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 2020 in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles? 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 Los Angeles this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
Los Angeles’ 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 LA.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: KJ
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Banshee
Los Angeles Pet Name Trends for 2020
- Hipster names continue to provide LA-based dog owners with inspiration: Malone, Alibi, Penny Lane and Edison all topped the trending list.
- Vintage names are trending up including Merle, Arnie, Maybelline, Clio, Edith for dogs and Howard for cats.
- LA neighborhoods and top quarantine getaways provided inspiration for pet lovers with Venice and Hollywood trending for dogs and Catalina trending for cats.
- Kanye’s ill-fated presidential campaign may have inspired dog owners with “Yeezy” topping the list of new, trending dog names.
- Mood-boosting cat names are up with Happy and Flower in the top 10 of trending names.
- The impact of untimely deaths is reflected with an increase in dogs and cats named after the late basketball player Kobe Bryant and actress Naya Rivera with “Kobe” and “Naya” topping the trending list. There was also an increase in dogs named “Laker” and a few dogs were even named Kobe Junior and Kobe Lebron.
More Fun for LA’s Dogs
Los Angeles 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: Los Angeles
- Best Dog-Friendly Companies in Los Angeles
- Top 7 Dog-Friendly Campgrounds near Los Angeles
- Where Can I Take my Dog Swimming Near LA?
- Los Angeles’ Dog Owner Showdown
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