Gone are the days when Spot and Fido were the most popular names at the dog park. According Rover.com, a national network of pet sitters and dog walkers, the most popular dog names in Austin this year are Charlie and Bella.
For male pups in Austin, Max (No. 2) and Cooper (No. 3) finish out the top three. Oliver (4), Buddy (5), Bear (6), Jack (7), and Duke (8) directly follow. Creativity shines more with the ninth and 10th on the list: Leo and Bentley.
For female dogs, Lucy and Luna are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Next up are Daisy (4), Lola (5), Sadie (6), Maggie (7), Penny (8), Bailey (9), and Molly (10).
While not in the top 10, Rover.com says football-themed names are hot in Austin, with names like Aggie trending. Booze-inspired names, including Kahlua, Jager, and Hennessy, are also on the rise. And while names inspired by tasty ‘cue are trending down, the name Pig is trending up.
From coast to coast, Max (No. 1), Charlie (No. 2), and Cooper (No. 3) for males, along with Bella (No. 1), Lucy (No. 2), and Daisy (No. 3) for females, top the list. Across the nation, dog names dominating 2017 parallel the top baby names for 2017, with human-inspired names making up a whopping 44 percent of all dog names this year, up 57 percent from 2016.
Owners are also taking a nod from powerful women with Oprah, Madonna, and Katniss all up and coming. And 8 percent of all dog names are pop culture-influenced. Barb, a character in the Netflix series Stranger Things, saw an increase of 182 percent, while Star Wars-related names like Rey and Finn went up a notable 70 percent.
Food and political names trended down this year, but new sources of inspiration include newsmakers like Wonder Woman; Taylor Swift; and DoggoLingo, an internet-based dialect and nonofficial language of dog lovers everywhere.