Saturday, December 13, 2014

Meeting a Dog With the Same Name as You

The website 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
1. Max
2. Buddy
3. Charlie
4. Jack
5. Cooper
6. Rocky
7. Toby
8. Tucker
9. Jake
10. Bear

Top female dog names
1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Daisy
4. Molly
5. Lola
6. Sophie
7. Sadie
8. Maggie
9. Chloe
10. Bailey

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 to calculate how many same-name dogs will be at the park.