‘Olympet’ Winners Race up the Pet Name List

06 August 2013

The Co-operative Pet Insurance has revealed the most popular pet names of 2013, with the names of last year’s London Olympic heroes racing up the list alongside a very Royal runner-up.

Animal owners enthralled by the Olympic celebrations in 2012 have found a novel way of keeping the legacy of the successful games alive. Jess ran up 43 places to be the 33rd most popular dog name, with Ellie also proving popular at number 41, up 17 places, no doubt named after golden girls Jessica Ennis and Ellie Simmonds. Cat owners seem to prefer long distance runner Mo Farrah and current Sports Personality of the Year, Bradley Wiggins, as Mo and Bradley become a new entries in the top 100 cat's names of 2013.

Second in line to the top dog and cat name, as well as the throne, is Charlie, however his new grandson George is 16th in line for the top cat name title, and has fallen to 43rd on the top dogs name list.

Britain’s most popular dog names in 2013, so far, are Alfie, Charlie and Poppy, with Charlie and Max following, whilst the most popular cat names are Oscar, Charlie, and Alfie closely followed by Poppy and Coco.

The results echo the trend that has been set by the top baby names, as parents and pet owners alike are opting for old-fashioned more traditional names such as Alfie and Oscar.

The trend for traditional names is set to increase dramatically following the announcement of the Royal Baby's name. Industry experts claim we will see a rise in the name George over the following year, as pet owners take inspiration from the potential future King.

Lee Mooney, Head of Pet Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, said: “We’ve seen a trend in our customers’ choosing more humanised names for their pets over the last two years and we have no doubt that the Royal Baby name, George, will appear in the top 10 next year. We also see on a day to day basis how passionate our customers are about their pets and we recognise that they are an important member of the family.

“Insurance offers peace of mind for those who want to make sure that their pets are in capable hands if anything were to happen.”

Keeping the Patriotic theme alive this year, The Co-operative Pet Insurance has also noticed a number of new entries that signify what a special year 2012 was for the country. Two cat owners opted for the prestigious name of The Queen, when naming their cat and one dog owner named their pet pooch, Jubilee.

Top 10 Dog Names 2013

  1. Alfie
  2. Charlie
  3. Poppy
  4. Bella
  5. Ruby
  6. Max
  7. Oscar
  8. Molly
  9. Daisy
  10. Rosie  

Top 10 Cat Names 2013

  1. Oscar
  2. Charlie
  3. Alfie
  4. Poppy
  5. Coco
  6. Leo
  7. Tilly
  8. Molly
  9. Jasper
  10. Monty

Mat Ward, animal specialist from Pet Behaviour Sorted said this of a pet’s naming process: "It's no surprise that the Olympic legacy has had an effect on the top pet names this year, proving similar to the top baby names of 2013. This reflects a continuation of the on-going change in the role pets play in our lives.  Greater numbers of people view their pets as very important members of their family, and are therefore comfortable giving them human names, and successful ones at that.”

Amongst the more unusual pet names discovered were Princess Tinkerbell, Tramp, Bono and Ant and Dec, highlighting that some owners are still choosing fun and adventurous names for their pets.

The Co-operative Insurance is offering customers a 25% discount off pet insurance until October 31st 2013. 

Contact Information:

Jenny Long
The Co-operative Banking Group Press Office
Tel: 0161 767 4254
Email: Jennifer.long@cfs.coop
: @CoopBankingPR

The Co-operative Pet Insurance is available online at www.co-operativeinsurance.co.uk with prices starting from £10.91 per month for dog cover and £6.45 for cat cover*.