The 20 Cutest Puppy Names for 2016

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Have you ever heard the saying that it’s all in a name? It can be quite true, really, and that is a concept that applies even to your puppy. As the holidays draw near and many households begin to entertain the idea of a new puppy in their lives, names begin to be thrown around and the ‘perfect’ name for your new pup is discussed at length. You see, names are important. A dog by the name of Killer is going to give people a moment’s hesitation before they come near. A dog named Fluffy might make strangers think that they have nothing to worry about before your 200-pount Mastiff comes barreling their direction. See; it’s all in a name. Here are 20 names for puppies that, going into 2016, are going to be big.

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Cody

Going into the New Year is a new trend; naming dogs human names less than names such as “Killer” or “Spot” and Cody is growing quickly in popularity when it applies to sweet puppies. It’s a name that means “Cushion,” and we like to think that your puppy is a dog that is soft and welcoming, a bit like a cushion. It can also sound like a name that’s a bit manly and masculine, and we love that, too.

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Buster

We love it. It’s strong, it’s masculine, and it’s a name you simply do not hear all that often anymore. We love Buster for a top puppy name for 2016, and we think that you will, too. The name means ‘extraordinary,’ so it’s one your dog is going to have to live up to. We do think, though, that all dogs are extraordinary, so it should not prove difficult for your favorite dog to get with the program and prove the truth in this statement.

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Gizmo

It’s a scientific device, and it is the kind of name that a dog with a big personality needs. It’s perfect for a dog that is intelligent, quiet and very firm in his belief that he is to watch over the family and keep you all protected while still enjoying the love you have for him and for one another. We actually really love this name for a dog, and predict that it is going to be huge in 2016.

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Milo

This name is so sweet. It means “one who hunts,” which might mean it’s the best name for your hunting dog. Or maybe you just like it because it sounds so adorable and seems perfect for a small dog that has a big personality. Either way, we like the idea of using this name when you name your new pup, and we think you will really find that it’s a name for a dog with a big personality and a little body.

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Daisy

We think of a flower or a duck (and Disney) but it’s really simple to picture this name and a dog with long, floppy ears and a big smile, right? We love the name Daisy for a new puppy because it’s so sweet and so lovely. It’s simple and fun, and Daisy means flower. It’s beautiful and sort of elegant for a dog, and that’s why we feel this name is going to continue to grow in popularity as the New Year goes on.

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Bella

It’s a name that means ‘beautiful’ in Italian, and it’s a lovely name (see what I did there?). It’s also a name that is quite popular for a female puppy, and it’s not going to lose any of its luster going into the new year. It’s also a name that implies a dog is calm and easy-going, so you might want to choose this one for a dog that is lovely and sweet when it comes to naming your new pups.

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Rocky

Do you have a new pup in the house that’s a bit on the rough and tumble side? A dog, perhaps, that looks rough and scary, but has a sweet disposition and a wonderful presence? What about naming him Rocky? It’s masculine and strong, and it has no real meaning. It’s a name that, according to the dictionary, is derived from the term “Rocking” and it has no real meaning of its own other than the one you give it; which is your sweet new puppy.

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Duke

It’s strong, it’s regal and it’s a name that really does sound as if you should use it for a million things. Duke is just strong, and we love the name for a puppy. It means ‘great man or leader’ and that is the perfect name for a dog that is coming into your home as a puppy and helping you with feeling love and compassion. It’s a strong name, and we think it’s just right for a big, strong puppy that will grow into a strong dog.

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Charlie

It seems like a perfect puppy name, does it not? This is so much fun and we think that calling a dog Charlie is asking to have a dog that is just part of the family. It’s one of those things that makes you think of years from now when your kids are all grown and telling their own kids, “I remember this one time that Charlie and I were…” and that’s got to make you feel pretty good. The name means free man, which is just a wonderful expression for a puppy.

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Max

We love this name for a little boy or a puppy. Why? Because it means “Greatest” in Latin, and we are pretty sure that little boys and puppies are pretty much the greatest (except for my little boy right now; he’s going through a kind of mean phase and I’m not loving it). The name Max seems like a great name for a puppy, and we adore that in all its forms.

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Sophie

It’s one of the most popular little girl names in the world right now, but not everyone wants to name their little girl Sophie since it’s everyone else’s name, too. So, how about using it on your dog, instead? It’s unlikely your dog named Sophie will go to kindergarten with another dozen Sophie’s so it might work out for you. The name Sophie means ‘wise and intelligent,’ and we love that since dogs are both – and very good about it, too.

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Sadie

A name that is sweet and makes you think of someone who would go out of their way to help you, it seems almost perfect for a darling new puppy, doesn’t it? Sadie means ‘princess’ so you might want to be careful with this one if you don’t want to raise a diva dog. I’m of the opinion that so many people and animals know what their names mean, and they try to live up to the expectations of those meanings; so be careful.

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Buddy

It’s not just a friendly Elf from everyone’s favorite Christmas movie. Buddy is a name that is fun and fearless, and it’s the quintessential doggie name. Your new pup is going to love this name. The name means “bud” and it’s very simply the meaning of friend. Since dogs are man’s best friend, this is a name for your new puppy going into 2016 that’s fun and friendly; and very sweet.

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