Picking the perfect name for your pooch is as personal as it gets; after all, you’ll be calling their name in the park for years to come! With one in four Brits owning a dog, an estimated 9 million doggos live in the United Kingdom, making this one truly dog-crazed nation. We’ve let our inner Terriers loose and dug through our doggy database to find such juicy tidbits as which movies, current affairs and celebs have influenced the biggest dog name trends of 2018.
Can you hazard a guess at which pup names are having their dog’s day and which are getting a bit dog-tired? Read on to see if your hunch is on the nose! Then, dig deeper with our infographic to discover which cultural trends are increasingly ‘pawpular’ with dog owners this year.
Top 10 Male Dog Names
Top 10 Female Dog Names
Top Dog Names of 2018 Infographic
Pooches Get Political
Politics has been hot topic in the last year. No matter whether they’re on the left or the right of the spectrum, politicians have been having a ‘ruff’ time of things in 2018. But who’s come off better in the only ‘pawpularity’ poll that really matters?
With her name providing inspiration for four times as many dog owners this year than last year, our embattled Prime Minister Theresa May is top dog over the leader of the opposition, Jeremy, who’s name has plummeted in popularity by more than two thirds since 2017.
When all is said and done in politics, look at who’s had the most dogs named after them. This year, 15% more dogs are called Jacob (hat tip to Mr Rees-Mogg) and 5% fewer pooches are named Boris (sorry, Mr Johnson).
A Royal Obsession
Brits love their dogs so much they treat them like royalty (and who can blame them!), even naming them after members of the Royal Family. With two royal weddings this year, plus a new royal baby, plus nothing else but doom and gloom in the news, perhaps it’s no surprise that dog names with a little royal pedigree are on the rise this year:
- William and Charles are both up 67% since last year
- King is up 83% from last year
- And, as if being fifth in line to the throne wasn’t enough, the birth of William and Kate’s third child has boosted the popularity of the name Louis by 3%
Film Buffs and Music Nerds
Dogs are the superheroes (and the kingpins) of the animal world, so it makes total sense to give our pups names worthy of the silver screen. With the release of a whole host of Marvel franchise movies in the last 12 months, superheroes (and, if we’re getting technical, gods) are leading the pack. Logan’s steel claws are tearing up the competition with a 20% rise since 2017, whilst the Norse god Loki is up 21%.
Dog owners, like the rest of us, are suckers for a bit of movie nostalgia, too. The original Toy Story movie came out way back in 1995, whilst The Lion King barks back to 1994, perhaps prompting today’s dog owners to name their precious pooch after the leaders of a famous pride. Simba is up 15% and Woody is up 11% but the real winner (and let’s be honest, the real hero of The Lion King) is Nala who’s up a roaring 83% since last year.
When it comes to music tastes, our data suggests that more dog owners are bathing in the purple rain than donning their blue suede shoes or giving a countdown to major tom…
- Ziggy is down 20%
- Elvis is down 13%
- Prince is up 29%
Gender Neutral Names
Gender neutral names are more popular than ever, with unisex human baby names rising in popularity by 60% since last year. Fur baby parents are following the trend, too. Check out the doggo names that are on an upwards trend since last year:
- Bobby is up 87%
- Arlo is up 15%
- Frankie is 13%
Top 100 Female Dog Names 2018
Top 100 Male Dog Names 2018
Looking for dog care?
Perhaps you’re about to become a dog owner for the first time (congratulations, you’re making a wonderful choice!) and you’re wondering how you’re going to make your busy work and social calendar work now you have a pup. Or perhaps you’ve been a dog owner for a long time and need to find an alternative to dog kennels, or asking your friends and family to care for your pooch.
Help is at hand! At DogBuddy.com, you can browse the UK’s largest and best network of experienced and loving dog sitters, read reviews and see ratings provided by other dog owners just like you. Whatever’s keeping you busy, work or play, you can find someone who’ll give your pooch a home-from-home experience. Find your perfect dog sitter using DogBuddy’s website or, if you’re on the go, our Android or iOS apps.
Which dog breed is right for you?
With so many different kinds of dogs to choose from, you may be wondering which dog breed is right for you. We’ve put together some handy dog breed guides so you can make an informed decision about which pooch is the perfect one for you.
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