Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names

One of the biggest dilemmas a new dog owner has is what to name their new pup. Do you let the kids pick and end up with a dog named Dora, Thomas or Waldo? Do you choose a name based on a character from your favorite movie, book or television show? Or do you go the more traditional route with the basics like Fido or Fluffy?

Looking at the top 10 most popular names for both male and female dogs from 2016, it looks like the choices in dog names is a mix of traditional and new. This list, compiled by, shows that when it comes to popular dog names, there is still a wide array of interesting names perfect for anyone looking for a moniker for their new puppy.

Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Molly
  4. Daisy
  5. Maggie
  6. Sophie
  7. Sadie
  8. Chloe
  9. Bailey
  10. Lola

Top 10 Male Dog Names

  1. Bailey
  2. Max
  3. Charlie
  4. Buddy
  5. Rocky
  6. Jake
  7. Jack
  8. Toby
  9. Cody
  10. Buster

Whether you go the classic route or try to come up with an original name, just remember some key points when coming up with the perfect name for your dog. Consider a name that starts with a hard-sounding letter, ends with a soft-sounding letter and doesn’t sound like dog command words like “sit” or “stay.” Keeping that in mind will help your dog learn and understand their name as quickly as possible.

If you are picking a name for your dog that is a tribute to your Aunt Agnes, be sure to check with Aunt Agnes first. She may not appreciate having a dog named after her (no matter how cute that pup may be).

Overall, naming your dog is a personal choice. Just be sure that whichever name you choose, it’s one that everyone can live with, including your pup.

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  1. This article got me wondering about where the name “Fido” came from. Everyone knows Fido refers to dogs despite the fact that almost no one names their dog that. Turns out, Abraham Lincoln’s dog was named Fido, bringing the name into popularity.

    Rover came from a British short movie from 1905 called “Rescued by Rover.” Spot? That was Dick and Jane’s dog from the classic children’s book series. Who knew? Thank you internet.

  2. What about Bilbo Fleabaggins, Darth Maul (if you have a small and harmless dog), J.K. Growling, Pickles McPorkchop or Mittens?
    Sir Yaps-a-lot disagrees with your list, but Fu Dog Chew is most impressed with your humbleness.
    I think you got it right. I named one of my dogs (a pit-bull terrier) Garfield just so I’d amuse myself.

  3. I used to work for a dog groomer and so many Maxs, Baileys, Chloes, Rockys, and Lolas came in–and many of them were the same breed–it was getting confusing! That’s why we picked a simple, unique, and easy-to-remember name for our pup: Gooby. And that’s exactly what he is, a Gooby.