No longer content with the traditional Rover or Kitty, people are putting lot of thought and creativity into naming their furry friends these days. In recognition of the effort pet lovers put into naming their dogs and cats, Nationwide conducts an annual Wackiest Pet Names contest to celebrate the most clever, creative, and quirky names across the nation.
After a thorough selection process, the top 10 dog and cat monikers were chosen from Nationwide’s database of more than 700,000 insured pets and put to a public vote. Among 2018’s top pet names, two reigned supreme: Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo nosed out Franklin Woofsevelt in the dog division, while Pablo Purrcasso purred past Sir Pounce A Lot in the cat category.
Here are the rest of Nationwide’s top 10 Wackiest Pet Names of 2018:
“The results from our Wacky Pet Names competition illustrate the thought and creativity pet owners put into naming their furry family members,” said Scott Liles, president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide. “Pets hold a special place in our members’ hearts, and while some of these names are assigned just for laughs, many of these monikers hold a special meaning or story behind them.”
Read on to learn more about this year’s winners and how they got their noteworthy names.
Madison Lee of San Jose, CA put a lot of thought into finding the perfect name for her newborn pit bull and came up with a winner: Isabella Miss Worldwide Boo Boo.
The first part of her pup’s name was inspired by the popular book and movie series, “Twilight.”
“Pit bulls are often misunderstood and believed to be aggressive and unfriendly,” said Lee. “In ‘Twilight,’ Bella is seen as awkward and somewhat of a misfit. I saw the similarities and knew Isabella would be part of her name.”
Not content with just one name, Lee thought of the rapper Pitbull, who often goes by the name “Mr. Worldwide,” and added “Miss Worldwide” to Isabella’s name. For the finishing touch, Lee was inspired by the fact that Isabella was born on Halloween, so she went with a “scary” theme and used “Boo Boo” to conclude her pup’s name.
An artist and an art instructor, it’s no surprise that Christina Palmer of Charlotte, NC, names all of her cats after famous artists. Her previous cat monikers included Vincent van Kitty and Leonardo da Katty. So when Palmer added a new kitten to her family, she dubbed him Pablo Purrcasso.
True to his name, Pablo Purrcasso fits in perfectly with Palmer and her art class.
“When I’m teaching my students, he likes to hang out,” she said. “It’s like he’s part of the class. He’ll follow the brush strokes of the students and stare at them while they’re painting.”
When Pablo Purrcasso isn’t in art class, he often acts as Palmer’s personal alarm clock, jumping on top of her in the morning and letting her know it’s time to eat. Unlike most cats, he’s also an avid water lover, so Palmer leaves towels by the front door for those moments that Pablo Purrcasso wants to go outside and play in the water.