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Some dog owners want to know what the most popular dog names are so they can or don’t name them like everybody else’s dog. Choosing a dog name is tough and we hope you choose one that fits not only your dog, but also one all your family agrees on. Choose correctly because it might be that once in a lifetime dog that everybody has and you don’t want to be sitting around a fire talking about poopsie with your buddies. If you have any questions about your new pet, call us at 662-234-3930 or visit our website at Oxford Veterinary Clinic.

An estimated 69 million U.S. households include a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association. And all of those dogs need a name.

Most likely, it’s Bella or Luna, or perhaps Charlie or Max. That’s what U.S. News & World Reports’ 360 Reviews learned from a new report on the most popular dog names nationwide.

Here’s what our research uncovered:

The 10 most popular dog names in the U.S. are Bella, Luna, Max, Daisy, Charlie, Coco, Buddy, Lucy, Milo, and Bailey.

USN&WR

Bella and Luna top the overall list at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Bella is the name of a popular character in the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” books and films. Luna is also a character in the “Harry Potter” world, but the name is rooted in Roman mythology as the divine personification of the moon.

Other standouts on our top 100 names include the names of pagan deities – resurrected as TV and movie characters – like Zeus (No. 40), Loki (No. 38) and Thor (No. 76). Other dog owners favor food names, such as Pepper (No. 52), Honey (No. 71), Peanut (No. 61), Cookie (No. 67) and Oreo (No. 44).

Map of the U.S. with the most popular dog name of that state.

USN&WR

Bella is the most popular name for dogs in 37 states as well as the District of Columbia.

Luna, the No. 2 overall dog name in our study, is the top name in eight states.

Copper is the top dog name in Alaska, while Boo is most popular in Hawaii. Lucy is the top favorite in Iowa, and Charlie is most popular in Nebraska and North Dakota.

The top five dog names in each state are:

Alabama

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Buddy

5. Coco (tie)

5. Lucy (tie)

Alaska

1. Copper

2. Bella

3. Charlie

4. Bailey (tie)

4. Buster (tie)

5. Lucy (tie)

5. Luna (tie)

Arizona

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Charlie

5. Max

Arkansas

1. Bella

2. Daisy

3. Buddy (tie)

3. Luna (tie)

4. Lucy

5. Maggie

California

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Coco

4. Max

5. Charlie

Colorado

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Charlie

4. Daisy

5. Lucy

Connecticut

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Lola

4. Charlie

5. Daisy

Delaware

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Roxy

5. Sasha

Florida

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Coco

5. Daisy

Georgia

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Coco

4. Charlie

5. Max

Hawaii

1. Boo

2. Buddy

3. Bella

4. Koa

5. Coco

Idaho

1. Bella

2. Charlie

3. Lucy

4. Daisy

5. Sadie

Illinois

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Charlie

5. Daisy

Indiana

1. Bella

2. Max

3. Daisy

4. Sadie

5. Lucy

Iowa

1. Lucy

2. Bella

3. Luna

4. Zoey

5. Bailey

Kansas

1. Bella

2. Charlie

3. Luna

4. Buddy

5. Sadie

Kentucky

1. Bella

2. Daisy

3. Lucy

4. Max

5. Charlie

Louisiana

1. Bella

2. Coco

3. Chloe

4. Luna

5. Charlie

Maine

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Willow (tie)

3. Bailey (tie)

4. Daisy (tie)

4. Cooper (tie)

4. Lucy (tie)

5. Maggie

Maryland

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Milo

5. Buddy

Massachusetts

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Buddy

4. Milo

5. Lucy

Michigan

1. Bella

2. Luna (tie)

2. Daisy (tie)

3. Charlie

4. Max

5. Buddy

Minnesota

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Lucy

4. Bailey

5. Coco

Mississippi

1. Bella

2. Cooper (tie)

2. Lucy (tie)

2. Buddy (tie)

3. Charlie

4. Max

5. Coco

Missouri

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Buddy

4. Daisy

5. Max (tie)

5. Cooper (tie)

Montana

1. Luna (tie)

1. Molly (tie)

2. Maggie (tie)

2. Bella (tie)

3. Charlie (tie)

3. Bandit (tie)

4. Buddy

5. Duke

Nebraska

1. Charlie

2. Luna

3. Bella

4. Toby

5. Milo

Nevada

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Max

5. Coco

New Hampshire

1. Bella

2. Bailey (tie)

2. Luna (tie)

3. Daisy

4. Max

5. Charlie

New Jersey

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Charlie

4. Max

5. Coco

New Mexico

1. Bella

2. Buddy

3. Daisy

4. Luna (tie)

4. Milo (tie)

5. Max

New York

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Coco

5. Milo

North Carolina

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Max

5. Charlie

North Dakota

1. Charlie

2. Daisy

3. Murphy (tie)

3. Max (tie)

4. Luna (tie)

4. Hank (tie)

5. Bruno

Ohio

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Buddy

5. Max

Oklahoma

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Buddy

5. Coco

Oregon

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Lucy

4. Daisy

5. Charlie

Pennsylvania

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Max

5. Lucy

Rhode Island

1. Bella

2. Max

3. Luna

4. Coco

5. Lola

South Carolina

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Charlie

5. Buddy

South Dakota

1. Luna

2. Daisy

2. Charlie

3. Marley

4. Buddy (tie)

4. Max (tie)

4. Mya (tie)

4. Nacho (tie)

5. Sadie

Tennessee

1. Bella

2. Sadie

3. Daisy

4. Max (tie)

4. Lucy (tie)

5. Luna

Texas

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Coco

5. Daisy

Utah

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Daisy

4. Max

5. Bear

Vermont

1. Luna

2. Bear

3. Finn

4. Daisy (tie)

4. Molly (tie)

5. Bella (tie)

5. Charlie (tie)

5. Cooper (tie)

5. Piper (tie)

5. Rosie (tie)

Virginia

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Max

4. Daisy

5. Lucy

Washington

1. Luna

2. Bella

3. Charlie

4. Daisy (tie)

4. Buddy (tie)

5. Max

Washington, D.C.

1. Bella

2. Max

3. Charlie

4. Teddy

5. Baxter

West Virginia

1. Bella

2. Max

3. Luna

4. Molly

5. Lucy

Wisconsin

1. Bella

2. Luna

3. Charlie

4. Lucy

5. Buddy

Wyoming

1. Bella

2. Luna (tie)

2. Tank (tie)

2. Max (tie)

3. Pearl

4. Charlie

5. Buddy (tie)

5. Chloe (tie)

5. Brimley (tie)

5. Murphy (tie)

Highlights from Across the U.S.

According to our study, 5% of dogs in the United States – more than 10,850 among our sample size of 800,000-plus pups – are named Bella. It is also the most popular dog name in 37 states as well as the District of Columbia.

In Florida, for example, there are 978 dogs named Bella (about 2% in the state) out of the 62,818 pups that were included in our population data. There are 367 dogs with that name in Georgia (also about 2%) out of 23,031 total in our sample.

As for the other top four U.S. dog names, about 4% of U.S. dogs are named Luna; approximately 3% are named Max; about 2% are named Daisy; and about 2% are named Charlie.

Some of our other findings:

  • Luna is the most popular dog name in Massachusetts.
  • Buddy, which placed No. 7 on our overall nationwide rankings, was among the top five most popular names in 18 states. 
  • Lucy (No. 8 overall) is the top dog name in Iowa, and it is among the top five names in 17 other states.
  • While Bella is the most popular dog name in the U.S., it didn’t even make the top five in South Dakota and North Dakota.
  • Copper is the No. 1 dog name in Alaska, which is home to the Copper River. However, it did not make the top 100 overall. 
  • While Copper didn’t make the top 100 U.S. dog names, a very similar name, Cooper, is No. 11 on the nationwide list. It is among the top five dog names in Maine (where it’s tied for No. 4), Mississippi (tied for No. 2), Missouri (tied for No. 5) and Vermont (tied for No. 5).
  • The No. 16 and No. 17 most popular dog names in the United States are Teddy and Bear, respectively. Yet both rarely show up in state rankings. Teddy is the No. 4 most popular name in the District of Columbia, while Bear is No. 5 in Utah and No. 2 in Vermont. 
  • Two similar names made the overall top 100 with Zoey ranking No. 20 and Zoe ranking No. 82.