The 50 Most Common Dog Names

The 50 Most Common Dog Names

Coming up with a great name for your pet can be an intensive process.

Dog names have started to move away from the typical ‘Fido’ and ‘Rover’ and transitioned to far more human-like names.

With the popularity of dog name searches online, we wanted to show you and insight into the 50 most common dog names of 2022 to make your name selection process a doddle.

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How To Choose Your Dog’s Name

This list is designed to showcase the most common dog names and where they are popular.

Each owner has their own preferences when deciding on what to name their new puppy or rescue dog.

It may be that they want something that fits in with their family or that highlights a particular feature of their dog like ‘Racer’ or ‘Spots’.

Whatever kind of name you are going for, we are pretty confident you will find something to love in our list.

Always remember that if you are naming a rescue dog that already has a name it can be helpful to your new pooch to choose something that sounds similar.

It is understandable that you want to give your new dog a new start, but for training purposes it is helpful to keep it sounding the same. If you aren’t sure of your dogs previous name, you can try saying different names and see which sound they respond to.

This list will take you through various ways to name your dog and pick up on some of the most common names used.

Ten Global Dog Names

There are scales of popularity of dog names around the globe, not all countries chose the same names.

In the UK, the most popular names are Teddy and Bella, while in Australia Bella also got a top spot with names like Dingo, Jet and Kiwi also ranking highly.

Most countries seem to agree on Bella at the moment, we aren’t entirely sure why this name is so common it might be because of the Twilight series or because of the meaning ‘beautiful’. 

Here is a list we found of the top global dog names;

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Luna
  4. Charlie
  5. Lucy
  6. Cooper
  7. Daisy
  8. Milo
  9. Zoe or Zoey
  10. Rocky

Twenty Kennel Club Favourites

The Kennel Club release a yearly list of twenty names, 10 for male puppies and 10 for female.

These are based on statistics from names chosen and used with the club or pet insurance companies. The name ‘Boris’ was ranked highly for several years but has since been knocked off the list.

Top 10 male puppy names:

  1. Teddy
  2. Milo
  3. Buddy
  4. Puppy
  5. Reggie
  6. Cooper
  7. Loki
  8. Max
  9. Charlie
  10. Bailey

Top 10 female puppy names:

  1. Bella
  2. Willow
  3. Daisy
  4. Lola
  5. Ruby
  6. Poppy
  7. Rosie
  8. Mabel
  9. Bonnie
  10. Nala

10 Human-Like Dog Names

Human-like names for pets, especially dogs are on the rise.

Perhaps it’s because more people are humanising their pets and treating them more like family members or maybe it’s just a trend of people not wanting to shout ‘Mr. Jingles’ across the field on a walk.

Whatever the reason, we think human names for pets are super cute and definitely something to consider when you bring home your new dog.

  1. Riley
  2. Charlie
  3. Milo
  4. Oliver
  5. Sophia
  6. Emma
  7. Benjamin (Benji)
  8. Hunter
  9. Cooper
  10. Kiara

10 Feature and Personality-Based Dog Names

It might be that you want to go traditional and name your dog after one of its features. This can be especially great if you have young children in the family and you want to include them in the naming process.

It can be an excellent way to get an original name for your dog while giving your children a sense of inclusivity they might not have had before.

When naming for features try and list all your dogs features, the things that stand out about what they look like. Think like a characturist, which of their features stood out to you in the first five minutes of meeting them. Maybe their ‘Sandy’ coloured fur, or their ‘Dipstick’ tail.

Here is our list of feature-based dog names:

  1. Fluffy
  2. Fang
  3. Curly
  4. Ghost
  5. Flossy

Like the feature-based names, personality-based dog names can be the perfect way to get a special name for your new dog that relates just to them. It's important to remember that their personality traits may change a little as they get older.

Here is a list of the top personality-based dog names:

  1. Waggles
  2. Sonic
  3. Zippy
  4. Jet
  5. Chatterbox

We hope you now have some idea of a few great names you might give to your dog, or at least a basis of the most common dog names so that you can build up your list of potential candidates.

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