Trendiest Pet Names: Which One Is Your Favorite?
Living 2012/04/09 21:49:52
Move over, Fido, Spot and Fluffy. Vetstreet.com recently reviewed the pet names that have been trending for the last 12 years, and they sound a lot more like celebrity baby names than, well, monikers for dogs and cats. The names Lola and Stella ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for both female dogs and cats. For male dogs, Bentley and Diesel ranked No. 1 and No. 2; for male cats, Dexter and Cooper took the tops spots.
Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard," sees a "Guys and Dolls-style" trend in current pet names. "Parents are giving pets the more extreme versions of their kids' names," Wattenberg tells vetstreet. "While they're happy to name their children Leo and Max, they aren't quite ready for Lulu or Milo for their kids."
She also thinks the names for female cats are more human and warmer than in the past, showing that people now feel an increased connection to their pets. "The more human names we give our pets, the more family-like a role they tend to play. These names lend a feeling of warmth and personal attachment to the pet," Wattenberg says. Unisex names are also hot, and so are pop-culture influenced names (Piper, Marley, Willow, Ziggy, etc.). What's your favorite trendy pet name?
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