The pandemic pet boom had some serious bark. Many pup parents joined Embark Vet to discover more about their new best friends, bringing us closer to realizing our goal of ending preventable disease in dogs. We took a look at all the dogs we tested who were born in 2020 so we could share the most popular names and, of course, point out a few trends we noticed. Spot your dog’s name anywhere?
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021!
Top female dog names
This wasn’t even a contest: We tested nearly 3 times as many Lunas as Daisys this year. Luna has also seen a drastic rise in popularity as a human name in the past two decades.
Top male dog names
The top 2 males names pulled ahead of the rest of the pack by a wide margin, but Cooper was printed on just a few more collar tags this year than Milo.
Large dog names
Most of the names we saw for larger dogs are short, sweet, and powerful.
Mythology dog names
Some pup parents turned to myths, legends, and folklore to find the name that best captures their dog’s personality. Loki was another runaway winner—watch out for these mischievous mutts.
Food dog names
These pup parents took the phrase “I could just eat you up!” to another level by naming their pups after their favorite foods.
Star Wars dog names
It looks like the trend of Star Wars names won’t be going anywhere soon. We were surprised by how few Yodas we saw given Baby Yoda Fever at the tail end of last year.
Disney dog names
It’s easy to assume the most popular dog names would be inspired by more recent Disney outings, but we saw a good mix of names from Disney movies new and old.
Harry Potter dog names
We were surprised that Sirius wasn’t higher on the list since the original character actually turns into a dog.
Avatar The Last Airbender dog names
A new trend we spotted this year was names taken from the animated series Avatar The Last Airbender. The show was added to Netflix in the summer of 2020, so pup parents may have been inspired after giving it a rewatch.
Nintendo dog names
It turns out a good amount of pup parents are a fan of Nintendo games. There were hardly any dogs named Mario, though. In fact, we saw a lot more Luigis.
Nature dog names
A lot of pup parents looked toward nature to pick out the perfect name for their pups. We have a feeling these dogs have plenty of hiking and rolling around in the grass on their horizon.
Unique dog names
These were a few of the dog names we only saw one instance of. Do you think your dog’s name would make this category?
Top dog names by state
We were also curious to see if any naming trends emerged by region. After removing the top 10 male and female dog names overall, here are the most popular names in each state. (We’ve also taken a look at the most popular mixed breed result in each state.)
North Carolina: Sadie
North Dakota: Nova
New Hampshire: Rosie
New Jersey: Koda/Bailey
New Mexico: Cosmo
New York: Ruby
Oklahoma: Gus (The appropriate “Oakley” ended up in the #2 spot!)
Rhode Island: Rosie/Finn
South Carolina: Millie/Zoe
South Dakota: Scout
West Virginia: Harper/Bailey
Pandemic dog names
In the year of Covid, it’s no surprise that we found a few pandemic-related names. 19 pup parents honored Dr. Anthony Fauci by naming their dogs after him. We also found a single “Covie D.”
No matter what name they go by, all dogs are good dogs. Follow us on Instagram so you can put plenty of names to furry faces in 2021!