Check out these trending options for inspiration on what to call your new pet.
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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 2021. The roundup includes classic 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. Owners found inspiration from social distancing in the past two years, and names related to the pandemic were popular. Rover noted the name Fauci was up 270% from 202, COVID rose 35%, and Zoom zoomed to the top by 443%. Other unique monikers included Pfizer, Vax, and Dolly. After the Tokyo Olympics, owners opted for names inspired by their favorite Olympians. (They must be some athletic pups!) Suni was up 113% from 2020, and other trending Olympic names included: Katie, Naomi, Simone, and Tom.

Dog owners are also looking at their favorite food and drinks for names. Bento, Butter, Loaf (perhaps inspired by Sourdough?), and Miso were trendy options in 2021. 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 2021.

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Top 25 Female Dog Names of 2021

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. If you recall the list from 2020, you'll see that the top four are the same this year as well.

  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. Lili
  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 of 2021

For the male dogs, the top two names of 2020 are the same for this year. (If you know a few dogs with the name Max, now you know why!)

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

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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