Brea, Calif. -- It seems pet owners, like pre-teens, are latching on to the popular "Twilight" franchise, with the name of the book/movie series' star character securing places on the top 10 lists of pet names for cats, dogs and exotics in 2010.
-- Pet owners latched on to the popular “Twilight” series when it came to naming their pets last year. In fact, Bella ranked as the most popular name for dogs and took second place (behind Max) for cats in 2010, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance. The company recently released its list of top 10 pet names for the year.
Other top dog names were Bailey, Max, Lecy, Molly, Buddy, Maggie, Daisy, Charlie and Sophie. Of the nearly half a million pets insured by VPI, only 13 were given the moniker Fido, revealing a trend toward using more human names for pets.
Cat owners favored names like Max, Chloe, Oliver Lucky and Charlie in 2010, while traditional names like Tiger and Tigger fell to the bottom of most-popular list.
Other common exotic names, revealed for the first time in 2010 by VPI, were Charlie, Baby, Sunny, Jack, Kiwi, Bandit, Max, Sammy, Gizmo and, again, Bella.
Some of the most unusual dog names identified by VPI included Pickle Von Corndog, Badonkadonnk and Dog Vader. Cat names included Purr Diem, Bing Clawsby, Chairman Meow, Optimus Pants and Admiral Pancake.