Decades ago, Americans named their dogs Fido or Buster or Rin-Tin-Tin. These days, this nation’s top dog names are pretty hard to distinguish from the top baby names.
That’s the big takeaway from a new survey conducted by Rover.com, which bills itself as the “nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers.” It says it polled hundreds of thousands of pet sitters, pet owners and dog walkers online in the fall to come up with the most popular names for U.S. pooches, and more than one in four names were humanlike. Rover says many were also food-inspired, with junk food names like Twix on the rise nationally, and more crunchy names like Kale and Quinoa finding niches in health-conscious Portland and Los Angeles. Dog names are also drawing heavily from pop culture. Up-and-comers include Khaleesi (from “Game of Thrones”), Eleven (from “Stranger Things”) and Hamilton (you know where that’s from).
Even if you don’t have a dog, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog name. Rover this year debuted a “dog name generator” that uses your name, birth year and gender to come up with your name’s canine equivalent. If you see my byline change to Freckles, that’s why.
Think you can tell a top 10 dog name from a top 10 baby name? Take this quiz, which relies on the new Rover survey and 2015 data on U.S. births from the Social Security Administration.
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