Are These Really The Top 10 Car Names In Britain?

Are These Really The Top 10 Car Names In Britain?

We’ve always thought that naming cars is a perfectly normal thing to do.

You might call a Fiat Panda ‘Luigi’ because it’s Italian. Or a Ford Fiesta ‘Harrison’ because…

It’s a fun form of personalisation, because it means we can comically refer to our cars with personal pronouns designed for humans and animals. And according to research by Fiat, more than 50 per cent of people aged between 25 and 34 admit to naming their cars. We wonder how many more are too embarrassed to ’fess up to it…

Unusual car names Fiat discovered included Thor the Thunderbolt, The Anti-Christ, Turtle, The Mummytruck, Stig, Sexy Rexy, Keith, Mudslick, Hedwig, Kim John Brum, Popeye, Marv and Mick Hucknall.

Toni Gaventa, brand communications manager for Fiat UK, said: ‘Our cars take us on wondrous journeys and enable us to have unbelievable experiences – it’s little wonder we have such a close bond to them and name them. Cars are more than just transportation – they are extensions of ourselves and represent our personality, and there are no cars on the market that have more personality than a Fiat.’ Hmmm, if you say so…

Gaventa also said that celebrities were the biggest source of inspiration for car names, while one in five cars was given a gender-neutral name. Who knew it was politically incorrect to assume a car’s gender?

If you want to know what the most popular car names are, here’s the list – although all attempts by us to find out exactly how many people took part in the survey drew a blank, so we’re keeping an open mind on the whole thing. Anyway, here we go, counting down in time-honoured fashion from number 10:

FLORENCE

HARRY

OPTIMUS

BUMBLE

MATILDA

HERBIE

FRED

ALFIE

PERCY

and the most popular name is (apparently)…

drum roll gif

BETTY

Which, to be honest, only puts us in mind of
Frank Spencer and Betty

Pssst!
Want to keep up on our latest news?

Subscribe to our email updates now - we promise they're worth it.