For the first time, this Top 10 list combines information based on more than 50 dog-name lists from all over the world, including national and city lists from the U.S., the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway and South Africa, with data compiled from more than two million names.
Female Dog Names Male Dog Names
World's Most Popular Dog Names 2017-2018
The just-released 2017 ranking culled dog-name data from across the globe for its English-speaking Top 10. Pet insurers, rescues, online communities like Rover and city and county records provided popularity rankings for more than 2.5 million dog names, which resulted in a collection of more than 50 county, city, national and international lists.
A Decade on Top
Bella’s remained steady at the top of the female dog-name lists for more than a decade now, and shows no sign of shaking off the No. 1 ranking, while Max hangs onto the most popular male name for the third year in a row.
New names to the Top 10 include Abby, Luna and Coco, while Alfie and Leo are making their first appearances in the most-popular category.
No More Bellas
Bella’s a lovely name that means ‘beautiful’ in Italian, but there are so many other wonderful, creative names out there for your fur kids. We’re asking that potential pet parents consider choosing a name that’s more meaningful to them and their families.
A decrease in the number of dogs named Bella would also reduce confusion among vets, groomers and other pet-care professionals and help to avoid potential medication and other kinds of mix-ups.
We recommend picking a name by starting with a list of personal favorites -- bands, TV shows, sports heroes, vacation spots, even foods -- and then searching those categories in the free-to-access DoggieNames.com database. Visitors can also search by breed, color, appearance and more. The 5,000-name database was developed to aid rescues and shelters in coming up with a steady supply of suitable dog names, since studies have shown that shelter pets with names are more likely to be adopted.
Note: This data was compiled from a variety of Most Popular Dog Name lists, including a variety of pet insurers, along with rescues and online pet communities including Cuteness, Nextdoor and Rover, as well as registration records from more than 50 cities worldwide.