The name you choose for your dog is more than just what you call them. A name, whether for a human or a pet, has significant meaning, and the names we choose for our dogs often reflect the things that matter most to us. Whether they showcase our passions and interests or reflect what’s happening in the world around us, 2022 saw a lot of new dogs, and (unsurprisingly) a lot of new dog names.
Rover's 2022 Top Dog Names Annual list is officially out, and we finally have some change at the top.
After 10 years, Luna has at long last overtaken Bella as the most popular female dog name for the year. Bella had held the crown since 2012, when Rover first started determining the most popular names in its database of millions of pets.
It's more of a snoozer on the male side, where Max retained the No. 1 spot for the 10th year in a row. But let’s first dive into the names on the 10 most "trending" list.
The top trending dog names this year are:
Do you recognize the “trends” here? We know that Fezco comes from HBO’s Euphoria and Mirabel is the protagonist in Disney's Encanto, but what we cannot understand is why people are naming their dogs Mommy…
Top 10 Female Dog Names of 2022:
Luna has been on quite the odyssey to claim the top step on the podium of female names. Back in 2013, Luna ranked 20th, according to Rover. By 2018, Luna was second, and she finally made the jump to first this year. We bet you know a dog named Luna!
Daisy leapt from fourth up to third this year, switching spots with Lucy. Lily exchanged positions with Zoe, moving from sixth to fifth.
Top 10 Male Dog Names of 2022:
Seeing the name Max at the top year after year is always a surprise. I'm not saying Max isn't a good boy dog name, but let’s face it: there are millions of others to choose from. Wouldn't it be nice to see another name in the top spot for once? Maybe it's Charlie's turn in 2023 after he was yet again in the No. 2 spot for 2022. (Although my female dog is named Charlie, and I think that’s way cooler).
Cooper returned to the number three spot one year after falling completely out of the top 10, making quite the comeback.
After two years of gaining popularity, or “pupularity” we should say, the dog name Covid is trending down – 85% from last year, Rover said – with Rona and Fauci also down 27% and 55%. The only COVID-inspired name that’s up is Pfizer, up 185% from last year.
Top food-themed dog names
New to the list:
- Cheddar Cheese
- Cheeto Puff
- Taco Bella
- Spicy Nugget
More food-themed trends:
Pizza’s always popular, but the name Calzone is even more so in 2022 (up 435%!).
Meat and cheese continue to be popular categories: Bologna is up 185%, followed by Feta (up 167%) and Paneer (up 85%).
Fungi were having a moment this year: The name Morel was up 135% and Chanterelle was up 85%.
Other popular faves include Oat (up 160%), Maple Syrup (up 107%), Vodka (up 85%), and Cauliflower (also up 85%).
Celebrities dog names:2022 put Keanu Reeves, Stanley Tucci, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, and Steve Buscemi on the map for dog names.
‘90s fashion was in this year, and so were dog names inspired by movie stars and celebrities of the ‘90s. Dogs named Julia Roberts (135%), Robin Williams (85%), Samuel L. Greyhound (85%), and Brad Pitt (51%)are trending up this year.
You may have heard of various dramas involving the Don’t Worry Darling cast and ex-cast. Was Shia LaBeouf fired? Did Harry Styles really spit on Chris Pine? The only thing we know for sure is that the dog name Florence is trending up 31% while Olivia, Harry Styles, and Chris are trending down 12%, 15%, and 33%. We should also mention that there are dogs named Shia Laruff…
Musician-themed dog names have always been a popular choice, and 2022 is no exception. With millennial artists having their fair share of the spotlight, these celebrity names are popping up. Bieber is trending up 185%. Spears is up 135%, and Jlo is up 118%. Doja Cat (up 85%), Jimin (up 35%), and Styles (up 25%) were trending as well, with honorable mentions Dolly Barkin and Mr. Worldwide also catching our attention.
It appears that every Real Housewives franchise is inspiring dog names across the US. And while we could go on and on about it (ahem, Dorit), we’ll stick to some highlights:
Beverly Hills: The top trending Real Housewives of Beverly Hills-inspired dog names are Denise (110%), Yolanda (42%), Sutton (27%), and Lisa (25%). Crystal, Erika and Kyle are all trending down 11%, 15%, and 21% respectively. 2022 put the dog name Dorit on the map.
New Jersey: RHONJ dog names are trending high to the sky like Teresa’s wedding hair. The top trending Real Housewives of New Jersey-inspired dog names are Teresa. (160%), Jen (142%), Margaret (12%), and Dolores (8%).
Atlanta: Despite her departure from Bravo in 2017, Phaedra is the #1 trending dog name inspired by the Real Housewives of Atlanta. The nameKandi is trending up by 96% for dogs—should Kandi Koated expand to pet accessories, anyone?
Did your dog’s name make any of these lists? If you got a puppy in 2022, were you considered popular or trendy with your choice?
**The Top Pet Names 2022 report was developed by Rover in 2022. Results are based on analysis of millions of user-submitted pet names provided by pet parents on Rover.com. This report is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the brands, celebrities and businesses mentioned within.
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