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 New York City 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 New York City? 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 New York City this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
New York City’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 the city.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Maxine (+1,884%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Cody (+1,833%)
New York City Pet Name Trends for 2021
- Mover over Alexis Rose, New York’s favorite Schitt’s Creek leading lady is Twyla, trending up for dogs by 1,284%.
- Did New Yorkers spend lockdown re-binging Game of Thrones? Sansa and Drago are trending up for dogs by 984% and 684%, respectively.
- Brooklyn-born Ruth Bader Ginsburg is remembered by New Yorkers as cats named were trending up by 333% in 2021.
- For the first time, we saw cats named Siri and Cortana on the list in 2021.
More Fun for New York’s Dogs and Cats
NYC pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- How to Adopt a Dog in New York City
- Dog’s Day Out: New York City
- Top 10 New York City Off-Leash Dog Parks
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