Naming your dog is always exciting. You can literally name it anything. From a human name like Frank to a name like Rock. You always want your name to fit your dog and be unique, but some names have become less unique than others. It has now been found out that the most popular dog name is Bella. Check out below for more information!
WHY BELLA IS NOW THE MOST POPULAR DOG NAME
The first time I ever dog-sat for a friend was in 2009. The dog was a pint-sized Yorkie named Bella who loved to sleep on your lap. The next year, I adopted my first dog, and she often played with my neighbors’ rambunctious boxer puppy named Bella. Then, a friend from college got a beagle, and named her—you guessed it—Bella.
At first I thought maybe it was just a glitch in the system, that it was only in my small slice of the world that there were a ton of dogs named Bella running around. But then my colleague Dan and I investigated, and found out it’s been at the top of popular dog-name lists since 2009. While there aren’t detailed national data available, data from the New York City government on dogs licensed in 2016 showed there are 1,360 Bellas in the city. (Max is a close second; there are 1,287 puppers by that name in New York.) And it’s not just New York; it’s the most popular dog name overall in the US, as well as inNew Zealand and Australia.
When the name Bella first became popular, people chalked it up to the Twilight series, four books and four movies that featured a protagonist named Bella. But now that it’s 2018 and it’s safe to say that Twilight-mania is behind us, there must be something else going on here.
Top names of dogs in New York City in 2016 by year of birth
Laura Wattenberg, who runs the website Baby Name Wizard, points to an important trend fueling Bella’s popularity: dog are now more likely to receive human names. “This probably reflects a change in how people think about their pets,” she says. Whereas we once kept dogs or cats to perform certain tasks—hunting or herding dogs, or cats that keep the home rodent-free—pets are now more likely to just be members of the family, and recent studies show people are now more likely to think of pets as equal in status to children.
Originally Reported on Quartzy
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