Just like babies, our pooch pups have literally made a name for themselves with The World’s Most Popular Dog Names of 2013. Toni Perling, a dog lover, dog blogger, and self-proclaimed dog geek, took it into her own hands to create the very first popular dog names list compiled by a number of lists not only from the U.S., but including dog lover rankings from England, Australia, and New Zealand.
Using lists from major pet insurers who’ve analyzed names in their database, Perling has also used news reports, and county records from cities and town across the U.S. Take a quick peek at these top names and see if your four-legged friend made top billing!
Most Popular Girl Dog Names
Bella: Reigning title for five years this name is a short form of ISABELLA and other names ending in -bella. It is also associated with the Italian word meaning “beautiful”. Popular in U.S. England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Chloe: Means “green shoot” in Greek. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. As an English name, Chloe has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Belgium, Catalonia, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Coco: Diminutive of names beginning with Co-, influenced by the word cocoa. However, this was not the case for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (real name Gabrielle), whose nickname came from the name of a song she performed while working as a cabaret singer. Popular in England/Wales.
Daisy: Simply from the English word for the white flower, ultimately derived from Old English meaning “day eye”. It was first used as a given name in the 19th century, at the same time many other plant and flower names were coined. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Ginger: From the English word ginger for the spice or the reddish-brown colour. It can also be a diminutive of VIRGINIA, as in the case of actress and dancer Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), by whom the name was popularized. Popular in U.S.
Lucy: English form of LUCIA – Feminine form of LUCIUS. Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus is the patron saint of the blind. It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce in use since the Middle Ages. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), France, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Maggie: Diminutive of MARGARET- Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek margarites meaning “pearl”. Popular in U.S. and England/Wales.
Molly: Diminutive of MARY. It developed from Malle and Molle, other medieval diminutives. Popular in U.S, England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden.
Sadie: Diminutive of SARAH – Means “lady” or “princess” in Hebrew. This is the name of the wife of Abraham in the Old Testament, who became the mother of Isaac at the age of 90. In England, Sarah came into use after the Protestant Reformation. Popular in: U.S., England/Wales, and Canada (BC).
Sophie: French form of SOPHIA – Means “wisdom” in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Nothern Ireland, Scotland.
Most Popular Boy Dog Names
Bailey: From a surname derived from Middle English baili meaning “bailiff”, originally denoting one who was a bailiff. Popular in England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Bear: The only non-human name. Furry mammal of the Ursidae family.
Buddy: From the English word meaning “friend”. It probably originated as a nursery form of the word brother. Popular in U.S.
Charlie: Head to head battle with reigning champ, Max, but took top spot in 2013. Diminutive or feminine form of CHARLES. A famous bearer is Charlie Brown, the main character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Australia, France, Ireland. Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden.
Cooper: From a surname meaning “barrel maker” in Middle English. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Scotland.
Jack: Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning “man”. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden.
Max: Reigning champ until 2013. Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English) – From a Scottish surname meaning “Mack’s stream”, from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella or “stream”. Popular in U.S, England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia (NSW), Austria, Catalonia, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland. Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden.
Riley: From a surname which comes from two distinct sources. As an Irish surname it is a variant of REILLY. As an English surname it is derived from a place name meaning “rye clearing” in Old English. Popular in U.S, England/Wales, Canada (BC), Australia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland.
Rocky: Diminutive of ROCCO or other names beginning with a similar sound, or else a nickname referring to a tough person. This is the name of a boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie Rocky (1976) and its five sequels. Popular in U.S.
Tobey: Diminutive of Tobias – Greek form of TOBIAH. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobias, with the help of the archangel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has been plaguing Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. Popular in U.S., England/Wales, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
Name meanings, histories, and popularity sourced from Behind the Name.
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