The results are in. The folks at Banfield Pet Hospital have counted the records of over two-and-a-half million canine patients, and totted up the names of its junior guests. We have the most popular dog names of 2018.
It’s been a big year for sci-fi and comic book culture. And that’s more than reflected in some of the trends. But the top ten names of 2018 are mostly traditional human names. And the big news is: Max is nowhere to be seen.
The Marvel Canine Universe
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Avengers: Infinity War, and the phenomenal Black Panther have all had an impact. Black Panther names alone are four times as popular as last year. Nakia, Okoye, and Shuri are among the names you can expect to hear yelled at the park.
There has been a 37% increase in dogs called Iron Man. And if you think you’re being original with your Guardians of the Galaxy-themed name, think again: Star Lord has also seen a 30% rise. Star Lord?
Sci-fi geeks are clamouring for a Lando Calrissian spin-off movie. Well, Donald Glover’s appearance as the smooth-talking scoundrel in this year’s Solo created a 15% surge in dogs named Lando. Is Disney listening?
Pop star Cardi B seems to have held sway with fans. Three times as many dogs were named after her this year, versus 2017. That beats going platinum, right?
As usual, however, the majority of new dog owners have stuck with tried and tested human (or clown) names. Really, Charlie again? And what kind of dog name is Sophie?
See you again this time next year, when hopefully Dumbo will be doing the numbers!
Here’s the countdown, pup-pickers…