One of the most important decisions for dog owners is naming their pet. People often look to their favorite books and movies for inspiration. Some stay closer to home and choose a family name. For many, it is simply about finding a comfortable match.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, dog names are rarely unique, and it is not difficult to find several dogs with the same name. This is primarily due to a growing number of owners – 28% – giving their dogs human names. Seven of the 20 most popular names for dogs are also among the top 100 most popular names for babies born in 2016. Some classics include the popular Sadie for a girl and Oliver for a boy.
Newer names that are gaining popularity include Luna, which increased in popularity 22% between 2016 and 2017. This could be due to the popular Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood. Most dog owners currently turn to pop culture when choosing a name. Based on some of the names that appear on this list, fashionable sources of inspiration include Game of Thrones and Pokemon.
To identify the most popular names in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed rankings of dog names provided by pet data network Rover.com, which tracked dog names in September and October 2016. Results are based on analysis of user-submitted data to Rover.com from hundreds of thousands of pet parents, pet sitters, and dog walkers. Data on the popularity of these names as human baby names comes from the U.S. Social Security Administration.