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.