Top 10 most popular pet names of 2011

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Perhaps Shakespeare was on to something when he wrote those words for Juliet, but does that wisdom apply to our pet’s name too?

Food for thought: Upon meeting your neighbor’s Great Dane for the first time, would your initial reaction to the giant breed dog be any different if he were introduced to you as Beast instead of Cuddles?

Whatever we name our dog, cat, snake, parrot or hamster, our pet’s name usually reveals a lot more about the owner than it does the pet!

Here are the top 10 dog names, cat names and exotic pet names for 2011 according to VPI Pet Insurance:

Top 10 male and female dog names in 2011:

  1. Bella
  2. Bailey
  3. Max
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Buddy
  7. Daisy
  8. Maggie
  9. Charlie
  10. Sophie

Top 10 male and female cat names in 2011:

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Chloe
  4. Oliver
  5. Lucy
  6. Shadow
  7. Smokey
  8. Tiger
  9. Charlie
  10. Tigger

Top 10 male and female exotic pet names in 2011:

  1. Charlie
  2. Max
  3. Baby
  4. Sunny
  5. Buddy
  6. Jack
  7. Angel
  8. Daisy
  9. Bella
  10. Coco

See lists of all dog names.