Gone are the days when Spot and Fido were the most popular names at the dog park. According Rover.com, a national network of pet sitters and dog walkers, Dallas is in sync with the rest of the nation when it comes to the most popular male and female dogs names for 2017, with Max and Bella coming in at No. 1, both locally and in the U.S.
For male pups in Dallas, Charlie (No. 2) and Buddy (No. 3) finish out the top three. Cooper (4), Jack (5), Bentley (6), Bear (7), Rocky (8), Tucker (9), and Duke (10) round out the list.
For female dogs, Lucy and Daisy are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Next up are Sadie (4), Molly (5), Bailey (6), Lola (7), Maggie (8), Chloe (9), and Zoey (No. 10).
While not in the top 10, Rover.com says Dallasites are showing hometown love with the names Dallas and Texas trending. The Big D is home to a lot of Walker, Texas Ranger fans with monikers Chuck Norris and Walker also popular in 2017. Football names, including Dak, as in Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott, are also on the rise, as are patriotic names like Star, Hope, and Liberty.
From coast to coast, Max (No. 1), Charlie (No. 2), and Cooper (No. 3) for males, along with Bella (No. 1), Lucy (No. 2), and Daisy (No. 3) for females, top the list. Across the nation, dog names dominating 2017 parallel the top baby names for 2017, with human-inspired names making up a whopping 44 percent of all dog names this year, up 57 percent from 2016.
Owners are also taking a nod from powerful women with Oprah, Madonna, and Katniss all up and coming. And 8 percent of all dog names are pop culture-influenced. Barb, a character in the Netflix series Stranger Things, saw an increase of 182 percent, while Star Wars-related names like Rey and Finn went up a notable 70 percent.
Food and political names trended down this year, but new sources of inspiration include newsmakers like Wonder Woman; Taylor Swift; and DoggoLingo, an internet-based dialect and nonofficial language of dog lovers everywhere.