Top 100 Male & Female Dog Names For Merchandise in 2017

Last Updated: December 8, 2017

Dog names tell you so much more than just the name of a dog. They also speak volumes about the personalities of their owners. The importance of dogs’ names is a crucial factor in the multi billion-dollar worth of the US pet industry. Here are the 100 most popular male & female dog names.

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The US pet industry has an estimated value of more than $69.36bn, so dog names, and in particular merchandise customised towards puppy and dog names, are huge business.

Every year, in addition to the essentials of dog food, dog bedding and veterinary care, dog owners also spend huge sums on customised merchandise and best selling dog toys such as the KONG Classic Dog ToyKONG Air Dog Squeakair Birthday Balls Dog Toy or the Duckworth Duck Dog Toy

Dog owners put a huge amount of thought and emotional investment into naming a new dog or a puppy. We want our dog’s name to reflect our own personalities, our characters, and even our sense of humour.

We can only presume that a name is important to the dog also. This is one of the points that’s covered with great insight by author Paul Auster in his brilliant novel Timbuktu, which is entirely narrated from the point of view of a dog named Mr Bones.

The significance of dog names is evident in how Mr Bones talks about his dislike of the alternative names he’s given by the new ‘owners’ he encounters on his adventures… because of course, everyone new dog owner chooses a name that means most to them, not to the dog.

The choice of dog name can reveal much about the owner of the dog. For instance, according to research released by pet insurance company, VPI, Bella is the most popular female dog name. Why?

Well, it’s probably due to the popularity of Bella Swan, one of the main characters of the Twilight saga, played by actress Kristen Stewart in the movies. There is a story about a long friendship that grew between two dog lovers as a result of this name. A woman at the dog park one day, calling out the name of her dog, Bella, when she was overheard by another dog lover, who happened to be a fan of Twilight. This sparked a conversation that led to friendship, all because of the act of choosing the name ‘Bella’ for a dog!

Of course, choosing a name for a dog comes more easily to some people than to others, so here are some tips if you have a new pooch that you’re struggling to find a name.

  • Short names, of one or two syllables, are easier for your dog to learn.
  • Try pick a name that suits the dog’s personality.
  • Get inspired by your favourite celebrity / food / song / novel / even the street where you live!
  • Use humour and irony: ‘Tiny’ for a Great Dane!

You could also take inspiration from the VPI data on the top 100 (50/50 male and female) dog names. While Bella is the most popular female dog name, Bailey is the most common name choice for a male dog.

Top 100 Dog Names

Check out the VPI list below to see all 100.

Top male dog names: Top female dog names:
1. Bailey 1. Bella
2. Max 2. Lucy
3. Charlie 3. Molly
4. Buddy 4. Daisy
5. Rocky 5. Maggie
6. Jake 6. Sophie
7. Jack 7. Sadie
8. Toby 8. Chloe
9. Cody 9. Bailey
10. Buster 10. Lola
11. Duke 11. Zoe
12. Cooper 12. Abby
13. Riley 13. Ginger
14. Harley 14. Roxy
15. Bear 15. Gracie
16. Tucker 16. Coco
17. Murphy 17. Sasha
18. Lucky 18. Lily
19. Oliver 19. Angel
20. Sam 20. Princess
21. Oscar 21. Emma
22. Teddy 22. Annie
23. Winston 23. Rosie
24. Sammy 24. Ruby
25. Rusty 25. Lady
26. Shadow 26. Missy
27. Gizmo 27. Lilly
28. Bentley 28. Mia
29. Zeus 29. Katie
30. Jackson 30. Zoey
31. Baxter 31. Madison
32. Bandit 32. Stella
33. Gus 33. Penny
34. Samson 34. Belle
35. Milo 35. Casey
36. Rudy 36. Samantha
37. Louie 37. Holly
38. Hunter 38. Lexi
39. Casey 39. Lulu
40. Rocco 40. Brandy
41. Sparky 41. Jasmine
42. Joey 42. Shelby
43. Bruno 43. Sandy
44. Beau 44. Roxie
45. Dakota 45. Pepper
46. Maximus 46. Heidi
47. Romeo 47. Luna
48. Boomer 48. Dixie
49. Luke 49. Honey
50. Henry 50. Dakota


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Once you have done your research and chosen the dog’s name, here are a couple of great ideas for personalised, customisable dog accessories, to welcome your new four-legged friend into your home and life:


1. Vet-Recommended Personalised ID Tag

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These affordably priced top quality pet ID tags are the ideal gift for your new dog. All tags are permanently laser engraved using an innovative laser technique. The tags are thick and robust, made from quality aluminum, and anodized for the richest of colour. The tags are available in large (approx 1.5in diameter) and small (1in) sizes, in red, pink, green, blue, purple, silver and black. Each tag can accommodate up to four lines of text. With vets recommending that all dogs have at least an ID tag, these are a great solution.

Number of Customer Reviews: 2,103
Average Review Rating: 4.6/5 stars

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2. Personalized Embroidered Dog ID Collar


These dog collars from GoTags are another of the most popular pet ID options available on Amazon. The collars are made from strong, durable nylon webbing, with smooth tapered edges for a comfortable fit on your dog. They come personalised with your dog’s name and your phone number permanently stitched in. The collars have a stainless steel D-ring for tag and leash attachment, and a secure plastic side-release buckle. With a variety of collar colours to choose from including blue, black, orange, pink or red, and a huge array of thread choices, this GoTags pet ID solution has something to suit all tastes.

Number of Customer Reviews: 3,947
Average Review Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Buy it here >


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