As baby names become more unique, so too do dog names. The pressure is on to find the coolest, most original name for your pup, and we can help you find it. Start searching for the perfect dog name here.
Unique Dog Names
Unique dog names are short and easy to understand, but far rarer than top choices Bella and Max.
Food names, animal names, and hero names provide great inspiration for uncommon dog names. If you don't want your pup to be one of three Mavericks at the dog park, check out these ideas for more unique dog names.
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Popular Dog Names 2022
What are popular dog names today? The latest data shows the top dog names of 2022, led by classics Bella and Max. There's a lot of crossover between popular dog names and popular baby names, such as choices Luna and Oliver, but more dog-like names make the list as well, including Lady and Moose.
Tips for Naming Your Dog
Finding the right name for your dog should be easy, right? Not always. If you’re having trouble with dog names, follow these tips for how to name your dog:
Keep it short and sweet
The ideal length for a dog name is two syllables. It’s long enough that your pup can hear the inflection in your voice, but short enough that he can understand. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule — you can go up or down by one syllable — but any more than three syllables, and your dog will have trouble learning his name.
Speaking of longer dog names, they tend to be nicknamed, which can add to the confusion for your dog. An obvious nickname that comes from the first syllable of your dog’s name — Winnie from Winifred, for example — is fine, but she’ll give you a blank look if you call her Freddie.
Think about the common commands you’ll give your dog — sit, stay, no — and avoid names that sound too similar. As much as you love Kit, Shay, or Beau, they may prove too confusing.
Consult the rankings
These days, everyone wants unique dog names. If you don’t want your puppy to be the third Luna in her training class, make sure to check out the list of popular dog names to see how your favorite names stack up.
Inspiration is everywhere
There’s unlimited freedom when it comes to dog names. They can be silly or serious, "real names" or funny words. Find inspiration in pop culture and supermarket shelves, or consider your dog’s traits as a starting point. A name that means small might suit your tiny dog, or subvert expectations and choose a name that means large. Of course, you can check out our Nameberry lists for even more ideas.
Make a choice
Work with your family to narrow down your list and determine which name feels right for your dog. Make sure everyone involved is happy with the decision. If he could, your dog would thank you for such a thoughtfully chosen name.
Lists of Dog Names
We have endless options of cool dog names in our lists organized by theme, image, and style. Whether you're naming a country dog or one with Irish heritage, you'll find what you're looking for here.
Dog Names by Breed
Need a terrific name for your terrier? Or a nom parfait for your poodle? Search for names by your dog's breed to find a choice tailor-made for your pooch.