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Popular Names for a Dog, Puppy 2012

PetMD Editorial
Updated: January 22, 2021
Published: March 22, 2012
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What's in a Dog Name?

March 22, 2012

National Puppy Day is upon us and petMD is here to bring you popular names for dogs and their meanings. With over 5000 favorite puppy names collected and over 200,000 votes casted, the top five girl puppy names and the top five boy puppy names are as follows…

Boy Name #5 - A.J.

A.J. has become a popular human name in its own right, though originally the initials probably stood for something. Perhaps perfect for the puppy that is an “awesome jumper”?

Boy Name #4 - Byron

Byron is yet another human name, possibly coming from poet Lord Byron, famous for his wildness and debauchery. A terrific puppy name for any rambunctious pup.

Boy Name #3 - Max

Max is Latin for “greatest” and a popular baby boy name as well, making it another popular human name for “great” boy puppies.

Boy Name #2 - Aztec

Possibly named after the Aztec civilization, Aztec is not a common moniker for children, making it a unique puppy name (except for the fact that it made our list of popular boy puppy names).

Boy Name #1 - Ace

Ace is a human moniker commonly given to dogs. Two of the most famous Aces include dog actor, Ace the Wonder Dog, and Batman’s loyal pooch, Ace the Bat-Hound.

Girl Name #5 - Daisy

A daisy is a flower, and a name commonly given to baby girls throughout the 20th century. Daisy’s popularity briefly declined, but is now rising again.

Girl Name #4 - Buttons

A long-standing favorite for dog names, Buttons may come from the phrase “cute as a button.”

Girl Name #3 - Zoey

Meaning “life” in Greek, who wouldn’t want to name their puppy Zoey? For baby girls, the name has risen in popularity from 409th in 2000 to 47th in 2010.

Girl Name #2 - Abby

Short for Abigail; consistently one of the more popular girl’s names given to babies.

Girl Name #1 - Bella

Bella is French for “very pretty.” Though these days, girl puppies (and babies) named Bella are likely named after the main character from the very popular Twilight series of books and movies.

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