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50 of the Most Popular Girl Dog Names

If you're going to bring a new puppy home soon, browse through these popular girl dog names to find the perfect fit for your new pooch.

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Naming a puppy is definitely one of the most exciting parts of bringing home your new best friend. With so many names to choose from and not really knowing your new pup’s personality yet, how are you supposed to know which direction to go? There are funny dog names and the most popular puppy names, but maybe you want something a little more gender-specific. These most popular girl dog names are adorable with something for each kind of pup, whether they are little adventure seekers or lazy cuddle buddies. Maybe they’ll even give you some inspiration for your own ideas. And if you’re bringing home a boy dog, don’t worry. We also have you covered with the most popular boy dog names that have made the top of the list.
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50. Cali

Cali is the perfect name for an adventure-loving pup that can enjoy the sand and waves at the beach and also the mountains. Getting a new puppy soon? These are the most popular dog names.

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49. Lexie

Greek for “defender of man,” this is the name for dogs big or small with a loyal and protective nature. Sure, they have their sweet side, but it’s probably reserved for family members only. Any defender of man deserves nutritious dog food—find out what brands vets buy their own dogs.

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48. Athena

Athena is the Goddess of War. The perfect girl dog name for a rascal that likes to start trouble. Still not sure what kind of dog to get? These are the best medium dog breeds that may just be perfect for you.

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47. Honey

Sweet like honey. This sweet girl’s name would be great for a golden retriever with honey blond hair. These affectionate dog breeds love to cuddle.

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Nice chesapeake bay retriever puppy lying in the gardenZuzule/Shutterstock

46. Maya

Pet parents who are fans of the prolific poetic, Maya Angelou, may be inclined to name their little girl Maya. The name means “water” and is well-suited for water dogs like the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Newfoundland. Make sure you know about these warning signs of cancer in dogs.

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45. Sasha

Could Sasha be popular because it’s the name of former President Barack and Michelle Obama’s youngest daughter or could it be because Sasha means “helper of mankind?” Whatever the reason, it landed at 45. These are the things your dog wishes you’d buy at Petco.

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44. Charlie

Charlie (also a popular boy dog name) is one of the top girl dog names, coming in at 44 for girls.  Interestingly, both female and male Charlie are spelled the same. Traditionally, the male version was spelled as Charley—but Charlie—with an “ie,” suits both genders, thank you very much. Here are 12 breeds that don’t bark too much.

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43. Olive

Five percent of dog names are food-focused and that trend is here to stay, Rover reports. The up and comers coming straight from the pantry and onto a name tag are Couscous, Crisco, Cheetos, Pasta, and Ramen. See the cutest dog breeds as puppies.

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42. Layla

Just as Eric Clapton made Layla famous by crooning lyrics, “turned my world upside down,” our furbaby turns out household’s upside down, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Find out 13 reasons for your dog’s wacky behavior.

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41. Hazel

According to Rover, 94 percent of pet parents consider their dog part of the family, and 36 percent of all dog names are decidedly human. Not to mention old-timey names are making a huge comeback in human baby names. These are the 20 most popular dog breeds in the country.

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40. Izzy

Whether it’s a nickname for Isabelle or a four-word moniker, Izzy is a short and sweet to get your dog’s attention. It’s ranked 40 of the most popular girl dog names and gives the impression of a spunky and independent dog breed with a sweet, cuddly side. Speaking of getting your attention, here are 12 secrets your dog wants to tell you with her tail.

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39. Lady

Pardon the pun, but Lady is a perPETual favorite. Who can forget Lady, the pampered Cocker Spaniel from Lady and the Tramp? We gravitate towards those soulful eyes and long flowing ears, but Lady is well-suited for any breed or mix who is pretty and precious. These are the products pet owners say they can’t live without.

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38. Dixie

This adorable name is befitting of a sweet dog with plenty of charm and spunk—like a Miniature Pinscher or Tiny Fox Terrier. These 13 tiny dog breeds are small in size but big on the cuteness factor.

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37. Lilly

Lilly came in at number 37 on the list of the most popular girl dog names. Lily with one “l” is a little higher on the list, coming in at spot 15. These are the products vets never buy—and neither should you.

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36. Zoe

Fun-loving, free-spirited, and the life of the party—kind of like a pug who relishes being the center of attention. Zoe’s Greek origin means “life” after all, so it’s spot-on for dogs who grab life by their teeth. These lazy dog breeds are expert nappers.

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35. Riley

We wouldn’t be surprised if pet parents scrolled through the baby name registry and borrowed Riley for their furbaby. In recent years, it’s been towards the top of the list for (human) girl’s names. Check out the most popular dog breeds in every state.

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34. Kona

In Hawaiian, Kona means lady. At Starbucks, Kona is a light coffee blend with caramel and floral aroma. Don’t miss these Italian dog breeds with fascinating histories that make their country proud.

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33. Nova

Nova is an astronomy term that’s defined as a star that shows a sudden increase in brightness and then slowly returns to its original state. Give this girl dog name to a pup that has sudden bursts of energy or zoomies.

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32. Winnie

Coming in as the 32nd most popular girl dog name is one that has Welsh, English, and Native American origins meaning “fair one” or “white, smooth and soft.” That might be suit a white and smooth greyhound; the breed is also known to be sweet, quiet, and graceful.

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31. Abby

Perpetually adorable and always joyful, Abby lands at number 31. These are the dog breeds everyone always gets confused.

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30. Harley

Female dogs can wear the Harley badge just as nicely as their male counterparts. Harley comes in at number 43 on the list of most popular boy dog names. Check out these Australian dog breeds that are always on the go.

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29. Ginger

Food names, and that includes spices, are gaining in popularity, but Ginger is on the nose for dogs that a reddish coat like the Irish Setter, Redbone Coonhound, and Vizsla. Here are 30 things your dog wishes you knew.

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Funny pug dog laying on concrete floor.Ezzolo/Shutterstock

28. Pepper

Spot on for a black dog, and Pepper is part of the rising trend toward food names. Find out the 50 things that make your pet tick.

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27. Lulu

A sweet girl is sure to come sprinting when she hears you call Lulu. It’s essentially saying her name twice. Maybe it’s a popular girl dog name because Lulu is the NASDAQ symbol for the spandex-loving fans of Lululemon.

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26. Willow

Magical, mystical Willow—or graceful and slender as the name applies. Greyhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, and the Azawakh with their elegant and lithe physique smoothly glide into a name like Willow.

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25. Millie

We’re not sure if Millie Bobby Brown, the English actress that plays Eleven on the Netflix hit Stranger Things is behind the 25th most popular girl dog name.

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24. Gracie

Gracie sure suits a precious furbaby who is sweet, charming, and refined when she needs to be but is quick to play hard to get when she runs off with the frisbee. These pet products have nearly perfect reviews on Amazon.

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23. Roxy

Roxy isn’t a shy pup with her tail between her legs; she’s a girl with moxie and sass. Roxy is more like singer Miranda Lampert, who sings powerful lyrics that empower women.

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22. Mia

Short and sweet with Latin origins meaning “mine” or “wished-for child.” In this case, wished-for dog.

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21. Piper

Speaking of hipster names, Piper is one that is trending upwards for human babies, according to Baby Center. Pet Parents are scooping it up for their own furbaby—inspired by humans or maybe the character Piper in Orange is the New Black or Pixar’s adorable sandpiper named Piper.

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20. Ruby

Ruby seems to suit girl pups who love grass under their feet.

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19. Ellie

A super sweet name for your little pooch.

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18. Rosie

Rosie has been a traditional favorite name for British girls. Given the fondness of the royals and all things British, we can see how Rosie is popular in the States.

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17. Sophie

What will your posh pooch choose—a diamond-studded tiara or a fascinator adorned with feathers? Rover reports a surge of dogs named after the British royal family and Sophie took the crown (first place that is) for most popular name followed by George, Prince, Charlotte, and Harry. (Sophie, Countess of Wessex is Prince Edward’s wife.)

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16. Coco

Could the inspiration stem from fashion icon Coco Chanel? Or because Coco is a beloved pet name in France and Spain? Or maybe it’s the hit Disney movie? Whether you have a French breed like a Briard, French Bulldog, or Dogue de Bordeaux or a dainty Yorkshire Terrier Coco is très mignon (very cute!) Here are more Disney dog names to consider for your pup.

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Two year old female working cocker spaniel having great fun on the beach, running, digging and splashing around.Havelock Photography/Shutterstock

15. Lily

Plant-based names are delightful for a pretty furbaby girl who doesn’t mind getting her paws dirty when she’s digging up your flowers in the garden.

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14. Zoey

Names inspired by the hugely popular video game, Fortnite are up according to Rover. Zoey leads with Lucky, Rex, Ranger, Raven, Trooper, Petunia, Mako, Magnus, and Tracker following.

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Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy at home, happy smiling dog.photoDiod/Shutterstock

13. Nala

The Lion King is a cherished favorite and Simba has a heart that roars for Nala. Rover says pet parents often look to their favorite character in a book or movie to name their beloved furbaby. These dog adoption photos will melt your heart.

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12. Penny

Penny is one of the adorable dalmatians in the childhood favorite, One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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11. Chloe

It’s sweet, sassy, and sounds flowy and feminine all at the same time. And it certainly suits a feisty little nugget like a Chihuahua—which other pet parents thought too because it’s the seventh most popular female name for Chihuahuas, according to Rover.

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10. Maggie

A classic southern girl name and wouldn’t you know it.

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French Bulldog puppy sitting in front of flowersJLSnader/Shutterstock

9. Stella

Surely we can see how Stella, the French Bulldog on the TV sitcom Modern Family, would influence pet parents. Stells steals the show with her antics. Rover says Frenchie parents thought the same thing and made Stella the fourth most popular female French Bulldog name.

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8. Bailey

As number eight here, this is probably one of the best girl dog names because it rolls off the tongue. Smart dog owners know not to let their dogs ever eat these 12 toxic foods and drinks.

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7. Molly

Oh, sweet Molly, a time-honored favorite and the most popular Irish dog name for lassies according to Rover. Know these things before you get a new puppy.

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6. Sadie

Always dependable and loyal, Sadie is a homespun name for an old-school-cool dog like a Beagle. By the way—if you want your heart to absolutely melt, check out these cute puppy pictures ASAP!

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5. Lola

“Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.” Lola steals your heart and buries it in the yard, but she always brings it back, and you just can’t help but love her. Celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Carnie Wilson, and Madonna (her daughter Lourdes’ nickname is Lola) could have served as inspiration.

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4. Daisy

Daisy is sweet as the day is long and just as pretty too. Daisy is the 4th most popular dog name overall.

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3. Lucy

Lucy has been popular for humans for the last ten years, and pet parents often turn to baby name registries for inspiration, so it’s not a shocker that Lucy is the third most popular female dog name and the eleventh most popular for Pit Bulls girls.

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2. Luna

Luna has been on a steady incline for human names and is currently sitting at the ninth most popular via Baby Center data. Could Luna sudden’s jump be due to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s baby girl, Luna Simone? We dare say yes.

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1. Bella

“Every girl” is how author Stephenie Meyer described Bella, of the Twilight series. And every dog can be a Bella because Bella can be sweet, feisty, sassy, quiet, and shy and be a giant breed like a Newfoundland or a tiny one like a Toy Poodle. Now that you’ve picked out one of these perfect girl dog names, it’s time to spoil your pup. Here are some Chewy products with nearly perfect reviews.

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Lisa Marie Conklin
Lisa Marie Conklin is a Baltimore-based writer who writes regularly about pets and home improvement for Reader's Digest. Her work has also been published in The Healthy, HealthiNation, The Family Handyman, Taste of Home, and Realtor.com., among other outlets. She's also a certified personal trainer and walking coach for a local senior center. Follow her on Instagram @lisamariewrites4food and Twitter @cornish_conklin.

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