Do you believe that one name could be inherently “luckier” than another? This may sound like some superstitious hoopla, but as it turns out there is some science behind the luckiness of a name.
In many cultures, the luck associated with a name is taken very seriously; names for both individuals and businesses are chosen strategically to include positive terms or words or are subjected to a numerological analysis before a name is chosen. However, we often have little scientific data backing up whether or not these precautions actually impact the outcome of an individual or business; until now.
Over the years, the team at PDSA Pet Insurance has collected copious amounts of data on the claims pet owners have submitted on behalf of their pets. These claims include information on the type of injury, treatments, as well as the pet’s name.
According to Richard Hooker, the Director of Veterinary Services at PSDA, when analyzed, this data suggests that some pet names are definitively luckier than others when it comes to health and accident proneness.
In a recent study looking at the data from PDSA Pet Insurance policies between 2012 and 2015, Hooker decided to look deeper into the claims made by the top 100 pet names. Within this data included claims from traumatic injuries, surgical removal of objects, and the onset of serious diseases. These claims came to a total of over 500,000 for both cats and dogs.
After analyzing the total number of claims against the total number of policies for each pet name, Hooker determined that there was a significant difference depending upon the pet’s name.
For example, the unluckiest pet name saw two claims over the four-year period, whereas the luckiest pet name saw only 0.3 claims in the same time period. This means that dogs with the unluckiest name were nearly 7 times more likely to seek medical treatment for an injury or illness than dogs with the luckiest name.
By now I bet you’re dying to know what names are considered lucky or unlikely. Based on this study, these are the top 10 unluckiest and luckiest dog names:
Top 10 unluckiest pet names (starting with the least lucky):
Top 10 luckiest pet names (from the most lucky):
Now, why exactly the name Bruno is unluckier than the name Luna is unclear, but it could have something to do with the owners. It could be that owners who give their dogs these types of names could have something in common, such as a laissez-faire ownership style or living in a certain environment, however, this is all just speculative.
When it comes to choosing your dog’s name, we’re sure that any name you choose will be just fine, but if you lean towards the superstitious side it might make you feel better to choose a name “scientifically” proven to be lucky.
H/t to Psychology Today