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Molly is top pet name ... this month

ANOTHER MONTH, another Pet Name Survey.

This time, Direct Line pet insurance unveiled its annual look at what's in and what's out in the increasingly fickle arena of pet names, and whilst old favourites such as Molly and Max still figure prominently, celebrity young pups, Rooney, Ozzy and Kylie are fast catching up.

Research by Direct Line has found many of Britain's pet owners are injecting a little celebrity glamour into their lives by naming their pets after their favourite sports or music stars.

The UK's obsession with celebrities is exposed with the names Rocky for a dog and Ozzy for a cat seeing the biggest increases over the last two years. The Direct Line research also found a 25 per cent increase in the number of pets named after Man United striker Wayne Rooney in the last two years and a massive 46 per cent increase in pets named after pop princess Kylie.

Pet names are being influenced by celebrity figures across TV, film and sport. Lord of the Rings characters have also become popular, with nearly 500 pets named Pippin and over 100 Gandalf insured with Direct Line alone.

Other pets with celebrity names insured with Direct Line include six Dumbledore's, four Harry Potter's, four Beyonce's, two Miriah's and fifteen Whitney's.

The study by Direct Line Pet Insurance revealed that the name Molly – for both cats and dogs - beat the likes of Charlie, Max, Tigger and Oscar to top the list of the nation's favourite pet names.
After Molly, many of the other names making up the top ten are conventional human names, reflecting the way in which Britain's pets are seen as important members of the family.

The top 10 names for dogs include Jack at number eight, Charlie at three, and Ben at six. By comparison, Jack was the most popular name for a baby boy in 2006, Charlie was tenth and Ben came in at number 11.

Direct Line Pet Name Top Ten

DOGS: 1 Molly, 2 Max, 3 Charlie, 4 Holly, 5 Poppy, 6 Ben, 7 Alfie, 8 Jack, 9 Sam, 10 Barney.

CATS: 1 Molly, 2 Charlie, 3 Tigger, 4 Poppy, 5 Oscar, 6 Smudge, 7 Millie, 8 Daisy, 9 Max, 10 Jasper