Pop Culture Pervasive in Pet Naming

Show biz, food, cars emerge as popular pet names. Bambi … Cinderella … Tinkerbell — all fictional characters from Disney films, and also some popular pooch names, according to research collected by nationwide pet insurance provider, PetFirst Healthcare.

“It seems to be an emerging trend for pet owners to give their furry friends a name that resembles a favorite automobile, favorite food or even favorite character,” said Katie Grant, PetFirst vice president. “It’s reassuring that owners associate their pets with their favorite things — as, we hope, that translates into ensuring those pets receive the loving care and treatment they deserve.”

PetFirst analyzed data from thousands of its policy holders in all 50 states, and ranked the most recurring pet names connected to pop culture. American pet owners are clearly inspired by characters from cartoons, sitcoms and movies, as well as brand names of everyday products to luxury labels.

Top 20 Brand-name Pets

  1. Bentley
  2. Roxy
  3. Hershey
  4. Guinness
  5. Remington
  6. Comet
  7. Lexus
  8. Chanel
  9. Corona
  10. Pepsi
  11. Avery
  12. Chiquita
  13. Mercedes
  14. Oreo
  15. Beemer
  16. Jack Daniel
  17. Porsche
  18. Monte Carlo
  19. Snickers
  20. Ajax


  Top 20 Character Pet Names

  1. Lady
  2. Jasmine
  3. Mickey
  4. Heidi
  5. Minnie
  6. Rambo
  7. Hercules
  8. Xena
  9. Bambi
  10. Merlin
  11. Pebbles
  12. Bam Bam
  13. Tinkerbell
  14. Willow
  15. Zeus
  16. Casper
  17. Garfield
  18. Taz
  19. Cinderella
  20. Shiloh


Other noteworthy names include Captain Morgan, Harley Davidson, Mr. Big (“Sex and the City”), and Yoda and Princess Leia (“Star Wars”).

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