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OK, boomer? Gen-X-ers, elder millennials most likely to name their cars, says DVLA
Most bizarre names chosen by UK drivers included ZZ Top and The Beast
Britain’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has said one in six UK motorists name their car, with those aged 35 to 53 most likely to do so. The results have been disappointing, to say the least.
It cited some of the more "unusual" names – which seem very, very tame to those on this news desk – as "Disco Dave", "Lady Patricia", "the Beast", and "ZZ Top."
Disco Dave is apparently the moniker of several DJs ranging far and wide over this green and pleasant land – all the way from the mullet-wiglet-sporting DD of Warwick Uni (who seemingly gave up his deejaying gig to one "Party Paul" in 2017) to more than one kids party entertainer in Essex.
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As for Lady Patricia, aka the "2nd Countess Mountbatten of [then] Burma", she has already given her name to a fleet of Swindon buses and seems to have at least one fan amongst Brit car drivers of a certain age.
The agency's latest motoring survey went on to detail the most "popular" names given by the survey's 2,095 respondents to their precious vehicles. These included Max, Ruby, and Doris (yet more proof the 1920s are back again at the drivers' agency?) – with lockdown kids' TV inspired Max and Ruby also among the top 50 most popular baby names this year.
This correspondent used to drive a Datsun Bluebird with a hole in its floor that was already in its twenties when she got her licence. You needed to park it on a downwards slope, so you could coax it into life by opening the driver door, pushing it down the hill with your foot and then slamming it into second gear as soon as it crested 15kph (9mph). My siblings and I called her "Trusty."
Have you named your car – ironically or otherwise? Prove you can be more creative than this lot by chiming in below. ®