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Most popular pooch names in Houston for 2017 are doggone adorable

Most popular pooch names in Houston for 2017 are doggone adorable

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 Rover.com has rolled out a list of the top dog names across the U.S. for 2017. Mutts Canine Cantina/Facebook

Gone are the days when Spot and Fido were the most popular names at the dog park. According Rover.com, a national network of pet sitters and dog walkers, Houston is in sync with the rest of the nation when it comes to the most popular male and female dogs names for 2017, with Max and Bella coming in at No. 1, both locally and in the U.S.

For male pups in H-Town, Charlie (No. 2) and Cooper (No. 3) finish out the top three. Rocky (4), Buddy (5), Duke (6), Bear (7), and Jack (8) directly follow. Creativity shines more with the ninth and 10th on the list: Zeus and Milo.

For female dogs in the Bayou City, Luna and Lucy are Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Next up are Daisy (4), Molly (5), Lola (6), Bailey (7), Sadie (8), Penny (9), and Sophie (No. 10).  

While not in the top 10, Rover.com says hipster names are hot in Houston, with monikers like Sushi, Taro, and Brooklyn trending. Latin names, including Bruno and Diego, are also on the rise, as are names inspired by Texas fare: Brisket, Pickle, and Cajun.

From coast to coast, Max (No. 1), Charlie (No. 2), and Cooper (No. 3) for males, along with Bella (No. 1), Lucy (No. 2), and Daisy (No. 3) for females, top the list. Across the nation, dog names dominating 2017 parallel the top ​baby ​names for 2017, ​with ​human-inspired ​names ​making up a ​whopping ​44 percent ​of ​all ​dog ​names ​this year, up ​57 percent ​from ​2016. ​
Owners are also taking a nod from powerful women with Oprah, Madonna, and Katniss all up and coming. And 8 percent ​of ​all ​dog ​names are pop culture-influenced. Barb, a character in the Netflix series Stranger Things, saw an increase of 182 percent, ​while Star Wars-related names like ​Rey and Finn went up a notable 70 percent.

Food ​and ​political ​names ​trended ​down this year, ​but new ​sources ​of ​inspiration ​​include newsmakers ​like ​Wonder ​Woman; ​Taylor ​Swift; and DoggoLingo, an internet-based dialect and nonofficial language of dog lovers everywhere.