Noah, Liam, Emma, Olivia. These are the most popular baby names of 2015, according to BabyCenter.com. But did you know that one-sixth of Americans give their cars a name? October 2 is National Name Your Car Day and Capital One released the findings of a new survey that finds "Betsy" and "Bob" (along with "Babe" and "Red") are the most popular car names in the U.S.
Who would have thought that "Betsy" would top the list? In Hebrew origin, one of its meanings is consecrated to God, while "Bob" is an abbreviation for "Robert," which means bright. These labels underscore the fact that vehicles are a prized possession.
So how do Americans go about labeling their automobiles? It's got everything to do with the vehicle's personality. Thirty-one percent of respondents said the car's personality was the biggest factor, followed by its color (25 percent) and make and model (19 percent), according to BuyPower Card Name Your Car Survey. (The nationwide survey was conducted in September 2016 and generated more than a thousand respondents.)
Most Americans name their car right after they've acquired it — similar to babies acquiring their names soon after being born. Eighty-nine percent said they thought about naming their car after they purchased or leased it, but only 9 percent thought about it beforehand.
One-fifth of respondents also said that discounts or rewards are an important consideration when faced with a buying or leasing decision. With the BuyPower card from Capital One, cardmembers receive Earnings for every purchase – 5 percent Earnings on their first $5,000 in purchases every year, then 2 percent unlimited Earnings on purchases after that. Earnings are redeemable toward the purchase or lease of a new GM vehicle and they never expire.
In the same survey, 80 percent of respondents said that naming their vehicle was either a fun thing to do or it was something they've always done. And 17 percent said naming a new car was a family tradition. Respondents cited that family and friends – especially young children – wanted to take part in selecting the name of the car.
Just make sure you behave on the road "Bob" and "Betsy."