Thanks to Twilight, 'Bella' becomes most popular dog name

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We're pretty sure this is one of the signs of the apocalypse: Bella, the name of the moony heroine in the Twilight series, has usurped Max as the top name for dogs.

That's according to a report on MSNBC:

Fan fever for the enormously popular "Twilight" franchise has spread its way to the pet world: Bella, the name of the series' heroine, has usurped Max as the most popular dog name of 2009. Though Max held the top spot for six years in a row, this year Bella beat out Max by more than 400 dogs. But fans of the name need not worry: Max is the top 2009 name in the kitty kingdom.

Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the nation's largest and oldest provider of pet health insurance, scoured its database of more than 475,000 insured pets to find the most popular dog and cat names of 2009. (Animals not insured by VPI were not included in the survey.)

For you animal lovers out there, following is the complete list of top pet names. All we can say is: Oliver? Really?

Top dog names

1. Bella
2. Max
3. Bailey
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Chloe
10. Sophie

Top cat names

1. Max
2. Chloe
3. Bella
4. Oliver
5. Tiger
6. Smokey
7. Tigger
8. Lucy
9. Shadow
10. Angel

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