The Top Dog Names of 2018


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“Come here, Oliver!” you hear someone call at the park—but are they calling for their baby or their fur-baby. According to a new report from Rover.com, it could easily be either. 

 

Human names topped the 2018 list of the year’s most popular dog names, which was released earlier this month by the online network of dog walkers and pet sitters. The sixth annual report found that 36 percent of all dog names are shared with people. These included modern monikers, like Tucker and Bella, as well as retro names that are making a comeback (up 17 percent), such as Minnie, Pearl or Fred.

 

Here are some of the other biggest trends revealed by the report.

 

1. Fit for a Queen

Your pup rules the house, so why not name them after a real royal? Monikers that match the British royal family are up 11 percent. The royal wedding especially seems to have made an impression on owners since Harry and Meghan are up 133 percent and 129 percent respectively. 

 

2. Bad to the Bone

While superheroes remained a popular source of name inspiration, the villains also got some love from dog owners, rising 18 percent in popularity. Top big bad names included Loki, Bane, Sid, Anakin and Lex. Even Pennywise—the name of the infamous clown from “It”—increased 500 percent.

 

3. Internet Inspiration

As the internet generation becomes pet parents, it’s no surprise that viral hits are influencing their name choices. Names from online games are up 16 percent, including monikers like Zoey, Ranger and Mako from Fortnite.

 

4. Nummy Names

This year, five percent of all dog names were inspired by tasty treats. One of the biggest trends was alcohol-related names (up 17 percent), including Whiskey, Porter and Guinness.

 

The top 10 male dog names were:

1. Max

2. Charlie

3. Cooper

4. Buddy

5. Jack

6. Rocky

7. Duke

8. Bear

9. Tucker

10. Oliver

 

The top 10 female dog names were:

1. Bella

2. Lucy

3. Luna

4. Daisy

5. Lola

6.  Sadie

7. Molly

8. Bailey

9. Maggie

10. Stella

 

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