We know you've been dying to know what the most popular dog names for 2016 are, because we're right there with you. Healthy Paws Pet Insurance just released its list of the most popular names for males and females, and we have all 20 right here. So if your pup's name is Charlie or Bella, be careful yelling out their names at the dog park — there might just be many other dogs with the same names.
Top 10 Dog Names 2016 – Male
Top 10 Dog Names 2016 – Female
Rover.com also compiled data examining dog names over the past year, and the site found that pop culture names, while always popular, are still on the rise. Some trends of note that Rover found:
- Pokémon dog names had been steadily trending down — but thanks to the huge popularity of Pokémon Go, they're rising again.
- Dog names inspired by popular Netflix series Stranger Things are also on the rise. Names like Eleven and Barb are up 12 percent.
- Unsurprisingly, Hamilton had a breakout year on the stage and with pet parents. The name is on the rise in Washington DC (96 percent), Boston (88 percent), New York (15 percent), and Philadelphia (35 percent).
- Now more than ever, pet parents are drawing inspiration from powerful women. Names like Coco Chanel, Beyoncé, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg climbed over 13 percent.