If your pet’s name is Charlie or Luna, you’re in good company. These are the most popular dog and cat names for pets in Milwaukee, according to Rover, an online pet care marketplace that produced an annual report on trending and popular pet names.
In Milwaukee, Charlie surpassed the two national male pet names Max, namely Max for dogs and Oliver for cats. Luna was the most popular female pet name nationwide, beating Bella, who held the top spot for nine years.
Milwaukee’s best pet names were:
- Male names: Charlie, Buddy, Louie, Remi, Max
- Female Names: Luna, Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Coco
- Male Cat Names: Charlie, Max, Milo, Jack, Kevin
- Female Cat Names: Luna, Bella, Olive, Lily, Lilah
The report, which includes 10 years of data, also charted the top trending names.
In Milwaukee, Junior trended 673% for dogs and Kevin trended 647% for cats.
Movies and TV shows have been a huge motivator for pet names.
Apparently Milwaukee is talking about Bruno. This dog name has surged 40% following the debut of Disney’s “Encanto” in 2021, which featured the hit “We don’t talk about Bruno.” Across the country, pets named after “Encanto” lead character Mirabel increased 1,485% for dogs and 932% for cats.
Stranger Things character Murray, introduced in season two and a main character in season five in 2022, may have inspired Milwaukee’s hottest dog names. Or maybe Milwaukee residents came up with the idea of Murray Avenue or the Murray Hill neighborhood.
HBO’s Gen Z drama Euphoria inspired the nation’s trending #1 dog name for 2022, Fezco, which surged 3,714%.
Milwaukee stars could also be inspirational names. Naming pets after Jaida rose 47% nationwide, which Rover credits to Milwaukee’s Jaida Essence Hall, which won Season 12 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Naming pets after foods was another trend in Milwaukee. Over the past decade, the names Pumpkin (374%), Basil (273%), Biscotti (173%) and Chickpea (172%) have been on the rise.
Nationwide, the hottest food-inspired names include Hotpot (1,085%), Sashimi (785%), Pastrami (485%) and Calzone (485%) for dogs, and Roll (182%) for cats.
Rover says it analyzed millions of pet names submitted by pet owners to Rover.com. For more information on the national report, see rover.com/blog/dog-names/.