Top Dog & Cats Names in 2017

They're in! The top most common names for dogs and cats in 2017. So if you want a trendy, popular name for your pet, read on. If you want a distinctive, boutique name for your pet, you must read on also - so that you don't choose one of these!

"Hey! How do you know which names are most popular? Did you call every pet owner in America?" Ahh, we're glad you asked, my perceptive visitor. Pet name popularity is based on sales of dog tags in top pet retailers. Once retailers release and share their sales data, we compile it and provide it to you.

Top male dog names:

  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Max
  • Rocky
  • Oscar
  • Frankie
  • Gus
  • Scooter
  • Rusty
  • Bear
  • Duke

Top female dog names:

  • Maggie
  • Bella
  • Molly
  • Ginger
  • Bonnie
  • Lucy
  • Coco
  • Rosie
  • Daisy
  • Lady
  • Roxie
  • Ellie

Top male cat names:

  • Jasper
  • Tiger
  • Charlie
  • Oscar
  • Shadow
  • Mittens
  • Boots

Top female cat names:

  • Lily
  • Daisy
  • Angel
  • Misty
  • Kitty
  • Zoe
  • Lucky
  • Patches

Although these names are very common in 2017, they do not represent the majority of pet names.

Roughly 45% of all pet names are human names and nicknames. Many people simply like to name their pets as they would name their children.

Another 15% of pet names are chosen based on the dog or cat's physical appearance. Names like Shadow, Socks, Blacky, Midnight, and Smokey are such examples.

Then there is the 10% of pet names that based on the personality of the animal. Think of an active dog named Comet or Dash, a quiet dog named Plato or Aslan, a lazy cat named King or Princess, a thirsty dog named Pepsi or Sprite, etc.

So name your pet how you want! There are no rules. You are free to be as creative as you want. Just love your pets - that's the most important thing.