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 Francisco 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 Francisco? 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 Francisco this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
San Francisco’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 Francisco.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Chai (+2,119%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Jasper (+838%)
San Francisco Pet Name Trends for 2021
- Space-themed cat names are on the rise in SF. Jupiter is up 738% and Apollo is up 438%.
- The new Mortal Kombat movie landed in 2021, and it is influencing dog names. The dog name Cole is the #2 trending in San Francisco, trending up 1,419% this year.
- Michelle Obama’s Mochi and Waffles hit Netflix this year, and the dog names Mochi and Waffles are trending up 271% and 169%, respectively.
- San Franciscans love Dolly Parton. The dog name Dolly is trending up 359%.
More Fun for San Francisco’s Dogs and Cats
San Francisco pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- Top 5 Dog-Friendly Hikes Near San Francisco
- Dog’s Day Out: San Francisco
- Where Can I Take My Dog Swimming Near San Francisco?
- Top 10 Dog Parks in San Francisco
- San Francisco Dog Owners Ranked Most Active in the Country
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