RSPCA reveal their very own popular pet names

As the ONS unveils 2018’s most popular baby names, the RSPCA reveals the top names for animals taken in by the charity last year.

The Office of National Statistics have released their top baby names of 2018 with Oliver and Olivia remaining top of the list.

However, neither name makes the top ten list released by the RSPCA as the charity reveals it took in more dogs called Buster and Bella than any other last year and more cats called Harry and Poppy.

Some trends are reflected in the top ten as Harry, Charlie and George all make the list for male cat names.

Making the list of top male dog names are Buster, Max, Rocky, Bruno, Diesel, Jack, Milo, Alfie, Marley and Bobby. On the list for top female dog names are Bella, Rocky, Bonnie, Molly, Ruby, Lola, Poppy, Coco, Daisy and Tia.

There are similarities between the dog and cat name lists with Milo making both lists for male dogs and cats and Poppy, Molly, Daisy, Bella and Lola appearing on both lists for female dogs and cats.

Top male cat names include, Harry, Charlie, George, Henry, Jasper, Tigger, Milo, Billy, Felix and Sooty and the top female cat names are Poppy, Molly, Daisy, Tilly, Daisy, Bella, Luna, Willow, Mia, Missy and Lola.

Head of RSPCA inspectorate Dermot Murphey said: “It’s interesting to see how trends change over the years, although a lot of traditional pet names such as Buster remain popular.

“But regardless of name, each animal we take in deserves a loving home so if you think you could offer one please do get in touch with your local centre.”

Some of the gorgeous animals waiting in RSPCA care for their forever home include:


Ten-year old Buster is very sweet, although staff advise he is nervous of unfamiliar people, after a slow and careful introduction and once he gets to know you, he is super affectionate. He loves cuddles and is very excited to see people. Buster is not very happy being around other animals, so he must be the only animal in the home and need a secure garden with high fences as he can get quite bouncy. He is currently staying with RSPCA Southridge.

Harry is waiting for his purr-fect home at RSPCA Guildford and Epsom


Poppy is a nine-year old cat with a very strong character. She is waiting for a home at RSPCA Stubbington Ark and would prefer to be the only cat in the home. She is independent but does like a head stroke once you become familiar to her.


Harry is a healthy make cat looking for a forever home where he can have the attention he loves, but also be left alone to do his own thing when he wants to. It will take Harry a little while to settle into a new home, but he has bonded quickly with his fosterer and loves head and tummy rubs. He is playful and athletic and would be better suited to an adult/older children home. He is waiting for his perfect home at the Guildford and Epsom branch of the RSPCA.


Olivia was a stray who gave birth to kittens in a flower pot in someone’s garden. The kittens have gone to their new homes now and she is looking for a loving permanent home. She is two-years old and looking for a new home at the RSPCA Chiltren branch. She is friendly and mixes with cats, kittens, dogs in her forster family. Olivia is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

For further information on all the above animals and any waiting at RSCPA centres for their new home, can be found at