A large portion of the people in the United States considers their dog to be part of the family. But it’s not like naming a baby ... or is it?

By Margaret Curry
Updated December 12, 2018

When you think dog names, the first ones you think of are probably classics like Fido, Spot, or Lassie. This year, however, popular dog names took a twist and borrowed from human names instead. Rover.com released a list of the 100 Most Popular Male and Female Dog Names of 2018 based on their database of over 1 million dogs. The list covers the top dog names nationwide, by category, and even the top names in major U.S. cities.

Sure, favorite dog names like Duke and Bear made the list. But Rover.com actually found that human names are more popular, including Minnie, Fred, and Willie. People have embraced names of celebrities (like the royals, Harry and George) and characters from TV shows and movies (Anakin, Loki, Gaston, Thor).

See other names below that made the list.

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Top 10 most popular female dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy  
  3. Luna
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Molly
  8. Bailey
  9. Maggie
  10. Stella

Top 10 most popular male dog names:

  1. Max
  2. Charlie  
  3. Cooper   
  4. Buddy
  5. Jack
  6. Rocky
  7. Duke
  8. Bear
  9. Tucker
  10. Oliver

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All great names for your kids, too. And here's where it gets crazy: Although the top 10 lists aren't identical, several names appear in BabyCenter's Top Baby Names of 2018. (The list was compiled using data from hundreds of thousands of babies born in 2018 to parents registered on BabyCenter.com.) 

Charlie appeared on both the popular girl baby names and popular boy baby names lists, plus the popular dog names. Maybe the most interesting trend is outside of the top 10. Parents of pets and babies chose the same areas for inspiration: Both groups saw an uptick in popularity of names from the game Fortnite, celebrities, and their favorite things to eat. Will next year's list feature something from those categories? Like Kale?

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