Rover.com, la aplicación y el sitio web que conecta a los usuarios con los servicios de cuidado de mascotas, has released its ninth annual report on the year’s most popular pet names
, which include those inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic
— y por supuesto, famosos. Soaring pet adoption rates
, combined with extra time spent at home
, led to some fascinating pet name trends
, according to Kate Jaffe
, director of brand marketing at Rover.com
According to Nicole Ellis, a certified professional celebrity dog trainer at Rover.com, names like Zoom are often chosen since they remind owners of an unprecedented time when they developed closer relationships with their pets.
“That’s the time we can look back and be like, ‘A puppy (con un) Covid-related name, did you get him during Covid?’ and now we have a great conversation starter,” Ellis told CNN.
Celebrities and musicians also heavily inspired pet names
. Dogs named Boseman increased
1,063%, while cats named Chadwick went up
400% in honor of late actor Chadwick Boseman
. Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle influenced dog names Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn
, while Crazy
— perhaps inspired by her
1998 hit song
“People feel like they’re living a little bit with a celebrity, and for most of us, our pets are our celebrities in our lives and what make us so happy and excited,” Ellis said.
On the flip side
, cats named Ellen declined
129%, while Kanye and both Taylor and Taylor Swift trended down
. Jaffe expects Taylor Swift-related names to increase in
2022, as well as Adele
As some fans fill stadiums this football season
, others took their obsession with the sport to a new level
, inspired by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf
, was the top trending football dog name
, after former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski
, was the top trending football-inspired cat name
Many dog owners who missed live sports also longed to travel, leading to a surge in names inspired by foreign — particularly French — foods. For dogs, the name Caviar was up 800% and Dijon up 700%. When it came to cats, Baguette rose 600% and Raclette went up 300%.
“As people are a little travel-deprived, they’re looking to pet names as a way to remember some of the things they miss, and when we give our pets a name inspired by our favorite food or our favorite travel destination, it’s a way for us to kind of live that fantasy,” Jaffe said.
Other trends include dogs named Doge due to the cryptocurrency craze
, space-inspired names
, names inspired by tech titans and vegan food
Este año, the top name for female dogs is Bella, followed by Luna, Lucy and Daisy. For males, Max takes the top spot, followed by Charlie, Milo and Buddy. The humanization of pets has continued to grow — 61% of pet owners said their pet already has a human name. Others said they would give their future pet a human name.
The way these top names sound is also a factor behind their popularity. Most pet owners would feel comfortable yelling human names in public, according to Ellis. Many of these names also sound distinct from things owners would ask their dogs to do.
According to Ellis, “super simple, corto, and positive names” are best for dog owners, as well as names that can be shortened. Ellis prefers two-syllable names for dogs since they roll off the tongue easily.
El próximo año, Jaffe expects to see the continued influence of pop culture in pet names, as well as names inspired by more niche interests and passions.
“We all want our dogs to feel loved or feel special, so that happy feeling is really important, and that comes with a name,” Ellis said.