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!
Most Popular Dog Names in Pop Culture
Bella was also the pawfect name for a spunky pup who traveled 400 miles to be reunited with her best friend in the movie A Dog's Way Home. After being rescued from an abandoned house by young Lucas, Bella was saved and given a loving home with Lucas and his mother in Denver, Colorado. After some years had passed, Lucas was still returning to the abandoned house to care for the kittens that were found with Bella, but Günter Beckenbauer, who wants to demolish the home, gets fed up with the delays Lucas causes. In retaliation, he informs animal control that Bella is a pitbull. Since this breed was banned in Denver, Officer Chuck is put on the case and warns Lucas that if he sees her loose, he will impound her.
After Bella gets out to chase a squirrel, Officer Chuck picks her up and warns Lucas that the next time will mean euthanasia. Frightened for his best canine pal, Lucas and his mother send Bella to New Mexico to live with relatives where she can remain safe. But poor Bella misses Lucas so much, she leaves to try and find her way back to him. This sends her on a grand adventure, where she befriends a cougar cub, is chased by coyotes, and even rescues a man who was buried in an avalanche. Shown kindness by many humans along the way, she finally makes it back to Denver.
It seems like Bella's journey has come to an end when she is finally reunited with Lucas and his mother at a VA hospital, but Officer Chuck makes a last stand to stop her. Luckily for this persevering pup, the hospital is considered federal property where Denver law doesn't apply. Finally safe, Bella is able to live happily in a new home with Lucas and his mother in Golden where pitbulls are allowed. Adorable Bella learns about the value of friendship while showing everyone how furbulous and loving pitbulls can be.
Most Popular Dog Name Considerations
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.