Every year, Rover (a network of pet sitters and dog walkers) evaluates its database of user-submitted pet names to find the latest trends of what we’re calling our cats and dogs. It should come as no surprise that the report for 2020 is unlike any other.
Of course, pandemic-inspired names made an appearance with the name Covi up 1,159 percent for cats and dogs, followed by Rona (up 69 percent) and Corona (up 24 percent). Even the famous immunologist Dr. Fauci received an honorable mention with a cat bearing his name.
With so many of us stuck indoors with our pups, names referencing binge-worthy TV shows were also trending up this year. This includes Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, Rachel and Monica from “Friends”, though Joey was on a downward trajectory. The name Geralt from “The Witcher” went up 9,308 percent, Mando from “The Mandalorian” rose 2,658 percent and Carole (as in Baskin) from “Tiger King” increased 46 percent.
Another popular quarantine activity—baking—also seemed to have influenced dog owners with Roti, Tart and Arepa rising 58 percent each, followed by Pumpernickel (36 percent) and Crackers (23 percent). The name Sourdough was also spotted for the first time in 2020.
Despite being top-of-mind all year, though, the coronavirus didn’t seem to impact any of the most popular names for cats or dogs. Here are the top names for each category, according to Rover:
Top Female Dog Names:
Top Male Dog Names:
Top Female Cat Names:
Top Male Cat Names: