Popular Girl Dog Names to Consider for Your New Pup

See what's trending when it comes to names for girl dogs, plus get tips for picking the best one for your family's new female puppy.

Picking a name for your new female puppy is a special part of pet ownership. But the task can also feel a bit overwhelming or even stressful. It can be hard enough to pick a baby name for your human kiddo—but when you have all kinds of adorable potential girl dog names at your disposal (hello, Fluffernutter and Biscuit), it can be nearly impossible to make the call.

Plus, while names are often categorized as "girl" or "boy" names, neither gender nor sex needs to play a role in name selection for people or dogs. The most important criteria are simply that the name compliments your sweet new pup and sounds good to you. So, what should you pick?

You could start with the top dog names in the country, as gathered by the American Kennel Club (AKC)—many of which would work just fine for your baby, too. In fact, many of the top girl dog names—such as Emma, Harper, and Bella—also happen to be top baby girl names in the country as well. Additionally, the "ee" ending sound is also uber-popular, as in Moxie, Libby, and Rosie.

Peruse our list of popular girl dog names to help you find just the right one.

Top Girl Dog Names

  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Emma
  • Gigi
  • Lily
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Maggie
  • Millie
  • Nova
  • Rosie
  • Sadie
  • Stella
  • Willow

These are some of the AKC's list of most popular girl dog names. Just like with standard baby names, pop culture, food trends, and even our elders have had an influence on people's picks. Read on for even more choices.

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Disney Girl Dog Names

  • Ariel (Little Mermaid)
  • Elsa (Frozen)
  • Hannah (Montana!)
  • Jasmine (from Aladdin)
  • Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Minnie (as in Mouse, of course)
  • Moana (Moana)
  • Nala (The Lion King)
  • Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)

Human Girl Dog Names

  • Bella
  • Chloe
  • Ella
  • Holly
  • Mia
  • Piper
  • Sophie
  • Suzy
  • Zadie
  • Zoe

Food-Inspired Girl Dog Names

  • Brandy
  • Cocoa
  • Cookie
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Mocha
  • Olive
  • Oreo
  • Peanut
  • Pepper
  • Sugar

Old-Fashioned Girl Dog Names

  • Charlotte
  • Dixie
  • Gigi
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Stella
  • Trixie
  • Violet

Unique Girl Dog Names

  • Bae
  • Baby
  • Blue
  • Glade
  • Lucky
  • Pebbles
  • Sassy
  • Shadow
  • Sparkles
  • Storm
  • Sunshine
  • Xena

Considerations for Choosing Your Girl Dog's Name

If you're looking for the perfect name for your girl dog, the AKC offers several tips. The organization recommends that you keep it short (no more than two syllables), avoid names that sound too much like commands (no Kit, which sounds like Sit, or Poe, which sounds like No), and keep the other names in the family in mind to avoid choosing a pair of monikers that are too similar. As the parent of a daughter named Maggie and a dog named Matty, I can attest to the challenges such name similarities can create!

And of course, avoid naming your puppy Nikki if you also have a sister-in-law named Nikki. Even if she's a dog lover, she might take offense. But ultimately, the sky's the limit for coming up with your pet's name. In fact, Skye is another popular option! So, choose whatever name you prefer that seems to best suit your pup.

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