​Top 2018 Dog Names Revealed And Some Of Them Are Just Plain Weird

Now that PornHub has released its 2018 Year in Review, it only seems right that the rest of the world follows suit with a bit of end-of-year reflection.

For most of us, that'll probably mean sobbing into a pint of beer knowing that we achieved next to nothing in the last 12 months (no? Just me?), but for dog-walking company Rover that involves compiling some interesting insight to what everyone's been naming their pooches. Spoiler alert: things are getting a bit weird.

According to the review, the top male dog names of 2018 are - in descending order - Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Duke, Bear, Tucker and Oliver, while the most popular female dog names are Bella, Lucy, Luna, Daisy, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Bailey, Maggie and Stella.

While many people have been sticking to the classics, with retro dog names like Pearl, Willie and Fred up 17 percent from last year, hipster names like Soy, Inari, Oak, Brew and Bae are disturbingly also on the rise.

Some have even decided to name their good boys after bad guys, with dogs named after popular villains up 18 percent from 2017 - think Loki, Bane, Sid, Anakin and Lex - while dogs called 'Pennywise' have also increased in number by 500 percent this year. Wow.


Next year, the villainous names to look out for are apparently Thanos (which is up 215 percent), Jafar, Darth, Gaston and Bates.

Similarly, others have drawn inspiration from sci-fi flicks, with tributes to Guardians of the Galaxy, Rogue One, Wonder Woman, Thor and Avengers all up this year. The name Drax has even increased in popularity by a whopping 186 percent, and names from Westworld like Maeve, Dolores, Logan, Elsie and Teddy are also enjoying some time in the limelight right now.

Drax in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. Credit: Disney
Drax in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. Credit: Disney

Unsurprisingly, Fortnite names are also trending, including Zoey, Lucky, Rex, Ranger, Raven, Trooper, Petunia, Mako, Magnus and Tracker, as are ones that nod to Britain's royal family - with Sophie, George, Prince, Charlotte and Harry the top monikers, and Harry and Megan up 133 percent and 129 percent respectively.

Food names for dogs have always been a thing, but apparently our obsession with all things brunch has gone one step further this year, with names like Biscuit, Cinnamon, Muffin, Waffles and Beans up 12 percent.

We're also equally obsessed with booze, too, with alcohol-related names including Whiskey, Porter, Guinness, Brandy and Amber up 17 percent.

Food names to look out for in 2019? Cous Cous, Crisco, Cheetos, Pasta and Ramen, apparently.

Long gone are the days of Fido and Spike, it seems...

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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