Forget Fluffykins: Traditional pet names are becoming a thing of the past as we opt for more human alternatives

When it comes to naming our pet pooches and fluffy felines it seems we prefer to steer clear of Rover or Miss Whiskers, instead opting for something more similar to our own.

Fluffy, Buster, Rover – remember those cute pet names? Well they are officially a thing of the past. The latest survey from insurance company GoCompare.com shows that more and more pet owners are opting for human names for their fluffy friends.

According to the survey, the most popular name for cats and dogs in 2013 was ‘Alfie’. Wowser! And we though it was just a cute boys name (oh yeah, and a famous film!)

Ben Wilson, pet
insurance spokesperson for Gocompare.com said, “We often view our
pets as part of the family, which could explain why we’re increasingly
choosing to call our pets the kind of names we would choose for our
children as we integrate them more into family life.”

How have pet names fared over the last three years? Well, as mentioned, Alfie is the most-loved pooch name having held the number one position for 2011, 2012 and 2013! Similarly Charlie is the-cat’s-whiskers as the favourite feline name holding top spot for three years too.

The pretty female name of Poppy has clawed its way to the top of the cat name rankings moving from third place in 2011 to second place in 2013.

Here’s the full top ten published list of favourite names for UK pet cats and dogs for 2013, is your pets name on the list?

1.
Alfie

2.
Poppy

3.
Charlie

4.
Bella

5.
Molly

6.
Max

7.
Oscar

8.
Bailey

9.
Millie

10.
Daisy

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