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Top Dog Names of 2021: Luna and Asher are the Most Popular Picks

Published: Last updated: by Jessi Larson
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The results are in! We’re excited to announce the top dog names of 2021, as determined by the 5.1 million dog owners who used our site so far this year.

Luna is the most popular female dog name for the year, and Asher skyrocketed to number one for male dog names.

Curious to see what other names topped the charts? Check out the lists below and learn more about what is trending now.

The Top 100 Dog Names of 2021

Top Female Dog Names

  1. Luna
  2. Daisy
  3. Bella
  4. Lola
  5. Raven
  6. Aurora
  7. Athena
  8. Willow
  9. Olive
  10. Aspen
  11. Ash
  12. Dixie
  13. Roxy
  14. Nala
  15. Koda
  16. Poppy
  17. Gigi
  18. Hazel
  19. Yuki
  20. Moon
  21. Xena
  22. Lucy
  23. Violet
  24. Dakota
  25. Piper
  26. Harley
  27. Nyx
  28. Lady
  29. Gracie
  30. Harper
  31. Midnight
  32. Storm
  33. Pepper
  34. Abby (Abigail)
  35. Star
  36. Ava
  37. Dawn
  38. Sadie
  39. Zelda
  40. Stella
  41. Honey
  42. Angel
  43. Echo
  44. Fifi
  45. Nikita
  46. Sage
  47. Bailey
  48. Pearl
  49. Rogue
  50. Blizzard

Top Male Dog Names

  1. Asher
  2. Axel
  3. Buddy
  4. Finn
  5. Duke
  6. Milo
  7. Rocky
  8. Leo
  9. Charlie
  10. Apollo
  11. Bear
  12. Thor
  13. Max
  14. Echo
  15. Blue
  16. Diesel
  17. Cooper
  18. Shadow
  19. Hunter
  20. Scout
  21. King
  22. Bruno
  23. Fang
  24. Alaska
  25. Loki
  26. Blaze
  27. Alpha
  28. Lucky
  29. Gunner
  30. Bane
  31. Rex
  32. Kai
  33. Xerxes
  34. Chewie
  35. Barkley
  36. Brutus
  37. Alfie
  38. Atlas
  39. Tank
  40. Yoshi
  41. Dakota
  42. Blizzard
  43. Goliath
  44. Bolt
  45. Arlo
  46. Spike
  47. Archie
  48. Odin
  49. Gizmo
  50. Maverick

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About the 2021 Top Female Dog Names

Luna surpassed Daisy, last year’s winner, as the most popular female dog name. It shot up from fifth place in 2020.

Prior to 2020, Bella claimed first place for female dog names for an entire decade. Now Bella is the third most popular pick while Daisy moved down to second place.

Consistent favorites Lola, Willow, and Olive also stayed on the list of top 10 female dog names.

New to the chart are the names Raven, Aurora, Athena, and Aspen.

About the 2021 Top Male Dog Names

Asher exploded in popularity this year. In 2020 it cracked the list for the first time taking the 10th spot, and now it’s the most popular name for male dogs.

The previous winner, Buddy, moved down to the third spot.

Popular names Axel, Milo, Duke, Rocky, and Charlie stayed in the top 10 and were joined by newcomers Leo and Apollo.

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Most Popular Dog Names by Category

My Dog’s Name gives you the ability to search categories that are relevant to you and your pup. Our goal is to create a better experience for new pet owners and let you search for your favorite styles and themes.

Let’s take a look at the most popular categories and which names rose to the top.

Top Cute Dog Names

Cute dog names is the most popular category. And it makes sense since adorable canines deserve a cute name.

Here are the most popular selections in this category.

  1. Willow
  2. Bear
  3. Scout
  4. Dixie
  5. Lucky
  6. Roxy
  7. Poppy
  8. Alfie
  9. Arlo
  10. Gigi

Top Tough Dog Names

The tough name category is also popular, especially for male names. Many dog owners like a strong-sounding name for their pup, and these were the top picks.

  1. Thor
  2. Koda
  3. Harley
  4. Max
  5. Echo
  6. Nyx
  7. Midnight
  8. Diesel
  9. Hunter
  10. Storm

Top Sports Dog Names

People love to watch and play sports, and this can be reflected with a sporty dog name. Sports lovers were big fans of these ideas in 2021.

  1. Barkley
  2. Aspen
  3. Tiger
  4. Blitz
  5. Archer
  6. Champ
  7. Huntress
  8. Knight
  9. Ranger
  10. Babe

Top Food Dog Names

The food dog name category is also popular, and new dog owners were inspired by these tasty ideas this year.

  1. Olive
  2. Biscuit
  3. Pepper
  4. Honey
  5. Spud
  6. Sage
  7. Bailey
  8. Coco
  9. Oreo
  10. Kona

Top TV & Movie Dog Names

TV shows and movies provide fun inspiration for dog names. The following names are the most popular picks of the year.

  1. Nala
  2. Shadow
  3. Bruno
  4. Xena
  5. Fang
  6. Lucy
  7. Lady
  8. Maverick
  9. Harper
  10. Rambo

Geeky Dog Names

Last – but not least – are nerdy dog names. Star Wars names are always a favorite, and this again proved to be true with Finn, Chewie, and Leia all in the top 10.

  1. Finn
  2. Zelda
  3. Alpha
  4. Chewie
  5. Akira
  6. Yoshi
  7. Gizmo
  8. Princess
  9. Gidget
  10. Leia

Top Dog Names Infographic

Here’s our infographic from all the data we gathered. Feel free to reuse this with a link back to mydogsname.com.

2021 top dog names infographic

What To Do With These Top Dog Names

Picking a name for your dog is quite a fun process, between searching through name options, brainstorming ideas, and discussing the best choices with your family and friends.

It’s also a very important decision since your new dog will have this name for the rest of its life.

The purpose of our list is to give you insight into what’s popular these days and share trends you can use. Or if you want a completely unique dog name that no one else has, you’ll know to avoid these options.

Most Popular Dog Breeds

The AKC released their 2020 list of the most popular dog breeds which included:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. French Bulldog
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Bulldog

For a record 30th year, the Labrador Retriever claimed the number one spot. The energetic, social breed is beloved by millions and doesn’t show any sign of decreasing in popularity.

The French Bulldog rose to number two on the list, up from the fourth spot last year. This pushed the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever each down a spot.

The Bulldog remained in fifth place yet again.

If you’re interested in finding the perfect breed for you and learning more about breed traits, check out our dog breed selector.

More Great Ideas

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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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18 Comments

  1. Lindsay Pevny

    Interesting! I’d have guessed Bella and Cocoa, I didn’t realize names like Buddy and Max were still popular.

  2. ruth glasberg

    my girlies name was not there ,Truffles

  3. Kathi Parks

    My puppy’s name is Boomer but not sure why it’s a sports name. Boomer is an 9 month old Shichon.

    • Kyle Larson

      Boomer is in the sports category because of the famous NFL quarterback & announcer Boomer Esiason… but it’s a great name regardless of the sports affiliation!

  4. Carol Lynn Layman

    My beautiful German Shepherd was named Raquel Denise Layman-yes I gave her our last name as she was a member of our family

  5. Trudi

    My doxies name is Gus. (Gustav Oskar… long haired black/tan Tweenie dachshund). Guess that’s not a popular name.

  6. Evie M Harbord

    My two shepherds are mako and blue, after sharks:)

  7. Asoka W

    My male dog is Pele and female is Mel ,but their names weren’t on the list .

  8. Beth Rosin

    Diva Doodlebug – My 5lb Mi-Ki (Maltese/Papillon/Japanese Chin. Check them out!!)
    Sir Sebastian of Waddles-A-Lot. – A Pembroke Welsh Corgi. R.I.P.)

  9. Haku

    I named my dog Tiger, because he looks like one!

  10. Denise

    I have Alaskan malamute/husky mixes. Bear and Sasha.

  11. CanadaVet

    This reminds me of my friend who named his pet dog based on the color… since it’s black.. he used to name his pet as “blackie”

  12. minmarketing

    My male dog is Pele and female is Mel ,but their names weren’t on the list .

  13. Haley

    My Dog is named Zero!

  14. Alan D Learned

    We just lost the love of our lives, a red-beaver-colored Pom with a paint-brush tail named Schatzi. She lived up to her German name which translates to “Darling” and/or “Treasure”. I was somewhat surprised I did not see this name included in your site’s collection of Pommy names…

  15. Richard Paolucci

    Thank you for sharing your post about top dog names of 2020. Great selection of names for different categories. Nice pictures and diagrams also. I will bookmark this site for reference.

  16. PCCC5A

    I named my male dog is Mouse because he was as small as a mouse.

  17. dog hotel

    Thank! I’ve been looking for cool names for dogs for 3 days now and I never thought it could be so difficult … Well, really, how people can quickly choose a beautiful and suitable name. This should be right for your dog. I have already chosen 3 names, but it’s hard for me to stop between them. But you have a really really cool list, I liked a lot of names from it. And it’s also very nice that this year our statistics on how many dogs are taken from shelters has risen so much) This is very cool!

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