The top dog and cat names of 2010, plus: top celeb names for pets!

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Elvis Parsley is at the Watsonville Animal Shelter in California.

As we do at the end of each year, we’ve taken a look at the 300,000+ pets posted on Petfinder and tallied up the most popular names for adoptable dogs and cats.

For the fourth year in a row, Buddy fetched the top spot as the most popular name for adoptable dogs. For cats, Lucy once again purred into first place, barely beating Midnight for the No. 1 ranking.

A name that continues to rise up the ranks
for both dogs and cats is Bella, probably due to the ubiquitous Twilight mania; the name jumped from No. 6 to the No. 4 spot for dogs, and from No. 4 to No. 3 for cats. Meanwhile, Rocky had a comeback, placing among the top 10 dog names after last making the cut in 2007, and Tiger also pounced into sixth place for cats.

Here are the full lists; after the jump, check out our top 10 celebrity-inspired pet names.

2010′s Top 10 Most Popular Adoptable-Dog Names

  1. Buddy
  2. Max
  3. Daisy
  4. Bella
  5. Lucy
  6. Jack
  7. Molly
  8. Charlie
  9. Sadie
  10. Rocky

2010′s Top 10 Most Popular Adoptable-Cat Names

  1. Lucy
  2. Midnight
  3. Bella
  4. Molly
  5. Smokey
  6. Tiger
  7. Oreo
  8. Max
  9. Princess
  10. Charlie


To shine a spotlight on adoptable pets with star quality, we looked at just how many pets are named after the rich and famous. Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis is in the building! More than 200 pets currently on Petfinder are named after the king, while Houdini magically appeared in second place. Singers Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Shakira were popular namesakes, as were fashion icons Twiggy and Coco Chanel.

2010′s Top 10 Most Popular Celebrity-Inspired Pet Names

  1. Elvis
  2. Houdini
  3. Cher
  4. Madonna
  5. Twiggy
  6. Oprah
  7. Lady Gaga
  8. Beyonce
  9. Coco Chanel
  10. Shakira

Do you have a great unique or celeb-inspired name for your pet? Tell us below!

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