Pet sitters and dog walkers’ network, Rover.com has announced the most popular and top trending dog names for this year.
The report is based on data from over two million pet owners worldwide and reveals the most popular and top trending dog names, both in the UK and globally for 2019.
Rover.com’s annual Dog Name Report reveals that old fashioned names such as Gertrude, Malcom and Clive are trending in the UK, despite disappearing amongst humans.
Continuing the vintage revival, Nigel, Humphrey, Shirley and June have also seen their fortunes improve. Traditional dog names of yesteryear are also seeing a surge in popularity.
Canine classics, Lassie and Spot are having a resurgence, while Buster and Buddy are also in favour among pet owners.
Top 1 Dog names in Britain for 2019:
The publics favourite drinks also influence what we call our pooches and is showing now sign or slowing down; Prosecco (+200%), Champagne (+67%) and Gin (+47%) are all bubbling over the top, whilst Negroni and (Aperol) Spritz are down by 83% and 24%.
As well as drink, food is also used for inspiration with popular names proving we’re a sugar-loving nation as Waffle, Oreo, Cookie and Biscuit all hitting the sweet spot for pet parents.
Despite this, globally some are making more health-conscious decisions, seeking inspiration from superfoods such as Chia, Kale and Celery which are all up this year.
The name ‘Queen’ is up 44% globally and her family have also caused a spike in the name stakes. It’s been a big year for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the birth of their son Archie.
The newest member of the Royal Family caused a surge in popularity for the name (up 39% globally)- it’s the most popular royal names for this year and also the seventh most popular male dog name overall.
The grand finale of Game of Thrones caused the names Arya, Sansa and Ned to trend in 2019, while Peaky Blinder’s Shelby saw a 117% rise.
With Love Island 2019 breaking TV viewing records, British dogs are now coupled up with the names of some of the Islanders. The most popular names are Anna (+450%), Anton (+200%) and India (+180%). Molly-Mae proved unpopular with dog owners, with no entries for her name this year.
Dog owners have also been influenced this year by their favourite characters on the big screen, from Toy Story 4 and The Lion King. Names like Woody and Jessie have proved popular for pups, with Nala and Simba also climbing up the rankings.
Kate Jaffe, Trend Expert for Rover comments: “Dogs are considered full-fledged members of the family by nine out of ten pet parents in the UK, so choosing a name for our canines can be as difficult as it is for our children.
“Our dogs and the names we give them are part of our self-expression, which is why we see such strong influence from the things that Brits love – everything from favourite foods to small screen stars.”
The top 5 predicted dog naming trends for 2020, as identified by Trend Expert Kate Jaffe are:
1 Goose and Maverick, with the Top Gun sequel scheduled for release next year
2 Tokyo, host to both the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympics
3 Scooby Doo, as we celebrate the cartoon’s 50th anniversary
4 Mars, with the NASA Mars exploration penned for 2020
5 Gal and Wonder Woman, as the sequel is landing next summer.
The most popular dog names in the UK vs Globally for 2019:
Rank UK Global
1 Alfie Max
2 Max Charlie
3 Charlie Cooper
4 Teddy Buddy
5 Buddy Rocky
6 Milo Milo
7 Oscar Jack
8 Bailey Bear
9 Archie Duke
10 Barney Teddy
The most popular female dog names in the UK vs Globally for 2019 are:
Rank UK Global
1 Bella Bella
2 Poppy Luna
3 Lola Lucy
4 Luna Daisy
5 Molly Lola
6 Daisy Molly
7 Ruby Sadie
8 Coco Bailey
9 Rosie Stella
10 Milly Maggie