Lucy Is Most Popular Cat Name of 2008 survey reveals top cat and dog names of the year.

Posted: Jan. 4, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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Cat owners seem to love Lucy; it was the top cat name of the year, while Buddy was the top dog name. 
It’s official: Lucy the cat and Buddy the dog top the list of the most popular names for pets in 2008, according to a survey., known as the national “yellow pages” for animal shelters and rescue organizations, unveiled its compilation of the top 10 most popular and most unusual pet names for the year.

In the feline category, Lucy beat out Molly for the top spot among the 140,269 cats found on Petfinder.

Buddy came in as the most popular name for dogs for the second year in a row. Max came in as the second most popular dog name among Petfinder’s 145,242 adoptable dogs.

Among the most unusual of the pet names, the list included Joe the Plumber, McLovin and Bon Jo Flea. The following are the complete lists:

Top 10 Most Popular Cat Names
1. Lucy (354)
2. Molly (328)
3. Oreo (320)
4. Kittens (318)
5. Smokey (315)
6. Princess (312)
7. Shadow (310)
8. Tigger (310)
9. Angel (309)
10. Missy (301)

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names
1. Buddy (805)
2. Max (620)
3. Daisy (588)
4. Jack (520)
5. Lucy (496)
6. Molly (476)
7. Charlie (431)
8. Sadie (415)
9. Jake (407)
10. Lucky (405)

Top 10 Most Unusual Names (Any animal)
1. Woe Izmee
2. Gwyneth Poultry (a duck)
3. SoSueMe
4. 54cent Swee'T
5. Iamaredneckwoman
6. Angry Chef Soup
7. Ms. Cornflake Especially
8. Bon Jo Flea
9. McLovin
10. Joe the Plumber



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Taylor    Meadow Vista, CA

1/6/2010 2:28:57 PM

I have a 2 grey long-haired cats named Precious and Tiger. Those are VERY popular cat names, they totally should be on there!! I also have a grey short-haired cat named Sebastian Bach. I used to have a BEAUTIFUL grey short/medium haired cat named Trixey, but she died a few monthes ago. RIP Trix, I love you.

Charles    Piketon, OH

11/29/2009 12:23:22 PM

One of my "kids" proudly bears the name of Kittney Spears, I have considered Nikitty Kruschef, and Fidel Catstro. One of my friends has Meow C.Tung

Elena    Kansas City, MO

11/25/2009 6:56:00 PM

I disagree, my cat's name is Toby and i've come to know of atleast 3 other cats named Toby, just among my friend's pets... Never even met a cat named Molly. I think Toby deserves some credit. I do have a dog named Max, and also disagree on the Buddy name, because i've never met a Buddy, but i've met another Max.

Skye    Hyannis, MA

11/25/2009 1:33:17 PM

okay, seriously. my cat is named Bob. WHY CAN'T BOB BE ON THERE?

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