Rover releases Most Popular Dog Names for 2017
Rover.com have just released their list of the most popular boy and girl dog names for the year of 2017, and while there are a few new names on the list, all the popular ones are still prominant near the top.
Rover.com is the largest website network of dog walkers and pet sitters in America and they have released their list of the most popular dog names in the country for the fifth year in a row.
You can tell a lot about a dog by its name. Generally, a person or family will name their dog based on its characteristics, or characteristics that they wished their dog possessed.
Often the size of the dog also has an impact when it comes to the name given to it. For example, I personally know a little dog named Tootoo, and I would pity any big dog with the same name.
Ironically, Tootoo did not make the list this year, but neither did probably the most iconic dog name on the planet, Fido.
It appears that people are turning to pop culture when it comes to coming up with names for their beloved pets, choosing names from their favorite television programs, picking the name of their favorite singer, or favorite actor/actress from their favorite movie.
Pop Culture Dog Names
Young children have a huge influence when it comes to naming pets, which would explain the surge in pop culture names that was evident on this years’ list with 53 percent of the top 100 dog names for either boy or girl dogs having a pop culture theme.
Pop culture names from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ gained in massive popularity this year, with Max the firm favorite when it came to a boy dog name, and Bella the number one choice for female dog name.
Names from the popular 90’s themes Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter were also found on the list.
Other popular boy and girl names to make the cut this year include; Nirvana and Mason for boys, and Daria and Brooklyn for girls.
The list reflects the fact that 40 percent of names were human, and that there is a definite upwards trendwhen it comes to the popularity of the names of powerful influential women.
Can you imagine naming your beloved pooch Oprah? Or maybe Madonna? How about Katniss or Ivanka?
These names surged up the list in popularity this year, no doubt to the popularity of the famous people that they belong too.
“This year, more than ever, we’re seeing pet ownership redefining the modern definition of family and home life,” stated Brandie Gonzales, pet lifestyle expert for Rover. “In that same vein, pet parents have become more thoughtful about the dog naming process, as is typical for a parental figure. They use it as an opportunity to express something about themselves and the way they feel about their dog.”
Oddly enough, in the UK, the same theme when it comes to naming pets does not appear to be in play as the list of top pet names for boys and girls trends more towards popular baby names.
In the UK this year, Alfie topped the list when it came to boy dog names, and Poppy topped the list when it came to girl dog names.
Max, the most popular dog name in America was the third most popular boy dog name in the UK, while Bella, the most popular girl dog name in America is the second most popular in the UK.
Below is the list of the top 10 boy and girl dog names in America for 2017. If you would like to check out the entire list of names that made this years’ list, hop over to Rover.com
Top 10 Boy Dog Names
Top 10 Girl Dog Names
Sadly, Lars, the name of my own dog did not make the list.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca