People Names for Dogs
Dogs are the new babies, or maybe the new pre-babies: After graduating from plants, young people learn to parent puppies before having a go at babies. And then of course many parents adopt dogs after their kids grow up and leave the nest.
Proof that we think of our dogs as children: We give them names fit for babies. All of the most popular names for dogs these days can also be used for people. Or is it vice versa?
Here, according to the site Rover.com, are the top 20 names for female dogs:
And the Top 20 names for boy dogs:
And many of the other names in the canine top 20 are also popular for babies. On the girls’ side, Bella, Lucy, Chloe, Zoey/Zoe, and Lily are also high-ranking baby names, while Daisy, Lola, Sophie, Sadie, Luna, and Stella are trendy baby names on the rise.
Many of the same pop culture factors that influence baby names also influence dog names, says Rover.com.
Other baby name trends also reflected in dog names….or is it vice versa:
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on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:14 pm
Names are names.
I see no difference between naming your dog Sadie or your daughter Sadie. No difference between naming your home Mabel (my first duplex) or your daughter Mabel. No difference between naming your cat Olivia or your daughter Olivia or your lawnmower Olivia (I did that to make her start better and it seemed to help for awhile).
And I don’t really think of naming dogs as pre-naming children or pre-parenting. Dogs are dogs and they are just perfect as is. I got my first dog at three and I named her because she was loving, living being. Admittedly, I named her Wolfie after a storybook dog and I probably wouldn’t have named a son that, but must children really enter into everything we do? Even when we are three?
I love nameberry and it gives me hours of pleasure, but I am tired of how child/parenting centric our world is. Which celebrity has a “bump” and thinking in terms of the naming of our beloved animals as being child-related.
It’s not child-related; it’s dog or cat or horse related. Companion animals are not pre-children or practice children. It demeans them to think otherwise.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:29 pm
My dog is Margot. I think it works as well on her as it would on a human.
on July 22nd, 2015 at 11:44 pm
I have a Zoe, and I know a couple dogs that share her name. It’s always a little weird at first I admit. Esp when she was little and them yelling their dogs name confused her. Ha ha
on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:15 am
I’ve had dogs called Aggie, Bonnie and Lottie and a cat called Martha. I also had a bike called Wesley and my two coworkers have motorbikes called Marlene and Matilda.
I don’t feel so violently as marionleslie, but I do agree that there’s no reason why dogs or anything else shouldn’t be given “baby” names. At the end of the day, the idea is that they are members of the family.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:33 am
I grew up with a Cairn Terrier named Bradley Matthew. My husband grew up with Cocker Spaniels: Quincey, Brandy, and Oswald nn Ozzy. Now we have our own Cocker baby: Bentley Wyatt. … and two kitties: Noah Rhys and Rhea Nymeria.
We had more debates over what to name our furbabies than I ever did when naming my son lol
I also work in an office and to get the outdated machienes working better, I’ve named them all: Gretchen, Marvin, Bertha, and Maggie.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 10:31 am
I work with dogs full-time and as a result spend a great amount of time contemplating dog names. I love seeing that people have put so much time into considering the dog’s names, and especially love a good dog “sibset”. My favorite being two “brothers” named Wilson and Leopold. Swoon. The most common names I see are Bella, Cooper, and Oliver. There is ALWAYS at least one of each. Pop culture also has a huge affect on dog’s name, I see lots of pairs named Luke and Leia, white dogs named Elsa, and being in New England a bajillion dogs named Brady and Gronk. Please keep putting love into your dogs’ names, Nameberries!
on July 23rd, 2015 at 11:14 am
One of the front-runners for my second daughter due in the fall, is on this list. It bothers me that almost every second dog we meet has this time. I wonder often how she’ll feel when she introduces herself and many times she’ll hear ‘Oh, my childhood/best friend’s/current dog is named ____!” Urgh. I prefer names like Pickles and Boomer for dogs.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 12:33 pm
I met two dogs name Lexi recently, which is what I generally go by. It doesn’t really upset me..
on July 23rd, 2015 at 1:19 pm
Yeah it bothers me a bit to see names from my girls list (namely Lucy and Grace/Gracie) on here. It makes me wonder if they are too cutesy for an adult to where. You don’t run into too many dogs named Margaret or Elizabeth.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 2:26 pm
I think pets give you an opportunity to go for names that you couldn’t pull off for people. My cats are named Kremlin and Whitehouse.
So many people on this site worry about boys names that have gone to the girls, but I’m much more worried about people names that have gone to the dogs. I love so many of the names on this list and it does bother me that they are popular dog choices. Your surgeon has the same name as your chihuahua? Funny, but unfortunate.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Fantastic point, @babymagic. I think that Bella is truly becoming a dog name!
on July 23rd, 2015 at 3:54 pm
Uh. I’m a firm believer that dogs should be loved and treated humanely, but they are not people! When someone tells me the name of their dog, I’m immediately put off by it as a future child’s name. Names that have been crossed off because they are friends pets include Hazel, Sadie, Lucy, and Maggie.
Why not be more adventurous with your dog’s name? After all, you don’t have to worry about how it looks on a job application!
on July 23rd, 2015 at 4:09 pm
Our dog’s name is Heidi and our last name starts with Ho, so even though I loved the name for a little girl, I didn’t want her being teased because she’d be Heidi Ho, but it works for a dog! Of course, I have met two Heidis whose last names start with Ho but they didn’t seem bothered that they shared the name with my Golden Retriever.
I love our dog-ter (dog daughter) so much and she is a wonderful part of our family and I totally agree with other posters that pets give you a chance to be more adventurous with names than you would be for children. For instance, Sundance (love the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…the real outlaws…not so much) is one of my favorites for a dog. But I wouldn’t name my son Sundance. I also think first and last names for dogs are awesome and hilarious. On Gilmore Girls Lorelei had a dog named Paul Anka (like the singer) and I thought that was awesome. I also love Greek mythology names on dogs.
As long as you love your dog and treat them well, they won’t care what you call them….as long as you don’t call them late to dinner. Haha.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm
We named our cat Louis, which was great until we got pregnant and wanted to add Louis to our boy list. We tried changing his name to Sneakers but it didn’t really stick. Luckily we had a girl, so Louis the cat got to keep his name. 🙂
on July 23rd, 2015 at 4:40 pm
Our dog is Coco and our 10 year old Great Dane who passed away earlier this year was Vader.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 5:17 pm
I grew up in a family that named their dogs after beers – not Bud Lite, but more exotic ones, to the point we would have to call the dogs exclusively by their nicknames (e.g., Hogie).
I like dog names with substance and meaning, the same for any type of name – you put thought into it! I do agree that they are names, not baby names. In particular, I’ve started to like place names for pets – naming a pet after a beloved spot, street, or landmark in my city. Sometimes those end up as “baby name” type names, but sometimes they aren’t as much. I also love a nature name – in general – but for pets. My top one is River!
I named my mother’s chickens for her: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Solely so they could be called the Little WomHen.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 10:05 pm
I find a dog’s name can be a fun and creative outlet for names that someone might otherwise turn away from. My family and I got our first dog three years ago and we all automatically came to an agreement that his name would be Stiles (inspiration from Teen Wolf).
His name fits his personality perfectly and anyone who has ever come across Stiles has loved his name!
If anyone is wondering from the information I’ve gathered, Stiles is English/Old English for steep ascent.
on July 23rd, 2015 at 10:37 pm
I am considering naming my next dog Silas. It’s been a favorite name forever, but I’ll never use it now since I was worried about popularity even before Baby Timberlake. This way I’ll still get to “use” it. I find it so odd that people are bothered by “people” name for dogs. Haha really? Naming is so personal! Name your pets whatever you want!
on July 24th, 2015 at 10:52 am
My cousin calls her dog Kelly, a name which was chosen for her by the first owner when she was only a few days old, and I have to say it suits her perfectly, all spunky and energetic. I personally think it is a great name for a dog, and I am not in the least opposed to giving “people’s names” to pets. In fact, I have been thinking of what I’ll call MY dog when I’ll get one, and so far I’ve more or less settled on Emma (only if it’s a female, obviously).
on July 24th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
I have two kids, and both of their names are on this list. My husband and I joke that our naming style is “dogs and cats”.
on July 26th, 2015 at 1:54 am
Ive lots of dogs my whole life…
My puppies born in ’02 are Barkley Todd, Marissa Zoey, Jack Kyle & Sadie Alexa
I’ve also had:
Birdy Grace (a clumsy bassett hound)
Bogie Max (he was found at our local golf course, the parks named Max)
Cosmo Stanley (he is kinda spacey and weird and nerdy)
on July 26th, 2015 at 4:54 am
I have a dog named Max! However, it was my parents choice to call him that.
on July 26th, 2015 at 4:25 pm
I have a dog named Bella and a dog named Daisy. I could never take a human seriously if they had either name.
on July 28th, 2015 at 3:30 am
I have two huskies: Dallas Dakota (called Kota, the animal shelter named him Dallas) and Pax Midnight Donatello. I named them because of the names meanings, just like I intend to name my children. Also, since joining a husky page on facebook I’ve noticed that almost every other dog on there is named some variation of Dakota/Kota/Koda/Kodah/etc.
on July 28th, 2015 at 8:22 pm
I do think the fun in naming pets is getting to be a bit more daring than you would with a child. The only pet I’ve ever named personally was my cat: Apollo Toby. We found out a few days later that she’s female, so now her name is really out-there!
My family recently adopted a dog and we chose Chloe because we all liked it. If it had only been me naming her, I probably would have picked something a little more adventurous. Hmm, I’ve just realized she doesn’t have a middle name yet…
Our first family dogs were pre-named Tipper and Treasure by the rescue agency, but we added on middle names to make them Tipper Alexandria and Treasure Anne.
on July 29th, 2015 at 10:12 pm
My family dogs were already a year old when we got each of them so we didn’t name either of them. I suppose Buckley could be used on a human, but not likely. Delilah, however, would definitely work!
We have had many litters of kittens over the years with names ranging from Lauren and Molly to Peanut Butter and KitKat. When we went on vacation, I told our dogsitter he could name our new kittens. He picked Madley and Wary or Oxford. I told him that Madley wasn’t a real name and to try again, but I decided it would make an adorable nickname for Madeline. I also picked Oxford over Wary.
To me, your pets names should be names you want to use on a kid, but can’t, either because they’re gp’s or because you don’t want to have 20 kids.
on July 30th, 2015 at 12:12 am
My name is Molly and I would say it is definitely accurate that Molly is a popular dog’s name! Ever since I was little, when I meet someone new, I am usually told “My grandma/neighbor/brother/cousin/uncle’s dog’s name is Molly”. I still haven’t quite figured out how to respond, it’s usually something like “Well that’s fun!”. When I take my dog (Petey-we didn’t name him) to the dog park, I usually hear a “Molly!” at least once! I’ve always told myself that Molly must be a very nice, cute name for people to want to name their dogs it and say it so often!
on December 3rd, 2015 at 10:30 am
I grew up with Sydney (pointer) and Rocky (lab), and when I was older my parents had 3 golden retrievers named William, Jenny, and Piper. Now my husband and I have a black lab named Diesel.
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