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What's in a Name? William Most Likely to Drive a Ferrari While Kate Prefers a Maserati

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CHESTER, England--April 3, 2013:

  • Harry prefers the style of a Bentley, while Kim's car for dashing around in is a Lexus
  • James most likely to drive a Alfa Romeo but Daniel prefers the reliability of a Volkswagen

Analysis by reveals that the type of car you drive is not just a matter of personal choice, but can also be influenced by your name. The UK's number one comparison site analysed 17 million car insurance searches through its site and has come up with cars people are most likely to drive based on their name.

While Stephen Fry famously drives around in a black taxi, and Jessica Ennis was handed the keys to a brand new Jaguar following her success in the Olympics, anyone called Stephen will most likely drive a Land Rover, while Jessica is most likely drive a Ferrari.

Prince William and Kate Middleton thrilled crowds around Buckingham Palace on their wedding day when they went for a spin in a blue Aston Martin belonging to Prince Charles. However, drivers called William are most likely to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari sports car while Kate prefers the elegance of a Maserati. Elizabeth's on the other hand are most likely to drive a Suzuki while drivers called Charles are most likely to drive a Mazda.

Celebrities including singing sensation Justin Bieber and One Direction's Harry Styles have a penchant for fast cars. Surprisingly the analysis shows men with the name Justin are most likely to drive Porsches. In reality, this isn't worlds apart from Justin Bieber's real choice of motor, which is a Fisker Karmer - a luxury hybrid car. Harry Styles on the other hand has recently been seen driving a white Ford Capri he bought on eBay. This is a far cry from the reality which shows Harry's are most likely to drive Bentleys.

Who loves each car brand?

The research also found that Damien's and Vincent's are the names most likely to drive a Porsche, whereas Jade's and Gary's have the highest affinity with Ford brands. Moving off-road, Bruce and Donald are more likely to own Jeeps, while Nigel and Roger will have an affinity towards Land Rovers. Those who topped the chart of souped-up Subaru drivers are called Shane, Dale and Carly, while those most likely to drive Skoda's have more sensible names such as Norman, Roland and Valerie. The research found the names highly associated with Jaguars are Bernard, Malcolm, Audrey and Janet, while someone called Jeremy is most likely to drive an Aston Martin - taking after Mr Clarkson himself!

Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at MoneySupermarket , said: "So what's really in a name? When it comes to driving a car, your name does actually influence the type of car you are most likely to drive according to our analysis. While celebrities and sports personalities are being photographed getting out of the latest luxury vehicles, our analysis shows that some of their namesakes may also have a preference for nice cars, despite the having a very different lifestyle.

"While for most of us, driving the latest luxury brand is beyond our means, the type of car your drive does have an impact on the cost of motoring and the car insurance premium you will pay. The more expensive and powerful the car, the higher the premium. Whether you drive a Bentley or a Beetle, shopping around for car insurance rather than accept your renewal quote will make sure you are not paying more than you need to."

[1] This analysis uses MoneySupermarket data* from March 2012 to February 2013 to reveal unusual traits in car ownership in the UK, and identifies trends for certain names to have a higher brand ownership than average.

The methodology searches for the highest rate of ownership for each car brand for all UK names**.

For example, Jacob's are listed as having the highest likelihood of all names to own a Volkswagen: -

  • According to MoneySupermarket quotes, 14.5% of Jacob's own an Volkswagen in the UK, compared to 8.6% of the UK population owning an Volkswagen.
  • Jacob's are therefore 69% more likely to own an Volkswagen than the average person, and are chosen for having the highest rate of Volkswagen ownership for any UK name.

In absolute terms, Vauxhall's (14.4%) and Ford's (14.3%) are the most commonly quoted car brands on MoneySupermarket.

Similarly, in absolute terms, David was the most popular male name quoted on MoneySupermarket at 3% of all male names; and Sarah was the most popular female name at 2.5% of all female names.

* Analysis of given names over 17.1m MoneySupermarket quotes

** Given name appeared at least 1,000 times on MoneySupermarket quotes

          Car Brands for the Most Popular Names
           Top 200 names and associated brands
    Abbie      SMART         Aaron       PEUGEOT
    Abigail    FIAT          Abdul       TOYOTA
    Adele      LEXUS         Adam        CITROEN
    Aimee      LAMBORGHINI   Adrian      MAZDA
    Alexandra  MASERATI      Ahmed       NISSAN
    Alice      VOLKSWAGEN    Aidan       PEUGEOT
    Alison     MAZDA         Alan        JEEP
    Allison    CITROEN       Albert      NISSAN
    Amanda     LANDROVER     Alex        ASTON MARTIN
    Amber      SMART         Alexander   VOLKSWAGEN
    Amelia     FIAT          Ali         NISSAN
    Amy        PEUGEOT       Allan       MITSUBISHI
    Andrea     PORSCHE       Andrew      LANDROVER
    Angela     JEEP          Andy        PORSCHE
    Anita      MERCEDES-BENZ Anthony     CITROEN
    Ann        TOYOTA        Antonio     ALFA ROMEO
    Anna       ROLLS ROYCE   Antony      SUBARU
    Anne       TOYOTA        Arron       SUZUKI
    Ashleigh   LAMBORGHINI   Arthur      HONDA
    Ashley     PEUGEOT       Ashley      PEUGEOT
    Audrey     JAGUAR        Barry       MERCEDES-BENZ
    Barbara    MASERATI      Ben         MINI
    Bethany    RENAULT       Benjamin    RELIANT
    Beverley   ASTON MARTIN  Bernard     JAGUAR
    Carla      ROLLS ROYCE   Billy       SMART
    Carly      SUBARU        Bob         LAMBORGHINI
    Carol      MASERATI      Bradley     RELIANT
    Carole     JAGUAR        Brendan     VOLVO
    Caroline   MITSUBISHI    Brett       SUZUKI
    Carolyn    MAZDA         Brian       JAGUAR
    Catherine  VAUXHALL      Bruce       JEEP
    Chantelle  PEUGEOT       Callum      MINI
    Charlotte  MINI          Cameron     ROLLS ROYCE
    Chelsea    BENTLEY       Carl        RENAULT
    Cheryl     BENTLEY       Charles     MAZDA
    Chloe      BENTLEY       Charlie     SMART
    Christina  PORSCHE       Chris       BENTLEY
    Christine  BENTLEY       Christian   MINI
    Claire     BMW           Christopher FORD
    Clare      LANDROVER     Clive       ROLLS ROYCE
    Danielle   FIAT          Colin       VOLVO
    Dawn       RELIANT       Connor      VAUXHALL
    Debbie     LANDROVER     Craig       SUBARU
    Deborah    PORSCHE       Curtis      LAMBORGHINI
    Debra      MERCEDES-BENZ Dale        SUBARU
    Denise     LEXUS         Damian      SKODA
    Diane      RELIANT       Damien      PORSCHE
    Donna      LANDROVER     Dan         LAMBORGHINI
    Dorothy    NISSAN        Daniel      VOLKSWAGEN
    Eileen     NISSAN        Danny       SMART
    Elaine     HONDA         Darren      SUBARU
    Eleanor    SKODA         Dave        AUDI
    Elizabeth  SUZUKI        David       VOLVO
    Ellie      CITROEN       Dean        CITROEN
    Emily      PEUGEOT       Dennis      BENTLEY
    Emma       FORD          Derek       JAGUAR
    Faye       MASERATI      Dominic     ROLLS ROYCE
    Fiona      HONDA         Donald      JEEP
    Frances    ALFA ROMEO    Douglas     BENTLEY
    Francesca  FIAT          Edward      MAZDA
    Gail       PEUGEOT       Elliott     MINI
    Gemma      RENAULT       Eric        HONDA
    Georgia    MINI          Francis     NISSAN
    Georgina   VOLKSWAGEN    Frank       FERRARI
    Geraldine  BMW           Gareth      SUBARU
    Gillian    RELIANT       Garry       MASERATI
    Grace      SMART         Gary        FORD
    Hannah     VOLKSWAGEN    Gavin       BMW
    Harriet    VOLKSWAGEN    Geoffrey    BENTLEY
    Hayley     SUBARU        George      MERCEDES-BENZ
    Hazel      TOYOTA        Gerald      TOYOTA
    Heather    SUZUKI        Gordon      HONDA
    Helen      VOLVO         Graeme      AUDI
    Hilary     VOLVO         Graham      MAZDA
    Holly      FERRARI       Grant       MITSUBISHI
    Irene      PORSCHE       Greg        MAZDA
    Jackie     PORSCHE       Guy         ASTON MARTIN
    Jacqueline JEEP          Harry       BENTLEY
    Jade       FORD          Henry       ROLLS ROYCE
    Jane       JEEP          Howard      LEXUS
    Janet      JAGUAR        Iain        PORSCHE
    Janice     NISSAN        Ian         JEEP
    Jayne      LAMBORGHINI   Ibrahim     MERCEDES-BENZ
    Jean       RELIANT       Imran       HONDA
    Jemma      LAMBORGHINI   Ivan        MAZDA
    Jenna      MINI          Jack        MINI
    Jennifer   VAUXHALL      Jacob       VOLKSWAGEN
    Jenny      AUDI          Jake        SMART
    Jess       MINI          James       ALFA ROMEO
    Jessica    FERRARI       Jamie       PEUGEOT
    Jill       LANDROVER     Jason       SMART
    Joan       SUZUKI        Jay         NISSAN
    Joanna     MAZDA         Jeremy      ASTON MARTIN
    Joanne     AUDI          Jim         MASERATI
    Jodie      SUBARU        Joe         ROLLS ROYCE
    Joy        MAZDA         John        JEEP
    Joyce      VOLVO         Jon         LAMBORGHINI
    Judith     SUZUKI        Jonathan    BMW
    Julia      ASTON MARTIN  Jonathon    CITROEN
    Julie      ROLLS ROYCE   Jordan      FIAT
    Karen      VOLVO         Joseph      VOLKSWAGEN
    Katarzyna  TOYOTA        Josh        LAMBORGHINI
    Kate       MASERATI      Joshua      FIAT
    Katherine  SKODA         Julian      FERRARI
    Kathleen   PORSCHE       Justin      PORSCHE
    Kathryn    CITROEN       Kamil       AUDI
    Katie      FORD          Karl        RELIANT
    Katrina    SMART         Keith       TOYOTA
    Katy       BENTLEY       Ken         RENAULT
    Kay        FERRARI       Kenneth     MERCEDES-BENZ
    Kayleigh   FIAT          Kevin       MITSUBISHI
    Kelly      BMW           Kieran      RENAULT
    Kerry      RENAULT       Kieron      PEUGEOT
    Kim        LEXUS         Kristian    MINI
    Kimberley  PEUGEOT       Kyle        RENAULT
    Kirstie    SUBARU        Laurence    MASERATI
    Kirsty     FIAT          Lee         BMW
    Laura      FORD          Leon        SMART
    Lauren     RENAULT       Leonard     RELIANT
    Leah       RENAULT       Lewis       SUZUKI
    Leanne     RENAULT       Liam        PEUGEOT
    Lesley     HONDA         Louis       LAMBORGHINI
    Linda      ASTON MARTIN  Luke        RENAULT
    Lindsay    SUBARU        Malcolm     JAGUAR
    Lindsey    SUZUKI        Marc        LEXUS
    Lisa       MITSUBISHI    Marcus      VOLVO
    Lorna      SUZUKI        Mark        ALFA ROMEO
    Lorraine   MAZDA         Martin      SKODA
    Louisa     JEEP          Martyn      MASERATI
    Louise     MITSUBISHI    Mathew      VAUXHALL
    Lucy       VOLKSWAGEN    Matt        ASTON MARTIN
    Lynn       LEXUS         Matthew     VOLKSWAGEN
    Lynne      HONDA         Max         FERRARI
    Mandy      JEEP          Michael     VAUXHALL
    Margaret   TOYOTA        Michal      SKODA
    Maria      RELIANT       Mike        ROLLS ROYCE
    Marie      ASTON MARTIN  Mohamed     NISSAN
    Mary       TOYOTA        Mohammad    TOYOTA
    Maureen    SKODA         Mohammed    TOYOTA
    Megan      FORD          Muhammad    TOYOTA
    Melanie    ALFA ROMEO    Nathan      FIAT
    Melissa    LAMBORGHINI   Neil        AUDI
    Michele    AUDI          Nicholas    PORSCHE
    Michelle   MITSUBISHI    Nick        FERRARI
    Molly      LAMBORGHINI   Nigel       LANDROVER
    Nadia      MERCEDES-BENZ Norman      SKODA
    Naomi      AUDI          Oliver      VOLKSWAGEN
    Natalie    BMW           Patrick     MERCEDES-BENZ
    Natasha    MASERATI      Paul        LANDROVER
    Nicola     FERRARI       Peter       SKODA
    Nicole     ROLLS ROYCE   Phil        RENAULT
    Nikki      FERRARI       Philip      LEXUS
    Nina       BMW           Phillip     JEEP
    Olivia     BENTLEY       Rafal       HONDA
    Pamela     NISSAN        Raymond     RELIANT
    Patricia   ROLLS ROYCE   Reece       VAUXHALL
    Paula      VOLVO         Rhys        FIAT
    Pauline    JAGUAR        Richard     VOLVO
    Rachael    CITROEN       Ricky       BMW
    Rachel     ALFA ROMEO    Rob         MASERATI
    Rebecca    VOLKSWAGEN    Robbie      CITROEN
    Rita       HONDA         Robert      VOLVO
    Rosie      RELIANT       Robin       LEXUS
    Ruth       SKODA         Roger       LANDROVER
    Sally      MAZDA         Ronald      SKODA
    Samantha   PEUGEOT       Rory        ALFA ROMEO
    Sandra     JAGUAR        Ross        FORD
    Sara       AUDI          Roy         JAGUAR
    Sarah      SKODA         Russell     MASERATI
    Shannon    VAUXHALL      Ryan        FIAT
    Sharon     MERCEDES-BENZ Sam         SUZUKI
    Sheila     ASTON MARTIN  Samuel      SUZUKI
    Shirley    NISSAN        Scott       MITSUBISHI
    Sian       MITSUBISHI    Sean        AUDI
    Siobhan    SMART         Sebastian   HONDA
    Sonia      AUDI          Shane       SUBARU
    Sophie     MINI          Shaun       MITSUBISHI
    Stacey     VAUXHALL      Simon       LANDROVER
    Stephanie  CITROEN       Stephen     LANDROVER
    Sue        LANDROVER     Steve       BMW
    Susan      JAGUAR        Steven      FORD
    Susannah   ALFA ROMEO    Stewart     ASTON MARTIN
    Suzanne    VOLVO         Stuart      ALFA ROMEO
    Sylvia     HONDA         Syed        BMW
    Tania      ASTON MARTIN  Terence     LEXUS
    Tanya      LEXUS         Terry       FORD
    Tara       MINI          Thomas      SUZUKI
    Teresa     NISSAN        Tim         ASTON MARTIN
    Tina       JEEP          Timothy     BENTLEY
    Tracey     MITSUBISHI    Toby        FIAT
    Tracy      SUBARU        Tom         ALFA ROMEO
    Valerie    SKODA         Tomas       AUDI
    Vanessa    SMART         Tony        RELIANT
    Veronica   ALFA ROMEO    Trevor      JAGUAR
    Vicky      FERRARI       Victor      MERCEDES-BENZ
    Victoria   ALFA ROMEO    Vincent     PORSCHE
    Wendy      MERCEDES-BENZ Wayne       MITSUBISHI
    Yasmin     LEXUS         Wesley      LEXUS
    Yvonne     MERCEDES-BENZ Will        FERRARI
    Zoe        ROLLS ROYCE   William     FERRARI