• Our ten favourite LV= pet names
  • The most common dog and cat names
  • Which came first, Chicken or Egg?

We’ve used our keen cat’s eyes and bloodhound noses to track down the most unusual, unique and ingenious pet names in the UK.

Unfortunately, there’s only enough room for ten in our chart, but there are so many that came so close to making it – many of which give a real insight into the interests of LV= customers.

For example, one LV= pet insurance customer called their dog Baby George – after the future monarch perhaps?

There’s also comic book and cartoon fans with dogs called Tony Stark, Stan-Lee and Peewee Herman, and film fans with dogs called Harlem Nights and Spartacus. Inexplicably, and frankly slightly worryingly, there are two dogs called Demon Fred.

And don’t forget the cat owners, with feline names ranging from the mythological (Persephone) to the mirthful (Pingu). We can also finally answer the question, ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ With three cats called Chicken and only two called Egg, in our table at least, it would seem the chicken came first.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite pet names. If you spot your pet in there, let us know – and if you think we’ve foolishly missed your pet off the list, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Graphic titled 'Pet name hall of fame'. It then says 'The most extraordinary names LV= customers have called their pets.' The names are 'Ruby Chewsday, Affectionate Jackson, Petal Face, Sergio McLovin, Ernesto the Great, Monsieur Eddie, Kitty Perry, Stormpalm Henry, Mr Radley Cooper, Boris Pumpkin

The list didn’t just reveal the most unusual pet names, it also revealed the most common – and a lot of the same names cropped up for both dogs and cats. Here are the most common pet names in the UK.

Graphic titled 'The UK's most common pet names'. Underneath the title it says what LV= pet insurance customers are calling their cats and dogs. The top 10 most common names in order from lowest to highest are - Oscar, Millie, Ruby, Daisy, Max, Bella, Charlie, Molly, Alfie, Poppy

Cat owners aren’t as outnumbered as the statistics suggest. The main reason there are so many more dogs in our table than cats is that dog owners are more likely to have insured their pet.

According to the ABI, only one in four of the 9 million dog owners in the UK are believed to have pet insurance, while just one in seven of the 7.9 million cat owners are thought to have it.

The five most common cat names are Charlie, Poppy, Alfie, Tilly and Oscar. Tilly, the one name that doesn’t make it into the top ten, is still very common, with 195 dogs also called Tilly.

The Pet Name Hall of Fame graphic shows just a few of the wonderful names that LV= customers are naming their pets, and we would have shared all of them if we had the space. If you think your companion should be included in the list, let us know on Twitter or Facebook.