100+ Popular Dog Names: Ideas for Laid-back & Adorable Dogs

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You’ve just got a new pup and now it’s time to find a name that works. Many people out there want names that are unique for their dog, but you might be the kind of person who wants something that’s tried and true. Popular dog names are, well, popular, for a reason. 

The names on this list have been selected based on popularity, as well as our preferences since there are actually a lot more popular names than you’d think! We want to make your selection process as easy as possible, and we think you’ll like what we’ve got here. 

So, don’t waste another second! Get out there and pick a popular name for your little friend.

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Most Popular Dog Names

You’ve heard these names before, but how did they get and stay so popular? Well, Fido was Abraham Lincoln’s dog, and the first presidential dog to be photographed, and the rest is history. These other names have stood the test of time as well and come in at the top of all the most popular dog name lists.

  • Fido
  • Rover
  • Spot
  • Buddy
  • Rosie
  • Missy
  • Lady
  • Belle
Fido president Lincoln's dog
Credit: Wikimedia Commons | Fido, President Lincoln’s dog. First-ever president’s dog to be photographed.

Popular Female Dog Names

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Zoey
  • Shelby
  • Roxie
  • Minnie
  • Millie
  • Sadie
  • Luna
  • Nala
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Abby
  • Penny
  • Sophie
small dogs
Credit: otsphoto | Shutterstock

Popular Male Dog Names

  • Max
  • Chief
  • Kai
  • Buster
  • Jack
  • Benji
  • Clifford
  • Bandit
  • Louis
  • Teddy
  • Shadow
  • Marley
  • Charlie
  • Barney
  • King
  • Bruno
  • Watson
  • Lucky

Popular Small Dog Names

If you have a little pup you might want a little name to go with him. Some small dog names are obvious, other popular names may not seem so, but once you read them, you’ll understand why they are so commonly chosen.

  • Tiny
  • Little
  • Squirt
  • Shorty
  • Bitty
  • Chompers
  • Peanut
  • Baby
  • Mini
  • Bean
  • Pebbles
  • Cub
  • Button
  • Chico
  • Niblet
  • Chip
  • Big Fella
  • Pip
  • Spud
  • Yoda
  • Mouse
corgi bowtie
Credit: Paul39s Lady | Shutterstock

Popular Dog Names in England

The Royal Family gives a lot of inspiration to the naming of dogs. Pick your favorite, or maybe, have a read of some of the most popular dog names in England. If you like what you see here but you want a bit more UK inspiration, we have an entire list of over 100 British dog names too.

  • Elizabeth
  • Daisy
  • Alfie
  • Victoria
  • Meghan
  • Emma
  • George
  • Winston
  • William
  • Imogen
  • Chester
  • Charles
  • Charlotte
  • Louis
  • Archie
  • Catherine
  • Alfred
  • Harry
  • Eleanor
  • Gemma

Popular Japanese Dog Names

Japanese culture has spread internationally over the past few years, and for good reason. If you want to pay tribute to the culture in some way, or maybe you have a Japanese breed of dog, one of the popular Japanese dog names may be perfect for your pet.

  • Momo (Peach)
  • Koro (Roly-poly)
  • Pikachu
  • Miso
  • Akira (Bright/clear)
  • Nori (Seaweed)
  • Sushi
  • Wasabi
  • Kotaro (Small boy)
  • Sashimi
  • Sora (Sky)
  • Ryuu (Dragon)
  • Unagi
  • Yoshi
  • Yuki (Good fortune)
  • Hana (Flower)
German Shepherd
Credit: Jakub Hałun | Wikimedia

Popular German Dog Names

  • Heidi
  • Liesel
  • Elsa
  • Albert
  • Gunther
  • Wilfred
  • Bernard
  • Matilda
  • Britta
  • Trudy
  • Bismarck
  • Frederick
  • Ida
  • Annika
  • Meyer
  • Milla
  • Felix
  • Hugo

Popular French Dog Names

  • Eloise
  • Marc
  • Monet
  • Celine
  • Antoinette
  • Beau
  • Bagette
  • Pierre
  • Souffle
  • Fleur
  • Belle
  • Tin Tin
  • Giselle
  • Coco
  • Bleu
  • Andre
sad dog on floor
Credit: Fran__ | Pixabay

Least Popular Dog Names

After reading all the popular names, maybe you’ve done a 180 and want something even more than unique. Something unpopular. The names below are still adorable, they just rarely, if ever, get chosen for a dog.

  • Jonas
  • Timmy
  • Hobbes
  • Beatrice
  • Bambi
  • Kitty
  • Steven
  • Tony
  • Doris
  • Wendy
  • Mouse
  • Linda
  • Leona
Puppy labs
Credit: Chevanon Photography | Pexels

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Finding the Right Popular Name for Your Dog

There are plenty of options when it comes to popular names for your dog, but it can be overwhelming to choose from the endless lists. Hopefully, our shortened list of the top of the pops has helped you to make the decision.

But, if you’re still needing a bit of inspiration, we’ve got more! Take a peek at one of our many other lists below.


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