Top of the Pups: The nation's favourite pet names of 2020 revealed

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Luna has been revealed as the most pup-ular name for puppies and kittens this year, according to pet insurer MORE THAN, as the moon-inspired name continues to eclipse the top 100 lists.

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  • Pet insurer MORE THAN reveals the top 100 puppy and kitten names, as 2020 sees 20% rise in insurance quotes for new dogs and cats1
  • Luna eclipses most common names for new dogs and cats, while Milo surges up the list
  • MORE THAN reminds Brits that pets are not just for Christmas, urging new pet owners to ‘have their pets’ backs’ next year

MORE THAN insurance reports that the number of new quotes for puppies named Luna have rocketed by 28% in the last year, while quotes for kittens named Luna shot up by 31%. Milo follows as the second most popular name, climbing up the top 10 lists for new puppies and kittens over the last year, from fourth and seventh place respectively.

However, it seems that Brits have fallen out of love with the name Snoopy for a dog, as MORE THAN’s list shows a dramatic fall for the name from #6 to #347 over the last year. Meanwhile, Winnie, Mabel and Otis have been amongst the highest climbers in the top 100 list for puppy names, while Bonnie, Kiki and Pepper have been amongst the highest climbers for kittens.

Graham Nicholls, Head of Pet Insurance at MORE THAN, comments:

“The more traditional names of past years such as Luna, Lola and Bella still dominate when it comes to new pets, but we are seeing a phenomenal rise in the number of Milos on our books. The meaning of the name is said to be ‘merciful’ or ‘soldier’ which, when considering how difficult it’s been this year, is perhaps why it’s proving to be so popular.”

Pet ownership has boomed during 2020, with nearly half of all Brits who currently own a pet getting at least one new furry friend during the first lockdown. The level of care which is now being afforded to these furry companions also continues to rise, with MORE THAN insurance reporting a 20% increase in new pet insurance quotes for puppies and kittens this year, compared to 20191.

The lists also reveal that puppies named Boris have MORE THAN doubled over the last year (+108%), rising from #128 to #74 in the list of most pup-ular names, and have almost tripled since 2018 (+197%)3. Meanwhile, kittens called Boris have risen +131% since December 2019, jumping up from #123 to #48 – reaching the top 50 feline names for the first time. Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and Pugs were found to be the most popular breeds amongst puppies named Boris.

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Unique names for a unique year

MORE THAN’s Graham Nicholls continues:

“Dogs and cats have provided solace to millions of Brits during this difficult year, and for many new pet owners, it’s provided that much-needed company and boost for our mood. For those who already have a pet, spending more time at home has meant we’ve become closer to them.”

The insurer also reports that the number of puppies named Stormzy has tripled (+235%) since 20183, citing the artist’s headline performance at Glastonbury last year being a major factor behind the trend.

Graham Nicholls says:

“With everything our pets do for us, we should return the favour by keeping them happy and healthy. Make sure you think about the long-term commitment you’ll be making when you get a new pet – will you have enough time to play with them, exercise them, and can you afford to look after them? Getting a new pet is a big decision that requires a lot of thought, but a new furry companion can bring real benefits to your life if you’re ready for the commitment.”

If you’d like a more unique name for your pet to avoid seven dogs running up to you in the park at once, check out our favourite MORE THAN pet insurance customers imaginative (and sometimes hilarious) pet names.

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Top of the Pups: here's the hitlist!

Top 100 dog names

1.       Luna

2.       Milo

3.       Bella

4.       Teddy

5.       Buddy

6.       Lola

7.       Coco

8.       Bailey

9.       Poppy

10.   Willow

11.   Daisy

12.   Max

13.   Reggie

14.   Nala

15.   Ruby

16.   Hugo

17.   Bear

18.   Charlie

19.   Cooper

20.   Alfie

21.   Rosie

22.   Bonnie

23.   Molly

24.   Ralph

25.   Archie

26.   Bertie

27.   Winnie

28.   Mabel

29.   Dexter

30.   Barney

31.   Loki

32.   Monty

33.   Millie

34.   Frank

35.   Bruno

36.   Oscar

37.   Frankie

38.   Chester

39.   Tilly

40.   Freddie

41.   Rocco

42.   Roxy

43.   Marley

44.   Murphy

45.   Toby

46.   Stanley

47.   Benji

48.   Rocky

49.   Dog

50.   Winston

51.   Blue

52.   Bruce

53.   Skye

54.   Maggie

55.   Woody

56.   Ted

57.   Arlo

58.   Jasper

59.   Otis

60.   Harley

61.   Rolo

62.   Ronnie

63.   Beau

64.   Rex

65.   Lottie

66.   Honey

67.   Leo

68.   Bobby

69.   Belle

70.   George

71.   Penny

72.   Ziggy

73.   Ollie

74.   Bob

75.   Betty

76.   Dolly

77.   Dave

78.   Lexi

79.   Buster

80.   Henry

81.   Boris

82.   Pepper

83.   Nellie

84.   Pippa

85.   Simba

86.   Pablo

87.   Lily

88.   Zeus

89.   Maisie

90.   Olive

91.   Finn

92.   Ozzy

93.   Kobe

94.   Minnie

95.   Peggy

96.   Cookie

97.   Louie

98.   Kip

99.   Betsy

100. Rufus

Top 100 cat names

1.       Luna

2.       Milo

3.       Nala

4.       Simba

5.       Loki

6.       Bella

7.       Coco

8.       Willow

9.       Leo

10.   Oreo

11.   Lola

12.   Teddy

13.   Charlie

14.   Daisy

15.   Cat

16.   Oscar

17.   Monty

18.   Tilly

19.   Jasper

20.   Ziggy

21.   Rosie

22.   Blue

23.   Shadow

24.   Poppy

25.   Gizmo

26.   Max

27.   Cleo

28.   Pepper

29.   Smudge

30.   Molly

31.   Misty

32.   Cookie

33.   George

34.   Lily

35.   Alfie

36.   Bob

37.   Belle

38.   Mia

39.   Millie

40.   Buddy

41.   Merlin

42.   Bear

43.   Reggie

44.   Tigger

45.   Mabel

46.   Bertie

47.   Freddie

48.   Toby

49.   Dexter

50.   Kitty

51.   Boris

52.   Archie

53.   Chester

54.   Arlo

55.   Kiki

56.   Hugo

57.   Tiger

58.   Bobby

59.   Mittens

60.   Ruby

61.   Ralph

62.   Bonnie

63.   Boo

64.   Winnie

65.   Minnie

66.   Rocky

67.   Winston

68.   Smokey

69.   Olive

70.   Binx

71.   Marley

72.   Fluffy

73.   Dave

74.   Storm

75.   Phoebe

76.   Harry

77.   Maggie

78.   Pablo

79.   Ollie

80.   Ozzy

81.   Theo

82.   Casper

83.   Salem

84.   Socks

85.   Billy

86.   Fred

87.   Skye

88.   Pixie

89.   Frankie

90.   Ronnie

91.   Otis

92.   Peanut

93.   Cosmo

94.   Maisie

95.   Pumpkin

96.   Percy

97.   Frank

98.   Oliver

99.   Zeus

100. Biscuit

Notes for editors

1 Figure based on the volume of insurance quotes received for puppies and kittens in 2020, compared to 2019

2 https://www.petbusinessworld.co.uk/news/feed/pet-ownership-soars-in-covid-britain

3 Figure based on the volume of insurance quotes received for puppies and kittens in 2020, compared to 2018