As the nation prepares for a lengthy period stuck inside, shelters are reporting an unprecedented surge in dog adoptions. Might as well quarantine with a four-legged companion.

If you’re thinking about getting a new dog, you’ll need to settle on a name. Like baby names, dog names are affected by trends. So these are either names to consider or — if you don’t want your dog sharing a name with your neighbor’s new pet — names to avoid.

According to, here were the top male and female dog names last year:

Top 10 male dog names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Cooper
  4. Buddy
  5. Rocky
  6. Milo
  7. Jack
  8. Bear
  9. Duke
  10. Teddy

Top 10 female dog names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lily
  6. Zoe
  7. Lola
  8. Molly
  9. Sadie
  10. Bailey

Trends in dog names

The trend of using human names for dogs picked up steam starting in the mid-20th century. These days pop culture has a big influence. Dog name data from Tasty Bone revealed that about one in five dogs were named after a film character in the last year. Marvel and DC characters are especially popular, with names like Jarvis and Loki and Harley.

Other Disney names include Simba from The Lion King and Lady from Lady and the Tramp. Based on this, here is the predicted list of next year’s dog names according to Tasty Bone:

Predicted top 10 dog names for 2020

  1. Charlie
  2. Loki
  3. Harley
  4. Elsa
  5. Bella
  6. Luke
  7. Simba
  8. Lady
  9. Millie
  10. Maggie

Whatever you end up naming your pooch, we wish you many happy dog years together.