The results are in! Rover.com, the largest U.S. network of pet sitters and dog walkers, poured through their massive doggy database and released the most popular and trending dog names leading into 2017.
|1. Bella||1. Max|
|2. Lucy||2. Charlie|
|3. Daisy||3. Buddy|
|4. Lola||4. Cooper|
|5. Luna||5. Jack|
|6. Molly||6. Rocky|
|7. Sadie||7. Bear|
|8. Sophie||8. Duke|
|9. Bailey||9. Toby|
|10. Maggie||10. Tucker|
Rover.com confirms "53% of dog overs, including 75% of Millennials, have named their dog after a movie or TV character, book character, or celebrity". Some pop culture inspired names include Haunter, Skitty, Bayleaf (Pokemon Go); Luna, Harry, Dobby (Harry Potter); Arya, Snow, Khaleesi (Game of Thrones).
28% of all 2016 dog names were human. Female names like Bella, Lucy and Luna tops were leading names for babies and puppies alike. Max, Charlie and Jack were the most popular ‘human’ names given to male pups.
Leading ladies like Coco Chanel, Betty White and Eleanor Roosevelt grew in dog naming popularity in 2016. The percentage of female pups named Beyoncé remained consistent while favor fell for name Madonna.
A sign people are getting outside and exploring nature more, animal-inspired names like Bear, Moose and Tiger jumped 8%.
Dog names trended differently across U.S. cities. Natured-inspired Timber, Maple and Gorge trended in Portland, Oregon while food-themed names Waffle, Bagel and Meatball (our personal favorite. so awesome.) saw popularity in New York City.
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