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Top 30 pet names Brits give to their cars

David Baddiel - The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars

Betsy, George and Beast have topped a list of the most popular ‘pet’ names for cherished cars.

A study of 2,000 drivers found four in 10 have named a car, with Bessie, Betty, Bertha, and Bertie also common monikers.

Boris, Lucy, and Dolly completed the top 10, with other popular names including Bella, Priscilla, and Rusty.

It also emerged 60% feel they grow emotionally attached to their car, with 37% going as far as to say they feel like it is a friend or family member.

The stats emerged in a study by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace powered by Santander.

They’ve partnered with writer and comedian, David Baddiel, to bring seven real life memoirs of cherished cars to life in a series of short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars.

“Cars aren’t just transport – every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then,” said David.

The study also found 31% of drivers refer to their cars as ‘she/her’, while 19% say ‘he/him’.

Others express their love for their cars by buying accessories (36%) and talking to them (32%).

Top 30 most popular car names

  1. Betsy
  2. George
  3. Beast
  4. Bessie
  5. Betty
  6. Bertha
  7. Bertie
  8. Boris
  9. Lucy
  10. Dolly
  11. Molly
  12. Baby
  13. Bella
  14. Blue
  15. Priscilla
  16. Bluebird
  17. Rusty
  18. Jack
  19. Milly
  20. Roxy
  21. Dave
  22. Suzie
  23. Peggy
  24. Percy
  25. Cherry
  26. Daisy
  27. Phoebe
  28. Bert
  29. Billy
  30. Fiona

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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