The website Rover.com put out a list of the most popular dog names for 2014, along with lots of other fascinating statistics.
The top choices — Max for male dogs, Bella for females — won't come as a surprise to people tracking dog names. (The same picks were at the top of a chart compiled last year by WNYC.)
Top male dog names
Top female dog names
As I mentioned last year, having your baby's name on this list shouldn't be alarming. The popularity of dog and human names often move in lockstep.
In fact, dog names may be a leading indicator for what's going to catch on with babies. (Dog owners are more adventurous with names; whereas parents are going to be more conservative and may not pick a name until it's begun to trend more broadly.)
It's likely that Cooper gained a following in the dog world before more parents embraced it. The moniker now ranks in the top 100 for babies.
Lucy is another surging human name with a solid dog foundation. (Lucy ranks 66th for humans, and second for dogs.) That means our daughter is bound to encounter lots of canine namesakes in her life.
I don't see any harm in that. But I suppose it could be another variable for soon-to-be parents to track. Instead of just worrying about how the same-name kids in your daughter's kindergarten class, you can check Rover.com to calculate how many same-name dogs will be at the park.