By Jill Rosen
The Baltimore Sun
3:30 AM PST, January 6, 2012
Damn you, "Twilight."
Thanks to the ever-popular movie -- or at least so I suspect -- the most popular name for dogs and cats in America for 2011 is.... Bella.
According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., although Bella has dominated the dog-name list since 2009, for the first time last year, it shot to the top of the kitty list as well.
Is everyone getting a new pet a Tween or what?
Rounding out the top 5 most popular names for dogs last year was Bailey, Max, Lucy and Molly.
The other top cat names were Max, Chloe, Oliver and Lucy.
The good news is that folks at least are putting some thought into their pets names. Of the nearly half a million pets on the VPI rolls, just 13 were given the unfortunate moniker Fido. Only 17 were stuck with Spot.
Interestingly, when it came to birds and exotic pets including lizards, gerbils, rabbits and other companion animals, the top name was Charlie.
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