Okay, I confess. If you’re a dog —surely you get this.
Now, let’s share the excitement. Drumroll please as I present the highlights from 2014’s most popular dog names, as reported by rover.com. There were some interesting trends this year:
- Eighteen of the top 20 names are human names. Perhaps this correlates to the growing trend of people referring to themselves as “pet parents” rather than “pet owners?”
- Compared to 2013, there was a significant rise in food and beverage-themed names such as “Guinness,” Kahlua,” “Coconut” and “Kale.”
- There was a huge jump in names associated with things found in the great outdoors (perhaps a byproduct of our “going green” culture). “Lightning,” “Shadow,” “Clover,” “Panda” and “Moose” are some examples.
- Pop culture shaped how we named our dogs this year. Many pups were named “Elsa,” “Olaf” and “Anna” based on the movie, Frozen (why am I not surprised). Game of Thrones (I’ve never seen this show) spawned plenty of doggie ID tags inscribed with “Khaleesi,” “Daenarys,” “Sansa,” and “Tyrion.” Any of these names are quite the mouthful when contemplating an effective recall command!
- Newly retired New York Yankee superstar, Derek Jeter must feel flattered. “Jeter” made the top ten list of sports-related names.
- No great surprise to see “Max” and “Bella” leading the pack of male and female name lists. Both are good, rock-solid dog names, and have been super popular for years.
I enjoyed these results, just as I do most every year. As long as “Lucky” doesn’t make the top ten list, I’m a happy camper. Mind you Lucky isn’t a bad name, It just makes me a bit superstitious. Every “Lucky” I’ve known was lucky enough to get kicked by a horse, run over by a truck, whooped in a dog fight, or trapped in a garage for days.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Max, Bella remain 'top dog' as most popular puppy names for 2014
We've come a long way since names like Fido, Spot and Rover ruled. In fact, the most popular dog names of 2014 might be just as common on the playground as they are in the dog park.
VetStreet.com, a site dedicated to linking pet owners to veterinarians, analyzed its database to find the most popular puppy names of 2014. The results? Max and Bella reign supreme for the second year in a row.
Each of the top three female names — Bella, Daisy and Lucy — have kept their status as top dog, while some names were less lucky. Molly and Sophie each fell one spot while Chloe plummeted two. The Cinderella Story of this year's list is Luna, which jumped four spots since 2013 a trend VetStreet.com attributes to the "Harry Potter" series.
For male dogs, half of the names maintained their position with Cooper, Duke, Bear, Bentley and Toby all holding strong. Charlie and Rocky each climbed one spot while Zeus bumped up three places to number 8.
To arrive at its list of most popular dog names, VetStreet.com reviewed its database of almost 1 million registered names since Jan. 1, 2014. Here are the top 10 lists for their male and female pooches:
To learn more about the most popular names for male and female dogs, click here.
Most popular dog names of 2014
Naming your dog is a big deal, and a big responsibility – remember they’re stuck with the name for life so make it something memorable for the right reasons! We reveal our very own petinsure.ie top 20 list. And the winners are…
Hot off the press is our very own petinsure.ie top 20 list (compiled from our database):
|Top dog number!||Name|
|7||Bailey (unisex name)|
|9||Coco (unisex name)|
Irish dog owners follow US and UK trends when naming their pooch
So how does this list compare with the dozens of other lists you’ll find online (mainly US lists, with some UK)? And more importantly, do Irish dog owners have different favourites than American or English? A bit disappointing, but not really, is the answer. We seem to go for the usual suspects, without any distinctly Irish names among our list (either by language or legend). In general, Max and Bella still seem to be the top names for 2014, and a quick scan of our list versus others shows that almost all names are common to both (notable exceptions being Lucy missing from our list and Alfie included).
Only in New York…
Well, not only in New York really, the trend has started to spread, and it’s this: calling your pet names like Gucci, Tiffany, Chanel… you get the gist. Yes, the trend of calling your pooch after your favourite fashion brand has arrived. Maybe next year Burberry will make our top 20 list!
Top tips when naming your dog
- Avoid long, weird names – short, preferably one to two syllables will make it easier for your dog to learn and remember.
- Match the name to the dog’s personality – this means getting to know the dog a bit before naming him or her, but you can go with a generic personality type, for example, a Great Dane might be ‘King’ and a Bichon Frise ‘Fluffy’.
- Use a sense of humour – call your golden lab Tiny or your Red Setter Snowball!
- Be creative – for example, take a name from your favourite book, movie, song, the street where you grew up etc.
- Look for an Irish name – there are lots of strong Irish names with meanings behind them. Just google ‘Irish names for dogs’ and you’ll get heaps of sites to choose from.
Woof woof! Most popular dog names of 2014
Max, Bella and Elsa were among the most popular dog names of 2014. (Shutterstock)
Move over Lassie, Max and Bella are the most popular dog names of 2014.
Rover.com released a survey of the most popular dog names of 2014, polled from users across their network to identify which names were at the top of 2014. The survey found food oriented dog names, like Ginger or Peanut, were becoming more popular than typical pop culture names.
Most Popular Male Dog Names of 2014
Most Popular Female Dog Names of 2014
The survey also revealed that there were 900 percent more names from Disney's "Frozen in 2014 than 2013, with Elsa being the most popular pop culture related dog name. 5 of the top 10 dog "nerd names" come from the "Star Wars" franchise. And there were plenty of Stark and Lannister pups in 2014, with a rise in "Game of Thrones" related dog names of 200 percent from last year, according to the survey.
Check out the galleries above to see the most popular male and female dog names of 2014.