'Twilight' Makes Bella the Most Popular Pet Name Once Again

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For the second year in a row, 'Twilight' fans have made Bella the country's No. 1 most popular name for dogs, says a survey by Veterinary Pet Insurance. Twi-hards also helped make Edward's love the second-most popular name for cats and the seventh favorite name for exotic animals.

Although Stephenie Meyer's book came out in 2005, 'Twilight' was released as a film in 2008, which helps explain the two-year popularity streak. Bella's dad, Charlie, also cracked the Top 10, coming it at No. 9 for dogs, No. 10 for cats and No. 1 for exotic animals, although it's hard to say whether that is a direct influence of the vampire series.
This isn't the first time we've seen 'Twilight's' influence on names -- Isabella was the No. 1 name for baby girls in 2009, while Jacob was the top name for baby boys in the same year. In 2010, both names still had a strong presence, holding the No. 2 spots for both sexes.

According to the VPI survey, the most popular names for dogs are:

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Charlie
10. Sophie

Is your pet named Bella? Would you ever name your dog after a character in a movie? Let us know what you think in the comments, and tweet us pics of your pets @jsykdotcom. %Poll-58316%


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