50 Most Popular Dog Names | Male and Female Dog Names

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Introduction

For most of us, our pups are family, and just like any loved one, what we call them is important. After all, we'll be using their name a lot, and for their entire lives, so it makes sense to take some time to pick the pawfect one. Whether you're looking for an easy-to-remember name, or a unique moniker that speaks to the qualities of the breed, we've done some research to help you on your naming journey. Here are the 50 most popular dog names that are currently in use, and one of them may be just the right fit for your new best pal!

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Most Popular Dog Name Considerations

There are just as many names out there as kinds of pooches, and lots more on top of that! Finding the best one that fits your dog may seem like finding a needle in a haystack, but there are several ways you can narrow down the list based on observations of your dog. Are they lazy or energetic? Certainly, a name like Sparky speaks to an active pup! Do they hold themselves like royalty? Perhaps a Rex or Princess are in order. 

You could also use their appearance, such as Tiny for a toy, or a giant dog! Use their color, such as Blacky or Cole for a black coated pup, or Smokey for a gray one. Got a ginger furbaby? Try Amber, Honey or simply Red. How about Bandit for a wiry coat that looks like its been outdoors way too long? Or Lady if your pooch has a luxurious one.

You can also look to pupular culture where names from movies, TV and books abound. Perhaps a Darcy for an uptight gentleman, Snoopy for your new beagle pup, or Drax for Marvel lovers? Got a favorite historical figure or mythical god? Napoleon would be furrific for a Chihuahua who thinks they are in charge. And if your Great Dane's footsteps sound like thunder, Thor would be highly appropriate. And if these all sound too way out there, the tried and true classics work every time.

Male Most Popular Dog Names

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Baxter
This title for a baker would fit a constant kitchen companion
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Shadow
Great moniker for a dark-coated pup, or one who follows you close
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Buster
For your furry tough guy
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Rusty
Simply pawfect for a red dog
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Teddy
When your dog is super cuddly, this name says it all
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Oscar
If your dog is a warrior, or just a grouch
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Sam
Short for Samuel, this simple name just rolls off the tongue
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Cody
This Gaelic name meaning helpful may pawfectly describe your service dog
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Lucky
For when your dog makes you feel like you can take on the world
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Murphy
This name meaning sea warrior would fit a water-loving pooch
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Toby
An easy-going title for a fun pup
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Jack
When your dog can do it all
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Riley
A Gaelic word for valiant
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Jake
Furrific title for a best furry pal
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Duke
A fitting name for a royal dog
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Tucker
Just one of the boys
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Bailey
This guardian will always have your back
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Oliver
Great for a beggar, or a peacemaker
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Rocky
For your tough boy who never quits!
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Bear
For a gentle giant, or tiny teddy
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Milo
Trusty sidekick from 'The Mask'
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Buddy
Literally the best name for your best bud
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Cooper
Latin for cask, the pawfect companion for a beer lover
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Charlie
Like as in Charlemagne, King of the Franks
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Max
Short for Maximilian

Female Most Popular Dog Names

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Emma
For fans of Jane Austen
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Sasha
A pretty title for your protector
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Willow
Pawfect for the gal who goes wherever the wind blows
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Gracie
Latin for blessing
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Dixie
If your dog has a southern twang to her bark
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Lily
For a gorgeous white coat
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Ruby
This moniker fits the gem in your life
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Coco
A sweet name for a sweet girl
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Ginger
Great for a red dog, or a sassy one
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Roxy
This Persian word means brilliant
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Abby
A Hebrew title that basically means 'Daddy's Little Girl'
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Sophie
If you've got a smart pooch, this is the one
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Zoey
When you are all about your dog, this Greek term means life
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Penny
Cute name for a coppery pooch
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Bailey
Also pawfect for girls too
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Nala
Loved the Lion King? Here's the name for you
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Molly
If you've got a swimmer, this Irish name for 'star of the sea' would fit pawfectly
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Sadie
A royal term for your princess
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Maggie
Meaning pearl, this name would be furrific for a white gal
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Lola
A sweet name for a strong girl
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Stella
When your dog is the true star of the family
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Lucy
A pawsome shout out to the Beatles
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Luna
For a light colored pup, or just one who loves the night
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Daisy
This flower name is pawfect for your pup who lights up the room
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Bella
For your sweet beauty

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