Did you know that Max was the top boy dog name in 2021? We always love seeing the cute and fun names people come up with for their animal companions. As it turns out, a few recent studies have uncovered some pretty interesting statistics about pet names. A local veterinarian offers some highlights on this below.
As mentioned above, Max was the top name for male pooches. Some other high scorers included Milo, Buddy, Charlie, Rocky, Bear, Leo, and Teddy. Bella was the top name for girls, followed by Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Baily, and Stella.
The top girl name for kitties were Luna, Bella, Lily, Nala, Lucy, and Kitty. For male cats, Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, and Simba were the most popular options.
The ill-fated Anne Boleyn is mostly known for being beheaded. A lesser known face? She had a little dog named Purkoy. Purkoy is a rough translation of the French ‘pour quoi’, which means ‘Why?’. It’s probably safe to say that was a curious pup!
One of the oldest pet name records would be that of the 14th-century knight, who had a hound named Parceval!
Edward, Duke of York, actually wrote out a list of 1100 hunting dog names. Some of these, such as Sturdy, Troy, Whitefoot, Hardy, and Bo, would not really seem out of place today. Then we have names like Clenche, Bragge, Nosewise, Amiable, and Filthe. Those would probably raise some eyebrows!
As for cats? Well, we all know that Fluffy has been bossing people around for thousands of years. Turns out, most kitties were named Gilbert back in medieval England. (We suspect they ignored those calls as much as their modern counterparts.) Meanwhile, over in England, cats often responded to TIbers or Tibert.
Celebrity Pet Names
The trend of naming pets after celebrities probably isn’t going to be going away anytime in the near future. The names Taylor and Taylor Swift both dropped in popularity in 2021. However, pets that were named after stars like Jennifer Lopez, Aretha Franklin, and A-Rod joined the list for the first time, along with the first actually feline Doja Cat. And while we’ve been seeing kitties named Oprah for quite a while now, it’s worth noting that those numbers rose last year.
Picking A Name
Choosing the perfect name for a pet can be pretty tricky. Sometimes you may find the perfect name, only to realize it really doesn’t suit your furry friend. Baby name generators can be helpful, but you can also try looking up translations of words or phrases that remind you of your cute pet’s personality, history, or appearance.
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