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  • It’s always interesting to see the list of the most popular pet names of the year. One growing trend is to give pets “people” names. In fact, the top five dog and cat names for 2012 were also among the most popular names for babies!

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Top Pet Names for 2012

February 27, 2013 | 22,451 views
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By Dr. Becker

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has released its annual list of most popular pet names for 2012. Using a database of almost 500,000 insured pets, VPI determined “Bella” was the most popular name for dogs and cats, and the third most popular for birds and exotic pets.

Interestingly, the top five dog and cat names were also among the most popular names for babies during 2012.

“The popularity of people names doubling as pet names is a testament to the bigger trend of pet owners viewing their pets as members of the family,” says Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications at VPI. “It’s now just as common for a pet to be named Oliver or Chloe as it is for a child.”

Most Popular Pet Names of 2012

Dogs Cats Birds and Exotics
1.   Bella 1.  Bella 1.  Charlie
2.  Bailey 2.  Max 2.  Buddy
3.  Max 3.  Chloe 3.  Bella
4.  Lucy 4.  Oliver 4.  Max
5.  Molly 5.  Lucy 5.  Angel
6.  Buddy 6.  Smokey 6.  Baby
7.  Daisy 7.  Shadow 7.  Coco
8.  Maggie 8.  Tiger 8.  Rocky
9.  Charlie 9.  Charlie 9.  Bandit
10.  Sophie 10.  Tigger 10.  Sunny

Most Popular Male and Female Puppy Names of 2012

Vetstreet pulled the following most popular male and female puppy names from a database of 1.26 million puppies born last year.

Males Females
1.  Max 1.  Bella
2.  Buddy 2.  Daisy
3.  Charlie 3.  Lucy
4.  Rocky 4.  Molly
5.  Cooper 5.  Lola
6.  Bear 6.  Sophie
7.  Bentley 7.  Sadie
8.  Duke 8.  Chloe
9.  Jack 9.  Coco
10.  Toby 10.  Maggie

Dog Names Trending Up … and Names on Their Way Out

Vetstreet also came up with a list of the top 10 trendiest names of 2012 for both male and female dogs, as well as names that have fallen in popularity since 2003:

Trending Up Trending Down
Males Females Males Females
1.  Dexter 1.  Luna 1.  Scooter 1.  Brandy
2.  Thor 2.  Layla 2.  Dakota 2.  Holly
3.  Gunner 3.  Piper 3.  Rudy 3.  Misty
4.  Bentley 4.  Nala 4.  Spike 4.  Katie
5.  Jax 5.  Stella 5.  Joey 5.  Lucky
6.  Ace 6.  Willow 6.  Rusty 6.  Heidi
7.  Leo 7.  Maya 7.  Scooby 7.  Casey
8.  King 8.  Athena 8.  Luke 8.  Sheba
9.  Simba 9.  Charlie 9.  Smokey 9.  Madison
10.  Milo 10.  Ella 10.  Sammy 10.  Shadow

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