A TOP 10 list of pet names for the East Lancashire has been revealed by an online database.

More than 500,000 pet names in the GoCompare pet insurance database were surveyed from the last two years and found the most popular dog and cat names.

According to the database, the top 10 dog names with the BB postcode for East Lancashire were:

1. Bella

2. Charlie

3. Poppy

4. Alfie

5. Ruby

6. Max

7. Millie

8. Oscar

9. Lola

10. Molly

The top 10 names for cats were:

1. Milo

2. Molly

3. Tilly

4. Millie

5. Simba

6. Smudge

7. Leo

8. Belle

9. Daisy

10. Charlie

The results by GoCompare are available online, and pet owners can also search for how popular or unique their pet names are.

Pet owners can search names to give them ideas for rarer pet names and can even compare more than one name.

If a quote was requested twice for the same pet, the duplicate was removed, to ensure the accuracy of the results.

Professor Hal Herzog from the Western Carolina University in the US spoke about the reason certain pet names were more popular for Psychology Today.

Professor Herzog found that human names were often given to pets as a way of humanising animals.

He said: “The fact that post-World War II presidents were more likely to give human names to their dogs is indicative of general trend the pet product industry refers to as the 'humanisation of pets.

“Dog names tend to be shorter than human names.”

Professor Herzog also discovered that often people will name their pets after forms of popular culture. This includes celebrities and characters from films and shows.

A full list of results can be found at https://www.gocompare.com/pet-insurance/pet-names/