The Best Puppy Names for Boy and Girl Dogs
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 female and male names to inspire you.
Coming in as the 50th most popular female 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. They are one of 12 other breeds that don’t bark too much.
The 50th most popular male name suits the sporty and tough hunting dog breeds like the German Shorthaired Pointer, Labrador retriever, or English Springer Spaniel. Or a dog who “guns” for balls in the backyard.
Charlie appears twice on the list because it’s one of the top boy puppy names later on in this list as well as one of the top girl puppy names, at 49 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.
Jasper is a popular human name in England, but its origins are actually in Greece. So if you have a dog breed with Greek origins like the Cretan Hound, Greek Shepherd, or a Kokoni, then Jasper which means “treasurer” is quite fitting for the furbaby you treasure.
Some dogs breeds just have that posh appearance fitting of a princess. Maybe that’s why emperors and their families loved to pamper the Shih Tzu, Pekingese, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These dogs enjoyed a life of luxury as the royal lap sitter of aristocratic ladies—and they should have one of the best girl puppy names that fits their lifestyle.
Maybe the popularity of this male name stems from the dogs named Koda in the films, Snow Dogs or Eight Below. After all, Koda could be inspired from Kodiak Alaska.
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.
A nickname that is on the nose for any pet parent that deems their furbaby the “best” or “number one.” Ace is also among the best Australian dog names, according to Rover.
In Hawaiian, Kona means lady. At Starbucks, Kona is a light coffee blend with caramel and floral aroma. And Rover ranks Kona among its 35 best Hawaiian dog names.
Who hasn’t met a dog named Sam? It’s an eternally popular, catchy one syllable name that dogs can recognize. Sam is the ticket for any loyal, kind, and outgoing dog. If you’re looking for boy and girl puppy names, you won’t have to look further than this one.
A proper name for the Belle of the doggy park. Meaning “beautiful” and likely popular from the Disney favorite Beauty and the Beast, you can’t go wrong when you name your own little beauty this traditional favorite. These are the 18 best dog breeds for kids.
This Gaelic pedigree was hugely popular in the human world in the 1990s. With that Gaelic influence, it’s no wonder Cody is on second on Rover’s list most popular Irish dog name for the pet parent who is a Hibernophile—a lover of all things Irish. It totally fits an active and loyal dog, like an Irish Setter.
Annie ranks on two lists: This one as the 44th most popular and the third most popular cute female dog name at Rover. Annie sure suits the sweet and calm disposition of a Collie or English toy spaniel.
A spot on name for dogs that are smart, tough, and independent. The natural patch on one eye is a clever way to disguise himself—or at least he thinks it is. But we really know who stole the piece of chicken from the counter. This name fits an Australian Cattle dog or Bull Terrier. If you have a Bandit of your own, you’ll definitely want to check out these 15 secrets dog trainers won’t tell you for free.
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.
Dog lovers (and the AKC) refer to the Great Dane as “The Apollo of Dogs in Size and Spirit.” And at least 30 inches at the shoulder and up to 175 pounds, Apollo is tailor-made for a big dog whose loving nature is as big as his heart, but it would be hysterically ironic to name a feisty Chihuahua Apollo.
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.
Who swooned over the adorable shaggy Border Terrier named Baxter in the Legend of Ron Burgandy movies? Wasn’t Baxter just irresistible curled up next to Will Ferrel wearing matching pajamas and headgear?
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.
Rovers says Fantasy flicks influenced pet names like Thor are up 34 percent. Lovers of Marvel comic heroes or maybe just of Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor, might engrave this name on their dog tag. And now that there’s a female Thor in the Marvel universe, consider this as an option for both boy and girl puppy names. Don’t miss these cutest dog breeds as puppies.
Emma has been widely popular and in the top three for human baby names for the last ten years, so it’s no surprise pet parents who think of their furbabies as part of their own family would be drawn to beautiful names like Emma.
It’s a strong name with a little bite—but a friendly nip, not a toothy one. You can probably throw some credit towards action movie star Vin Diesel. He’s strong with a soft side, kind of like the Pit Bull. No surprise then that Diesel is on the list of best names for Pit Bulls according to Rover’s data.
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 39 of the most popular names for females 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.
Willie Nelson sang about a dog named Ole’ Blue, and there was the popular Nickelodeon show, Blue’s Clues with a (blue dog with blue spots) cartoon puppy that sniffs out clues to help his human host. Whatever the inspiration, Blue is crazy popular for Pit Bull parents, Rover reports.
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.
It landed in the 38th position for most popular male dog name, but our chums across the pond in the United Kingdom were more keen on the name Oscar as it ranked the fourth most popular male dog name there.
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.
You know your Beau—he’s the neighborhood charmer, getting the attention of human and furry females alike. He might be the strong, silent type—unless he’s a Husky breed. They are strong and loveable but silent— not so much as they love to howl and “talk.” Beau is one of the best male names for Huskies according to Rover.
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German for “shield” or “armor” Bruno digs into 36th place of the most popular male dog names, but Bruno also muscled his way to the best big dog name and best names for a Husky list, according to data collected by Rover.
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.
A dog with a little edge and a lot of attitude can rock this name—no matter their gender. In fact, if you’re looking for gender neutral puppy names, Harley is a good pick. Pet parents may be swayed to engrave Harley on the name tag if they’re fans of Harley-Davidson motorcycles or Harley Quinn, DC Comics supervillain.
We’re not sure if Millie Bobby Brown, the English actress that plays Eleven on the Netflix hit Stranger Things is behind the 34th most popular female dog name, or it’s just United Kingdom influence in general; Millie is the seventh most popular female name in the United Kingdom.
Rover’s data reports that dogs named after favorite villains are trending up 18 percent. Loki is a Marvel Comics villain, he’s the adopted brother of Thor and let’s just say, Loki doesn’t play nice. Find out the other (pet sibling) combinations that shouldn’t live together.
Wait, didn’t we just talk about Harley? Yes, but female dogs can wear the Harley badge just as nicely as their male counterparts. This girl name is up two notches from the male version of the most popular dog names.
Millennials are more likely to become pet parents before becoming human parents. According to Pet Business, seven out of ten millennials own a pet and 56 are dog parents. Interestingly enough, for the sixth year in a row, Jackson has been the number one human baby name according to BabyCenter. Maybe this nudged the choice for Jackson for pups, too.
Could Sasha be popular because it’s the name of former President Barack and Michelle Obama youngest daughter or could it be because Sasha means “helper of mankind?” Whatever the reason, it landed at 32 and quite high on Rover’s most popular tough female dog name in fifth place.
There’s a lot of famous Hanks: Hank Aaron, Marvel Comic superhero Dr. Hank Pym, and the mystery solving dog, Hank the Cowdog children’s books just to name a few. It’s just a good ole respectable strong and sturdy name well-suited for a loyal companion.
Spot on for a black dog, and Pepper is part of the rising trend toward food names. In Baltimore, food names rose 20 percent. Pepper is most popular in Charm City, followed by Peanut and Oreo—which by the way, sounds very similar to “oriole” as in the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Find out the 50 things that make your pet tick.
Lucky has stood the test of time for boy and girl puppy names alike. It was certainly more popular back in the day when dogs were given “dog” names, like Spot, Rover, and Fido. But even in a time when human names are common, Lucky remains steadfast. Don’t miss these heartwarming before and after dog adoption photos.
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 in the top 30 for (human) girl’s names. And Riley holds second place on Rover’s most popular Irish dog name list.
Rover reports 12 percent of pet parents have named their dog after an animal, plant, or nature. Not surprisingly, Moose aptly suits big dogs with stellar reputations for being large-and-in-charge, but who are secretly gentle giants.
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 girls name because Lulu is the NASDAQ symbol for the spandex-loving fans of Lululemon.
Buster is a time-honored favorite, but recently, Buster, an English Springer Spaniel used his superior sniffing skill set to discover weapons during the Iraq war—saving thousands of lives. He’s since passed on, but Buster is a name of heroic proportions. Read on to learn more about the bravest dogs in history.
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.
Riley ranks higher on the female side, but Riley as a male name is ranked number one for most popular Irish boy puppy names, according to Rover’s data.
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.
Old-timey names are on trend for parents choosing human baby names, so it stands to reason why Henry is on this list. This name is on target for waterfowl hunting breeds like the Labrador Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and English Setter.
Perpetually adorable and always joyful, Abby lands in the 26th spot and also makes the list of female cute dog names according to Rover.
Bailey remains one of the most popular girl and boy puppy names—and it’s even popular for people, too. Bailey appears twice on this list. While we won’t give away the female ranking spot just yet, we can tell you that Rover reports Bailey is the 48th most popular name on the Irish drinking name list.
We’re halfway to the number one name, and we can make an educated guess why Elly made 25th. Elly was ranked 1,348 in popularity in 2018 and already up to 1,229 for 2019 for human babies, according to Baby Center. It seems Elly will be just as popular in the nursery as at the dog park.
Sounds like a good name for a beefy and stocky dog with a tough attitude. Maybe pet parents watched Dexter, the Showtime series about a vigilante serial killer. Or could it be favored because Dexter is a popular hipster name? Find out diseases you didn’t know you could spread to your dog.
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.
Rugged and folksy with a Wild West vibe, the origin is actually Scottish. It seems like it is well-suited for a good-ole bloodhound relaxing on the front porch after a day of trail running sniffing out evidence. Their upgraded sense of smell is one of the 11 superpowers that dogs have that humans don’t.
Short and sweet with Latin origins meaning “mine” or “wished-for child.” In this case, wished-for dog. And apparently, Miami likes the name for their beach-loving pups as Mia coasts into the number five as the most popular female dog name in Miami, according to Rover.
Finn, the character in the latest Star Wars franchise is a pretty cool dude. He started as a First Order stormtrooper but ditched them and joined the Resistance on a heroic mission. Finn is a favored name on the most popular Irish dog name list at number three.
Ruby seems to suit girl pups who love grass under their feet. Besides the 22 spot here, Ruby is on the list of most popular country female dog name according to Rover.
With its old-timey cool, Ollie is a retro name synonymous with character traits like sweet and goofy—as in Oliver “Ollie” Hardy of the famed Laurel and Hardy comic duo.
A super sweet name for your little pooch. Ellie is popular nationwide but beg your pardon—Ellie, and it’s sweet as honey disposition is the tenth most popular country female dog name, according to Rover.
Strong. Independent. Loyal. Happy. Loveable. So many words to describe the 21st most popular, all-around-good-name for a good dog.
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.
Dogs named after Britain’s royal family are up 11 percent according to Rover. So maybe royal loving pet parents are smitten with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby, Prince Louis. By the way, Louis is pronounced loo-ee in the United Kingdom.
Rosie has been a traditional favorite name for British girls and Rover says Rosie is the eighth most popular female name for dogs in the United Kingdom. Given the fondness of the royals and all things British, we can see how Rosie is popular in the States.
Murphy is about as Irish as you can get. And Rover says pet parents with Irish last names are about 14 percent more likely to give their dog an Irish name versus pet parents without Irish last names.
Gracie is also the eighth most popular country dog name for girls. It sure suits the 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.
Gamers who play Overwatch may favor Winston for their energetic pup with a big and strong attitude. Either way, the gorilla strength and Tesla Cannon that is Winston is the clear choice for the dog who is a brut (but also like to cuddles on the couch).
Roxy isn’t a shy pup with her tail between her legs; she’s a girl with moxie and sass. And while Roxy is also the sixth most popular female country dog name, not necessarily quiet and demure. Roxy is more like singer Miranda Lampert, who sings powerful lyrics that empower women.
Basically, any dog named after a supreme Greek god is going to command attention and hey, it’s the third most popular name for male Pit Bulls. It’s pretty awesome to be associated with the god of sky and thunder, no matter what your breed. By the way, here’s how much kibble it’s going to cost to own a dog.
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!)
League of Legends grand master of arms, Jax might have inspired the popularity of this name. In this video game, he is aloof and sarcastic, characteristics some pet parents may see in such breeds like the Basenji, Alaskan Malamute, or Shiba Inu who love their families but tend to be a little reserved cool and distant with strangers.
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. Plant-based pup names are a favorite in Minneapolis, Minnesota and according to Rover, Lily is up 46 percent there.
Some dogs look and feel as cuddly as a cherished teddy bear, so it’s totally believable to choose Teddy as a moniker for breeds like a curly and fluffy Golden Doodle or oh-so-fuzzy Chow Chow. Plus pet parents in Bean Town choose Teddy as the fourth most popular male name according to Rover.
Names inspired by the hugely popular video game, Fortnite are up 16 percent according to Rover. Zoey leads with Lucky, Rex, Ranger, Raven, Trooper, Petunia, Mako, Magnus, and Tracker following.
This is a great one syllable name that is old-timey but projects a hip vibe. And if your dog was born between July 23 and August 22nd, Leo is his astrological sign.
Penny is one of the adorable dalmatians in the childhood favorite, One Hundred and One Dalmatians and it’s the seventh most popular female country dog name, courtesy of Rover’s data.
Toby is an all around good “guy” kind of name. Maybe your guys a little shy like Toby, the mild-mannered human resource officer from the Office or maybe the way he howls or steals your socks reminds you of country music “bad boy” Toby Keith. Toby can be anything you want to be, and the Brits think Toby is keen landing the tenth most popular male dog name in the United Kingdom.
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 eighth most popular female name for Chihuahuas, according to Rover.
A British manufactured luxury car and the 11th most popular regal dog name according to Rover. It would appear that luxury and regal traits are befitting of a posh pup. Here are some of the ways your pet says “I love you.”
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 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.)
A true classic for dogs who are eager to please but a little on the shy side. And maybe, just maybe a few pet parents were thinking of the Milo Ventimiglia of This is Us fame when they were naming their own furbaby with dashing good looks.
A classic southern girl name and wouldn’t you know it—also the fifth most popular country dog name for females, according to Rover.
Calm and cool is Tucker. He’s a dog you can depend on in the clinch. Kind of like Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens, one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL. Ravens’ fan in the Charm City revere Tucker so much it’s the third most popular male dog name in Baltimore, according to Rover data.
Surely we can see how Stella, French Bulldog, in 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 third most popular female French Bulldog name.
Could it be Oliver is hugely popular because of Oliver, the photogenic Pit Bull? His story is inspirational—as a former shelter dog turned brand ambassador for Bzees shoes, he’s not only famous but famous for being super lovable. And that’s a good reputation to spread for misunderstood Pit Bulls.
Bailey is so popular it made three lists on Rover. As number eight here, she also flirted her way onto the most popular cute dog name in sixth place and lapped her way to 48th place on the most popular drinking name list. This is probably one of the best boy and girl puppy names because it rolls off the tongue. Smart dog owners know not to let their dogs ever eat these 12 toxic foods and drinks.
If you have a big brown Labrador Retriever with a broad face—much like a brown bear—you might choose Bear for him. He looks like a bear and eats as much as one too. Bear roams onto Rover’s most popular big dog name list and settles in at fifth place on Rover’s most popular country dog name for males.
Oh, sweet Molly, a time-honored favorite and is the most popular Irish dog name for lassies according to Rover. And Molly is almost as popular in the United Kingdom, charming her way into third place for most popular female dogs name, according to Rover. Know these things before you get a new puppy.
Who hasn’t eaten Bush’s baked beans or at least seen the commercial? Duke is the handsome reddish golden retriever who is forever trying to give away the Bush family secret recipe. And that old fashioned country vibe of picnics and baked beans bodes well for Duke on Rover’s most popular country dog names where Duke stands proudly in sixth place.
Always dependable and loyal, Sadie is a homespun name for an old-school-cool dog like a Beagle, and it’s also the fourth most popular country dog name for girls according to Rover data.
Philly pride is a thick as the beefsteak on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. And dog names inspired by real (and fictional) famous locals are and fictional people are up 20 percent according to Rover and Rocky wins the title with Eve and Amber Rose in second and third.
“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 (Lourdes nickname is Lola) could have served as inspiration.
That’s a fact, Jack! Yep, it’s just simply a dependable name for any stellar dog. Plus, there’s that popular Amazon series, Jack Ryan that everyone is binging on to serve as inspiration for the hero of a dog in your life. But hey, if you’re not sold on Jack, check out the most popular dog names for the most popular dog breeds.
Daisy is sweet as the day is long and just as pretty too. Daisy is the 4th most popular dog name overall, but Rover data reports Daisy is the fourth most popular in Detroit and in the United Kingdom, but it’s the country life where Daisy reigns supreme. According to Rover, Daisy is the most popular female country dog name.
Buddy is a perennial favorite because quite frankly, what dog isn’t your buddy? Buddy is popular in the Motor City. It ranked fourth most popular male dog name in Detroit’s top dog names, according to Rover.
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 sixth most popular for Pit Bulls girls. Plus pet parents love Lucy for their Australian Shepherd breeds so much it’s the 11th most popular name for them.
Could pet parents be moved to pay homage to the well-accomplished CNN reporter Anderson Cooper? He is the epitome of the cool silver fox. Intelligent, humorous, and fair; it’s not fake news that Cooper is the third most popular male dog name.
Luna has been on a steady incline for human names and is currently sitting at the tenth most popular via Baby Center data. Could Luna sudden’s jump be due to Chrissy Teigen and John Legends baby girl, Luna Simone? We dare say yes. And if we’re getting breed specific, Luna is the second most popular Pit Bull name for girls, according to Rover.
2. Charlie (boy)
It’s so hip and old-school cool that Charlie is a favorite for girls and boys pups. It’s actually the eighth cutest dog name, and if you want to turn Charlie into Charles, you would be in good company with the United Kingdom pet parents who choose Charles as their second most popular name, according to Rover.
“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. If you’re looking for more girl puppy names with Italian origins, these other popular Italian dog names could be a good fit.
Let’s get back to the basics. Max—it’s short but with oh-so-much substance. These three letters mean “greatest” and who doesn’t think their little boy is the greatest dog on the planet? Plus, it sounds super cool in the dog park and since it’s only three letters, it stands out nicely on a name tag or dog dish. No matter the name of the puppy, these sweetest pet adoption stories of last year are sure to melt your heart.