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?
Are you interested in how names differ around the world? Here are a few of the top dog names from:
Of course, we can’t leave the world’s most popular dog breed off the list. The ten most popular Labrador Retriever names are:
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:
Female Celebrities/Historical Figures
- Coco Chanel
- Betty White
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Tina Fey
- Princess Diana
- Virginia Woolf
- Frida Kahlo
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!