Has this ever happened to you? You meet a new acquaintance, and during the course of that conversation you find out your dog's name is the name of that new parent's precious baby (or vice versa). Yeah, awkward! However, as dog owners are shifting in style of what they choose to name dogs, it is happening more and more. It seems gone are the day's of popular names like Fido, Rover, and Lassie, and now more and more dogs are sporting names that are fairly popular for humans too.
Most Popular Names for Dogs
For some parents deliberating over what to name their baby (See also: How to Choose a Baby Name), whether that name doubles as a common name for man's best friend might be a point they want to consider. In December 2011, Psychology Today published their listing of the Top 50 Dog Names for both male and female dogs among selected English speaking countries. What they found was that a new breed of names were replacing "traditional dog names." Dog owners are shying away from those old favorites in favor of people names instead.
Dog Name Trends
It shouldn't be a big surprise that there has been a change in popular names for dogs because the same thing happens with baby names (See also: Naming Patterns Throughout History). Here are some current dog naming trends.
- Slightly more girl baby names than boy baby names double as dog names. For female dogs, 31 out of the ranked 50 names are also commonly used on baby girls; only 27 out of 50 for the boys.
- A majority of those names are two syllable names, which sort of makes sense. Two syllable names are great for hollering.
- There are a few male dog names that are unisex baby names: Charlie, Harley, Jess, Riley, and Bentley.
- There are a handful of dog names on the list that are popular for male and female dogs: Jess, Shadow, Bear, Lucky, and Sandy.
- Bailey was the only name that was intended for one gender on the dog (male) but used on the opposite gender of child (female).
Popular Baby Names Which Are Popular Dog Names
So before I let you in on which baby names and dog names seem to overlap in popularity, I have to pause to give you some technical information. I began by compiling the 2011 Social Security Administration Top Baby Names by pronunciation. This created a new ranking that grouped names of similar pronunciation together, names like Madison, Maddison, and Madisyn. Based on those new rankings, below is the most common baby names used on dogs in order of their baby name popularity.
So, what dog names are the found in the top 100 baby names? Drum roll, please... (Click on a name to find out more about the meaning, popularity, and celebrity use.)
- Jackson, (Read about other popular president names for babies)
Curious about how grouping baby names by popularity changes their ranking on popular name lists? See also:
Now if you are wondering about the complete list of popular dog names, I won't leave you hanging. Without further ado, here are the Top 50 Names for Dogs and their corresponding popularity on current baby name lists. First, is the listing of popular male dog names followed by popular female dog names.
|Male Dog's Name||Popularity Among Male Dogs||Popularity Among Baby Boys||Popularity Among Baby Girls|
|Max||1||Max (Maxx), 106||N/A|
|Charlie||6||229||Charlie, Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh, 127|
|Bailey||7||N/A||Bailey, Baylee, Bailee, 67|
|Sam||9||437, (Samuel, 35)||(Samantha, 41)|
|Ben||19||565 (Benjamin, 23)||N/A|
|Jess||20||(Jesse, Jessie 141)||(Jessica, 137; Jessie 514)|
|Zach||21||(Zachary, Zackary, Zachery, Zackery, 54)||N/A|
|Riley||26||Riley, Rylee, 112||Riley, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie, 19|
|Bentley||41||Bentley, Bently, Bentlee, 77||631|
And now for the information on female dogs.
|Female Dog's Name||Popularity Among Male Dogs||Popularity Among Baby Girls|
|Molly||1||Molly, Mollie, 80|
|Zoe||11||Zoey, Zoe, Zoie, 10|
|Jess||15||(Jessica, 137) (Jessie, 514)|
|Lily||20||Lily, Lilly, Lillie, 13|
|Abbey||25||Abby, Abbie, Abbey, 188|
|Chloe||26||Chloe, Khloe, 5|
|Madison||47||Madison, Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson, 8|
|Zoey||49||Zoey, Zoe, Zoie, 10|