Who is the best dog? Move over, Fauci, Covid, Google and Zoom.
The public’s desire to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic has been reflected in the way some dog owners have kept trusted names for their new pets in 2022 – or taken inspiration from pop culture and other current events to baptize them.
For male dogs, Max remained the most popular name given, while Luna became a new favorite choice for female dogs, according to pet care company Rover’s 2022 list of top dog names.
Some of the new and unique names on the list this year: Ted Lasso, Grandpa Max, Lamp, Math, Subpoena, Fudgie the Whale, Squidqard and Uh Oh, Doomsday.
After two years of rising popularity, the Covid dog name is trending down – 85% from last year, Rover said – with Rona and Fauci also down 27% and 55%. The only COVID-inspired name that is on the rise is Pfizer, up 185% from last year.
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Most Common Male Dog Names
Max has remained the top male dog name since 2012, when Rover started tracking the most popular names in its database of millions of pets.
Rosie the dog can’t catch a squirrel
Rosie, it’s all of us.
Rex Huppke, USA TODAY
Most Common Dog Names
After 10 years, Luna has overtaken Bella, the most popular dog name since 2012. In 2013, Luna ranked 20th, according to Rover. In 2018, Luna climbed to second place and finally landed the top spot this year.
The trendiest dog names
The hottest dog name of 2022 is Fezco, inspired by the hit show “Euphoria,” which is up 2,385% this year, according to Rover. Other “Euphoria” names gaining popularity include Fez (+63%), Rue (+35%) and Faye (+24%).
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Top Food Themed Dog Names
New to the list:
- cheddar cheese
- Cheeto puff
- Taco Bella
- spicy nugget
Camille Fine is a Trending Visual Producer on USA TODAY’s NOW Team.
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