Rover is the nation’s largest network for pet care services like sitting and walking. The platform can collect all sorts of data from the over one million puppies registered on their website. One such insight Rover gleans is the popularity of dog names each year. They’ve been collecting and publishing puppy naming data for a decade now, and for dog-lovers like us, we eagerly await the results each year.
If you are looking for popular dog names to help you choose a name for your furbaby or are just curious about the appellations new pet parents gave in 2022, you’ve come to the right place. We will share the 20 most popular dog names and the 10 trendiest with you. We will also dig into the names to uncover hidden meanings and even origins in some cases!
Most Popular Girl Dog Names
Luna was the most popular name for girl dogs in 2022. It’s been a very popular dog name for many years now. For human baby girls, the name was 11th in the most recent year. Luna is a name of Latin origin, meaning “moon.”
The second most popular girl dog name, Bella, is quite fitting for a dog as its Italian root means “beautiful.”
Daisy is the third most popular dog name in 2022. Daisy originated in English, meaning “day’s eye.” This is a reference to the daisy flowers bloom opening up each day.
Lucy is the fourth most popular girl name for dogs. Lucy is an English form of Lucia, meaning “light.” That would make Lucy the most appropriate choice for a dog with a lighter color or a twinkle in her eye.
Lily is the second most popular flower name for girl dogs after Daisy. Lily is an English flower name that’s also popular with human girls today. It ranks as the 31st most given name.
Zoe is a name of Greek origin, meaning “life.” It’s a popular name for human girls as well! Dog parents love having fun with the spelling of this name going with variants like Zoey, Zoie, and Zooey
Lola rolls right off the tongue! Lola is actually a short form of Delores, meaning “lady of sorrows.” That’s a somber sort of meaning for this lively-sounding name.
If your dog is your little princess, going with the name Sadie would be wise. Sadie is a form of Sara, of Hebrew origin, meaning “princess.” It’s a crowing dog name.
Bailey is a popular name for all dogs, but it goes to girl dogs at a higher rate. Bailey is an English occupational name meaning “bailiff.” If you haven’t caught it yet, names with an “-ie” sounding ending are highly popular for girl dogs. Daisy, Lucy, Lily, Zoe, Sadie, and Bailey all have it!
Stella is the tenth most given name for girl dogs. It’s in the top 50 for human girls. Stella comes from the Latin word for “star.” If you expect your little one to be a superstar, you could find no better appellation!
Most Popular Boy Dog Names
Now, it’s time for the most popular boy dog names. Max is the most given name for them. Max is a short form of Maximilian or Maxwell, meaning “greatest.” A lot of new pet parents are taking it to the Max!
Charlie, a name that’s more popular for human baby girls than boys, has remained traditionally for boy dogs. Charlie is a short form of Charles, meaning “free man” or “Frenchmen.” This name would be a great fit if you’ve got a French breed.
Cooper is an English occupational name for a “maker of barrels.” It’s the third most given boy dog name, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s such a cute and fun appellation!
Next up, we’ve got the time-tested Milo. Milo is a name found in both German and Latin naming traditions and can mean “merciful” or “soldier.”
Buddy is an English invention and a very old nickname-name. Buddy is so sweet on a dog and a real treat when shortened to Bud.
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Rocky is a rough and tough dog name that’s become fairly rare for human boys today. Rocky can be considered an English name or a form of Rocco. Thus, the name can mean “rock” or “rest.”
This name and the next one will likely evoke images of Teddy bears for you. Bear is such a fun name when applied to a sweet furbaby. In recent years, the name has become trendy for human boys.
Teddy is as sweet as they come. Teddy is a diminutive form of Theodore, meaning “gift of God.” Teddy was once a popular choice for human babies, but that’s not been the case for decades. We think it works best for a doggo.
One of the classic dog names that pet parents turn to again and again is Duke. It’s an English title of nobility. Duke can also be translated to “duck” and “dragon!”
Leo was the tenth most given dog name for boys. Leo is ironic, given that the Latin root means “lion.” Leo is a wildly popular name for human baby boys today as well.
Trendiest Dog Names of 2022
Now for some fun, here’s the next generation of dog names. We likely have fan favorite Fezco from the TV series Euphoria to thank for the rise of this name!
We’re not aware of a pop cultural influence for the name Cassini, and it seems like a curious one to us. The name is of Italian origin, a form of Cassio, meaning “hollow.”
We imagine the name Mossberg is popular for hunting dogs are their hunting enthusiast parents. OF Mossberg & Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America.
Finally, we’re back down to earth with a more traditional name, Mirabel. Mirabel is a name of Latin origin, meaning “wonderful.” Mirabel names a character in Disney’s Encanto (released in 2021), so we might have it to blame for making this name trend.
Kyna is a new name to us, and according to Baby Names of Ireland, it is likely a female form of Connor. We can delightfully report that the Irish root of the name Connor is “lover of hounds.” Another possibility is that it comes from the Irish root cion meaning “esteem.”
Mommy? Okay, if you’re going to get weird with it, you might as well do so with your dog. Is this a name that breeders choose? Are we missing something?
We’re certain there is a pop cultural reference to the name Monka, but we can’t pin it down. Please let us know if you know where this dog name comes from.
Tohru is the main character of the anime and manga series Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. According to Moms.com, the name is of Japanese origin and means “to be transparent.”
Frederico is a Latinate form of Frederick, meaning “peaceful ruler.” Many famous athletes have the name, which could explain why it’s trending. People might also be choosing this dog name to get to the nickname Fredo.
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How sweet is the name Beige? We think it is a darling color dog name. After all, many dogs have coats that could be described by it. We’re into this one!
There you go! What did you think of the most popular dog names of 2022? We hope you found some inspiration if that’s what you needed or just fun to think about. For more dog name content, keep reading. We’ve got unique dog names to share with you.
Our favorite unique dog names are the most unexpected ones! Calling your baby after a cute green bug would be a blast.
Once a popular name for women, Birdie has so much sweet energy to it. Plus, it’s an easy name to call. Just imagine yourself saying, “Birdie, sit” or “Good Birdie!”
We chose the name Winnie for its whimsical sound and for the meaning behind the name. Winnie is a diminutive of Winifred and means “gentle friend.” How sweet is that for your puppy?
You can pretty much name a dog after any food and get away with it. Cashew? Fine! Turnip? Why not!? We like Bean as it’s also used as a nickname for people too.
We love unique dog names that carry a big mantle or have an outsized reputation. Bernice means is an ancient Greek name that means “bringing victory.” We chose this name because it sounds nearly too serious for a dog. But, it does offer you a ton of cute nicknames to use. Berry, Benny, Bernie, Binny, Bern, Bee, and Bunny are all common ones associated with this appellation.
Another name from Greek, Ursa means “little bear.” If you’re a lover of the stars, choosing this unique name will tip others off that you’re a stargazer.
Della is a diminutive form of a German name that means “noble.” There are a lot of dogs out there named Bella and it might serve you to choose an alternative! Della has a sweet, vintage sound which should appeal to new puppy parents today.
Penny has been a longtime favorite nickname for Penelope, a name from Greek that means “weaver.” Penny sounds priceless and perfectly sweet.
A mildly popular name for dogs, Pepper offers up some spice. The name ultimately comes from Latin and means “berry.” Of all the unique dog names on this list, Pepper offers the most pep!
Petunia is one of the most ridiculous flower names which somehow makes it perfect as a name for a dog. Petunia comes from English and means “trumpet-shaped flower.” This is one of the sweetest unique dog names on the list!
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Unique Dog Names for Boy Dogs!
Not just the name of your favorite character from The Legend of Zelda, Link was once a popular midcentury nickname for Lincoln. We think it make for a playful and energetic-sounding name for a dog.
Okay, so we know this is already a commonly chosen name for dogs, but it’s just so good we could not complete the list without recommending it. After all, your puppy is a little teddy bear.
As we mentioned earlier, over-the-top appellations make for some of the best unique dog names. Jacques, a French name and form of James, has been considered too pretentious for babies today. Why not use this romantic name for your dog?
Pete is a diminutive form of Peter, a name from Greek that means “stone.” Why is Pete such a friendly-sounding name? We love the idea of the nickname Petie for a dog named Pete. You know, Petie the sweetie!
Elmo is an Italian name from German that means “protector.” That could be reason enough for you to choose this name for your pup, but we also like the association with the lovable character from Sesame Street. We’re certain young fans of the program would be thrilled to call their puppy Elmo.
Some of the most unique names for dogs come from other animals! We think that Tiger, a name for a big cat, proves an interesting choice for a puppy.
We are almost certain that Chihuahua parents have a monopoly on the cutest names for their dogs. We’ve heard Taco, Pinto, Chico, Tabasco, and so many other delightfully appropriate unique dog names for Chihuahuas. Who doesn’t love a taco? Taco is perfect!
Barnaby is a vintage and dusty by today’s standards. The name is English but it originated in Aramaic, meaning “son of consolation.”
Pick a nut, any nut will do! We are particularly fond of Peanut as a name for a puppy. It’s a mildly popular name for dogs already, but we would love to encounter this endearing appellation even more.
Names from classics like Homer, a scribe of ancient Greek epics, add a touch of class and some gravity that seems funny for dogs. Apollo, Adonis, Jupiter, Hercules, etc. are all going to be fun choices. Homer means “pledge.”
Fabio, a name fit for a romance novel hero, sounds stylish and fun when applied to a dog. It’s one of the unique dog names that we wish people would consider more earnestly. Fabio is Italian from a Roman clan name, meaning “bean grower.”
Almost any food will do. But, we like Pickle and Peanut most for male dogs. Will you sound slightly unhinged while walking your dog and calling “Pickle” after him? Perhaps! We think its worth it.
Oz has been used as a nickname for such appellations as Ozias, Osgood, Oswald, and Osmond. However, Oz is a standalone name from Hebrew meaning “courageous.” Oz sounds modern and fun and Ozzie makes for a cute pet form!
A well-used Italian pet name for longer monikers like Giannino and Gianni, Nino is also similar to the Spanish niño, meaning “boy.” We think Nino could be one of the unique dog names on the horizon.
Fritz was once a popular baby name in the US! It’s a diminutive form of Friedrich and means “peaceful ruler.” Fritz sounds distinguished but also zesty and energetic!
It’s got “wolf” in it. Cased closed! Wolfgang is the perfect tongue-in-cheek name for a little boy dog. The name has German origins and means “traveling wolf.”
A cool nickname-name that’s generally applied to Basil or Sebastian, Baz proves a refreshing option for puppies. It’s one of the unique dog names on this list that we actually love for people too.
There’s something so silly about the vintage nickname Butch that seems appropriate among these unique dog names. Butch sounds so rugged and tough. We’d love to hear it for a tiny dog.
A bit out of left field, but unique nevertheless, Pasha is a Russian name and diminutive form of Pavel, which means “small.” We think it’s a truly cute name that would fit well for a dog.
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Yes, Plato is a name that belonged to one of the greatest Western philosophers, but we think it gives some gravitas to a dog’s name. Aristotle and Socrates would also be nice, but Plato just rolls off the tongue easier.
There you go! We hope you loved these unique dog names and feel inspired to choose one for your new baby. The important thing is to have fun with it! Most of us are not bold enough to choose outlandish names for our children, so take the opportunity to go all out with your dog’s moniker. We’re pretty sure they’ll be happy, no matter what you call them.
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- 1 Most Popular Girl Dog Names
- 2 Most Popular Boy Dog Names
- 3 Trendiest Dog Names of 2022
- 3.1 Fezco
- 3.2 Cassini
- 3.3 Mossberg
- 3.4 Mirabel
- 3.5 Kyna
- 3.6 Mommy
- 3.7 Monka
- 3.8 Tohru
- 3.9 Frederico
- 3.10 Beige
- 3.11 Cricket
- 3.12 Birdie
- 3.13 Winnie
- 3.14 Bean
- 3.15 Bernice
- 3.16 Ursa
- 3.17 Della
- 3.18 Penny
- 3.19 Pepper
- 3.20 Petunia
- 3.21 Unique Dog Names for Boy Dogs!
- 3.22 Link
- 3.23 Bear
- 3.24 Jacques
- 3.25 Pete
- 3.26 Elmo
- 3.27 Tiger
- 3.28 Taco
- 3.29 Barnaby
- 3.30 Peanut
- 3.31 Homer
- 3.32 Fabio
- 3.33 Pickle
- 3.34 Oz
- 3.35 Nino
- 3.36 Fritz
- 3.37 Wolfgang
- 3.38 Baz
- 3.39 Butch
- 3.40 Pasha
- 3.41 Plato
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