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A new DVLA survey (2021) reveals that:

  • 1 in 6 motorists surveyed name their car – and those aged 35 to 53 most likely to do so
  • Disco Dave, Lady Patricia, The Beast and ZZ Top among most unusual names

The most popular names the survey’s 2,095 respondents gave their vehicles included Betsy, Pablo, Max, Ruby, and Doris – with Max and Ruby also among the top 50 most popular baby names this year.

While TV and film characters also inspired many motorists, with the Bat Mobile, Betty Boop, Eeyore, Homer, Kermit, Mickey, Olaf, and Snow White also on the list.

Why do we name our cars?

We spend so much time in our cars that is no surprise that we become emotionally attached to them, especially if they are our first car.  We all remember our first car, its like a first kiss or our first love.  Your first car signifies freedom, independence, maturity and is a real bench mark in your life.

How do we choose a name for our car?

Car names are usually created from the cars registration for example JCK could influence the name Jack.  However, many will give their car a name that suits the cars personality, with a further 1% naming their car after their spouse or friend.  Make and model also play a large role in name choice, I have a Citroen DS3 and she is called Francoise, a perfect name for my little French car.

Celebrity influence

Of course, we will see many beetles being named Herbie, and I am sure there will be a few Kits driving around somewhere.  But it’s not just celebrity cars that influence us, its celebrities themselves, I’m sure there are a fair few Britney’s and Rihanna’s driving around also.

Car Colours

It is reported that 8% of us will name our cars because of their colour, I wonder how many Blue Boy’s, Black Beauties and White Lightnings are gracing our roads.

According to the AA-Populus research the most popular names were-

  • Names with Blue in them
  • Fred, Freddie or Freda
  • Betsey
  • Babe or Baby
  • The Beast
  • Penny or Penelope
  • Names with Little in them
  • Bertie or Bess
  • Bertha
  • Katy or Katie
  • Names with Old in them


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