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. Cooper|
|4. Luna||4. Buddy|
|5. Lola||5. Jack|
|6. Sadie||6. Rocky|
|7. Molly||7. Oliver|
|8. Maggie||8. Bear|
|9. Bailey||9. Duke|
|10. Sophie||10. Tucker|
53% of new dog owners - 75% of which are millennials - named their dog after a movie character, TV character, book character or celebrity. TV show Stranger Things saw the greatest surge in influence with names Barb and Eleven growing by 182% and 166%, respectively. Star Wars also remains a huge influence; names Rey and Leia were up 70% in 2017. Lastly, Game of Thrones names grew 12% with Khaleesi, Snow, and Arya taking the lead.
Human names are becoming increasingly popular. 44% of all 2017 dog names were human, compared to just 28% in 2016. Powerful women are also having a huge influence on naming.
Real and fictional leading ladies like Oprah, Madonna and Katniss (from the movie Hunger Games) grew in dog naming popularity in 2017.
Dog lovers are increasingly inspired by their favorite global destinations. Favorite city dog names include Sydney, Dallas, Rio, Phoenix and Savannah. US states also influenced dog owners with Georgia, Montana and Indiana taking the top 3 spots.
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.
Check out the most popular puppy names in your hometown by clicking on the city name below:
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