Check out these trending options for inspiration on what to call your new pet.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated December 04, 2020

Whether you recently adopted a dog, are researching breeds to decide the best option for your family, or maybe just daydreaming about owning a pup in the future, you know that one of the first things to do when you get a new pet is to give them a name. To help you on your naming journey, Rover just released its most popular dog names from 2020. The roundup includes classics options, unique choices, and other names to consider for your four-legged friend.

To come up with the list, Rover reviewed its database of more than one million names and analyzed new and trending names. Celebrity names are often popular, and this year was no exception. Chrissy, Kanye, and Jay-Z were all trending upward. Owners were also inspired by music; Taylor Swift trended up 92% in 2020. And people liked options from TV shows this year. Carole, as in Carole Baskin from Tiger King, has increased in popularity by 46%. But famous faces weren't the only place people were drawing inspiration. Owners are also looking at their favorite food and drinks for names. Pumpernickel, Waffles, and Croissant were trendy this year. Pinot Noir, Rosé, and Cider were also more popular than in previous years. And perhaps the most fitting option? For the first time ever, Sourdough was in the database of names.

When it comes to the top spots, most of the names are classics. Check out the lists below for the most popular male and female dog names of 2020.

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Top 25 Female Dog Names

To see all of the most popular names, including what's trending up and down, head to the Rover website. These names are great options for any type of dog.

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Sadie
  7. Molly
  8. Bailey
  9. Stella
  10. Maggie
  11. Chloe
  12. Penny
  13. Nala
  14. Zoey
  15. Lily
  16. Coco
  17. Sophie
  18. Rosie
  19. Ellie
  20. Ruby
  21. Piper
  22. Mia
  23. Roxy
  24. Gracie
  25. Millie

Top 25 Male Dog Names

Fun fact: The top four names of 2019 are the same for this year, too. (If you know a few dogs with the name Max, now you know why!)

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Buddy
  5. Milo
  6. Bear
  7. Rocky
  8. Duke
  9. Tucker
  10. Jack
  11. Oliver
  12. Teddy
  13. Leo
  14. Bentley
  15. Zeus
  16. Jax
  17. Toby
  18. Winston
  19. Ollie
  20. Louie
  21. Finn
  22. Murphy
  23. Moose
  24. Loki
  25. Gus

Although there are seemingly countless names to choose from, there's no need to stress. Just pick one that you think best fits your new pet, and you can't go wrong.


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