10 Most Popular Dog Names in the United States

Is your pooch’s name on the list?

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It’s time once again to see if your dog made the cut this year — as far as names go.

A survey performed by Rover.com concluded that almost half of pets in the United States were given traditionally human names this year. In fact, many of the most popular dog names in 2015 closely tracked the most popular baby names.

Top 10 Male Dog Names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Toby
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Tucker

Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella (thanks to the Twilight movies)
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Molly
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Maggie
  8. Sophie
  9. Chloe
  10. Bailey

Note that 12 out of the 20 most popular dog names end in a long “e” sound. According to New Dog Survival Guide, “There’s something special about dog names that end in the ‘e’ sound…. When you say those names out loud, they just sound happy and pleasing.”

Top 10 Pop Culture–Inspired Dog Names

  1. Bella (Twilight)
  2. Maggie (The Walking Dead)
  3. Luna (Harry Potter)
  4. Piper (Orange Is the New Black)
  5. Bruno (Bruno Mars)
  6. Cookie (Empire)
  7. Alex (Orange Is the New Black)
  8. Harry (Harry Potter)
  9. Miley (Miley Cyrus)
  10. Yoda (Star Wars)

Top Breed-Specific Names

A study earlier this year from Nextdoor, the social network, examined the names given to different breeds.

Among the most popular names for specific breeds:

Even mixed breeds got in on the action — “Lucy” took the top name in that category.

Here’s a great chart from Rover.com:


Don’t fret if your dog’s name isn’t shown above — Rover, Spot and Princess will live on forever.

Sources: Huffington PostDiscovery News

Gayle Hickman

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Gayle Hickman has been researching and writing about pet behaviors since 2011. In addition to Petful, her articles have appeared on Reader's Digest, Yahoo Shine and WebVet, to name a few.

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