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Pet Names

July 15, 2022

Did you know that the top male dog name of 2021 was Max? It’s always fun seeing the cute and fun names people come up with for their animal companions. As it turns out, a recent study have uncovered some pretty interesting statistics about pet names. A local vet offers a few highlights on the pet name game below.


Top Dog

As mentioned above, Max was the number one name for boy dogs. Some of the other high scorers included classic names like Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, and Teddy. For girls, the number one was Bella. Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Baily, and Stella were also popular choices. As for our feline friends, the top girl names for kitties were Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, and Kitty. For boys, Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, and Simba were the most popular options.


Celebrity Pet Names

The trend of naming pets after celebrities isn’t new, and it probably isn’t going away anytime soon. Two of the most popular names, Taylor and Taylor Swift, both fell in popularity in 2021. Pets named after Aretha Franklin, A-Rod, and Jennifer Lopez joined the list last year, along with Doja Cat. And while we’ve been seeing cats named after Oprah for some time, it’s worth noting that those numbers rose last year. 


Medieval Pets

Edward, Duke of York, compiled a list of 1100 different hunting dog names. Some of these, such as Sturdy, Troy, Whitefoot, Hardy, and Bo, really would not seem out of place today. Then we have Clenche, Bragge, Nosewise, Amiable, and Filthe. Those would probably raise some eyebrows! Speaking of medieval times, one of the oldest pet name records would be that of the 14th-century knight, who had a hound named Parceval!


As for our feline buddies? We all know that Fluffy has been bossing people around for thousands of years. Turns out, most cats were named Gilbert back in medieval England. Across the English Channel, cats often responded to (or ignored) the name TIbers or Tibert. 


Historical Pets

Here’s a fun fact: The ill-fated English queen Anne Boleyn had a dog named Purkoy. Purkoy is a translation of the French ‘pour quoi’, which means ‘Why?’. 


Picking A Name

Choosing the right name for your pet can be difficult. Sometimes you may pick the perfect name, only to realize it doesn’t suit your furry friend after all. Take some time with this. Baby name generators can be helpful, but you can also try looking up translations of words that remind you of your new pet’s personality, history, or appearance.


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