The 50 Most Popular Puppy Names

At, you could say we’re obsessed with puppy names. After all, we are very fond of dogs. As the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and the leading expert on dog names, we hope to dive into our database of over 1 million dogs each year to see which new dog and puppy names are leading the pack. Along the way we discover the great cultural moments that inspire us. Read on for this year’s most popular dog and puppy names and more.

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Top 50 Puppy Names

  1. moon
  2. Milo
  3. Lola
  4. teddy bear
  5. Max.
  6. coconut
  7. groom
  8. outer wall
  9. outer wall
  10. charlie
  11. charlie
  12. ruby
  13. pink
  14. daisy
  15. girl
  16. pasture
  17. Wear
  18. well
  19. Loki
  20. Bruno
  21. lily
  22. Roxy
  23. Tobi
  24. Murphy
  25. Rocky
  26. Milli
  27. Lion
  28. tiny
  29. Olli
  30. pepper
  31. penny
  32. age
  33. good looking
  34. Lucy
  35. Luis
  36. Precious
  37. lulu
  38. Riley
  39. Riley
  40. Finnish
  41. Luck
  42. I sat
  43. diesel
  44. Elijah
  45. jax
  46. James
  47. Apollo
  48. pulse
  49. ace
  50. Thor

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More great puppy names

As dog lovers here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating and love scouring our data on the subject to discover the latest trends, quirky options and unique twists on classics. Over the years we have compiled many names for you and update our lists with new data every year.

More Dog Names

Find out what your name would be if you were born a dog – try Rover’s dog name generator. We break down the numbers, compare baby name rankings for your birth year to bring you an equally popular dog name. Try out!

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How we choose our puppies’ names

Rover surveyed pet owners across the country to find out what inspired them to name their pup or new dog. Discover the results.

  • 12% have named their dog after a food or drink
  • 5% named their dog after a city or geographic location
  • 12% named their dog after an animal, plant or nature
  • 12% have named their dog after a famous or historical person
  • 33% have named their dog after a character from a TV show, video game, movie or book.
  • 10% have named their dog after someone they know
  • 4% named their dog after a brand

Fun facts about puppy names

The same research into dog names revealed some fascinating truths about pet owners.

  • People with toy-sized dogs are more likely to name their dogs after someone they know.
  • Three out of four pet owners chose their dog’s name after the meeting so they could find one that matched their dog’s personality.
  • 38% of dog owners have changed their dog’s name after adopting it.
  • More than a third of pet owners have encountered a dog that shares their human name, and 12% have encountered it more than once!
  • Men and women are equally likely to encounter a dog that shares their name.
  • Millennial pet parents are more likely to come across a dog that shares their name.
  • 81% of pet owners give their dogs nicknames, with most giving their dogs three or more new nicknames.

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