Top 10 Dog Names

Written by: Jennifer Lamont

June 23, 2008
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dog namesMy cousin’s name is Max. The poor little guy has the same name as half the dogs and cats in his neighborhood. Not that Max isn’t a cool name, it is. We like it so much in the United States and the United Kingdom that it’s been the most popular pet name for several years now.

Max continues to dominate the list of the top 10 dog names for the fifth year in a row according to a 2007 Veterinary Pet Insurance poll of 450,000 clients. The name Max is moving up the ranks in human names as well.

Pulling Dog Names from Baby Books

Even when we’re not naming our dogs Max, there’s an increasing trend to adorn our canine babies with the same names we’re christening our human children. The top 10 dog names list and our list of favorite baby names are starting to look similar.

Top 10 Dog Names for 2008

1. Max

2. Molly

3. Buddy

4. Bella (Isabella ranks fourth in the top children’s names according to the Social Security Administration)

5. Lucy

6. Maggie

7. Daisy

8. Jake

9. Bailey

10. Rocky

Six Degrees to Max

I have to say I love the name Max and I’m glad it’s my cousin’s name. But Max has a friend named Bella, who has a dog named Lucy and a cat named Rocky. Rocky is the name of my electrician whose dad is named Buddy, which is also the name of my neighbor’s black Lab. I wish I was making this up. Now if my friend’s daughter Molly buys a dog named Jake, then the circle of life will be complete. Pet and human names are merging because our pets nowadays are too important to us to be given such old-fashioned and decidedly dog-like names. Most people tend to view their furry friends as close companions. The American Pet Products Manufacturing Association says that 74 percent of households actually see their pets as members of their families. This is most likely due to the changing dynamics of our culture, families and home lives.

Gone Are the Days of Fluffy and Fido

In days gone by families were closer to each other and dogs were dogs. Their names were Spot or Smokey and they didn’t have their own wardrobes and doggie day cares. They certainly didn’t have filtered water dishes or Doggles with UV protection, but I view these as safety necessities. For some it feels as if their pets take care of them as much as they take care of their pets. And if our canine pals are not really emotionally attached to us, then they put on a good act. Yes, the good acts might be so we’ll give them food, but we don’t care. They seem happy to be around us, and that’s what’s important. The trend in today’s culture of naming them as we do people shows our significant appreciation for them as companions.

Call the Paparazzi: Here Come Snoop Dogg – Bad Puppy

Another trend that reflects their new elevated status is naming them after celebrities like Posh and Elvis. We’ll have to see where the celebrity name trend goes. No doubt we’ll reach beyond Rocky, Rambo and Tinkerbell. Although the top 10 dog names list doesn’t reflect this, there’s always the strategy of waiting until you know your dog’s personality before naming it. Of course, yelling out Bad Puppy, or Trouble probably won’t sound too good when you’re with your furry family member in the park. But I must say, I’d name my Golden Retriever Hyper over Lance or Madison any day.

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18 Responses to “Top 10 Dog Names”

  1. lea on August 2nd, 2008 2:08 pm


    I do have a dog his name is fluffy and i’m proud with it and I like him as i like a regular human being but I’ m not with the idea of calling dogs after human names …we can show our appreciation in another way! It’s the same thing as calling my son Flee or Brownie !!

  2. Trish Clabo on August 13th, 2008 10:08 pm

    One of our dogs is named JavyLopez. The other is Rocket Clemens ( I should probably chang his name now!)

  3. lauren on August 16th, 2008 3:42 pm

    my dogs name is maggie and her mom is molly

  4. Dana on August 22nd, 2008 4:19 pm

    I have four dogs and two cats the dogs are bryant, killian, holly, and mac and the cats are nova and paticents the only one i didnt name is holly she came with that name. however there is nothing wrong with naming your dog whatever name fits your particular puppy. who’s to say what are dog names and what are human names anyway???!!!!

  5. Rocky on September 12th, 2008 11:16 am

    I have 2 femae dogs….Meekers Sue(tamika) Mandy Sue and a cat named Missy Mae…and I had another cat named Matty Melton…gotta have those middle names named after someone in the family….lol

  6. James & Diana on September 12th, 2008 11:19 am

    I have 2 femae dogs….Meekers Lynne(tamika) Mandy Sue and a cat named Missy Mae…and I had another cat named Matty Melton…gotta have those middle names named after someone in the family….lol ….oh and then theres my husbands physco dog Wizzy Willy (Wizzard) he is a loon-a-tick but funny!

  7. James on September 12th, 2008 11:22 am

    hey my wifey forgot to tell u about our loon-a-tick dog named Wizzy Willy (Wizzard) he is a man’s dog only and he bites and growls at the wife and girls only….lol…..I don’t know what to do with him so we just leave him alone and he minds his own business!

  8. Diane on October 13th, 2008 8:58 am

    I have 3 dogs and 2 cats their names are Bubba, Bentley, and Layla for the dogs and Sassy and Teco for the cats……. I love them they are family members to me….

  9. manda on October 21st, 2008 10:25 am

    my childs nickname is brownie that’s what every1 calls him. (in refrence 2

  10. Cathy on November 14th, 2008 10:08 am

    I have a chocolate lab named Maggie- Had a black one named Bailey, and when i was a kid we had a mutt named Spooky.

    I also have TONS of cats: Carley, Juliet, Jasmine, Roxie, Thurman, Munson, Snoozer, Tiny, Trouble, and I had a beatiful white long haired named Casper also.

    I can see the trend changing though as i look at my list of pets. The “human named ” ones are from within the last 3-4 years while the older animals tend to have “pet” names.

  11. JayVik on November 16th, 2008 4:49 pm

    I have a dog.

  12. Stacie on November 18th, 2008 7:03 am

    My three dogs: Sasha, Bandit and Kira

    Other faithful canines gone by: Ziggy, Candy,Dane and Spiker Doo; Prince and Laddie

  13. cindy c on January 11th, 2009 7:56 am

    yes, dog names have changed. As a girl, we had Sparky, Mitzi, Blackie, Precious, Ajax, then somewhere it began to change; now we have Lilli, Jake, Lucille, Corey, Ruby.. The cats though are still cats; Jupiter, Jinx, Cookie, BlackJack, TeddieBear, Dusty I and II, I wonder why? My son Jacob didn’t like the fact that we rescued a dog named Jake so he got a cat and named it Joeykitty (one word) to get back at us and Joe our youngest. and a kitty named Jimmy Dawson for his friend.

  14. heather on January 17th, 2009 7:50 pm

    i have a boy great dane and his name is brutis it does not matter what the dog or cat name is just lovethem give them food and care thanks

  15. Sarah on January 28th, 2009 10:55 pm

    Over the years, I’ve had a myriad of cats. Their names ranged from Jasmine to Buttercup, to Flufflybutt and so on. Our oldest cat, her name is Sugar. She had a brother named Spice. I used to have a cat named Jack, and I was going to name his sister Jill, but my mom put her foot down. Her named turned out to be Sissy. Here, I’ll list all the names I remember:







    Mama Cat


    Fluffy Butt

    Curious Georgette







    And we have a dog named Koda. Only Sugar, Moe, Bubba, Iris, Lily and Willow are alive at the moment. So… We’ve had an interesting mix of different names.

  16. Leslie on March 16th, 2009 10:46 pm

    the NUMBER 1 name out there is………………………. :) ***EVER*** :)

  17. Cyril on April 2nd, 2009 2:04 am

    my old dog was holly hunter ruff ruff b

    but our new dog is just simply bindi sue b

  18. SoutherngayGent on August 2nd, 2009 12:36 pm

    I’ve been told,by numerous Vet’s that giving a pet of any kind,a name was very crucial,to there,developement,personal-identity,and overall happiness.It’s just as important,that a pet have and know his/her own,name as it is,that they have,their own,personal,space,or area of your home,where,they can keep their toys,sleep on their blanket,in their cage etc.The same is true for both cats and dogs.They need to feel that they have a place,they can feel that is there’s,and Yes,cat’s will tend to,more than dog’s,to mark the boundaries of his home,where if the Dog,has been,house-broken,already,will,mark his territory,outside,on a tree or bush,in the yard.They already knew,no pp inside the they marked the entire house as their territory.I miss those guys.They weren’t any certain breed,actually,they were muts,that I adopted,while living in Atlanta,But,they were,fraternal,twins.and I called them,George and Gracie.Of course,no one from my demographics,understood,their names,and wanted me to call them,Will & Grace,a rude comment on my preferred,chosen,Lifestyle,as well as an embarrasment for not knowing whom the original,George and Gracie were.They were one of the very first early,stars of the sit-com,era of showsmixed with a little reality show.Because,the entire show,was supposedly shot,in real time,in the home of George Burnns and his First wife,Gracie Allen,Burns.And,without a doubt,or script,she was undoubtedly,the funniest,woman,to ever be on tv.And it was all for real,how she thought,how she behaved and what she said.She didn’t need a script,they had Gracie..and this is the show and the person,that cornered the market on the joke,”Say,Good-Night,Gracie”and Gracie would say,” Good Night, Gracie”