These are the most popular pet names of 2018

These are the most popular pet names of 2018
Classic names and film characters were the most popular choices for pets in 2018 (Photo: Shutterstock)

Naming your pet is a big decision, and it seems many pet owners are like-minded when it comes to picking one out, as the most popular choices for 2018 reveal.

Moving away from a year of celebrity baby names in 2017, new pet owners took a different approach with more classic names and film characters topping 2018’s list.

Charlie’s no longer top dog

The most popular pet name for new animal companions in the UK is Bella, according to data from Pets at Home.

Luna was also another clear favourite (perhaps gaining wider recognition after John Legend and Chrissy Teigen selected the name for their daughter) and proved to be a popular choice for cats, dogs and reptiles.

Classic names like Teddy, Bailey and Molly, also made it into the top choices, knocking Charlie out of the top five for 2018.

Film influence

Brits seem to be taking inspiration from some of last year’s big blockbuster films, with Loki joining the list of top cat names, following the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Flopsy and Peter hopped into the top five most popular names for small animals, most likely inspired by the release of The Peter Rabbit movie.

Loki joined the list of top cat names, along with Luna and Bella (Photo: Shutterstock)
Loki joined the list of top cat names, along with Luna and Bella (Photo: Shutterstock)

Commenting on the findings, Gavin Hawthorn, group CRM director at Pets at Home, said, “It seems likely that children being entrusted to name their first family pet forms a big part of the name choice, particularly among the film and TV inspired monikers.

“However, it’s also interesting to see how many cute, traditional names retain their popularity, suggesting that sweet yet simple options will always remain popular when it comes to naming a pet.”

Top names for British pets by species

Dogs

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Teddy
  4. Bailey
  5. Buddy

Cats

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Milo
  4. Loki
  5. Gizmo

Birds

  1. Charlie
  2. Kirsty
  3. Ollie
  4. Bernard
  5. Basil

Fish

  1. Nemo and Bob
  2. Fishy
  3. Goldie
  4. Bubbles
  5. Molly

Reptiles

  1. Spike
  2. Luna
  3. Echo
  4. Athena
  5. Sam

Small animals

  1. Flopsy
  2. Thumper
  3. Luna
  4. Cookie, Rosie, Peter
  5. Fluffy