Human names and pop culture references rank among this year's most popular dog names.
The data is in, and Rover, the nation's largest network of dog sitters and walkers, has released their fourth annual report on the year's most popular dog names.This year's trends include names inspired by everything from Pokemon to our favorite junk foods.
But above all, the data shows more and more Americans are moving away from traditional dog names and giving their pets human names. This comes at a time when 95% of dog owners say they consider their pup to be a part of the family.
Gone are the days of dog ownership, and instead, we have pup parents naming their fur babies the same names found on this year's list of most popular baby names. To be specific, 28% of dogs named in 2016 were given human names. That's 2% higher than last year. Names like Fido and Spot rank surprisingly low on the list, while Charlie and Molly are higher than ever before.
The list is also rife with pop culture references. The names Barb and Eleven rose in the ranks thanks to "Stranger Things," and Hamilton saw a 96% increase in Washington DC. As more and more Millennials choose pup parenting over starting families, that trend is expected to continue. People are naming their dogs after their favorite celebrities and book characters, and that includes 75% of dog-owning Millennials. Also on the rise are names inspired by the world's leading ladies. Coco Chanel, Beyonce, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have peaked in popularity this past year.
While naming pets after food isn't new, junk food related names rose 2%, and health food names declined 17%. The study also shows names vary based on state and region. Coffee-themed names like Espresso and Mocha are declining overall, but the names remain popular in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks. It's probably not a coincidence.
With those trends in mind, here are the top 10 male and female dog names for 2016.
Top Male Dog Names
Top Female Dog Names
Did your pooch's name make the list?
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