PABLO ESCOPURRRR & JK GROWLING
IRISH PET OWNERS CHOOSE WACKY NAMES FOR THEIR FURRY FRIENDS
Struggling to find the perfect name for your furry friend? Take some inspiration from the annual pet name survey from Just Cats Veterinary Clinic. According to the survey of over 80,000 visitors over a 12-month period, pet owners are taking inspiration from TV and box office blockbusters, Game of Thrones and Avengers Endgame, by calling their four legged friends, Khaleesi, Sansa and Thor.
Bidding for the title of most popular show in the world, Game of Thrones has had a lasting effect on modern society, including influencing pet owners when naming their furry friends. Four of its characters’ names made it in the top 10 names for cats and dogs. Khaleesi is the tenth most popular name for cats, with Arya coming in at number six for cats and dogs. Lyanna is a favourite with dog owners, coming in at number eight, and Sansa is the most popular Game of Thrones character for cats, coming in at number five.
The Avengers Endgame is one of the highest grossing movies of all time, so it’s no surprise three of its main characters feature in the top ten names for dogs. Seventh spot goes to Iron Man himself, Tony, with Thor taking fifth position, and Nebula coming in fourth place with dog owners. Stars from the big and small screen also made it to the Just Cats most unique list, including Dame Judith Dench, Biggie Smalls and Mr. Grey.
Modern pop culture doesn’t fully dominate the top ten list though, as traditional favourites such as Kitty, Toby, Lola, Daisy and Fluffy still have their rightful place on the list of cat names, with Tigger being most popular. Creeping up the list from last year’s entries, and making to the top three for pooch owners are Max, Ruby and Molly, which takes first spot.
There are plenty of colourful names being called out in the Just Cats Veterinary Clinic waiting room too. Pet owners have used some whacky play on words to ensure that their animal always stands out in a crowd. Pablo Escopurrrr, Cat Damon, Cataly Portman, JK Growling, Chairman Meow and Hairy Pawter are just a few of the clever names that have tickled staff this year.
Joe Farrell, RVN, head nurse at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Dublin 15, said: ‘Our annual survey is conducted across 13 veterinary clinics in Dublin and Meath over a 12 month period, with 80,000 patients. We love the insight it gives us into the weird and wonderful names chosen by pet owners. The old reliable names such as Kitty, Molly and Daisy, continue to pop up year after year, but it’s the zany pop-culture and news driven names that really grab our attention when they enter our clinic.’