The Most Popular Dog Names of 2023

Silly, serious, witty or unique: there are always a plethora of dog names for dog parents to choose from. And every year they come up with new popular names for their dogs.

Most Popular Dog Names in 2023
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And this year is no different! For 2023, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Vagabond have dug through their databases and compiled all the hottest and most popular dog names paw-The tenants named their dogs.

Continue reading below to discover this year’s dog name trends and see if your dog’s name was successful!

Dog Name Trends in 2023

This year, Rover has seen many dog ​​name trends. Some might surprise you, but others might not. Find out if your dog’s name was inspired by these 2023 trends!

1. Nostalgia for the 90s

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That’s right! If you think that only fashion trends from the 90s and early 2000s are back this year, you are wrong! Obviously, dog parents need to match their fashion sense with their dog’s name.

This year, Rover reports that among ’90s-inspired names, the most popular dog name is Alanis (Morisette), up 547%. Furthermore, paw-renters make sure their dogs know they spice up their lives by naming them Ginger spice (up 47%).

Other famous names from 90s pop culture that are trending this year include Drew Barrymore (up 297%) and Furby (up 27%).

Other 90s dog name trends that Rover added to the list this year include:

  • Leonardo DogCaprio
  • Shania Twain
  • Richard Geré
  • Fergie
  • Shakira
  • April

2. Food and drinks

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Dog names inspired by food and drink are not something new and have always been popular among dog parents.

Some dog names inspired by the food and drinks pet parents served this year include:

  • Beer (up 330%)
  • Green beans (up 217%)
  • Cheerios (up 198%)
  • S’more (up 157%)
  • Tiramisu (Up 122%)

A dog named after a cheese? Yes please! Rover reveals that charcuterie-inspired names are very popular this year. Stilton takes center stage and grows by 198%. It is then followed by Quince (up 131%), fig (up 17%), Prosciutto (up 14%), and Brie (up 2%).

3. Sports

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It’s a known fact that Americans LOVE football-inspired names! So this year, some of the most popular dog names included well-known players and high-profile teams.

This year’s #1 sporting dog name is Kelce (up 135%) thanks to the Kelce brothers making Super Bowl history. And let’s not forget the fact that Travis Kelce is currently dating the world’s biggest pop star (hint: Taylor Swift), which may have contributed to this trend.

Other dog name trends that are working well this year include:

  • Celtic (up 364%)
  • Trae (up 222%)
  • Nikola (up 147%)
  • Dunn (up 147%)
  • Marin (up 131%)

4. Television

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It’s no surprise that this dog paw-Tenants who are also fans of certain television series would like to name their four-legged friend after their favorite character or show.

A few years ago, the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things” had the greatest influence on dog names. And this year, after the massive success of another Netflix series, ‘Wednesday’Addams Family fans are victorious!

Wednesday Addams is the most popular dog name in the Television category this year, up 297%, while Wednesday ranks 2nd and is up 92%.

Other popular TV show characters that made this year’s trending list include:

  • Enid (up 217%)
  • Thing (up 197%)
  • Gomez Addams (New to List)
  • Morticia Addams (New to List)

5. Blockbuster Hits

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Of course, while there are dog parents who love naming their dogs after their favorite TV shows, there are also those who love naming their dogs after hit movies!

This year, Barbie really was everything! Rover reports that for the first time, Mattel appeared on the dog list. Ken is up 79% while Barb is up 12%.

Other fan favorites you might recognize that made the list include:

  • dead Pool
  • Zemo
  • Mystical
  • Loki
  • Married
  • Wanda

Most Popular Dog Names of 2023 (Female)

Thanks to the AKC and Rover dog name database, we now have the most popular (female) dog names for this year. Keep reading to see if your dog’s name made the list!

AKC List most popular dog names include:

1. Moon 6. Lucy
2. Bella 7.Baily
3. Daisy 8. Rosie
4. Maggie 9. Sadie
5. Willow 10. Lola

The Rover most popular dog names include:

1. Moon 6. Lola
2. Bella 7. Zoe
3. Daisy 8. Sadie
4. Lucy 9. Star
5. Lily 10.Baily

Luna, Bella and Daisy, as in previous years, continue to top the list of dog names. It’s not shocking, like the name Bella is VERY popular among dog parents, even holding the best dog name of the decade title.

Most Popular Dog Names of 2023 (Male)

And of course, AKC and Rover have also unearthed the most popular (male) dog names this year! Check them out and see if your dog’s name is on the lists!

AKC List most popular male dog names include:

1. Max. 6.Ollie
2. Charlie 7. Bear
3. Cooper 8. Rocky
4. Teddy 9. Finnish
5. Milos 10. Leo

In the meantime, here is Rover’s list most popular male dog names:

1. Charlie 6. Teddy
2. Maximum 7. Rocky
3. Cooper 8. Bear
4. Milos 9. Leo
5. My buddy 10. Duke

While Max. remains the AKC’s most popular dog name for male dogs, the same cannot be said for Rover’s list. Because for the first time in 10 years, the name Max. was dethroned by Charlie.


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Naming your dog is one of, if not the most crucial part of getting a new puppy or dog! And for many of us, finding the perfect name for our four-legged friends can be both challenging yet fun.

With so many choices, it’s not easy trying to find a name that perfectly balances your dog’s personality and characteristics with your own style and interests.

I hope you can choose one from the names mentioned above, or find inspiration to create something amazing for your pooch!


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