The Most Popular Dog Names of 2018
Forget Fido, Rex, and Max. If you’re getting a puppy you better seriously up your name game because people are getting creative.
According to Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary practice, new pet parents were heavily influenced by comic books when naming their pets in 2018. After the hospital parsed through the records of more than 2.5 million of their four-legged patients, it found that this year pet owners were loving Black Panther-inspired monikers. Names like Nakia, Okoye, and Shuri quadrupled in popularity, Mental Floss reported after checking out the data.
A full 37 percent more dogs were named Iron Man this year over last likely due to the release of Avengers Infinity War. Additionally, 30 percent more dogs were named Star Lord after the lead character in Guardians of the Galaxy, who also made an appearance in the latest Avengers film.
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People apparently still have plenty of love for Star Wars too. According to the data, the name Lando saw a 15 percent spike in 2018 following the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Movies aren’t the only thing inspiring pet names. According to the data, people also apparently very into Cardi B and her music this year. In fact, three times as many dogs were named after the singer/rapper in 2018 than they were in 2017.
While it’s certainly fun to get creative with pet names, the classic still reign supreme. Here are the top 10 most popular dog names in 2018 for you to consider, according to Banfield: