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Far From Fido: A Smorgasbord of Popular Dog Names


Fashion coupleIn Shakespeare’s famous play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet ponders what, exactly, is in a name. While the quest to find the right moniker for your pup may not be as dramatic, it can still be quite challenging. Do names influence personality, or is it the other way around? To be sure, when naming your new pet, you want to find just the right one for him or her. To help you out, our team has compiled a list of some of our favorite dog names.

Perfectly Timeless

While some trends have fallen to the wayside, naming your dog after personality traits or physical characteristics is still quite popular. Human-sounding names are also classic choices for dogs:

  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Charlie
  • Chloe
  • Jake
  • Lucy
  • Max
  • Molly
  • Sophie
  • Shifting the Focus

Some of the most unique dog names are the ones that have been around for a while. Harkening back to the days of old may be a great way to find the perfect name for your distinguished canine:

  • Ambrose
  • Anastasia
  • Atlas
  • Balthazar
  • Brunhilda
  • Ceres
  • Cleopatra
  • Delilah
  • Eleanor
  • Guinevere
  • Jupiter
  • Penelope
  • Persephone
  • Sampson
  • Shiba
  • Tristan
  • Ursa
  • Zelda
  • Rising Sun Names

The Land of the Rising Sun has some amazing puppy names. Don’t worry, even if your dog isn’t a Shiba Inu or an Akita, you can still try these names on for size:

  • Akiko
  • Fuji
  • Haruki
  • Ichiro
  • Kazuko
  • Kenichi
  • Koji
  • Momo
  • Nori
  • Pikachu
  • Shin
  • Shogi
  • Soba
  • Taro
  • Yoshi
  • Yoko

Sporty Dog Names

You may already be a sports enthusiast or your dog might have natural physical abilities. Consider some of these sporty names.

  • Agassi
  • Beckham
  • Brady
  • Champ
  • Dash
  • Falcon
  • Floyd
  • Gretzky
  • Kobe
  • Magic
  • Maverick
  • Pele
  • Ranger
  • Rocky
  • Scout
  • Venus

The Next Frontier in Dog Names

A tech-centric name might be a great fit for both you and your pet:

  • Astro
  • Beta
  • Bit
  • Bot
  • Cloud
  • Comet
  • Cookie
  • Cosmo
  • Leo
  • Link
  • Luna
  • Mars
  • Socket

So Many More!

Once you start making lists, it’s hard to stop! We could go on and on, but for now, we’ll leave you with one last thought: 90’s television shows have some excellent dog names. Think Frasier, Ally McBeal, MacGyver, Bart, Beavis, Ross, Angela Chase, Alf, Balki, Blossom, or Carlton…


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