Ever wondered what Norwegians name their pets?
Naming a pet is a funny business. The most popular British male names in the last year were Oliver and Jack, but you'll rarely find a dog with one of those names.
The same is true in Norway, where the most common male names Jan, Per, and Bjørn rarely make it onto the shortlist for a Norwegian dog. The same is largely true for female names.
If you've just moved to Norway and want a dog, or you want to give your dog a bit of Norwegian spirit wherever in the world you live, check out this graphic of the most popular dog names in Norway.
Top Norwegian dog names
Curiously, the most popular in Norway is also the most popular in the USA. Scroll down to reveal the answer, but let's just say I think it could be due to the Twilight effect!
This graphic was supplied by Norwegian company Doogy and based on data from insurance provider If.
How to name a dog
Here are some tips for the all-important decision:
- Choose a name that the dog can easily recognise. Pets respond better short names, preferably of one or two syllables.
- Choose a name that's both easy and not embarrassing to shout in public!
- Avoid names that sound like standard commands: No, Stay, Sit, Fetch, and so on. For example, Joe may sound too similar to No.
- Pick a name that will grow with the dog. For example “Pup” may not be so appropriate in a couple years time!