lists and asked for
suggestions before I named Rocco Havanese.
I think the name suits him perfectly!
Is your pet's name among the most popular, or does your taste run toward the more unusual?

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's largest pet insurer reveals the most popular names for 2012 with "Bella" once again topping the list of most common dog and cat names. The name also made the top 10 birds and exotic pet's names list for the first time, coming in as the third most popular. VPI sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the most popular pet names of 2012.

Following are the top 10 most common names for dogs and cats, as well as birds and exotic pets:

Birds and Exotics
1. Bella
1. Bella
1. Charlie
2. Bailey
2. Max
2. Buddy
3. Max
3. Chloe
3. Bella
4. Lucy
4. Oliver
4. Max
5. Molly
5. Lucy
5. Angel
6. Buddy
6. Smokey
6. Baby
7. Daisy
7. Shadow
7. Coco
8. Maggie
8. Tiger
8. Rocky
9. Charlie
9. Charlie
9. Bandit
10. Sophie
10. Tigger
10. Sunny

Pet owners continue to prefer human names for their furry friends. Each of the top five dog and cat names were also among's 100 most popular baby names of 2012. Meanwhile, traditional dog names continue to trend downward. Of the nearly half a million pets insured by VPI, only 11 dogs barked to "Fido," and just 65 cats purred to "Fluffy."

What inspired you to name your pet?


  1. We tend toward the exotic here. Except for Socks we all have names from mythology.

  2. YAY!! I am sooooo happy that neither of my boys (Cody OR Dakota) made the list. We LOVE being unique :)

  3. Gosh we're not a very creative bunch are we? It surprised me that the 3 lists were so similar...Buddy for a lizard or snake just doesn't sound right ;)

  4. I really have to think about this one...I couldn't see my babies with any other names...There are a lot of Miss Kitty Tux out there. But, your precious baby is definitely a...Rocco...through and through! I love him...

    Warmest Regards,
    Loretta & Meow

  5. This list doesn't surprise me at all! Pretty cool to see the exotic pets listed as well. My dog's name is pretty uncommon, but I have met 2 other dogs with her name before. It's Shiner.

  6. Had to laugh when I saw Bella. I swear we know about 10 Bellas at our dog park. LOL!

    I only have one dog with a common and popular name (Daisy). My other two have unique names (Jasper and Cupcake), and the funny thing is I didn't name any of them! They all came with them. :)

  7. I don't think Kolchak's name is EVER going to appear on a "most popular" list! We actually use it to recognize kindred spirits at the park. If we see a spark of recognition in their eyes when we say Kolchak, we know they're cool.

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