Coronavirus-inspired pet names gaining popularity, survey finds

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The coronavirus pandemic has influenced just about every aspect of our lives — including what we name our new pets.

A poll by Rover discovered the top pet names of 2020, and the trends certainly reflect our new environment.

According to the eighth annual survey, the name Covi for cats and dogs is up 1,159%, followed by Rona, Corona, and Covie. Honorable mentions include COVID and Fauci — of course, named after the country’s top infectious disease expert — and few unique others, like a dog named Rona Von Covid.

“Generally what we see is what is going on in the world around us is directly reflected in the names we give our pets,” said Kristin Sandberg, Rover spokesperson. “Given that this year has been a global pandemic, it has been one of the most interesting in terms of pet names.”

Rover also found that out of the 1,000 people surveyed, about one-third got a pet during the pandemic.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Sandberg said life in quarantine has given some residents a bit of a sweet tooth.

“We saw pet names that were inspired by things like Sprinkles, Cake and Cheesecake,” she said. “Those were trending for cats, and Coconut, Cake, Jellybeans are trending up for dogs.

“We also saw that beer-inspired names are trending up in Philadelphia,” she continued, “things like Porter, Stout, Brewer and Hops.”

Yuengling also made the list of national trendy names — interestingly enough, not so popular in Philly.

But one that wasn’t a shock was Rocky.

The name “Rocky, for example, is a mainstay in Philadelphia,” said Sandberg. “It always seems to be right in the top 5.”

Nationally, Bella was the No. 1 name for female dogs, and Max for males. For cats: Luna and Oliver.