BREA, Calif., Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The results are in – Baron Von Furrypants nosed out Artoo Dogtoo and Leonardo DiCatprio purred past Fuzz Lightyear to be named the Wackiest Pet Names of 2015. Each year, Nationwide (formerly Veterinary Pet Insurance), the nation's first and largest provider of pet health insurance, recognizes the most clever, creative and quirky pet names across the nation. After a thorough selection process, 50 kooky canine and 50 comical cat names were chosen from Nationwide's database of more than 525,000 insured pets. The top 10 dog and 10 cat monikers were put to a public vote, where Baron Von Furrypants and Leonardo DiCatprio were chosen as the wackiest. Following are the 10 Wackiest Dog and Cat Names of 2015:
1. Baron Von Furrypants
2. Artoo Dogtoo
3. Rosie Picklebottom
4. Parker the Barker
5. Abigail Carmichael Spartacus
6. Smiley Cyrus
7. Nutmeg Spice O' Paris
8. Abraham Lincoln Continental
9. Bizkit Au Chocolat
10. Scuddles Unterfuss
1. Leonardo DiCatprio
2. Fuzz Lightyear
3. Captain Pancake
4. Sir Nigel Meowmittens of Oscelot Court
5. Ziggy Ollyoxenfree
6. Zelda Nacho
8. Cornelius McPudness Vandercat
9. Sir Theodorable Purrsalot
10. Star Wars Steve
"Every year our database expands, and we see more and more creative pet names," said Curtis Steinhoff, director of pet insurance communications. "Many times the most interesting aspect of a pet's name is the story behind it, and this competition gives us a chance to share those tales. Whether the moniker is a simple pun or an eccentric mixture of terms, all the names on our Wacky Pet Names list are one of a kind."
For photos and background stories of the winners and the top 10 nominees, along with the full list of the 50 wackiest dog and cat names, visit www.wackypetnames.com.
About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 525,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America's pet lovers.
Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2015 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.