There is an interesting USA Today article at the link below titled:Names for dogs miss the Spot.
Fifty years ago almost no one gave their dogs human names. Instead it was Spot, Buster or something similar.
Top names among male dogs are Max, Buddy and Rocky. For females, Bella, Molly and Lucy head the list. The research was conducted by Veterinary Pet Insurance from the names of insured dogs in its database.
Dogs have long been considered man's best friend, but for many Americans, they mean even more than that.
"It's a reflection of the position that pets hold in a household," says Mary Thurston, an anthropologist in Austin who has studied dog history for more than 25 years. "They are integral members of the family, just like a child."
Our slightly spoiled Schnauzer -- well, OK, our completely spoiled Schnauzer, Zipper (pictured) is no less a member of the family just because he doesn’t have a human name.