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Most popular names for dogs and cats revealed

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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The top names for our four-legged friends have been revealed.

Molly is said to be the most popular name for both dogs and cats, according to a new survey of Britain’s over 50s.

While some of the more unusual names include a Guinea pig called Chaka Khan, Sausage the rat and ASBO the parrot.

The top 10 names for furry felines are:

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  • 1)Molly
  • 2)Oscar
  • 3)Tigger
  • 4)Daisy
  • 5)Lucy
  • 6)Rosie
  • 7)Tilly
  • 8)Charlie
  • 9)Smudge
  • 10)Poppy

While the top names for man’s best friends are:

  • 1)Molly
  • 2)Poppy
  • 3)Max
  • 4)Charlie
  • 5)Alfie
  • 6)Jack
  • 7)Toby
  • 8)Millie
  • 9)Lucy
  • 10)Sam

The survey by Saga Pet Insurance also highlights the most unlucky pet names for cats and dogs, ranked on the frequency of vet visits and claims.

The most unlucky names for cats are:

  • 1)Felix
  • 2)Archie
  • 3)Bailey
  • 4)Amber
  • 5)Holly

While dog owners should be aware of the unlucky names:

  • 1)Megan
  • 2)Monty
  • 3)Tess
  • 4)Henry
  • 5)Misty

According to the survey 38 per cent of pet owners chose their name because it suited the pet, while 17 per cent just liked the sound of it. Around six per cent chose the name for sentimental reasons, while three per cent picked the name in reference to a celebrity.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “The huge variety of names revealed in the poll goes to show just how much Britain’s over 50s view their pets as one of the family.

“Just as we take our time over naming a child, it also seems we mull over a pet’s name to get it right and make sure it suits them.

“That care hints at how much pets mean to the over 50s, many of whom see their cat or dog as a loyal companion.

“That’s why it’s important to make sure your pet is properly covered, should he or she ever become unwell.” 

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  • Douglasknows  |  August 20 2014, 11:08AM

    I based my dogs name on the Devonshire dialect my father has. To him a dog is a dug so naturally I had to chose Douglas, here Doug :o)

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  • honslknjklyt  |  August 20 2014, 10:25AM

    Names for pets are more beautiful when a bit of imagination has gone into them. Plain names are good when those plain names have a meaning behind them but some just can't seem to be bothered. Ben, Sam, Jess, Lucy and those types are very plain but of course if someone had a grandmother called Lucy it is not so plain.

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