At the end of each year, a comprehensive list is compiled which ranks dog names by popularity.  This data is typically generated based on registrations within a national organization, such as the American Kennel Club, or based on the number of dogs enrolled for canine services, such as daycare.  This year, Rover.com has compiled its most popular dog names for 2016 for both male and female dogs.  Did your dog make the list?

Male Dogs
  1.   Max
  2.   Charlie
  3.   Buddy
  4.   Cooper
  5.   Jack
  6.   Rocky
  7.   Bear
  8.   Duke
  9.   Toby
  10.   Tucker
  11.   Oliver
  12.   Bentley
  13.   Milo
  14.   Teddy
  15.   Jake
  16.   Leo
  17.   Jax
  18.   Dexter
  19.   Zeus
  20.   Louie

 

Female Dogs
  1.      Bella
  2.      Lucy
  3.      Daisy
  4.      Lola
  5.      Luna
  6.      Molly
  7.      Sadie
  8.      Sophie
  9.      Bailey
  10.      Maggie
  11.      Chloe
  12.      Lily
  13.     Stella
  14.     Zoey
  15.     Penny
  16.     Roxy
  17.     Coco
  18.     Gracie
  19.     Ruby
  20.     Mia

 

By Geography

Are you interested in how names differ around the world?  Here are a few of the top dog names from:dogs of the world

Brazil

Male dogs
  1.       Thor
  2.       Bob
  3.       Fred
  4.       Billy
  5.       Nick
Female dogs
  1.       Mel
  2.       Nina
  3.       Luna
  4.       Lola
  5.       Meggie

 

Ireland

Male dogs
  1.       Cody
  2.       Logan
  3.       Austin
  4.       Kevin
  5.       Owen
Female dogs
  1.       Molly
  2.       Riley
  3.       Fiona
  4.       Annabelle
  5.       Reagan

Australia

  1.       Bella
  2.       Charlie
  3.       Max
  4.       Molly
  5.       Buddy
  6.       Coco
  7.       Ruby
  8.       Oscar
  9.       Toby
  10.       Lucy

 

Labrador Retriever

Of course, we can’t leave the world’s most popular dog breed off the list.  The ten most popular Labrador Retriever names are:

labrador retriever

  1.       Buddy
  2.       Max
  3.       Jake
  4.       Molly
  5.       Daisy
  6.       Bailey
  7.       Maggie
  8.       Lucy
  9.       Duke
  10.       Jack

 

By Pop Culture

Rover.com also looked at trends among names that were inspired by pop culture, and determined the most popular dog names in the following categories:

Pokemon

pokemon dog

  1.       Haunter
  2.       Skitty
  3.       Bayleef
  4.       Eevee
  5.       Machop
  6.       Sandile
  7.       Jynx
  8.       Pikachu
  9.       Goldeen
  10.       Mawile
Harry Potter
  1.       Luna
  2.       Harry
  3.       Dobby
  4.       Percy
  5.       Dudley
  6.       Weasley
  7.       Ginny
  8.       Sirius
  9.       Albus
  10.      Draco
Female Celebrities/Historical Figures
  1.       Coco Chanel
  2.       Beyonce
  3.       Betty White
  4.       Madonna
  5.       Eleanor Roosevelt
  6.       Oprah
  7.       Tina Fey
  8.       Princess Diana
  9.       Virginia Woolf
  10.       Frida Kahlo
Junk Food
  1.       Taffy
  2.       Twix
  3.       Milano
  4.       Mambas
  5.       Pie

Overall, the trends for dog names have changed over the past 20 – 30 years.  Whereas dogs once had non-human sounding names (i.e. Rover, Fido, Buttercup), the lists of most popular dog names could easily be confused with most popular baby names of late.  Ultimately, the naming practices of our best friends can tell a lot about who we are as pet owners.  Judging by these lists, we view our dogs as our canine children, and have a special place in our hearts for popular culture!