The World's Most Popular Dog Names

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The World's Most Popular Dog Names
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We did a quick scout around the doggie names department to see what names have been trending. It seems a particular female Twilight character is a popular pick among canine names, and naming pets after human names are not so uncommon. If you're a soon-to-be or recent pet parent looking for the perfect name for your furry friend, this should help you make a start.

Top dog names

A pet insurance company carried out a survey to see the top dog names among male and female canines. Here are some of its findings.The top female canine names were:

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Molly
  • Daisy
  • Maggie

The top male canine names were:

  • Bailey
  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Rocky
Dog naming trends

Pop culture seems to be a common inspiration for dog names, with a tenth of the names taking after pop culture personalities. The Hunger Games (Katniss, Cinna, Prim, Effie), Harry Potter (Dobby, Luna, Harry) and Star Wars (Leia, Chewbacca, Luke) series inspired quite a few dog names around the world. Pop culture may have had a strong influence in naming dogs, but it could not outdo human names. More and more pet owners are naming their pets after human names, according to statistics. Only a fifth of pet parents named their dogs after human names back in 2013, while the numbers steadily climbed up to nearly 50 percent last year.Meanwhile, some dog names are going out of trend. Sophie and Jake are losing out in the popular dog names race. Among dog names with pop culture influences, Twilight, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead inspired names are expected to take a backseat.

Naming your pet

If you're looking at possible names for your pets, you can either pick classic names from the list above, or something quirky by yourself. You can even pick something that goes with the personality or appearance of your dog, as many pet owners do. Of course, you don't want to pick something that's obscure, just because. Before you try and get creative with the name, you should know that its main purpose will be to call out or catch the attention of your pet. You want to pick something that can be easily pronounced and registered. Pet experts say that ideally, a dog name should start with hard consonants and end with vowel sounds. So before you name your new pet as Khaleesi or Edward, you want to see that it serves its purpose. If your adopted pet already has a name and you want to change it, you can with a little bit of repetition and time.

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