Some popular dog names come and go. It often happens around the release of a big movie or popular TV show that has a dog in it.
The name may be get adopted by a lot of people for a while and then fade.
Other popular dog names stick around year after year.
That’s a bit of mystery. Perhaps there’s something about the name that just touches a memory or feeling in a lot of people. Names that stay popular for a long time probably do so because people have a fond memory of a pet or movie character from their childhood.
When you hear some of these names, it’s hard not to think of a dog. Some good examples of these are Lassie, Duke, Benji, Snoopy, and Queeny. These kind of names stay popular for long time...maybe even forever.
Others are associated with canine character from TV, movies or even comic strips (I’m thinking of Snoopy and Odie here). I, for one, grew up watching Lassie every week on TV.
Even though we had our own dogs, she was like a “virtual” pet...we felt like we knew her. I was convinced that she was smarter than most people I knew. Ah, fond memories indeed!
Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller were very popular for a while, but not so much any longer. Some names just don’t catch on for one reason or another. Benji has stayed quite popular for some time now.
Some dog names are closely tied a particular breed. This happens when a beloved character belongs to an easily identifiable breed.
It would be hard for me to give the name “Lassie” to a German Shepherd...it just wouldn't feel right. But, it would feel perfect for a Collie.
Anyway, if you’re looking to give your new dog one of our popular dog names, we have 2 lists for you. Below you’ll find my personal pick for the Top Dog Names. These are the best of the best and probably more common that most names.
Can’t find one you like in that list? Check out the list of 200 of the most Common Dog Names. Now, I’m claiming that either of these are definitive lists (I don’t think any of those exist).
Many websites have list and while there is some overlap, they are all different.
I hope you enjoy searching these lists. If you’re having trouble picking a good name, check out my guidelines for choosing a dog name.
There are some great names in these lists. But if nothing here hits you as the perfect name, perhaps the list of Popular Dog Names was not the right one for you.
We have a few other lists that have many more dog names (over 2000 total at last count). Check them out...you’re bound to find the right one for your new canine companion.