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May 6th, 2008 12:38pm EDT
BambiBambi...Cinderella...Tinkerbell -- all fictional characters from Disney films, and also some popular pooch names, according to research collected by nationwide pet insurance provider, PetFirst Healthcare.

"It seems to be an emerging trend for pet owners to give their furry friends a name that resembles a favorite automobile, favorite food or even favorite character," said Katie Grant, PetFirst vice president. "It's reassuring that owners associate their pets with their favorite things -- as, we hope, that translates into ensuring those pets receive the loving care and treatment they deserve."

PetFirst analyzed data from thousands of its policy holders in all 50 states, and ranked the most recurring pet names connected to pop culture. American pet owners are clearly inspired by characters from cartoons, sitcoms and movies, as well as brand names of everyday products to luxury labels.

Pebbles & Bam BamTop 20 Character Pet Names
1. Lady
2. Jasmine
3. Mickey
4. Heidi
5. Minnie
6. Rambo
7. Hercules
8. Xena
9. Bambi
10. Merlin
11. Pebbles
12. Bam Bam
13. Tinkerbell
14. Willow
15. Zeus
16. Casper
17. Garfield
18. Taz
19. Cinderella
20. Shiloh

Cinderella
Top 20 Brand-name Pets
1. Bentley
2. Roxy
3. Hershey
4. Guinness
5. Remington
6. Comet
7. Lexus
8. Chanel
9. Corona
10. Pepsi
11. Avery
12. Chiquita
13. Mercedes
14. Oreo
15. Beemer
16. Jack Daniel
17. Porsche
18. Monte Carlo
19. Snickers
20. Ajax

Source: PetFirst Healthcare