Sorry Fido, today's pet owners prefer human names: Our choices are influenced by Harry Potter and children's TV, study …

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  • Most popular name for cats and dogs was Poppy, research has found
  • It is also 13th most popular for baby girl, Office for National Statistics said
  • Charlie, Alfie and Ruby all appear in the top 20 list for both babies and pets

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Gone are the days of naming pets Spot, Mutt and Patch. In their place are Charlie, Alfie and Ruby

Gone are the days of naming pets Spot, Mutt and Patch. In their place are Charlie, Alfie and Ruby

For many pet owners, their dogs and cats are as much a part of the family as the human beings.

So much so that when it comes to deciding what to call them, traditional choices such as Fido and Felix have given way to fashionable baby names.

A study of more than 50,000 pet names has found that the most popular for both cats and dogs was Poppy – which was also the 13th most popular name for a baby girl last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Gone are the days of naming pets Spot, Mutt and Patch. In their place are Charlie, Alfie and Ruby – three names that appear in the top 20 list for both babies and pets.

The decline of traditional names is demonstrated by the fate of Rover and Fido, which were both in the top ten in the 1970s but have fallen to 840 and 1,480 respectively in the study by John Lewis Pet Insurance.

The Harry Potter books, children’s TV and celebrity choices seem to set the trend for our four-legged friends.

Popular names for dogs include Charlie and Lola, from the BBC CBeebies cartoon series; Peppa, from Peppa Pig; Dora, from Dora The Explorer; Woody from the Toy Story films; Winnie, from Winnie The Pooh; and Minnie, after Minnie Mouse. 

Harry Potter inspires both cat and dog lovers with Harry, Luna Lovegood, Dumbledore, Fleur Delacour, Draco, Lupin, Severus and Dudley all appearing on the list.

The Harry Potter books, children's TV and celebrity choices seem to set the trend for our four-legged friends

The Harry Potter books, children’s TV and celebrity choices seem to set the trend for our four-legged friends

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Dog owners have also copied names picked by celebrities for their children, with the list including Florence, daughter of David and Samantha Cameron; Flynn, son of Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr; Kai, son of Wayne and Coleen Rooney; and Harper, daughter of David and Victoria Beckham.

Some cat owners appear to find inspiration in history, with Einstein, Darwin, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Leonardo da Vinci and Boudicca all popular.

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i have never givern my pets normal names. currently i have 2 cats who are brothers.
One is called beelzebub pandalugs lil bag of *hit and his bother is wingnut cubert picklebutt, beezle and wingnut for short. My dog who is now sadly passed was called tara sagybaggybum though she answered to booby, boobydog and boobage.

Both my cats are also trained to do various tricks just because my nephew said you can’t train a cat.
Currently they sit, lie down, roll left roll right, ask, turn round, other way, hiya left paw, hello right paw, beezle loves playing fetch and can also bow and wingnit like high five, gimme five and patacake .

hobnob
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uk, United Kingdom,
27/8/2013 11:07

Maybe human names, because they think of these pets as their “children”?

tnmts
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Tri Cities, United States,
27/8/2013 03:07

What’s Daisy from? Downton Abbey?

Claire999
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Cambridge MA, United States,
26/8/2013 23:58

Currently I have 1 dog: Rey Mysterio. 1 goldfish: Alice Mugfish. 1 algae-eater: Munchie Legeaux. And 1 neon : Hart (because it is a Bleeding Heart neon). Previously 6 rats: Pyewackett, Noelani. Meritet, Wing Chung, Tallulah Bilikis. And a hamster called Ninja (because he was black). RIP, rodents.

TheDillo
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Weston, United Kingdom,
26/8/2013 19:58

3 cats – Mo (f), Carl and Oscur – male siblings. And now I hear the name Carl for a person and I think, who would name their cat an animal name?!!

That Girl
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Minneapolis MN USA, United States,
26/8/2013 19:39

Just one; Merlin the cat.

Sir Talbot Buxomly
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Mansfield. Ma., United States,
26/8/2013 19:06

I have 6 cats all females! Bambino, Lucille, Sassy, Ruby, Ella and Plunket. My hamster’s name is Penelope and my fish’s names are Evan and Eva. I had a baby betta named Elizabeth but she died. 🙁

Logankk1
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Reynoldsburg, United States,
26/8/2013 16:50

My girls are Islay and Iona, and the boys were Henry, Ranald and Harry (rescued) and then we had Horrit a Norfolk terrier – she started out as Sherringham, but Horrit suited her better.
My parents had dogs named Sally, Robbie and William but we kids were know as Oi!

June
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Canvey Essex,
26/8/2013 15:46

#16 on the cat name list is “Smudge”. How many people are named “Smudge”?? I would think zero.

Ben the Duck
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Seattle, United States,
26/8/2013 14:31

My chihuahua cross is called Geoffrey. He was very nearly Frank but I fel Geoffrey was a better fit. I do get laughed at down the park though

Plum
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London, United Kingdom,
26/8/2013 13:51

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