The Year’s Pet Names in Review ranks 2010’s most popular dog names and celebrity pet names.

Posted: January 3, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

2010's most popular dog namesAnd the winner is…Elvis. The late, great rocker is’s most popular celebrity pet name. The site’s top dog name overall? Buddy.

“Every year I look forward to this ranking,” says Betsy Banks Saul, cofounder of the online adoption database. “Buddy and Max will probably always be popular, it’s always a blast to see just how creative people get when naming their pets,” she says.
A name that continues to rise up the site’s ranks for both dogs and cats is Bella, the name of a character from the "Twilight" series of books and films. Bella jumped from No. 6 to the No. 4 spot for dogs, and from No. 4 to No. 3 for cats.
Saul says unusual and pop culture names for adoptable pets aren’t just fun, they’re practical. “We often hear that adoptable pets get more attention on both Petfinder.con and in the shelter when they have interesting names,” she says. “Therefore, for many reasons, we encourage as much creativity as possible.”

2010 Top 10 Most Popular Dog Names
1. Buddy (1019)
2. Max (822)
3. Daisy (755)
4. Bella (716)
5. Lucy (705)
6. Jack (673)
7. Molly (639)
8. Charlie (616)
9. Sadie (594)
10. Rocky (564)

2010 Top 10 Celebrity Pet Names
1. Elvis (256)
2. Houdini (117)
3. Cher (92)
4. Madonna (62)
5. Twiggy (61)
6. Oprah (43)
7. Lady Gaga (34)
8. Beyonce (28)
9. Coco Chanel (24)
10. Shakira (17)


4 of 10 Comments View All 10 Comments

Give us your opinion Give us your opinion on The Year’s Pet Names in Review

User Avatar


5/4/2012 10:09:09 AM

we have 2 retired racing greyhounds our male is Dr. Jake born July 17 2004 he was one of 9 in the litter the others were Dr. Jam, Dr. Jazz, Dr. Jelly, Dr. Joke, Dr. Josh, Dr. Juc, Dr. Jullian,and Dr. Just. Our female is Ellie Mae Bones she was 1 of 8 in the litter the others were Echo McBones, Edna Mae McBones Elmo McBones, Elroy McBones, Emma Dee McBones, Ernest T Bones, and Ester Sue Bones. Our 2 greyhounds also donate blood to a K-9 blood bank at a emergency Vet. center here in Chicago.

User Avatar

Jackie   Arlington, VA

2/10/2011 8:31:52 AM

Our cat's name was Lynx. I had nick-named her Houdini because she was good at doing the disappearing act!

We have two pitbull mixes, Joker (because of his smile) and Dezi (we switched from Daisy).

User Avatar

lisa   florissant, MO

2/10/2011 8:19:17 AM

i have buddy and bella. i used to have rocky. i thought bella WAS original 3 months ago when i adopted her.

User Avatar

kidder   naperville, IL

1/10/2011 10:37:28 PM


Login to get points for commenting or write your comment below

First Name : Email :
International :
City : State :

Captcha Image

Get New Captcha

Top Products