The stars from last year's London 2012 Olympics have become some of the most popular names for pet owners to give their furry family members, along with one certain royal contender.

According to research released by Co-operative Pet Insurance which was published on Dog News, animal lovers are finding their own way of keeping the Olympic legacy alive. Jess has become the 33rd most popular name, running up 43 places due to golden girl Jessica Ennis-Hill and Ellie has moved up 17 places to become the 41st most favourite name, of course after Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds.

However, the most popular dog names this year so far are Alfie, Charlie and Poppy with Max following. The most popular cat names are Oscar, Charlie, and Alfie closely followed by Poppy and Coco.

The trend for traditional names seems to have significantly increased over the past few years as royal fever has hit the nation. This is only expected to increase as numerous pets are bound to be dubbed George due to the birth of the future King.

Lee Mooney, head of Pet Insurance at The Co-operative Insurance, told Dog News: “We’ve seen a trend in our customers choosing more humanised names for their pets over the last two years and we have no doubt that the Royal Baby name, George, will appear in the top ten next year. We also see on a day to day basis how passionate our customers are about their pets and we recognise that they are an important member of the family.”

The British theme also seems to be continuing to run strong through our pets with some more alternative pet names being The Queen for two cats and one dog owner decided Jubilee was the best suited choice.

Mat Ward, animal specialist from Pet Behaviour Sorted told Dog News: “It’s no surprise that the Olympic legacy has had an effect on the top pet names this year, proving similar to the top baby names of 2013. This reflects a continuation of the ongoing change in the role pets play in our lives. Greater numbers of people view their pets as very important members of their family, and are therefore comfortable giving them human names, and successful ones at that."

Written by: Hannah