Check Out the Most Popular Dog Names of 2023 (And the Celebs’ Dogs Who Made the List)

In the latest report by US News and World Report, the most popular dog names of 2023 have been unveiled, reflecting the choices of the estimated 69 million U.S. households with dogs, as indicated by the American Pet Products Association. Read on to see if you’re dogs name made the top 10 and what celebs also made the list!

The Most Popular Dog Names of 2023

Topping the overall list are Bella and Luna, ranked at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. These names aren’t just popular by chance; Bella is a name shared by notable characters in both the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” series, while Luna, also from the “Harry Potter” universe, has its roots in Roman mythology, representing the moon’s divine personification.

The Most Popular Dog Names of 2023
Credit: (USN&WR)

Celebrities with dogs named Bella include Chloe Grace Moretz, Rob Lowe, Heidi Montag, and Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne.

Sharon Osbourne Pomeranian dog Bella
Sharon Osbourne’s Pomeranian Bella [Credit: @sharonosbourne/Instagram]

Celebrities with dogs named Luna include Oli Sykes, Lou Ferrigno, Millie Bobby Brown, and WWE’s Rhea Ripley.

Millie Bobby Brown dog Luna
Millie Bobby Brown’s poodle Luna [Credit: @milliebobbybrown/Instagram]

For good boys named Max, celebrity owners include Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, and Martha Stewart.

Tom Hardy Staffie-Labrador Mad Max Dog
Tom Hardy’s Staffie-Labrador mix name (Mad) Max [Credit: Tom Hardy]

For celebrity parents of doggies named Daisy, you’ll find Selena Gomez, Kevin Costner, Carmen Electra, and Adriana Lima.

Selena Gomez rescue poodle named Daisy
Selena Gomez with her rescue poodle Daisy [Credit: @selenagomez/Instagram]

For canines named Charlie, we have Selena Gomez again, along with Bradley Cooper, and Charlie Puth. (Fun fact: Cooper’s dog Charlie starred alongside his dad and Lady Gaga in the 2018 film A Star is Born)

Bradley Cooper's dog Charlie from movie "A Star is Born"
Charlie, Bradley, and Gaga in A Star is Born [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Celebrity canines named Coco include Lewis Hamilton, Zazie Beets, Ravi Patel, and Christina Aguilera.

Lewis Hamilton English Bulldog named Coco
Lewis Hamilton and Coco [Credit: @lewishamilton/Instagram]

Dogs named Buddy include Jennifer Lopez, America Ferrera, and Hannah Palmer as parents.

America Ferrera Dog Buddy
America Ferrera and Buddy [Credit: @americaferrera/Instagram]

Owners of lucky dogs named Lucy include Jimmy O Yang, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kaley Cuoco, Drew Barrymore, and Charlie Day.

Drew Barrymore retriever dog Lucy
Drew Barrymore and Lucy [Credit: @drewbarrymore/Instagram]

Milo includes Jim Carrey, Candice Swanepoel, and Josh Brolin.

Candace Swanepoel dog Milo
Candice Swanepoel and Milo [Credit: @candiceswanepoel/Instagram]

Bailey includes Hugh Laurie, Graham Norton, Toby Keith, and Viola Davis.

Toby Keith Dogs
Toby Keith and his dogs Bailey, Titus, and Dallas [Credit: @tobykeith/Instagram]

The top 100 list also features names inspired by pagan deities, now popularized through TV and movie characters. These include Zeus at No. 40 (Kaley Cuoco), Loki at No. 38 (Zach McGowan), and Thor at No. 76 (Colton Underwood). In a delicious twist, some dog owners have turned to the culinary world for inspiration, naming their pets Pepper (No. 52), Honey (No. 71), Peanut (No. 61), Cookie (No. 67), and Oreo (No. 44).

Kaley Cuoco's dog named Zeus
Kaley Cuoco and Zeus [Credit: @kaleycuoco/Instagram]

The report also highlights regional favorites, with Bella reigning in 37 states and the District of Columbia, and Luna being the top choice in eight states. Other state-specific favorites include Copper in Alaska, Boo in Hawaii, Lucy in Iowa, and Charlie in Nebraska and North Dakota. An interesting detail is the name Zoey, which appears in two spellings on the list: Zoey at 20th and Zoe at 82nd.

This trend in dog naming is a testament to the significant role that dogs play in over half of all U.S. households. It’s no surprise that the pet insurance industry has seen substantial growth, more than doubling between 2018 and 2021. For those interested, US News & World Report’s 360 Reviews provides insights into the Best Pet Insurance Companies.

If your dog’s name isn’t on this list, sharing it in the comments could inspire future pet parents in their naming journey.


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