Every year, Rover releases a detailed list of the most popular dog names. And every year, people get more creative. Of course, the top ten dog names in every city remain fairly consistent from year to year. There are just some classic names that will always be adorable. But while those names remained steady on the list, other more peculiar names showed major increases from the previous years. From movie stars to Netflix characters to virus-related names, 2020 is certainly the most creative year for dog names.
So, let’s see if your dog’s name made the list. Or maybe you’ll find a unique name for your next furry friend!
Most Popular Dog Names of 2020
The top 10 for both male and female dogs has remained fairly constant over the years. In each city around the United States, this order remains similar. Lola, Stella, and Chloe moved up on the list this year for female dogs while Milo, Oliver, and Leo became more popular for males.
Top 10 Female Dog Names
Top 10 Male Dog Names
Dog Names Trending in 2020
The top 10 dog names are as expected, but what’s trending is much more unusual. A lot more people chose to adopt dogs amid the coronavirus quarantine, which means there was much more room for creative names. Here are some interesting trends that Rover discovered.
Celebrities are often inspiration for baby names, dog names, and even cat names! Dogs named after Chrissy Teigen, Kanye West, Keanu Reeves, and Jay-Z are on the rise in 2020. Even Betty White continues to be a trending dog name!
The names of some famous couples like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, along with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have also become more frequent. One of the most significant increases was Lizzo, whose name is trending up 458% from last year. Also, dogs named after Taylor Swift are up 92%.
In honor of Kobe Bryant, the name Kobe increased by 16% and Mamba increased by 111%. His daughter Gianna’s name is also trending up 20%.
Cats often get celebrity names that are puns, but in 2020, it’s a trend for dogs too! Sherlock Bones, Karl Barx, Bark Wahlberg, Ozzy Pawsborn, and Winston Furchill are all trending.
Of course, not all celebrities can be popular with the canines. Dogs named after John Legend, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce are all less common this year.
Names from the Media
A lot of people spent time binge-watching shows and playing video games during quarantine. So, it makes sense that their dogs’ names would reflect that.
Geralt from The Witcher increased by 9,308% this year, making it the most trending dog name! Other honorable mentions in TV are Mando from The Mandalorian, which is up 2,658%, and Carol Baskin from Tiger King, which is up 46%. All the characters from Friends, except for Joey, also increased in 2020.
Characters from video games, such as Midas from Fortnite, Hanzo from Overwatch, and Shep from Animal Crossing have also increased in popularity.
Finally, the most notable names this year are related to the pandemic. Covi increased by 1,159% this year, Rona increased by 69%, and Corona increased by 24%. Covie, Covid, and Fauci were also popular this year.
2020 was anything but ordinary, but at least many dogs got to find their forever homes. Even if your furry friend’s name didn’t make the cut, hopefully you found some of these trends entertaining. And who knows, maybe they helped you choose some unique dog names for the future!
For the full list of top 100 dog names, visit Rover.com.