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The Trendiest Dog Names

the trendiest dog names

By Stephen Smith

In the popular television series Columbo, the detective played by Peter Falk was sometimes accompanied by his droopy-faced basset hound. His dog’s name: Dog. Most dog owners are a bit more imaginative when it comes to naming their pets. The list of the most popular dog names generally doesn’t change much from year to year, a little like the list of most popular dog breeds in America. But some names are trendier than others, though they might not make the list of most popular. 


Sawyer — A fitting name for a mischievous or adventurous dog.

Jack — A solid, popular name.

Hudson — Here’s a name gaining popularity with human babies, but seems suitable for a hound.

Finn — Perfect for one of the Irish breeds.

Emerson — A fitting name for a dog of noble stature.

Bear — Good choice for the large canine; comical choice for the toy breeds.

Puppy — Colombo-esque, but it’s the name Zac Efron gave his Australian Shepherd.

Max — Another trendy name for human babies. Any dog would be comfortable with it.

Kai — It’s hip and means “ocean” in Hawaiian.

Cooper — Another solid name. Mini Cooper might be a good choice for toy breed.


Elsa — It grows on you.

Bella — It was the most popular female puppy name last year.

Stella — Try shouting the name like Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire.

Quinn — A bit masculine, but some female dogs act like tomboys.

Sophie — Reserved for the cutest puppies.

Ivy — Yes, somewhat like Beyoncé’s kid, Blue Ivy.

Charlie — A fitting name for your little angel.

Aurora — The Roman goddess of dawn. An appropriate name for a female dog who gets you out of bed before the alarm clock does.

Avery — The name has a British ring to it.

Lila — A fitting name for a fluffy pet.

Thanks to the American Kennel Club for permission to reproduce this post.

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Dog names have become indistinguishable from baby names, with virtually all the most popular and stylish dog names coming from the human lexicon.

Cities like New York and Seattle as well as smaller towns such as Wellesley, Massachusetts and several dog-oriented websites publish yearly tallies of most popular dog names. Top choices these days include Bella and Max, Molly and Jack, Sadie and Cooper.

One detailed rundown of the most popular dog names in New York City includes a really cool map of the top dog names in different neighborhoods. Residents of the tony Upper East Side, for instance, prefer Lucy, while denizens of the bohemian East Village like Lulu and dog-owners in a tough section of Queens favor Rocky.

Noted dog expert Stanley Coren has even written for Psychology Today about the art and science of naming dogs.  A dog’s name is vitally important, Coren says, since it’s one of the few words he understands.

What about the human psychology of choosing dog names?  You don’t have to be Freud to surmise that the current taste for human names is evidence that our dogs have become our babies, deserving of the same consideration and treatment as little boys and girls.

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