Bella has been hailed the most popular pet name in the UK, pipping Alfie to the post for the first time since 2014.
Bella also ranks as the nation’s favourite name for dogs.
Charlie tops the charts for the most popular feline name – dominating the position for the fourth year running – whilst Alfie drops to the third most popular choice of name for both cats and dogs.
This latest research of the nation’s cats and dogs has been produced by pet insurers AnimalFriends.co.uk.
Geographically, Bella clinched top spot for dogs in London, but last year’s champ Alfie remained number one in the northern power houses of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle – highlighting a north-south divide in trends.
The research also revealed that Aberdeen residents have the most uniquely-named pets, with over a quarter having quirky names like Beegee, Tealan and Endora.
Westley Pearson, claims and marketing director at AnimalFriends.co.uk commented: “It’s interesting to see that Alfie has been knocked off the top spot in our annual pet names list for the first time in three years.
“Popular culture is having a huge effect on the names we choose for our furry friends, which gives a good indication of how important film and music is to UK pet owners.”