(Seattle, WA, Tuesday, December 3, 2019) – Rover.com, the world’s largest and most trusted network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers, unveiled its seventh annual report of the year’s most popular dog names with a new twist—the addition of the year’s most popular cat names. This year’s data shows that regardless of species or breed, pet names are a true reflection of what we care about most, from the food we eat to the celebrities we love.
This year’s data reflected pet parents’ appetite for pop culture and what’s trending in the celebrity news scene. Names inspired by star-studded musicians like newcomer Lizzo (up 100 percent) and beloved Beyoncé (up 78 percent) made huge gains, and 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 humanization of pets was another trend for 2019, the survey by Rover revealed. The majority of pet parents (55%) said their pet either has a human name or they would consider giving their pet a human name. Pet parents (25%) also would consider giving their pet a name they had considered for their child. Trending baby names that inspired pet names included Dorothy, Elaine, and Dennis.
2019 Top Names for Dogs and Cats:
- New for 2019—Favorite Felines: Luna, Bella, and Kitty came in as the top three names for cats in 2019, a new data set for this year.
- Top dogs stay on top: Bella, Luna, Lucy, and Daisy kept the top spots for female dogs, with Max, Charlie, Cooper, and Buddy also keeping their top ranks for male dogs in 2019.
To celebrate this year’s launch of services for cats, Rover included trending cat names in its annual report for the first time ever. For more trends and top names, visit www.rover.com/blog/dog-names.