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Overused Dog Names

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Designer dogs like this Morkie deserve designer names.

Designer dogs like this Morkie deserve designer names.

A Name You've Heard Before

If you are just looking to give your dog a common, overused name, and not interested in searching for something unique, check out the most popular dog names on this list.

Your dog may look up when someone else yells his name at the dog park, since several of the other dogs there will be sporting the same name. He may be one of many when you take him for a walk, attend obedience classes, or have to drop him off at the veterinarian´s office.

Is that okay with you?

If it is, go ahead and find a popular name.

Expensive dogs, like this Cavalier, deserve rare names.

Expensive dogs, like this Cavalier, deserve rare names.

Ten Most Popular Names for Female Puppies

  1. Molly
  2. Bella
  3. Daisy
  4. Maggie
  5. Lucy
  6. Ginger
  7. Bonnie
  8. Sadie
  9. Sophie
  10. Lady
And tough guys, like this Cane Corso puppy, deserve tough names.

And tough guys, like this Cane Corso puppy, deserve tough names.

Ten Most Popular Names for Male Puppies

  1. Max
  2. Jake
  3. Buddy
  4. Jack
  5. Cody
  6. Charlie
  7. Bailey
  8. Rocky
  9. Sam
  10. Buster
Lean dogs, like this Whippet puppy, deserve thin names.

Lean dogs, like this Whippet puppy, deserve thin names.

Other Popular Names

BoysGirls

Rusty

Zoe

Barney

Abby

Toby

Sasha

Winston

Annie

Murphy

Missy

Harley

Meg

Shadow

Princess

Oscar

Lola

Jess

Lilly

Monty

Sassy

Cooper

Tess

Lucky

Hollie

Riley

Rosie

Tucker

Chloe

Sammy

Roxy

Active dogs, like this Border Collie puppy, deserve outgoing names.

Active dogs, like this Border Collie puppy, deserve outgoing names.

There are obviously a lot of names even worse out there. If you are getting a new puppy and find the name you have chosen on this list of the 25 most overused, however, I really think you need to sit down and come up with something else.

Be original. There are a lot of great names out there.

And sled dogs, like these Siberian Husky puppies, deserve authentic Siberian names.

And sled dogs, like these Siberian Husky puppies, deserve authentic Siberian names.

Boring Dog Names

  • Boring Dog Names
    Looking for a good name for your dog? Please don't name it Sam, Max, or Lucky. These names are overused in the pet industry! As a person who works with dogs daily and sees hundreds a month, I am pleading with you to consider more unique names.
But no dog, not even a popular breed like the Labrador Retriever, deserves an overused dog name.

But no dog, not even a popular breed like the Labrador Retriever, deserves an overused dog name.

"Please don´t call me Hershey, just because I was born chocolate!"

© 2013 Dr Mark

Comments

Ben on June 15, 2020:

My dogs names are Bertie and Cassie

Koda on June 09, 2020:

I am a dog named Koda, it is the 48th most popular name according to readers digest.

Alisha on December 12, 2019:

My Dog was called Jebel - I grew up in The middle East and it means Mountain. We also named his brother Glen which is valley in Scottish - where I am from. Jebel made it to 17.

GoBucksGo34 on September 01, 2018:

My mom named her dog Beaner. Imagine yelling that name around town!

My dog's name is Bango. After the Milwaukee Bucks mascot.

LYNJAMIN on May 11, 2018:

My new Lhasa is named Tashee. I have a Yorkie named Mathilda, a Maltipoo named Margherita and a Westie mix named Hamish. I think I've avoided the common names.

Pete danve on March 14, 2018:

I have a puppy named kody. There is a difference between kody and cody

Joe PA on December 30, 2017:

I have a puppy, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, and she is female but I named her Murphy because of my buddy's band name (and my favorite band) the Dropkick Murphys -- but also Murphy has always had a feminine bent to it in my mind because i grew up with a girl whose (last) name was Murphy (also,, once they're neutered, well, gender seems to be a moot point. Lol)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 18, 2016:

D,morris--and you have probably heard this one: "Hi, I am here for Max, the lab". Oh, yeah, right.

Dmorris on November 18, 2016:

Oh....forgot. right behind Lily there are 100 Izzys. I think every 3rd yorkie that comes is named Izzy!

D.morris on November 18, 2016:

Add Elsa to that list....I am a dog groomer and have several. You hit many of my groom dog names...just love it when someone text me and wants to schedule an appointent for Lily,Zoe,Max or Bella and dowant add a last name....sigh.

FiddleFeets on April 11, 2015:

Looked this up because I hear "Bella", "Maggie" and "Madison" a little too much. Put on your Uggs, Aeropostale shirt and name you dog Bella. Be just like everyone else.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 16, 2013:

Cool name; I appreciate a dog that can tell a good joke!

LG from Ozamiz City, Philippines on June 15, 2013:

Our dog's name is Witty....hahaha...Great hub!

Shaddie from Washington state on May 30, 2013:

I see that! I appreciate it a lot :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 29, 2013:

Hi Shaddie, I really enjoyed your "boring" article and linked it on my "Tips to name a new dog" hub, too!

Shaddie from Washington state on May 29, 2013:

Woohoo! Down with boring dog names!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 29, 2013:

My parrot thinks "Ajej" is the most common dog name, since it is the only one she hears when we are out walking. (Ajej is my dog, and every time I yell "Ajej, come here" or "Ajej, hurry up" my parrot starts yelling in my ear. Before long she will be yelling at her too!)

Melissa A Smith from New York on May 29, 2013:

I'm in a temporary house while our house is getting rebuilt and I'm waay too close to the neighbors, so I can hear the kids playing and their dog's name is Sparky. I can recall many of those.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 29, 2013:

Sparky MUST be in a top 50 list! But tell me, are you hearing this name a lot? Are you hearing strange voices? Hmmm?

Melissa A Smith from New York on May 29, 2013:

I'm surprised you didn't add sparky, that's the name I'm always hearing yelled out from my window.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 19, 2013:

Hey Tara what about Zeppy? That is a pretty cool name. Long names (3 syllables, like Zeppelin) are harder for the dog to respond to.

Tara on May 19, 2013:

I want to name my puppy Zeppelin :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 17, 2013:

Sam is in that top ten list to stay away from!

dogfond on April 16, 2013:

I think Sam is also a very common puppy name.

Amy from Oswego, NY on March 20, 2013:

And to chime in on the Hermit Crab names...have to add that my daughter named hers LeBron (after the one and only of course ;).) TY!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 20, 2013:

Ew, I can´t imagine naming a dog after one of my dead favorites! What a practice. One of my first dogs was named Kola; imagine "Kola 1 used to run away but he never growled at me, Kola 3 killed chickens but never ran away, Kola 2 died of heartworms and was sick all the time." Yech!!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving an interesting comment. (BTW, Seneca and Chippewa arent even in the top 100, so your dogs are safe for now!)

Amy from Oswego, NY on March 20, 2013:

So agree! And it's even worse when the same family keeps naming their dogs the same name. Sadie 1, Sadie 2, and Sadie 3 ... They do not however attach the numbers, but when referring to them in conversation we have to distinquish. :) hoping Indian tribes don't become popular, we've got a Seneca and Chippewa now. Thanks for the article, great captions for cute pics.

CocoasNose from Tennessee on March 20, 2013:

Don't forget Spike and Rover :P

When I grow up, I plan to name my puppy Gerald. The story behind that is silly and a bit hard to explain, but now my heart is set on it!

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on February 28, 2013:

True what you said about shelter dogs. I don't think Pepper had a clue what to do with herself in her own yard! And my dad's pit-mix came from the same shelter (couple years after Pepper died) and acted like he had never been inside a house before. Poor pups!

The office job... was depressing to put it mildly. But a necessary step in stockpiling cash. Officially, I hate money.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 26, 2013:

Midnight and Snowball. That reminds me of SmartandFuns hermit crab names, Hermie and Crabbie. I hope they can blame the kids for those choices.(When I was about 6 I named one of our new Pomeranians Ginger. Overused, but at least I was a little kid.)

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on February 25, 2013:

Interesting subject. I'm surprised Heidi didn't make the list, so popular for those German breeds. I have a red dachshund named Heidi, she came with the name and I kept it.

My neighbors recently got 2 puppies, Midnight for the black one and Snowball for the white. Reminds me of when I was a kid and it seemed 80% of black dogs were "Blackie."

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 25, 2013:

Four months at an office? Its hard to picture you there. I´m glad you´re back on the farm.

I figured your Keeshond probably had a common name since you told me you were young when you brought her home. My dad just adopted a shelter dog who was already named Charlie. Hard to get more common than that, but shelter dogs have to adapt a lot, and changing a name is probably not the best thing for one of those dogs.

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on February 25, 2013:

Hi again! I was fine after the hurricane, no harm done. The real reason for my absence was a four month temp position at an office (miserable). Done with that now!

My keeshond's name was Pepper. Not very original, but she was a shelter puppy and already knew herself as Pepper, so we kept it!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 25, 2013:

Oreo..that's almost as bad as naming your dog Spot. Double Stuff is that much worse though.

Bob Bamberg on February 25, 2013:

Had a customer with a Dalmatian named Oreo. When she became overweight they nicknamed her Double Stuff. How many errors can we find in that picture?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 24, 2013:

Hi Rachel nice to see you back! I haven't seen you comment on anything since the hurricane. Are you all doing okay?

I think I saw Honey, and I´m pretty sure I saw Bear, but I think you cornered the market on Honeybear. What did you name your first Keeshond? (Check out SmartandFun´s comment about the hermit crabs.)

Check out the photos of my geese on my duck bullying article. Have you seen a lot of activity on your goose hub? I pinned it and have seen several repins on it.

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on February 24, 2013:

Cute and fun hub DrMark! And as always, great photos. That border collie pup is adorable, reminds me of my silly girl when I first got her. I doubt you found the name "Honeybear" on any of the popular name lists you researched!

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on February 22, 2013:

I agree and get tired of hearing the same dog names over and over again.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 21, 2013:

Hi EA I think I put this on here just so I´d have a good excuse to post a bunch of puppy pictures! I really like Cane Corso puppies but isn´t that Morkie cute? Hard to believe that there are so many who do not like them.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on February 21, 2013:

I always enjoy reading your hubs Dr. Mark and especially looking at photos of these adorable little creatures! Thanks for sharing, voted up.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 21, 2013:

Ouch! If I had to choose between "Little Fat Girl" and "Cody", it wouldn't be much of a struggle. Let me know what you choose for her baby. It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas, based on that answer you gave about dogs.

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on February 21, 2013:

Well, when I bought Cody, she didn't have a barn name -- just the registered name, Zippin Cody Bertie. The previous owner just called her "Little Fat Girl." Cody seemed the best name from what I had to work with! I promise you, I'll come up with a more original name for her baby when it arrives in a few weeks!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 21, 2013:

After that great answer to my question on dog names, I am not surprised you did not go for the old standards, but Cody? Who named that poor old guy? Surely he deserves better?

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on February 21, 2013:

Whew! I'm relieved that my dogs have escaped the over-used name syndrome! No wonder they're such originals. I have to admit, though, that in my barn I have horses named Cody, Sassy, and Holly ... fortunately, none of the others are on the list!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 21, 2013:

I got a great laugh out of the hermit crab names. I did the same thing when I got my first crab, about 40 years ago! Hermie is one of those eternal crab names, destined to make up its own lists.

SmartAndFun from Texas on February 21, 2013:

Great article, Dr. Mark, I have quite a few articles about baby names -- I love names! In spite of being a name buff, we have a wonderful dog named Charlie, but he was named by the owners of his parents. He came to us at about 12-13 weeks old, and they just couldn't resist naming him during that amount of time. It's OK, though, we could have changed his name but it really does fit him. Our other dog is Jessi. That's not terribly original, either, but my daughter named her when she was 10, and kids often give their pets obvious names. My kids named their hermit crabs Hermie, Shelly and Crabbie after all, lol.