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So, you’ve gotten a new pet and you’re looking for naming inspiration beyond the old stand-bys, like “Scooter,” “Muffin,” and “Shadow.” Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Check out Top Ten Tuesday’s Wackiest Pet Names of 2016, brought to you by Nationwide Pet Insurance.

Brea, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2016) – The votes have been tallied and the results are in – McLoven the Stud Muffin nosed out Kanye Westie in the dog division and Agent Jack Meower purred past Shakespurr in the cat category to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2016. 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 10 cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 575,000 insured pets and put to a public vote where McLoven the Stud Muffin and Agent Jack Meower were crowned the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and 10 Wackiest Cat Names of 2016:

Most Unusual Dog Names Most Unusual Cat Names
1. McLoven the Stud Muffin 1. Agent Jack Meower
2. Kanye Westie 2. Shakespurr
3. Angus Von Wigglebottom 3. Meowmadeus
4. SuperFunCoconutDog 4. Macaroni Bob
5. Optimus Prime Rib 5. Sir Pickles Pennybottom
6. Maximus Waffles 6. Princess Poopy Paws
7. ChaChi Big Foot 7. Butch Catsidy
8. Scrappin Scruffy Macdoogle of the Highland Macdoogles 8. Sharkbait Hoo Haa Haa
9. Lieutenant Colonel Be Back Soon 9. Ziggy Snowdust
10. Aggie Von Schwaggie 10. Enzo Asparagus Santa

“Our Wacky Pet Names competition is a great way to showcase the creativity of the pet lover’s community,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “The unique monikers among our members’ pets come from a variety of different sources, some of which are based on joke filled puns, while others have a sentimental meaning. This year’s campaign saw strong references to pop culture topics.”

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Now it’s your turn: dream up the wackiest* pet name you can think of and share it with us in the comments section!
*Keep it clean, please.

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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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Most Common Pet Names from Movies

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, analyzed its database of more than 500,000 insured pets to find out how many furry, four-legged friends have names in common with famous movie pets.

Below is VPI’s list of the top 10 most common movie pet monikers from its database of more than half a million pet names (total number of pets sharing that name in parentheses):  

Top 10 Movie-Inspired Pet Names 
1. Milo (1,130) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”  
2. Otis (558) – “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” 
3. Sassy (532) – “Homeward Bound” 
4. Shiloh (309) – “Shiloh”  
5. Toto (105) – “Wizard of Oz” 
6. Babe (98) – “Babe” 
7. Jinx (88)  – “Meet the Parents” 
8. Beethoven (33) – “Beethoven” 
9. Lassie (21) – “Lassie Come Home” 
10. Snowbell (3) – “Stuart Little” 

To view some of the most creative monikers selected for VPI’s Top 10 Most Unusual Pet Names of 2013, visit  www.wackypetnames.com.

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Some Pet Owners Opt for Quirkiness Over Conventional When Selecting Monikers

Brea, Calif. (July 25, 2012) – “Bella” and “Max” once again topped the list of most popular pet names last year, but there are thousands of pet owners who look for more originality when naming their furry, four-legged friends. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, celebrates the most clever, creative and quirky pet names nationwide. After a thorough selection process, 50 unusual dog names and 50 unusual cat names were chosen from VPI’s database of more than 485,000 insured pets and narrowed down with a vote for the 10 most unusual names in each category. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2012:

 
Dogs   Cats
1. Chew Barka   1. Pico de Gato
2. Nigel Nosewhistle   2. Dingleberry
3. Sir Maui Senqkey Schwykle   3. Dumpster Kitty
4. Spark Pug   4. Schnickelfritz
5. Agent 99   5. Koobenfarben
6. Stinker Belle   6. Sassy Pants Huska
7. Vienna Sausage   7. Vincent Van Furrball
8. Furnace Hills Dante   8. Kitty Gaga
9. Senorita Margarita   9. Beefra
10. Trigonometry   10. Mister Bigglesworth

For the full lists of 50 unusual dog and cat names, pictures of pets that made the Top 10, and the stories behind their unusual names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.

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About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest 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, nearly 3,000 companies nationwide offer 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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     The intrepid employees at Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) culled their extensive database for weird, wild, and way-out pet names, then chose the Top Ten Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names for 2011.

     Here are the Top Five in each category:

Dogs

  1. Almost-A-Dog
  2. Franco Furter
  3. Stinkie Mcstinkerson
  4. Sir Seamus McPoop
  5. Audrey Shepburn

Cats

  1. Ozzy Pawsbourne
  2. Mr. Meowgi
  3. Murderface
  4. Fuglee
  5. Scruffernutter

     Want to see more?  Go here to check out the 50 silliest dog and cat names, then try your hand at the Wacky Name-O-Matic generator (I got Bam-Bam the Grey and Fairydust Vonsherlock – lucky me!)

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