Choose the perfect name for your new puppy from this list of the most popular dog names, inspired by movies, mythology, music, Disney characters, and more.

By Lola Augustine Brown
August 24, 2020
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Choosing a name for your new puppy is a big task. You want to pick a name that suits your new dog’s personality and works well when you are training and caring for them. 

For practical reasons, short and sweet works best for dog names. They’re easier for your dog to recognize and easier on you when you have to call them out repeatedly at the dog park. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends avoiding names that sound like commands as that can be confusing for your dog, and testing any name out for a couple of days to make sure it fits. 

The most popular dog names are often human ones, or dog names that have been around for decades. You can also find inspiration in TV and movies, mythology, your favorite foods, sports teams, or anything really.

When you decide on a name, use it often and with plenty of praise and during play sessions so your puppy learns the name is theirs all the time and not just when they’ve done something wrong. 

Here are 150 popular dog name suggestions to inspire you:

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10 Most Popular Female Dog Names

  1. Emma
  2. Lucy
  3. Sadie
  4. Millie
  5. Coco
  6. Maggie
  7. Molly
  8. Lilly
  9. Daisy
  10. Bailey

10 Cool Popular Names for Male Dogs

  1. Rocky
  2. Scout
  3. Cooper
  4. Max
  5. Koda
  6. Loki
  7. Rufus
  8. Bandit
  9. Diesel
  10. Finn

10 Popular Dog Names from TV and Movies

  1. Bruiser (Legally Blonde)
  2. Milo (The Mask)
  3. Comet (Full House)
  4. Cheddar (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
  5. Sandy (Annie)
  6. Baxter (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
  7. Eddie (Frasier)
  8. Flash (Dukes of Hazzard)
  9. Clifford (Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  10. Benji (Benji)

10 Foodie-Inspired Popular Dog Names

  1. Pepper
  2. Pumkin
  3. Ginger
  4. Java
  5. Bud
  6. Cinnamon
  7. Jameson
  8. Oreo
  9. Whiskey
  10. Nacho

10 Popular Male Dog Names for Southern Dogs

  1. Rhett
  2. Bandit
  3. Beaux
  4. Sawyer
  5. Colonel
  6. Parker
  7. Gunner
  8. Jackson
  9. Memphis
  10. Rye

10 Popular Female Dog Names for Southern Dogs

  1. Biscuit
  2. Blanche
  3. Dixie
  4. Harper
  5. Lexie
  6. Sadie
  7. Magnolia
  8. Peaches
  9. Savannah
  10. Shelby

10 Popular Music-Inspired Dog Names 

  1. Dolly
  2. Elvis
  3. Buddy
  4. Zeppelin
  5. Bowie
  6. Axl
  7. Cash
  8. Jagger
  9. Whitney
  10. Hendrix

10 Popular Dog Names That Are Totally Adorable

  1. Peanut
  2. Teddy
  3. Gidget
  4. Bear
  5. Button
  6. Cricket
  7. Noodle
  8. Socks
  9. Mr. Waffles
  10. Cupcake

10 Popular Dog Names Inspired by Disney Pups

  1. Pongo (101 Dalmatians)
  2. Stitch (Lilo and Stitch)
  3. Bruno (Cinderella)
  4. Bolt (Bolt)
  5. Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  6. Nana (Peter Pan)
  7. Napoleon (The Aristocrats)
  8. Sparky (Frankenweenie)
  9. Buster (Toy Story)
  10. Dante (Coco)

10 Popular Names for Dogs Inspired by U.S. Cities 

  1. Denver
  2. Vegas
  3. Phoenix
  4. Philly
  5. Austin
  6. Charlotte
  7. Diego
  8. Jose
  9. Nash
  10. Charlotte

10 Popular Ultra-Feminine Dog Names 

  1. Bella
  2. Winnie
  3. Maya
  4. Penny
  5. Roxy
  6. Lucy
  7. Chloe
  8. Lola
  9. Olive
  10. Pippa

10 Popular Dog Names for Spunky, Energetic Dogs

  1. Sparky
  2. Tucker
  3. Marley
  4. Ricochet
  5. Chewie
  6. Barkley
  7. Spot
  8. Trouble
  9. Rascal
  10. Maverick

10 Popular Names for Black Dogs

  1. Shadow
  2. Lucifer
  3. Vader
  4. Domino
  5. Guinness
  6. Jett
  7. Raven
  8. Storm
  9. Velvet
  10. Onyx

10 Popular Dog Names from Mythology

  1. Zeus
  2. Odin
  3. Apollo
  4. Thor
  5. Athena
  6. Gaia
  7. Hercules
  8. Juno
  9. Venus
  10. Hermes

10 Popular Toy Dog Names 

  1. Tinkerbell
  2. Button
  3. Fifi
  4. Itsy
  5. Bonbon
  6. Pixie
  7. Minnie
  8. Sweetpea
  9. Trixie
  10. PeeWee