Whether you’re picking up your new puppy and wondering what to name her, or adopting an older dog and looking to rename him, choosing a name for your dog is an important decision. From popular names to unique outdoorsy dog names, Orvis shoppers love personalizing the dog products they order from us with those names. So we thought we could get a glimpse of the most popular dog names of the past few years by looking at the data from those personalized dog product orders, and give you some good dog name ideas in the process.
What did our dive into our dog name data reveal? It turns out that more than half of all pet names are either human names or human nicknames, with people routinely calling their beloved pet something they’d name themselves. And about a fifth of the pet names in our data describe some sort of physical trait of the animal: Blackie or Mittens, for example.
Where are the top 10 male and female dog names from the data:
Our Ten Most Popular Girl Dog Names
Our Ten Most Popular Boy Dog Names
Unique Dog Names
Want to buck the trends? Many people like to give their dog a unique name. Digging into the data, we also discovered a number of those truly unique dog names of which there were only one or a few instances. Here are 26 of our favorites (one for each letter of the alphabet):
While collecting one name for each letter, it became apparent that if you want to give your dog a unique name, choosing a name that begins with a lesser-used letter like Q, X or Z is a good start.
With thousands of names to choose from, how do you choose a good dog name? Here are a few useful dog naming tips to get you started:
- Animals respond best to names with one or two syllables, so a good dog name is one that’s short and sweet.
- Resist names that seem humorous at home but will embarrass you in public.
- Choose a name that does not mimic the sound of a standard dog command, for example, No! or Stay!
- Avoid a long name that does not shorten easily to a nickname.
- Take some time to observe your dog and think about what most fits his personality before you choose a name.
How did you name your dog? Did you give him a human name, or something whimsical? Is his name significant or meaningful to you? Or do you simply call him something that fits his personality? We’d love to hear your dog naming story in the comments below.