Most popular car names

October 1, 2015

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Everyone’s got a pet name for their car, haven’t they?

A recent survey by the AA has revealed that us Brits are among the countries most likely to furnish our cars with a name – with almost 4 out of 10 (39%) of us giving our cars an actual name.

The same survey found that women are far more likely to christen their cars – 50% compared with just 33% of men (unless men are just not as keen on admitting it!)

Also, young people are more likely to name their car – with 70% of 18-24 year olds saying they gave their car a name, compared with just 30% of motorists over 65.

As the survey asked respondents exactly what they call their motor, we now have a definitive list of the most popular car names in the UK.

Common car names in the UK

  • Names with ‘Blue’ in them e.g Bluebelle, Blue Boy and Bluey
  • Fred, Freddie or Freda
  • Betsey
  • Babe or Baby
  • The Beast
  • Penelope or Penny
  • Names starting with ‘Little’ e.g Little Beauty, Little Star and Little Mighty
  • Bertie or Bert
  • Bessie or Bess
  • Bertha
  • Katy or Katie
  • Names starting with ‘Old’ e.g Old Gal, Old Lady and Old Whitey

According to the survey, the most common method for naming a car is to choose the name based on the registration plate.

After that, the second most common way to name a car is to pick a name that ‘suited the cars personality’ – which is where names like ‘The Beast’ and ‘The Bullet’ come into it. Just 1% of drivers say they name their car after their partner or spouse.

Other popular methods to name a car include basing it on the make or model of the car (16%), its colour (8%), picking a name they liked (8%) or naming it after a celebrity (1%).

The celebrity influence leads to cars being given names like ‘Batmobile’, ‘Britney’, ‘Herbie’ and ‘Kit’, while some of the more unusual (and slightly random) names given in the survey included ‘The shed of dread’ (our personal favourite!), ‘The Crudmobile’, ‘Brian’ and ‘Cactus Jack’.

As well as these, a lot of people tend to give their cars ‘normal’ names. See the top ‘male’ and ‘female’ car names below:

Top 10 Male Car Names

  1. Charlie
  2. Jack
  3. Harry
  4. Noah
  5. Oliver
  6. Thomas
  7. William
  8. Joshua
  9. Daniel
  10. Billy


Top 10 Female Car Names

  1. Ruby
  2. Lily
  3. Pippa
  4. Jessica
  5. Grace
  6. Olivia
  7. Kate
  8. Emily
  9. Harper
  10. Betty


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