These Are the Most Popular Pet Names of 2022

published Nov 19, 2022
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Looking for pet names? Rover has you covered. This week, the online pet care marketplace released its tenth annual Top Pet Names report, drawing from millions of names provided by pet parents to determine the trendiest cat and dog names in 2022.

“Looking back at pet names data, we can see that the humanization of pets has become an increasingly influential macro trend for pet naming conventions,” Kate Jaffe, trend expert at Rover, said in a press release. “Names we lovingly choose for our pets reflect our passions and lifestyles, and often serve as a time capsule for the moment we welcomed them into our families.”

While Covid-19-inspired pet names like Covi and Rona big in 2020 and 2021, their decline in popularity is a sign that society is ready to return to “normal.” However, Covid-19 vaccine-inspired names are still prevalent, with the name Pfizer trending up 185% for dogs.

Unsurprisingly, many pet parents have also turned to pop culture for pet naming ideas. Thanks to the popular “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” the names Targaryen (up 185%) and Daemon (45%) are trending for dogs. Meanwhile, the popular Gen Z drama “Euphoria” inspired the #1 trending dog name of 2022: Fezco, which is up 3,714% for dogs and 182% for cats.

And apparently, we do talk about Bruno. Disney’s hit 2021 film “Encanto” dominated pet naming trends this year, with the name Mirabel trending upwards for both dogs (up 1,485%) and cats (up 932%). Other popular “Encanto” dog names include Isabela (up 93%) and Bruno (up 26%).

Meanwhile, the western drama “Yellowstone’s” domination over TV ratings has translated into plenty of popular pet names. The main family’s surname, Dutton, is trending up 485% for dogs and 682% for cats. Yeehaw! 

You can check out the most popular dog and cat names below. For even more inspiration, read Rover’s Top Pet Names Report for cats and dogs.

Most Popular Female Dog Names

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  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Daisy
  4. Lucy
  5. Lily
  6. Zoe
  7. Lola
  8. Sadie
  9. Bailey
  10. Stella

Most Popular Male Dog Names

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  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Milo
  5. Buddy
  6. Rocky
  7. Bear
  8. Teddy
  9. Duke
  10. Leo

Most Popular Female Cat Names

  1. Luna
  2. Lily
  3. Bella
  4. Lucy
  5. Nala
  6. Callie
  7. Kitty
  8. Cleo
  9. Willow
  10. Chloe

Most Popular Male Cat Names

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  1. Oliver
  2. Milo
  3. Leo
  4. Charlie
  5. Max
  6. Loki
  7. Simba
  8. Jack
  9. Ollie
  10. Jasper