Benji, Rocco, Trixie and Coco – they sound like occupants of a kennel but these names are all rising in popularity and coming to a kindergarten near you.
These days choosing a unique baby name is the norm. More and more baby names that were once considered off-the-charts and unusual are now considered popular and trendy. One of the trends in baby names is to opt for a name that comes with furry connotations. Names and nicknames that we probably remember as belonging to pets from pop culture or constantly hear at the dog park are now topping the charts for children and showing up on roll calls across the country.
And while Lassie is yet to make an appearance on the playground, here are fifty other pet names that many parents consider perfectly suitable for their offspring as well.
As well as making the rounds at the dog park, popular names like Lily, Ruby, Sophie, Bella, Lucy, Zoe, Lola and Grace all made the McCrindle Top 100 Baby Names list, and names like Luna, Fifi and Trixie are all rising in popularity. We can thank celebrities like Fifi Box (whose daughter is Trixie) and Chrissy Teigen (who named her little one Luna) for bringing pet names to the table. Other celebrities who have hopped on the kennel wagon include Courtney Cox (with daughter CoCo), Jules and Jamie Oliver (with daughters Poppy and Honey) and Kourtney Kardashian (with daughter Penelope).
Here’s the list to consider:
- Penelope (Penny)
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Male dogs are also inspiring some pretty cute human names with more and more parents turning to names like Benji, Milo, Felix and Otis for their kids (come on, who doesn’t remember the adorable movie Milo and Otis?).
Other popular pet names that also have a spot on the top 100 list? Jack, Max, Charlie, Hunter, Riley, Toby, Bailey and Beau. Jules and Jamie Oliver’s son’s name makes an appearance of this list too (Buddy Bear). Rose Byrne named her son Rocco and Adam Levine recently welcomed a little girl he named Dusty (gender-bending names are also trendy these days).