The most common names for dogs in 2022

(NEXSTAR) – Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, colors and breeds. Dog owners would also (almost always) agree that each pup’s personality is as unique as a snowflake, making them a one-of-a-kind companion.

When it comes to naming them, however, most of us are seemingly content to call our dogs “Luna” or “Bella” and be done with it.

This week, the American Kennel Club released its statistics on the most common dog names among registered AKC users, and nicknames such as “Luna”, “Bella” and “Max” (perhaps without surprise) were at the top of the list in 2022.

“Dogs are an important part of our families, and people take great care in choosing a name,” Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club (AKC), said in a somewhat contradictory statement attached to a statement. release from the AKC.

“It’s fun to see if a dog’s personality is reflected in their name,” DiNardo added.

The AKC’s findings, which were split into men’s and women’s lists, were presented as follows:

Girl names boy names
1. Moon 1. Maximum
2. Bella 2. Milo
3. daisy 3. Cooper
4. Lucia 4. Charlie
5. Willow 5. Teddies
6. Penny 6.Tucker
7. Sadie 7. Buddy
8. Maggie 8. Bear
9. Pink 9. Rocky
10. Ruby 10. Leo

A comprehensive list of combined dog names for both genders showed that “Luna” was the most popular dog name among registered AKC members, followed by “Bella”, “Daisy”, “Max”, and “Milo”. “.

When compiling its 2020 list, the AKC relied on data submitted by its registered users, as well as dog owners who enrolled their pets in its Canine Partners program. An AKC representative would not disclose the total number of dogs registered and enrolled between the two programs.

The findings, meanwhile, appear consistent with a separate August 2022 study by, which found “Luna” to be the most popular dog name in 35 states across the country. “Bella” was the second most popular, with “Max”, “Cooper” and “Daisy” rounding out the top five.

“When we analyze dog names by state, the data is surprisingly consistent,” the Bark analysts wrote at the time. “Regardless of region or political leaning, we have commonalities in what we name our puppies as Americans, and the most popular name is Luna.”


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