Rona, Fauci, Mamba: 2020’s most popular dog names revealed

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Baton Rouge, LA (BRPROUD) — Rover, the online marketplace for people to buy and sell pet care services, released its annual list of the most popular and trending names for dogs.


“Covi” was up 1,159%, “Rona” was up 69%, “Corona” was up 24% and “Fauci,” after Dr. Anthony Fauci, also became a trending name.

Streaming television shows

  • Geralt, from “The Witcher,” is the No. 1 trending dog name (up 9,308%).
  • Mando, from “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, is the No. 2 trending dog name (up 2,658%).
  • Carole, from “The Tiger King,” is up 46%.

Gaming Names

Midas, Blaze and Banshee from Fortnite; Hanzo from Overwatch; Ship of Animal Crossing; and Griggs, Gaz and Ghost from Call of Duty are some names that have trended upward this year for both dogs and cats.

Names after musicians

  • Lizzo trended up 458% for dogs and 100% for cats.
  • Taylor Swift trended up 92% in 2020 for dogs.
  • Kanye is up 33% among dog names.

Names after sports stars

  • After his tragic death earlier this year in a helicopter crash, people have been apparently naming their pets in honor of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was up 16%, Mamba 111% and Black Mamba 58% for dog names. Kobe’s daughter Gianna, who also died in the crash, trended up 20%.
  • Many dog-owners named their furry friends after soccer star Neymar, as that name trended up 58%.
  • Dogs named Ruth or Ruth Bader trended up 19%, while cats named Ruth trended up 16% as a tribute to the late Supreme Court justice, who died in September.

Marijuana-inspired names

  • Ganja at 685%, Hash at 58%, Stavia at 33%, Haze at 21% and Dank at 13% are all marijuana-themed names that trended up in dogs.
  • For cats, Hash at 100%, Cheeba and Ganja at 50% each, Indica at 39% and Mary Jane at 11% were some of the top-trending names.

To check out the full report for the most popular or trending names for dogs, click or tap here; for cats, click or tap here.

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