Finding a name for your dog that is both unique and meaningful can be an arduous task, but inspiration can come from the most unexpected of places, a study has found.
The research, conducted by Rover.com , the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers found that while half of pet owners had pre-selected their name before they met their pet for the first time 20 percent said they waited to understand their dog’s personality.
Meanwhile, 12 percent of owners admitted they had previously considered using the name of their hound for their child and 5 percent even picked their dog’s name from a baby book.
Despite this, the report unearthed some rather unique monikers that have gained popularity this year, inspired by events that have taken place during 2021.
Whether it be the long-awaited sporting events like the Euros or the Olympics, pop culture phenomena such as cult TV shows Money Heist or Love Island and even the ongoing pandemic news, these events have influenced the naming trends, producing some weird and wonderful new names to be called out in the dog park.
Adem Fehmi, Rover’s canine behaviourist, said: “Naming your dog is never an easy task, and after a year like no other, it’s easy to see how a whole host of new names have trended upwards this year.
“The bonds between pets and owners are as strong and individual as ever, so owners have increasingly looked for something unique which reflects them and their pup. With people increasingly drawing on trends for inspiration, it means each year’s report is just as fascinating as the last.”
Although it was disappointment for England at the European Championships, extending the years of hurt into 55 and counting, the squad still managed to see positive results off the pitch by inspiring pet names.
Fan favourite Jack (Grealish) topped the list of team members, while captain Harry Kane saw both his first and last name both featured in the top five. Luke (Shaw), saw the largest increase at 409 percent.
Wimbledon also made an appearance in the rankings, with Murray trending upwards by 760 per cent and Roger increasing by 234 percent.
2021 was also the year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics which viewers across the globe tuned in to cheer on their country.
The Japanese capital city managed to climb up the leader board of dog names too, with an increase of 809 percent, although it could have been aided by the fact that Netflix’s hit show Money Heist’s protagonist Silene Oliveira was nicknamed after the city.
The most popular travel-inspired names were China, Chile, Sofia, and India, while Santorini entered the list for the first time.
Following another season of the hugely popular Love Island, enjoyed by A-listers like Margot Robbie, it appears that plenty of people felt like the contestants were ‘their type on paper’- at least when it came to dog’s names.
Teddy rocketed to number five in the overall UK rankings of most popular dog’s names, while Hugo, Toby and Millie were the other three most popular names from the hit show.
There also appears to be a new wave of doggy names based on another guilty pleasure; Netflix’s Bridgerton.
The research found Simon saw an increase of 359 percent, while Daphne is up 66 per cent. Meanwhile, perhaps based on Penelope’s duplicity as Lady Whistledown, her name is down 91 per cent, but for the first time Eloise was put on the map.
It hasn’t been just sporting and pop cultural events that have defined the trends of 2021; Rover.com also discovered that even the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact.
For the first time, pandemic-inspired names such as Delta, Rona, Covi and Covid appeared - although the number of dogs named Boris have decreased 9 per cent.
While the main themes of 2021 helped to inspire an eclectic and sometimes unusual mix of names, Luna officially became the UK’s most popular moniker, closely followed by last year’s favourite, Bella, and top choice for males, Milo.
What 2022 will bring is at the moment uncertain, but what is for sure is that it’ll inspire many more unique- and sometimes bizarre- dog names.
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