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From Fauci to Chadwick, here are some of the most popular pet names this year

By Noah Sheidlower and Radhika Marya, CNN

This year, dog parks may be filled with more puppies named Grogu, Britney and Zoom.

Rover.com, the app and website that connects users to pet care services, has released its ninth annual report The year’s most popular pet names, including those inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic – and of course, celebrities. Pet adoption rate soarsAccording to Kate Jaffe, director of brand marketing at Rover.com, this combined with more time at home has led to some intriguing pet naming trends.

“Some people may choose a name that they think really reflects their pet’s quirky personality,” Jaffe told CNN. “But at the end of the day, what they’re really trying to do is celebrate the relationship they have with their pets and give them a name that shows the pet’s personality and also shines a bit of light on their pet’s personality. their character.”

Developed between September and October, the report is based on millions of user-submitted pet names that owners provided when registered on Rover.com.

This year, Covid-inspired names are on the rise – dogs named Zoom have grown 443%, while names Fauci 270% increase. Home tech-inspired names like Siri are up 131 percent and Google is up 63 percent.

According to Nicole Ellis, a certified celebrity celebrity dog ​​trainer at Rover.com, names like Zoom are often chosen because they remind owners of the unprecedented times when they developed a relationship. Get closer to your pets.

“That’s when we can look back and wonder, ‘A puppy (with a name) related to Covid, did you get it during Covid?’ and now we have a great conversation,” Ellis told CNN.

Celebrities and musicians are also inspired by pet names. Dogs named Boseman are up 1,063%, while cats named Chadwick are up 400% in honor of the late actor Chadwick Boseman. Britney Spears’ conservatorship battle influenced dog names Britney Spears and Jamie Lynn, while Crazy – presumably inspired by her 1998 hit song – increased 68%.

“People feel like they’re living a little bit with a celebrity, and for most of us, pets are the celebrities in our lives and what makes us so happy,” says Ellis. and excited,” Ellis said.

On the other hand, cats named Ellen dropped 129%, while Kanye and both Taylor and Taylor Swift downward trend. Jaffe expects names associated with Taylor Swift to increase in 2022, as does Adele.

As some fans fill the stadiums this football season, others have taken their obsession with the sport to the next level. DK, inspired by the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, is the most popular football dog name, up 563%. Gronk, after New England’s Patriot Rob Gronkowski, was the most trending soccer-inspired cat name, up 276 percent.

Many dog ​​owners who miss out on live sports also look forward to traveling, leading to a rise in names inspired by foreign food – especially France -. For dogs, the name Caviar increases by 800% and Dijon by 700%. When it comes to cats, Baguette is up 600% and Raclette is up 300%.

“When people are a bit travel-deprived, they are looking for pet names as a way to remember some of the things they remember, and when we name our pets inspired by their favorite food or favorite spots, to our favorite travel, that’s Jaffe said.

Other trends include dogs named Doge do Cryptocurrency craze, names inspired by space, names inspired by tech giants and Vegan food names.

This year, the top dog name is Bella, followed by Luna, Lucy and Daisy. For men, Max took the top spot, followed by Charlie, Milo and Buddy. The humanization of pets has continued to grow – 61% of pet owners said their pets already have a human name. Others said they would name their future pet.

The way these top names sound is also a factor behind their popularity. According to Ellis, most pet owners will feel comfortable shouting people’s names in public. Many of these names sound distinct from the things owners would ask their dogs to do.

According to Ellis, “super simple, short, and positive names” are best for dog owners, as are names that can be shortened. Ellis likes to give dogs two-syllable names because they roll their tongues out easily.

Next year, Jaffe is expected to see the continued influence of pop culture in pet names, as well as names inspired by more niche interests and passions.

“We all want our dogs to feel loved or to feel special, so that feeling of happiness is really important and that comes with a name,” says Ellis.

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