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Top 20: ‘Lassie’ the most popular pet name from movies

A new survey suggests that animal movies, ranked as household favourites, may have influenced pet owners when naming their furry friends. has collated a list of the 20 most popular films with pets, using the global search volumes database, Ahrefs, to determine the most inspiring names

It yielded the following results:

The most popular movie-inspired pet names:
Rank Pet name Film Pet Global search volume (Average monthly times people search for the pet name worldwide) Global search volume (Average yearly times people search for the pet name worldwide)
1 Lassie Lassie come Home Dog 44,000 528,000
2 Beethoven Beethoven Dog 43,000 516,000
3 Togo Togo Dog 23,000 276,000
4 Bolt Bolt Dog 9,900 118,800
5 Toto The Wizard of Oz Dog 7,300 87,600
6 Salem Sabrina the Teenage Witch Cat 6,700 80,400
7 Hooch Turner & Hooch Dog 4,900 58,800
8 Lady Lady and the Tramp Dog 4,300 51,600
9 Max The Grinch Dog 4,000 48,000
10 Hachi Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Dog 3,400 40,800
11 Ruby Rescued By Ruby Dog 2,700 32,400
12 Bailey A Dog’s Purpose Dog 2,400 28,800
13 Marley Marley and me Dog 1,800 21,600
14 Bruiser Woods Legally Blonde Dog 1,400 16,800
15 Blue Red Dog: True Blue Dog 1,200 14,400
16 Friday Hotel for Dogs Dog 1,200 14,400
17 Doug Up Dog 1,000 12,000
18 Marcel Friends Monkey 900 10,800
19 Babe Babe Pig 600 7,200
20 Louie The Princess Diaries Dog 400 4,800


Popular names

The website can reveal that the most popular movie-inspired pet name is Lassie, with an average of 528,000 global searches for this dog name (that is 44,000 searches each month).

This pet name has become increasingly popular since the most recent Lassie film release in 2020, sparking popularity.

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In second place is Beethoven, with 516,000 yearly searches for the pet name.

Although there are eight Beethoven movies, this pet name has 12,000 fewer yearly searches than Lassie.

Placing third is Togo, with 276,000 yearly searches for the dog name. This Disney film was released in 2019, with the dog name garnering around half the monthly searches of Lassie in first place.

In fourth place is Bolt, with 118,800 yearly searches for this dog name.

This is a cartoon film which centres around a dog named Bolt, who has spent his entire life on the set of a television series, and firmly believes that his superpowers are real.

Toto ranks fifth with 87,600 yearly global searches for this pooch name. (31,200  fewer yearly searches than Bolt in fourth place.)

The dog name Toto is most famously known as the Cairn Terrier from ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

The top 5 are all dog names, which goes without saying, as dogs are the most popular pet worldwide.

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