The Most Popular Dog Names of 2020

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There has never been a year like 2020, and what we are choosing to name our dogs reflects this.

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Rover, an online marketplace for pet services, released its annual list of the most popular and trending names for dogs. And with so many people welcoming a dog into their life – either through adoption or a breeder — the pandemic played a role in choosing a name for some dog parents. 

For female dogs, the top names are:

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Molly
  8. Bailey
  9. Stella
  10. Maggie

From last year, Stella and Maggie were added to the top 10 list, while Lily and Zoe got knocked off.  

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For male dogs, the top names are:

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Buddy
  5. Milo
  6. Bear
  7. Rocky
  8. Duke
  9. Tucker
  10. Jack

From last year, Jack replaced Teddy for the no. 10 position.

While the top dog names for female and male dogs didn’t change too much from recent years, some dog parents turned to trends, including celebrities in the news, celebrity names, sports starts, streaming entertainment and even the current pandemic for their pup’s moniker.

When it comes to dog names inspired by binge-watching, Geralt from The Witcher was the no. 1 trending name (up 9,308 percent). Mando from The Mandalorian on Disney+ came in second, seeing a 2,658 percent increase. Carole from The Tiger King was also up 46 percent.

When it came to sports, some paid homage to Kobe Bryant by naming their dog Kobe (16%), Mamba (111%) and Black Mamba (58%).

For other notable athletes, Neymar was the most trending athlete-inspired name, followed by tennis players Novak and Sloane,

The pandemic forced us to hunker down in our homes and many took to food and drinks to deal with the stress — and dog names echoed this.

Many baked-goods names were on the rise, including Roti, Tart and Arepa, which all tied for first in the category at a 58 percent increase. For breakfast items, Waffles, Wheatie, Croissant, and Toast saw a spike, where Brioche, Bagel, and Pancakes took a dive.

When in comes to booze, a number of drinks were trending up, including Pinot Noir (258%), Whiskey Girl (58%), Whiskey Bear (58%), and Pinot G (58%).

Coffee names also had a showing for pup names, with dog parents liking the names Cortado, Barista, Espresso, Crème, Coffee, Brew and Cappuccino.

And then there were the dog parents who really did not want to forget the coronavirus. Covi, Rona, Corona and Covie were all trending. Hopefully, this will be the last year these names see an uptick.

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