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 New York City? 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 NYC 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 the city.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Chicken
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Dottie
- You win some, you lose some: But New Yorkers won’t celebrate you unless you win if our data proves anything. This past year the names Jet and Yankee both trended down while Met rose in the ranks by 200%.
- When you live in the best city on earth, well…: I guess it might be kind of hard not to flaunt it. This past year, the dog name Bronx trended up by 41%, Brighton was up 400%, and Harlem rose 142% in popularity.
- Friends until the bitter end: Love it or leave it, Friends still has a big influence on how New Yorkers are naming their pets. Dogs named Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler were up, but Rachel actually trended down. For cats, the biggest TV influence was Broad City, with the name Abby trending up by 240%.
- Kitchen staples: Who knows why, but naming dogs after common pantry items was super on-trend this year in the Big Apple and no, Apple wasn’t one of the trending names. Instead, this year’s culinary-inspired trendy names were Chicken, Milk, Salty, and Chips, all up an eye-popping average of 675%!
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
Thanks to Rover, it’s never been easier to find a trusted dog walker or pet sitter in your neighborhood. Search and book the perfect sitter to take care of your Max. Or Luna. Or Bella. Or Kitty. Or Oliver. Or Jack….