It has become increasingly clear Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, could be in hot water over potential ties to Russia. And yes her father, Presdient Donald Trump, is a historically unpopular president. But at least the eldest Trump daughter can take solace knowing there are good dogs bearing her name.
According to a report Wednesday from the dog-sitter app/network Rover, the number of people naming their dogs Ivanka rose 88 percent this year. That's a signficant leap, but other names actually took a bigger jump.
The popular Stranger Things character Barb (RIP) inspired an 182 percent rise, while Eleven, the superhero of show, saw a 166 percent increase. Next-gen Star Wars heroes Finn and Rey got a 70 percent bump, and Game of Thrones-themed names (Khaleesi was most popular) ticked up 12 percent. Weird internet lingo popularized by accounts like @Dog_Rates (where dogs are called nonsensical cute names) has also apparently led to the name Fluffer rising by 500 percent.
Overall, Rover said, 8 percent of dog names were related to pop culture.
Some 48 percent of the country owns a dog, according to American Pet Products Association's latest national pet owners survey. And folks are apparently putting far more thought into names these days.
"Many of today’s dog owners call themselves 'pet parents,' a huge signal of the familial relationship modern pet owners have developed with their dogs," said Brandie Gonzales, pet lifestyle expert for Rover, in a press release. "In that same vein, pet parents have become more thoughtful about the dog naming process, as is typical for a parental figure. They use it as an opportunity to express something about themselves and the way they feel about their dog."
Despite the growing popularity of pop-culture names, classic dog handles remain the standard. Rover found the 10 most popular names for female dogs were Bella, Lucy, Daisy, Luna, Lola, Sadie, Molly, Maggie, Bailey and Sophie. The app found the most popular names for male dogs were Max, Charlie, Cooper, Buddy, Jack, Rocky, Oliver, Bear, Duke and Tucker.
Rover said it developed the dog name report from millions of user-submitted dog names from people who use the site.
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