Love Cat’ually! The most romantic pet names revealed

13 February 2017

Love Cat'ually photo credit Caroline Canty Love Cat'ually: photo credit Caroline Canty

For those with pets, Valentine's Day offers the ideal opportunity to honour a love unlike any other - the love for a beloved pet. Data from Co-op Insurance reveals many pet owners have gone one step further, opting for a romantic theme when naming their darling dog or cuddly kitten.

One of literary histories most adored romantic hero’s, Mr Darcy, still manages to inspire many a dog owner, as Darcy tops the list of romantic dog names, followed by soft cuddly ‘Bear’ and with a nod to our internationally renowned romantic French neighbours, ‘Beau’, meaning handsome in French.

Top 10 Romantic Dog Names

  1. Darcie/Darcey/Darci/Darcy/Mr Darcy
  2. Bear
  3. Beau
  4. Candy/Candie/Candi
  5. Scarlett
  6. Babe
  7. Juliet
  8. Baby girl
  9. Truly Scrumptious
  10. Valentino

Cupid was clearly on the minds of many an owner when naming their furry felines, as ‘Angel’ is a firm favourite, as well as other amorous classics, such as Romeo and Valentine. In addition to fonder names such as ‘Cuddles’ and ‘Cute’, even ‘Smooch’.

Top 10 Romantic Cat Names

  1. Angel
  2. Darcey
  3. Romeo
  4. Candy
  5. Cheeky
  6. Cuddles
  7. Baby
  8. Cute
  9. Valentine
  10. Smooch

Romeo and Juliet continue to be a pair of star crossed ‘companions’, more so, because Juliet is a romantic favourite name for dogs, whilst Romeo is a popular amorous name for cats.

Co-op Insurance’s resident vet Matt Brash said: “For many people, Valentine’s Day is another occasion when they can celebrate their friendship with their pet. One client, who had over twenty cats, always used to serve up a whole cooked salmon for her feline friends for Valentine.

“But there is no need to go that far, for after all what pets enjoy the most, like us, is a bit of quality time, whether it is a cuddle, or a walk. So make sure that you put a bit of extra time aside for your four legged friend this year. But don't go too far, remember whilst chocolate might go down well for your partner is can be poisonous to dogs and cats.”

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at Co-op, said:

“Pets are often at the heart of family life and our data shows the lengths that people go to display their love and affection for their pets. It is heart-warming to see the special bond between an owner and their dog or cat. Who knows, there may well be a few pets receiving a card, or even a gift, on the 14th.”

Notes to editors

Based on customer data from January 2017. The Co-op Insurance offers cover to cats and dogs.

For further information please contact:

Sarah Dawson
Press Officer – The Co-op Group
Tel: 0161 201 3444/07702506126

Jenna Moss
Press & Media Relations Manager – The Co-op Group
Tel: 0161 767 4354/07770 441 828