Dec. 2, 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has come to dominate every part of American life, so it’s inevitable it would affect how we name our pets.
Fauci, Covid, Zoom, and Pfizer were among pet names that gained popularity in the United States during 2021, according to a list released by Rover, an online marketplace for pet care.
Fauci first hit the pet name list in 2020 but was used as a pet name 270% more often in 2021, Rover said. Covid was used 35% more often and Zoom 443% more often. Some people even named their dogs Pfizer, but Rover didn’t specify how often.
"The names we choose for our pets often reflect the things that matter most to us, from our passions and interests to what’s happening in the world around us," a statement from Rover.com said.
"With soaring pet adoption rates and extra time spent at home over the past year, a lot of dogs and cats were given new names in 2021 that showcase the personalities of both the pet and pet parent."
Though trending, COVID-inspired names didn’t crack the top-10 list.
The top names for female dogs were Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, Zoe, Lily, Lola, Bailey, Stella, and Molly. The top names for male dogs were Max, Charlie, Milo, Buddy, Rocky, Bear, Leo, Duke, Teddy, and Tucker.
Tops names for female cats were Luna, Bella, Lily, Lucy, Nala, Kitty, Chloe, Stella, Zoe, and Lola. Top names for male cats were Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, Max, Simba, Jack, Loki, Ollie, and Jasper.