The Most Popular Dog Names of All Time May Surprise You
Want to pick the best name for your new dog? Then you’re probably wondering what everybody else names their puppy. Dog names, like baby names, come and go. In 2016, the AKC reported that many dog owners named their pets after Pokémon Go and Game of Thrones characters. In 2015, the AKC’s list of the most popular dog names showed that dog owners were all about The Hunger Games and Star Wars.
But what if you want to know about the tried-and-true names? The ones that, year after year, prove themselves as the most popular dog names of all time? A Psychology Today analysis revealed that dog owners across the English-speaking world — in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia — all tend to choose the same names for their dogs.
Read on to check out the most popular dog names on that list. You probably know a few pups who have these names — or you may just find the perfect name for your new puppy.
15. Murphy and Jess
Are you surprised that Murphy and Jess are the 15th most popular names for male and female dogs, respectively? So were we. While you might expect trendier names — like Cooper, Tucker, Chloe, and Elsa — even in 15th place, the data just goes to show that many people choose more classic names for their pooches. PetPlace reports that Murphy is an especially perfect name for a golden retriever.
14. Winston and Missy
Psychology Today reports that at 14th place, dog owners choose Winston for male puppies and Missy for female puppies. Of dogs named Winston, PetPlace reports, “Dogs given this rather distinguished name often uphold the name with dignity. They are commonly loyal and friendly.” And what about dogs named Missy? They are “sweet and often quiet.” Of course, you probably can’t influence your puppy’s personality by choosing a specific name. But if the name fits? We’d love to own a Winston or a Missy.
13. Toby and Annie
Next up? Toby for male dogs and Annie for female dogs come in at 13th place. PetPlace reports that many dogs named Toby have a “friendly and often energetic demeanor with sweet personalities.” And the publication characterizes Annie as “a ‘girl next door’ name given to many dogs with sweet loving personalities. They can be funny and will do things to make you smile.” No wonder Toby and Annie remain popular dog names over the years!
12. Barney and Sasha
Psychology Today reports that Barney earns 12th place on the list of the most popular names for male dogs. And Sasha comes in at 12th place on the list of the top names for female dogs. George W. Bush owned a dog named Barney, so we can’t say we’re entirely surprised to see it on the list. (Psychology Today notes that the frequency with which presidential dogs appear in the news might help boost the popularity of those names.) Meanwhile, PetPlace notes that Sasha makes the perfect name for dogs who are “good listeners and love it when you talk to them.”
11. Rusty and Zoe
Next up? A pair of thoroughly unsurprising names in 11th place: Rusty for male dogs and Zoe for female dogs. We’ve all heard an owner calling for a “Rusty” or a “Zoe” at the park, or we’ve seen one at the vet or the kennel. PetPlace notes that dog owners often choose Rusty for a red or red-brown dog. But regardless of coat color, “Many dogs named Rusty are wonderful, handsome dogs with shy affectionate personalities.” Dogs named Zoe, on the other hand, often make “strong leaders.” PetPlace reports that they can be quiet and thoughtful, and even “seem to read your mind at times.”
10. Buster and Lady
In 10th place, we have another pair of classic doggy names: Buster for male dogs and Lady for female dogs. We’ve all heard both innumerable times before, so it’s no surprise that they make the top 10. PetPlace reports that Buster makes a great name for “little dogs with big personalities.” Just watch out for pups named Buster. PetPlace notes that “Dogs named Buster can also have a sneaky quality.” The publication says that dogs named Lady are often very smart. And while Lady is a classic name, it has some pop culture appeal, too. Game of Thrones fans will point out that Sansa Stark named her direwolf Lady.
9. Sam and Sophie
Psychology Today reports that another great pair of names takes ninth place: Sam for male dogs and Sophie for female dogs. PetPlace reports that dogs named Sam or Sammy often have sensitive personalities. Plus, “they are loyal and kind and have a fun side to their personalities.” Pups named Sophie like to play, and they often “prefer your company over the company of other dogs.”
8. Rocky and Sadie
Two more names that you’ve certainly heard before earn eighth place on the list of the most popular dog names of all time: Rocky for male dogs and Sadie for female dogs. PetPlace reports that many dogs named Rocky have big personalities. Whether they’re large or small, they are often playful and strong. Dogs named Sadie, on the other hand, are typically kind and sweet. PetPlace adds that dogs with this classic name “are often intuitive and have penetrating eyes.”
7. Bailey and Bonnie
The next set of names to make the list? Bailey is the seventh most-popular dog name for male dogs. And Bonnie is the seventh most-popular for female dogs. PetPlace reports that dogs named Bailey “are often loyal and good-natured. Most ‘Baileys’ are very trainable.” Sounds like a good reason to name your next puppy Bailey — although it might also work to choose a puppy from one of the easiest dog breeds to train.
6. Charlie and Ginger
Charlie repeatedly turns up on the AKC’s list of the most popular dog names in the United States, and it’s joined by Ginger in taking sixth place on the list of the most popular dog names over the years. PetPlace notes that Charlie makes a popular name for just about every breed. And most dogs named Charlie “are warm-hearted loyal dogs with friendly personalities.” Ginger, on the other hand, is a common name for dogs who are ginger in color, like golden retrievers, Irish setters, and Brittany spaniels.
5. Cody and Lucy
Cody for male dogs and Lucy for female dogs make the top five of the most popular dog names in the English-speaking world. PetPlace reports that you often hear the name Cody for gentle and mild-mannered dogs. And the publication assures dog owners considering the name, “Most Cody’s are very huggable.” But PetPlace characterizes Lucy as a common name for “spoiled dogs.” Many dogs named Lucy get lots of love, attention, and time from their owners. They often show lots of smarts and problem-solving skills.
4. Jack and Maggie
Even more popular than Cody and Lucy? Jack and Maggie. Both are names that most people like not only for humans, but also for canines. PetPlace characterizes dogs named Jack as “carefree.” Jack is a popular name both for mixed breed dogs and purebred pups. The publication notes that Maggie makes a great name for “happy and mild-mannered” dogs. Many dogs named Maggie “love to be loved and give TONS of love back in return.”
3. Buddy and Daisy
Next up? Psychology Today reports that Buddy for male dogs and Daisy for female dogs earn third place on the list of the most popular dog names ever. PetPlace reports that most dogs named Buddy “are mixed breed dogs owned or named by men.” Many have loyal personalities and “adore” their owners. Dogs named Daisy often have low-key personalities, and also love their owners.
2. Jake and Bella
Another winning pair of dog names? Jake for male dogs and Bella for female dogs come in at second place. PetPlace characterizes dogs named Jake as “fun-loving and happy dogs.” They love to play, and they also love to sleep. The publication reports that dog owners often choose the name Bella for dogs who are small and pretty. But many dogs named Bella are very loyal to their owners, even if they’re “used to being spoiled.”
1. Max and Molly
The two most popular dog names of all time? Max for male dogs and Molly for female dogs. PetPlace reports that dogs named Max have happy dispositions. Many “like to be petted and groomed and are considered fun-loving.” And as for dogs named Molly, the most popular name of all for female dogs, they are “generally gentle and sweet-natured.” They also are often “very trusting.”
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