Bear, Lady Are Most Popular Dog Names

American Kennel Club unveils a list of the 20 most popular names for dogs.

Posted: October 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The American Kennel Club on Wednesday unveiled the most popular names for dogs, according to a survey of 2007 AKC registrations, and “Fido” was nowhere to be found among the top 20.

Instead, “Bear” and Lady” top the list of most common male/female dog names in the United States. In addition to Lady and Bear, rounding out the top 10 dog names are Belle/Bell/Bella, Princess, Mae/May, Blue, Max/Maximus/Maxwell, Rose, Daisy, and Duke.

Traditionally, dog owners have chosen names based on a puppy’s appearance or personality, such as “Spot” or “Sassy,” according to Lisa Peterson, AKC spokeswoman. “Today we are seeing human names, such as ‘Jack’ and ‘Molly,’ and names that reflect a pet’s stature in the home, such as ‘King’ and ‘Princess,’ gain popularity as more people consider their dog a valued member of the family,” she said.

Top male dog names

Top female dog names

1. Bear 1. Lady
2. Blue 2. Belle/Bell/Bella
3. Max/Maximus/Maxwell 3. Princess
4. Duke 4. Mae/May
5. Buddy 5. Rose
6. Jack  6. Daisy
7. Prince 7. Grace/Gracie
8. King 8. Baby
9. Bailey 9. Molly
10. Rocky 10. Maggie
11. Harley 11. Sadie
12. Jake 12. Ann/Annie
13. Shadow 13. Star
14. Lucky 14. Lily/Lilly
15. Hunter  15. Angel
16. Dakota 16. Coco/Cocoa
17. Lou 17. Sophie/Sophia
18. Midnight 18. Lucy
19. Cooper 19. Abby/Abigail
20. Buster  20. Marie

When naming a dog, the AKC also offers the following tips:

  • Keep it short and sweet to get your dog to be responsive. Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as “Sadie” or “Rocky.” 
  • Avoid a name that is too long or difficult to say. A name such as “Sir Barks A Lot” will confuse your dog.
  • Avoid names that sound like commands. Names like “Joe” sound like “no” when called.
  • Try a name for a day or two. Remember any dog name will be a 10- to 15-year commitment.
  • After you choose a name, make sure you use it often so he learns it quickly. 


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Malinda   irving, TX

5/26/2011 9:44:28 AM

thank you for helping me name my new puppy she is a teacup chihuahua . im going to call her Lady Grace or Lady Bella ,she is just 2 months old but i love her.

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lexy   elkhaRT, IN

7/30/2009 4:56:48 PM

its a chihuahua it is small and cut

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emma   livonia, MI

6/24/2009 4:52:28 PM

my mom and dad have a papillon named carmen and a mutt named pongo and i have a cat named elizabeth bennett she is scared of dogs and men

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6/20/2009 6:54:42 AM

i am soooooo gonnna name my dog hunter lol and umh i have a name my other dogs name are THEO DIXIE CHICK AKA DIXIE AND THEO LOL

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