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150+ Great Dog Names: Popular & Top Ranked Names in 2021

Hallie Roddy

You’ve finally brought home the dog of your dreams and know they’re going to be your friend in no time. Once you get home, though, you realize that they can’t be called ‘Puppy’ forever. Of the literal thousands of names for you to choose from, it starts to feel a little bit impossible to narrow it down. While you may have some that are already on your mind, you also don’t want to choose something that doesn’t fit their personality.

If you don’t know how to come up with a name suitable for your new furry friend, don’t fret! We’ve got a few tips to help you name your adorable new family member. Your sweet pup will be responding to their new name before you know it and, over time, it’ll become a part of who they are.


How To Name Your Dog

Kangal Dog
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Picking out a name for your new dog isn’t as easy as many new dog owners think it is going to be. Some people are dead set on a name before they even bring the dog home, only to find out that the name doesn’t suit them at all. You want to be able to honor your dog’s personality and find something that you both enjoy. After all, neither of you want to get sick of hearing it after repeating it a few dozen times.

Choosing a name is easier to do when you consider their gender, personality, and how unique you want the name to be. Remember that a name often feels like a good fit when it suits their personality or quirks. Pay attention to the first words that come to mind when you look at or interact with them. A lot of times, our dogs are giving us clues as to what suits them without even knowing it. If you’re truly coming up blank, then scan through our list of over 150 dog names and see if any stand out. Pretty soon, you’ll have narrowed down the list and have a handful of great dog names to choose from.

Most Popular Male Dog Names

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Image Credit: Reddogs, Shutterstock

One of the best ways to start choosing a dog’s name is to narrow it down by gender. Some of the top male dog names are ones that you have heard a dozen times. Don’t look down on these names, though. They’re popular for a reason and often fit better than you’d think. Here are some of the most popular dog names for males:

  • Cooper
  • Charlie
  • Max
  • Teddy
  • Bear
  • Milo
  • Bentley
  • Ollie Buddy Rocky
  • Leo
  • Kobe
  • Oakley
  • Rex
  • Bailey
  • Cash
  • Jasper
  • Bo
  • Boomer
  • Ruger
  • Mac
  • Rudy
  • Chip
  • Oscar
  • Walter
  • Ozzy
  • Blaze
  • Odin
  • Axil
  • Arlo
  • Zeus
  • Duke
  • Baxter
  • Oreo
  • Gunner
  • Henry
  • Tank
  • Romeo
  • Simba
  • Henry
  • Diesel
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jax
  • Ace
  • Jack
  • Finn
  • Louie
  • Murphy
  • George
  • Coco
  • Remi
  • Sam
  • Buster
  • Rocco
  • Harley
  • Rocket
  • Ziggy
  • Riley
  • Marley
  • Winston
  • Oliver
  • Thor
  • Scout
  • Bandit
  • Archie
  • King
  • Blue
  • Benji
  • Ryder
  • Benny
  • Jake
  • Rusty
  • Tyson
  • Rambo
  • Harry
  • Zeke
  • Bowie
  • Jackson
  • Hank
  • Peanut
  • Titan


Most Popular Female Dog Names

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Image Credit: Piqsels

We love female dog names because they sound so charming and cute. Here are some of the top female dog names that people use:

  • Luna
  • River
  • Dolly
  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Maple
  • Winnie
  • Lucy
  • Sky
  • Nala
  • Ellie
  • Ruby
  • Lady
  • Juno
  • Angel
  • Zoe
  • Rosie
  • Sadie
  • Bonnie
  • Chloe
  • Molly
  • Penny
  • Lily
  • Rose
  • Delila
  • Ivy
  • Sassy
  • Emma
  • Trixie
  • Pearl
  • Misty
  • Minnie
  • Callie
  • Ginger
  • Gracie
  • Pepper
  • Roxie
  • Evie
  • Princess
  • Peaches
  • Mabel
  • Sasha
  • Izzy
  • Poppy
  • Libby
  • Cora
  • Holly
  • Finley
  • Storm
  • Dixie


Other Top Dog Names

Glen of Imaal Terrier dog standing on grass
Image Credit: No-longer-here, Pixabay

There are a lot of great dog names out there. Still, some people are looking for names that are a bit more original and that not everyone out there has used at some point or another. Here are some of the most popular dog names that are a little more unique:

  • Acorn
  • Alfie
  • Klaus
  • Chili
  • Brownie
  • Posey
  • Keira
  • Moon
  • Pickle
  • Indi
  • Melody
  • Rain
  • Bambam
  • Stryker
  • Oslo
  • Brooklyn
  • Coconut
  • Seymour
  • Rookie
  • Crash
  • Cricket
  • Knight
  • Hemi
  • Carmela
  • Socks


Final Thoughts on Dog Names

We know how important a name can be. You must use this name for years to come, so finding one that works for you and your new dog means a lot. Take your time when picking out a name. If you’re unsure, it’s okay to test out a few to see what sticks. We know that with a little time, you’ll find the perfect name for your new best friend.

Featured Image Credit: HarryStueber, Pixabay

Hallie Roddy

Hallie has been a proud nature and animal enthusiast for as long as she can remember. She attributes her passion for the environment and all its creatures to her childhood when she was showing horses on weekends and spending her weeknights devoting her attention to her pets. She enjoys spending most of her time in Michigan playing with her two rescue cats, Chewbacca and Lena, and her dog, Clayton. When Hallie isn’t using her degree in English with a writing specialization to spread informative knowledge on pet care, you can find her snuggled up on the couch reading books or watching nature documentaries.