Boris is one of the fastest growing names for puppies


Boris is one of the fastest growing names for puppies, a new survey shows, with its popularity having almost tripled in the past year.

The Prime Minister’s moniker is a particular favourite for labradors, cocker spaniels and pugs, according to UK pet insurance company More Than’s findings.

Research shows the name’s popularity has increased since Mr Johnson moved into 10 Downing Street last year.

Boris is now the 74th most common title for a puppy in Britain, jumping from 128th. The name is also the 48th most popular for a kitten, rising from 123rd, The Times reported.

Boris is one of the fastest growing names for puppies, a new survey shows, with its popularity having almost tripled in the past year. Pictured, a puppy named Boris

Faye Archer, 41, who lives with her husband Steve in Richmond, north Yorkshire, gave her fox-red labrador puppy the name Boris because of his furrowed brow.

She bred a litter of five puppies and named them all after figures who had made the news this year.

‘Boris Johnson always looks like he has a lot of worry going on,’ she told the publication. ‘Boris the puppy doesn’t have a lot of worry but he’s probably the quieter one of the group.

‘That’s why we called him Boris – because he seems like he gets pushed into a corner.’

One of her other puppies, all five weeks old this weekend, was labelled Hancock, after Health Secretary Matt Hancock, because he is more ‘boisterous’ and has a ‘bit more swagger about him’.

The Prime Minister's (pictured) moniker has especially been used for labradors, cocker spaniels and pugs, according to UK pet insurance company More Than's findings

The Prime Minister’s (pictured) moniker has especially been used for labradors, cocker spaniels and pugs, according to UK pet insurance company More Than’s findings

The other three female puppies are called Gigi, after model Gigi Hadid, Jenner, after Kylie Jenner, and Babs, after actress Dame Barbara Windsor, who died last week, aged 83.

Meanwhile, Matt Frost, 43, admitted he renamed his seven-year-old cat Gordon, Boris, because he didn’t feel the pet suited the ‘serious’ original title.

Katy Conway, 40, revealed to the publication that she named her 12-year-old Yorkshire springer spaniel Boris before the moniker increased in popularity.

She said this was because she found Boris to be a cute name you wouldn’t necessarily call your child.

The name Luna came out top in the findings for both puppies and kittens this year, while Snoopy, the beagle in the Peanuts comic strip, was less popular, dropping from sixth most common last year to 347th (stock image)

The name Luna came out top in the findings for both puppies and kittens this year, while Snoopy, the beagle in the Peanuts comic strip, was less popular, dropping from sixth most common last year to 347th (stock image)

The name Luna came out top in the findings for both puppies and kittens this year, while Snoopy, the beagle in the Peanuts comic strip, was less popular, dropping from sixth most common last year to 347th. 

Pet ownership has increased this year, with a recent Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) study finding two million young Britons have recently bought pets.

A further 16 per cent of all 24 to 35-year-olds – 1.8million people in total – have said they are planning to get a pet soon. The PFMA said it believes this was driven by millennials feeling lonely at home during lockdown.

More Than’s Graham Nicholls said: ‘Dogs and cats have provided solace to millions of Brits during this difficult year, and for many new pet owners, it’s provided that much-needed company and boost for our mood. 

‘For those who already have a pet, spending more time at home has meant we’ve become closer to them.’

Top 100 dog names 

1. Luna

2. Milo

3. Bella

4. Teddy

5. Buddy

6. Lola

7. Coco

8. Bailey

9. Poppy

10. Willow

11. Daisy

12. Max

13. Reggie

14. Nala

15. Ruby

16. Hugo

17. Bear

18. Charlie

19. Cooper

20. Alfie

21. Rosie

22. Bonnie

23. Molly

24. Ralph

25. Archie

26. Bertie

27. Winnie

28. Mabel

29. Dexter

30. Barney

31. Loki

32. Monty

33. Millie

34. Frank

35. Bruno

36. Oscar

37. Frankie

38. Chester

39. Tilly

40. Freddie

41. Rocco

42. Roxy

43. Marley

44. Murphy

45. Toby

46. Stanley

47. Benji

48. Rocky

49. Dog

50. Winston

51. Blue

52. Bruce

53. Skye

54. Maggie

55. Woody

56. Ted

57. Arlo

58. Jasper

59. Otis

60. Harley

61. Rolo

62. Ronnie

63. Beau

64. Rex

65. Lottie

66. Honey

67. Leo

68. Bobby

69. Belle

70. George

71. Penny

72. Ziggy

73. Ollie

74. Bob

75. Betty

76. Dolly

77. Dave

78. Lexi

79. Buster

80. Henry

81. Boris

82. Pepper

83. Nellie

84. Pippa

85. Simba

86. Pablo

87. Lily

88. Zeus

89. Maisie

90. Olive

91. Finn

92. Ozzy

93. Kobe

94. Minnie

95. Peggy

96. Cookie

97. Louie

98. Kip

99. Betsy

100. Rufus

Top 100 cat names 

1. Luna

2. Milo

3. Nala

4. Simba

5. Loki

6. Bella

7. Coco

8. Willow

9. Leo

10. Oreo

11. Lola

12. Teddy

13. Charlie

14. Daisy

15. Cat

16. Oscar

17. Monty

18. Tilly

19. Jasper

20. Ziggy

21. Rosie

22. Blue

23. Shadow

24. Poppy

25. Gizmo

26. Max

27. Cleo

28. Pepper

29. Smudge

30. Molly

31. Misty

32. Cookie

33. George

34. Lily

35. Alfie

36. Bob

37. Belle

38. Mia

39. Millie

40. Buddy

41. Merlin

42. Bear

43. Reggie

44. Tigger

45. Mabel

46. Bertie

47. Freddie

48. Toby

49. Dexter

50. Kitty

51. Boris

52. Archie

53. Chester

54. Arlo

55. Kiki

56. Hugo

57. Tiger

58. Bobby

59. Mittens

60. Ruby

61. Ralph

62. Bonnie

63. Boo

64. Winnie

65. Minnie

66. Rocky

67. Winston

68. Smokey

69. Olive

70. Binx

71. Marley

72. Fluffy

73. Dave

74. Storm

75. Phoebe

76. Harry

77. Maggie

78. Pablo

79. Ollie

80. Ozzy

81. Theo

82. Casper

83. Salem

84. Socks

85. Billy

86. Fred

87. Skye

88. Pixie

89. Frankie

90. Ronnie

91. Otis

92. Peanut

93. Cosmo

94. Maisie

95. Pumpkin

96. Percy

97. Frank

98. Oliver

99. Zeus

100. Biscuit

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