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.
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.
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
- Nemo and Bob
- Cookie, Rosie, Peter