A recent survey conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) has listed the top 10 pet names for both dogs and cats. The company tapped its own database of 485,000 insured pets to create the list.
For dogs, the most popular name was Bella, followed by Bailey, Max and Lucy, respectively. Cat parents chose Max most often, followed by Bella, Chloe, Oliver and Lucy.
"We know that nearly half of pet [parents] today view their pets as part of their family," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of Corporate Communications at VPI. "Given that pets are considered family members, it makes sense that pet [guardians] are selecting human-oriented names like 'Max' or 'Charlie.'"
The company also released a list of the top 10 most unusual pet names of 2010. Topping the list for dogs was Pickle Von Corndog followed by Lord Chubby Pruneface. For cats, the company selected Purr Diem as the top creative feline moniker, followed by Bing Clawsby.
Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of the pet adoption website PetFinder.com, believes that pets with creative names often get more attention from potential adopters, according to to PeoplePets.com.