The Least Trendy Puppy Names of 2015
Published on January 13, 2016
While we certainly understand the allure of being right on trend, we also get that some people would rather go the other way, especially when it comes to names. Hey, we love a popular puppy name as much as anybody, but if you’d prefer your pooch not share a moniker with any other dogs in her obedience class, you might want to stay away from highly trendy names, like Luna or Jax. In fact, if you’re interested in seeing which puppy names are currently the most trendy, you can find that right here.
That doesn’t mean you need to come up with a completely unique name. (Although, if you do, you might find some ideas in these names inspired by places, food or history and celebrities.)
There are plenty of cute puppy names that have fallen in popularity over the past decade, so, while they’re definitely not trendy, they’re still certainly well-known and well-loved. Just not as popular as they were in 2005.
To pick out the least trendy puppy names of the year, we worked with Nationwide Pet Insurance, who gave us a look at their list of the 45 most popular puppy names from a decade ago. We then compared those names to our list of the most popular puppy names in 2015. Those that fell the most in the last 10 years made our least trendy list!
Emma and Riley
Shadow, Harley and Murphy
Abby, Zoe and Sasha
Jake, Gizmo and Buster
Lucky and Casey
Cody, Oscar, Sam and Scout
Angel, Sammy and Dakota
Rusty, Sparky, Joey and Baxter
What Do the Least Trendy Names Have in Common?It can be pretty obvious why certain names are trendy (yes, Bella we mean you), but determining why some of these names have fallen in popularity is a little trickier. After all, one of the names on the least trendy names list — Zoe — has a phonetic twin (Zoey) on the most trendy list! Still, we noticed a couple of similarities among names on the least trendy list.
Gender neutrality: While many names on the most trendy list were firmly masculine or feminine, quite a few on this list were more gender neutral (Riley, Lucky, Sammy, Casey, Dakota, Shadow, Harley, Murphy, Sam, Scout and Sparky).
Traditional human names: Emma has been a top three human baby name in the U.S. since 2003, according to BabyCenter, and several others on this list, like Abby, Zoey, Sam, Jake, Cody and Joey are fairly traditional names for humans. We’re not about to say that the trend of giving pets names we’re used to seeing attached to humans is over — Max and Bella have been the most popular puppy names and continue to hold that title — but, we wonder if the trend could be starting to lose steam.
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