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150+ Most Popular Female & Male Dog Names of 2021 – Top Ideas for Your Puppy

Nicole Cosgrove

June 25, 2021

When you adopt a new dog, one of the most fun things you get to do is find the perfect name. There are hundreds of dog breeds, all with different traits and temperaments, and each individual dog has a unique personality and appearance. So how do you find the right name without spending an eon searching? To help you give your furry friend the best possible name, we’ve gathered over 150 of this year’s most popular dog names for males and females. These names are all classics that you’re likely to recognize — and hear at the dog park and vet’s office.

Sometimes you don’t need to have a weird or wonderful male or female dog name. The most popular dog names are popular for good reason: they’re classics that suit a lot of dogs very well. So without further ado, let’s get right into it! Here are the best popular dog names for your puppy:

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Popular Female Dog Names

Danish Swedish Farmdog
Image Credit: Kewalin Madsen, Shutterstock

Female dogs can have a wide range of personalities, from quirky and silly to noble and serious. Before you choose a name, think about your pup’s temperament. Does she seem more like a Daisy, Salsa, or Jazz? If your furball is elegant and refined, try a name like Aspen or Denali. If she’s more of a friendly goofball, a name like Diva, Cupcake, or Jinx may work better. It’s up to you!

  • Abby
  • Addie
  • Adele
  • Anastasia
  • Annie
  • Aspen
  • Aurora
  • Avery
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Birdie
  • Breeze
  • Brie
  • Casey
  • Chloe
  • CiCi
  • Cupcake
  • Daisy
  • Dazzle
  • Demi
  • Denali
  • Diva
  • Dixie
  • Ellie
  • Elsa
  • Emmy
  • Evie
  • Frankie
  • Georgia
  • Ginger
  • Grace
  • Haley
  • Happy
  • Hattie
  • Hope
  • Ivy
  • Jazz
  • Jenna
  • Jinx
  • JoJo
  • Josie
  • Joy
  • Juno
  • Kai
  • Karma
  • Kenzi
  • Kiva
  • Kona
  • Kyra
  • Lacie
  • Lark
  • Lila
  • Lilly
  • Linx
  • Lucy
  • Maggie
  • Mia
  • Mojo
  • Molly
  • Murphy
  • Nike
  • Nova
  • Peach
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Piper
  • Prada
  • Puppy
  • Raven
  • River
  • Roxie
  • Ruby
  • Rumor
  • Sadie
  • Salsa
  • Sawyer
  • Scarlett
  • Skye
  • Sophie
  • Spirit
  • Spring
  • Star
  • Stella
  • Summer
  • Tally
  • Tease
  • Tessa
  • Tori
  • Zip
  • Zora

Popular Male Dog Names

Bernese Golden Mountain Dog
Image Credit: wa40friend, Pixabay

Male dogs have their own distinctive personalities, no matter which breed you adopt. Whether your puppy is a Golden Retriever or a Shiba Inu, he deserves a name that you’ll both love for years. Individualized male dog names are one thing, but classics like Zeus, Comet, and Ranger never go out of style. Keep reading to find the most popular male dog names of this year:

  • Ace
  • Apollo
  • Beamer
  • Bear
  • Bling
  • Blue
  • Body
  • Bogey
  • Boomer
  • Bowen
  • Brody
  • Buzz
  • Callaway
  • Cash
  • Catcher
  • Chaos
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chili
  • Cody
  • Cole
  • Comet
  • Cooper
  • Cruise
  • Crush
  • Dare
  • Dash
  • Dawson
  • Duke
  • Echo
  • Emerson
  • Finn
  • Flash
  • Frisco
  • Gator
  • Harley
  • Hudson
  • Hunter
  • Indy
  • Jack
  • Jamie
  • Jax
  • Jersey
  • Jet
  • Laser
  • Latte
  • Levi
  • Logan
  • Luke
  • Max
  • Obie
  • Ollie
  • Quinn
  • Ranger
  • Reggie
  • Remington
  • Riley
  • Riot
  • Ripley
  • Rocky
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Shiloh
  • Slater
  • Spark
  • Spencer
  • Storm
  • Strider
  • Tango
  • Tank
  • Taylor
  • Toby
  • Token
  • Tripp
  • Trooper
  • Tucker
  • Tux
  • Whip
  • Wyatt
  • Zeke

How to Choose the Perfect Name

Now that you’ve seen our list of the most popular dog names, you may wonder how you can possibly choose. We recommend looking over the list and picking out a few favorites. Make a list of your favorite options and sit with it for a few days. Try saying the names out loud and ask your family and friends to do the same. Then try shouting the best names to see how that feels. Picture the names on your dog’s tags and bandanas. Can you see yourself ordering a dog mat emblazoned with Scout or Raven? Maybe you’re more traditional and would prefer a name like Tucker, Molly, or Lilly. Or maybe you like dog names that won’t overlap with the humans in your life, in which case you might want to go with Laser, Comet, or Zip.

golden cocker retriever puppy
Image Credit: PxHere

Once you find a name that sounds right, test it out on your puppy. See if your dog perks up at the sound or ignores it. Keep in mind that you’ll probably need to use the name consistently for a few days or weeks before your dog fully responds. Depending on the breed, your pup may be more or less responsive to a new name. Most dogs will come around to any name you choose, so don’t panic if it doesn’t happen right away!

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Wrapping Up

Have you found a great name for your sweet dog? We hope this extensive list of the most popular dog names of all time has helped you find the perfect name. Your new dog will be your companion for years to come, so it’s worth taking the time to find a name that’s just right.


Featured Image Credit: lelonka, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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