Go get it, Pfizer.
Bad dog, Fauci.
The language is not a mean tweet from Dr.Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser. It is aimed at dogs in the nation influenced by the pandemic in 2021.
For those who acquired pets last year, an annual report by animal care company Rover.com found that some of the names were the ones that would make COVID-19 hard to forget.
Fauci was one of the most popular pet names of 2021 – up 270% from 2020. The pet name, Covid, has also increased by 35% and dogs named Zoom have increased 443% to commemorate a work from home lifestyle. Dogs named Zoom deserve extra kudos given that bosses may not know if a worker is frustrated with their computer or dog on any given day. Siri and Google were also names of pets inspired by the technology on the rise.
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Additionally, the dogs were first named Dr Fauci and Pfizer in 2021 after the coronavirus vaccine made headlines across the country for the better half of the year.
“The names we choose for our pets often reflect the things that matter most to us, from our passions and interests to what’s going on in the world around us,” said a statement from Rover.com. “With soaring pet adoption rates and the extra time spent at home over the past year, many dogs and cats have been given new names in 2021 that highlight the personalities of the pet and the pet’s parent. “
What other animal names were a hit in 2021 for Rover’s ninth annual report? Britney Spears, Disney +, and even Cryptocurrency (Dogecoin and Bitcoin are legitimate animal names) all inspired pop cultural names for the new owners.
Grogu, Baby Yoda’s real name from Disney’s “The Mandalorian,” was the hottest dog name in the country. Someone even named their dog Lady Whistledown to commemorate the hit Netflix show, “Bridgerton”.
“Each year our annual Best Pets Report showcases the cultural moments that made an impact and obviously the pandemic was a big factor. From sports to the TV shows we over-watch, the names of our pets have been shaped by a truly unique year, ”said Kate Jaffe, Trends Expert at Rover. “As we continued to work from home, our bond with our pets grew. even deeper.
According to Rover’s Annual List, which surveyed 1,000 pet parents in the United States and reviewed millions of pet names submitted by owners, 61% of pet parents gave their pet a human name.
“The naming process is really a reflection of individuality, as a pet’s personality is the most popular inspiration for pet parents when choosing a name.
The most popular dog names of 2021 are:
- Female dogs: Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Bailey, Stella and Molly.
- Male dogs: Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, Duke, Teddy and Tucker
The most popular cat names of 2021 are:
- Female cats: Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, Kitty, Chloe, Stella, Zoe and Lola
- male cats: Oliver, Léo, Milo, Charlie, Max, Simba, Jack, Loki, Ollie, Jasper
A full list can be found here.