In case you're looking for inspiration.

By Adam Campbell-Schmitt
December 01, 2020
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2020 has, in many ways, been all about seeking comfort, whether that means cozying up our homes for quarantine, cooking our favorite dishes to cope, or cuddling with our pets to de-stress. Sometimes those soothing activities overlap, and sometimes they do so in less-conventional ways, like giving our dogs and cats names that remind us of our favorite foods and drinks. And this week, pet care service Rover has released its list of the top pet names of 2020, which saw some significant gains in the edible categories.

To suss out the most popular names, Rover culled its database of 26 million user-submitted pet names, as well as surveyed 1,000 American pet owners via Pollfish between September and October of this year. Out of the top 100 names for female dogs, the most popular food-themed entries were (in descending order): Pepper, Ginger, Olive, Honey, Cookie, Mocha, Sugar, and Peanut. For male dogs, only the names Oreo and Peanut crack the top 100.

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But Rover also tracks which names are on the rise and, pun intended, doughy foods got a popularity boost this year. Roti, Tart, and Arepa all saw a significant uptick, along with Pumpernickel, Crackers, Waffles, Croissant, and Toast. Fittingly, the name Sourdough also appeared in the dataset for the first time this year.

Some coffee-themed names are also on the upswing, including Cortado, Barista, Espresso, Creme, Coffee, Brew, and Cappuccino, while names including Cafe, Latte, and Macchiato were trending downward.

A few alcohol-related names are trending upward as well, including Pinot Noir, Whiskey Girl, Whiskey Bear, and Pinot G. The site says the names Sazerac, Rose, Gimlet, and Cider also saw some gains. (If you're in the market for a mutt, Rover has ranked its own list of food-themed dog name ideas here.)

Oddly enough, people are actually giving their dogs names inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, like Covi (which saw an over 1,000-percent increase), Rona, and Corona. The name Fauci also popped up in the data for the first time.

Okay, cat people, here you go: For male cats, the food names that made it into the top 100 this year were Oreo, Pumpkin, Pepper, Peanut, Mango, and Bean. For female cats, that list included Olive, Pepper, Pumpkin, Ginger, Oreo, Cookie, Bean, Peanut, Peaches, and Honey.

And like the carb-centric dogs, the names Croissant and Bread each saw a 100-percent uptick in popularity. The names Tortilla, Sandwich, and Rye also saw significant jumps.

But the (modern) classics still persist. The top five overall names for male dogs were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, and Milo. Bella, Luna, Lucy, Daisy, and Lola topped the list for female dogs.

For female cats, the top five include Luna, Bella, Lucy, Kitty, and Lily, while male cats were most likely to be named Oliver, Leo, Milo, Charlie, and Simba.

Hey, a good name is a good name. Still, we won't be surprised if we hit the dog park and hear someone calling after a pup named Roti.