The top dog names of 2017: Pet owners prefer human names

(ROVER.COM) - Rover.com, the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers, dug through its massive database to determine the Top Dog Names of 2017 and found that once again pet owners in the U.S. prefer human names.

The top name for 2017 is “Max” for male dogs and “Bella” for female dogs.

In addition to “Max”, the top five male dog names include “Charlie”, “Cooper”, “Buddy”, and “Jack”. After “Bella” the top five female dog names are “Lucy”, “Daisy”, “Luna” and “Lola”.

Some fun findings on dog names:

- With dog owners increasingly calling themselves “pet parents,” it’s no surprise we’re naming our pets like our children. Nearly HALF (44%) of names in 2017 are human names – up 57% from last year.

- Pop culture continues to inspire names. A survey by Rover found 53 percent of dog owners reported having a dog named after a book, movie or TV character; for example, Star Wars names are up 70% and “Stranger Things ” is more popular than ever. The name Barb grew 182 percent and Eleven grew 166 percent.

- Female characters deeply inspired Americans this year. “Wonder Woman” -themed names surged (up 45 percent) after the film took over the box office. The name Atwood spiked by 200 percent following the introduction of the breakout series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

- Additionally, “DoggoLingo,” an internet-created language fueled by love for dogs, is a new trend on the rise this year. The name Fluffer increased 500 percent, while names like Floof, Corgo, and Woofer rose 52 percent

The Top Dog Names report was developed by Rover between August and October 2017. Results are based on analysis of millions of user-submitted dog names provided by owners on Rover.com.