The results are in! Every year we dig into Rover’s database of over a million pet parents to uncover pet name trends, including the most popular dog and cat names of 2021 in Austin and across the US.
While the trends change, one thing remains the same: The names dog owners choose to give their pets are often a direct reflection of who they are, what they like, and what’s going on in the world at the time. As pet parents ourselves, we know how important a pet’s name is and how much thought goes into finding just the right one—which makes sense, considering it’s likely to be hollered across the house about a million times. Whether you’re basing a new pet’s name on their personality, your favorite musician, celebrity, snack food, or your current obsession, it’s got to be just perfect.
So, which dog and cat names are popular this year in Austin? Did your dog’s name make the top 5 locally? Or maybe even the top 100 in the country? What about your cat’s name? As the world’s largest network of dog walkers and pet sitters, Rover has heard just about every pet name there is. We dug through our data to find the most popular cat and dog names in Austin this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
Austin’s Top Dog and Cat Names
Did your dog or cat’s name make the list?
Top 5 Male Dog Names
Top 5 Female Dog Names
Top 5 Male Cat Names
Top 5 Female Cat Names
These cat and dog names have jumped up most in popularity this year. They showcase what’s gaining traction in Austin.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Rico (+1,230%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Sushi (+944%)
Austin Pet Name Trends for 2021
- Food-inspired names: Hershey is up 1,030% for dogs, while Sushi is up 944% and Bean is up 544% for cats.
- Alcohol-inspired names: Tequila is up 630% and Merlot is up 330% for dogs.
- Olympics: Manny, after Puerto Rican Skateboarder Manny Santiago, is up 730% for dogs. Amber, inspired by USA Women’s Skeet Shooting Gold Medalist Amber English, is up 730%.
- Dogs named Greta are trending up 930%, perhaps inspired by Swedish Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg, or American Rock Band, Greta Van Fleet.
- For the first time in Austin, the dog names Rona and Zoom made the list after another year with Covid-19.
- After a year of wild weather in Austin, it’s no surprise that Storm is the most popular new-to-the-list name for cats. Snow was also new to the list.
More Fun for Austin’s Dogs and Cats
Austin pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- Dog’s Day Out: Austin
- The Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants and More in Austin, Texas
- Top 7 Dog Parks in Austin
- Get Your Dog or Cats Name on a Mug or Tote
- Rover’s Dog Owner Showdown: Austin
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