Most Popular Female & Male Dog Names Of 2021

Part of the fun of adopting a dog is getting to pick out a name that represents their unique personality. But there are so many choices.

If you are struggling to come up with a name for your new pup, you’re in luck!

Rover, the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, just released the 100 most popular female and male dog names of 2021. They dug through their database of over a million pet parents to find the most popular dog names.

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Common names like Lola and Buddy made the lists but many new names were added as well. See if your dog’s name made any of the lists, or get inspiration for your new pup’s name with the most popular classic, trending, and unique names below.

Top 10 Female Dog Names

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

Bella remains the number one name while Zoe is a new one to the list.

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Top 10 Male Dog Names

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

Jack is a personal favorite, but Max holds on to the top spot for another year.

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Top Trending Dog Names

It is common for people to name their dog after their favorite character, celebrity, or food. However, this year tech-related names increased with Bitcoin making the list for the first time.

Friends TV Character Dog Names

    Phoebe Buffay
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Other TV shows like Bridgerton and Game of Thrones inspired many adorable dog names, but the reunion of Friends saw the name Phoebe Buffay increase 963% this year.

The Mandalorian and Star Wars-themed Dog Names

    Baby Yoda

Grogu is the number one trending dog name of 2021, according to Rover’s database.

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Celebrity-Inspired Dog Names

    Aretha Franklin
    Jennifer Lopez
    Doja Cat
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Fruit-Inspired Dog Names


Last year, Chocolate, Muffin and Cookie were trending, but they have been replaced by fruit.

Tech-Related Dog Names


COVID-Inspired Names

People are still naming their dogs after COVID. “The dog name Fauci is up an incredible 270% in 2021, along with Covid (up 35%) and Zoom (up 443%),” states Rover.

New names and honorable mentions include Pfizer and Vax.

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Top Unique Dog Names

Find a name that is as rare and special as your furry companion.

Most Unusual Food Dog Names

  1. Cannoli
  2. Jack Daniels
  3. Poptart
  4. Melon
  5. Champagne
  6. Colby Jack
  7. Snacks
  8. Burger
  9. Riesling
  10. Buckwheat
  11. Slider
  12. Boudin
  13. BonBon
  14. Klondike
  15. Milkshake
  16. Beef
  17. Chorizo
  18. Cream
  19. Blackberry
  20. Plum
  21. Soda
  22. Moonpie
  23. Soba
  24. Pesto
  25. Chex
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Uncommon Word Dog Names

I bet you have never heard any of these names being called at the dog park.

  • Auto
  • Brother
  • Church
  • Corduroy
  • Divot
  • Fable
  • Hurricane
  • Patience
  • Stash
  • Story
  • Toaster
  • Tugboat
  • Wizard

Playful Pun Dog Names

These names are sure to turn heads and bring a smile to your face.

  1. Jimmy Chew
  2. Jimmy Kibble
  3. Beau Dacious
  4. Koby Teeth
  5. Reeses Puppycups
  6. Casper the Friendly Dog
  7. Baby Boomer
  8. Buzz Pawldrin
  9. Winston Furchill

But let’s be honest, most of the time we call our dog by a nickname and not their given name.

Check out all of the top 100 names here!

If you still haven’t found a name you like, try Rover’s name generator. You simply put in your dog’s breed and gender and you will receive three name ideas (classic, trending, and unique). Give it a try!

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