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Boston has released a list of the top-25 dog names in Boston last year, based on dog-license applications, and nary a Spot or Fido among them (speaking of which, you have until March 31 to register your pooch).

1. LUNA
2. BELLA
3. CHARLIE
4. LUCY
5. LOLA
6. DAISY
7. BAILEY
8. COOPER
9. MAX
10. PENNY
11. OLIVER
12. TEDDY
13. MAGGIE
14. STELLA
15. OLLIE
16. MOLLY
17. LILY
18. SCOUT
19. ROCKY
20. MILO
21. BUDDY
22. RILEY
23. FINN
24. COCO
25. WINSTON

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The names of my two dogs are on the list. Bailey, is an 75 lb AmStaff and a cuddlebug and Lily, is a Basset Hound mix of some kind. I did not name either of them.

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I wonder how many of these are shelter names that stuck. Shelters recycle names, so it is a possible influence on this list.

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I wonder how many of the names on this list overlap with trendy human names.

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This list of almost entirely human names is further proof of the relatively new phenomenon of people intensely and unnaturally humanizing their dogs and considering them "children", taking them everywhere including supermarkets, stores, banks, etc. Dogs remain great little creatures but many dog owners have become really bizarre and differ from owners of years past. I wonder about the causes of this.

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Would you breed a human into trash-ass American society? The dog fills the void without inflicting 21st century American life onto a person who didn’t ask for it.

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Yeah, I'm going to go with "no" on this being "relatively new". People have been giving their pets "human" names for an incredibly long time. Heck, Boston's own John Adams had a dog named Mark.

I'd also love to see some kind of citation about pet owner behavior actually changing that much. How much of this is just "because of the Internet etc it's a lot easier to see other peoples' behavior"?

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You actually expect references and citations here instead of unsupported bullshit? For all we know, you are a dog that has been unnaturally humanized and now uses a computer.

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jumped out at me as an oddity, especially at #1. Might have something to do with TikTok fame. Some children's books with that name, and a Harry Potter connection, too.

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...those are the whitest names I've ever seen.

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My actual name is in that list. Thankfully it's not as popular for dogs as it was once, because I would be walking down the street and hear somebody shouting my name and wonder why a stranger wanted my attention so urgently. I did learn to ignore it after a while.

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I'm sorry your parents named you Fido.

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The dog I grew up with really was named Fido. My father had always wanted a dog named Fido, and when people would ask him why, because it was such a cliche, he'd ask if they'd ever met another one. Nobody ever had. (Fido was the best damn dog in the entire universe, though. Except for all the other ones.)

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has had his shots.

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but when he got there, the conductor asked him for one more nickel...

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but kept getting kicked off the reservations website.

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are bulldogs.

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The one I know is not a bull dog.

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Tom bails on us and nobody names their pet Brady anymore? And no Tuukka either! Yikes!

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I would think there'd be a retriever somewhere in this state named Gronk.

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Magoo dog’s name is Dogoo. Magoo.

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Oh, Magoo! Your dog's name is McBarker.

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Growing up, there was a basset hound who roamed our neighborhood (this was in the 80s when the leash laws were lightly or selectively enforced by our town's animal control officer) named Magoo. Magoo was friends with the Dudley the Newfie who lived next door to him and our yellow Labrador/German shepherd mix Brandy. Magoo, Dudley, and Brandy would roam and wander the backyards and nearby conservation areas of our suburb as if on rounds to greet everyone. They were all friendly and good natured dogs and everyone knew them and watched out for them, so every time I see the name Magoo, I think of this basset hound and his pack of neighborhood dogs (though I think Brandy was the alpha).

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Magoo thought you'd be taking about wieners but instead you talked about dogs. Magoo.

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Sock puppet or imposter? Regardless, I don't know what this has to do with the Viennese...

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"The cat's name is Paul!" ~ Mayor West

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I've always thought that cats should have unique names. When I adopted her on Halloween of 2018, her shelter name was Willow (I got her at the ARL's shelter on Chandler St, but, per her bio, she had just been moved there from a Scituate shelter where the couple who had her before me had a baby who developed an allergy to her left her). I though that name was too common, so I renamed her Big Shirley after a gentle giant of a dog from the brilliant comic strip Cul de Sac by the late Richard Thompson.

By the way, if anyone here lived on the South Shore and gave up a tabby/white mix named Willow in the fall of 2018: 1. thank you, she has enriched my life more than I could ever have expected, and 2. she's doing very well and is a very sweet, friendly, and happy cat.

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When I told him, he was pissed!

(His Roslindale shelter name was "Shreve".)

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Some of those names are so damn cute. My dog's name is Apollo & my cat is Lady Godiva (but we just call her Godiva for short, she knows her name).

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Must be a lot of wannabee Grinches out there.

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