Popular Dog Names

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Introduction

You’ve finally made a decision to adopt or buy yourself a canine friend, but you seem to struggle with giving them a name, and one thing’s for sure, it’s not an easy decision. You will go out for a walk in the park and you’ll be surrounded by a throng of dog owners that want to get acquainted with you and your pooch. You will walk by a school or kindergarten, and you’ll hear children screaming their name like your dog was one of the Beatles! Therefore, it can be a smart thing to stick with the classics.

Popular Dog Names in Pop Culture

Popular Dog Name Considerations

There are certain evergreen dog names that are not only well known but sometimes even breed specific. Be it the popularity of a book, movie or series, these names usually become synonymous with the breed in question. Take the name Lassie, for instance. You may not even be aware that Lassie is a Rough Collie, but the name stuck with the breed due to the popularity of the movie and the novel it was based on.

When you think about it, the whole of pop culture is brimful of famous dogs, be it in movies or cartoons. Just think of your favorite childhood book or animated movie and honor these legendary canines. How many Beagles named Snoopy have you met so far? What about Labrador Retrievers that are named Marley? You may even argue that these dogs have a become a part of our culture in general, because their influence is so pervasive it manages to endure the passage of time and still remain fresh and ubiquitous. In the end, it’s no brain science –why would you make up some over-the-top, exotic name for your dog, when you can simply stick with the classics? 

Male Popular Dog Names

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Arthur
Another popular dog name, perhaps because of King Arthur
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Bruno
Especially for those who like Bruno Mars
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Fido
"To trust, confide in" in Latin; also, Abraham Lincoln’s dog was named Fido
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Lucky
A true classic
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Bongo
The famous patriarch from the Disney’s 101 Dalmatians
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Rocco
This name just has a good ring to it
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Bingo
The sound of success
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Marty
Remember Marty McFly from Back to the Future?
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Rocky
Honor the movie… or the Rocky Mountains
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Blacky
Perfect for dogs with black fur coats
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Ringo
Perhaps because of the Beatles, but this a true classic
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Bailey
One of the most popular dog names
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Clyde
Especially if you own a female dog named Bonnie
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Pluto
From the Mickey Mouse cartoons
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Bo
President Obama’s dog is named Bo
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Oscar
If you’re a fan of the Academy Awards, go for it
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Snowball
Perfect for dogs with white fur coats
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Charlie
Especially if you’re a fan of Charlie Sheen
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Mickey
He may be a mouse, but that’s no reason not to name your dog Mickey
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Teddy
Bears are simply adorable
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Bear
Brother Bear the movie, or the general cuteness of bears, doesn’t matter
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Buster
You can almost hear the famous ‘come here, boy!’ when you hear this name
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Jack
You can always tell a joke that it’s short for James
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Jimmy
If it’s good enough for people, it’s good enough for dogs
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Barney
Remember the Flintstones?
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Freddy
Especially if you’re a fan of Queen
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Biscuit
If you have a sweet tooth when it comes to dogs
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Duke
Another name connected with royalty
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Max
Short for Maximus
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Rex
King in Latin

Female Popular Dog Names

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Sunny
Everybody loves sunny days, right?
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Stella
Means "a star" in Latin
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Pearl
Perfect for pooches that are white
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Goldie
Especially suitable for Golden Retrievers
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Cookie
A sweet name for a sweet dog
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Nala
We’re sure that Simba’s babe is the reason this name is so popular
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Duchess
Another royal name for a dog with a sizable pedigree
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Minnie
Perhaps popular because of Minnie Mouse
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Betsy
It just rolls off the tongue, and it’s a bit highbrow
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Pepper
Perfect for dogs with dark fur
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Lady
Let the movie Lady and the Tramp serve as your inspiration
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Belle
Means "beautiful" in Italian
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Heidi
Famous Heidi book series
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Luna
Means "the Moon" in Latin
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Posh
For glamorous little pooches
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Jackie
Remember Jackie Kennedy?
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Emma
Short for Emily, and such a pretty, girly name
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Roxy
A classic; perfect for a fierce pupper
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Baby
Because she is your baby
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Dakota
Popular name for a popular doggo
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Princess
If she's a royal
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Foxy
Foxy lady, I'm coming to get you!
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Missy
For little, cute doggies
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Angel
If your dog is white and adorable, this is the name
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Tina
It’s short and cute
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Honey
Perfect for a sweet princess
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Bonnie
If you have a male dog named Clyde
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Maggie
Maggie from The Simpsons?
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Perdita
The mother of 101 Dalmatians
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Gina
A popular (and lovely) Italian name

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