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From Arlo to Zippy: Embark’s Dog Name Trends of 2017

March 1, 2018

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!

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Dog Name Trends

Top 5 male dog names:
Charlie
Max
Cooper
Buddy
Jack

Top 5 female dog names:
Bella
Luna
Lucy
Daisy
Maggie

Top 5 androgynous dog names:
Bailey
Riley
Scout
Harley
Lucky

Top 5 mixed-breed dog names:
Rocco
Gizmo
Sully
Pixie
Arlo

Top 5 purebred dog names:
Emma
Mia
Lily
Finn
Toby

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Top 15 large dog names (and their average genetic weight in pounds):
Hercules, 86.3
Smokey, 73.7
Titan, 72.5
Mason, 71.6
Storm, 69.9
Timber, 69.6
Chopper, 69.5
Hugo, 68.9
Yukon, 68.3
Junior, 67.6
Jethro, 67.4
Tank, 67.2
Calvin, 67.0
Boomer, 67.0
Moose, 66.9

Top 15 small dog names (and their average genetic weight in pounds):
Peanut, 14.5
Bobby, 15.1
Willy, 22.3
Cookie, 24.8
Pixie, 24.9
Pippi, 25.0
Spike, 25.1
Mila, 25.7
Chewbacca, 25.8
Freddy, 26.0
Wrigley, 26.5
Skippy, 27.2
Andy, 27.7
Tiny, 28.0

Top 15 names for wolfy dogs (highest average wolfiness) and their average wolfiness:
Ember, 17.7
Lobo, 16.8
Storm, 14.2
Opal, 12.2
Sansa, 11.4
Winter, 10.7
Indy, 10.7
Noah, 10.4
Gypsy, 10.2
Jade, 9.8
Maverick, 8.8
Atlas, 8.6
Quinn, 8.3
Yukon, 8.3
Zeus, 7.8

Top 15 names for not-wolfy dogs (lowest average wolfiness) and their average wolfiness:
Bean, 0.5
Wilbur, 0.5
Dusty, 0.5
Alex, 0.5
Kasey, 0.5
Snickers, 0.5
Patrick, 0.5
Mojo, 0.6
Eva, 0.6
Sherman, 0.6
Lacy, 0.6
Missy, 0.6
Gunner, 0.6
Simba, 0.6
Mochi, 0.6

Top 10 trendiest names for 2017:
Aria
Finley
Fenway
Porter
Kahlua
Kiwi
Onyx
Gizmo
Freyja
Barley

Down-trending names in 2017 (How quickly we cast aside our beloved athletes! See Payton, Jeter):
Gretta
Ivan
Marco
Zippy
Payton
Homer
Indiana
Jeter
Jonah
Mozart

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Most popular names by region

South:
Daisy
Bailey
Bella
Lucy
Charlie
Northeast:
Jack
Sadie
Cooper
Max
Scout
Midwest:
Luna
Buddy
Molly
Cooper
Maggie
Mountain West:
Toby
Leo
Sammy
Minnie
Aspen
Pacific Coast:
Lucy
Oliver
Lola
Sophie
Bear

Fun popular dog names unique to a particular state

New York: Khaleesi
Texas: Max and Stella
Hawaii: Koda and Hilo
Alaska: Freyja

Miscellaneous standout names

Sherlock & Watson (when one name is not enough!)
Honiahaka Santa Baby
Y Not All That N More
Molly McMuggles
Hot Dog
Bill Murray
Megatron
WallE
KingaRoo
Pawcific
Sallie Chompers
Gator Nui Aloha
Sharpie
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We hope 2018 will bring us dog names equally as creative. Happy New Year from all of us at Embark!

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