140+ Most Popular Dog Names for Your Male or Female Puppy (With Meanings)

Updated on June 7, 2019
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James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

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Tried and true names can often speed up the hunt for the perfect dog name. Here are 140+ of the most popular dog names (with meanings) for your newest puppy.

How We Constructed This List

This list was built from a two-step process: We built a master list from pet insurance websites, dog society websites, and magazines. We then calculated trends among these lists and built the list on this page. In addition, we've listed the top 10 most popular dog names, included naming tips, and a video. Hopefully, this article helps you discover the perfect name!

Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names

Name
Meaning
Bailey
firmly sustained fenced in area at the core of a medieval palace
Bear
Group of warm blooded creatures
Bella
Short type of ISABELLA and different names finishing off with bella. It is additionally connected with the Italian word bella meaning "excellent".
Buddy
From the English word meaning "companion". It likely started as a nursery type of the word sibling.
Charlie
Small or ladylike type of CHARLES. A renowned carrier is Charlie Brown, the fundamental character in the funny cartoon 'Peanuts' by Charles Schulz.
Lucy
English type of LUCIA, being used since the Middle Ages.
Maggie
a female given name, type of Margaret.
Max
greatest.
Molly
Small of MARY. It created from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives.
Sophie
French type of SOPHIA.

Popular Dog Names A-F

Name
Meaning
Abby
a female given name, type of Abigail.
Ace
playing card
Angel
one of a class of profound creatures; a divine specialist of God.
Annie
a female given name, type of Ann, Anna, or Anne.
Apollo
the antiquated Greek and Roman divine force of light, recuperating, music, verse, prediction, and masculine magnificence; the child of Leto and sibling of Artemis.
Bandit
a burglar, particularly an individual from a posse or ravaging band.
Baxter
From a word related surname which implied "(female) dough puncher" in Old English.
Beau
Means "delightful" in French. It has been at times utilized as an American given name since the late nineteenth century.
Belle
a lady or young lady respected for her excellence and appeal.
Benji
Fictional canine
Benny
Small of BENJAMIN or BENEDICT.
Bentley
Car brand maker
Boomer
someone or something that blasts.
Brady
From an Irish surname which was gotten from "relative of acute".
Brandy
a soul refined from wine or from the aged juice of grapes or of apples, peaches, plums, and so on.
Brody
From a surname which was initially gotten from a spot in Moray, Scotland. It most likely methods "dump, soil" in Gaelic.
Bruno
Gotten from the Germanic component brun "covering, insurance" or brun "dark colored".
Brutus
Roman commonplace executive: one of the professional killers of Julius Caesar.
Bubba
sibling (generally utilized as a tender term of location).
Buster
an individual who separates something: wrongdoing busters.
Casey
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized type of acute; Cathasaigh meaning "relative of CATHASACH".
Cash
cash as coins or banknotes, particularly that issued by an administration.
Champ
victor in a test, challenge or rivalry
Chance
the nonappearance of any reason for occasions that can be anticipated, comprehended, or controlled: frequently represented or treated as a positive organization: Chance oversees all.
Chase
to seek after so as to seize, overwhelm, and so forth.: The cop pursued the hoodlum.
Chester
From a surname which initially had a place with an individual who originated from Chester, an old Roman settlement in Britain.
Chico
Minor of FRANCISCO.
Chloe
Means "green shoot" in Greek, alluding to new plant development in the spring. This was a designation of the Greek goddess Demeter.
Coco
coconut palm.
Cody
From the Irish surname Cuidighthigh, which implies "relative of CUIDIGHTHEACH".
Cooper
an individual who makes or fixes containers, barrels, and so forth.
Copper
a pliable, malleable, metallic component having a trademark ruddy dark colored shading: utilized in enormous amounts as an electrical channel and in the production of amalgams, as metal and bronze.
Daisy
any of different composite plants the blooms of which have a yellow plate and white beams, as the English daisy and the oxeye daisy.
Dakota
a previous domain in the United States: partitioned into the conditions of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889.
Dexter
From a word related surname meaning "one who colors" in Old English. It additionally harmonizes with the Latin word dexter significance "right-gave, talented".
Diesel
fluid fuel utilized in diesel motors
Dixie
Epithet for the Southern United States
Duke
Respectable or regal title in some European nations and their states
Elvis
American artist and on-screen character
Emma
a female given name, type of Erma.
Finn
a pioneer of the Fenian warriors and the dad of Ossian: the subject of numerous legends.
Frankie
a male given name, type of Frank.
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Popular Dog Names G-O

Name
Meaning
George
a figure of St. George executing the mythical beast, particularly one framing some portion of the symbol of the Order of the Garter.
Ginger
Types of plant
Gizmo
little instrument, for example, a machine that has a capacity, yet is frequently thought of as an oddity
Gracie
Minute of GRACE.
Gunner
an individual who works a firearm or gun.
Gus
a male given name, type of Augustus or Gustave.
Hank
Initially a short type of Hankin which was a medieval minute of JOHN.
Harley
English statesman.
Heidi
German form of ADELHEID. This is the name of the title character in the kids' novel 'Heidi' (1880) by Johanna Spyri.
Henry
the standard unit of inductance in the International System of Units (SI), formally characterized to be the inductance of a shut circuit where an electromotive power of one volt is created when the electric flow in the circuit fluctuates consistently at a rate of one ampere for every second.
Holly
any of various trees or bushes of the family Ilex, as I. opaca (American holly), the state tree of Delaware, or I. aquifolium (English holly), having shiny, spiked toothed leaves, little, whitish blooms, and red berries.
Honey
Sweet nourishment made by honey bees for the most part utilizing nectar from blooms
Hunter
an individual who chases game or other wild creatures for nourishment or in game.
Jack
any of different versatile gadgets for raising or lifting overwhelming articles short statures, utilizing different mechanical, pneumatic, or pressure driven strategies.
Jackson
From an English surname meaning "child of JACK". An acclaimed conveyor of the surname was American president Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).
Jake
agreeable; OK; fine: Everything's jake with me.
Jasmine
any of various bushes or vines having a place with the class Jasminum, of the olive family, having fragrant blooms and utilized in perfumery.
Jasper
Chalcedony assortment shaded by iron oxide
Jax
Short type of JACKSON.
Joey
any youthful creature, particularly a kangaroo.
Katie
a female given name, type of Katherine or Catherine.
Kobe
a seaport on S Honshu, in S Japan.
Lady
a lady who is refined, gracious, and expressive: She might be poor and have little training, however she's a genuine woman.
Leo
the Lion, a zodiacal heavenly body among Virgo and Cancer, containing the splendid star Regulus.
Lexi
Little of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
Loki
a swindler god, conceived of Jotun family line yet acknowledged among the Aesir as Odin's received sibling: father of the beasts Fenrir, Hel, and the Midgard snake, and the instigator of Balder's passing.
Lola
a female given name, type of Charlotte or Dolores.
Louie
Little of LOUIS.
Lucky
having or set apart by good karma; lucky: That was my day of reckoning.
Luke
an early Christian devotee and sidekick of Paul, a doctor and likely a gentile: generally accepted to be the creator of the third Gospel and the Acts.
Lulu
any exceptional or remarkable individual or thing: His bruised eye is a lulu.
Luna
the old Roman goddess embodying the moon, at times related to Diana.
Mac
individual; bud (a recognizable term of location to a man or kid whose name isn't known to the speaker).
Madison
From an English surname meaning "child of MAUD".
Marley
Jamaican reggae artist, guitarist, and lyricist: popularizer of Rastafarianism.
Maximus
Roman family name which was gotten from Latin maximus "most noteworthy". Holy person Maximus was a priest and scholar from Constantinople in the seventh century.
Mia
lost without a trace.
Mickey
a beverage, typically alcoholic, to which a medication, laxative, or something like that, has been subtly included, that renders the clueless consumer vulnerable.
Milo
a grain sorghum having white, yellow, or pinkish seeds, developed primarily in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.
Missy
youthful miss; young lady.
Moose
A class of well evolved creatures having a place with the deer, muntjac, roe deer, reindeer, and moose group of ruminants
Murphy
From an Irish surname which was gotten from Ó Murchadha meaning "relative of MURCHADH".
Oliver
From Olivier, a Norman French type of a Germanic name, for example, ALFHER or an Old Norse name, for example, leifr (see OLAF).
Ollie
Modest of OLIVER, OLIVIA or OLIVE.
Oreo
Chocolate sandwich treat with creme filling.
Oscar
military word utilized in interchanges to speak precisely the letter O.
Otis
From an English surname which was gotten from the medieval given name Ode, a related of OTTO. In America it has been utilized to pay tribute to the progressive James Otis (1725-1783).
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Popular Dog Names P-Z

Name
Meaning
Peanut
the case or the encased palatable seed of the plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the vegetable family: the case is constrained underground in developing, where it matures.
Penny
unit of cash in different nations
Pepper
an impactful fixing acquired from different plants of the sort Piper, particularly from the dried berries, utilized entire or ground, of the tropical climbing bush P. nigrum.
Prince
title of honorability
Princess
a nonreigning female individual from an illustrious family.
Rex
From Latin rex "ruler". It has been utilized as a given name since the nineteenth century.
Riley
turbid; roily.
Rocco
Germanic name got from the component hrok importance "rest".
Rocky
1976 American games show coordinated by John G. Avildsen
Romeo
the sentimental admirer of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Roscoe
a gun or gun.
Rosie
Modest of ROSE.
Ruby
a red assortment of corundum, utilized as a pearl.
Rudy
a male given name, type of Rudolf.
Rufus
Roman name which implied "red-haired" in Latin.
Rusty
kind of iron oxide
Sadie
a female given name, type of Sara or Sarah.
Sam
a male given name, type of Samuel.
Samantha
a female given name: from an Aramaic word meaning listener.
Sammy
Modest of SAMUEL, SAMSON or SAMANTHA.
Samson
Last of the judges of the old Israelites referenced in the Book of Judges
Sandy
A granular material made out of finely partitioned shake and mineral particles, from 0.063 to 2 mm width
Sasha
Russian and Ukrainian minute of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
Scooter
human-controlled land vehicle
Scout
a trooper, warship, plane, and so on., utilized in inspecting.
Shadow
a dull figure or picture cast on the ground or some surface by a body blocking light.
Shelby
From a surname, which was perhaps a variation of SELBY.
Simba
The Lion King character
Sparky
radiating or creating sparkles.
Spike
a naillike clasp, 3 to 12 inches (7.6 to 30.5 cm) long and proportionately thicker than a typical nail, for attaching together substantial timbers or railroad track.
Stella
a four-dollar example coin of the U.S. having a metal substance dependent on the decimal measuring standard, issued 1879: intended to be utilized as a universal coin.
Tank
Followed substantial defensively covered battling vehicle
Teddy
Minute of EDWARD or THEODORE.
Thor
the norse god of thunder, downpour, and cultivating, spoke to as riding a chariot drawn by goats and employing the sledge Mjolnir
Toby
a mug as a forceful elderly person wearing a three-cornered cap.
Tucker
From a word related surname for a material more full, got from Old English tucian importance "irritate, torment".
Tyson
U.S. fighter.
Vader
anecdotal character in the Star Wars establishment
Winston
From a surname got from an English spot name, which was thus gotten from the Old English given name WYNNSTAN. A well known person was Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Yoda
character in Star Wars
Zeus
Leader of the divine beings in Greek folklore
Ziggy
Cartoon character

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4 Tips on Choosing a Popular Dog Name

Names can sometimes be a difficult thing to figure out. Not only do they stay around for the entire life of your pet, but they can determine how others react to your newfound canine. To help decrease the risk of a bad name, you can use a popular dog name. However, here are a few tips when selecting the correct fit.

Tip 1: Fit over function

When selecting your favorite name, you may be tempted to simply choose your favorite name. However, you want to choose the name that personally reflects your dog. After all, this name is for them and should be a reflection of the attitude or behavior. This will allow you to bond better with your hound than if you just gave a generic name.

Tip 2: Be wary of human names

Human names can be tricky because you may know someone with that particular name. If they come in contact with your dog, they will think you named your dog after them (even if you didn't). This can be thought of as insulting and many people do not like sharing a name with people's pets. That being said, some human names are quite beautiful, so if you find one that matches, don't rule it out entirely.

Tip 3: It's possible to add multiple names

If you can't settle on just one name or are worried about picking the wrong name, select multiple. Dogs, just like humans, can have multiple names. This can be useful because you can then see how a dog responds to the name over time. Eventually, one or the other of the names may stand out. This helps protect you from selecting the wrong name.

Tip 4: Think of the nickname

When you find a name, think of the nickname possibilities. Some names naturally have additional nicknames that can be used. This can be a great thing, as you instantly get a new range of names to call your dog. These nicknames can also be a bad thing if you hate the nickname. Just like your dog, its name may need to grow and change in the future. Selecting an adaptable name may be the best option for naming your newfound friend.

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        Sophie 

        2 months ago

        What is wrong with Sophie?? It's the worst name for a dog? That is not true. Sophie is a beautiful name. You people are just mean!!

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