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Most Popular Pet Names in 2017:  PredictionsMost Popular Pet Names in 2017: Predictions

Popular pet names are always a great choice if you are getting a new dog in 2017. 

From Pop culture, politics, to favorite Sports icons, if you want some just a bit more unique than last years’ popular dog and cat names, sit tight, as we have some suggestions.

Our dogs are as much a part of our family as the two-legged members of our households, right? So it’s only natural that we should spend a lot of time figuring out names that reflect who we are and who we want them to be.

When it comes to pet-name popularity, Fido and Fluffy are out in place of other more personality-driven monikers.  Move over Max, Sam, Bella, and Molly.  After all, choosing one of these very popular names could get you trampled, when you call your dog at the dog park as the 15 Bellas in the park come running.

This past year with all its ups and downs, surprises, and current events has provided much inspiration for many new pet names.

According to Rover.com the most popular dog names, last year were


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


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

Popular Pet Names 

For All your Political Pundits

Politics, for one, has entered households and spurred on creative new pet names ideas. 

Donald or Obama may be obvious choices; there are plenty of other names of famous people on the national stage. 

They are likely to be big hits with pet owners. Of course, the names that politicians give to their pets are always good choices, too.

Think:  Hillary, Bernie, Trump, Jeb, Marco, Cruz, Carly, Ivanka, Melania, Tiffany (Tiff for short), Barron

Are you a Pop Culture Junkie?

2016 provides plenty of new names from which to choose.  Take movies, for example; Star Wars has found a modern-day resurgence, as has names associated with its characters.   

Many of the best Star Wars Characters have rather long complicated names that may be too much for a dog, but there are some great short, snappy names, perfect for a dog.

Think:  Ben, Obi, Han, Luke, Leia, and of course, Jedi

Have a favorite TV Show or Movie?

If you are an avid Harry Potter fan, think girl names such as Luna or Fleur

Don’t forget Primrose or Rue from the Hunger Games.

Popular TV shows can also provide plenty of names for our four legged friends. 

For boy dogs, you could name them Daryl (Walking Dead), Asher (How to Get Away With Murder), Cooper (Big Bang Theory) or Ezra (Pretty Little Liars

For your girl dogs, think Aria or Spencer from Pretty Little Liars or Piper  (Orange Is the New Black)

Prefer a Laugh or Two?

If you prefer a laugh or two, consider a comedian’s name such as Tina (Fey), Joe Pera (either name will work) or Patton Oswald.  (I’d personally pick Patton!)

Sports Fans, Fear Not

Sports provides inspiration, too and are available from all over the globe.  We chose from among the famous in the United States.


Brady (Tom Brady, NFL)

Peyton (Peyton Manning, NFL)

LaBron (LaBron James, (NBL)

Jordan (Michael Jordan, NBL)

Sidney (Sidney Crosby, NHL)

Tiger (Tiger Woods, PGA)

Serena (Serena Williams, Tennis)

Paying Tribute

We, as the world, mourned the loss of many famous people who passed in 2016 and if you are a fan or admirer, what better way to immortalized that special person than to pay tribute by naming your cherished dog. 


Ali, (Muhammad Ali)  Heavyweight champion

Prince   Singer

Glenn (John Glenn)  Former astronaut and statesmen

Wilder (Gene Wilder)  Actor

Carrie or Fisher (Carrie Fisher)  Actress

Palmer or Arnold  (Arnold Palmer)   Golf Pro

Patty or Duke (Patty Duke)  (Duke is already a very popular pet name.)

Nancy or Reagan  Former First Lady

Morley  (Morley Safer)   Reporter and Anchorman

Zsa Zsa (Zsa Zsa Gabor)  Actress

Harper or Lee (Harper Lee)  Writer, To Kill a Mockingbird

More Popular Pet Names

Here are some more predictions from our friends at Petco.  What are your predictions for popular dog names in 2017? 

Leave your ideas below the infographic, and we’ll add them to our predictions.

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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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