Top 10 Most Popular Pet Names

December 16, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Finding the perfect pet name for your dog or cat can often be tough.

Today, the largest online, searchable database of adoptable pets, announced its annual ranking of the top 10 most popular pet names, and found that for the fourth consecutive year in a row, “Buddy” fetched the top spot as the most popular name for adoptable dogs. For cats, “Lucy” once again purred its way to first place, barely beating “Midnight” for the No. 1 adoptable cat ranking.

See below for the full list of most popular pet names!

“Every year I look forward to this ranking,” said Betsy Banks Saul, the co-founder of While names like “Buddy and Max will probably always be popular, it’s always a blast to see just how creative people get when naming their pets,” she says. 

A name that continues to rise up the ranks for both canines and felines is “Bella,” likely to be attributed to the love for all-things-Twilight throughout the pop culture scene. It jumped from No. 6 to the No. 4 spot for dogs, and from No. 4 to No. 3 for cats. Meanwhile, “Rocky” sniffed its way to the top 10 list of dog names after last making the cut in 2007, and “Tiger” also pounced into sixth place for cats.

2010 Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names

  • Buddy
  • Max
  • Daisy
  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Jack
  • Molly
  • Charlie
  • Sadie
  • Rocky

2010 Top 10 Most Popular Cat Names

  • Lucy
  • Midnight
  • Bella
  • Molly
  • Smokey
  • Tiger
  • Oreo
  • Max
  • Princess
  • Charlie

To shine a spotlight on adoptable pets with star qualities, uncovered just how many pets are named after the rich and famous. Check out the list below of the Top 10 Celebrity Pet Names.

Top 10 Celebrity Pet Names 

  • Elivis
  • Houdini
  • Cher
  • Madonna
  • Twiggy
  • Oprah
  • Lady gaga
  • Beyonce
  • Coco Chanel
  • Shakira

However, unusual and pop culture names aren’t just for fun. “We often hear that adoptable pets get more attention on both Petfinder.con and in the shelter when they have interesting names,” she said.  “Therefore, for many reasons, we encourage as much creativity as possible!” 

TELL US! What is your pet’s name?  Did your pet’s name make the top 10 list?



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  1. I have a Buddy! But she’s a cat. Either way, go Buddy!!

  2. I have a Delilah and a Bogie – those names will probably never make the most popular pet names list, however we love them!

  3. I love this post. My dog is name Lilly and she is a sweetie!

  4. My girls’ names didn’t make the list either: Chloe, Karmi and Elsy.

  5. My wife and I actually have three cats and all three of their names are on the Top 10 Most Popular Pet Names list: Daisy, Bella and Princes

  6. Our animals don’t have popular pet names. Our dog is named Zeuss, and our cats are named Wifi and King.

  7. I like those names, Anne! I had a dog names King growing up. Now we have one dog with one of the most popular dog names (Buddy) and a cat with one of the most popular dog names too (Bella)!

  8. i love puppy my god name is hammer i love this blog

  9. pet names,i like so much and popular

  10. pet names,really its very popular name.

  11. dog and cat are awesome

  12. A perfect list of popular pet names given for the animals.

  13. I have got a cute cat. Her name is Tweety. It is not among the popular cat names. I like rare names, especially for my pets.

  14. I love the name Charlie for a dog. Cute!

  15. My dogs name is Barnaby Jones

  16. Horse:Cody; Goats:Joseph & Tatiana; Cats:Charley, Shadow, Simon, Antonio Banderes & Maggie Mae; Dogs: Libby & Gramps (the name he came with from the shelter, but not used except in med records & correspondence). He’s called Baby, Sweetie, Honey & whatever comes to me at the time. He’s 10-12 & I’ve only been on his journey for the last 28 days. Maybe Vertigo ’cause that’s his situation right now, but we need to agree on his naming & one that we both can live with. The chicken has always been called Chicken-the only one left from 4 years of coyotes.

  17. The Cutest Dog ever is my TommY, he always cares for me allot!

  18. Yes! Finally something about popular dog names male.


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