Forget Rover: 10 Most Popular Dog Names in America

Rover? Are you serious? When it comes to your pooch, you need to make sure you’ve got a great name — one that you can call out in the bark park with no shame.  The most popular dog names of 2016 have been released, so you have some awesome new inspiration.

“Cool” dog names are swayed by culture and trends. If you’re looking for a great name for your new four-legged friend, check out these most popular dog names from 2016, according to

The Top 10 Male Dog Names Nationwide, in 2016:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker

The Top 10 Female Dog Names Nationwide, in 2016:

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Lola
  • Luna
  • Molly
  • Sadie
  • Sophie
  • Bailey
  • Maggie

More Fun Dog Name Facts from

  • 28% of dog names in America are human names
  • Celebrity baby names for dogs rose 8% in the last year
  • 53% of dog owners turned to TV, movie, or book characters to choose a new pet’s name
  • People love names from Pokemon and Game of Thrones, with names like Haunter, Skitty, and Bayleaf, Arya, Snow, and Khaleesi making the list
  • Top Harry Potter dog names include Luna, Harry, and Dobby
  • Star Wars and Twilight are favorites with pet parents, with names like Chewbacca, Han and Bella all hitting the list

What Dog Names are Most Popular in My City?

Prevent the awkward moment of having several dogs turn up when you call for your furry friend in your local bark park. To see what’s popular in your area, visit In the meantime, here’s a sampler from a few major U.S. cities:

top dog names in chicago



Help! I Don’t Know What to Name My Dog!

Luckily, can help you come up with a few names with their Dog Name Generator. Just enter a few bits of information and find out what you should name your new furry pal.

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Kari LloydKari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.

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