Top Dog Names of 2019 [Infographic]

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The results are in! We’re excited to announce the top dog names of 2019, as determined by the 7.5 million dog owners who used our site so far this year.

My Dog’s Name provides thousands of options for names and allows users to save their favorites while they search. To determine the most popular dog names in 2019, we compiled the most selected names of the year. 

What we found surprised us – but for reasons you might not think.

Curious to see what other names topped the charts? Check out the lists below.

Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Luna
  4. Willow
  5. Roxy
  6. Bailey
  7. Lola
  8. Harper
  9. Rosie
  10. Nala

Top 10 Male Dog Names

  1. Bear
  2. Milo
  3. Charlie
  4. Archie
  5. Oreo
  6. Bailey
  7. Blue
  8. Tiger
  9. Duke
  10. Teddy

Top Dog Names Infographic

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50 Most Popular Dog Names

Top Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Luna
  4. Willow
  5. Roxy
  6. Bailey
  7. Lola
  8. Harper
  9. Rosie
  10. Nala
  11. Abby (Abigail)
  12. Coco (Cocoa)
  13. A.J.
  14. Bambi
  15. Addie
  16. Sadie
  17. Ava
  18. Bell (Belle)
  19. Gracie
  20. Addison
  21. Piper
  22. Dixie
  23. Biscuit
  24. Hazel
  25. Angel
  26. Zoe (Zoey)
  27. Cookie
  28. Honey
  29. Ellie
  30. Winnie
  31. Lucy
  32. Blue (Blu)
  33. Millie
  34. Oreo
  35. Maisie (Maisy)
  36. Poppy
  37. Cleo
  38. Buttercup
  39. Alice
  40. Kiki
  41. Lady
  42. Olive
  43. Penny
  44. Mia
  45. Amber
  46. Pixie
  47. Pippa
  48. Lily (Lilly)
  49. Violet
  50. Paris
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Top Male Dog Names

  1. Bear
  2. Milo
  3. Charlie
  4. Archie
  5. Oreo
  6. Bailey
  7. Blue
  8. Tiger
  9. Duke
  10. Teddy
  11. Axel
  12. Biscuit
  13. Buddy
  14. A.J.
  15. Alfie
  16. Coco (Cocoa)
  17. Diesel
  18. Benji
  19. Caesar (Ceasar)
  20. Chewie
  21. Bacon
  22. Bandit
  23. Barkley
  24. Archer
  25. Atlas
  26. Arlo
  27. Max
  28. Scout
  29. Bruno
  30. Barney
  31. Rocky
  32. Finn
  33. Pluto
  34. Bingo
  35. Blaze
  36. Banjo
  37. Boomer
  38. Thor
  39. Toto
  40. Brownie
  41. Waffles
  42. Ace
  43. Augie (Augie Doggy)
  44. Jasper
  45. Copper
  46. Gizmo
  47. Yoshi
  48. Tank
  49. Argos
  50. Ziggy

Predictions for the Top Dog Names of 2020

We expect films and TV to drive the popularity of some new and classic names. While we’re pretty sure many of our current top names will remain in the top 10, we think these names have a chance to move up the list.

  • Charlie – Already a very popular dog name, this name will continue growth because of the new Charlie’s Angels movie
  • Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Ryder – All great names that are boosted by the new Frozen movie
  • Rey, Kylo, Lando, Rose, Leia, Maz – Some great options from the new entry into the Star Wars series
  • Harley, Huntress – Harley Quinn and Huntress are featured heroes in the DC comics film Birds of Prey
  • Sonic – A sporty name that’ll get a boost from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie featuring Jim Carrey
  • Elle – A cute name that is also the main character in Legally Blonde 3
  • Maverick – Top Cruise brings his classic role back in a new Top Gun film
  • Lady – Disney recently released a CGI version of it’s classic cartoon

About the 2019 Top Female Dog Names

Once again, the name Bella topped the list of female dog names. The name became popular over a decade ago when the Twilight series was released and featured a protagonist named Bella. Twilight mania has long subsided, but the name Bella is still the top choice for new dog owners.

And not only is Bella the female dog name of the year, it’s also the name of the decade. Bella has topped the list of female dog names for the past 10 years!

In addition to Bella standing firm in the top position in 2019, the names Daisy, Luna, Willow and Bailey all stayed strong in top positions.

Despite this repetition, there were a few surprises in the list of top 10 female dog names. Harper, Rosie and Nala all jumped into the top dog names.

We imagine Nala’s increase in popularity might be due to the remake of Disney’s popular Lion King movie which became the highest grossing animated film of all time.

About the 2019 Top Male Dog Names

We’ve found that food names have been increasingly popular and have added them to our category tracking lists.

In particular, Oreo broke into the top male dog names. Last year Oreo was at number 16 but has now jumped into the number 5 spot. A huge increase!

The rest of this year’s list featured tried-and-true favorites like Bear, Charlie, Milo and Bailey that have remained at the top for multiple years.

Most Popular Dog Names by Category

My Dog’s Name gives you the ability to search for awesome dog names within categories that are relevant to you and your pup. After all, we started this site after we got our dog Toby and the only option was to wade through endless A-Z lists. Our goal was to create a better experience for new pet owners and allow them to sort by their favorite styles and themes to find the best name more quickly.

Of all our categories, the most popular by far is “Cute.” It makes sense: cute canines deserve cute names! Second in popularity is the “Tough” category, especially for male names. Many new pup parents are drawn to strong-sounding names for their new pets.

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Top Cute Dog Names

  1. Coco
  2. Buddy
  3. Addie
  4. Sadie
  5. Ava
  6. Gracie
  7. Ellie
  8. Piper
  9. Dixie
  10. Scout

Top Tough Dog Names

  1. Axel
  2. Diesel
  3. Caesar
  4. Bandit
  5. Max
  6. Koda
  7. Bruno
  8. Thor
  9. Tank
  10. Jinx

Top names in the “Sports” category ranged from classic athletes like Ali and Barkley to powerful athletic words like Boomer, Bolt and Champ.

We used to have a “Funny” category but found that it had a food focus, with names like Bacon, Brownie and Waffles so we switched it out to be entirely food focused.

Top Sports Dog Names

  1. Barkley
  2. Archer
  3. Blaze
  4. Boomer
  5. Ace
  6. Ali
  7. Bolt
  8. Gunner
  9. Hunter
  10. Champ

Top Food Dog Names

  1. Biscuit
  2. Oreo
  3. Cookie
  4. Honey
  5. Poppy
  6. Bacon
  7. Buttercup
  8. Olive
  9. Brownie
  10. Ginger

Movies and TV shows always provide great inspiration for names. We were surprised to see Barney – name of both the big purple dinosaur and the bumbling sheriff from The Andy Griffith Show – rise to 7th place.

When it came to geeky dog names, Star Wars is still reigning supreme with Chewie (short for Chewbacca) topping the list once again and Finn (from the new movies) moving up to the second spot.

Top TV & Movie Dog Names

  1. Belle
  2. Lucy
  3. Winnie
  4. Benji
  5. Lady
  6. Bruno
  7. Barney
  8. Pluto
  9. Minnie
  10. Toto

Geeky Dog Names

  1. Chewie
  2. Finn
  3. Gizmo
  4. Ruby
  5. Princess
  6. Mouse
  7. Buffy
  8. Xena
  9. Harley
  10. Mac

Most Popular Dog Breeds

The AKC released their 2018 list of the most popular dog breeds which included:

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

This year the French Bulldog jumped from the 6th spot up to 4th, right ahead of the regular Bulldog. The move bumped the Beagle out of the top 5 most popular breeds for the first time in nearly two decades.

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

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Dog Ownership Trends

Dog owners share an increasingly close bond with their pups these days. In fact, in the General Social Survey, 93% of dog owners said they consider their dog to be part of the family.

This close bond also has mental & physical health benefits, with 76% saying they play with their dog often and 63% reporting that their dog provides emotional comfort.

Dog owners really love their pups! According to a survey by Riley’s Organics, 52% of dog owners kiss their dog more than their partner. Similarly, 52% would sleep with their dog in their bed over their partner!

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 their life.

The purpose of our top dog names 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.

Use our dog name search to find thousands of unique 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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About My Dog’s Name
Founded in October 2013, My Dog’s Name provides a fun, interactive experience for new dog owners looking for just the right pet name. The site allows users to sort names by preferred style and interests. More than 4 million people use My Dog’s Name each year when picking a name for their dog.

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