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The Most Popular Dog Names of 2018

For many of us, coming up with that perfect name for our furriest family members is challenging, albeit fun! You want a name that perfectly conveys their personality, reflects your own style, tastes, and interests, and is meaningful enough to honor your very best friend for the rest of their life (and yours)!

While there are classic names that are always on trend and topping the charts, each year sees new pop culture trends appearing in our pet’s names, too.

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Rover.com, the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, unveiled its sixth annual report of the year’s most popular dog names. Human names for dogs topped the 2018 list, and many of the year’s top baby names are also popular dog names. Pop culture names were once again among the most popular, with names inspired by movies, musicians, and the royal family standing out as trendsetters for 2018.

This year’s top names highlight the powerful influence of pop culture. Names inspired by newsmakers like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, “Fortnite,” “Black Panther” and celebrity babies rose dramatically. The name Cardi rose more than 1,000%, Nakia of “Black Panther” is up 560%, Gambino rose 190% and Stormi (daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott) increased 240%.

These trends echo a new survey from Rover, which found 33 percent of pet parents named their dog after a character from a TV show, video game, movie or book, and another 12 percent took inspiration…


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