Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's in a Name?

The 2008 Top 10 Names for Dogs list has been circulating for a while, but the New York Times didn't cover it on a Sunday, so I'm kind of out of the loop. A Google search led me to several sources that quoted this list, compiled from the databases of an organization called Veterinary Pet Insurance. How do our dogs at Dog Park reflect the list? 

Top 10 Dog Names for 2008
  1. Max
  2. Bailey
  3. Bella
  4. Molly
  5. Lucy
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Sophie
  10. Chloe
I think we scored 90% here, folks. We've got at least one of each these names--except Chloe. 

Now check out this list of top male dog names from a few years ago. 
  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Jake
  4. Rocky
  5. Bailey
  6. Cody
  7. Charlie
  8. Bear
  9. Jack
  10. Toby
  11. Duke
  12. Lucky
  13. Sam 
  14. Harley
  15. Shadow
  16. Rusty
  17. Murphy
  18. Sammy
  19. Zeus
  20. Riley
  21. Winston
  22. Casey
  23. Tucker
  24. Teddy
Again, we score pretty high here--though both Baileys I have known at Park have been girls. I believe the names we don't currently have in circulation are Rocky, Cody, Lucky, and Casey. Seriously, I have met a Zeus at D.P. He was impressive, but I didn't ask him to demonstrate any of his superpowers.

Here's the list of female dog names from the same year, 2004.
  1. Molly
  2. Maggie
  3. Daisy
  4. Lucy
  5. Sadie
  6. Ginger
  7. Chloe
  8. Bailey
  9. Sophie
  10. Zoe
  11. Princess
  12. Bella
  13. Angel
  14. Lady
  15. Sasha
  16. Abby
  17. Roxy
  18. Missy
  19. Brandy
  20. Coco
  21. Annie
  22. Katie
  23. Samantha
  24. Casey
  25. Gracie
  26. Rosie
What does it say about us Parkers that we don't have any of the really girlie names--Angel, Princess, or Lady? We are also missing Casey, Ginger, Samantha, and Chloe. 

I must admit that I have mixed feelings about giving dogs people names. It cracks me up to meet boy dogs named Bob or Tony or Joey. But my friend's husband was a little bemused when met his doppelganger in the form of a chihuahua named Dave.  I'm not sure how I would feel if I met a dog named Liz (Oops. I mean, Zia). My great-grandmother Margaret cut an imposing figure in family lore. I think she'd have a fit if she met any of our three Maggies, despite their cuteness. One day I met a woman while hiking in the woods in Massachusetts. Her name was Roma. She was amazed to meet a dog with her name. We just kept on walking. You do the same. 

1 comment:

  1. I was (and still am) slightly freaked out by the person I met once whose dog was named Jonathan. Too human! Maybe b/c it's too formal? A Bob, Tony, or Joey has to be kind of a laid back or a goof whether human or canine.


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