Top 10 kitten and puppy names for 2020 as Boris surges into top 100

Lockdown has impacted the way we all live our lives, changing the way we work, interact with people and spend our downtime and it transpires that the pandemic is also having an impact on what we name our pets.

As more Brits than ever are welcoming a new furry family member into their lives this year, Pets at Home reveals a shift in the names pet owners have given their new family members through the registrations to its VIP Club over the past 12 months.

With the extensive news coverage and constant exposure to the Prime Minister this year, it’s no surprise that the name Boris now hits the top 100 list, with a 145% increase in new puppy and kittens named Boris over the last year, when compared to the previous 12 months.

The mental and physical benefits of having a pet have also proven to be especially prevalent during the coronavirus outbreak, helping to ease anxiety and stress faced by many during the pandemic. Names that celebrate the support, comfort and companionship that pets have provided during lockdown, also feature with both Teddy and Buddy also ranking in the top 10 list.

Claire Gavin, Director of Innovation at Pets at Home, said: “Welcoming a new pet is incredibly special and deciding on a suitable name is a big decision. The companionship of our furry friends has been so important to many pet owners during lockdown and it’s clear that those special moments have been a highlight in what has been a really tough year”.

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To help new pet owners during their pet’s first year, from their first steps to finding their feet, Pets at Home’s free puppy and kitten club is available offering expert pet care advice, exclusive offers via the VIP app and 10% off their puppy’s or kitten’s first shop.

Pets at Home’s Top 10 Puppy & Kitten Names, September 2020:

Ranking

Name

1

Luna

2

Bella

3

Milo

4

Teddy

5

Lola

6

Coco

7

Buddy

8

Daisy

9

Bailey

10

Poppy

Pet owners can visit www.petsathome.com/puppy-kitten-club to join for free online, via the app or in-store.