side view of Alaskan Malamute dogFor the most part, it’s rare to find a pet named Spot or Patches these days. While there are the sentimental old favorites, the current trend focuses on the unusual, mythical, or pop culture pet names.

So what goes into naming a pet? Should popular trends have an influence on your decision? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center explores the psychology behind pet names and some of the most peculiar trends this year.

To Name is to Know

Naming is a highly personal act, and this is true when we consider the name of a new pet. From nostalgia to modern trends, choosing a name allows us to better connect with our pets based on a variety of factors.

The way we name is often rooted in our social environment, where we live, and how we relate to each other. That’s why it’s no surprise that pop culture, celebrities, technology, and politics all play a strong role in naming trends in the United States.

When it comes to names, another influential factor is how we identify with our pets. Where we once viewed the family dog or cat as a protector or “mouser,” we now see them as important members of the family. In some cases, we humanize them with names, clothing, and luxuries similar to their human counterparts.

As our relationship with animals evolves and becomes more significant, so does the art of naming and its role in pet ownership.

Trends That Influence Us

While the 50’s and 60’s brought names inspired by social influences (Peace and Flower Child) and a fondness for descriptive classics (Fido, Spot, Patches), we’re now seeing a wider variety of influences.

Pop Culture

From film and television inspired names (such as Bella and The Dude) to celebrity monikers like Kobe, Paris, and Lady Gaga (or Doga, if you will), current media figures take the lead in pet naming trends.

Retro Chic

Call it an influence of the hipster scene or a longing for simpler times, but old-fashioned names have become more popular. Don’t be surprised to hear a few vintage throwbacks like Lucy, Mildred, Clyde, and Lester.

Culturally Influenced Names

Celebrating one’s culture is also a factor when it comes to naming our pets. A wide variety of countries are represented – from Finnegan and Siobhan to Balthazar and Celestia to Alfie and Pippa. There’s no country of origin left out when it comes to naming our four-leggeds.

Some of Our Favorite Unique Pet Names

Now that we’ve covered some of the latest influences in pet names, how do you begin honing in on your favorite? From thousands of options, The Pet Experts have compiled a few of the more creative names out there to help you start searching:

  • Carnegie
  • Maripol
  • Bixby
  • Aspen
  • Atticus
  • Briggs
  • Grayson
  • Ronin
  • Pavlov
  • Miko
  • Linux
  • Jareth
  • Faulkner
  • Utopia
  • Doolittle
  • Lexicon
  • Evita
  • Atlantis
  • Moki
  • Opus
  • Talulah
  • Sherwood

No matter what you decide to name your pet, we know it will be a perfect fit. To share some of your favorite unusual pet names, please give us a call or let us know on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!