Top Pet Names of 2011 Revealed

Getty ImagesGetty ImagesEven in the world of pet names Twilight fever shows no signs of cooling down. This year's most popular name for female dogs and cats is Bella.

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Yahoo! Shine just got an exclusive look at this year's list of the 10 top names for male and female cats and dogs. The list is published annually by Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's largest provider of heath insurance for pets.

According to VPI's database of over half a million pets, it looks like classic canine names such as Spot, Fido, and Rover have gone the way of the Vietnamese Pot Bellied Pig craze. Today's owners tend to view their dogs as true members of the family and give them human names such as Jake and Sadie.

The same goes for cat people, with some exceptions. While dog owners see their pets as babies, some cat owners view them more as their superiors in strength or station. Just the way Princess and Simba want it.

Most popular feline names for females
1. Bella
2. Chloe
3. Lucy
4. Sophie
5. Lily
6. Molly
7. Gracie
8. Princess
9. Sasha
10. Cleo

Most popular feline names for males
1. Max
2. Oliver
3.Tiger
4. Charlie
5. Simba
6. Buddy
7. Smokey
8. Tigger
9. Jack
10. Sammy

Most popular canine names for females
1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Molly
4. Daisy
5. Maggie
6. Sophie
7. Chloe
8. Sadie
9. Lola
10. Bailey

Most Popular canine names for males
1. Max
2. Buddy
3. Charlie
4. Rocky
5. Bailey
6. Jake
7. Cooper
8. Jack
9. Toby
10. Cody

VPI's compete list of popular pet names for 2011 will be released in early January, 2012.

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