Doggy names from Alfie to Simba are among the tops doggy and kitty names for 2017. Pictures: Pexels
The UK’s most popular names for cats and dogs of the past year have been revealed.

‘Tis a contentious issue: while some people strongly believe that animals should not have human names, others feel the opposite.

But given the findings by Argos Pet Insurance, human names are reigning supreme - there’s not a Fido in sight.

The top name for male dogs in 2017 was Alfie, and Poppy for female - both names that have proven popular for babies in recent years too.

And when it comes to our feline friends, the top names last year were Charlie and Poppy once again, for males and females respectively.

In fact, many of the names in the list are popular children’s names of the moment, and there are few gender-neutral names in the top ten. 

Doggy names from Alfie to Simba were some of the popular names this year. Pictures: Pexels
The UK’s most popular dog names in 2017: 

For male dogs:
Alfie
Charlie
Max
Oscar
Buddy
Archie
Bailey
Teddy
Milo
Toby 

For female dogs:
Poppy
Bella
Molly
Daisy
Lola
Ruby
Millie
Rosie
Tilly
Roxy


The UK’s most popular cat names in 2017:

For male cats:
Charlie
Oscar
Alfie
Max
Milo
Jasper
George
Leo
Simba
Harry 

For female cats:
Poppy
Bella
Molly
Tilly
Daisy
Millie
Lola
Lily
Rosie
Willow 

Interestingly, many of the names appear popular for both cats and dogs.
So if you want to make sure you won't get your pooch mixed up in the park, perhaps going back to Fido might be a good move.