Top and trending dog names of 2017
What have pet parents named their pups in 2017? Rover.com, a national network of pet sitters and dog walkers, is here to tell us with its fifth annual report of the year’s most popular dog names.
At the top of the list are names inspired by human baby names, with pop culture being the next most popular source for names. Food and political names trended down, which is not much of a surprise.
Rover.com lifestyle expert Brandie Gonzales said that more and more humans consider their dogs a member of the family. Pet parents take more time considering what to name their dog. “They use it as an opportunity to express something about themselves and the way they feel about their dog.”
Rover.com says it has the largest database of dog names in the country. Their team of analysts dug into the data and discovered that Americans find naming inspiration in everything from internet slang and celebrities to vacation destinations.
- A survey by Rover.com found 53 percent of dog owners said they named a dog after a movie, book or TV character. For millennials it was 75 percent.
- The TV show Stranger Things is more popular than ever. The name Barb grew 182 percent and Eleven grew 166 percent.
- Star Wars names like Rey and Leia are up 70 percent this year.
- Game of Thrones-inspired names, like Khaleesi and Snow, are up 12 percent.
- Americans were inspired by strong female characters this year. Wonder Woman-themed names surged by 45 percent after the film took over the box office. The name Atwood spiked by 200 percent following the introduction of mini-series, The Handmaid’s Tale.
- Pet parents also drew inspiration from popular celebrities…and their bad blood. The name Taylor beat Katy by 65 percent.
- Additionally, “DoggoLingo,” an internet-created language fueled by love for dogs, is a new trend on the rise this year. The name Fluffer increased 500 percent, while names like Floof and Woofer rose 52 percent.
- A recent Harris survey revealed that 3 in 4 millennials would rather do something, particularly travel to a new location, than buy something. Millennials also make up 35 percent of dog owners in the U.S. Pet parents in this age group are drawing inspiration from their favorite travel destinations.
- The top city-inspired dog names were Sydney, Dallas, Rio, Phoenix, and Savannah.
- The most popular state dog names were Georgia, Montana, Indiana, Maine, and Alaska.
- Pet parents seem to love the ‘90s. Nostalgic names inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Spice Girls and Harry Potter made up 3 percent of all dog names this year. The name Nirvana increased 171 percent, Kurt rose 46 percent and Daria grew 104 percent.
However, this year’s top dog names were for the most part more traditional than trendy. Here they are.
Top 10 Male Dog Names
Top 10 Female Dog Names
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