Most Popular Dog Names Of 2023 Revealed

Picking a name for your newly adopted dog can be a difficult task, as there are so many options, and you want the right one to fit their unique personality.

Thankfully, Rover, the world’s largest online marketplace for pet care, just released the top dog and cat names of 2023 for inspiration. Rover shared, “results are based on analysis of millions of user-submitted pet names provided by pet parents on”

Some names remain popular year after year, but there are always new ones added. This year the decade-long number one name for male dogs, Max, has been knocked down to number two.

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Just like in previous years, some dog names are reflections on what or who is trending at the time.

“The names we give to our pets reflect what’s happening in the world around us—from trending TV shows, important public figures and even social media trends—and eleven years into the campaign, this trend is still going strong,” said Kate Jaffe, trend expert at Rover, in a press release. “A lot happened in 2023 and the names we lovingly chose for our pets reflect the most memorable moments. From strong female leads, to blockbuster hits, our favorite comfort foods and nostalgic pop culture icons, this year’s list suggests we’re all after a little extra comfort right now.”

Take a look at the lists for ideas or to see if your dog’s name is on them.

Top 10 Female Dog Names

    1. Luna
    2. Bella
    3. Daisy
    4. Lucy
    5. Lily
    6. Lola
    7. Zoe
    8. Sadie
    9. Stella
    10. Bailey

Top 10 Male Dog Names

Charlie beats out Max for the first time in a decade to be the most popular male dog name.

    1. Charlie
    2. Max
    3. Cooper
    4. Milo
    5. Buddy
    6. Teddy
    7. Rocky
    8. Bear
    9. Leo
    10. Duke

90’s Dog Names Are Making A Comeback

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90’s music was and remains the best, and pet owners agree. They are returning to their favorite music artists and bands for pet names. Some are even picking popular actors from the 90’s, but that’s not all…

Rover states, “You oughta know that the name Alanis (Morissette) is up 547%. Some pet parents are spicing up their life by naming their dogs Ginger Spice, which is trending up 47%, and Spice Girl, which is new to the list this year. New to the list, and now forever in our hearts, are dogs named Leonardo Dogcaprio, Shania Twain, Richard Gere, Fergie, Shakira, and Avril.

The nostalgia trip extends beyond movies and music, as the name Furby is also up 27%.”

90’s Foods-Inspired Names Are All That and a Bag of Chips

    Little Debbie (trending up 38%)
    Trix (up 28%)
    Twinkie (up 13%)
    Zinger (up 9%)
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90’s Toy-Inspired Names

In addition to the best music and TV shows, the 90’s had some of the best toys. Pet parents are being nostalgic and naming their new pets after toys they played with as a kid. Check it out.

    Furby (trending up 27%)
    Nerf (up 17%)
    Polly Pocket (up 14%)
    Beanie (as in Beanie Baby up 12%)
    Elmo (possibly inspired by Tickle-Me-Elmo is up 9%)

Well, if you weren’t inspired by the 90’s, here are more trending options.

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Drink-Inspired Dog Names

    1. Beer
    2. Chardonnay
    3. Fizz
    4. Gimlet
    5. Mojito

Sports-Inspired Dog Names

Maybe sports are more your thing. There are countless ways to show your love of sports with a name after your favorite player or team.

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Favorite Character Names

The lists continue with names inspired by TV shows like the popular steaming Wednesday series and blockbuster movies like Barbie and Ken.

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Rover even shared popular names based on popular breeds…

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If you still haven’t found the perfect name, check out royal-inspired names for your little prince or princess.

Trending Royal-Inspired Names


View the full report here for even more names inspired from technology to space and beyond. See what names are trending in your area or use Rover’s dog name generator to help you find a fitting name.

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