Marijuana-themed names like Budder, Dank, and Indica are trending upwards for pet owners nationwide.
Choosing a name for your pet is incredibly difficult and important. You’re giving them an identity of sorts and you usually want it something that will bring a positive association. This is why often people name their dogs and cats after a character in their favorite movie, or favorite pop star.
But people just as often pick something they love, which might explain the recent rise in people naming their pets after marijuana-related terms and phrases. Last year, we reported how pet owners in Denver were starting to use marijuana-themed names for their pets. But according to Rover, that small trend has exploded nationwide.
For example, the name Budder — as in a marijuana bud — is up 600% nationwide from last year. Some other names also trending up: Dank (116% increase), Indica (93% increase), Herb (66% increase), and Kush (62% increase). For the city of Baltimore, marijuana-themed names are also on the rise. Apparently, MJ is up 600% in the city while Blaze rose 150%.
The days of Fido and Lassie are gone, though Buddy is still the fourth-most popular dog name in the country. Some other trends this year in the pet-naming world: naming your dog after Game of Thrones characters is still on rise, despite the final season airing earlier this year on HBO. Names like Melisandre, Sandor, and Brienne have increased since last year, with Arya cracking the top 100 most popular pet names this year.
More pop culture names dominated the list outside GoT, though. Taylor Swift and Khalid topped the charts for rockstar names, though Lizzo will probably become one of the most popular pet names by year’s end. Names like Thor, Drax, Flash, and Valkyrie topped the list for most popular superhero names while the Toy Story 4 movie caused names like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Slinky Dog to rise as well.