Max is the most popular name for male dogs this year and Bella is the most popular for female dogs, according to Rover.com’s sixth annual survey of dog names.
The online network of pet sitters and dog walkers worldwide developed its report by analyzing millions of dog names provided to the website.
From the database of user-submitted names Rover.com determined that human names topped the list of names most commonly given to dogs by their owners in 2018, and some of the year’s top names for human babies also were top choices for dogs.
More than 36 percent of dog names this year also are human names.
“Nine out of 10 pet parents consider their dogs full-fledged members of the family. They’re not just pets, but part of the family we choose,” said Halle Hutchison, vice president of marketing for Rover.com. “Our dogs and what we choose to call them is part of our self-expression, which is why people name their pets after the things they love and admire, from pop culture icons to superheroes.”
As she noted, pop culture was popular with dog-namers again this year, with 33 percent of pet parents selecting names based on TV shows, video games, movies or books and 12 percent finding their inspiration in historical figures.
Here’s a look at the details of dog-naming in 2018:
Top 10 names for male dogs
Max, No. 1; Charlies, No. 2; Cooper, No. 3 and trending up from 2017; Buddy, No. 4 and trending down from 2017; Jack, No. 5; Rocky, No. 6; Duke, No. 7 and trending up; Bear, No. 8 and trending down; Tucker, No. 9; and Oliver, No. 10.
The names Max, Charlie, Cooper, Jack and Oliver also are on Baby Center’s list of top 100 names for human babies.
Top 10 names for female dogs
Bella, No. 1; Lucy, No. 2; Luna, No. 3 and trending up; Daisy, No. 4 and trending down; Lola, No. 5; Sadie, No. 6 and trending up; Molly, No. 7 and trending down; Bailey, No. 8; Maggie, No. 9; and Stella, No. 10.
The names Bella, Lucy, Luna and Stella also are on Baby Center’s list of top 100 names for human babies.
While Rover.com could not provide a Pennsylvania list of top dog names in 2018.
Top names for male dogs in the City of Brotherly Love are Max, Cooper, Charlie, Buddy and Rocky; for female dogs, Bella, Lucy, Lune, Daisy and Bailey.
Dog owners in the home of the Super Bowl Champion Eagles picked football-related names for their dogs 25 percent more in 2018.
They also looked to famous locals for canine monikers, including Rocky, Eve and Amber Rose.
Top male dog names selected by Pittsburghers in 2018 were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Tucker, Buddy, Bear, Jack, Rocky, Harley and Toby.
For female dogs, owners in the Steel City opted for the top selections of Bella, Lucy, Bailey, Daisy, Luna, Sadie, Molly, Piper, Sophie and Penny.