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Compare the Market reveals the most common pet names 2023 – Did your pet make the list?

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22 Nov 2023
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Move over Bluey, the coolest ‘kats have arrived on the scene, just in time to make Santa Paws’ nice list.  Following the launch of Compare the Market’s new pet insurance service earlier this year, the insurance comparison site has revealed Australia’s most common pet names for both cats and dogs.

Amongst cat owners, you’d be hard-pressed to not find a cat called Luna, with this name taking the spot at nearly three times the rate of Bella, which came in second place. Taking inspiration from their feline cousins, the name Leo rounds out the top three names on this list.

Other popular cat names that made the list include Charlie, Milo and Simba, to name a few.

The top 10 cat names according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance search tool:

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Leo
  4. Charlie and Cleo (tied 4th place)
  5. Milo
  6. Kitty
  7. Coco
  8. Simba
  9. Nico

In perhaps the only time in media where cats and dogs can agree on something, Luna continues to be a favourite among dog owners. Coco makes the list as the second most popular dog name, while Frankie sits as an honourable third.

Some other names that make the list and are as charming and lovable as man’s best friend include Daisy, Archie and Teddy.

Top 10 dog names according to Compare the Market’s pet insurance search tool:

  1. Luna
  2. Coco
  3. Frankie
  4. Daisy
  5. Charlie
  6. Archie
  7. Milo
  8. Bella
  9. Ruby and Teddy (tied 9th place)

Commenting on the findings, Compare the Market’s General Manager for General Insurance and pet insurance expert, Adrian Taylor, said that there’s deep thought when it comes to picking a name for your new pet.

“Whether people are looking to buy a new pet or have brought someone new home recently, choosing a name is a personal decision that reflects the individuality of both the pet and its owner,” Mr Taylor said.

“We’re clearly seeing similar naming trends across cats and dogs, with four of the ten names replicating on both lists. Between Luna, Charlie, Milo and Bella, there’s a mixture of classic and new-age names that have reached all-star fame.

“So maybe if you’re heading down to the dog park this weekend, just be aware that if you call out any of these names, there may be more than one dog or cat coming your way.”

Mr Taylor also spoke on the importance of getting pet insurance for your cat or dog at an early age.

“We want pet owners to focus on creating memories with their pets, without having to worry whether they have enough savings if something does go wrong,” Mr Taylor said. “Kittens and puppies are curious creatures and are likely to explore their surroundings, but their adventures may lead them down sometimes dangerous avenues, such as checking out a toxic pufferfish on the beach or eating a stray grape that fell down from the Christmas table.

“Getting pet insurance early means that you have some peace of mind when your pet gets itself into some trouble. Additionally, the earlier you get pet insurance, the more likely you’re able to claim on ailments and illnesses that may impact your pet as it gets older.

“Furthermore, people should note that if they decide to switch insurance providers later down the track, the cover with the new provider may be still viewed as a ‘new policy’. This means that any pre-existing condition your pet was previously covered for, may no longer be covered in the new policy.”

So, whether you have a Luna, Wilma,  Basil or maybe even a MacGuffin, make sure to give them the love and care they deserve, and consider getting pet insurance to safeguard against an unexpected vet bill.

Disclaimer: The names listed above are based on data collected from Compare the Market’s pet insurance search tool between 1 July 2023 and 31 October 2023 and may vary from other sources.


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 Compare the Market is a comparison service that takes the hard work out of shopping around. We make it Simples for Australians to quickly and easily compare and buy insurance, energy, and home loans products from a range of providers. Our easy-to-use comparison tool helps you look for a range of products that may suit your needs and benefit your back pocket.

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Written by Noémi Hadnagy

As a Media and Comms Advisor, Noémi works closely with a variety of expert teams at Compare the Market to create compelling and informative pieces to help Australians make better financial decisions. Noémi holds a Bachelor of Business - International majoring in Public Relations from Queensland University of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration specialising in International Business from BI Norwegian Business School. In her spare time, you can find her reading a book or planning her next international holiday.

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