Human names like Max, Molly, Charlie, and Lucy are being used more and more often these days for dogs.
Stan Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, thinks there are two reasons:
- Dogs occupy a new place in our lives, and
- The number of female dog owners is on the rise.
The first point makes sense. Dogs were once used for work — hunting, herding, transportation, defense, rescue, and so forth. Nowadays, most dogs are companions. We see them as family members, and the human names we give them reflect this upgraded status.
I’m not sure if the second point holds water, though. There may be more female dog owners, but the article didn’t include any data to back up Coren’s claim that “women favour [sic] human names more than men do.”
What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think dogs tend to get human names nowadays?