Embark tested thousands of dogs in 2017, and while we were gratified to share health and breed information with so many caring owners, we also really enjoyed seeing the many creative takes on dog names.
In fact, we had so much fun we decided to track the trends. So, whether you’re trying to name your wolfy mix or debating whether your neighbor is cool—or just strange—for calling their Pomeranian Xerxes the Second, our first annual Embark dog name trends blog is for you!
Dog Name Trends
Top 5 male dog names:
Top 5 female dog names:
Top 5 androgynous dog names:
Top 5 mixed-breed dog names:
Top 5 purebred dog names:
Top 15 large dog names (and their average genetic weight in pounds):
Top 15 small dog names (and their average genetic weight in pounds):
Top 15 names for wolfy dogs (highest average wolfiness) and their average wolfiness:
Top 15 names for not-wolfy dogs (lowest average wolfiness) and their average wolfiness:
Top 10 trendiest names for 2017:
Down-trending names in 2017 (How quickly we cast aside our beloved athletes! See Payton, Jeter):
Most popular names by region
Fun popular dog names unique to a particular state
New York: Khaleesi
Texas: Max and Stella
Hawaii: Koda and Hilo
Miscellaneous standout names
Sherlock & Watson (when one name is not enough!)
Honiahaka Santa Baby
Y Not All That N More
Gator Nui Aloha
We hope 2018 will bring us dog names equally as creative. Happy New Year from all of us at Embark!
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