Who better to keep track of pet name popularity than a national pet insurance company? Consulting the records of more than 500,000 pets insured, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) publishes an annual ranking of dog names, compiled based on name frequency among its claimants nationwide.
The top 10 names for male dogs are as follows:
The top 10 names for female dogs are as follows:
If you name your dog Max or Molly, just be prepared for more than one dog to come running at the dog park when you call. If you really want to try something different, you could always consult VPI’s list of wackiest names instead. The wackiest dog name in 2012 was Chew Barka and the top name for cats was Pico de Gato.
Still searching for just the right name? Online sites such as Bow Wow Meow feature a pet name database which includes both meaning and popularity of each name listed. If your pet is more like people, you might even find inspiration in a baby name book.
#1 most popular dog name
According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), the most popular dog name is Max for males and Molly for females. Based on over 500,000 dogs covered by VPI, chances are good that if you call “Max” or “Molly” at a dog park, you’ll soon have plenty of tails wagging at your feet.
#2 most popular dog name
There is no shame in being runner-up to Max and Molly. Coming in at #2 are Buddy and Bella. Need a cute name pairing for siblings? How cute is the combination of Buddy and Bella?
#3 most popular dog name
And the third place winners in the name popularity contest are … Jake and Lucy. For most any breed, you can’t go wrong with these cute names.
#4 most popular dog name
Bailey Boy and Maggie Girl are still popular favorites, ranked among the top five. Bailey is the only name on the top 10 list that appears for both boys and girls, making it a favorite for any dog.
#5 most popular dog name
Rocky. It’s not just for boxers anymore. Rocky and Daisy round out the top five ranking, according to VPI. Who doesn’t love a sweet, furry face named Daisy?
#6 most popular dog name
Keeping consistent with the trend of naming pets after people, Charlie and Sadie are popular for not just for dogs, but also for cats nationwide. Sadie in particular is a popular cat name.
#7 most popular dog name
If you’re naming a Jack Russell Terrier, this may be a natural connection to make, but Jack is popular for all types of dog breeds. And Chloe, ranked sixth on the popularity list for dogs, is also a popular cat name.
#8 most popular dog name
Toby and Sophie are ranked among the top 10 most popular dog names. At number eight on the list, it’s a safe bet you’ll hear someone call a Toby or a Sophie at the dog park.
#9 most popular dog name
Although Bailey is listed in ninth place for girls, it is also fourth on the list for boys. Cody is also a popular name for boys. Like many of the top 10 dog names, Cody is popular with cats as well.
#10 most popular dog name
Last but certainly not least, Buster and Zoe round out the pack of popular pups. If VPI’s database of half a million dogs is any indication, Buster and Zoe are still popular picks.