Top 10 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Poppy
  4. Lola
  5. Daisy
  6. Ruby
  7. Molly
  8. Rosie
  9. Lily
  10. Coco

Top 10 Male Dog Names

  1. Alfie
  2. Charlie
  3. Milo
  4. Max
  5. Teddy
  6. Buddy
  7. Oscar
  8. Bailey
  9. Archie
  10. Hugo

Birmingham’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Archie
  2. Hugo
  3. Cooper
  4. Dexter
  5. Flash
  6. Reggie
  7. Rocky
  8. Rufus
  9. Teddy
  10. Ziggy

Birmingham’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Penny
  2. Roxy
  3. Bella
  4. Luna
  5. Maisy
  6. Nala
  7. Aira
  8. Annie
  9. Bailey
  10. Betsy

Edinburgh’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Buddy
  2. Oscar
  3. Bear
  4. Charlie
  5. Arty
  6. Bailey
  7. Dusty
  8. Hamish
  9. Leo
  10. Max

Edinburgh’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Poppy
  3. Abby
  4. Cleo
  5. Cree
  6. Millie
  7. Molly
  8. Mouse
  9. Riley
  10. Ruby

London’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Alfie
  2. Max
  3. Teddy
  4. Milo
  5. Sam
  6. Charlie
  7. Rocco
  8. Buddy
  9. Bruno
  10. Leo

London’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Lola
  3. Luna
  4. Poppy
  5. Coco
  6. Ruby
  7. Rosie
  8. Molly
  9. Daisy
  10. Honey

Manchester’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Marley
  2. Max
  3. Milo
  4. Teddy
  5. Oscar
  6. Bailey
  7. Bobby
  8. Bruno
  9. Chester
  10. Cooper

Manchester’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Ruby
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Poppy
  5. Biscuit
  6. Coco
  7. Holly
  8. Jasmine
  9. Lexi
  10. Lily

The Most Popular Dog Names of 2020

Good news, dog lovers! Rover’s dog name data for 2020 is in—and it’s everything you want it to be. Wondering if last year’s champs still reign supreme, if there are any newcomers, or if your dog’s name has made it to the top spot? Look no further...

The Top 5 Female Dog Names are Bella, Luna, Poppy, Lola, and Daisy

Bella ranked number one as 2020’s top female dog name, followed by Luna, Poppy, Lola, and Daisy. Last year, Molly took the number five spot but was edged out by Daisy this year, while Luna has moved up in the ranking since 2019.

Top Female Dog Names of 2020 UK

The Top 5 Male Dog Names are Alfie, Charlie, Milo, Max, and Teddy

The number one most popular male dog name in 2020 is Alfie, followed by Charlie, Milo, Max, and Teddy. This year Milo has gained in popularity and is moving up the ranks, while Buddy has fallen off the top 10.

Top Male Dog Names of 2020 UK

 

Comfort Foods Are Inspiring Dog Names in the UK

Comfort and snack food names for pets reigned supreme in the UK this year, with Twiglet coming in at number one on our list of top trending dog names. 

Both Twiglet and Hobnob are up 100% compared to last year, followed by Cupcake, Biscotti, and Brownie which increased 44% in popularity. The name Bounty is up 24% followed by Brioche, which made modest gains with a 5% increase compared to last year. 

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So Are Human Names!

Most people consider their pet to be part of the family, so it doesn’t surprise us that 63% of the top 100 pet names are human names. A few human names had big movement from last year. These are a few of the top trending human dog names:

  • Cleo (up 24%)
  • Olive (up 15%)
  • Tyson (up 37%)
  • Jasper (up 7%)

Musicians Dominate Dog Name Trends

Many pet owners pay tribute to their preferred music artists by naming their dogs after their favourites. In the international scene, Cher and Tupac are the most notable trending names (up 200%!), followed by Moby (up 77.51%), Britney (up 94.18%), and Shakira (up 44%). Three British pop stars made it to the Top 100 list: Lily (Allen) at number 17, Freddie (Mercury) at number 42, and Jessie (J) at number 83.

TV Continues to Influence Dog Names

Lockdown measures enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic got us binge watching TV and online streaming series, and there's a resulting dog naming boom!

Keeping Up With the Kardashians ends…but their popularity among dog names is still rising. Members of the long-running show recently announced the last season will end in 2021. Dogs named Kim (up 44%), Rob (up 94%), and Khloe (up 45%) are still on the rise but Kourtney, Kylie, and Kris are all trending down this year.

The contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race that have made the biggest impression on dog owners are Vivienne (up 94%) and Crystal (up 25%), both queens being part of the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race UK. We also spotted dog names like Kim Chi, Raven, Sharon (Needles), Mystique, Manila, and Jinkx (Monsoon), all part of the American cast of previous editions.

It's not just reality TV having a moment: people continue to name their pets after other popular TV shows. The names inspired on popular British TV shows are Polly (from Fawlty Towers, up 17%), Baldrick (from Blackadder, up 44%), or Edward (Only Fools and Horses, up 19%).

And of course the ever popular show Friends is always a source of inspiration! From most trending to least trending we have:

  • Phoebe (up 210%)
  • Chandler (up 144%)
  • Rachel (up 45%)
  • Ross and Joey (up less than 2%)

Disney-Inspired Dog Names Are on the Rise

UK pet owners are huge fans of all things Disney according to these dogs names.

The movies that inspire dog names the most are The Jungle Book, whose top trending characters are Baloo (up 15%) and Bagheera (up 44%), and the movie Aladdin with Jasmine (up 11%) and Raja (up 44%). The release of Hamilton on Disney+ had an impact: the name Hamilton is up 144%! 

On the other hand, classic Disney characters are also in vogue, with names like Pluto (up 20%), Mickey (up 10%), and Pongo (up 7%). Even the name Disney is up 19%.

Dog Owners Have Travel on Their Mind

In the year of staying close to home, people named their dogs after the places that they long for the most. Places like Vigo, Lima, and Boston are trending up more than 100%. Other popular destinations include Malibu and Dallas (up 94%) and China (up 77%). Miami, Africa, Persia, Roma, Havana, and Tonga are up 45%.

The top 5 travel destination-inspired dog names are: 

  • Sydney
  • Toulouse
  • Cairo
  • Denver 
  • Malibu

Dog Owners in the UK Are Inspired By Food and Alcohol, Too

Booze-inspired dog names are always popular, and 2020 is no different. The top trending names this year are:

  • Tequila (up 125%)
  • Sherry (up 77%)
  • Bourbon (up 45%)
  • Rum up ( up 45%)

In the year of the sourdough starter, are dogs named after flour-based items on the rise? Breakfast favorites are certainly trendy! Waffles (up 45%), Flapjack (up 44%), Muffin (up 15%), and Donut (up 10%) are on the rise among dogs, while Cookie, Pepper, and Crackers trended down this year.

Sports Are a Dog Name Mainstay

With the sports seasons cancelled or delayed, are sports-inspired names trending down in 2020? Sports names as a whole are trending down this year among dogs, which could be tied to the fact that we had no live sports for most of the year due to COVID.

Football legend Pele (up 245%) tops the list of the most trending athlete-inspired dog names of 2020, followed by Drogba (up 44%) and the American professional boxer Tyson (up 36%).

In commemoration of the talented Kobe Bryant, Kobe (up 44%) is trending up in dog names this year.

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How to Choose the Ideal Dog Name

What’s the secret to finding the perfect dog name? We looked into it, and it turns out there’s both an art and a science to choosing the right name for your furry special someone.

The Low-Down on Dog Adoption

Is all this talk of dog names making you long for a new four-legged family member? If you feel like you’re finally ready, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about adopting a dog to help you find a great match. Here's how much it costs to own a dog in 2020.

Top 100 Dog Names

Top 100 Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Poppy
  4. Lola
  5. Daisy
  6. Ruby
  7. Molly
  8. Rosie
  9. Lily
  10. Coco
  11. Millie
  12. Tilly
  13. Willow
  14. Roxy
  15. Nala
  16. Lexi
  17. Lucy
  18. Bonnie
  19. Honey
  20. Maggie
  21. Lottie
  22. Winnie
  23. Penny
  24. Mia
  25. Belle
  26. Bailey
  27. Holly
  28. Pepper
  29. Skye
  30. Mabel
  31. Maisie
  32. Amber
  33. Jessie
  34. Dolly
  35. Jess
  36. Pippa
  37. Beau
  38. Lulu
  39. Betty
  40. Minnie
  41. Missy
  42. Lady
  43. Milly
  44. Olive
  45. Phoebe
  46. Cookie
  47. Pip
  48. Peggy
  49. Pixie
  50. Stella
  51. Izzy
  52. Sasha
  53. Meg
  54. Ellie
  55. Misty
  56. Cassie
  57. Maya
  58. Gracie
  59. Sky
  60. Tess
  61. Betsy
  62. Tia
  63. Frankie
  64. Mollie
  65. Ella
  66. Indie
  67. Cleo
  68. Nova
  69. Zoe
  70. Polly
  71. Piper
  72. Ivy
  73. Dixie
  74. Layla
  75. Evie
  76. Peanut
  77. Dotty
  78. Nellie
  79. Sophie
  80. Sadie
  81. Chloe
  82. Flo
  83. Juno
  84. Blu
  85. Boo
  86. Summer
  87. Sally
  88. Harley
  89. Maddie
  90. Storm
  91. Dottie
  92. Marley
  93. Kiki
  94. Darcy
  95. Leia
  96. Callie
  97. Princess
  98. Maisy
  99. Sandy
  100. Suki

Top 100 Male Dog Names

  1. Alfie
  2. Charlie
  3. Milo
  4. Max
  5. Teddy
  6. Buddy
  7. Oscar
  8. Bailey
  9. Archie
  10. Hugo
  11. Barney
  12. Monty
  13. Toby
  14. Bear
  15. Rocky
  16. Marley
  17. Jack
  18. Bertie
  19. Cooper
  20. Ralph
  21. Reggie
  22. Ollie
  23. Buster
  24. Dexter
  25. Benji
  26. Freddie
  27. Bruno
  28. Frank
  29. Jasper
  30. Ted
  31. Leo
  32. George
  33. Rocco
  34. Winston
  35. Loki
  36. Henry
  37. Bobby
  38. Murphy
  39. Chester
  40. Billy
  41. Stanley
  42. Harvey
  43. Sam
  44. Bruce
  45. Blu
  46. Harry
  47. Ziggy
  48. Simba
  49. Rolo
  50. Woody
  51. Rufus
  52. Tyson
  53. Gizmo
  54. Frankie
  55. Louis
  56. Harley
  57. Ozzy
  58. Wilson
  59. Rex
  60. Riley
  61. Coco
  62. Ernie
  63. Lucky
  64. Otis
  65. Eddie
  66. Duke
  67. Shadow
  68. Hunter
  69. Pablo
  70. Casper
  71. Zeus
  72. Rupert
  73. Dylan
  74. Beau
  75. Ronnie
  76. Diesel
  77. Baxter
  78. Finn
  79. Arlo
  80. Theo
  81. Enzo
  82. Obi
  83. Paddy
  84. Louie
  85. Hector
  86. Jake
  87. Ben
  88. Benny
  89. Cody
  90. Basil
  91. Brodie
  92. Oliver
  93. Bentley
  94. Merlin
  95. Boris
  96. Mylo
  97. Tommy
  98. Angus
  99. Thor
  100. Mac