10 most popular nicknames for your car

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It’s more and more popular these days to give your car it’s own name. In 2016, the AA did a survey and they found that as a group, Brits are the most likely to name their car. The survey revealed that 39% of British people give their car a name with 50% of women admitting that they do this. However, only 33% of men were willing to admit that they too give their car names, but it is possible that some men just don’t want to admit to having that special bond with their car, (even though some of them have personal reg plates.

The survey also revealed that it’s young people who take pride in naming their car with a whopping 70% of 18-24 year olds saying they have given their car a name. This is compared with the 30% of drivers who are aged over 65 who have a name for their car or, who would name their new vehicle. 

Due to the survey asking the participants what name they christened their car with, there is now a list of the 10 most common nicknames for cars in the UK:

  • Names with ‘Blue’ - Bluebelle, Blue Boy
  • Fred, Freddie or Freda
  • Betsey
  • Babe/Baby
  • The Beast
  • Penelope/Penny
  • Names with ‘Little’ - Little Beauty, Little Mighty
  • Bertie/Bert
  • Bessie/Bess
  • Bertha


The survey revealed that the most common method of naming the car comes from the registration plate. However, if you don’t like the look of the registration plate, it can always be swapped out for a personalised number plate. The second most common reason for naming the car is the perceived personality of the vehicle. If they feel that the car gives off a certain personality trait then they are likely to name it after that. This is commonly where names like ‘Thunderbolt’ come from. 

If someone has named their car based on the personality, they may think about investing in personalised number plates. An example of this would be if someone decided to name their car Thor. You could get a number plate that could have the word Thor spelt out somewhere on the plate. Getting personalised reg plates is a great way to take the personalisation of you car one step further. 

Other names have been used due to celebrity influences, leading to cars named ‘KITT’ after Knight Rider and ‘The Batmobile’ from Batman. 8% of people also said that they had named their car after its colour and 16% of people said that the model of the car was considered in the naming process.

Only 1% of people said that they have named their cars after their significant other. But despite this, people do tend to give their cars ‘normal’ names and below are the top 10 male car nicknames and the top 10 female car nicknames.


Male Names:

  • Charlie
  • Jack
  • Harry
  • Noah
  • Oliver
  • Thomas
  • William
  • Joshua
  • Daniel
  • Billy


Female Names:

  • Ruby
  • Lily
  • Pippa
  • Jessica
  • Grace
  • Olivia
  • Kate 
  • Emily
  • Harper
  • Betty


We hope you find this interesting and gives you some inspiration when you are thinking about naming your next car. Already have a name for your car? We’d love to hear what it is.