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Dog named Charlie? We must be in Chelsea

Dog named Charlie? We must be in Chelsea

WNYC, New York’s public radio affiliate, recently produced a great map of registered dog names in New York. The map shows the most common name by neighborhood and is based on a listing put out by New York City Department of Health officials giving the most popular names and breeds for all licensed dogs around the five boroughs.

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Will My Son Sound Like a Dog?

My husband is in love with a name that I am unsure of. I dont hate it per say, but I'm not sure if it's too much of a "dog's name." The name is Rex.

I grew up in the 80's hearing Rex as a name like Fido, but these days I know most animals are now given human names like Max and Lucy. Obviously people also use those names for their children too, and no one thinks twice about it. But is Rex too much in the dog world that it sounds weird on a human?

- Human Mom

You're right that dog names have been "going to the humans." Many parents now choose from a single pool of names, whether the baby they're naming is person or poodle. That's leading to a flood of baby-pet naming conflicts, as expectant parents find that a furry friend has gotten to their favorite name first.

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Does the Dog Have Dibs on My Grandma's Name?

My grandmother's name was Annabelle, and I was very close to her and would love to pay tribute with my daughter's name. Recently, my friends got a puppy and named her Bella, when I mentioned it, people have asked why I would want the same name for my baby as a dog. Is there a way to address this in a day when people are taking dog names from baby books?! - Bella Lover

If a dog steals your grandma's name, you have the right to steal the dog's name, don't you think? Fair is fair.

Seriously, there's a pecking order when it comes to names being "taken," and the number one spot is occupied by parents honoring someone who was important in their lives. In fact, you could name your baby after your beloved grandmother even if the other Bella were your friend's daughter, not her puppy.

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Can I Name My Baby After the Dog?

I am 7 months pregnant with my 4th (and last) boy. The name we are strongly considering is Jasper, however, that was also the much loved name of our much loved dog - my "first baby" - who has been dead now for over 5 years. As we live somewhere new, no one knows it was our dog's name, only family and older friends. I love the name, he was a great dog, and I am running out of boy names! Is it OK to call my new son by this name? -- 4BoyMom

All of you dog lovers out there, see what happens when you give up on canine classics like Spike and Buster?

In an age when so many of our dogs have their own beds and their own wardrobes and special organic doggy diets, we've gone the extra step to make them true members of the family. We've decided to give them people-styled names.

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