Jan 052013
 

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Popular Dog Names

Choosing the right name for our four legged friends is such an important task that we often turn to search engines and articles for help in coming up with suitable candidate names. Some people have a name picked out before they choose their new dog, but in my opinion a name often suits a dog based on the way the look and their personality, which you won’t know until you bring the dog home.

In 2012, both VetStreet.com and VPI Pet Insurance analysed their records of collectively over 1.6 million registered dogs and released a list of the most popular names. In this article we not only give you a list of the most popular male and female dogs names, but also provide some insight into why these names are so popular and what they mean.

2012 Popular Girl Dog Names

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Daisy

It is no big surprise that the number one spot for most popular female dog name in 2012 went to Bella, given the success and release of the Twilight films. In addition to being such a popular character, Bella is such a sweet name and can be suited to small and larger breeds. In people  Bella is often short for the name Isabella and is associated with the Italian word meaning ‘beautiful’.

Lucy and Molly have been in the top ten for the past few years and are still going strong for popular canine girls names. Lucy literally means ‘light’ and Molly is the pet version of the human name Mary.

Other popular girls names for both puppies and older dogs are Sophie, which means ‘wisdom’ and could be suited to the more intelligent breeds and Chloe which was also popular as a female cat name.

2012 Popular Boy Dog Names

  • Max
  • Bailey
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Rocky

Max has been in the number one spot for most popular male dog name for over 10 years now and shows no signs of moving down. It is popular with a wide range of breeds, from toy dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers, to large breeds such as Newfoundland’s. There doesn’t seem to be any celebrity or character motivation for the continues popularity of Max, but for those who are lead by the meaning of names, Max means ‘the greatest’, which could be a driving force behind its popularity.

As names like Fido and Rover drop into the thousands in terms of popularity, name such as Bailey and Buddy increase to the 2nd and 3rd spots as being most popular for male dog names. It has been suggested by experts that dogs are seen more as family members nowadays than actual pets and as such we like to give them more human names to make them a part of the family.

Rocky has been a popular name throughout 2011 and 2012 and could be due to the persona of the Silvester Stallone character ‘Rocky Balboa’ in the Rocky films. However, the name itself actually means ‘rest’.

Celebrity Dog Names

In the same way that children of celebrities have to endure forenames such as Fifi Trixibelle and Memphis Eve; their dogs are really no better off (although the more unique amongst you may consider these names apt for your star pooch.)

80′s actor Judd Nelson has a Staffordshire Terrier named Talullah Bighead and 2 of Paris Hilton’s 17 dogs are named Tokyo Blu & Harajubu Bitch, both are chihuahua’s. Adam Sandler owns an English Bulldog called Matzoball (he unfortunately lost one of his dogs in 2006, whose name was Meatball!)

However, amongst the weird and wonderful names, there are some unique and quite endearing ones as well. Selma Blair has a Jack Russell named Wink and Demi Moore has a Chihuahua called Vida Blue, whilst Travis Barker has named his French Bulldog Biscuit.

Let us know your favourite dog names in the comment box below.

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