Can You Guess The Most Popular Dog Names Of 2016?

With everyone looking forward in the new year to what's to come, we took a moment to look back at the most popular names of 2016 based on our Whistle users. We decided to break it down by dog size too, just to see if people are naming their Great Danes the same thing as teeny tiny Chihuahuas. We then looked back at the most popular human names by era since 1900 to see if any of our top dog names were popular for human folk back in the day. Care to see which names stood the test of time? Read on!

Drum roll please. The most popular dog names of 2016 are:


For the four-legged boys:

  1. Max
  2. Buddy
  3. Charlie
  4. Jack
  5. Cooper
  6. Duke
  7. Jake
  8. Bear
  9. Rocky
  10. Tucker

For the four-legged girls:

  1. Bella
  2. Lucy
  3. Daisy
  4. Sadie
  5. Molly
  6. Maggie
  7. Bailey
  8. Luna
  9. Lola
  10. Sophie


Most popular dog names by size

Turns out people really ARE naming their Great Danes the same as teeny Chihuahuas! For boy pups, Max is the most popular name for all dog sizes from toy to giant, with the exception of medium-sized dogs which had Charlie as the leading name.

So basically, if you see a male dog wearing a Whistle, try and call him Max and see if he comes to you!

Funnily enough, we saw a similar trend for the lady dogs. The most popular female dog name for sizes ranging from toy to giant was Bella, except for one size – the medium-sized group decided to rebel again and went with Lucy as the most popular name.

And what about the dog names that stood the test of time?

For the males, it looks like the classic winners are Jack and Henry. Jack comes in at the fourth most popular male dog name of 2016 and was also in the top 200 male names for humans in the US for every decade since 1900. Henry is the 27th most popular male dog name of 2016, which might not sound so impressive, but it's been in the top 200 most popular human names for every decade since 1900, and in the top 100 most popular male human names for seven consecutive decades since 1900. It was also the 26th most popular name in the 1930s – looks like people who name their dogs Henry have a subconscious flair for the 30s.

Looking at the lady Whistle pups, classic human names are still relatively popular for our four-legged friends. Both Anna and Sara are still in the top 50 most popular dog names of 2016, and both of these fine names have been on the top 200 most popular female name lists for women in the US for every decade since 1900. Phew, tried and true. If in doubt, always go for classic!

So what era inspires dog owners when choosing a name for their four-legged bestie?

Of our most popular dog names, the era that had the most overlapping of popular human and dog names was from 1900-1910. Looks like we're all a little nostalgic when naming our four-legged buds.

That sums up our trip down memory lane. Check back next year so we can see how the name game has (or hasn’t) changed!


Dec 21, 2016

Tags:   dogs   pet trends  

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