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Top Pet Names of 2011. Is your pet’s name on the list?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 5:47 am in Pet Names.

Jasmine’s name didn’t get picked AGAIN this year. Boy is she mad. She’s going to bite Gary when he gets home from work today. Photo by Lois Bogue, Benicia, CA

Top Pet Names of 2011

Every year, the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (VPI) sends out a News Release of the most popular pet names gleaned from its membership database. It’s always kind of fun.  Unfortunately, my cats, Newman and Jasmine, have never made the list. They always seem to blame me, for some reason. Needless to say, they’re not very happy about it.

Oh, well, here’s this year’s pet name list. I figured at least you might enjoy it:

Newman’s name didn’t get picked AGAIN this year. He’s not very happy and may not sit on Gary’s lap for a whole year. Photo by Lois Bogue, Benicia, CA

“Bella” Becomes Most Popular Name for Both Dogs and Cats

Pet Insurer Reveals Top Pet Names of 2011

Brea, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2012) — Holding tightly to the title of most popular name for dog lovers, “Bella” shot into the lead among feline fans for the first time in 2011.  Though the “Twilight”-inspired moniker has reigned as top dog since 2009, “Bella” trumped “Max” in 2011 as the prime choice for cat owners with a lead of less than 10 frisky felines. VPI sorted its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine last year’s most popular pet names.

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. Max
3. Max 3. Chloe 3. Baby
4. Lucy 4. Oliver 4. Sunny
5. Molly 5. Lucy 5. Buddy
6. Buddy 6. Shadow 6. Jack
7. Daisy 7. Smokey 7. Angel
8. Maggie 8. Tiger 8. Daisy
9. Charlie 9. Charlie 9. Bella
10. Sophie 10. Tigger 10. Coco


The tendency toward selecting human names for pets appears to continue with nearly every name on the top 10 dog names list doubling as a popular name for people. …  Feline pet parents seem slightly more traditional with the names “Tiger” and “Tigger” lingering on the top 10 cat names list.

Charlie remained in the top spot on the birds and exotic pets list, which consists of the most popular names for feathered friends, lizards, gerbils, rabbits and other companion animals. Several new names debuted on the top 10 birds and exotics list this year including: “Buddy,” “Angel,” “Daisy” and “Coco.”

Where does your pet’s name fit in these lists? Is it one of these popular names, or something totally off the wall? If you like to use more unusual names, VPI has a website with lists of more creative monikers at Enjoy. /Gary

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4 Responses to “Top Pet Names of 2011. Is your pet’s name on the list?”

  1. Rattakin Says:

    What a pretty kitty! She has every right to be mad, Jasmine is a wonderful name.

    How rare is it to have an orange stripey female cat, aren’t they usually male?

  2. Susan CBL of Ellis Lake Says:

    Isn’t Lois really known as The Crazy Cat Lady of Benicia?

  3. Karen Says:

    I still think the cat names I like the best were the ones we picked for our late Burmese (dark, dark brown) littermates: Boris and Natasha. They certainly got into enough trouble to justify their names, too!

  4. Karen Says:

    Gary, you need to give us all an update on Jasmine. How big is she now? Does she still think she’s a kitten, or has she transitioned into a cat?

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