And it seems the more retro the name the better! As we teeter on the brink of 2005, it appears we would rather be back in 1985, with 43% of all respondents saying that they would name their pet pooch after Sylvester Stallone's character in the 80's hit Rocky or otherwise Rambo. Interestingly, the majority of respondents who said this were aged between 16 and 24 years. 29% of 25 to 34 year olds said that they would name their dog after Black Sabbath's lead singer and reality TV show star, Ozzy Osbourne and 23% of 45 to 65 year olds opted for Elvis - however this age group was also keen on naming their dogs Rocky or Rambo too (21%)!
When given the choice between naming their dog after a current or past celebrity, Brits seem to plump for celebrities or famous people of the past - just 9% of all people surveyed said they would name their pet after Victoria Beckham, aka "Posh" and just 4% said Busted - this figure was surprising low amongst 16 to 25 year olds.
The survey also revealed how dogs' names have changed over the decades. Fifty years ago dogs had traditional names such as George, Thomas and Arthur. Thirty years ago the most popular names for dogs included Jasper, Brandy, Rex and Molly. Today, with the influence of popular culture, the most popular names include Snoop (after the rapper Snoop Doggy Dog), Harley, Diesel, Tyson and Jake.
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Top 5 Dog Celebrity Names:
1. Rambo or Rocky
Source: Nestle Purina