Website Rover.com has compiled its annual list of the most popular names of our furry friends by accessing data on millions of cats and dogs in the United States and there is one main conclusion: what people are watching can have a major impact on the names they choose for their pets.
Bella, Luna, Lucy and Daisy retained there top spots among names for female dogs again this year, while Max, Charlie, Cooper and Buddy did the same on the list of names for male dogs. In this year's seventh annual survey, the full top 10 list for female dogs in 2019 begins with Bella, followed by Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Lily, Zoe, Lola, Molly, Sadie and Baily. For male dogs, the 2019 top 10 are Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Rocky, Milo, Jack, Bear, Duke and Teddy.
To mark this year's launch of services for cats, Rover included trending cat names in its annual report for the first time. The top names for female cats in 2019 are Luna, Bella, Lilly, Lucy, Kitty, Callie, Nala, Zoe, Chloe and Sophie.
In addition to long-standing favorites, pop culture was another big inspiration when it came to cat and dog names in 2019.
The report found that 'Game Of Thrones' inspired names went up by 28%, such as Arya Stark which went up by 150% following the season finale. Superhero names further saw popularity, with 'Black Panther''s Okoye seeing the biggest growth, up by 250% following the release of the movie.
Names inspired by star-studded musicians like newcomer Lizzo (up 100 percent from 2018) and Beyonce (up 78 percent) made huge gains, while Taylor Swift's reputation is on track with a 400 percent increase. Binge-worthy TV shows were also one of the top sources of inspiration for pet parents. The name Maisel of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel rose 1000 percent and Westeros-savior Arya Stark increased by 150 percent.
"The names we give our pets provide a peek into our passions, aspirations, happy places, and guilty pleasures, reinforcing what we at Rover know to be true: our pets are as unique as the names we lovingly bestow upon them," Kate Jaffe, trend expert for Rover, said in a press release.
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