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 2020 in Tampa 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 Tampa? 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 Tampa this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
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 Tampa.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Mufasa
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Bones
- Disney-inspired dog names were big in Tampa despite Disney World’s closure for part of 2020. Mufasa, Pongo, and Tiana were all in the top 10 trending names for dogs.
- COVID-19 was a theme that popped up this year, with an increase in dogs named Corona and even a pup named “Rona.”
- Sci-fi and fantasy remains a popular source of inspiration with Bilbo, Thanos, and Hela trending for dogs and Xena and Bellatrix trending for cats.
- Graphic novels, anime and gaming were a highlight as well – likely due to all that extra time sheltering in place! Kya, Pinto and Dex were trending for dogs and Zelda, Niko and Pantherlily for cats.
- Tampa pet lovers have taken a decidedly dark turn with their pet names. Sinister names spiked in 2020 with Spooky trending for dogs, and Bones, Hades and Coraline trending for cats.
Tampa 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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