Top 10 Female Dog Names

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

Top 10 Male Dog Names

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

Birmingham’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Ella
  2. Poppy
  3. Luna
  4. Bella
  5. Lola
  6. Millia
  7. Nala
  8. Pepper
  9. Rosie
  10. Ruby

Birmingham’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Bailey
  2. Max
  3. Milo
  4. Ollie
  5. Archie
  6. Barney
  7. Bear
  8. Bruno
  9. Buddy
  10. Charlie

Edinburgh’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Lola
  2. Bella
  3. Jess
  4. Lilly
  5. Luna
  6. Bailey
  7. Daisy
  8. Ella
  9. Leia
  10. Maggie

Edinburgh’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Bear
  2. Charlie
  3. Moose
  4. Alfie
  5. Basil
  6. Buddy
  7. Buster
  8. Dante
  9. Finn
  10. Gus

Glasgow’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Rosie
  2. Bella
  3. Lola
  4. Peggy
  5. Scout
  6. Lucy
  7. Luna
  8. Millie
  9. Molly
  10. Ruby

Glasgow’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Buddy
  2. Fergus
  3. Max
  4. Rex
  5. Rocco
  6. Sandy
  7. Bailey
  8. Charlie
  9. Cody
  10. Jack

London’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Luna
  2. Coco
  3. Bella
  4. Lola
  5. Nala
  6. Poppy
  7. Daisy
  8. Olive
  9. Millie
  10. Molly

London’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Milo
  2. Max
  3. Teddy
  4. Alfie
  5. Bruno
  6. Buddy
  7. Archie
  8. Murphy
  9. Otis
  10. Toby

Manchester’s Top Female Dog Names

  1. Daisy
  2. Lola
  3. Honey
  4. Luna
  5. Poppy
  6. Coco
  7. Maggie
  8. Minnie
  9. Ruby
  10. Tilly

Manchester’s Top Male Dog Names

  1. Oscar
  2. Milo
  3. Ronnie
  4. Bruno
  5. Buddy
  6. Charlie
  7. Hugo
  8. Jasper
  9. Merlin
  10. Murphy

The Most Popular Dog Names of 2021

Good news, dog lovers! Rover’s dog name data for 2021 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 Luna, Bella, Lola, Poppy and Coco

Luna has taken the top spot for female dog names this year, moving last year’s favourite, Bella, to the number two spot. Poppy and Lola also swapped places this year, with Lola taking third and Poppy taking fourth in the ranking. New to the top five this year is Coco, replacing last year’s fifth place contender, Daisy.

The top 5 most popular female dog names

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

In first place, Milo is the most popular male dog name this year, up from third place last year. Teddy also jumped in popularity, moving from fifth place last year to second this year. Max moved into third place and, both new to the top five this year, Buddy and Alfie ranked fourth and fifth respectively.

The top 5 most popular male dog names in the UK

The Top Trending Dog Names of the Year

Pandemic Pets Get COVID-Inspired Names

The most popular COVID-inspired dog names are Delta, Rona, Covi, and Covid. 2021 put the dog names Rona, Covi, Covid, and Johnson on the map.

A german shepherd in a covid mask for the trending covid-inspired dog names

All the Queen’s Dogs

While his parents Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan may not technically be royals anymore, Archie still made the list as the 17th most popular dog name in the UK. And with multiple popular on-screen depictions, the ever-popular name Diana is trending up 59% this year.

The Queen is known widely as a lover of Pembroke Welsh corgis and has owned over 30 during her reign. These beloved Corgis are inspiring dog names across the UK. Willow, Monty, Honey, and Holly are the most popular dog names after the Queen’s own dogs.

In honour of the Queen’s gone-to-soon puppy, the name Fergus is trending up 232% in 2021.

2021 Turned Up the Volume on Music-Inspired Names

  • Are all dog lovers Taylor Swift fans? The name Swift made the list for the first time, and the names Taylor (+59%), Betty (+34%), and Red (+34%) were all trending up in the UK. 
  • The most popular music-themed name for dogs in the UK was Marley, followed by Otis and Dolly. 
  • The name Drake was trending down 174% in 2021 for dogs in the UK.

UK Pet Parents Are Also Sports Fanatics

England National Football team-inspired names are up! The most popular are Jack, Harry, Kevin, Kane and Luke.

Euros-inspired dog names

Euros aside, the UK is home to passionate fans of all kinds of sports. We see this trend reflected in dog names, too.

  • The Tokyo Olympics inspired pet owners in the UK with Kenny (+159%) and Lee (+59%) trending for dogs. 
  • The dog name Kobe, after the late Kobe Bryant, is trending up 168% this year.
  • The top trending sports-inspired name is Murray (+760%), after British professional tennis player, Andy Murray. Also trending up are Luke (+409%), Roger (+234%), and Lenny (159%).

We can’t forget the Premier League! With Man City securing their third Premier League title, it’s no surprise that fans across the UK are taking inspiration from the 2020/2021 champions. The most popular Man City-inspired dog names are Ben, Jake, Romeo, and Ruben. In fact, Ruben was trending up by 239% in 2021. 

Getting Nostalgic With Disney Character Names

Pet Parents in the UK are inspired by nostalgic Disney cartoon characters like Winnie the Pooh’s Roo (+212%) and Winnie (+11%), Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston (+209%), Finding Nemo’s Nemo (+259%), and Toy Story’s Woody (+31%). 

Cozy & Nature-Inspired Dog Names

The UK is serving some serious cozy vibes. The cozy names category is trending up 55% overall with names like: Puddles (+159%), Stormy (+60%), Midnight (+59%), Snow (+59%), and Thunder (+84%). 

2021 also put the dog name Lightning on the map.

Designer Names Are En Vogue

UK’s pet parents are increasingly naming their dogs after luxury designers. These are the top four most popular:

  • Chanel (+134%)
  • Dolce (+259%)
  • Gucci (-134%)
  • Tiffany (-191%)

TV Character Names We’re Watching

Rick and Morty: The dog name Morty is the #1 trending in the UK this year and is trending up 1,559%. 2021 also put the dog name Rick on the map.

Dexter’s Laboratory: Dee Dee is in the top 20 trending names in the UK (#15) and is trending up 372%. 

Game of Thrones: 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the first episode of GOT. Winter is coming and so are more dogs inspired by this hit series. The most popular dog names are: 

  • Arya (+60%)
  • Sansa (+259%)
  • Snow (+59%)
  • Winter (-55%)
  • Stark (-91%)

Money Heist: This popular Netflix show took the UK by storm and our dog name trends show it. The most popular Money Heist-inspired names are Rio, Tokyo, Moscow, Arturo, and Monica. Rio is trending up 39% and Tokyo is up 809% while Arturo is down 41%. 2021 also put Moscow and Monica on the map.

Bridgerton: Dog names inspired by the steamy Netflix hit, Bridgerton, are trending. Simon is up 359% and Daphne is up 66%. Duke and Penelope are trending down, 52% and 91% respectively. 2021 put the dog name Eloise on the map.

The Mandalorian & Star Wars: Turns out, UK-based pet parents love Star Wars and The Mandalorian. The top trending names in this category are Kylo, Yoda and Boba.

Mandalorian and Star Wars themed dog names

Getting Real With Reality TV-Inspired Dog Names

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Shantay you stay, dog names. Pet names inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are hot in 2021. The most popular are Ellie, Ginny, Cherry, Kofi, and Lawrence. In fact, Kofi is trending up by 159%.

Love Island: Can I pull you for a chat? The most popular Love Island themed dog names are Teddy, Hugo, Toby, Millie, and Jess. 2021 put the dog names Sharon, Nas, Kaz, Brad, and Aaron on the map.

KUWTK: The final season of Keeping up with the Kardashians inspired pet owners this year. The dog names Stormi (+359%), Kim (+59%) are all trending up this year. Khloe and Scott are trending down 41% and 141%. 

2021 put the dog names Kanye, Kylie, Kendall, and Saint on the map.

Top trending celebrity-inspired dog names in the UK

Welcome to the Marvel Universe of Dog Names

Both nostalgic and new, Marvel characters continue to be top inspiration for dog names. The top trending for dogs are:

  • Bucky (+559%) - #8 on the top 10 most popular dog names this year!
  • Deedee
  • Groot
  • Loki
  • Olaf

We’ll Toast to These Food & Drink-Inspired Names

The most popular food-inspired dog names—by total volume—are Pepper, Cookie, Peanut, and Biscuit, but there are a few others quickly rising in the ranks. The top trending this year are:

  • Toast
  • Snickers
  • Schnitzel
  • Waffle

Top trending alcohol-inspired names for dogs in the UK include Whiskey (+226%), Fizz (+134%), Scotch (+59%), Cosmo (+39%), and Brandy (+26%). 

Video Game Names Are Leveling Up This Year

With so many stuck at home, it seems many have turned to video games for both entertainment and inspiration. The top trending video game-inspired dog names in the UK included Astrid (+759%), Hopper (+659%), Dizzy (+659%), Gaia (+509%), and Peach (+509%)

  • It’s a big year for our favourite Italian plumber: Mario, Luigi, and Peach are all trending up this year 509%, 79%, and 509%, respectively.
  • The dog name Zelda is up 145% this year.
  • Dogs named Sonic were up 359% in 2021. 

Got Wanderlust? Travel Names Are Trending Up

The most popular travel-inspired names for dogs in the UK are Tokyo, China, Chile, Sofia, and India.

  • With staycations growing in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, dogs named Devon were trending up by 209% in 2021. 
  • For the first time the dog name Santorini made the list in 2021. 

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Top 100 Dog Names

Top 100 Female Dog Names

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Lola
  4. Poppy
  5. Coco
  6. Ruby
  7. Rosie
  8. Daisy
  9. Molly
  10. Willow
  11. Nala
  12. Bonnie
  13. Lily
  14. Roxy
  15. Millie
  16. Tilly
  17. Winnie
  18. Honey
  19. Maggie
  20. Skye
  21. Penny
  22. Dolly
  23. Bailey
  24. Pepper
  25. Olive
  26. Lucy
  27. Betty
  28. Belle
  29. Lulu
  30. Peggy
  31. Minnie
  32. Cookie
  33. Stella
  34. Holly
  35. Phoebe
  36. Amber
  37. Frankie
  38. Cleo
  39. Jess
  40. Sky
  41. Ellie
  42. Ivy
  43. Nelly
  44. Milly
  45. Ella
  46. Darcy
  47. Nova
  48. Beau
  49. Freya
  50. Lady
  51. Pixie
  52. Sophie
  53. Kiki
  54. Maddie
  55. Elsa
  56. Blu
  57. Dotty
  58. Boo
  59. Tia
  60. Dora
  61. Polly
  62. Wilma
  63. Daphne
  64. Peanut
  65. Piper
  66. Sandy
  67. Storm
  68. Martha
  69. Scout
  70. Heidi
  71. Roo
  72. Leia
  73. Zoe
  74. Biscuit
  75. Chloe
  76. Angel
  77. Charlie
  78. Maple
  79. Marley
  80. Harper
  81. Princess
  82. Peppa
  83. Nina
  84. Dixie
  85. Hazel
  86. Flo
  87. Lilo
  88. Riley
  89. Nancy
  90. Trixie
  91. Star
  92. Teddy
  93. Hattie
  94. Bear
  95. Gigi
  96. Toffee
  97. Blossom
  98. Red
  99. Kira
  100. Ava

Top 100 Male Dog Names

  1. Milo
  2. Teddy
  3. Max
  4. Buddy
  5. Alfie
  6. Charlie
  7. Oscar
  8. Archie
  9. Bailey
  10. Hugo
  11. Bruno
  12. Barney
  13. Loki
  14. Bear
  15. Monty
  16. Toby
  17. Murphy
  18. Leo
  19. Rocky
  20. Jasper
  21. Marley
  22. Frank
  23. Jack
  24. Blu
  25. Bobby
  26. Otis
  27. Rocco
  28. Chester
  29. Simba
  30. Buster
  31. Winston
  32. Pablo
  33. Billy
  34. Bruce
  35. Henry
  36. Woody
  37. Ozzy
  38. Rex
  39. Louie
  40. Rolo
  41. Frankie
  42. Otto
  43. Rufus
  44. Ronnie
  45. Louis
  46. Harry
  47. Gizmo
  48. Gus
  49. Beau
  50. Lenny
  51. Duke
  52. Finn
  53. Paddy
  54. Tyson
  55. Ernie
  56. Rio
  57. Baxter
  58. Kobe
  59. Coco
  60. Hunter
  61. Sam
  62. Basil
  63. Hector
  64. Diesel
  65. Percy
  66. Boris
  67. Dylan
  68. Obi
  69. Prince
  70. Riley
  71. Jax
  72. Chewy
  73. Rusty
  74. Lucky
  75. Joey
  76. Ben
  77. Casper
  78. Bob
  79. Rudy
  80. Buzz
  81. Jake
  82. Merlin
  83. Apollo
  84. Jackson
  85. Scooby
  86. Ace
  87. Elvis
  88. Albert
  89. Chico
  90. Sunny
  91. Peanut
  92. Thor
  93. Hank
  94. Cosco
  95. Oreo
  96. Eric
  97. Moose
  98. Fred
  99. Mac
  100. Pluto