What’s in a (Pet) Name?

Turns out that when it comes to pet names, the answer to that question is puns, pop culture references - and a little bit of “number 2”. 


For the third year in a row, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), a provider of pet health insurance, has selected 50 unusual dog and cat names from the company’s database of more than 485,000 insured pets – and then narrowed them down by voting for the 10 most unusual names for each species.    

Here are the 10 Most Unusual Dog and Cat Names for 2010:  


  • Pickle Von Corndog 
  • Lord Chubby Pruneface 
  • Badonkadonk 
  • Ninjastar Dangerrock 
  • Molly Mcboozehound 
  • Dog Vader 
  • Flopsy Squeakerton 
  • Bettie Poops 
  • Geez Louise 
  • Barnaby Bones         


  • Purr Diem 
  • Bing Clawsby 
  • Cleocatra 
  • Admiral Pancake 
  • Optimus Pants 
  • Chairman Meow 
  • Boo Manchu 
  • Watts in a Name 
  • Chenoa Azure Marshmellow-Puff 
  • Senor Nachos                

“One of our favorite parts of putting these lists together is talking to the pets’ owners and finding out how they came up with such imaginative names,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications for VPI. “Strangely enough, a lot of them tell us they ruled out names they’d be too embarrassed to shout in public when calling their pets back to them. When you think about the names these owners finally decided on – like ‘Lord Chubby Pruneface’ and ‘Optimus Pants,’ – it really makes you wonder what didn’t make their cut.”  

You can check out the full lists of 50 unusual dog and cat names, pictures of pets who made the Top 10, and the stories behind the unusual names at http://www.wackypetnames.com/.