Any dog owner will agree: pets truly are our best friends. In fact, according to Rover, a dog-sitting matching service, a full 94 percent of dog-owning Americans say their pets are another beloved member of the family.
And as with any other member of the family, they of course need to be given a name. But which one should you choose to truly honor your four-legged friend?
Rover dug through the data to find the most common pet names across all 50 states. The list below is a great place to start when thinking about the best moniker for man’s best friend.
For males, Rover revealed that the name Max still reigns supreme. The other top 10 male dog names include Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rockie, Oliver, Bear, Duke, and Tucker.
For females, Bella comes in at number one followed by Lucy, Daisy, Luna, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Maggie, Bailey, and Sophie.
Do you notice a pattern here? According to Rover, 44 percent of all dog names are human names. And as you can see, some of the names above like Oliver, Jack, Bella, and Lucy actually overlap with the top 100 human names.
Other things that influences our name selections include pop culture. As Rover noted, names of powerful women like Oprah, Madonna, and Katniss have increased in popularity by 21 percent over the last year. "Wonder Woman" names, like Diana, are also up a full 45 percent this year.
But the real runaway winner for pop culture names is undoubtedly Barb, the breakout character name from "Stranger Things." That name’s use has increased 182 percent this year. Clearly we all love entertainment, as 53 percent of dog owners named their pet after a character in a book, television show, or movie.
And we all spend way too much time on the internet, too. Names like Clouds, Fluffer, and Boi, all inspired by the internet, are on the rise, Rover explained. Fluffer in particular has increased in usage by a seriously huge 500 percent.
As for travel-related names, cities are still highly influential when naming a pet. The number one pet name destination goes to Sydney, followed closely by Dallas and Rio.