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.
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on April 16th, 2019 at 9:24 am
Love these lists, but… I’ve always wanted a dog named Duke, haha. Something to be said for the classics, after all?!
on April 16th, 2019 at 9:30 am
Both of my childhood dogs are on your Uncommon suggestions (Casper and Willie) but they were adopted greyhounds that came with names semi built in. Our theory about Casper’s name was that is came from the white marking on his chest like looked a bit like a ghost.
on April 16th, 2019 at 2:35 pm
Our family dog is named Curtis!
on April 17th, 2019 at 6:54 pm
I show Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I know as many dogs with names in the uncommon side as the common side. My dogs are Wally and Gaius. Our next will be Rigel, which is a star in the constellation Orion.
on April 21st, 2019 at 12:54 am
My pup’s name is Marlow! (Could be an alternative to Marley!)
on April 21st, 2019 at 5:29 pm
American people suggesting Thatcher is just sooo cringy, please don’t name your child Thatcher. If they ever visit or even live in the UK well…
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