The Most Popular Dog Names of 2016

Classics and Food and Pokemon?

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

shutterstock_134044487 released the most popular dog names recently. The classics remain, but there was also a rise in pop culture names, powerful women names, and food names (the best choice, ever!) Trends included dogs named after favorite characters on TV or in a book or a celebrity.

Most interesting was the rise in Pokemon-influenced and Game of Thrones names like Haunter, Skitty, Bayleaf and Snow and Khalessi. Take a look at the roundup below with some cute puppies who could pull off these names for good measure!

Top 10 Male Dog Names of 2016…

10. Tucker


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A occupational surname, derived from Old English meaning “one who fulls cloth”.

9. Toby


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Form Tobias or Tobiah. Biblical in origin, it is the name of the hero of the Book of Tobit, Tobias. He was able to drive away a demon who has plagued Sarah, who would later become his wife.

8. Duke


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From the noble title Duke, which is derived from Latin dux, meaning “leader”.

7. Bear


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Derived from the fuzzy forest dweller that we all know and love! 😉

6. Rocky


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Derived from the name, Rocco, often nickname referring to a tough person. Likely, derived from the name of a boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie ‘Rocky’ (1976) and its five sequels.

5. Jack


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Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning “man.”

4. Cooper


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From a surname meaning “barrel maker.”

3. Buddy


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From the English word meaning “friend” or “brother.”

2. Charlie


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Form the name, Charles, meaning “man”, “army” or “warrior”.

1. Max!


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Short for Maximilian meaning, “greatest” or Maxwell meaning, “great spring.”

Now For Top 10 Female Dog Names of 2016…

10. Maggie


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Maggie is a Persian name, meaning: Child of light.

9. Bailey


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A derivative of an English surname meaning “bailiff.”

8. Sophie


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The name Sophie is a Greek  name, meaning wisdom or wise.

7. Sadie


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A nickname for Sarah meaning, “princess.”

6. Molly


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Molly is derived from the Hebrew, Mary meaning, bitter.

5. Luna


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Luna is Latin and it’s means “the moon.” In Mythology Luna is one of the names of Artemis the moon goddess.

4. Lola


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Lola, is a short form of the name Dolores, meaning “sorrows”, taken from one of the titles of the Virgin Mary: Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows. 

3. Daisy


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Daisy is a  name, often thought to be derived from the flower. However it is little known that the flower name comes from an Old English word meaning “day’s eye.”

2. Lucy


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Lucy is derived from the Latin masculine name, Lucius. It means “of the light.”

1. Bella!


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Bella comes from the Italian and Latin words for beautiful.