You name your pets so why not your car? If you have named your car in the past, you’re in good company. According to a survey by Carjojo, 42% of all respondents admitted to naming their cars at some point in time. The two groups that have the highest tendency of naming their cars are women (57%) and 18-29 year olds (46%).
Carjojo found that 35% of Americans use female names only for their vehicles compared to 15% who exclusively use male names. What about everyone else? Gender-neutral names, such as Big Red, are also quite popular.
Research conducted by AA-Poplus in 2014 have revealed that the most popular car names are the following:
- Names with ‘Blue’ in them (ex: Blue Boy)
- Fed, Freddie, or Frida
- Babe or Baby
- The Beast
- Penelope or Penny
- Names starting with “Little” (ex: Little Beauty)
- Bertie or Bert
- Bessie or Bess
- Katy or Katie
- Names starting with “Old” (ex: Old Gal)
Based on respondents from the same AA-Populus survey who said they named their car, the following factors played a part in how they chose the names:
- Registration number 30%
- Name that seemed to suit their car’s personality (27%)
- Make/model (16%)
- Name they liked (8%)
- Celebrity name (1%)
- Partner/spouse name (1%)
- Child’s name (1%)
- Other (8%)
What about you? Do you have a name for your car?