Most Popular Puppy Names Of 2012 – 2013


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We’ve examined the names of more than 1.26 million puppies born in 2012 from Vetstreet’s records to determine the year’s top pet names. In the process of pulling this data, we couldn’t help but notice that many of the trends from last year have persisted, but there are definitely some new names on the rise.

Pop Culture Favorites
Bella has been the number-one female dog name since 2006. The first Twilight book, which introduced us to its heroine, Bella, came out in October 2005. Coincidence? Doubtful. Another prevalent name from pop culture is Bentley, the name of Teen Mom star Maci Bookout’s baby boy.

Gender-Specific Human Names
Many names on this list — Max, Charlie, Jack, Toby, Lucy, Sophie, Sadie, Chloe, Maggie — are single-sex human names, which matches up well with the trend of pets becoming more and more a part of the family. As people develop deeper bonds with their dogs, it makes perfect sense that they’d name them in a way that humanizes them.

Old Standbys and Rising Stars
Max is celebrating its seventh year at No. 1, and for the last 13 years, Rocky has made the top five and Bear has made the top 10 list; some names just hold a spot in the hearts of dog owners. But those male dog names have some competition: Zeus and Thor are rising fast, along with Milo, Blue, Gunner and Jax.

Many of the female puppy names stayed in the same spot as last year, but Lola, a name that’s been steadily on the rise over the past decade, moved up three spots to No. 5. Coco made the Top 10 for the first time this year, and a few other names — Rosie, Luna, and Nala — are looking to make their entrance next year.

Have you named your dog one of these popular names?


List courtesy of Vetstreet

Most of us put a lot of thought into naming our new dog or puppy. We realize our dog’s name will speak volumes about our own personality, insights, or sense of humor.

And what a great way of revealing just a tidbit of information about yourself to passers-by. Did you hear about the woman at the dog park who was heard calling, “Bella, here Bella!” by a fellow Twilight fanatic, thus sparking a conversation and friendship between the two dog lovers? All because of the name she chose for her dog!

According to 2013 data from VPI pet insurance, Max and Bella remain at the top of the 100 most popular dog names. Curious as to the other 98? Check out the list below.

Top 100 most popular male and female dog names

Top male dog names: Top female dog names:
1. Max (3*) 1. Bella (1*)
2. Buddy (6*) 2. Molly (5*)
3. Rocky 3. Lucy (4*)
4. Bailey (2*) 4. Maggie (8*)
5. Jake 5. Daisy (7*)
6. Charlie (9*) 6. Sophie (10*)
7. Jack 7. Sadie
8. Toby 8. Chloe
9. Cody 9. Bailey
10. Buster 10. Lola
11. Duke 11. Zoe
12. Cooper 12. Abby
13. Riley 13. Ginger
14. Harley 14. Roxy
15. Bear 15. Gracie
16. Tucker 16. Coco
17. Murphy 17. Sasha
18. Lucky 18. Lily
19. Oliver 19. Angel
20. Sam 20. Princess
21. Oscar 21. Emma
22. Teddy 22. Annie
23. Winston 23. Rosie
24. Sammy 24. Ruby
25. Rusty 25. Lady
26. Shadow 26. Missy
27. Gizmo 27. Lilly
28. Bentley 28. Mia
29. Zeus 29. Katie
30. Jackson 30. Zoey
31. Baxter 31. Madison
32. Bandit 32. Stella
33. Gus 33. Penny
34. Samson 34. Belle
35. Milo 35. Casey
36. Rudy 36. Samantha
37. Louie 37. Holly
38. Hunter 38. Lexi
39. Casey 39. Lulu
40. Rocco 40. Brandy
41. Sparky 41. Jasmine
42. Joey 42. Shelby
43. Bruno 43. Sandy
44. Beau 44. Roxie
45. Dakota 45. Pepper
46. Maximus 46. Heidi
47. Romeo 47. Luna
48. Boomer 48. Dixie
49. Luke 49. Honey
50. Henry 50. Dakota


* Ranking in VPI’s Top 10 Pet Names in 2012

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