Pets Best Releases 2014 List of Most Popular Pet Names

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Bella remains No. 1 dog name for third consecutive year

Mixed breed, Lola has been protected by Pets Best since 2013.

Mixed breed, Lola has been protected by Pets Best since 2013.

Pet owners often have a personal reason for choosing their pets’ names, which serves as an important part of developing a bond with a cat or dog.

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, released its annual list of the top 10 most popular names for dogs and cats enrolled with the agency in 2014.

While it’s typical to see a slight shift in dog and cat names from year to year, the cat names of 2014 have seen significant changes this year. Six of the 10 most popular cat names are new to this year’s list, while the top five dog names are repeats of 2013. For the third year in a row, Bella remains the most popular canine name. Other timeless classics like Max, Lucy and Charlie continued to hold strong at the top of the canine list.

Top 10 Dog Names of 2014
1. Bella
2. Max
3. Lucy
4. Charlie
5. Daisy
6. Bailey
7. Buddy
8. Lola
9. Sophie
10. Molly

Top 10 Cat Names of 2014
1. Oliver
2. Luna
3. Tigger
4. Milo
5. Max
6. Sophie
7. Shadow
8. Kitty
9. Lily
10. Jack

Bailey, tenth on the list of dog names in 2013, has moved up to sixth place in 2014. On the list of top cat names, Oliver jumped from sixth in 2013 to first place on this year’s list.

Pet names are often heavily influenced by pop culture, demonstrated in 2014 with the popularity of Luna. Social media sensation Luna the Fashion Kitty has her own fashion advice website and more than 1.3 million followers on Facebook. The name Kitty, made famous by pop singer Katy Perry's beloved feline companion Kitty Purry debuted at number eight on the Pets Best list. The famed cat has been a theme of Perry’s international concert tours, and even has a perfume fragrance named after her. The continued popularity of the name Bella for canines reflects the nationwide obsession with the “Twilight” book and film series, which feature a main character named Bella.

Human names are also on the rise among pets. Both dog and cat lists strongly correlate to most popular baby names in the U.S. such as Sophia, Isabella and Lily, as reported by BabyCenter, a leading parenting and pregnancy website.

“Pet owners often have a personal reason for choosing their pets’ names, which serves as an important part of developing a bond with a cat or dog,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “Many Pets Best policyholders have unique names for their pets, but every year we see noticeable patterns of pets named after animals and celebrities experiencing nationwide attention.”

Pets Best offers a multitude of pet health insurance plans for both cats and dogs. These include a Cancer Only plan covering the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in dogs and cats, as well as a Feline Illness plan that covers 21 common feline illnesses. For more information about the agency and its plans, visit http://www.petsbest.com.

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC
Dr. Jack L. Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinary medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit http://www.petsbest.com for more information.

Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: http://www.ihcgroup.com. Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North America Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

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