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 San Diego 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 San Diego? 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 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: Rico (+1,314%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Jasper (+1,801%)
San Diego Pet Name Trends for 2021
- San Diego dog owners love food-inspired names, and the #1 trending this year is Pickles, up 714%.
- The pandemic has people thinking about surfing more than usual. The dog names Maui, Reef and Sunny trending up 394%, 414% and 324%, respectively.
- Kobe, after the late Kobe Bryant, is trending up 202% in dogs this year.
- Popular cartoons are influencing cat names in San Diego. Among the top trending are Tom (+301%) and Bagheera (+201%).
More Fun for San Diego’s Dogs and Cats
San Diego pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- Where Can I Take My Dog Swimming Near San Diego?
- Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in San Diego
- Dog’s Day Out: San Diego
- Fun Merch to Personalize with Your Dog or Cat’s Name!
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