Here at Rover.com, you could say we’re obsessed with dog names. After all, we love dogs—a lot. As the world’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, and a leading dog name expert, we can’t wait each year to dig into our database of over a million dogs to determine which dog names are leading the pack. In the process, we uncover the big cultural moments that are inspiring us. Read on for the most popular dog names of 2018! You’ll also find links to our dog name generator, top dog names in major cities, and plenty of cool dog name facts.
Top 10 Male Dog Names
Top 10 Female Dog Names
You’ll find the full list of the top 100 names for both female and male dogs below the infographic and trends info.
Top Dog Names Infographic
Dog Name Trends for 2018
Our dogs are our family. In fact, over 94% of pet parents consider their dog a member of the family. And the way we name them follows suit: 36% of all dog names are decidedly human.
Retro Names Are Hotter Than Ever
Old-timey dog names are up 17% year over year—just like (human) kiddos.
Pop Culture Stays On Top
Pet parents draw inspiration from our favorite TV shows, movies, and music. This year, pop culture-inspired names stayed popular, representing 16% of all dog names.
Celebrity Baby Names
When it comes to dog names, pet parents are seeing stars. The top 5 celebrity baby names used for dogs were:
Showing Love for our Favorite Music Idols
- Cardi ← up 1,250%
- Freddie Mercury ← up 67%
- Gambino ← up 190%
Sci-Fi for the Win
Top Trending Movies for Dog Names
- Guardians of the Galaxy – up 97%
- Rogue One – up 52%
- Wonder Woman – up 38%
- Thor – up 34%
- Avengers – up 33%
- Black Panther – up 25%
Westworld Names Are on the Rise
- Maeve – up 127%
- Dolores – up 87%
- Logan – up 45%
- Elsie – up 22%
- Teddy – up 19%
Good Dogs Named After Bad Guys
Dogs named after popular villains are trending up 18%.
Dogs named Pennywise increased 500% this year!
The US is Going Royal
It was a big year for the royal family and pet parents are following suit. Dogs named after the royal family are up 11%.
Top Royal Dog Names
Both Prince Harry and Meghan are both up year over year, 133% and 129% respectively.
Dog People Are Nerds at Heart
Our dogs are products of the internet era. From tech to video games to viral hits, the way we name them reflects the world around us.
“Fortnite” names are trending up
Dog people dig dancing
Dogs named after the year’s most popular dance moves are up 40%. The top dance move dog names are:
Foodie Names Are On the Rise
This year, we named our dogs after our favorite dishes. In fact, 5% of all dog names are food-themed. And brunch names are up 12% year over year.
Booze-themed names are up 17% year over year. Top alcohol-inspired dog names include:
These food dog names saw the biggest jumps year over year.
Top Dog Names of 2018 by City
Local favorites vary from coast to coast. Check out the top dog names in your city at one of the links below!
Find out what your name would be if you’d been born a dog: try Rover’s Dog Name Generator. We’ll crunch the numbers, comparing baby name rankings from your birth year to give you a dog name of equal popularity. Give it a whirl!
Check out the full results for the top 100 dog names of 2018 in each gender.
Top 100 Female Dog Names for 2018
Top 100 Male Dog Names for 2018
How We Choose Our Dogs’ Names
Rover surveyed pet parents nationwide this year to find out what inspired them to select their dog’s name. Check out the results.
- 12% have named their dog after a food or beverage
- 5% have named their dog after a city or geographic location
- 12% have named their dog after an animal, plant or nature
- 12% have named their dog after a famous or historical person
- 33% have named their dog after a character from a TV show, video game, movie or book
- 10% have named their dog after someone they know
- 4% have named their dog after a brand
Fun Dog Naming Facts
That same dog naming survey revealed some fascinating truths about pet parents.
- People with toy-sized dogs are most likely to name their dogs after someone they know.
- Three out of four pet parents picked their dog’s name after meeting so they could find one to fit their dog’s personality.
- 38% of dog owners changed their dog’s name after adopting him/her.
- More than a third of pet parents have met a dog who shares their human name, and 12% have had it happen to them multiple times!
- Men and women are equally likely to meet a dog who shares their name.
- Millennial pet parents are more likely to meet a dog who shares their name.
- 81% of pet parents give their dogs nicknames, with most owners giving their dogs three or more new monikers.
More Great Dog Names
Looking for more inspiration? Find unique dog names, cool dog names, and dog names for foodies, book lovers, and more. Then check out great themed names for dogs by color, breed, holiday, and nationality. It’s all part of our comprehensive dog name coverage.
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