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Wed, Apr 7 | By Gabrielle Jonas | 47

For the first time, the most popular name for a female dog is also the most popular name for a new baby girl. Bella was the number one name for female dogs in 2009, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., in Brea, Calif., which tracks its clients'… more ›

Beyond Fido and Fluffy: Top Ten Pet Names for Dogs and Cats
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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

as animals have feelings too anything that does not make them feel stupid

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i actually named scoot efore he was mine. at the bird expo i met him at he was always scooting somewhere

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

oh boy still no new news this one has been recyled from early april. i like real names that go with their personality

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I think it all depends on their personality. I tend to like more unique names, but sometimes a cat or a dog just looks like a Maggie or a Bailey!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

It is always interesting to me to hear the names that people are chosing for their pets. My mom's cat, Max, made the list, but none of the family dogs. I am not the best at coming up with them, but I tend to like unique names when I hear them.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

doc i was going to name scoot for his vet when i first brought him home. but i named him doc after him instead

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

none of them are mine.. in fact none of my family had animals with those names

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Kitty W.
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Kitty W.
4 years ago

Most of those are good names. :)

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

why don't they ever talk about bird names

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i think this article was meant to reach the broadest audience, which is cat and dog owners. but i'd like to one for birds, horses too.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

The birds can talk about their own names!!!!

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

your idea you write the article :0)

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

I know two people who recently named their human babies Sophie.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

So, people are actually giving their children "pet" names (not vice versa)??

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

We used to call my son "Buddy" when he was little so I guess there is some truth to it.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i like the old fashioned names sophie is good

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Making the list by using only INSURED pets omits the vast majority of pets and is therefore inaccurate and/or misleading. There are TENS OF MILLIONS of pets out there; I doubt that the less than 1/2 million insured pets are an accurate representation of ALL pets.

I would also question if giving pets a "human" name means that the "parents" are more likely to consider the pets "family members". Many pets have traditional "pet" names yet are also considered full-fledged family members. And I'd imagine that there are many "Chloe", "Bella", and other "human" names given yet the pets are treated like dirt!

I prefer unusual names or less common ones. I think that people who "choose" the popular names probably aren't giving the names much thought!

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i always thought people usually preferred naming their animal something unique, like it's a mark towards their individuality. why would you want a common name? so you can call your dog at a park only to have half a dozen others turn and look?

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

hey mz we know that except two too with no z

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Correction: There is now a TwoZoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:)

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i named the orange kitten oliver b/c he looks just like the little orphaned kitten in oliver & company. but now we're wondering if he isn't a she. in which case, *she* may be renamed...and probably not mcnugget like i want. we already have a girl foster w/a boys name by mistakenly naming her before we were close enough to tell, it really throws people off!

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Interesting article and cute names!

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Marta G.
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Marta G.
4 years ago

Propably no one has a cat named like mine

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

same here. any other abintras in the house?

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

I have THREE of those....NOT. (HA HA)

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

I like names that describe their personalities the most. One foster cat I had acted hyper like my neighbor Joey so I named him Joey!

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Amy S.
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Amy S.
4 years ago

Lol!! That's creative ;)

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Kaytee
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Kaytee
4 years ago

Those are all cute names

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

I have a cat named Max. I wonder where they got their information from. I have a family member who likes to name her animals after spices.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

It is stated in the article that the names are from the clients of "Veterinary Pet Insurance"!

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

Oh yeah here are the names I think should have won. Skitters, Teddy, Shorty, Cricket, Miss Kitty, Biff, Lowrence, Scronny, Ipea, Squirt, Lady, Kirby, Cupcake, Ghost, Inkheart, Aushaunti, Novita, Shyla, Momma Pitt Bull, Pinky, Stable, Two Bits, Dragon, Playful, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Ruffles, Dodge I could go on and on but those are just some popular names in Longview. Oh Molly is a dog and cat name you hear alot in longview too.

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

Oh also When we had our first four dwarf hamsters they where all females and we named them to match their personalities and even they came to their names. There was Viscous who would bite anyone that picked her up and seemed to be the alpha hamster, Then there was Ding-Dong who ran into everything and would try and run on the outside of the hamster wheel, Then there was Feisty who was always very active and never seemed to sleep and last but not least there was Kiss who would stick her little touge out and give you a kiss every time you held her.

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

my friend had a cat named sid {vicious}. he was a feral when she found him. both sid and vicious are somewhat popular. punk rock, y'all!

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Ches21
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Ches21
4 years ago

I am a good namer I have alot of names everytime I think of a new name I write it down wether it is for a pet or a person. I think when naming a pet you should wait and learn their personality after that and you have chosen a name if the pet won't come to it I suggest trying diffrent names until the pet comes to one of them but don't do it so much that you confuse it. A pet should have a name they like that is how Skitters got her name and how Shorty got his name. But as for Teddy we all wrote names down and threw them in to a hat and then my mom drew a name outta the hat and the name was Teddy which was the name my older sister had written down my name was Dimond but Teddy instantly came to the name and liked that name.

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Amy S.
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Amy S.
4 years ago

I actually find it surprising that Bella is on the top of the list for dogs. I have not heard or met any dogs with that name. But what do I know?

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Jillian
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Jillian
4 years ago

i usually know animals w/a version of bella {anabella, isabella, belle - or my basha-belle}, but i think bella is growing in popularity from the teeny bopper series 'twilight'.

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Amy S.
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Amy S.
4 years ago

I have to agree.....it seemed the name wasn't popular until the 'Twilight' series became popular. Now all the sudden the name is popular. I know a cat named Bella, but I don't know any dogs by that name. :)

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