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Move Over Fido, Pop Culture Pet Names Are on The Rise

This year's hottest dog names are inspired by Pokemon, "Stranger Things" and other pop culture trends.

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The days of "plain" dog names like Fido and Sparky are long past -- this year, the hottest pet names were based on pop culture trends, such as Pokemon Go, "Stranger Things" and the play Hamilton.


According to, the top five male dog names for 2016 were:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack


For the ladies, the top scorers were:

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Lola
  • Luna


However, there were also some unique pop culture pet names that saw spikes over the course of the year. The source notes that Eleven and Barb were up 12 percent, and Hamilton rose drastically, particularly in major urban areas -- it was up 96 percent in Washington, D.C. These newly popular names are no surprise given that the research revealed a whopping 75 percent of millennials name their pets after movie or TV characters or celebrities.


On the decline were "cutesy" names like Pookie or Snuggles, as well as classic pup names like Fido and Sparky. Will these traditional names make a comeback in 2017? We'll have to wait and see!


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