You Name It! 2018’s Most Popular Dog Names
When I’m expecting a pup, I obsess over naming it for weeks! I’d try the name out, calling an imaginary dog and savoring the sound. If it doesn’t sound right, I’d go online again and scour for possible dog names, mulling over their meanings. I’d think about favorite childhood memories For instance, I loved it when my Dad read Peter Pan to me when I was a kid and that’s why I named my first Beagle Wendy.
There are thousands of names to choose from and the nitty-gritty of it all is finding the right one that’s going to be just right for your pup! Rover.com recently released its annual report of the biggest dog naming trends in 2018 and it comes as no surprise that human names top the list. After all, most of us would name our dogs after a celebrity, our favorite football star, the most popular royals or cute nicknames that we’d most probably use ourselves, i.e. Sugar, Dee Dee, Buddy, or Bae.
Not sure what to call your furkid? Let’s take a look at the Most Popular female and male dog names of 2018.
Top 10 Most Popular Male Dog Names
Top 10 Most Popular Female Dog Names
Not only are these names well-liked by pet owners for their furkids, but 45% of these names are included in the list of Top 100 Baby Names in 2018 as well.
Classic or Hipster? You Be the Judge
Just like old songs that tug at our hearts, classic names have withstood the test of time. Year after year, it’s no surprise if you come across names such as Ginger, Spot, Fido, Brownie, Lucy, Lassie, and Lucky. Last year’s top retro names included Minnie, Pearl, Willie, Harry, and Fred. This year, be on the lookout for classic names like Irene, Edna, Myrtle, Florence, and Dorothy.
Millennials, on the other hand, get a kick out of naming their dogs non-conformist names. No one does it better than this generation with top names such as Soy, Inari, Oak, and Brew. And oh, some fur parents actually name their dogs Bae, a new term for Babe or Sweetie. It’s cute, but you might want to think twice about naming your furkid after a Danish word that means poop.
Pop Culture Madness
Americans must have been quite enamored with the royal family happenings in 2018. With the marriage of American actress Meghan Markle to Henry Charles Albert David (whew!), Duke of Sussex who’s popularly known as Prince Harry, who wouldn’t swoon at such an endearing modern Cinderella story? The names Harry and Meghan were up last year, at 133% and 129% respectively. Additionally, top royal names included Sophie, George, Prince, Charlotte, and Harry.
In 2018, we saw the rise of an unlikely superhero movie based on Marvel’s Black Panther. With that being said, Black Panther-related names are up by 25%. I can almost hear the chorus of “Wakanda Forever!” echoing across dog parks everywhere.
Sci-Fi won’t take a backseat when it comes to naming your adorable furkids though. The name Drax, inspired by the Guardians of the Galaxy, is up by 186%. Other influential movies that made it to the list are Rogue One, Wonder Woman, Thor, and Avengers.
Let’s not forget The Boy Who Lived a.k.a Harry Potter. It has been 20 years since the first movie was released, but we’re still seeing a lot of Harry Potter names for dogs. Who would have thought that a dog named after that unpleasant Draco would melt your hearts with his soulful stare? Personally, I’d rather go for an Albus Dumbledog moniker.
Pop Culture and viral trends wouldn’t be complete without names stemming from popular video games such as Fortnite Battle Royale, with almost 80 million players all over the world. The video game, branded as highly addictive and even have reports of ruining a high number of marriages, has inspired pet parents to give their dogs names such Zoey bagging the top spot. With that comes dogs named after viral dance moves such as Whip and Dab. Surely, you’d be naming your dog Kiki or KB after Drake’s hit song “In My Feelings”.
A lot of dog owners didn’t forget to name their furkids after their music idols, of course. Cardi and Freddie Mercury are up at 250% and 67% respectively. And speaking of celebrities, fur parents are not hesitating to name the new member of the fur family after Stormi, one of the Kardashian-Jenner kids. Fun Fact: The Kardashians are trademarking all of their children’s names, including Stormi.
Food and Drinks, Anyone?
Another popular category for dog names is one that’s based on drinks. It’s just too much fun naming your furkids after favorite beverages. Lucky you if you have an entire litter of pups to name! Spirit-inspired names that are also classic favorites include Whiskey, Porter, Guinness, Grander and Amber. These names are all up to 17% in 2018. Unfortunately, Rosé was snubbed last year, falling back to about 44 %.
With drinks come food-related names as well. Pet parents are naming their adorable dogs after favorite brunch foods such as Biscuit, Cinnamon, Muffin, Waffles, and Beans. Watch out for classic food names that continually make it to the list every year. These names are Couscous, Crisco, Cheetos, Pasta and Ramen. Feeling hungry yet?
Some More Fun Dog Naming Facts
Were you able to choose the perfect name for the new member of your fur family? Don’t worry if you haven’t decided yet! About 38% of Dog owners actually changed their mind after adopting their furkids. They probably noticed the pup’s personality and decided to go with a good one that was a better fit. That’s just one of the many facts Rover extracted from the results of their nationwide pet parents survey. Let’s take a final look at some of these facts:
- Millennials are apparently destined to meet dogs who have the same name as they have.
- Three out of four pet owners would rather wait after meeting their furkids so they can choose a name that matches their dog’s personality.
- Getting a toy-sized dog? You’re most likely to name him or her after someone you know.
- Don’t worry about multiple nicknames for your dogs. You’re not alone! About 81% of pet parents give their dogs nicknames, with most owners calling them two or three different names.
- Lastly, if you’re a huge fan of horror movies, you’d be amazed to know that the name Pennywise actually went up to a whopping 500% in 2018!
Did your dog’s name make it to the list? What’s the story behind your pets’ names? How many nicknames do you have for them? We’d love to hear how you came up with your pet’s name, so please share your thoughts in the comments section below.