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."
Notes to Editors 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**.