What makes a good pet name?
A lot of new pet owners go online to search for “good pet names”, but of course, “good” is a highly subjective term. One person may think Fifi is a great dog name, while another might think its awful! For our list of “good pet names”, we decided to list the most popular dog and cat names, our reasoning being that if they’re popular, they must be considered “good” buy a majority of pet owners.
In searching for a credible source for good pet names, we came across Veterinary Pet Insurance, a pet insurance company that has a database of 450,000 insured pets. With this database, they were able to determine the most popular pet names for dogs and cats. In the U.S., Max is the top male name for both dogs and cats. Molly, Buddy, Bella and Lucy were the top most popular names for dogs and Chloe, Lucy, Tigger and Tiger were tops for cats.
“When people consider their pet an integral part of the family, they are more inclined to pick a human name for it. The prevalence of pets with human names clearly reflects the growing human-animal bond.”
Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary officer, VPI.
The number one tip for picking good pet names is keep them short. Names that are one or two syllables are best, as are names that can be shortened to one or two syllables (e.g. Sergeant Pepper can be shortened to “Searg”.)