Click here to learn more.
We've examined the names of more than 1.26 million puppies born in 2012 from Vetstreet's records to determine the year's top pet names. In the process of pulling this data, we couldn’t help but notice that many of the trends from last year have persisted, but there are definitely some new names on the rise.
Bella has been the number-one female dog name since 2006. The first Twilight book, which introduced us to its heroine, Bella, came out in October 2005. Coincidence? Doubtful. Another prevalent name from pop culture is Bentley, the name of Teen Mom star Maci Bookout's baby boy.
Many names on this list — Max, Charlie, Jack, Toby, Lucy, Sophie, Sadie, Chloe, Maggie — are single-sex human names, which matches up well with the trend of pets becoming more and more a part of the family. As people develop deeper bonds with their dogs, it makes perfect sense that they’d name them in a way that humanizes them.
Old Standbys and Rising Stars
Max is celebrating its seventh year at No. 1, and for the last 13 years, Rocky has made the top five and Bear has made the top 10 list; some names just hold a spot in the hearts of dog owners. But those male dog names have some competition: Zeus and Thor are rising fast, along with Milo, Blue, Gunner and Jax.
Many of the female puppy names stayed in the same spot as last year, but Lola, a name that’s been steadily on the rise over the past decade, moved up three spots to No. 5. Coco made the Top 10 for the first time this year, and a few other names — Rosie, Luna, and Nala — are looking to make their entrance next year.
Have you named your dog one of these popular names?
Also on Vetstreet.com:
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
An adorable black and white cat parked
himself right in the way of one of the
holes on a mini-golf course.
Vets performed a two-hour surgery to try to
save the leg of a Maltese struck
by a stolen van during a police chase.
You may be more familiar with the black-and-white variety of panda, but the red panda
had the name first.
Nocturne: Creatures of the Night, by Traer
Scott, showcases night-loving animals like
owls, moths and raccoons.
At this point in your dog's life, he's likely
beginning to show the signs of his age
and is not as active or…
With 40,000 animals poached each year
for the ivory trade, it might not be long
before elephants disappear…
When she's not curled in your lap, the affectionate and elegant Birman will gladly play fetch or chase a ball.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.