The 20 Most Popular Puppy Names

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While we’re still on the subject of puppy names I did a little research on some of the most popular puppy names. After looking over several most popular puppy names lists I noticed only one name (for males) beginning with the letter “D” inside the top 20. “Duke” was listed as the number 10 most popular puppy name. Duke was one of the puppy names I sent to GDA for approval for my “D” puppy. “Dakota” was listed as the 11th most popular female name.

I did notice that Max was number 1 on most of the lists I found. When I picked up Linus from the shelter Max was the first name my ex-girlfriend wanted to name him. At the time I thought Max seemed like a very common name and didn’t really want to name my new puppy Max. I guess I was right since Max is number 1 on the list

Top 20 Most Popular Puppy Names

Male Puppy Names Female Puppy Names
  1. Max
  2. Jake
  3. Buddy
  4. Bailey
  5. Sam
  6. Rocky
  7. Buster
  8. Casey
  9. Cody
  10. Duke
  11. Charlie
  12. Jack
  13. Harley
  14. Rusty
  15. Toby
  16. Murphy
  17. Shelby
  18. Sparky
  19. Barney
  20. Winston
  1. Maggie
  2. Molly
  3. Lady
  4. Sadie
  5. Lucy
  6. Daisy
  7. Ginger
  8. Abby
  9. Sasha
  10. Sandy
  11. Dakota
  12. Katie
  13. Annie
  14. Chelsea
  15. Princess
  16. Missy
  17. Sophie
  18. Bo
  19. Coco
  20. Tasha

When I think of the puppies in our guide dog group the majority of the names do not show up on the top 20 most popular puppy names list. It seems that our group goes with more original choices including names like Noelani, Houston, Naomi, Ulie, Journey, Cash, Stetson, Nyah, Dustin, Verrina, Darla, Paisley…etc.

Two names I do remember from our GDA group that I see on the popular puppy name list are Bailey and Buster.

A couple of our newest GDA puppies in training:


Violet Chewing on Her Bone

Here’s a picture of Violet chewing on her bone. Violet is a female Golden Retriever from our Guide Dog group. Violet’s puppy name was not on the top 20 puppy name list.


Ace Puppy In Training

Here’s a picture of Ace. A male yellow Labrador Retriever from our Guide Dog group. His puppy name did not make the top 20 puppy name list.

Puppy Names Honorable Mention

These list vary quite a bit from year to year. I just wanted to list a few other names that showed up on some lists, but not others.

Male Puppy Names Female Puppy Names
  • Bear
  • Shadow
  • Cooper
  • Tucker
  • Riley
  • Pepper
  • Zoe
  • Scout
  • Chloe
  • Bella

When I was a kid I always wanted to have a dog named “Jake”. Number 2 on the list. I have another friend who told me they’ve always wanted to get a yellow Labrador Retriever and name him “Bailey”. Number 5 on the list. You don’t always have to choose one of the most popular names. My friends son, who really likes dinosaurs named his puppy Tyrannosaurus Rex. They call him T-Rex or Rex for short.

Here on puppy in training we have a large list of puppy names sorted alphabetically. If the most popular puppy names don’t suit your taste then take a look at our alphabetical list of puppy names. I’m sure you’ll find a name that fits your personality.

Most puppy names seem to have some kind of meaning to there owner. What did you name your puppy and why?

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  1. Misty, Marlie, Sammie, Rex, Bella, and Oreo… Some other’s we have had.. Trouble, Rader, Licorice, Kaylia, Wee Shawn, Tippy, Ranger, .. can’t remember all of them

  2. I had a beautiful Dalmatian named Tasha. She lived to be almost sixteen. Before her, two little mixed breed pups named Sheila and Lisa. 🙂 Bailey and Max are the most common in my personal circle, but I have known dogs with all the names listed.

  3. Hi and thank you for this wonderful and very instructive blog.
    We are thinking of adopting a 6 month old puppy labradoodle .
    His familly is relocating and cannot bring him along. His name is Spencer , is it too late to change his name or can we find one with the a similar sounds or, can” Milou ”work? …

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