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2020’s most popular dog names show that the pandemic is making people go insane

Headlines from 2020 will be an indelible stain on our collective memory for years to come. They will also be reflected in the names of newly adopted puppies, a report shows.


"Corona" might soon be heard shouted in Austin dog parks, alongside names like "Rona" and "Covi," which has reportedly seen a 1,159% increase in popularity over the past year. "Fauci," following the name of the nation's top medical official, has emerged for the first time.

These details come from Rover, which just released their report on 2020's most popular dog names. The popular pet services network, which ties together pet sitters and walkers, pulled the results from their database of more than one million pet owners.

A year of feverish binge-watching cast a long shadow over the list, as names like "Geralt," from Netflix's The Witcher, rose up in popularity by 9,308% to become the nation's number one trending dog name.

"Mando," from the Mandalorian on Disney+, isn't far behind. "Carol" is up too, named after the anti-hero of the early pandemic's mind-numbing spectacle "Tiger King," Carole Baskin.

Zooming in, the site also has a listing for the most popular dog and cat names in Austin.

Austin's top trending names for dogs included "Zella," "Chunk" and "Patsy."

And even as many Austin bars remained closed, Austin evidently still likes to drink—and name their dogs accordingly. "Kahlua" has risen by 88% in the Texas capitol, trailed by "Brandy" at 36% and "Hooch" at 23%.

The city's long connection to country music was apparent as well, with "Patsy" trending up for dogs, while "Dolly" trending with cats.

Of course, these are just the trendy names. "Luna" and "Max" still hold supreme for Austin's dogs overall.

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