As 2019 comes to an end, it’s time to look back on this year’s most popular pet names and trends.

Every year, Rover reveals Canada’s top dog names and this year, for the first time ever, they’ve included cats in the seventh annual report! From local favourites like “Schitt’s Creek” and the Toronto Raptors to global phenomenons like “Game of Thrones”, here are the top pet names of 2019.

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Canadian Pride 

This year, Canadian pet owners let their patriotism shine bright by naming pets after Canadian celebrities like Finn Wolfhard, who stars as Mike in “Stranger Things”, with a 76.3-per-cent increase in dogs named Finn. Vancouver native Seth Rogen sparked an increase of 500 per cent in both dogs and cats named after the actor due to his lead role in “Long Shot”, his involvement in the 2018 Vancouver Translink campaign, and the launch of his new cannabis brand. Moving over to Toronto, Drake remains one of the top Eastern Canada-inspired pet names, increasing by 62.5 per cent among dogs. Premiering on the 2019 list are the names Kawhi and Leonard, following the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship win earlier this year.

A Taste Of Pop Culture 

The series finale of “Game of Thrones” saw a 200-per-cent increase in dogs named Ayra and Snow, while Khaleesi increased by 300 per cent since 2018. RuPaul has been inspiring cat names across Canada with a rise in the names Brooklyn, Pearl, Scarlett, Trixie, Violet, Jinx, Trinity, Vixen and Alaska. This year, Canada’s very own “Schitt’s Creek” paved the way for the introduction of cats named David, Moira, Johnny, Alexis and Stevie.

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A Trip To Outer Space 

The year 2019 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which saw dogs bearing names such as Apollo (up 86 per cent), Houston (up 200 per cent), Juno (up 41 per cent), Moon (up 80 per cent and emerging upon cat names for the first time), and Buzz (another first in cat names with a 17-per-cent increase among dogs).

Other Trends 

The legalization of cannabis in Canada saw new, modern pet names like Mary Jane for cats and a 33-per-cent advance for dogs, including an introduction among dogs named Stoney. The release of the live-action remake of “The Lion Kings” influenced a development in the names Simba (up 88 per cent), Nala (104 per cent), Pumba (150 per cent), and Timon (400 per cent). Cat owners tapped into their creative side with interesting names like Meowly Cyrus, Kitty Purry, Dolly Purrton and Ziggy Pawdust. The popular children’s television show “Paw Patrol” made its way into real life pets with a boost in the names Ryder (175 per cent), Rubble (150 per cent), Rocky (90 per cent), Skye (81 per cent), and Marshall (178 per cent).

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Top Names Of 2019 

For the final conclusion of 2019’s most popular pet names, Rover reports that this year’s top cat names are Luna, Bella and Oliver. The names Charlie, Max, Cooper, Milo, Buddy and Tucker hold onto the top spots for male dogs, while the top female dog names also remain the same: Bella and Luna.

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