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

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

NameMeaning

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

NameMeaning

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

NameMeaning

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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Two puppies playing together

Popular Dog Names P-Z

NameMeaning

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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Puppies playing together

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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Comments

Sophie on June 16, 2019:

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!!