Male dog names can be hard to choose. Whether it’s a boyish, handsome moniker you want, something tough, or a unique standout, it’s gotta be perfect. Choosing the best dog name, like choosing the perfect dog sitter, is a fun and important task for every pet parent. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some great options for you.
From Angus to Zeus, Harry to Sparky, Alfie to Oreo, and everything in between, Rover.com dug into their database to discover the most popular male dog names in America. If you’re already a pet parent, check to see if your pup’s name made the list!
These are the most popular male dog names of 2019 in Rover’s database.
- Blue / Blu
- Remi / Remy
Find out how real dog owners picked their pets’ names in this sweet video.
These names are hot this year, trending up over 50% and given to at least 50 dogs each.
These names exude strength and power. They’re fitting for strong dog breeds and feisty little guys.
Food and drink names for dogs are on the rise. Check out the top ten food names for male dogs chosen by real dog owners.
The best part of the food-named dog? You can find all kinds of customizable collars with prints to match your dog’s name.
Ranked by popularity on Rover.com. All names on the list were given to a minimum of 20 individual dogs.
- Charlie Brown
- Bruce Wayne
- Buster Brown
- Jack Jack
- Willie Nelson
- Biggie Smalls
- Johnny Cash
- Scooby Doo
- Pooh Bear
- Yogi Bear
- Han Solo
- Indiana Jones
- Boo Radley
- Ziggy Stardust
- Jon Snow
- Cookie Monster
- Luke Skywalker
- Darth Vader
- Kylo Ren
- Optimus Prime
- Fozzie Bear
- Bruce Lee
- George Michael
- Miles Davis
- Boba Fett
- Marty McFly
- Stuart Little
- Jean Luc
- Buzz Lightyear
Along with the rise in human names for dogs, we’re seeing many vintage and/or antique names in our dog data.
These genteel “grandfather” names for dogs are as charming as they are sophisticated. They’re especially popular for breeds like the French bulldog or the Schnauzer, but they’re certainly a great choice on any dog.
Gods and myths inspired pet parents this year. Names are listed in order of popularity.
These names are especially popular for huskies, pointers, retrievers, and hounds.
We’re noticing some interesting trends, like the rise of -er names like Cooper, Dexter, and Tucker, as well as mythological names like Thor, Odin, Loki, and Zeus. In fact, Thor and Loki went up almost 50% in rankings from last year!
The classics remain in favor, of course, from friendly Max and Charlie to strong Rocky and Duke. All kept a spot in the top ten.
The three fastest-rising male dog names of the year were Chester, Finn, and Ollie, while Theo and Archie both debuted in the top 100 for the first time this year.
Dogs are considered family members, so human names have become very popular for pets. These days, in fact, you’re more likely to meet a golden retriever with a human name like Dylan than a name like Fido. You’ll see that reflected in our top male dog names list: six of the top ten are human names.
Your new dog could be an Eddie, a Theo, a Max—or a Kobe, an Ozzy, or a Bosco. From cute dog names like Taz or Otis to Irish choices like Murphy and Logan, the sky’s the limit when it comes to giving a traditionally “human name” to your dog.
Humor is another popular source of dog naming inspiration: Sir Barkley and Muttley Crue are both boy puppy names in our database.
A Great Dane named Chico? An American bulldog named Sparky? A small dog named Rocket? Why not?
Lastly, dog breeds sometimes shape dog naming choices. Huskies often sport Alaska-themed names like Juneau, while hunting dogs might get a “country name” like Dallas or Tucker. Retrievers love water, so an aquatic dog name could be a good fit for your new Lab or golden. We like Ocean, Jacques, and Captain.
Puppy names can be inspired by anything from food to pop culture to nature.
What’s most important is that YOU love the name. Every time you say it, you should feel a little spark of happiness. “That’s my dog!”
Try calling out your top choices as if you’re calling your new dog in for dinner, to return to you at the dog park, or to follow your cues in puppy kindergarten.