Whoops, turns out we’re giving pets and babies the same exact names

Has anyone ever had the super-awkward experience of introducing yourself to someone, and then having that person exclaim “Oh, crazy, that’s my dog’s name!” Then you’re like “Oh….cool.” And weird vibes ensue.

Well, it looks like that’s going to start happening a lot more frequently now, because, as the Denver Post reports, a LOT of the most popular baby/dog names are overlapping. To be precise, 18 out of the top 20 most popular baby and dog names are the SAME NAMES. For cats, there’s less overlap (only 8 out of 20 top cat names are in the 20 most popular baby names), but still, you guys, we are essentially naming are pets and our children the exact same things.

This info is coming to us courtesy of Rover.com (basically an Airbnb for dogs). Apparently a lot of pets are getting of-the-moment kids’ names like Charlie, Jack, Lily, Chloe, Lucy, Molly, and Emma.

It’s important to note, pets are still being named for fangirl favorites, because the force is strong within nerdy pet owners. Specifically, of all the nerd-culture-named pets, half of the top names for dogs are from Star Wars: Chewbacca, Chewy, Leia, Vader, and Yoda. Chewy and Yoda are also among the most popular nerd-culture names for cats. Other major pop culture names for cats include Elsa, Tinkerbell, Shrek, Daenerys, and Elvis. Popular Hollywood dog names skew a smidge grittier (Rocky, Rambo, Piper [Chapman], and Maverick), but Cinderella is apparently also a really popular dog’s name, and that’s about as un-gritty as names get.

Also interesting, when dogs are named after food items it tends to be booze (Brandy, Porter, Guinness, Whiskey, Kahlua) while cats tend to be named for desserts (Brûlée, Cinnamon, Mocha, Sugar, Butterscotch).

And when it comes to naming your animal after another animal, it’s all about the ursine. “Bear” is the top animal name for both cats and dogs.

For more pet name stats, check out Rover’s infographic over here!


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