Top Dog Names of 2016 [Infographic]

As this crazy year comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the top dog names of 2016 and explore the favorite picks for new puppy parents.

This year more than 3 million new dog owners used My Dog’s Name to find the right name for their pup. The site allows users to save their favorite names, so we compiled the most selected options to identify the top dog names of 2016.

The results: a mix of tried-and-true favorites along with some flat-out surprises. 

Here’s what we found out.

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2016 Top Dog Names

Top 10 Female Dog Names

A year has passed, and to be honest, not much has changed. Classics like Bella, Daisy, Bailey and Zoey still reign supreme.

We did see a sharp uptick in the name Luna, which moved from #10 in 2015 to #4 in 2016. Other surprises include the additions of A.J., Hazel and Nala. (Even though the Lion King came out over 20 years ago, Nala is still a beloved pet name!) 

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Abby
  4. Luna
  5. A.J.
  6. Hazel
  7. Bailey
  8. Nala
  9. Addie
  10. Zoey

Top 10 Male Dog Names

My Dog’s Name ranks high for tough dog names, and it shows in the results of top male dog names. Brawny and bold names like Axel, Diesel and Duke stand out at the top of the list.

Still, universal classics like Bear, Buddy and Max stayed on the list. These names don’t seem to go out of style – at least not since we started this site in 2013.

  1. Bear
  2. Axel
  3. Diesel
  4. Jax
  5. Duke
  6. Biscuit
  7. Bandit
  8. Tiger
  9. Buddy
  10. Max

Top Sports Dog Names

In the spirit of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we couldn’t leave out the top dog names related to sports and athletics.

Many people chose names that draw inspiration from athletes, sports and other competitive terms. If you are a fan of sporting activities – which many of us were during the Olympics – then this is a fun path for finding dog names.

Top 5 Female Sports Dog Names 

  1. Piper
  2. Ali
  3. Dottie
  4. Scout
  5. Babe

Top 5 Male Sports Dog Names 

  1. Tiger
  2. Archer
  3. Bolt
  4. Boomer
  5. Gunner

Top Cute Dog Names

When we built My Dog’s Name, we wanted to give users the chance to select styles of names that fit their personality, instead of just one long list that takes forever to sift through. Without a doubt, one of the most popular categories is “Cute.” After all, cute canines deserve cute names!

The list of top female cute dog names includes the usual mix of sweet-sounding names, all of which are great options.

On the other hand, the top cute dog male names include a few surprises. We certainly didn’t see Caesar or Oreo coming!

Top 5 Cute Female Dog Names

  1. Zoey
  2. Cocoa
  3. Roxy
  4. Ava
  5. Lola

Top 5 Cute Male Dog Names

  1. Milo
  2. A.J.
  3. Caesar
  4. Oreo
  5. Charlie

Top Elegant Female Dog Names

Following the cute category, elegant names are the next most popular option for female dogs. These top 5 names are regal and sophisticated. 

  1. Sadie
  2. Harper
  3. Gracie
  4. Addison
  5. Paris

Top Tough Male Dog Names

For male dog names, it’s a little different. Tough is our top category for the boys. These names were at the top of the list.

  1. Max
  2. Blaze
  3. Bruno
  4. Tank
  5. Hunter

Top Movie & TV Dog Names

Movies and TV shows always provide great inspiration for dog names. 

For the female dogs, Disney was definitely top of mind. Four out of five names come from popular Disney animated films.

And when it came to the boys, Star Wars is still the king as Chewie topped the list once again.

Top 5 Female Names from Movies & TV

  1. Bambi
  2. Angel
  3. Belle
  4. Alice
  5. Ariel

Top 5 Male Names from Movies & TV

  1. Chewie
  2. Rocky
  3. Blue
  4. Thor
  5. Flash

Crazy Cool Facts About American Dog Owners

Did you know that nearly half of all US households has a dog? That’s right, 55.4 million households – or 44% of all homes – has a furry canine friend.

Of these, more people own small dogs, followed next by larger breeds and then medium. Check out the infographic for a full breakdown. We definitely didn’t see this coming.

What To Do With These Top Dog Names

Picking the right name for your dog is an important, fun process. It’s a blast searching through dog names, brainstorming ideas and ultimately choosing the best one for your dog.

This list of top dog names gives you insight into what’s popular these days, and it’s a great way to tune into trends you can use. Or, if you want a name no other dogs in your circle have, you’ll know to avoid these top choices. You can use our dog name search to find tons of unique dog names.

As always, we thank you for using My Dog’s Name! We’re proud of our site and love helping new pup parents find the perfect name for their new dogs.

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