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Baby Names That Are Popular Names for Dogs

A Point to Consider When Choosing Your Baby's Name


Updated May 28, 2014

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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.)

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
Jake 2 129 N/A
Buddy 3 N/A
Jack 4 49 N/A
Cody 5 Cody/Kody, 153 N/A
Charlie 6 229 Charlie, Charlee, Charley, Charli, Charleigh, 127
Bailey 7 N/A Bailey, Baylee, Bailee, 67
Rocky 8 N/A N/A
Sam 9 437, (Samuel, 35) (Samantha, 41)
Buster 10 N/A N/A
Rusty 11 N/A N/A
Barney 12 N/A N/A
Toby 13 623 N/A
Winston 14 602 N/A
Murphy 15 N/A N/A
Harley 16 542 370
Shadow 17 N/A N/A
Oscar 18 162 N/A
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
Monty 22 N/A N/A
Duke 23 N/A N/A
Cooper 24 82 N/A
Lucky 25 N/A N/A
Riley 26 Riley, Rylee, 112 Riley, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie, 19
Bear 27 N/A N/A
Tyson 28 N/A N/A
Tucker 29 191 N/A
Harry 30 579 N/A
Oliver 31 88 N/A
Jasper 32 266 N/A
Teddy 33 N/A N/A
Sammy 34 N/A N/A
Beau/Bo 35 276 N/A
Alfie 36 N/A N/A
Simba 37 N/A N/A
Milo 38 325 N/A
Gizmo 39 N/A N/A
Zeus 40 N/A N/A
Bentley 41 Bentley, Bently, Bentlee, 77 631
Rex 42 524 N/A
Sandy 43 N/A N/A
Baxter 44 N/A N/A
Jackson 45 4 N/A
Bandit 46 N/A N/A
Samson 47 690 N/A
Gus 48 N/A N/A
Hunter 49 58 N/A
Rudy 50 597 N/A

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
Bella 2 78
Daisy 3 169
Maggie 4 224
Lucy 5 90
Ginger 6 N/A
Bonnie 7 N/A
Sadie 8 139
Sophie 9 63
Lady 10 N/A
Zoe 11 Zoey, Zoe, Zoie, 10
Sasha 12 336
Annie 13 342
Missy 14 N/A
Jess 15 (Jessica, 137) (Jessie, 514)
Meg 16 N/A
Princess 17 606
Cassie 18 N/A
Lola 19 239
Lily 20 Lily, Lilly, Lillie, 13
Sally 21 N/A
Tess 22 641
Holly 23 362
Rosie 24 (Rose, 281)
Abbey 25 Abby, Abbie, Abbey, 188
Chloe 26 Chloe, Khloe, 5
Roxie 27 N/A
Gracie 28 `53
Coco 29 N/A
Poppy 30 N/A
Ruby 31 128
Angel 32 212
Shadow 33 N/A
Millie 34 578
Emma 35 4
Bear 36 N/A
Lucky 37 N/A
Chelsea 38 218
Jessie 39 514
Penny 40 N/A
Honey 41 N/A
Sheba 42 N/A
Misty 43 N/A
Katie 44 193
Gemma 45 322
Mia 46 14
Madison 47 Madison, Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson, 8
Sandy 48 N/A
Zoey 49 Zoey, Zoe, Zoie, 10
Cindy 50 485
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