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Pop Culture Influencing Pet Names, Poll Reveals


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Pet owners are turning to pop culture for ideas in naming their four-legged friends, according to Rover.com, a Seattle-based network of pet sitters and dog walkers. Names with heavy influence include musicians Lizzo (up 100 percent) and Beyoncé (up 78 percent). Taylor Swift is on track with a 400 percent increase, according to the poll.

This is Rover’s seventh annual report of most popular dog names, but this year it also includes popular cat names.

TV shows were also one of the top sources of inspiration for pet owners, according to the poll. The name Maisel of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” rose 1,000 percent and Arya Stark of “Game of Thrones” 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,” said Kate Jaffe, trend specialist for Rover. “That’s why we’re so honored that hundreds of thousands of pet parents trust us with their furry family members.”

The humanization of pets was another trend for 2019, according to the poll. The majority of pet owners (55 percent) said their pet either has a human name or they would consider giving their pet a human name. Pet owners (25 percent) 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, the poll revealed.

Celebrity baby names were popular among dog owners, according to the poll. Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired Crew was up 411 percent, Kylie Jenner’s Stormi was up 364 percent and Kim and Kanye’s Saint was up 96 percent this year.

Royalty made an impression among dog owners as well. The name Meghan [Duchess of Sussex] was up 42 percent, [Princess] Diana was up 200 percent and [Queen] Elizabeth was up 150 percent.

Dog owners also apparently like pink wine and sweets, according to the poll. Rosé was up 183 percent and dessert-related names such as Cake, Croissant and Cupcake increased.

For cat owners, caffeine and cocktails seemed to be the inspiration. According to the poll, cats are more likely to be given alcohol-inspired names than dogs, and eight out of 10 drink-themed cat names were coffee-related such as Mocha, Kona and Latte.

Healthy habit-related names were on the rise for both cats and dogs. Dogs named Kale (up 70 percent) and Keto (up 57 percent) increased, while cats named Chia and Boba also trended up.

Marijuana-inspired products and services gave pet owners a few ideas for names, including Doobie, Blaze and Kush, according to the poll.

Overall, top female dog names included Bella, Luna, Lucy and Daisy, with Max, Charlie, Cooper and Buddy for male names.

Top female cat names included Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy and Kitty, with Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie and Max for male names.

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