The Top 10 President-Inspired Pet Names

Naming pets is a tough task. And people approach it in many different ways. Some give their pets the most popular names and some the most unusual. And some even name their pets after someone famous.

Read on to find out the top 10 pet names inspired by U.S. presidents. If someone names their pet after a U.S. president it’s safe to assume they admired that president — which is why some of the pet names on this list might surprise you. (The president on page 6 has us scratching our heads.)

10. Obama

introduce their new dog, a Portuguese water dog named Bo.

Bo Obama was a star in his own right. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. did a study on pets named after presidents. And the 10th most popular name on the list is Obama. Maybe people love his dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog who lived in the White House with the Obamas. Maybe they just love Obama.

Next: What a cute name for a dog.

9. Clinton

US President Bill Clinton (2nd-L) orders first dog

Their chocolate Lab was named Buddy. | Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

The 42nd president, Bill Clinton, inspired people to name their pets after him. Clinton is the ninth most popular dog name inspired by a U.S. president, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When the Clintons lived in the White House, they had a chocolate Labrador retriever named Buddy and a cat named Socks. Because Clinton was a beloved president, it’s safe to assume people named their pets after him to show the love.

Next: This name’s a mouthful.

8. Roosevelt

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their dog

Both Roosevelts were animal lovers. | Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Regardless of whether people are motivated to name their pets after Teddy or Franklin Delano, Roosevelt is the eighth most popular pet name that a president inspired.

Teddy Roosevelt arrived at the White House with Edith, six children, and a host of animals, according to the website America Comes Alive! They included:

  • A St. Bernard: Rollo
  • A Chesapeake retriever: Sailor Boy
  • A black Pekingese: Manchu
  • Three mutts: Skip, Tip, and Mutt
  • A Manchester terrier: Blackjack
  • A cat, Tom Quartz
  • A bull terrier: Pete
  • A small bear: Jonathan Edwards
  • A lizard: Bill
  • A macaw: Eli Yale
  • A pig: Maude
  • Snakes
  • A pony: Algonquin

Franklin Roosevelt was also an animal lover. His “brood” consisted of:

  • A Scottish terrier: Fala
  • A German shepherd: Major
  • A Scottish terrier: Meggie
  • A Llewellyn setter: Winks
  • An Old English sheepdog: Tiny
  • A Great Dane: President
  • A bull mastiff: Blaze

Next: Here’s one you’ll never guess.

7. McKinley

Mckinley angora cat

Left: President William McKinley | Images, Right: An angora cat | Ankarakediler/Wikimedia Commons

The last Civil War veteran who was elected to office, William McKinley also inspired people to name their pets after him. McKinley owned some pets himself, according to Presidential Pet Museum.

He owned two angora kittens, Valeriano (named after the then-governor of Cuba) and Enrique (named after Washington’s Spanish ambassador). In addition, McKinley had a Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot and a host of — wait for it — roosters.

Next: This president owned some unusual animals. 

6. Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson mockingbird

Left: Thomas Jefferson | Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Right: A mockingbird | KathyKafka/iStock/Getty Images

Many U.S. pets go by the name of Jefferson, according to the Chicago Tribune. In fact, the third president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson, inspired the sixth most popular pet name in the presidential arena. Jefferson had rather odd taste in animals. He had two bear cubs and a mockingbird called Dick.

Next: Bet you never saw this one coming.

5. Nixon

Richard Nixon and his wife walking their dogs

Nixon had three dogs. | Ollie Atkins/Wikimedia Commons

Believe it or not, the fifth most popular presidential-inspired pet name is Nixon. You might remember Checkers, Nixon’s cocker spaniel the first family got from Texas. Nixon also had a poodle named Vicky, a terrier named Pasha, and an Irish setter named King Timahoe.

Next: The White House turned into a zoo.

4. Hoover

Herbert hoover dog

He practically had a zoo. | Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons

Hoover is the fourth most popular president-inspired pet name in the country, according to the Chicago Tribune. Herbert Hoover was definitely an animal lover — in fact, he turned the White House into a zoo. His animals included:

  • A Belgian shepherd, King Tut
  • A German shepherd, Pay
  • Two fox terriers, Big Ben and Sonny
  • A Scotch collie, Glen
  • A Siberian husky, Yukon
  • A wolfhound, Patrick
  • A setter, Eaglehurst Gillette
  • An elkhound, Weejie
  • A pair of alligators who belonged to his son

Next: Another zoo-like administration

3. Kennedy

Kennedy family with their dogs

They had plenty of animals to keep them company at the White House. | U.S. National Archives and Records/Wikimedia Commons

You might have heard some pet owners calling “Kennedy” to their animals because President John F. Kennedy inspired the third most popular presidential pet name, according to the Chicago Tribune. This isn’t a shocker because Kennedy was a beloved leader. In addition, he, like Hoover, turned the White House into a zoo with these animals:

  • A Welsh terrier, Charlie
  • A French poodle, Gaullie
  • A mixed-breed dog from Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev, Pushinka
  • A cocker spaniel, Shannon
  • An Irish wolfhound, Wolf
  • A German shepherd, Clipper
  • Pushinka and Charlie’s puppies: Butterfly, White Tips, Blackie, and Streaker
  • A cat, Tom Kitten
  • A canary, Robin
  • Two parakeets, Bluebell and Marybelle
  • Caroline Kennedy’s pony, Macaroni
  • Two other ponies, Tex and Leprechaun
  • Two hamsters, Debbie and Billie, hamsters
  • Two horses, Sardar and Rufus

Next: This president loved dogs.

2. Reagan

Ronald Reagan holding dog Rex

He had an adorable Cavalier King Charles named Rex. | Reagan Library

Ronald Reagan is the inspiration behind the second most popular presidential dog name, according to the Chicago Tribune. A dog lover, Reagan had quite a pack at the White House:

  • A bouvier des Flandres, Lucky
  • A Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Rex
  • A golden retriever, Victory
  • An Irish setter, Peggy
  • A Siberian husky, Taca
  • A Belgian sheepdog, Fuzzy

Next: The most popular president-inspired pet name

1. Lincoln

Fido, Abraham Lincoln's dog

He is one of the most beloved presidents, so it makes sense. | F.W. Ingmire/Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln, the country’s 16th president, is still as popular today as he was in his day. He inspired the No. 1 presidential dog name in the country. Lincoln loved his animals, too. He kept the family’s beloved dog, Fido, at home in the care of another family in Springfield, Illinois. Fido was afraid of fireworks — and even the ringing of local church bells — so Lincoln felt he would be better be left where he grew up.

Lincoln did, however, pack up and take with him his dog, Jip; his son Tad’s turkey, Jack; two goats, Nanny and Nanko; ponies; rabbits; and two cats, Dixie and Tabby.

Read more: Celebrity Pets: Here Are the Most Hilarious Names Stars Chose for Their Animals

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