How did you decide what to name your dog? Whether the name is silly or serious, most pet parents are influenced by names that remind them of their favorite things or trending pop culture moments.
To see what pet parents are naming their pups in 2023, we dug into Rover’s database of millions of pet parents to uncover the most popular dog names across the country. Take a look to see how the things that matter most to us show up in how we choose to name our pets: discover the most popular dog names in the USA.
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The Top Trending Dog Names of 2023
You Aren’t Trippin’: 90s Dog Names Are Trending Up
The 90s and early 2000s are back in 2023 and this year’s trending dog names show it. You oughta know that the name Alanis (Morissette) is up 547%.
Some pet parents are spicing up their life by naming their dogs Ginger Spice, which is trending up 47%, and Spice Girl, which is new to the list this year. New to the list, and now forever in our hearts, are dogs named Leonardo Dogcaprio, Shania Twain, Richard Gere, Fergie, Shakira, and Avril.
The nostalgia trip extends beyond movies and music, as the name Furby is also up 27%.
90s celebrities: Heartthrobs and leading ladies
The 90s saw the rise of paparazzi and celebrity worship. Here are some of the highlights:
- 1995’s Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt, is trending up 47%.
- The names Chad Michael Murray, and Freddie Prince appeared also on the list for dogs for the first time.
- Infamous 90s “it” girls Drew Barrymore (297%), Halle Berry (97%), and Winona [Ryder] (19%) are trending up for dogs.
90s Music: From Grunge and Hip Hop to Boy Bands and Pop Princesses
Flannel and grunge bands were an iconic part of the early 90s and we still see that influence in dog names today. Cornell is up 64% and Nirvana is up 56%. Dogs named Corgan after the Smashing Pumpkins frontman are also on the rise. Our favorite, though? There are dogs named Dave Growl on the list.
Yo MTV Raps may have started in the late 80s but this popular show ran through the mid-90s. Hip hop artists had a huge impact on the decade and pet parents clearly still love these artists. Tupac, Big Boi, Dre, Snoop, Missy, Biggie, and Pepa all made the list. Other dog parents like to kick it root down—Beastie and Adrock are on this list this year, too.
In the battle of the boy bands, who inspires more male dog names?
- NSYNC trends: Chris (23%), Joey (3%), Justin (-12%), Lance (-18%), and JC (-42%).
- Backstreet Boys trends: Kevin (4%), AJ (-6%), Howie (-6%), Nick (-13%), and Brian (-14%).
- Hanson is up 16%.
Pop divas are all over the list this year. Jessica is up 42%, Britney is up 11%, and Christina is down -30%. Other girl dogs names like Fergie, Shakira, and Avril also popped. Shania Twain appeared on the list for the first time. Pet parents are also spicing up their lives this year: Dogs named Ginger Spice are up 47% and Spice Girl is new to the list.
In alternative-inspired names, Bjork is up 31% and Alanis is up 547%. Honorable mention: There is a dog named Linkin Bark this year.
90s Television: Teen Dramas and Iconic Cartoons
Saved by the Bell was THE show to watch after school. So who at Bayside High inspires more dog names? Kelly Kapowski made the list for the first time this year. Of the main characters, the most popular dog name inspired by Saved by the Bell is Kelly, followed by Zack, Lisa, Slater, and Jessi. Screech is down -28%.
The most infamous zip code in 90s television continues to inspire pet parents today. Dogs named for Beverly Hills 90210 include Steve, Dylan, Kelly, Donna, David, Brandon, and Brenda. Donna Martin also made the list this year. Hopefully she graduates!
Saturday morning cartoons were a staple of many kids of the 90s who have grown up to be pet parents today.
- Stimpy is up 31% and Ren is down -7%.
- Pet parents love the Powerpuff Girls. Blossom is up 20%, Bubbles is up 9%, and Buttercup is up 6%.
- Turtle power! Pet parents pay homage to the heroes in the half-shell when it comes to dog names. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-inspired names are all over the list. There are dogs named Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Master Splinter, and Shredder.
90s Foods-Inspired Names Are All That and a Bag of Chips
- Little Debbie is trending up 38% this year, along with Trix (28%), Twinkie (13%), and Zinger (9%). Fruit Loop (-2%), Pop Tart (-25%), Captain Crunch (-36%), and Ding Dong (-42%) are all trending down.
- The tastiest new names on this list are Gogurt, Dunkaroo, Frosted Flakes, Lunchables, Miss Hot Pocket, and Miss Twinkie.
90s Toys: The Craze of Collectibles
Pet parents are nostalgic about the toys of their childhood. Furby is trending up 27%, Nerf is up 17%, Polly Pocket is up 14%, Beanie (as in Beanie Baby) is up 12%, and Elmo (possibly inspired by Tickle-Me-Elmo) is up 9%.
90s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, and Air Bud
90s baseball greats are popular when it comes to dog names. Griffey, Sosa, Ripken, Jeter, and Piazza are all on the list. Home run? We think so.
Air Bud made the list for the first time this year, as any basketball playing dog should. The Timberwolves basketball team would be so proud.
90s basketball legends all made the list this year, including Jordan, Shaquille, Ewing, and Rodman. Plus, there are dogs named Charles Barkley.
Not nostalgic for the 90s? Talk to the hand. Kidding! Here are some other dog names for you.
Top Trending Names Inspired by Food & Drinks
- Dogs named after food and drinks are always popular among pet parents. In 2023, Green Bean snagged the top spot at 217%, with Cheerios (198%), S’More (157%), Parsley (89%), Ice Cream (83%), and Baguette (79%) following close behind.
- A dog named Brie? Charcuterie-inspired names are super popular this year. Stilton is up 198%, followed by Quince (131%), Fig (17%), Prosciutto (14%), and Brie (2%). Cornichon is new to the platter this year.
Food Dog Names: New to the List
- Peanut Butta
- Pop Tart
- Bubble Gum
- Eggsy Benedict
- Everything Bagel
Trending Drink-Inspired Dog Names
- Beer (330%)
- Chardonnay (97%)
- Fizz (78%
- Gimlet (47%)
- Mojito (25%)
- Pinot (19%)
- Espresso (18%)
- Whiskey (15%)
- Champagne (15%)
- Chai (15%)
Beer is having a moment.
- The dog name Beer is up a whopping 330% in 2023. Beer-related honorable mentions include Stella Artois (198%) and Heineken (28%). However, dog names inspired by dark beer aren’t as popular this year: Porter, Stout, and Guinness are all trending down.
- The last hipster? PBR is new to the list this year.
Who wins the battle of the plant-based milk?
- Oat comes out on top at 61% with Almond in second place (26%).
- Rice is down -2% and Soy is at the bottom of the list (-52%).
Beverage honorable mentions: White Claw is up 298% this year, Red Bull is up 48%, and Poppi is up 36%.
Sports-Inspired Dog Names Score Big
Americans love football-inspired names. Kelce is the #1 top-trending dog name in America (up 135%), likely inspired by the Kelce brothers, who faced off at last year’s Super Bowl. The oldest, Travis Kelce, is also dating Taylor Swift, which may be contributing to the trend.
The US Women’s National Team is gearing for a comeback and so are the dog names. Dunn (147%) and Megan (33%) are trending up while Rapinoe, along with her wife and WNBA icon Sue Bird, are new to the list. Other trending sports-inspired names in the arena this year include Celtic (364%), Trae (222%), Nikola (147%), Mariner (131%), Eagle (114%), Lamb (109%), and Fields (97%).
- The next LeBron James? Wemby, after Spurs player Victor Wembanyama, is new to the list this year.
- Other new names include Ekeler, Belt, Bonds, Jokic, Knick, Rapinoe, O’Hara, and Point.
- Pet parents must love Brittney Griner. Brittney is up 47% while Griner is new to the list this year.
- Breanna Stewart left the Seattle Storm for the New York Liberty in the last year, and there are a lot of Stewy fans out there. The dog name Stewy is trending up 81%.
- More in the WNBA: Jewell Lloyd has continued to make a name for herself on the Seattle Storm and dogs named Jewell are up 64%. The names Chelsea and Gray are also both trending up 14% each.
The US Women’s National Team may have left the World Cup earlier than their track record predicted, but women’s soccer fandom is only increasing. Dogs named Dunn (147%), Megan (33%), Lindsey (4%), Crystal (8%), Alyssa (7%), Trinity (4%), Sophia (3%), and Julie (2%) are all trending up.
Star Studded Names
Pop culture consistently has a huge influence on pet names, and this year is no exception. Celebrity dog names are on the rise in 2023. For example, our #1 Dad Pedro Pawscal appeared on the list for the first time this year.
Celebrity Splits: What Team is Your Pup?
- Sophie Turner is still Queen in the North. The name Lady Sansa is up 31%, while Joe is down -15%.
- Britney is up 11%, while Sam is down -10%.
Is Pete Davidson everyone’s favorite rebound? The name Pete is up 4%.
Name a More I-Chronic Duo
- Snoop (12%) and Martha (16%) are trending up for dogs this year.
- The name Martha Stewart appeared on the list for the first time.
- There’s no shortage of names inspired by the original D-O-Double G, including Snoop-Dog, Snoopdog, Snoopdogg, Snoop D.O.G.G., Snoop Dizzle, Snoop Doggie Dog, Snoop Doggy Dog, and even Snoop Hoggy Hog.
Television-Inspired Names Are Highly Rated in 2023
Netflix Series Wednesday Inspires Woefully Fun Dog Names
Fans of the Addams Family came out of the woodwork in 2023, naming their pets after characters from the hit Netflix series Wednesday. The full name Wednesday Addams is trending up 297% for dogs, and just Wednesday (ranked #2 trending nationally) is up 92%.
Other trending names inspired by the streaming series include Nevermore Academy student Enid (up 217%) and Thing, the strangely charismatic severed hand (up 197%). Plus, the names Gomez Addams and Morticia Addams appeared on the list for the first time ever.
And Just Like That, Dog Names Inspired by the Sex and the City Reboot Are on the Rise
- Che is up 32%, Charlotte is up 6%, Carrie is up 2%, and Nya is up 1%.
- Viewers didn’t love Miranda’s storyline in the reboot, so it’s no surprise the name Miranda is down -30%. Also down? Aiden (-28%) and Big (-16%).
Here Come the Grannies! Bluey-Inspired Names Are Trending Up in 2023
The Heeler family has inspired pet parents all over America. Bluey is up 60%, Bingo is up 41%, Chili is up 19%, and Bandit is up 6%. Heeler is new to the list this year.
Other beloved Bluey-inspired names include Lucky, Indy, Trixie, Muffin, Calypso, and Frisky.
Survivor Fans Have Spoken!
Survivor had a renaissance during the pandemic, with old and new fans alike watching past seasons of the show that’s been around for 20 years. Here are a few highlights:
- Likely named after the Survivor icons, dogs named Sandra (38%) and Amanda (32%) are trending up.
- Beloved host Jeff Probst made it on the list of new dog names this year.
- We’re against you Russell! The dog name Russell is trending down.
Sissy That Dog Walk! RuPaul’s Drag Race Fans Are Still Going Strong.
Shantay, you stay.
- The #1 trending RuPaul’s Drag Race-inspired name is Monet, up 79% this year.
- Slay is up 31%, followed by Yvie (22%), Shea (18%), Kennedy (18%), Kandy (11%), Violet (10%), Alyssa (7%), Trinity (4%), and Ginger (3%).
- Aquaria is new to the list this year.
- Despite her epic All Stars win, Jimbo is trending down -35% as a dog name in the US.
- Also down this year? Bosco (-2%), Katya (-8%), Bianca (-11%), Raja (-17%) and Ru (-24%).
This Is the Way! Names Inspired By the Mandalorian Are Still Popular.
- Cobb is up 40%, followed by Fennec (32%), Grogu (14%), Boba (13%), and Jabba (12%).
- Cara is trending down -17%, likely related to the controversy surrounding the actress who played the role.
Real Housewives: “The Only Holes I Poke Are in Poop Bags.” – Brynn, the Dog
2023 gave us an entirely new cast of Real Housewives of New York City, but which housewife dog names are getting the most attention?
We’re all comparing the new cast of RHONY vs the old cast, right? If dog names are any indicator, the OGs win. Countess (31%), Luann (17%) and Leah (12%) are trending up, while Brynn (-6%), Erin (-6%), Sai (-11%), and Jenna (-13%) are trending down.
Erin might not serve food at her parties, but she’s making an impact. For the first time, dogs named Lichy are on the list. Also new to the list this year? Demetria and Rinna.
Sorry to bring up your family, but Teresa (57%) is trending more than Melissa (2%) and Louie (4%) is trending more than Joe (-15%). RHONJ fans just want Teresa to live happily ever after.
The dog name Cohen, inspired by Andy Cohen, is up 33%. Also, Phaedra is up 297% this year.
Which Group Chat Is Your Pup In? Kardashian Drama Fuels Dog Names in 2023
One Kardashian couple came out on top this year. Kourtney is up 122% and Barker is up 52%.
The next generation of Kardashians are growing up and their influence is on the rise. Psalm (14%), Reign (13%), Stormi (10%), True (9%), Chicago (8%), North (7%), and Saint (3%) are trending up.
Kardashian exes are also having their moment: Tristan is up 12%, Scott is up 10%, and Pete is up 4%. Not all exes are thriving, though, as the dog name Kanye is trending down 42% this year.
We’re Gonna Tell You a Little Secret: Yellowstone Names Are Trending Up
The mega drama inspired by Big Sky country has also inspired pet parents when it comes to dog names. Teeter is up 297%, followed by Dutton (53%), Beth (29%), Rip (21%), and Monica (14%).
Yellowstone is down -82%.
Vanderpump Rules When it Comes to Dog Names
While there are no dogs named Scandoval (yet), the dog name Sandoval is up 197% this year.
Ariana supporters rejoice: The dog name Maddix is up 18% and Sandwich is up 10%. There’s something about her.
In what could be his best PR all year, the dog name Schwartz is up 17% this year.
James, Lisa, Stassi, and Jax are down -12%, -4%, -3%, and -2%, respectively. Sadly, there are no dogs named Pumptini.
Is The Bear a Popular Inspiration For Dog Names? Yes, Chef!
Trending Dog Names from The Bear
- The Bear (197%)
- Carmy (157%)
- Marcus (24%)
- Neil (17%)
- Claire (5%)
- Chef (5%)
- Bear (4%)
- Sugar (4%)
Sous is new to the list this year and Omelet is up 198%.
Which Succession-Inspired Dog Names Come Out On Top?
The final season of Succession came out this year and our data shows that the women of the show (plus cousin Greg) inspire pet names the most. Gerri and Shiv are trending up 131% and 97%, respectively, while Greg is also up 11% this year.
Logan, Connor, Kendall, and Tom are all trending down.
We are happy to report that there are no dogs named Waystar.
Top Chef is Tops With Pet Parents
After 17 years, Padma Lakshmi has retired from hosting the beloved cooking show. Perhaps as tribute to her, the dog name Padma is trending up 197%. Her replacement, former contestant and upcoming host, Kristen Kish is also serving as inspiration: For the first time, there are dogs named Kish.
Dogs named Chef are trending up 5% and Top Chef judge Gail is trending up 24%.
However, dogs named Bravo are trending down 5% and dogs named Tom are down 29%.
Believe in These Names Inspired by Ted Lasso
The much-loved series about everyone’s favorite expat coach ended this year. Here are the top 10 trending names from Ted Lasso:
Trending Ted Lasso Dog Names
- Zava (579%)
- Lasso (49%)
- Keeley (33%)
- Roy Kent (31%)
- Coach (9%)
- Ted (5%)
- Baz (3%)
- Sassy (3%)
- Roy (3%)
Goldfish is also up 14%, possibly inspired by Coach Lasso’s timeless advice, “Be a goldfish.” Finally, Danny Rojas is new to the list this year, probably because football is life.
Binge-Worthy Pet Names Inspired By Our Favorite Comfort Shows
Watching and rewatching tv shows is a noble pastime shared by many of us. Check out some of the best names inspired by some of the most rewatched shows:
Parks and Rec might be long off the air, but its influence lives on. Ron Swanson, Jean-Ralphio, Mouserat, and Ann Perkins are all new to the list this year. Pawnee is up 48%, and Duke Silver is up 38%. But is it time to say bye-bye to Lil Sebastian? His name is down -77%.
Friends is another popular comfort show, loved for its quirky characters that inspire equally quirky names. Some of our favorites include Princess Consuela Banana Hammock and Miss Chanandler Bong. And while Gunther never got the girl, his name is up 11%.
We can’t have a list of binge-worthy shows without mentioning The Office. Dwight Schrute is new to the list this year, while Dwight Snoot made the list for the second year in a row. “I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott the dog
Dog Names Go X-tremely Meta in 2023
Some chronically online pet parents are memorializing the name of their favorite renamed social media platform by naming their dogs Twitter, which is trending up 247% for dogs. Given this, it’s also no surprise that Elon (up 11%) and Musk (up 47%) are also trending. Likely inspired by the latest social sharing platform from Meta, the name Threads appeared on the list for the first time.
It was a big year for artificial intelligence tech too, which we see reflected in pet names: the name AI is trending up 97% for dogs.
Blockbuster Dog Names in 2023
This year was all about Barbie! For the first time, Mattel appeared on the list for dogs. Ken is trending up 79%, and Barb is up 12%. Also on the list? Greta, Barbie, and Allan.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Continues to Inspire Dog Names
- The top trending pet names from Marvel movies include Deadpool, Zemo, Mystique, Colter, Castle, Rooster, and Ultra.
- Tony, Loki, Groot, and Thanos are down this year.
- Maximoff is new to the list this year and Wanda is up 24%.
Names inspired by Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid Are Part of Our World
Long live the sea witch! Ursula is up 14%, while Scuttle is up 10%, Sebastian is up 8%, and Ariel is up 4%. Flounder is down -65%, possibly in part because the CGI Flounder was seen as one of the creepiest fish ever created.
Music-Inspired Dog Names Top the Charts in 2023
Top 10 Trending Musician Names
- Donna (49%)
- Ciara (24%)
- Cardi (20%)
- Steven (20%)
- Nelly (14%)
- Harry (9%)
- Taylor (9%)
- Willie (4%)
- Billie (4%)
Hairy Styles is new to the list this year. Blue Ivy (16%) is having a renaissance this year.
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- Swiftie is new to the list this year, while Swifty is trending up 37%.
- Dog names inspired by Taylor Swift’s music are trending up, including Cardigan (31%), August (9%), Betty (8%), Karma (7%), and Midnight (6%). Evermore is new to the list this year.
- In the battle of the exes, Harry Styles (98%) and Harry (9%) are up, while Calvin (-3%), Matty (-8%), and Karlie (-8%) are down. Joe (-15%) and Jake (-10%) have also fallen down the list this year. Finally, if pet parents have to speak now, they aren’t fans of John Mayer. John is down a whopping -42%.
K-pop is Popular Pet Name Inspiration
- The top K-Pop inspired names are Exo (46%), Jennie (27%), Bambam (24%), and Irene (16%).
- The names Bangtan, Jihoon, Tzuyu, and Zhou Zhou are new to the list this year.
Trending Names for Popular Dog Breeds
Is there a link between dog breeds and the names we give them? For the top five most popular breeds in America, we noticed some trends. First up is the mixed breed, whose most popular trending names are: Beetlejuice, Fauna, Leslie, Mystery, and Pascal.
Next is the friendly and outgoing Labrador Retriever, whose most popular names are: Scott, Banx, Cashew, Cadbury, and Castiel. The Goldendoodle is the third most popular breed, and people love to name these loyal, affectionate pups Andie, Lucy Liu, Puff, Clay, and Flo.
The Golden Retriever takes fourth in our most popular dog breeds list, and these loyal family dogs are most often named Andie, Duckie, Gentry, Gordy, and Juliette. Last but not least is the intelligent, athletic German Shepherd, whose top trending names are Fenway, Dany, Haven, Beatrice, and Nezuko.
Take a look at more breed names, including:
The Votes Are In: Pet Names Inspired by Politics
On one side of the aisle, Alexandria is up 83%, Kamala is up 31%, and Nancy is down -22%. On the other side, Santos is up 5%, while Donald, Trump, and Mitch are all trending down. We are thrilled to report that Ruth Bader Ginsbark is new to the list this year.
It’s Always 420 for These Dog Names
Cannabis-inspired names are on the rise this year. When it comes to strains, Sativa is up 8%, while Indica is down -12%. Ganja is up 40%, followed by Khan, Puff, Kandy, and Blaze. The name Munchie is up 22%. Reefer and Canna also made the list this year.
Royal Names for Regal Dogs
Trending Royal-Inspired Names
- Lilibet (66%)
- Megan (33%)
- Queenie (18%)
- Archie (11%)
- Harry (9%)
- Lizzie (9%)
- Lady (8%)
- Windsor (7%)
- Charlotte (6%)
- Prince (5%)
Markle is also trending up by 497%, while Jubilee is down -15%. Is your favorite queen or king not on the list? We listed more regal dog names to consider.
Gaming-Inspired Dog Names Are Leveling Up
Classic video game character names lead the pack this year.
Trending Game-Inspired Names
- Princess Peach (92%)
- Bowser (10%)
- Maple (8%)
- Link (8%)
- Zelda (8%)
- Timmy (4%)
- Yoshi (4%)
- Daisy (3%)
- Kirby (2%)
- Mario (0.03%)
The latest chapter in The Legend of Zelda was released in 2023. Tears of the Kingdom inspired a number of dog names, including Rito (55%) Ganon (42%), Koga (8%), Zora (11%), Deku (11%), Mipha (7%), and Korok. Of course, Zelda and Link made the list this year because what would Hyrule be without them?
Another Wave of Pandemic-Inspired Names
Virus is up 197%, Covid is up 42%, and Corona is up 7%. Fauci is down -54%, though the name Ouchie Fauci is new to the list this year. Vax is also down -2%.
Destination Dog Names: Top Names Inspired by Locations Around the World
The top 10 trending destination names are:
Top 10 Trending Destination Dog Names
- Bombay (64%)
- Mexico (47%)
- Melbourne (42%)
- Chile (40%)
- Eiffel (22%)
- Ibiza (22%)
- Rome (19%)
- Mykonos (17%)
- Cairo (10%)
- Paris (6%)
Maui is the most popular destination-related name this year. Here are other Hawaiian dog names for those whose hearts lie in solidarity with the island after the fires.
Istanbul made the list this year, but Constantinople did not.
The Influence of #BookTok on Dog Names
Bookworms rejoice! This year’s list includes literary dog names inspired by classic book characters as well as the most viral BookTok faves.
Classic names include Frodo, Samwise, Dobby, Beezus, and Ramona. Viral names include Cassian, Feyre, and Bryce.
The Truth Is Out There: Space & Alien Dog Names
- The name Alien is trending up 131% for dogs.
- Mars and Nebula are up 30%.
- For the first time, the dog name Planet appeared on the list in 2023. Mulder & Scully (a dynamic dog duo for sure) also made the list this year, along with Special Agent Fox Mulder.
Trending Dog Names by City
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Find the Perfect Name for Your Dog
Our dog name generator will run through our lists to find the best or most unique name for your (future) dog. Dogs are pretty slick so if you want to re-name your dog, we have a guide to teaching dogs and puppies their new name.
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The Ultimate Puppy Checklist
Now you know all about dog names, make sure you’ve got everything to make your pup happy. Our puppy essentials checklist covers the basics (dog tags to get their name engraved) to health care 101 (so you’re never lost when an emergency comes up).
While you’re here, don’t forget to make sure your dog is microchipped — or that the chip is up to date!
Cost of Dog Parenthood
You don’t need to pay to name your dog, but your dog’s name does go on a lot of paperwork that have $$$ on them. The expenses associated with dog parenthood range anywhere from $1,135 to $5,155 annually.
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The Top Pet Names 2023 report was developed by Rover between September and October 2023. Results are based on an analysis of millions of user-submitted pet names provided by pet parents on Rover.com. This report is not endorsed or sponsored by any of the brands, celebrities, and businesses mentioned within.