Remember when it seemed like every dog or cat you came across was named Fluffy or Fido!

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., now some of the most popular dog and cat names are also the top baby names in this year’s list!  Bella, Sophie and Chloe! How did you choose a name for your pet, if you have one?

“The popularity of people names doubling as pet names is a testament to the bigger trend of pet owners viewing their pets as members of the family,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications, VPI.  It is just as common to see a pet named Oliver or Chloe as it is for a child.

So, if you are faced with the task of naming a new pet, here are

The top 10 most popular dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Bailey
  3. Max
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Buddy
  7. Daisy
  8. Maggie
  9. Charlie
  10. Sophie

The top 10 most popular cat names:

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Chloe
  4. Oliver
  5. Lucy
  6. Smokey
  7. Shadow
  8. Tiger
  9. Charlie
  10. Tigger

(From the Editors of Netscape)

When choosing a name for the newest member of our family, a Teddy Bear puppy, about two years ago, we chose the name Kipper based of a popular children's show on Nickelodeon.

What is your ideal pet name?  A human name, a unique name, a fictional character? It can be a daunting, tough task to select just the right one! Have fun with it!