Whilst some owners have their puppy names picked out years in advance, some owners have no idea where to start. Is there an art to choosing a name? Is there a science to it even?
Well, there’s a little bit of both.
David Woods from My Pet’s Name suggests choosing a name which is short, snappy and doesn’t sound like a command.
With his advice in mind, we have put together the most popular puppy names of 2019 and a few reasons why they’ve made it!
According to Rover, the most popular male dog names of 2018 are as follows:
And their female equivalents are:
The first thing you’ll likely notice is how they sound. All these names (apart from Oliver) are made up of one or two syllables, remember David’s naming advice.
- Max – one syllable
- Char-lie – two syllables
- Bel-la – two syllables
- Lo-la – two syllables
Why is This Important?
The reason we name our dog, aside from creating an identity, is to get their attention. We’ll shout their name before we ask them to do something, or not to do something in some instances.
So, it needs to be short and snappy, and able to get their attention. Is it easier to be short and snappy shouting “Max” or “Maximillian?”
You see our point.
Even if owners choose longer more unique names for their pet, they are quite often shortened. Almost instinctively.
Popular names are also those you wouldn’t mind shouting across the dog park or checking in to the vets with. Most of us would happily shout “Molly,” over from the tree, whereas if you’re shouting “Snuffles” your Mastiff, you will probably be the one hiding behind the tree.
Equally, do you want to explain your love for Huckleberry Finn every time you check “Bark Twain” into the Groomers?
Popular names can also be somewhat bittersweet. Choose a too popular name, and you may end up with more dogs than you bargained for at the dog park.
You’re ready to leave, so you call “Max” to go, little do you realize, there are 10 other Max’s there too!
For that reason, we’ve put together some more popular puppy names for you to consider:
So whilst you may notice a lot of human names in our popular puppy names, some are a little more creative.
Your puppy’s name will be how you get his attention during training and his cue before you ask him to do something.
Not only that, but it will identify him to the veterinarian and when you groom him.
You should be comfortable shouting it across the park and using it in public – asking your two-year-old to name the dog may be a great idea at the time, but not when ‘Doc McStuffins’ takes a wander around the block.
Also be mindful, that you don’t choose too popular a name, training classes will be chaos!
John Woods is a dog lover, enthusiast and author at All Things Dogs. He has studied animal behaviour and welfare and is on a mission to educate 40M dog owners on how to care for dogs.