Paws Up for Australia’s Most Popular Dog and Cat Names of 2022


A pet’s name is a word you’ll be saying (and, no doubt, writing in Instagram captions) again and again, so you’ll want to choose a name that not only suits them but that you also like.

Much like baby names, though, pet names can go in and out of style. And the pet names that are most highly searched for at any given time are often a reflection of what’s happening in the world around us, in pop culture and current events. As such, if you’re looking for a trendy pet name, most-searched-for name lists can be a good source of inspiration.

Fortunately, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Australia has done the research and compiled them, revealing their list of top dog and cat names for this year.

“This year, 44% (11 out of 25) of the top 25 trending dog names were male, followed by traditional female names at 36% (9 out of 25),” reads the report. “The remaining 20% consisted of terms inspired by our favourite food and drink choices (5 out of 25).”

As for top cat names, 44% (11 out of 25) of the top trending cat names are in reference to films and TV shows, followed by music (20%) and Disney-specific (16%). The rest were traditional male names (8%), as well as female, food and classic-themed names.

So, without further ado, the top 20 names for dogs and cats are…

Top 20 Dog Names of 2022:

  1. Loki
  2. Autumn
  3. Moxie
  4. Chewy
  5. Lady
  6. Ava
  7. Gimlet
  8. Sophie
  9. Odie
  10. Mimi
  11. Coffee
  12. Bianca
  13. Tyson
  14. Cider
  15. Juno
  16. Cj
  17. Vinnie
  18. Zeke
  19. Hawkeye
  20. Zoey

Top 20 Cat Names of 2022:

  1. Cruella
  2. Olivia
  3. Loki
  4. Shang Chi
  5. Raya
  6. Wanda
  7. Lady
  8. Dominic
  9. Agnes
  10. Lil Nas X
  11. Glass Animals
  12. Bucky Barnes
  13. Sophie
  14. Dodger
  15. Sza
  16. Dababy
  17. Mimi
  18. Diana
  19. Coffee
  20. Wonder Woman

The full lists of top cat names and dog names are here.

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