Most Popular Car Names

By Lewis on 2nd October 2016 - View Comments

Another guest blog this week, we thought this was quite quirky and so decided to share, especially as it’s National Name Your Car Day.

Let us know what you call your car…

‘Betty’ the most popular car name among Brits

One in five Brits who own a car christen their vehicle with a name, according to research conducted on behalf of Ocean Finance.

Women are marginally more likely to give their car a title than men. And people aged 55 and over are half as likely to name their vehicle as the national average.

The top 10 most popular car names are:

1. Betty
2. Betsy
3. Lucy
4. Herbie
5. Bob
6. Sally
7. Bessie
8. Daisy
9. Foxy
10. Pablo

Not all car names are so obvious though. From the slightly less PG titles like ‘BJ’ and ‘Passion Wagon’ to well-known personalities like Beyonce, Pellegrino and Nemo, Brits have no barrier when it comes to branding their car.

Other less traditional vehicle names include: Frapuchini, Frugal, Gladys, Hoopla, Lord Thaodin of Rohan, Nooka the Nook, Snozzles, Custard and Toadzilla.

Most people (20%) name their car based on the letters and numbers on their number plate – men (26%) are almost twice as likely as women (15%) to use their car’s number plate as inspiration for its name.

Marginally fewer (18%) car owners name their motor after its colour, and less than one in 10 (8%) name it after a film or book character.

Finally, one in 10 say they name their car after a celebrity or famous person – interestingly, men (16%) are more than three times as likely to name their motor after a well-known personality as women (5%).

Ian Williams, Ocean’s spokesperson, said: “Us Brits love to bring our cars to life by giving them a name – and the names we give them are weird and whacky, well-known and wonderful.

“From the make and model of the car, family members and instinct, to simplicity, sarcasm and football teams, our study shows there’s no end to car-naming triggers.”

Editors’ notes

*Red Dot questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 14th March 2016 – 17th March 2016, of whom 636 were Scottish residents.

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