The Current Most Popular Dog Names, the neighborhood-centered social network, released last month a list of the current most popular dog names based on data from the 69,000 neighborhoods signed up with the site.  They listed the overall top 10 names as well as the top 10 names based on the most popular breeds.  The lists are below.

Top 10 Dog Names in the U.S.

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Max
  4. Daisy
  5. Bailey
  6. Buddy
  7. Molly
  8. Charlie
  9. Maggie
  10. Sadie

Most Popular Dog Names by Breed (breeds listed in order of popularity)

  1. Mixed breed – Lucy
  2. Lab – Bailey
  3. Chihuahua – Coco
  4. Golden retriever – Bailey
  5. Dachshund – Lucy
  6. Boxer – Rocky
  7. Shi tzu – Gizmo
  8. German shepherd – Max
  9. Yorkshire terrier – Sophie
  10. Beagle – Daisy

Interestingly, almost all the names are “human” names.  Clearly, dogs are now being seen as members of the family instead of just objects of possession.  It also appears pop culture is influencing the naming of our pets – “Bella’s” rise to fame began around the time The Twilight Series came out – coincidence? I predict Elsa and Olaf will be the next big names based on the overwhelming popularity of the recent movie Frozen.

Do you have a dog with one of the above popular names?  If so, how did you decide on that name? What is your prediction on the next big name?

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