A story at VetStreet.com talks about today’s most popular names for dogs and cats. The conclusion is that we are choosing more human names for our pets and fewer stereotypical animal names like Fido and Spot. It follows, says the story, that we would trend toward people names as pets become more like members of the family, although why this would be any more true now than fifty years ago is not clear. Still, 60 years ago, my best friend’s dog was a black cocker named Rover. I can’t think of a more stereotypical example from that era.
I suppose I’m both typical and atypical with my choices. My golden/lab rescue is Annie (a good name for a good friend; a strong frontier woman, Annie Oakley; and Lil Orphan Annie). My pampered purebred ragdoll, a male, is Mousse (sweet, fluffy, and extra special). Lists can be helpful if you’re really stuck for a name, but personally I tend to wait a few days, observe the pet, and wait for him or her to name himself/herself. Personality, background, coloring and markings — they all come together and point to the right name.
The “trendiest” names, as reported by VetStreet:
And yet, the “most popular” names reported by VetStreet were these: