The most popular pet name in the UK is Charlie, according to new research into the names we choose for our animals by Pets at Home.
Pets at Home surveyed more than 800,000 pet owners through its My VIP club and has found the top 50 most popular names for each pet type. Whether the pet is a bird, cat, dog, fish, horse, reptile or small animal, Charlie was the clear winner with almost 34,000 of British pet owners choosing this name for their animal friend, topping the list of most common names for birds, cats and horses.
The traditional pet name 'Charlie' was a clear winner with almost 34,000 of British pet owners choosing it for their animal. Sweet name 'Poppy' also proved to be a popular choice, as well as traditional names of Alfie, Billy and Bella.
From the research given, it is evident that the world of entertainment and pop culture has huge influence on the names owners choose for their pets, with both 'Tweety' taken from the classic cartoon Looney Tunes, and 'Tigger' from classic novel 'Winnie the Pooh.'
It is also suggestive that perhaps the young Prince's influence may not end with toddler fashion and toys, with the name 'George' ranking highly across all species.
Gavin Hawthorn, Group CRM Director, said: “It’s interesting to see that just as popular culture and famous faces influence what we name our children, likewise, these trends can help the nation’s pet owners select a name for their animals. It seems likely that children being allowed to name their first animal friend forms a big part of the naming process, particularly among the film and TV inspired monikers.
“However, it also seems that books and even the Royal family are also helping Brits to decide on what to call their pet. Meanwhile Charlie and Poppy scored highly across species, suggesting that cute, traditional names will always appeal when it comes to naming our pets.”
*Pets at Home surveyed 818,702 members of its MY VIP club in August 2016. Each person surveyed is a pet owner
Here are the top 10 names for British pets, by species:
Top ten names for dogs
Top ten names for cats
Top ten names for small animals
Top ten names for reptiles
Top ten names for fish
Top ten names for horses
Top ten names for birds