Dog Names Throughout The Ages
Have you ever wondered what people were naming their dogs in medieval times? Well we have, because we're weird like that. But it's really neat to see how dog names have evolved over centuries, and even in just a few decades.
With the news that Bella was the most popular dog name in 2012 and has been for the last three years in a row (weird, huh? Must be a whacky coincidence that has nothing to do with a certain film series) Mental Floss has come up with an amazing article that details the most popular dog naming trends all the way back to the Middle Ages - where dog names were super fancy and included such monikers as Smylfeste and Mopsulus.
Before WWII, dog names were punchy and upbeat, including the likes of Rags, Dicksie, Pippy and Snap. After the 1960s, more human names began to appear as dog names, and trends like naming dogs after different foods came and went (think Cookie and Taffy).
The article used several different studies, books and newspaper articles that looked at the names on pet cemetery graves, but interestingly enough - few of the earliest pet graves even had names. Some of them just had the word "My Pet", or the owner's last name engraved.
Check out the Dog-Naming Trends Through The Ages article here.
How did you come up with your dog's name?