Dog Names Revealed

DENVER, CO – It’s not easy naming a dog. No hard and fast rule exists on how to do it, and any given name provided by the shelter or breeder often leaves much to be desired. (Seriously, not every big dog needs to be named Rocky).

As it so happens, the most popular male dog name in Denver is Charlie and the most popular female dog name is Bella, according to a new report from Rover, which has a great name of its own as a nationwide network of pet-sitters and dog-walkers.

Here are the top 5 male dog names and female dog names in Denver:

Top 5 Male Dog Names

CharlieMaxCooperBuddyRocky

Top 5 Female Dog Names

BellaLunaLucyDaisySadie

Some other observations from the study in Denver:

Marijuana-themed monikers like “Mary Jane” and “Doobie” are up 41 percent Natural names like “Avalanche,” “Snowy,” and “Glacier” increased this year. Tech-inspired dog names saw a 36 percent jump in Denver. Best tech dog names include “Macintosh,” “Emoji” and “Widget.”

Overall, Max and Bella were the most popular male and female dog names in the country, Rover said, though, that 81 percent of pet parents also have at least one nickname for Fido, so the local dog park might not represent that. The company used its own database of more than 1 million dog names to figure out which were most popular.

“In the process, we uncover the big cultural moments that are inspiring us,” the authors wrote.

Charlie, Cooper, Buddy and Jack, rounded out the top five male dog names in America, while Lucy, Luna, Daisy and Lola rounded out the top five female names.

The report said more than 94 percent of pet owners consider their dog to be a member of the family. That aligns well with the fact that more than 36 percent of all dogs have names that are “decidedly human.”

The service identified some particularly interesting trends, such as that “retro” names — those often attached to grandparents and great-grandparents — are on the rise. Names such as Minnie, Pearl, Willie, Irene, Edna and Myrtle rose 17 percent last year.

Dog-owners are also turning to pop culture for inspiration — and they sure seem to enjoy Marvel movies. Pop-culture-inspired names accounted for 16 percent of all dogs. Moreover, names based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” characters increased 97 percent, including a whopping 186 percent for the name Drax. “Wonder Woman” names rose 38 percent, followed by 34 percent for “Thor” and 33 percent for “Avengers.”

As always, there are still a fair share of Biscuits, Muffins, Whiskeys and Porters out there. In fact, 5 percent of all dogs are named after some type of food and alcohol-inspired names are up 17 percent. And keep an eye out for any Pancakes, Benedicts and — please, no — Avocados at the dog park. Brunch names are up 12 percent year over year.

Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

Photo credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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