Here are the most popular dog names of the year! Is yours on the list?

By Melissa Willets
December 01, 2016

My beloved dog of 15 years, Lola, recently passed away, but as part of her legacy, she has proven herself to be quite a trendsetter! That's because the name Lola is one of the most popular for female dogs, according to pet-sitting service DogVacay, which recently released its list of the top dog names of 2016. Did your mutt's moniker make the cut?

Bella, Lucy, and Daisy topped the chart for girl dog names, while Max, Charlie, and Buddy were as popular as bacon-flavored treats for the boy dogs.

Here's the full list:

Top 10 Names for Female Dogs

Top 10 Names for Male Dogs

It's worth noting 13 out of the top 20 names end with an "e" sound.

Here are more interesting findings from DogVacay's list:

  • Max, Chloe, and Buddy all appeared in this summer's animated film, The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Literature continues to inspire more traditional pup names; consider Daisy (Buchanan), Jack (Kerouac), Oliver (Twist), and Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory). More pet owners opted for traditional dog names rather than naming their pets after famous celebrities (sorry, Beyonce!).
  • While New York loves the name Oliver, Los Angeles has the most Charlies, Bellas, and Buddys. Chicago is home to the most canines named Lucy.

Despite the trend toward traditional dog names, though, some pet owners prefer more eccentric monikers for their furry family members. Among the craziest canine names of 2016: Arlo Wafflepants, Avocado Nudleman, Bark Ruffalo, Cheese Sandwich, and Jake from State Farm.

Our new dog's name falls into that more unusual collection: She's Bagel With Butter, or Bagel for short. Yup, that's what happens when you let kids name the family pet! But hey, it took the pressure off of me this time.

In fact, Nicole Ellis, who is DogVacay's resident pet expert, told, "Choosing your pet's name can seem like a lot of pressure—after all it's something that you don't change."

She added, "We are seeing a big shift in how people are choosing their pet's names, leaning away from pet-centric names such as Fido and Champ to more common human names usually reserved for our human family members. This makes sense as we usually consider them parts of our families. We also often see names take on popularity depending on current trending movies and sport teams, such as Bella from Twilight and Kobe from the Los Angeles Lakers."

Ellis offers this tip for picking the right name for your little furball of love: "Avoid names that could sound like common dog training terms. 'Joe' for example can easily be mistaken for 'No,' which could make training more difficult." We'd add Neil (sounds like heel!) and Mitt (sit) to that list!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.