Today marks International Dog Day and as animal lovers across the world share their devotion to dogs, it may encourage others to consider getting a canine companion of their own. Coming up with the perfect pet name can be a struggle, but it’s one of the most fun parts about welcoming a pet home.
New research released by Yappy.com has revealed the most popular names for dogs in 2022, with inspiration coming from Disney, pop singers and most surprising of all, British politics. Boris featured at number 87 for male dogs and Maggie took number 16 for female dogs.
Disney remained a key influence this year, with Woody, Simba, Max all making the top 100 names for male dogs, and Belle, Minnie and Nala ranking in the female’s.
Singers with top 20 hits also feature in the top 20, with Mabel entering the charts at number 16 for females, and Ollie taking number 15 for males.
Overall, Teddy, Charlie, Buddy, Luna, Bella and Poppy featured as the most popular canine names of 2022.
Top 20 male dog names:
Top 20 female dog names:
As well as looking into the most popular dog names, the research also revealed the top three names by breed.
Most popular names by breed
Cavapoo – Drake, Poppy, Willow
Labrador retriever – Bailey, Willow, Poppy
Jack russell terrier – Lily, Jack, Betty
Cockapoo – Coco, Poppy, Luna
Cocker spaniel – Bella, Charlie, Bertie
Dachshund – Buddy, Penny, Rolo
French bulldog – Reggie, Bruno, Luna
Chihuahua – Bella, Poppy, Bruiser
Pug – Noodle, Poppy, Luna
John Smith, founder of Yappy.com, said: “Naming your dog is very personal, after all it’s going to be something you say a lot for the next decade or so, so it’s no surprise that there are some classics featured at the top of the list.
“New names making the list tend to be based on popular culture, mostly from trending film/TV characters, but international pop sensations and even political figures are also becoming more popular each year.
“For 2023, we expect to see a similar trend for names, including Maverick (Top Gun), Hopper (Stranger Things), and Buzz (Disney) for males, and Liz, Moana and Daphne (Bridgerton) for females.”