What’s In a Pet’s Name (sake)?

August 13, 2014 12:54 pm

Pick the Perfect Family Name for Your Dog or Cat

There is a lot to consider when you are choosing a name for your new dog or cat – not so much for your new goldfish, although even that can seem daunting.
Sadly, my father-in-law didn’t live to meet his namesake and great grandson Clarence, who was born just yesterday. But Clarence, Sr. was here to enjoy seeing his granddaughter name her beloved cat after him, which brought joy to the entire family.
As pet lovers are increasingly thinking of themselves less as owners and more as pet parents, the names they choose are becoming less pet-traditional.

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According to Rover.com, the most popular dog names for 2013 are:

Male dogs:

Max
Charlie
Buddy
Jack
Cooper
Rocky
Riley
Toby
Bear
Harley

Female dogs:

Bella
Lucy
Bailey
Daisy
Lily
Molly
Lola
Maggie
Sadie
Chloe

You can see all 100 of the most popular dog names for 2013 at Rover.com.

According to Vetstreet.com, the top 10 female cat names for 2013 are:

Bella
Lucy
Kitty
Luna
Chloe
Molly
Lily
Sophie
Nala
Daisy

The top 10 male cat names for 2013 are:

Oliver
Max
Tiger
Charlie
Simba
Milo
Smokey
Leo
Jack
Kitty

You can see the top 50 kitten names for each gender at Vetsstreet.com.

Clarence, Sr. was tickled pink when his grand-kitty was named after him, but that may not always be the case with all name sources.  Before you name your pet after Aunt Gertrude or Cousin Herbert, give them a heads up and see how they feel about it.