In the United States, there is an obvious trend toward giving pets a human name or nickname. Perhaps this is because more people are identifying with their pets almost as if they were children. Take a look at the following list of the 40 most popular names for dogs in the U. S. :
(by gender and in alphabetical order)
Barney, Bailey, Buddy, Buster, Casey, Charlie, Cody, Duke, Harley, Jack Jake, Max, Murphy, Rocky, Rusty, Sam, Shelby, Sparky, Toby, Winston
Abby, Annie, Bo, Chelsea, Coco, Daisy, Dakota, Ginger, Katie, Lady, Lucy Maggie, Missy, Molly, Princess, Sadie, Sandy, Sasha, Sophie, Tasha
The chances are that you know of a dog or have named your dog in a similar fashion. The chances are that you also know of a person who has one of the above names.
The trend is not exclusive to the United States:
The Top 20 Names for Dogs in Australia:
Charlie, Jack, Jake, Max, Monty, Oscar, Sam, Toby, Zach
Bonnie, Chloe, Daisy, Jess, Jessie, Lucy, Molly, Sally, Sasha, Tess, Zoë
Top 20 Dog Names in the U. K. :
Charlie, Duke, Max, Pip, Piper, Rocky, Sam, Spot, Tiny, Zak
Bonnie, Cassie, Daisy, Heidi, Holly, Jessie, Lucy, Polly, Susie, Trixie
While looking into the most popular dog names I found that many of these names are the same.
Popular names in all 3 of these countries:
Charlie, Daisy, Max, Sam, Sasha, Lucy
My son's name is Max; my dad's name is Charlie; my nickname is Daisy.
Please pardon me if I look around the next time you call your dog!
Apparently, the use of human names for dogs is not exclusive to English speaking countries:
Top Names for Dogs in France:
Andre, Balzac, Camille, Corbie, Damien, Fabien, Napoleon, Romeo
Alette, Angeline, Celeste, Danielle, Dominique, Etienne, Juliet, Michelle
Dogs are “man's best friend". It makes a strange kind of sense to name them accordingly.
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