Most Popular Dog Names of 2014 – Bella & Max Are Tops

2014 Top Dog NamesSo what are the most popular dog names of 2014?  It depends on who you ask. So I peaked around the internet and found some interesting surveys and polls.

Traditionally, people have named their puppies after descriptive traits. Hence names like Spot, Patches, Blackie, Whitey, Brownie, Midnight, Pepper, Ginger, Goldie, Fluffy, Freckles, Scruffy, and Tiny.

Or they’ve used names that show personality like Lady, King, Prince, Princess, Cuddles, Nibbles, Joker, Scooter, Sparky, Speedy, Scamp and even Wags.

Some people even prefer to name their pets after celebrities, artists, or Hollywood characters like Sherlock, Bambi, Marmaduke, Clifford, Goofy, and Beethoven.


According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, which sorted its database of more than 500,000 insured pets, Bella took the top spot for both dogs (and cats) for the third straight year.

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Charlie
7. Daisy
8. Buddy
9. Maggie
10. Sophie

According to readers at, which breaks it down into female and male names, Bella  and Max take the top spots.

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

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

Additionally, according to their recent surveys, 94% of people considered their dogs as family and 74% identified more with the term “pet parent” than “dog owner”. Incidentally, the percentage of dogs named using the most popular baby names increased about a percent and a half to 21.17%.

But not all people went with the status quo according to VPI, which selected its 50 wackiest names for the year. Leading the list were Peanut Wigglebutt, Sir Hog Knucklehead, Sasha Biggiepotamus Fierce, Otto Von Longdog, Zippity Do Dawg, Airbubble McMuffin, Hamburger Patty, Angus T Brackencrack, Mister Buddy Pickles, and Waffle Dots.

Do you agree? Disagree? What’s the most common or the most outrageous dog name you’ve heard of? Send me an email ( and let me know.

And with that I wish you a very Happy New Year! May 2015 be your happiest yet – filled with extra wet doggie kisses all year long.

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