This guest post was contributed by Adam McDonald of Petcollars.com.au:
I absolutely love it when I get asked if I can share what the top dog names are in a guest article for other Aussie businesses in the pet industry.
My business, Personalised Pet Collars, is embroidering pet names and their hooman’s contact numbers directly onto collars as an effective form of Pet ID and we’ve been doing this for almost 20 years now.
Each year, we see hundreds of thousands of names come through our ordering system, which gives us all the latest data on what dog names are trending in Australia at any given time.
Articles such as this, while normally entertaining, also serve a purpose to help new pet owners with ideas to help them name their new fur baby.
Our biggest inquiry via phone, in particular, is from pet owners calling us up in sheer panic, wanting to change the name on their order (again) as they are finding that naming their new pet is more stressful than naming their children.
The issue with pet-naming
Most times, naming a pet is a family decision, and as a result, it is hard to settle on a name that everyone in the family agrees with. This is usually because the name we choose reflects our personalities, interests and things that are happening in our world presently.
This makes it really hard to agree on a name, as everyone has different personalities and interests, and this can lead to confusion and frustration.
It appears the pandemic has added to new pet owner frustrations too. Whether it’s because of the sheer volume of people buying and adopting new pets or the extra time people have on their hands to think about names and enquire around on what’s trending with pet names has never been higher.
What we are finding more during the pandemic period is that people are using humour, sports, and popular culture as inspiration when naming pets.
Cartoon names like Maui, Bluey and Swiper are on the rise as well as sports-related names, particularly NBA names like Kobe, LeBron and Paddy. Car names are also proving popular with Tesla, Bentley and Porsche being embroidered multiple times this year. We have even sewn Covid, ScoMo and Bitcoin collars recently.
One trend that has been hugely noticeable though is the use of traditional human names when naming pets. Over half the names we have seen this year are popular human names, with the biggest increase being the names Karen and Susan.
Top names for 2021
With all that being said, we have also seen some of the regular all-time favourites remain on the top list of dog names this year, just in a different order. So without further adieu, here are the top 30 dog names in Australia for 2021.