But I've just read that the most popular name (at least in the US) is Max - and that's a name I've heard around here. An article on Dog Blog reports the current trend in the US and the UK for giving dogs human-sounding names, as a recognition that they are part of the family. The article says
“Most people nowadays believe their animals feel and think — that, like us, they are conscious beings. That’s a far cry from olden days when dogs and cats had to sleep in the barn,” says anthropologist Mary Thurston, who has studied pets’ influence on the human psyche.A Toronto-based blogger, Michael Murray, is quoted as saying traditional dog names such as Fido or Spot "strip the animal of character." (I can't find a link to this blogger anywhere on the Net, so I can't link to him.)
“It’s only logical that we would give them names traditionally reserved for humans, reflecting this new status as family members.”
I don't really agree with this opinion, as it's not only dogs that are named by characteristics such as loyalty (Fido) or visible characteristics, such as spots. What about the typical Australian habit of calling a redhead Bluey - or the naming of human babies to reflect a wish for the newborn child?
A quick glance at a baby naming list reveals:
Ethan = strong, firm
Matthew = gift of God
Isaac = he will laugh
Alyssa = noble, kind
I don't know how many children grow into their names, but perhaps it's time we took more care in choosing for puppies.
We named Penny because she was a copper-colored puppy. It seems we might have considered more deeply, because her name means weaver, duck.
And she sure does like ducks. To look at, you understand - not to chase.