No spoilers here, we promise! A girl is only celebrating the perfect pet names dog and cat owners can borrow from Game of Thrones. Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the U.S., got curious about trending pet names, so they dug through their database of the more than 3 million dogs and cats treated at their hospitals in 2018. Much to their delight, they found GoT characters to be super popular among pet parents, especially when compared with 2017’s trendy names. Read on to discover which names take the iron throne.
OK, this name technically applies to everything from Pride and Prejudice to Lady Bird, but you hear it every episode whether you’re visiting King’s Landing or Dorne. It’s regal, playful and also the name of Sansa Stark’s direwolf (RIP, Lady). It’s perfect for a well-respected dog who isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands paws.
Naming dogs after direwolves is a no-brainer. In the show, we meet the pups early on. They go on to prove themselves loyal companions, protectors and friends throughout the series. So, of course 23 percent more dogs were named Nymeria, 12 percent more were named Ghost and 7 percent more were named Summer in 2018 than in 2017.
Pet owners appear to be most loyal to House Stark, with 22 percent more cats and 14 percent more dogs potentially named after Starks year over year.