Updated on December 15, 2014
Most Popular Dog Names of 2014
Okay, I confess. The release of the year’s most popular dog names is more exciting for me than the Academy Awards and the Grammys combined. You’re a dog lover- surely you can relate to this.
Now, let’s share the excitement. Drumroll please as I present the highlights from 2014’s most popular dog names. There were some interesting trends this year:
- Eighteen of the top 20 names are human names. Perhaps this correlates with the growing trend of people referring to themselves as “pet parents” rather than “pet owners”.
- Compared to 2013, there was a significant rise in food and beverage-themed names such as “Guinness,” Kahlua,” “Coconut,” and “Kale”.
- There was a huge jump in names associated with things found in the great outdoors (perhaps a by product of our “going green” culture). “Lightning,” “Shadow,” “Clover,” “Panda,” and “Moose” are some examples.
- Pop culture shaped how we named our dogs this year. Many pups were named, “Elsa,” “Olaf,” and “Anna” based on the movie, Frozen (why am I not surprised). The Game of Thrones (I’ve never seen this show) spawned plenty of doggie ID tags inscribed with Khaleesi, Daenarys, Sansa, and Tyrion. Any of these names are quite the mouthful when contemplating an effective recall command!
- Newly retired New York Yankee superstar, Derek Jeter must feel flattered. “Jeter” made the top ten list of sports-related names.
- No great surprise to see “Max” and “Bella” leading the pack of male and female names. Both are good, rock-solid dog names, and have been super popular for years.
I enjoyed these results, just as I do most every year. As long as “Lucky” doesn’t make the top ten list, I’m a happy camper. Every “Lucky” I’ve known was lucky enough to get kicked by a horse, run over by a truck, whooped in a dog fight, or trapped in a garage for days.
How did you choose your pets’ names?
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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