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Nationwide Reveals the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018

Winners selected from a pool of 700,000 dog and cat monikers

BREA, Calif. (May 3, 2018) – – Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category to earn the distinction of the Wackiest Pet Names of 2018. Each year, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote.

Below are the top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:

Dogs Cats
1. Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo 1. Pablo Purrcasso
2. Franklin Woofsevelt 2. Sir Pounce A Lot
3. Ruffy the Vampire Slayer 3. Mewpocalypse Yarn Killer
4. Vladimir Poochin 4. Edward Scissorpaws
5. Sir Lix A Lot 5. Sir Reginald Fluffybutt
6. Chauncey Von Poops a Lot 6. Princess Consuela Bananahammock
7. Madame Squishy Van Wrinkleface 7. Bobcat the Builder
8. Lord Stanley the Pup 8. Colonel Puff Puff
9. Little Bunny Foo Foo 9. Majesticoons Carefree Dior Blue Knight
10. Sylvester Stud Puddin’ Pop 10. Banana Pawz

“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”

For photos and background stories of the top 10 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

 

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 700,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2018 Nationwide.

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Nationwide Releases Most Popular Pet Names of 2015

Bella and Max Reign Supreme; Millennial Pets Reveal New Trends

Brea, Calif.  -For the first time this decade, “Bella” and “Max” were the most popular pet names in America for both dogs and cats, according to Nationwide the nation’s first and largest pet insurer, , the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance. This year also featured a shift in popularity for pet birds with owners choosing the name “Charlie” more than any other. To determine the most popular pet names of 2015, Nationwide searched through its database of more than 550,000 insured pets. Following are the top 10 most common monikers for dogs, cats and birds:

Dogs Cats Birds
1. Bella 1. Bella 1. Charlie
2. Max 2. Max 2. Kiwi
3. Bailey 3. Oliver 3. Baby
4. Lucy 4. Chloe 4. Coco
5. Charlie 5. Lucy 5. Mango
6. Molly 6. Lily 6. Buddy
7. Daisy 7. Charlie 7. Sammy
8. Buddy 8. Sophie 8. Sunny
9. Maggy 9. Tiger 9. Ruby
10. Sophie 10. Shadow 10. Cosmo

Although the top 10 dog and cat names remained similar to last year, there was an emergence of new trends when comparing the names of pets born in 2015 with pets born a decade ago. In dogs, the name “Cooper” is more than three times more common among millennial puppies, and the name “Sadie” doubled in popularity. The canine moniker with the biggest decrease in popularity was “Buddy,” which dropped nearly 20 spots among newborn puppies. For cats, the name “Bella” was only the fifth most common name among kittens. The name “Leo” showed the largest growth and is nearly ten times more common among millennial kittens.

“’Bella’ has been the most popular name since the release of the Twilight franchise 10 years ago, but that title may be coming to an end,” said Curtis Steinhoff, Director of Pet Insurance Communications for Nationwide. “Our data shows that the next generation of pet owners is using different methods and references to determine their favorite moniker for their furry family members. The most popular pet names may begin to shift over the next few years.”

Despite these monikers being the most popular, many pet lovers choose less conventional names for their companions such as “Baron Von Furry Pants” and “Leonardo DiCATprio.” To view some of the more creative monikers selected for Nationwide’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2015, visit www.wackypetnames.com

About Nationwide Pet Insurance

With more than 550,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers. 

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on  Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Announces Wackiest Pet Names

Brea, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2015) The results are in – Baron Von Furrypants nosed out Artoo Dogtoo and Leonardo DiCatprio purred past Fuzz Lightyear to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2015. Each year, Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation.

After a thorough selection process, 50 kooky canine and 50 comical cat names were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 525,000 insured pets. The top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were put to a public vote, where Baron Von Furrypants and Leonardo DiCatprio were chosen as the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2015:

Most Unusual Dog Names Most Unusual Cat Names
   
1. Baron Von Furrypants 1. Leonardo DiCatprio
2. Artoo Dogtoo 2. FuzzLightyear
3. Rosie Picklebottom 3. Captain Pancake
4. Parker the Barker 4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5. Abigail Carmichael Spartacus 5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6. Smiley Cyrus 6. Zelda Nacho
7. Nutmeg Spice O’ Paris 7. Sophistikitty
8. Abraham Lincoln Continental 8. Cornelius McPudness Vandercat
9. Bizkit Au Chocolat 9. Sir Theodorable Purrsalot
10. Scuddles Unterfuss 10. Star Wars Steve
   

“Every year our database expands, and we see more and more creative pet names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of pet insurance communications. “Many times the most interesting aspect of a pet’s name is the story behind it, and this competition gives us a chance to share those tales. Whether the moniker is a simple pun or an eccentric mixture of terms, all the names on our Wacky Pet Names list are one of a kind.”

For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

About Nationwide pet insurance

With more than 525,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.

Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on  Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visitpetinsurance.com.

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Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals Top Pet Names of 2013

Pet Owners Continue Trend of Giving Pets Human Monikers

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Brea, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2014) – For the second straight year, “Bella” and “Max” reign as ‘top dogs’ as the modern-day monikers led the list of most common dog and cat names in 2013. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, sorted its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to determine the most popular pet names of 2013. Following are the top 10 most common names for dogs and cats:

 
Dogs Cats
1. Bella 1. Bella
2. Max 2. Max
3. Bailey 3. Chloe
4. Lucy 4. Oliver
5. Molly 5. Lucy
6. Daisy 6. Charlie
7. Charlie 7. Sophie
8. Buddy 8. Lily
9. Maggie 9. Shadow
10. Sophie 10. Tiger

 

“The majority of the top 10 pet monikers are also among the most popular baby names in the United States,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of Corporate Communications at VPI. “This trend illustrates the close bond that pet owners have with their pets. Many people view their dog and cat as family members and they are naming them to reflect that human-animal bond.”

Last year, “Bella” topped both the most common dog and cat name list with “Max” coming in as the second most common moniker in the VPI database. The majority of the names that made the top 10 dog and cat lists also made the list in 2012. Names that are trending upward include “Coco” and “Lola” among dogs, and “Jack,” “Luna” and “Milo” for cats.

While human names continue to dominate VPI’s pet name popularity, there are plenty of pet owners who opt for a moniker of the less conventional variety, such as “Sir Knuckles da Dragon” and “Cheeto Burrito.” To view some of the more creative monikers selected for VPI’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

 

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

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WELCOME:

  • Zoe
  • Garskith
  • Sammy
  • DaVinci
  • Casey
  • Rascal
  • Rommell IV
  • Dakota
  • Miracle
  • Leelou
  • Emmy
  • Ava
  • Lucy
  • Tik
  • Tiger
  • Guiness
  • Atticus Finchley
  • Blue
  • Maddie
  • Perrita
  • Evans Yorkies
  • Koda
  • Pearl
  • Mazey
  • Felix
  • Albert

IN MEMORIAM:

  • Suzie
  • TaiPan
  • Becky
  • Luke
  • Thad
  • Samantha
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     Veterinary Pet Insurance has compiled a list of the most popular pet names of 2011, based on pets registered in the company’s database. And it’s thanks largely to Twihards that the top name for both dogs and cats is Bella! Oddly, Edward and Jacob did not make the cut.

Dogs

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

 

Cats

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

     More on the Top Ten naming trend, including birds and exotics here. And wacky pet names here. Get inspired! 

 

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What’s In a Name?

     I once heard a great piece of advice:  when choosing a name for your child, first yell the name about ten times in a row at the top of your lungs.  That is how you’ll be addressing your child for many years, so it had better have a nice ring to it.  The same likely holds true for pets, although I have to believe that not every pet owner has first considered what he or she will sound like when shouting at a wayward cat or dog.  Why do I bring this up?  Because VPI Pet Insurance has released the Top 50 Wackiest Pet Names of 2010.  Here is a small sampling:

Dogs

  • Pickle Von Corndog
  • Badonkadonk
  • Flopsy Squeakerton
  • Lady Chuckles of West Oak
  • Hunkapapa Honk

Cats

  • Admiral Pancake
  • Optimus Pants
  • Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff
  • Aziza Star Rocket
  • Foofoo Tinkerbelle

     I like to think that last one is owned by a big hairy biker dude who often has to call Foofoo Tinkerbelle to come in for her din-din.  You can read the rest of the list here.  Disney movie fans will recognize number 34 on the cat list, Cosmic Creepers, as the cat belonging to Eglentine Price in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” 

     Be sure to read the list carefully.  If your pet’s name does not begin to approach the absurdity of Ninjastar Dangerrock or Eskimo Ebony Heather Feather, you’ll just have to resort to calling to it in a loud whisper, the better to save yourself the embarrassment of having a pet with a purrfectly reasonable moniker.   ~~  Jen

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