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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The 2020 top trends in pet names in Orlando are very much a product of this very strange year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 11:50 AM

click image Does this look like a 'Covi' to you? - PHOTO COURTESY PETCO/FACEBOOK
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  • Does this look like a 'Covi' to you?
A new survey from the Dog People at was released this week, and it's chock-full of treats (of knowledge) about Orlandoans' preferences for pet names.

Based on a deep dive into Rover's — the "world's" largest" network of dog-walkers and pet-sitters — database of more than a million pet names and some resultant number-crunching, here are some of the Dog People's findings from their eighth annual report.

The top trending dog name in Orlando is Austin, and the top trending cat name is Fiona (the same year Fiona Apple released her comeback album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters … coincidence?).

The top 5 male dog names locally are: Max, Milo, Leo, Charlie, Cooper
The top 5 female dog names are: Bella, Luna, Daisy, Lucy, Bailey
The top 5 male cat names locally are: Leo, Loki, Max, Apollo, Simba
The top 5 female cat names are: Luna, Nala, Chloe, Kitty, Lily

Some alternately fascinating and just weird new naming trends emerged this year in Orlando, too.

Nature-themed names like Fern and Forest surged (fair enough). And a lot of the top names seen above — as well as strong national performers Ariel, Baloo, Piglet, Lady, Mustafa and Jasmine — are in all likelihood linked to marathon binge-watching session during quarantine. To say nothing of Geralt (The Witcher) and Mando (The Mandalorian), new names that caught on all over the country this year.

Strangest of all is the emergence of COVID-inspired monikers bestowed on on local furry companions, including Covi, Rona and Corona.

The full results for Orlando can be pored — and argued — over at The full national report is also worth a scan.

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