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From Burrito to John to Elvis, here are 2022's top pet names

In 2022, the trend to name pets after musicians increased, most notably: Mozart, Elvis, Rihanna, Nipsey and BTS's Jin.

The votes are in for Canada's top pet names.

Rover, an online marketplace for pet care, released their 10th annual Top Pet Names report Tuesday. The 2022 report is based on user-based data on pet names by Rover pet parents. 

As more Canadians have reported wanting pets over children, the report's findings that more pets had human names is not too surprising. In fact, Luci, Gary, Jane, James and John were the most popular names for pets this year. 

“Looking back at the last 10 years of pet names data, we can see that the humanization of pets has become an increasingly influential macro trend for pet naming conventions,” said Kate Jaffe, Rover's trend expert.

“Rover’s database of millions of user-submitted pet names reveals how names we lovingly choose for our pets reflect our passions and lifestyles, and often serve as a time capsule for the moment we welcomed them into our families.”   

Earlier this year, Canadians were eager to travel after two years of COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the report also notes that the top three travel-inspired pet names are Tokyo, Vegas and Maui. 

Popular Vancouver pet names

In Vancouver, Rover found that the top trending name for dogs are Chip, and for cats, Sophie. 

But other trends note the culture of the city. 

First, the report found that the dog name Stanley is trending up 200%, inspired by Stanley Park. Second, influenced by former hockey player Reggie Leach, the dog name Reggie is also trending up 200%.

Alongside sports and nature, Vancouver is home to delicious and trendy eateries. This year, the top three food-inspired cat names are Cookie, Nori, Coconut and Pickles. 

Overall, Charlie is the top male dog name, with Luna for female dogs; for cats, Milo is the top male cat name, and like female dogs, Luna is also the top name for cats in Vancouver.