There’s nothing quite like looking into your new pet’s eyes and choosing the perfect name that feels, well, perfect. Whether you’re basing it on your pet’s personality, your favorite author, TV character, or sports figure, or your current obsession, it’s got to be just right. And that’s fortunate, since you’ll likely end up hollering it across the house about a million times.
Which dog and cat names are popular this year in Chicago? Did your pet’s name make the top 5 locally? Or maybe even the top 100 in the country? As the nation’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 Chicago this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
Did your dog or cat’s name make the list?
These cat and dog names have jumped up most in popularity this year. They showcase what’s gaining traction in Chicago.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Nani
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Oreo
- Da dogs, da cats: Proving Super Bowl winning coaches never go out of style in the Windy City, 75% more Chicagoans are naming their dogs Ditka this year over last. However, after an uninspired run at the playoffs, Wrigley has fallen out of favor as a cat name. You win some, you lose some.
- Chicago pride rides high: If you really love your city, why not name your dog after it? The name Chicago is trending up 100% among dog lovers. And local landmark Willis Tower served as the name inspiration for 33% more folks this year, too.
- Chicago goes Hollywood: This year, names inspired by Chicago-based TV shows are all the rage. Fiona, a main character in Shameless, is trending up for cats while Rafi from The League is up 100% for dogs.
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