The 20 Most Popular Dog Names of 2017

Dog lovers around the world have a tendency to name their beloved pets after something or someone that means something to them. While some decide on old standards that have been around for years, others choose something that sounds exotic or unusual. We don’t hear much about use of names like Fido or Rover much anymore. They were once popular but have been replaced with more modern names that are more descriptive of the personality of the dog, or of something that the owner finds special. It can take a new dog owner days and sometimes weeks to settle on the perfect name for their new family member. This is because a name should say something about you and these dog loves do their research until they find the perfect name for their pet.

The names we choose for our dogs tend to be the ones that are the most popular within our society. We may choose them because of something we’re preoccupied with or simply because the name describes the appearance or personality of the dog. Certain names come in and go out while others which are considered to be classics remain popular. We’ve done our research and discovered the top 20 dog names of 2017 and the reasons why these pet owners chose them. Often, knowing the meaning of a particular name will let you know that it suits your dog perfectly so we’ve included them along with the most popular dog names for this year. If you’re looking for a name for your new pet, we hope that our list offers inspiration for you.

Buddy

What do you call someone that you pal around with? Buddy is one of the old standard dog names that has been around for decades. It’s a popular dog name for males for a few different reasons. It’s not only a name that will be easy for a new dog or puppy to learn, it’s also a term of endearment. You’ve heard the old saying that a dog is man’s best friend? Well, dogs are also buddies that will stick with you through thick and thin. Most dogs have a natural instinct that makes them loyal to their owners or to people who treat them well. There are many people who have ended up naming stray dogs that have eventually become family pets Buddy because it’s the name that they used as a friendly term to encourage a relationship. President Bill Clinton owned a dog that he named Buddy. It’s a sweet name that lets the world know that your dog is your loyal and faithful pal.

Princess

Princess is another dog name that has been around a long time and it is still popular today. We see more female smaller dog breeds with this name. It is feminine and it insinuates royalty along with class and elegance. People who name their dogs Princess are the most likely to be true dog lovers who treat their dogs very well. Most often, when we find dogs with the name Princess, it is at the suggestion of a younger member of the household. Little girls are fond of this fairy-tale name and they are the ones that most commonly give the family dog this name. Any dog breed may suitably sport the name. In following with the royal line of female dog names, Queenie is also a popular choice but not as high on the list as Princess.

Jack

Jack has long been a favorite name for male dogs and it is still one of the most popular today. The name is easy to pronounce because it is so short and this makes it easy for puppies to learn their new names. A popular derivative of this name is Jake, which is also one of the top twenty names still used for dogs today. Hunting dogs and larger breeds most often are named either Jack or Jake. Yet another variant of the name Jake is Jock or Jocko. We see quite a few Scottish Terriers and Airedales with this name. Another interesting note about the variant Jake is that it comes from the name Jacob, which is defined as “to fill the place of another. ” If you have a new dog and you are searching for the perfect name, this may be something to consider if your new pet is replacing another that has passed away.

Bella

When you hear the name Bella it instantly conjures images of grace and beauty. If you’re a fan of vampie films then it may make you think of something entirely different. Teenage girls started the rage of namiing female dogs Bella. The name has been in use for a long time, but it became even more popular after the release of the popular blockbuster franchise “Twilight.” It’s common for girls to name their pet dogs after their favorite book or movie characters because is adds a sort of romanticism to the environment. The love of this popular dog name is not limited to teenage fans of the film. There are also adult women who name their dogs Bella after the popular girl turned vampire. The name actually means “beautiful,” so if you have a gorgeous female dog, you may want to consider naming her Bella. A popular variant of the name Bella is Belle or Annabelle.

Rocky

Rocky is a popular dog name that is usually given to larger dog breeds and especially to German Shepherds and Boxers. It is a macho name that suggests there may be a little rowdiness involved. Boxing fans are more likely to name their dog Rocky Although people from all walks of life and genders have chosen this name for their pets, it is one that is well liked among men who own dogs. The really cool thing about dog names is that they can tell you a lot about the owners. Although this isn’t always the case, it is much of the time. A variation of the name Rocky is Rocko, which is also a popular dog name. Rocky is a name that is best suited for dogs that are playful and strong. Rocco is also the name of a Spanish saint.

Max

Max is a name that means “the greatest.” Variations includ Maximus and Maxwell. Breeds most often named Max include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Golden and Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. It is a strong name that indicates intelligence and bravery. Owners who think that their dog is the greatest are most likely to name their dog Max. When you think about the name Max, it suggests the most or the best because we use the abbreviated term of maximum as max to describe something that has reached its full potential. Then there are dog owners who just like the name Max because it is short and easy for a puppy to learn. There are several reasons why people in the United States name their dogs max.

Molly

There are a lot of Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers named Molly. It is an old Irish name that is translated into English as Mary. The meaning of the name is star of the sea. Molly is a name that rolls off the tongue easily and it’s really cute. It is one of the more popular names for female dogs today. There are a high number of Irish immigrant families in the United States today and in addition, many who were born here from immigrant parents or grandparents. Naming a dog Molly is also in keeping with the Irish tradition by keeping the name of your pet Celtic in origin, just as many people name their children and other pets names from the country of their ancestors.

Lucy

Lucy is a name that means “one who lightens up others’ lives.” This is a fitting name for a beloved pet because this is precisely what a dog will do for you. They are companions who help ease loneliness for singles who live alone. A dog can light up the life of practically anyone because they are real characters who become a member of the family vey quickly after their arrival. The name is often given to Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrivers, Yorkshire Terriers and Dachshunds. Lucy also means energetic, loving and crazy so if your dog is a cuddler, loves to run around the house and does a few zany things now and then, Lucy may be the perfect name, provided that she is a girl.

Bailey

The name Bailey defined means “trusted guardian of thers’ property.” This must be why they chose the name George Bailey in the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Bailey is a suitable name for a pet dog that stands watch over the family and the property. It is a good name for a guard dog or a family pet because it implies loyalty, watchfulness and protectiveness. Most properly socialized dogs instinctively do all of these things for the humans in their lives. There is no one bered that this name is most suitable for as it works for any dog both male and female.

Maggie

Dog owners who believe that their female dog is a valuable gem may want to consider the name Maggie, because it means pearl. Pears are valuable and so is your dog. Andy Murray, Olympic gold medal winner has a Golden Retriever named Maggie May. In fact, he has even set up a Twitter account just for his Maggie who has now become a star in her own right. There are a lot of Golden Retrievers as well as Labrador Retrievers named Maggie. It is a popular choice for larger dogs.

Daisy

Daisy is the name of a delicate and beautiful flower. It is also one of the more popular female dog names today. Even though the name implies femininity, there are dogs of all breeds with this bright and happy name. People choose the name for Chihuahuas, Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and even Bulldogs and Pitbulls. Daisy is a name that can be used well for any breed of dog. Regardless of the size and appearance of the dog, if he has a beautiful temperament and she is friendly, Daisy would be a suitable choice.

Charlie

Charlie is a name that has been around for dogs for decades and it has never gone out of style. The Presidential Kennedy family had a Welsh terrier with this name and so do a lot of people today. There are many hunting dogs with the name Charlie as well as those who are cute and adorable because it is such a versatile name. Some variations of this nae that people use for their dogs include Chuckie and Chuck. The name means “strong and manly” and it is suitable for strong male dogs.

Trapper

Trapper is a popular name for hunting dogs. It embodies the hunting experience and this is a time when men who are into sports bond with their dogs. Men who take their dogs on hunting trips spend more time together and they come to depend on one another and form the bonds of trust on their various excursions. The name is widely used today and when you see a dog named Trapper, it is highly likely that he has a male owner or possibly a female who enjoys hunting and other sporting activities. If you have a pup that you’re raising to be a hunting dog and you haven’t found the right name for him yet, this may be one that you should consider. Trappers are skilled at cornering their prey and it just might encourage the dog to be better at his job!

Finn

Finn is another name that has an Irish origin, like Molly for female dogs. It is a popular name for male dogs who are hunters. The name Finn is translated into “fair.” In Irish mythology, Finn Mac Cumhail was the equivalent of the English Robin Hood and if you’re familiar with Irish history and lore, the Finians, his followers were great warriors. Finn is a suitable name for any dog that is considered to be a great hunter or warrior. More dogs named Finn are of a larger breed size including Labrador Retrieves, Golden Retrievers, Shorthairs, Pointers, Weimaraners and of course, the Irish Wolfhound who is the embodiment of the name. People who have a connection to Ireland or who are of celtic ancestry are most likely to name their male dogs Finn because it helps them to keep that connection alive.

Lucky

Lucky is a name that is still used often for both male and female dogs. With the new wave of pet activists in society we are seeing a resurgence of humanitarianism and pet rescue operations who devote time, energy and funding into saving dogs who are living in inhumane conditions. dogs who survive and are rescued are frequently named Lucky, particularly when they survived extraordinary circumstances. Some people choose this name because they truly feel lucky and blessed to have found a pet that they bond with and grow to love. People who connect with a dog in a special way truly are lucky, so this is a good name for any dog that brings an added dimension of joy into your life.

Boomer

Boomer is a name that can mean so many things. It is short for Boomerang which means it will always come home and this is every pet owners’ wish for their dog. it also means strong, bold and outgoing. If your dog is a large breed, it can also describe how he enters a room, especially when he’s feeling good or in a playful mood. When you hear the name Boomer it suggests something explosive like fireworks. It can also indicate a loud noise. this is something that is common with hound dogs because of the loud to near deafening noise they make when baying. Boomer is a great name for any larger dog that makes an impression when he enters the room. It’s also a good choice for Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German shepherds or Bulldogs.

Hawkeye

Who didn’t love the doctor Hawkeye Pierce from the hit television series “M.A.S.H.?” He made the nickname famous throughout the United States and it caught on as a poplar name for male dogs as well. Hawkeye is a name that has been used for male dogs for many years. It is also one that is still quite popular. The name means keen eyesight and there are many impressive dogs, particularly those that are hunters, that are alert and don’t miss anything that is going on. Hawkeye is also a good name for a guard dog because it means that they are aware of their surroundings and nothing is going to go by them unnoticed. A variation of the name that is often used as a shorter nickname for Hawkeye is Hawk. If you have a new puppy and are planning to train him to either be a hunting dog or a guard dog, then Hawkeye may be the best name for him to grow into. With a little luck, it will influence his behavior. Who doesn’t want t dog that will keep an eye on the place as they sleep?

Coco

Coco is a name that we still hear often. it is among the most popular dog names and it can be used for both males and females. Coco puts us in mind of chocolate or something that is sweet and yummy. Dogs that are either chocolate colored or have brown speckles or markings are often named coco because of their appeaerance. It is a name that is mostly used for smaller breeds but it is also suitable for medium sized and larger breeds that are chocolate in coloring. If you have a dog that fits this criteria and haven’t had much luck choosing a name yet, you may want to consider this one. Other variations of the name are Coco Puff, Coconuts if the pup is zany and chocolate colored and Cokie. Another reason why this is such a popular dog name is that it puts us in mind of Coco Chanel and all things designer. There is an almost elite aire associated with the name Coco and this is one of the reasons why there are so many gogeous poodles with the name.

Sophie

Sophie is another popular dog name used for females. This name is classy and it indicates composure, intelligence and elegance. Dogs most often named Sophie are the breeds that are smaller to medium sized and carry themselves with an aire of class and dignity. The name puts us in mind of the great Italian actress Sophia Loren. She exuded beauty, charm and an exotic sensuality. Sophie has been a popular name that has been used in the movies as well and perhaps this is one of the reasons that it is so well liked. Who wouldn’t want a sophisticated and elegant pet prancing around the house? Most often, it is a girl or woman who names their dog Sophie because it is the embodiment of femininity.

Sadie

The name Sadie means protective sister and it applies to so many things that a pet dog can mean to a human. This name is the most suitable for a dog that is protective of its owners as well as loving, loyal and friendly. Sadie is one of the more popular names for female dogs and although it’s been around for a long time, it has not lost any ground in popularity. Older generations are more inclined to name their dogs Sadie because it is an extremely old fashioned name. The younger generation are less likely to use this name but with the high number of senior citizens who live along and desire canine companions, we’re finding that there are a lot of female dogs named Sadie today. It is a solid and bold name that is neither trendy or novel. It’s an old standard that hasn’t lost its appeal with the older generation.


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