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By Alyssa Pereira

It’s 2015, and we’re stepping up our game from the days of pets named Spot and Sparky. Thanks to hit films, songs, and uh, apparently the famous Gyllenhaals, we got slightly more creative with what he decided to call our favorite four-legged companions.

This survey, done by Vocativ, tapped Veterinary Pet Insurance to look into their database of 75,000 insured felines to figure out which names were the most common, by state.

As it turns out, in the South, your cat is most likely to be named Lucy (which was the most popular name in South Carolina, Florida and Alabama). In the heartland, classic names like Charlie, Oscar and Gracie were the most selected eponyms, and in some of the most populated states like Texas, Pennsylvania, and of course, California, the most common name was—yep—Bella.

What’s funniest here are the odd outliers, like Patches (??) in Louisiana, Teddy in Vermont, and Simba in New Mexico.

The most popular dog’s names were predictably very similar.

Like the popular cat names, Bella, Lucy, and Max were popular for canines. Among other favorites for males, as reported by Rover, were Max, Buddy, Bear and Jake. For females, Maggie, Daisy and Sadie were frequently picked.

The lesson learned here? People often name their pets after humans, and also, unsurprisingly, ‘Game of Thrones’ and Frozen characters.

Let’s get more creative in 2015, guys, and as always, adopt!


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