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 San Diego? 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 San Diego this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
San Diego’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 San Diego.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Rhea
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Salem
San Diego Pet Name Trends for 2019
- Gone, but not forgotten (Unless you’re the Chargers): This past year San Diegans sadly had to say goodbye to their famous giant pandas, Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu when they were returned to China. City residents paid homage by making the dog name Panda trend up by 84%. Conversely, San Diego residents said a resounding, “See ya!” to their long time football team, the Chargers, and the popularity of the name fell sharply.
- Nerdiness is cool, especially in San Diego: Home to the world famous ComicCon, San Diegoans take equal parts inspiration from Marvel movies and outer space. This past year, Thor, Thanos, and Storm all trended up for dogs while Loki rose for cats. Astro saw a rise in popularity of more than 500% while Comet, Mars, and Galaxy also trended up in space-inspired names.
- Classics are classic for a reason: San Diego residents see no reason to mess with a good thing. This past year saw classic flower-inspired cat like Rosie, Lily, Lilly and Iris and Daisy for dogs stay popular in the polls.
More Fun for San Diego’s Dogs
San Diego pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
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