The Most Popular Dog Names of 2015

How did your dog get his or her name? Did you name her after someone – say, a character from your favorite book or movie? Or did you choose a Presidential name to fit his personality? Perhaps you picked something funny, or more traditional, or even something wild and crazy? Whatever you choose, the act of naming your pup is a big decision – and often a fun one, too!

On National Dog Day (August 26th), social network site Nextdoor announced the results of a survey of dog owners to see what names they picked. The top 10 most popular dog names in the U.S. this year are:

1. Bella

2. Lucy

3. Max

4. Daisy

5. Bailey

6. Buddy

7. Molly

8. Charlie

9. Maggie

10. Sadie

Reading this list, we recognized a lot of familiar names of DogWatch dogs from across the country. In fact, two of our DogWatch Office dogs share the #2 most popular name, Lucy!

Nextdoor also listed the most popular names by breed. Here’s how they stacked up.

Beagle: Daisy

Boxer: Rocky

Mixed Breed and Dachshund: Lucy

Labrador and Golden Retriever: Bailey

Chihuahua: Coco

Shih Tzu: Gizmo

German Shepherd: Max

Yorkshire Terrier: Sophie

So did your dog’s name make the list? If so, what drew you to that name? Did you name him or her after a particular person or character (i.e. Bella from Twilight or Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)?

If your dog’s name didn’t make the list, congrats on your independence from the pack! What name did you choose, and how did you come up with it?

We’d love to hear from you! Share your reactions to the list and your dog name stories in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We may include your story in a future blog post!

Clockwise from top left: DogWatch HQ office dog Lucy the Bichon Frise; Charlie the Labradoodle from Weston, MA; Buddy the mixed breed from Jacksonville, FL; Max the Schnauzer from Gallatin Gateway, MT; and Maggie the Great Dane from Atlanta, GA

9 Comments on “The Most Popular Dog Names of 2015

  1. our shi-poo mix is called Maggie Mae after Rod Stewarts song. So when she had 5 puppies, they were called Delilah- Tom Jones. Penny Lane- Beatles & Scarlette Fever- Kenny Rogers the boys were named Domi & Cujo for hockey players

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  3. I have 4 dogs: 1. Fox Terrie named Bruno; 2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Ms. Kitty Kat; 3: Pootalian named Bugga, and 4. Labradoodle named Dr. Nathan. all of them were named based on their personalities.

  4. We have two dogs that are about 11 months old. They are border collie mix. I suspect they are mixed with a large breed, because the male weighs over 60 pounds and female over 50. Living in Texas their names are Buddy and Holly.

  5. I have 3 malamutes (girls) their 10, 6 and 3. I chose Neeka, Bella & Zoe because of the meaning in the names. Neeka = Maginficant (or closest I could find) Bella = Beautiful and Zoe = Life. Maginficant Beautiful Life. :-)

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