Top Puppy Name Ideas - 11 Categorized Lists

We at dogIDs see A LOT of dog names coming through on orders as we make dog tags and personalized dog collars so we tend to keep track ongoing. We hope some of these 11 lists of top puppy names will spark some ideas and help point you down the right path to finding that perfect name for your new dog or puppy! What we've found in the past is once you find a name that resonates, a few others spin off of that initial name and one of those spinoff names turns out to be the perfect fit...Or one of the youngsters in your life just insists on naming your dog one of their favorite flavors of the week and next thing you know, you're naming your new family member "Fruity Pebbles" or "Corndog" just because it's so hard disappointing little kids. It happens and we totally get that! Remember though, dogs have pride too and this name will represent your dog's character his or her whole life.

Top 20 Call Names for Dogs

Here are some popular and classic names that are commonly used as call names for dogs. Why? These names are easy to pronounce, memorable and have a nice ring to them when you call them out. You'll also notice many of them are two syllable with an "ie" or "y" at the end, again, names like this tend to flow and resonate stronger when calling your dog. Good call names do make a difference when training your dog or trying to communicate with them in chaotic situations. However, remember that your dog's name should be unique to them and reflect their personality and individuality. You could also consider names that are related to your dog's breed, interests, or physical traits (see 10 other top 20 dog name lists below). Ultimately, the best call name for your dog is the one that you and your furry friend both love and respond to the best. Doesn't hurt to try a few names in real world situations and watch for those puppy ears to perk up or puppy eyes to come alive and lock onto yours, proving your pup is naturally responsive to the name.

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Bailey
  4. Lucy
  5. Molly
  6. Sadie
  7. Daisy
  8. Buddy
  9. Rocky
  10. Bella
  11. Zoe
  12. Riley
  13. Cooper
  14. Jack
  15. Winston
  16. Luna
  17. Maggie
  18. Bear
  19. Rusty
  20. Roscoe

Top 20 Famous Dog Names

  1. Bo Obama (Former U.S. President Barack Obama - Portuguese Water Dog)
  2. Lupo (Duchess Kate and Prince William - English Cocker Spaniel)
  3. Nugget (Singer and actress Miley Cyrus - Beagle Mix)
  4. Norman (Actor Ryan Gosling - mixed breed dog)
  5. Finn (Actress Amanda Seyfried - Australian Shepherd)
  6. Dali (Actor Bradley Cooper - Chow Chow)
  7. Asia and Koji (Singer Lady Gaga - French Bulldogs)
  8. Floyd (Singer Miley Cyrus - Alaskan Klee Kai)
  9. Charlie (Actor George Clooney - Cocker Spaniel)
  10. Gary Fisher (Late actress Carrie Fisher - French Bulldog)
  11. Mighty and Layla (Actor Chris Hemsworth - Pit Bulls)
  12. Tucker (Actress Jennifer Aniston - Corgi mix)
  13. Pippin (Actor Tom Hardy - Labrador)
  14. Bono (Actor Gerard Butler - pug)
  15. Toast (Fashion blogger and entrepreneur, The Fat Jewish - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)
  16. Bilbo Waggins (Actress Sophie Turner - Northern Inuit breed)
  17. Gracie (Actor Hugh Jackman - French Bulldog)
  18. Martha (TV personality and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart - Chow Chow)
  19. Harley (Actor Zac Efron - Australian Shepherd mix)
  20. Louie (Actress Jennifer Lawrence - Pomeranian)

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Places

  1. Aspen
  2. Austin
  3. Boston
  4. Brooklyn
  5. Cairo
  6. Camden
  7. Charlotte
  8. Dallas
  9. Denver
  10. Dublin
  11. Geneva
  12. Georgia
  13. Havana
  14. Houston
  15. India
  16. Jackson
  17. Memphis
  18. Milan
  19. Montana
  20. Phoenix

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Foods

  1. Pepper
  2. Ginger
  3. Oreo
  4. Cookie
  5. Olive
  6. Mocha
  7. Peanut
  8. Honey
  9. Taffy
  10. Biscuit
  11. Brandy
  12. Brownie
  13. Cinnamon
  14. Cocoa
  15. Cupcake
  16. Marshmallow
  17. Nugget
  18. Pumpkin
  19. Raisin
  20. Ju Ju

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Hobbies

  1. Harley (Inspired by Harley Davidson motorcycles)
  2. Hunter
  3. Bandit
  4. Fisher
  5. Maverick
  6. Scout
  7. Sailor
  8. Ranger
  9. Archer
  10. Gunner
  11. Fisher
  12. Skye
  13. Rocky (Inspired by rock climbing)
  14. Cricket
  15. Rider
  16. Ace
  17. Dash
  18. Ranger
  19. Harley (Inspired by Harley Quinn from comics/movies)
  20. Sable

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Movies

  1. Bella (from Twilight)
  2. Max (from The Secret Life of Pets)
  3. Marley (from Marley & Me)
  4. Elsa (from Frozen)
  5. Simba (from The Lion King)
  6. Winn-Dixie (from Because of Winn-Dixie)
  7. Toto (from The Wizard of Oz)
  8. Gromit (from Wallace and Gromit)
  9. Scooby (from Scooby-Doo)
  10. Beethoven (from the Beethoven movies)
  11. Lassie (from the Lassie movies and TV show)
  12. Buddy (from Air Bud)
  13. Lady (from Lady and the Tramp)
  14. Pongo (from 101 Dalmatians)
  15. Copper (from The Fox and the Hound)
  16. Benji (from the Benji movies)
  17. Balto (from Balto)
  18. Chance (from Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey)
  19. Duke (from The Secret Life of Pets)
  20. Jack (from Pirates of the Caribbean)

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Books

  1. Scout (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
  2. Bella (from Twilight)
  3. Gatsby (from The Great Gatsby)
  4. Winn-Dixie (from Because of Winn-Dixie)
  5. Atticus (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
  6. Sirius (from Harry Potter)
  7. Oliver (from Oliver Twist)
  8. Lassie (from Lassie Come-Home)
  9. Toto (from The Wizard of Oz)
  10. Sherlock (from Sherlock Holmes)
  11. Snoopy (from Peanuts comics)
  12. Bilbo (from The Hobbit)
  13. Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  14. Pippin (from The Lord of the Rings)
  15. Arwen (from The Lord of the Rings)
  16. Gandalf (from The Lord of the Rings)
  17. Buck (from The Call of the Wild)
  18. Darcy (from Pride and Prejudice)
  19. Marley (from Marley & Me)
  20. Bailey (from A Dog's Purpose)

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Rock Stars

  1. Elvis (Presley)
  2. Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix)
  3. Bowie (David Bowie)
  4. Freddie (Mercury)
  5. Ozzy (Osbourne)
  6. Lennon (John Lennon)
  7. Jagger (Mick Jagger)
  8. Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin)
  9. Dio (Ronnie James Dio)
  10. Bonham (John Bonham)
  11. Ramone (The Ramones)
  12. Bono (U2)
  13. McCartney (Paul McCartney)
  14. Cobain (Kurt Cobain)
  15. Axl (Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses)
  16. Iggy (Iggy Pop)
  17. Slash (Guns N' Roses)
  18. Angus (Angus Young of AC/DC)
  19. Janis (Joplin)
  20. Ringo (Ringo Starr of The Beatles)

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Breed Characteristics

  1. Bear (inspired by the large, furry dog breeds)
  2. Zeus (inspired by the powerful, muscular breeds)
  3. Cooper (inspired by the loyal and friendly breeds)
  4. Thor (inspired by the strong and sturdy breeds)
  5. Duke (inspired by the noble and dignified breeds)
  6. Bella (inspired by the elegant and graceful breeds)
  7. Stella (inspired by the lively and energetic breeds)
  8. Bailey (inspired by the friendly and outgoing breeds)
  9. Roxy (inspired by the spunky and spirited breeds)
  10. Sadie (inspired by the sweet and gentle breeds)
  11. Tucker (inspired by the playful and energetic breeds)
  12. Scout (inspired by the intelligent and curious breeds)
  13. Charlie (inspired by the loyal and friendly breeds)
  14. Daisy (inspired by the cheerful and playful breeds)
  15. Gatsby (inspired by the elegant and sophisticated breeds)
  16. Ruby (inspired by the small and cute breeds)
  17. Rocky (inspired by the tough and resilient breeds)
  18. Ruby (inspired by the small and cute breeds)
  19. Rusty (inspired by the red-coated breeds like Irish Setters and Vizslas)
  20. Winston (inspired by the regal and dignified breeds)

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Physical Traits

  1. Spot
  2. Shadow
  3. Pepper
  4. Coco
  5. Bear
  6. Tiger
  7. Oreo
  8. Panda
  9. Snowy
  10. Rusty
  11. Blue
  12. Ginger
  13. Ebony
  14. Hazel
  15. Honey
  16. Ivory
  17. Jet
  18. Mocha
  19. Raven
  20. Rusty

Top 20 Dog Names Inspired by Spirituality

  1. Luna - Spanish for "moon," associated with lunar cycles and feminine energy
  2. Bodhi - a Sanskrit term meaning "enlightenment" or "awakening"
  3. Zen - a Japanese term for meditation and mindfulness
  4. Angel - a name associated with divine beings, messengers, and guardians
  5. Sage - a name associated with wisdom and spiritual enlightenment
  6. Karma - a name associated with the concept of cause and effect, and the idea that our actions have consequences
  7. Shanti - a Sanskrit term meaning "peace"
  8. Phoenix - a name associated with the mythical bird that rises from the ashes, symbolizing rebirth and renewal
  9. Aurora - a name associated with the natural phenomenon of the northern lights, symbolizing wonder and magic
  10. Nova - Latin for "new," associated with new beginnings and fresh starts
  11. Faith - a name associated with the concept of trust, belief, and devotion
  12. Hope - a name associated with optimism, positivity, and the expectation of good things to come
  13. Grace - a name associated with divine favor and blessing
  14. Trinity - a name associated with the Christian concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  15. Zephyr - a Greek term for a gentle breeze, associated with the breath of life and the spirit
  16. Serenity - a name associated with inner peace and calmness
  17. Nirvana - a Sanskrit term meaning "bliss" or "enlightenment"
  18. Amethyst - a name associated with the gemstone that symbolizes spiritual awareness and tranquility
  19. Jasper - a name associated with the gemstone that symbolizes protection and grounding
  20. Onyx - a name associated with the gemstone that symbolizes strength and spiritual transformation.