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 Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C.? 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 Washington D.C. this year, along with trending picks. Check ‘em out.
Washington D.C.’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 D.C.
- #1 Trending Dog Name: Kiko (+1,612%)
- #1 Trending Cat Name: Kit (+1,251%)
Washington D.C. Pet Name Trends for 2021
- Star Wars-inspired cat names are on the rise in DC. Yoda is trending up 651% and Kylo is up 551%.
- Alcohol-influenced dog names are especially hot in DC this year. Gin is up 412% and Pinot 312%.
- Dogs named Twyla are up 146% this year, after a successful run for Schitt’s Creek.
- Japanese food items are blowing up in DC dog names. Sushi (+313%), Miso (+162%), Matcha (+312%) and Mochi (+118%) are trending.
More Fun for Washington D.C.’s Dogs and Cats
Washington D.C. pet parents have plenty of options for dog-friendly activities, indoors and out. Check out some of our favorite options below.
- Dog’s Day Out: Washington D.C.
- 7 Top Dog-Friendly Hikes near Washington DC
- Top 10 Dog Parks in Washington, DC
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