Names are important when it comes to dogs. Names are a part of their training and socialization. With a name, you can grab your puppy's attention and give out a command. But you might be stressing out about which moniker is perfect for the newest member of your family. Some of the best dog names capture personality and show off your style as an owner. Here’s a list of popular dog names from the American Kennel Club to help make your choice a bit easier.
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Athena is a strong name to give to your dog because it is the name of the Greek goddess of wisdom and the arts. So if you’re a history buff who enjoys Greek mythology, this could be a great name for your little goddess.
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The name Apollo comes from the Greek god of prophecy, music and more. He was also the god of sun and light — perfect for a puppy that can brighten up any dark day for you. Walking the light of your life is a great way to get some sunlight as well as some of the vitamins you’re probably missing.
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If you’re the kind of person who calls your dog your “fur baby,” the name Baby is perfect for you. Dogs are the cutest during their puppy years. If you’re an animal lover, you have to see these cute baby photos of animals that aren’t exactly adorable as adults.
Baking may be one of your favorite hobbies, but having a partner beside you can make the task more enjoyable. Baxter is a cute name for your baking partner because it is an old English occupational name for a baker.
Buddy is a great name for your little furry partner in crime. This name will be proof of a friendship that will stand the test of time.
No matter which dog breed you have, Charlie is the perfect name for a pup with a warm, friendly personality.
Food names are pretty popular when it comes to dog names, from savory foods like Meatball to sweet delights like Cocoa. If cookies are your favorite go-to snack, why not name your favorite pooch after one? You will also be happy to know there are some delicious unexpected ingredients to bake into your next batch of cookies.
After seeing beautiful cherry blossom photos or fields of spring flowers, you may be inspired to name your dog after a flower, but some flower names can be too many syllables for your dog to understand and for you to call out. Daisy is a simple and refreshing name that your dog can respond to.
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Ella is a simple, beautiful name that is popular for both dogs and humans. If you are having trouble finding names for your dog, you might want to check out the most popular baby names from the year you were born for more inspiration.
Your dog is probably the rockstar in your life if you give them the name Elvis. Or perhaps one of Elvis Presley’s songs was playing in the background when you adopted your friend, or it was the top song of the year when you were born. Either way, it’s a legendary name to give your dog.
You finally found the dog of your dreams, a hypoallergenic dog breed that won’t make you sneeze. But now you’re tasked with naming it. Finn is actually a popular Irish name, but it works for any energetic dogs, not just Irish setters.
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If you’re stuck on what to call your cute puppy, maybe try naming it after a physical feature. For example, if it has spots, why not Spotty? Or if it has beautiful orange or brown fur, Ginger could be a great name. However, don’t let that restrict you. Golden retrievers or pugs can be Gingers too. Did you know ginger tea is also a great way to settle an upset stomach?
This name is perfect for an energetic small dog who will constantly keep busy by exploring their environment and getting into all kinds of mischief. Chasing around this type of dog will surely help you stay active even with a busy schedule.
Grace is one of the most common middle names, but it is also one of the top dog names for female puppies.
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Is your dog as sweet as can be? Are they the most lovable canine you could ever ask for? Well, then you might take a liking to the name Honey. As a food, honey can help lower your blood pressure, which is also one of the health benefits of being a dog owner.
You’re in for a fun time if you name your doggo Jake. Dogs named Jake are usually fun-loving and happy dogs. But they also love to sleep. So find ways to make your bedroom better for sleep for both you and your pup.
Other than being a great subtle reference to the Disney movie “Aladdin,” Jasmine holds a special meaning in wedding bouquets and as a name. The gorgeous white flower is associated with love and symbolizes beauty.
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If you’re an NBA fan or went to a college with the most school spirit for basketball, you could name your star player after the late legendary Kobe Bryant.
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The name Kona is one of the most popular names in Hawaii, and it means origin, popularity and world rule. It is also the name of a district of the Big Island in Hawaii, one of the happiest states in America.
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If you’re the type of person who would plan a vacation based on your zodiac sign, it would make sense that you might also put your faith in the stars to name your furry friend. Leo is a fierce name for a dog with lots of personality.
A name can commemorate the moment you first laid eyes on your dream dog. If you adopted your best pal on the first day of spring, celebrate that pure moment by naming your pup after the flower that represents friendship and devotion.
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When your dog is the Mac to your cheese, that is an unbreakable bond that no human or animal can come in the way of. Next time you’re craving some cheesy goodness, check out these unexpected ingredients that go great with mac and cheese.
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Dogs with this name are not only generally happy dogs but they are also incredibly independent. So you won’t have to worry too much about being distracted when you’re working from home.
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If you’re not yourself without your morning cup of coffee or your precious pooch, Mocha could be the right name for your dog. You can also name your dog after a latte, cappuccino, macchiato or any of your favorite coffee drinks.
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Many Disney fans name their dog Minnie after Minnie Mouse. Though you can’t bring your furry friend to Disney World with you, there are plenty of things to do in Florida that aren’t Disney or the beach.
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The name Nala isn’t only exclusive to use for fierce cat breeds. If the classic Disney movie “The Lion King” is one of your favorites, you can give the powerful name to your dog.
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The name Olive has recently become popular for humans, and if you’re interested in following the trend, you can give the name to your furry friend. Olive is associated with peace and calm, so the name goes well with some of the best dog breeds for seniors.
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If the famous Oreo combination of two chocolate cookies surrounding delicious white vanilla filling is a guilty pleasure you won’t apologize for loving, then it’s a smart decision to name your loveable pup after the dessert as well.
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Dogs with the name Oscar have fun personalities and tend to be independent. You might also be inspired to name them after the Oscar award, but do you know how much the prize is worth?
Your silly and loveable puppy will suit the name Peanut because laughter, joy and peanut butter can also help boost your immune system.
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If you’re the adventurous type who is daring enough to try all of the hottest hot sauces in the world, Pepper may be the perfect name for your adorable pal who helps you enjoy the spice of life.
If you choose a name like Princess, make sure to choose the best dog food to treat your little princess like royalty. But don’t make the mistake of giving them common food you didn’t know can be harmful.
Rocky is the perfect name for a dog with a big personality. They can be extremely playful, so make sure you keep a leash and a close eye on your dog the next time you go out for a walk in the park.
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Not only was Rosie a popular baby name during the early 1900s, but it’s also a beautiful name that could suit your furry friend today. If your dog is a sweetheart, it makes sense to name them after the gorgeous rose bushes at the best botanical gardens in America.
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Rubies are one of the most precious gems, and naming your best dog pal after this gem means you hold them dear as well. Having a dog creates a special bond and even makes you a better person.
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If your furry buddy likes to join you in exercising or working out at home, Scooter is a great name for your energetic pup.
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One of the reasons rescue dogs make better pets is because they are intensely loyal. If your dog is a trusty sidekick that follows behind you like your shadow, Shadow is a great name to pick.
Naming your dog Simba after the king of the animal kingdom will be an excellent choice for a dog that’s loyal and brave. You could be your dog’s hero as there are currently many dogs in animal shelters waiting to be adopted or fostered.
Stella means star, and when you have a cute puppy who is the apple of your eye, you definitely want to give them the star treatment. However, watch out for household items that can harm your little star.
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It may be simple to name your kindhearted, bushy-tailed friend Sugar after the sweetest thing in the world. You might not be able to get enough of your dog, but be careful — too much actual sugar may be putting your blood pressure through the roof.
If you’re such a big Marvel movie fan that you’ve even traveled to the franchise’s movie filming locations, you might be inspired to name your dog after your favorite Avenger. Thor is a great name for a big dog with a heart of gold.
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If you have a dog that is sweeter than America’s most iconic pie, then they deserve the name Toby. This name is usually given to dogs with energetic and sweet personalities.
A dog named Tucker has a colorful personality and probably loves to fill his belly with delicious food and treats. Here’s how to switch your puppy to adult dog food.
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“I am your ... puppy.” The name Vader is a popular choice among “Star Wars” fans. Make sure you’re being an out-of-this-world owner by choosing the best dog treats for your pup.
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Not only is Willow a type of tree you might find at your national park, but it's also a great name for your peaceful little pup.
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Name your pup Winston if they display loyalty and friendliness toward new people. Winstons definitely make the perfect kind of pet you would want to will your estate to.
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Baby Yoda took the internet by storm as people fell in love with the cuteness of the “Star Wars” character. If your pup is just as cute (and has big ears), the name Yoda is well-deserved. Did you know that you can order a Baby Yoda frappe and other secret menu items at Starbucks?
Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods, is a popular name to give to dogs with regal personalities. They are born leaders and great listeners. Dogs named Zeus could be quick to pick up new tricks if you’re looking for something to do when you’re spending more time at home.
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Zoe is the perfect name for a quiet and thoughtful pup. Dogs named Zoe are often strong leaders. Thinking of the best names for your dog can be an exhausting experience. If you don’t even know what kind of dog you want to get yet, check out the most popular dog breeds in your state.
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