Most Trendy Dog Names of 2014
Although the most popular puppy names list doesn’t generally change too much from year to year (with a few exceptions, as we shared with you recently), the trendiest names for dogs seem to get shaken up on an annual basis. We’ve tracked this information for several years — check out the results for 2011, 2012 and 2013 — and only once have we seen a name hold the top spot for more than one year, and that was Luna.
Until this year, that is, when the trendiest male dog name from last year won again.
To determine which names are most trendy, we used our database of nearly a million puppy names to compare the current year’s most popular names with the list of popular names from 10 years ago. Those that made the biggest jump in popularity over the course of the decade (even if they still didn’t break the top 10) earned a higher ranking.
That doesn’t mean all of these names are necessarily wildly popular right now — in fact, many of the names are barely among the 50 most popular — but we wouldn’t be surprised to see them climbing the charts in coming years.
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No. 10: Hazel and Marley
Marley is the No. 49 most popular male name, coming in at just No. 94 in 2005, which, not coincidentally, was the year the book Marley & Me was published. The film based on the novel came out in 2008.
No. 9: Cali and Ruger
The No. 54 most popular male dog name in 2014 was Ruger, which didn't hit the Top 100 until 2011, entering at No. 93.
No. 8: Charlie and Brody
Brody has climbed five spots in the last year to become No. 50. The name first showed up on the list in 2007 in the No. 100 slot.
No. 7: Marley and Gunner
Gunner, the No. 25 most popular male dog name, was No. 76 a decade ago.
No. 6: Athena and Leo
Leo, which was the No. 80 most popular name a decade ago, has climbed to No. 23. Think it'll break the Top 20 next year?
No. 5: Nala and King
King, which cracked the Top 100 in 2006, now reigns over the No. 42 spot. It appears a trend of regal and powerful names has really taken hold.
No. 4: Willow and Loki
Loki claims the biggest leap in male names over the past year, jumping from No. 61 last year to No. 32 this year, likely due to the popularity of the Thor and Avenger movies featuring a Marvel Comics character with the name.
No. 3: Luna and Dexter
Dexter, the No. 29 most popular name, is another nod to pop culture. It entered the Top 100 in 2007, starting at No. 61, more than likely because a popular eponymous television show hit the airwaves in late 2006.
No. 2: Elsa and Thor
Another major movie name is Thor, which is currently the No. 20 most popular name, after first appearing on the list back in 2010 at No. 95, shooting up to No. 44 the following year. Like Loki, Thor has been a main character in Marvel's Thor and Avenger movies — although, unlike Loki, the character of Thor is always one of the good guys, which could explain its higher placement. That, or Thor is just easier to say.
No. 1: Piper and Jax
Jax claims the top spot as the trendiest male dog name for the second year in a row. The name of a main character in the hit TV show Sons of Anarchy, Jax initially came into the Top 100 in 2009 (the year after the show hit television) at No. 77, and it's now the No. 14 most popular name. In the last two years, it's climbed a whopping 21 spots! Will it continue to rise now that the series has ended? Let us know what you think.
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