- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Bella and Max are top dogs in New York City.

The city Health Department announced Wednesday that it registered 1,127 dogs named Bella and 1,073 named Max in 2015.

Bella has been the city’s most popular dog name since 2008. That’s when the last of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-themed “Twilight” novels featuring heroine Bella Swan was published.

But some dog owners took their inspiration from the pantry and the garden.

The Health Department says it licensed 27 dogs named Bean, 17 dogs named Raisin and 15 dogs named Potato last year.

A total of 605 licensed dogs answered to Daisy, the most popular flower name. There were also 10 Tulips, four Primroses and two Daffodils.

Names that were popular with certain breeds included Snoopy for beagles and Tyson for boxers.


This story has been corrected to show the author’s first name is Stephenie, not Stephanie.

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