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Top Dog Names of 2018


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We tested thousands of dogs at Embark this year and saw a lot of different names! So we wanted to find out what the most popular names were and how they varied between states and size. Let’s take a look at the top dog names for 2018!

Most popular dog names

*according to The Labrador Site

  • Bella 
  • Coco
  • Charlie
  • Lucy
  • Becks
  • Max
  • Poppy
  • Bailey
  • Molly
  • Budd

Most popular names by state

*according to Insider

  • Alabama, Alaska, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming: Lucy
  • Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington: Charlie
  • Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia: Bella
  • Colorado, Rhode Island and Vermont: Zoe
  • Hawaii: Maka
  • Iowa: Lola
  • Nebraska: Max
  • New Mexico: Stella
  • North Dakota: Jack
  • Maryland and West Virginia: Molly
  • Oklahoma: Cooper
  • South Carolina: Lily

Small dog names

  • Almond
  • Ariel
  • Biscuit
  • Bit
  • Dot
  • Jingles
  • Nugget
  • Pebbles
  • Toto

Large dog names

  • Bear
  • Blaze
  • Chevy
  • Diesel
  • Gunner
  • Midnight
  • Rocky
  • Sarge
  • Tank

*Using a small dog name on your large dog can be quite funny, and vice versa.

Naming your pup

If you’re looking for a name for your new pup and didn’t find it on the lists above, here are some other dog name ideas:

  • Anise
  • Ash
  • Capucchino
  • Caramel
  • Fuzzy
  • Ginger
  • Jade 
  • Patches
  • Pepper
  • Shadow
  • Topaz
  • Willow

Whether you were searching for a name, looking to see if your dog’s name made the cut, or just having fun with this post, we hope you found what you were looking for! Cheers to all the pups!

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