In early December, Rover.com, the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers, released its first annual report analyzing the year’s most popular dog names in Canada. Rover dug into the data of thousands of dogs nationwide and dominating this year’s list were names inspired by popular baby names, with retro monikers becoming hotter than ever. Television and sports-themed names had a strong showing, and the Royals became a new source of inspiration with names like Sophie, George, Harry and Charlotte reigning supreme.
Rover’s data revealed that now more than ever, Canadians turn to human names as a source of inspiration, highlighting just how close they are to their pets. In fact, over 94 per cent of pet parents consider their dog a member of the family and over 28 per cent of all dog names are decidedly human. Top baby names like Charlie, Bella, Luna and Jack topped the list, while names with a retro flare like Minni, Fred and Pear also made an appearance. Canadians continue to embrace old school names and Rover expects names like Martha, Louise, Beatrice and Roy to make a splash in the dog community in 2019.
“We continue to see pets become more and more a part of the family with many pet owners even calling themselves “pet parents.” Forty-fourper cent of millennials see pets as a surrogate for children,” said Megan Teepe, GM, International of Rover. “This shift in attitude toward pet ownership goes hand in hand with the increase in care taken during the naming process. Just like a child, the naming of a dog is a form of expression, showcasing the dog’s personality and a pet parent’s love for their pet.”
The Dog People at Rover have one of the largest databases of dog names in North America. Rover’s team of analysts dug into the data and discovered that Canadians find naming inspiration in everything from hot new TV shows to their favourite sports teams.
Pop culture stays on top
Canadians draw inspiration from the world around them. That includes favourite TV shows, movies, and celebrities. This year pop culture-inspired names stayed popular, representing 8 per cent of all dog names. Most notably, as The Handmaid’s Tale enters its third season Canadians have taken notice, giving their pups names from the dystopian thriller.
- Canadians can’t stop watching Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The television hit inspired names like Fred, Luke, Serena and Rita, with the latter increasing by 250 per cent year over year.
- Game of Thrones is still inspiring Canadians when it comes to their four-legged friends, but with the last season coming to TV in 2019, winter may finally be here. Arya, Jon and Khaleesi all trended downward year over year.
- Canucks are crazy for Netflix’s Riverdale and the show has proven to have a big impact on Canadians’ pups. The names Archie, Betty and Jughead have all increased in popularity year over year.
- Celebrity baby names like Jack, Milo, Stella and Leo had the country seeing stars in 2018.
- In 2019, Rover anticipates that Mabel, Bodhi and Marshall will top the list as Canada’s love of celebrity culture continues to grow.
Sports names scored big in 2018
There’s no denying Canada’s passion for sports, with three of the nation’s teams calling Toronto home. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays all hit home runs on the dog name list. In fact, sports-related dog names were up 22 per cent this year.
- With the resurgence of Leafs Nation, Maple, Auston and Marleau deked out the competition, becoming popular picks for Canada’s furry friends in 2018.
- Other MVPs from the NHL also included Miro and Guy.
- The Raptors scored a slam dunk with Canadian dog names. Fred, Miles and Miller all took home a trophy on the list.
- Kevin, Luke and Marco showed the Toronto Blue Jays love with their appearance on the list.
Canadians crowned their dogs with royal names
It was a big year for the Royal Family and pet parents followed suit. Not only did millions tune in to catch Meghan and Harry tie the knot, but Canadians named their dogs after royals in bunches. Sophia, George, Harry, Charlotte and Prince ruled 2018.
You can see the full Top Canadian Dog Names infographic here.
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The Top Dog Names report was developed by Rover between October and December 2018. Results are based on analysis of thousands of user-submitted dog names provided by owners on Rover.com.