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Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!

Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!

by Sophie Kihm

It’s a common name-nerd conundrum—wanting a name that’s stylish and familiar but under-the-radar. We hear this request all the time.

This extends beyond baby names. People are looking for unique names for their pets, too. Now that there’s data on the most common names for dogs and cats, pet owners can check their choices’ popularity before making a final decision. Rudy may have seemed like a creative name at one time, but what do you know—it’s ranked #71!

I experienced this problem myself a few years ago. When deciding on a name for our puppy, I shot down many names that my family members suggested for being too popular. I would come up with cute dog names myself, only to look them up and find that they made the top 100. We ultimately landed on Fisher, a name uncommon for dogs and humans.

If you can relate, this list will be able to help you out. I’ve taken the top 100 male dog names and offered a similar alternative that does not rank. It’s pretty safe to say that your dog will be the only Benno on the block, rather than the third Benji.

Popular Dog Name

Uncommon Dog Name

Max

Pax

Charlie

Nate

Buddy

Sonny

Cooper

Skipper

Jack

Jude

Rocky

Rowdy

Bear

Fox

Duke

Baron

Toby

Tobin

Tucker

Thatcher

Oliver

River

Bentley

Bennett

Milo

Hugo

Teddy

Theo

Jake

Blake

Leo

Arlo

Jax

Axel

Dexter

Felix

Zeus

Jove

Louie

Lenny

Riley

Wylie

Winston

Winslow

Buster

Scooter

Murphy

Murray

Jackson

Maxen

Bailey

Baylor

Harley

Harvey

Gus

Augie

Lucky

Rookie

Oscar

Fritz

Henry

Harris

Cody

Colton

Hank

Hal

Sam

Eli

Baxter

Paxton

Ollie

Willie

Diesel

Pilot

Bruno

Laszlo

Bandit

Swift

Beau

Vaughn

Gizmo

Gage

Moose

Bronco

Finn

Flynn

Sammy

Clemmy

Blue

Gray

Marley

Oakley

Loki

Toki

Brody

Brogan

Jasper

Casper

Ace

Champ

Thor

Odin

Shadow

Midnight

Rocco

Nero

Apollo

Arrow

Roscoe

Richie

George

Edwin

Scout

Sawyer

Bo

Moe

Rex

Knox

Tank

Storm

Tyson

Titus

Rusty

Rory

Otis

Otto

Koda

Cannon

Luke

Huck

Simba

Noble

Gunner

Fletcher

Romeo

Roman

Hunter

Fisher

Joey

Jory

Rudy

Remy

Boomer

Booker

Ziggy

Digby

Copper

Bourbon

Maverick

Epic

Oreo

Bingo

Prince

Reign

Frankie

Cisco

Bruce

Horace

Samson

Simon

Peanut

Newt

Benny

Bento

Brutus

Bruto

Ranger

Ryder

Chester

Chauncey

Chase

Dash

Chance

Fate

Kobe

Kyrie

Brady

Grady

Coco

Banjo

Chico

Rico

Chewy

Dewey

Bubba

Busby

Benji

Benno

Mickey

Mikey

Rufus

Nigel

King

Royal

Archie

Freddie

Cash

Nash

Walter

Walden

About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top baby name trends of 2021, baby name synesthesia, and the top names in each state. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.