Top 20 Puppy Names of 2016

What’s in a name? Turns out, there can be a lot significance to the name you choose for your dog. As 2016 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on all of the wonderful canine students and parents we have been lucky to get to know and teach, the names their people chose for them, the trends we’ve seen, and offer some tips on how to choose a name.

20 Most Popular Dog Names of 2016

1. Oliver
2. Penny
3. Luna
4. Lucy
5. Sophie
6. Piper
7. Bella
8. Leo
9. Olive
10. Coco
11. Walter
12. Stella
13. Bear
14. Henry
15. Milo
16. Jack
17. Cooper
18. Murphy
19. Charlie
20. Sam

How To Name Your Dog

Your dog’s name can speak volumes about how you feel about them, and also gives insight into yourself. There was a time when dog names were separate from human names. Rover, Fido, and Rex ruled. Nowadays people names lead the pack. Olive, Annabelle, Lucy, and Leo are names you’re as likely to hear at a puppy class or play group as at a kindergarten for kids. While human names are the norm, some favor names that announce their preferences. It would seem there are a lot of foodies in NYC; Sushi, Macaroni, Cookie, and Tempeh all made the list this year. There are also an abundance of baseball fans as we had twelve canine students named Jeter enrolled in school in 2016.

When choosing a name, consider that you and your dog will be living with this for a long time, and you will be saying it many times a day for years to come. What might seem funny to start may end up being a joke that falls a little flat. The name you choose for your dog can spark a conversation, or stop it in its tracks; here we consider our student who chose to call her dog FU2. We kid you not.

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Further, names can have a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy effect. Picking a name that sounds tough and intimidating may cause people to react accordingly. If you are calling out for Hannibal, Demon or Hades at the dog park, don’t be surprised if the other pet parents seem a bit concerned for their dog’s safety.

Choose a name that suits your dog as a puppy, but more importantly, as the lovely adult you will help them become. In this case, allowing yourself some time to get to know your dog prior to naming them is a way to choose a name that is a good reflection of their personality.

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How do dog trainers choose a name for their dog? We favor names that are easy for our dog to distinguish from other words we intend to teach them and typically choose names that are one or two syllables. Any thing longer, like Maximillian, and it tends to get shortened regardless, in this case to Max. With that said, we kind of love it when a student is registered under a more ‘formal’ name. Perhaps one of our favorites this year is the super lovely and talented, Milo Monkey Boy. His name says it all.

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Just like baby names, dog names tend to go through cycles of popularity. Of course, there are some perennial favorites, like Oliver and Lucy. But, this year we’ve uncovered some spikes in popularity. Read on to see if your dog’s name made the list and to find inspiration if you are welcoming a new dog into your family in 2017!

All Dog Names of 2016

While the above were the most popular dog names of 2016, we wanted to share all of the names that we got to know this year, so you can see the wide variety and creativity of pet parents. Plus, it might help you find a name for your new loved one in 2017.

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[column lg=”4″ md=”4″ sm=”12″ xs=”12″ ]Abby
Admiral Nelson
Agador
Aiko
Akila
Akoya
Alabama
Albear
Alex
Alfie
Alfio
Amador
Amber Glow
Amego
Amy
Angus
Annabelle
Annie
Apollo
April
Archibald
Archie
Argo
Aria
Arlo
Arora
Astor
Athena
Atlas
Atticus
Auggie
Aurora
Ava
Avocado
Baba
Babby
Bacon
Badger
Baguette
Bailey
Baker
Baloo
Banana
Bandit
Banjo
Barkley
Barto
Basel
Baskets
Baxter
Bean
Bear
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside
Beckett
Bella
Ben
Benji
Benny
Benson
Benzo
Bentley
Berry
Bernie
Bibi
Bigi
Billie
Billy
Bingham
Bird
Birdie
Biscuit
Bisou
Bjorn
Bleeker
Blitz
Blixa
Blossom
Blue
Bluey
Bo
Bobby
Bobo
Bodhi
Bodie
Bogard
Bogart
Bogey
Boggle
Bowie
Brady
Brandy Rain
Brex
Broccoli
Brody
Bronco
Brooklyn
Bruce
Bruen
Bruin
Brutus
Bubbles
Buddy
Bunny St. Cin
Butter
Butters
Buttercup
Buttons
Buzz
Buzz Lightyear
Callie
Calypso
Capone
Capri
Carlie
Carson
Casey
Cashew
Casper
Ceasar
Chai
Chanel
Charley
Charlie
Charlotte
Cherry
Chester
Chewy
Chickie
Chief Brody
Chip
Chloe
Chocolat
Choppa
Chuggy
Circe
Circus
Clara
Claus
Click
Clifford
Coco
Coda
Cole
Conan
Confetti
Cookie
Cooper
Cosmo
Courtney
Crosby
Crouton
Cupid
Daisy
Daisy Buchanan
Dakota
Dante
Dany
Daphne
Darcy
Dashwood
Delilah
Denver
Desilu
Dewars
Dexter
Dixen
Doby
Domino
Dora
Dude
Dudley
Dudley Winston Smoochie IV
Dug
Duke
Duncan
Dylan
Echo
Eddy
Effie
Eggy
Eileen
Ein
Ella
Ellie
Ellie May
Elvis
Emery
Emma
Emmie
Enzo
Ernie
Esme
Etta
Fergus
Finley
Finn
Fletcher
Flora
Florence
Floyd
Fluffy
Frances
Frank
Frankie
Franklin
Freddie
Fritz
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Fuji
Gadget
Garcon
Gatsby
Gawain
Gemma
George
Georgia
Georgie
Ghengis
Ghost
Gideon
Gigi
Gil
Ginger
Giorgi
Gormley
Gotham
Grace
Gracie
Grace Kelly
Greta
Greyson
Griffin
Griffy
Guinevere
Gunner
Gus
Gusty
Gypsy
Hades
Ham
Hamlet
Hank
Happy
Harley
Harper
Harrison
Haru
Hazel
Henderson
Henri
Henry
Hercules
Hero
Hershey
HInkley
Hobbes
Hoffman
Holden
Hoxton
Huck
Hudson
Hugo
Hunter
Igor
Irving
Isabel
Islay
Ismail
Iverson
Ivie
Ivy
Izel
Izzy
Jack
Jackson
Jada
Jake
Jameson
Jasper
Javier
Jax
Jeff
Jefferey
Jelly Bear
Jerry
Jersey
Jess
Jim Hendrix
Joey
Joli
Josie
Jude
Julius
Junior
Kai
Katie
Kayla
Kelsey
Kenny
Kevin
Kiki
Kitty
Kobe
Kobi
Kona
Kora
Lady Bird
Lana
Larry
Layla
Leika
Leila
Lenny
Leo
Leonard
Leone
Leroy
Lester
Libby
Lilli
Lincoln
Lily
Lincoln
Linus
Lio
Little Bad Guy
Lizzie
Lola
London
Lord Bartholomew Archer
Lorelai
Lotus
Louis
Libby
Luca
Lucille
Lucky
Lucy
Lulu
Lulu Leone
Lumi
Luna
Macaroni
Mackey
Madeline
Maebelle
Maera
Maestro
Madaket
Madison
Maggie
Maia
Maisey
Maisy
Maizie
Major
Makey
Malteaser
Manny
Maple
Margot
Markel
Marley
Marlow
Marlowe
Mars
Marthe
Martini
Marty
Mason
Match
Mattisse
Maverick
Mayhem
Max
Maxwell
Maxwell Star
May-Z
Maze
McKinley
Meadow
Merlin
Mia
Mickey
Mikki
Mikko
Midas
Mika
Mila
Miles
Milla
Millie
Milo
Milos
Milo Monkey Boy
Mimi
Mimo
Mingus
Minnie
Mo
Mocha
Mochi
Mojo
Molly
Mogaly
Momo
Mongo
Monster
Monty
Mopsy
Morrison
Mortimer
Moose
Mouse
Mousse
Mowgli
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Moxie
Mrs. Jones
Mr. Pickles
Mr. Riggins
Murphy
Munjebel
Munson
Myles
Nacho
Nade
Nala
Napoleon
Nathalie
Nathaniel
Nemo
Newman
Nibbles
Niko
Nola
Nora
Norman
Nugget
Odette
Olive
Oliver
Olivia
Orianna
Orin
Oscar
Osito
Oskar
Otis
Otto
Ozzie
Ozzy
Pablo
Paco
Palmer
Papoose
Parker
Patsy
Pattie
Peaches
Peanut
Pearl
Penelope
Penny
Pepper
Percy
Peter
Petey
Peyton
Percy
Phineas
Phoenix
Pina
Pino
Pinot
Piper
Pip
Pippa
Pippi
Pippin
Pistachio
Pixie
PJ
Pluto
Polly
Polo
Poppi
Porter
Prabhu
Presley
Prince
Princeton
Quincy
Rafi
Ragnar
Randall
Ranger
Ravee Shanker
Ray
Reddington
Relish
Remi
Remmi
Remy
Remmy
Rex
Ricky
Rigley
Riley
Ringo
Rio
Ripley
Robot
Rocco
Rocky
Roger
Rosey
Rollei
Romeo
Romi
Romy
Roomey
Rooney
Rory
Roscoe
Rosie
Roxy
Roxie
Ruby
Rudder
Rudy
Rufus
Rupert
Ryder
Sadi
Sadie
Sage
Salvatore
Sam
Sammy
Santa
Sasha
Sawyer
Scarlett
Scout
Sesame
Shadow
Shay
Shazam
Shoji
Sibyl
Sidney
Sirius
Sir Russell
Shadow
Simba
Sky
Snack
Snoopy
Sophia
Sophie
Sprout
Stacey
Stanley
Stanton
Stella
Sterling
Sterling Cooper
Sulley
Summer
Sunny
Sushi
Sweetpea
Sylvia
Sylvie
Taco
Tallie
Tallulah
Tara
Taylor
Teddy
Tempe
Tenny
Tess
Tessa
Tex
Tequila
Thea
Theo
Theodore
Thor
Tiberius
Tilly Rue
Timchee
Titus
Toasty
Tobie
Toby
Tomo
Tope
Trouble Daisy McNeely
Troy
Trudo
Truffle
Trulee Blon
Tucker
Tulip
Turner
Twain
Ty
Tyson
Upton
Vern
Violet
Waffles
Waldo
Walker
Wallace
Wally
Walter
Watkins
Waverly
Wednesday
Weezy
Whiskey
Whitman
Wilbur
Willie
Wilma
Wilson
Winnie
Winston
Winter
Woody
Wrangler
Wyatt
Wylie
Yogi
Yuki
Zappa
Zazu
Zelda
Zeke
Zero
Zeus
Ziggy
Zoe
Zoey
Zuz
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