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Last updated: December 21, 2020 • Lifestyle

Top 10 cute pet names – is yours on the list?

Naming is not one easy task. You have to encapsulate someone’s essence into a few words… and you do it without even “knowing” that person. How can you name a baby something “modern” when you don’t know if it’s going to be a sociable one?

But that does not apply to pets. Not only most of the times you get the dog before you name it – giving you the benefit of “matching” the name to its physique and even personality – but pets can be pretty predictable when it comes to their attributes because of their breeds. You pretty much know if “Cupcake” is adequate to your dog before it even being born.

With that in mind, although the title of the article says “top 10 cute pet names”, we are going to stall a bit, otherwise, this article would be too short, it would be no fun.

Top 10 most common pet names 2018

This one is purely factual. We’re not asserting the coolest ones or anything, just running a few resources of the most common pet names of the year according to our research. Here we go:

Why Bella?, we wonder. Is it still a “Twilight” fever 10 years later? It can’t be. But maybe it’s a reflex of that. Maybe those kids or teens from the Edward Cullen era grew up and are giving their children’s pet the name of their hero? Maybe the live action movie for “Beauty and the Beast” made an impression and a way to match both was to call the pet Bella instead of Belle. Anyways, it’s a pretty name and we can only picture for cats and small and cute breeds like Shih Tzu and Yorkshires. It’s kind of weird to picture a Rottweiler called Bella, but hey, suit yourself.

2- Coco
This has always been a somewhat popular name, but being high up on the list is definitely a reflection from Disney’s lovely Oscar-winning animation movie about the Mexican culture of  “Dia de Muertos”. And it’s great because “Coco” also suggests chocolate, so it’s a wonderful name for brownish dogs. A versatile name, we believe it fits small dogs and also big dogs. For instance, take a Pitbull, one of the best guard dogs around. They can seem very menacing – and they are, if not properly trained – but if you name it Coco; doesn’t it automatically feel less threatening and more approachable? And if you are one chic person, you can always say you named it after fashion icon Coco Chanel. Oui, tres chic, mon amie!

3- Charlie
We don’t really care as to the “why”s here (because it’s basically impossible to understand it) but we love Charlie as a pet name. It’s sweet, it’s not unique but it’s not too out there either, fits all sizes and even gender! Modern while classic: nice!

4- Lucy
Wait a minute… Was the Charlie because of Charlie Brown, and with Lucy we are having a Peanuts revival?! Not likely, probably a coincidence. And despite Peanut’s Lucy, it’s such a calming name for a dog, don’t you think? I can picture a lovely Labrador therapy dog with that name, coming closer and just putting her cute little face on my lap begging for some petting on her head. Also fits fine for cats, lizards, fish, and other cool pets to own, in my opinion.

5- Becks
That’s a funky one. Becks? Is it for girls or boys? Or is it unisex? Is it a homage to David Beckham, the soccer player? Or is it just like the way valley girls called Rebeccas? We’re curious. Tell us in the comments, Becks’ owners.

6- Max
Max has been a common pet name for decades – it’s never off the top of the charts. There’s a cult classic horror movie called “Man’s best friend” which the main character was a cyborg rottweiler (I never said the movie was good; just classic…) called Max, so my mind instantly goes to that place, but I’ve met cats called Max too and the convenience of a short easy name to fit in the tag is good, so that’s that.

7- Poppy
Poppy is the cutest! We don’t see it for other animals but what a great pet name for a cute small silly dog. Yes, silly: feisty Chihuahuas and Pinchers wouldn’t typically do good with this name in our opinion. It needs to be something like Pugs, Pomeranians, the aforementioned Shih Tzu and Yorkshires, but also bulldogs, poodles and maybe beagles.

8- Bailey
We’re betting the popularity of “Bailey” is due to the long lasting hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” by way of its charismatic character Dr. Miranda Bailey. It’s this or there’s a lot of Irish drinkers out there naming it in honor of their favorite liquor. We see Beagles for this name. “Bailey, the Beagle” could easily be an off-brand 1990s Nickelodeon cartoon.

9- Molly
That’s the one name we didn’t quite groove with it. Do you like it? Would you give it to a dog, a cat or maybe a more unique pet? A parrot, maybe? Instead of Polly, Molly? Meh.

10- Budd
I don’t know about you, but I call my dog “bud” the whole time, even though his name is Pastrami. So it came as no surprise that Budd is a popular one. On Halloween, you can dress him up with a Budweiser costume and it gets even cooler!

So, as you can see, amongst those common pet names there are some unique ones. Do you ever wonder how to reach those unique pet names

Unique pet names – how to create one?

If you want to run from names that every dog has and you want to create a name that will be an ice-breaker when you’re in a dog park and someone asks “what’s your dog’s name?”, we have a few pointers for you.

Think of characters. Read a book you liked? A movie or TV show? What about giving the name of one of the characters to the pet in question? Sherlock, Gatsby, Khal Drogo and even Homer makes for some unique names, right?

If you want to run from names that every dog has and you want to create a name that will be an ice-breaker when you’re in a dog park and someone asks “what’s your dog’s name?”, we have a few pointers for you.

Think of characters. Read a book you liked? A movie or TV show? What about giving the name of one of the characters to the pet in question? Sherlock, Gatsby, Khal Drogo and even Homer makes for some unique names, right?

Think of food. I’m partial to this one because, like previously stated, my dog’s name is Pastrami but what about Oreo, Butterscotch, Spaghetti, Falafel, Lasagna, Big Mac… what? No, I was just naming things that I like and would like to order – is this not the drive-thru? Anyways, food – whether the brand name or the ingredient itself – always makes for unique pet names.

Think of brands. Isn’t Starbucks the perfect name for a millennial owned labrador? Nike, Abercrombie, Nordstrom, Deezer, Amazon… there’s a lot of fun to be had when you get brands to name your pet after.

Think of established celebrities. Teddy Roosevelt, Mickey Mantle, Jackie O… those make for great and unique pet names. Sure, you will only call them by their first name – Teddy, Mickey, Jackie – but once it does something wrong and you give them a hard time using the full name, people will go bonkers over it! But think of time-tested legendary people, don’t settle for the latest celeb because 3 years from now no one might remember people like Quavo and Cardi B (well, those bad examples because both are excellent pet names regardless, but you got the point!)

Think of ironies. A big dog called Tiny is unique. Think of things like that – how can you subvert the expectations for a dog’s name to make it an unique pet name? Make a comment about its shape or its manners.

Top 10 unique pet names

1- Moana
2- Conan
3- Cheddar
4- Tahiti
5- Bentley
6- Vanilla
7- Kodak
8- Walnut
9- Bagel
10- Clint Eastwood

And now, finally, to close things off: the Top 10 cute pet names. See if yours is on the list

Top 10 cute pet names

1- Chewie
One of the most beloved Star Wars characters, Chewbacca (nickname “Chewie”) is the cutest name for a furry dog and it’s perfect because aside from being a unique pet name is pretty fitting for dogs, as they, well, chew on a lot of things.

2- Happy
Can’t you picture already a silly bouncy puppy with that name? Or even a super poodle! I just wanna hug one.

3- Domino
Perfect for Dalmatians, Beagles and other breeds that have a black-and-white fur. Really cute.

4- Mike Tyson
Special irony points if it’s a boxer dog. Cute name.
5- Taco
A chihuahua called Taco is to die for. But it fits well for larger dogs too; very cute pet name.

6- Pepper
A feisty little dog called Pepper is lovely. Male or female.

7- Vegas
Vegas is actually an interesting name for a person, right? If Paris is acceptable, why not Vegas? We think it’s cute.

8- Monkey
Isn’t this one adorable? For dogs, for cats… only if you have an actual monkey, then maybe- you know what? It’s still cute for a monkey to be called Monkey. Go for it!

9- Cleo
Great for dogs, even better for cats. Can’t you picture a cat dressed up as Cleopatra? I can.

10- Zelda
This one might be a bit nerdy but you are searching for pet names on the internet, so I guess you fit the target, my friend.

Well, that’s it! What did you think about those names? Are you ready to give one to your best friend?

Don’t worry if you’re not or if you are thinking of giving a bland name like Rex or whatever. Names mean little. What’s really important is for you to give all the love you can – it’s a great investment because they give it all back with interest! – and if you’re worried enough to research names for your pet, it’s a great indicative you will, so thank you and congrats for that!

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