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Following 2020, Battersea has revealed some of the most popular and unique names of dogs and cats to come through the much-loved animal charity’s gates last year.

Some owners chose unique monikers to reflect their pet’s individual personalities, such as Balthazar – a bold, brave kitten born before Christmas who enjoyed exploring his surroundings. Others opted to name their pets after iconic personalities, such as Audrey Hepburn, a Domestic-Shorthair cat who, much like her namesake, was effortlessly sleek and elegant.

Battersea’s expert staff also had some also saw some very cultured cats and distinguished dogs grace their presence, named after musical and artistic icons such as Dali, Picasso, Berlioz and Beyoncé.

However, most owners chose classic names for their dogs and cats, with Bella, Charley/Charlie and Teddy all being top choices.

Most popular dog and cat names of 2020:

  1. Bella
  2. Lola
  3. Charlie/Charley
  4. Teddy/Teddie
  5. Daisy/Daizy
  6. Lili/Lillie/Lily
  7. Poppy
  8. Coco
  9. Milo
  10. Rosie

Rebecca Lodder, Battersea Rehoming and Welfare Manager says: “We take in thousands of animals every year, and we definitely notice certain trends with pet names. At the moment the most popular names are very traditional and tend to be just two syllables, making it easy to call them to us for a fuss!”

“Regardless of the names of our dogs and cats, whether they be traditional or a one-off, each and every rescue animal has their own unique personality, which we celebrate here at Battersea.”

Battersea has been here for every dog and cat for 160 years.. Like many charities, Battersea has seen a significant drop in income as a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, we need your support.

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