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The Most Popular Puppy Names of 2020

Half the fun of getting a new puppy is coming up with a name. Will your inspiration come from a favorite book, a game you love to play, or perhaps from a baby name book? Rover.com just released the most popular dog names and we're highlighting the top names to inspire you.

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Most popular puppy names

For the eighth year in a row, Rover gathered data from millions of pet parents to see which puppy names came out on top this year. You’ll see some classic dog names on the list such as Bella, Max, and Buddy, but since 2020 was such a crazy year, a few new quarantine-inspired are on the rise as well. Keep reading to see if your pups name is on the list or if you need inspiration for your new dog. Dog lovers will also want to see the cutest dog breeds as puppies.

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Bella

Bella was the most popular girl dog name in 2020. Bella is a great puppy name for a tiny dog that curls up in your lap or a big, warm-hearted labrador. If you’re bringing home a girl pup soon, these are the 50 most popular girl dog names.

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Luna

Luna took the number two spot for top girl puppy names. It’s short, sweet, and has a nice ring to it. Here are some dog breeds that don’t shed (that much).

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Covi + Rona + Corona

When stay-at-home orders were put into effect from the COVID-19 pandemic, many people decided to adopt dogs to keep them company. Names such as Covi (up 1,159 percent), Rona (up 69 percent), and Corona (up 24 percent) have all seen a spike in popularity. Even the name Fauci saw a spike in 2020. Check out these other quarantine-inspired dog names.

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Lucy

Lucy is one of the puppy names that is also a human name. According to Rover, 58 percent said their pet has a human name or they would consider a human name for a future pet. Not sure which type of dog to get? These medium dog breeds may just be perfect for you.

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Daisy

The sweet name Daisy came in at number four on the most popular puppy names for girls. Check out the funniest names of Westminster Show dogs.

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Lola

Lola was another top puppy name in 2020. Sixty-two percent of Rover’s respondents said they have anywhere from a few to too many to count nicknames for their furry friends. I bet Lola has a lot of nicknames. Lo, La La, Lu Lu, Lolita. Have more than just a dog? These are the cutest pet names of 2020.

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Geralt

Since everyone took part in more binge-watching television shows this year the name Geralt, from The Witcher, was up 9,308 percent and was the top trending dog name of 2020. These funny dog names will perfectly capture your new pup.

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Saidy

Saidy has definitely made the list of top puppy names before. You might also see it spelled, Sadie. Here are the most popular dog names for the most popular dog breeds.

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Molly

Molly comes in at number seven for top puppy names for girls. Did you know that only one in ten parents kept the name that their pet already had when they adopted them? These lazy dog breeds are expert nappers.

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Bailey

Bailey is a great puppy name for both girl and boy dogs. It comes in at number eight on the girl’s list and number 44 on the boys. You need to see these funny dog photos.

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Stella

Sweet Stella. This puppy name is also a great one to yell when you find out she got into something she wasn’t supposed to. STELLA! Here are the 20 dog breeds that live the longest.

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Maggie

Maggie rounds out the list of top 10 names for girl dogs. Find anything you like for your future pup yet?

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Max

Max was the most popular boy dog name in 2020. Max can fit a strong, dominant dog or one with a more reserved and cuddly personality. If you’re planning to adopt a boy puppy this year, these are the 50 most popular boy dog names.

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Mando

Mando was the number two top trending dog name of 2020 (up 2,658 percent). It’s based on The Mandalorian on Disney+.

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Charlie

The name Charlies fits for puppies and fully grown dogs very well. Charlie was number two for boy dog names and number 44 on the list of girl dog names.

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Cooper

Cooper is another one of the puppy names with an endless amount of nicknames. Cooper pooper, Coop, Coopy. These are the things your dog wishes you knew.

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Buddy

Buddy is a classic dog name and makes the list for top boy puppy names year after year.

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Milo

Milo took spot number five for top boy puppy names.

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Oliver

Oliver is new to the top ten in 2020. It beat out the name Teddy. Love to cuddle? These are the most affectionate dog breeds.

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Leo

Leo is another new puppy name to make the top ten in 2020. Leo beat out the name Duke.

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Bear

Cute, cuddly Bear. A perfect name for a big Newfoundland or Bernese Mountain Dog. These are the quietest dog breeds that don’t bark (that much).

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Rocky

Last year Rocky came in at number five, but this year Milo edged the name out and Rocky now comes in at number seven.

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Jack

Jack, a classic puppy name rounds out the list of top boy names at number ten. Now, read up on the best dog breeds for kids.

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Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.