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Pet names inspired by the London Olympics

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The London 2012 Olympics have inspired pet owners when naming their pets, according to a recent report.

Seemingly influenced by Jessica Ennis and Ellie Symonds, the name “Jess” climbed 43 places to become the 33rd most popular dog name and “Ellie” moved up 17 places to 41st. For cat owners, “Mo” and “Bradley” were popular new entries this year, taking after long-distance track runner Mo Farrah and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

The name George is currently in 16th place on the list of cat names, but experts believe it will be in the top 10 next year following the arrival of the new prince.

Some more unusual names were also noted, including Jubilee, Princess Tinkerbell and Tramp – however the most popular dog and cat names reflect the same human baby trend for more old-fashioned, traditional names, such as Alfie, Charlie and Oscar.

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