The name of a pet says a lot about the owner. There are the boring and conventional folks (Buddy, huh? Real original.) and there are the people who tried a little too hard (dog names should never be more than two syllables). Then there are those who name a dog after their favorite drink.
New Yorkers and alcohol-themed dog names appear to go hand in hand, according to the New York Post. New York City requires residents to register their dogs, which gives the government a ton of data on dog names and breeds. Someone sitting at their city desk decided to collect those dog names and create a graphic, listed by frequency of occurrence. What we’ve learned: New Yorkers like their brandy.
Brandy is the most popular boozy dog name, with 98 doggos. Whiskey is next with 54. Broken down by gender, boy dogs get Whiskey and girl dogs get Brandy. Tequila is next with 18, six are named Rye, six Gin, five Bourbon, two Cognac and one each of Rum and Vodka. One forward thinking, super on-trend pup is named Mezcal.
There are also some very brand-loyal dog owners out there. Twenty-three dogs are named Jameson, 14 are named Hennessy, 13 are named Kahlua and seven are named Patron. And getting around the boring Bud name, four are named Budweiser. Sambuca gets a shoutout (eight) as does Schnapps (one). There are also eight Sakes, eight Pinots, seven Champagnes, four Merlots, one Malbec and one Sangria.
The alcohol naming doesn’t stop at dogs. People are naming their human children after drinks as well, like Gibson and Miller Lyte. Dogs probably don’t mind as much, though. When it comes down to it, naming a canine after booze is a lot more creative than the most common names of Max, Bella and Charlie.