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Best Dog Names Of 2024: Inspiration for Your New Pup

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on June 19, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Best Dog Names Of 2024: Inspiration for Your New Pup

Naming your dog is one of the most fun parts of adoption and often the most frustrating. You and your family will delight in running through the endless list of potential names, but landing on the best encapsulation of your pet’s personality can seem downright impossible if you’re a perfectionist.

And that’s where we come in! We’re always hunting for fun, quirky, and thought-provoking names to share with avid pet parents, and this past year has offered plenty of inspiration. Find the ultimate up-to-date idea for your new pup in this rundown of the best dog names this year.

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Fun Movie and TV-Inspired Dog Names

Between the writers’ and actors’ strikes, we’ve experienced a strange, slow year in movies and TV. But the gears never stop turning in Tinseltown, and despite a relative lull, inspiration still runs strong this year. From timeless classics to recent blockbusters, Hollywood hits still give pet owners great ideas for their furry friends. Here are some of the top movie and TV-inspired dog names this year.

  • Barbie
  • Bingo
  • Bluey
  • Boba
  • Carmy
  • Chef
  • Cobb
  • Colter
  • Connor
  • Ellie
  • Falcon
  • Gerri
  • Greta
  • Grogu
  • Groot
  • Hawkeye
  • Hulk
  • Jabba
  • Joel
  • Ken
  • Kendall
  • Lasso
  • Logan
  • Loki
  • Marcus
  • Maverick
  • Mystique
  • Pedro
  • Sansa
  • Shiv
  • Sugar
  • Thor
  • Wanda
  • Wednesday
  • Zava
  • Zemo
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Trending Pop Culture Dog Names

Pop culture figures are far more than the work they produce. Some connect with us on personal and emotional levels, and others perfectly personify the zeitgeist, putting deep layers of meaning behind their names and providing pet owners with numerous excuses to pull inspiration from them. Can you find your new dog’s name among today’s business, politics, and entertainment icons?

  • Archie
  • Beyonce
  • Billie
  • Bowser
  • Cardi
  • Celtic
  • Ciara
  • Doja
  • Donna
  • Elon
  • Elton
  • Gaga
  • Ganon
  • Harry
  • Ice Spice
  • Kelce
  • Kyrie
  • Lilibet
  • Link
  • Luka
  • Megan
  • Morgan
  • Nikola
  • Olivia
  • Princess Peach
  • Queenie
  • RiRi
  • Rito
  • Rodrigo
  • Shohei
  • Snoop
  • Swifty
  • Taylor
  • Trae
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda

Food & Drink-Inspired Dog Names

Cuisine is one of the best sources of suitable, silly, and adorable dog names. Your pet might have a spicy personality, or maybe it’s the sweetest you’ve ever seen. You could have a favorite meal with a special meaning, or your dog’s mixed coat may make you think of a certain dish whenever you see it. We can almost guarantee you’ll find a perfect food and drink-themed dog name, especially when you have ideas like these to inspire you.

  • Apple
  • Bacon
  • Basil
  • Biscuit
  • Brie
  • Butter
  • Cheddar
  • Cheerios
  • Chili
  • Chutney
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Corncob
  • Cupcake
  • Curry
  • Ding Dong
  • Donut
  • Dunkaroo
  • French Fry
  • Froot Loop
  • Frosted Flakes
  • Gin
  • Green Bean
  • Hot Pocket
  • Ice Cream
  • Jelly
  • Latke
  • Martini
  • Milkshake
  • Omelet
  • Parsley
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Pepper
  • Pesto
  • Pickles
  • Pop Tart
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Schnapps
  • Snickers
  • Sundae
  • S’more
  • Taco
  • Tater
  • Twinkie
  • Waffles
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What Were the Most Popular Dog Names of Last Year?

The AKC, Rover, and other pet-centric organizations love to stay on top of trending animal names, helping us find excellent ideas for lists like these. What are the top picks for dogs this past year? Let’s look at the most popular male and female dog names of last year, according to Rover.

Top Male Dog Names

  • Charlie
  • Max
  • Cooper
  • Milo
  • Buddy
  • Teddy
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Leo
  • Duke

Top Female Dog Names

  • Luna
  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Lucy
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Zoe
  • Sadie
  • Stella
  • Bailey
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More Great Male Dog Names

If the top ten aren’t yielding any ideas, there’s plenty more where that came from. Dig into this collection of clever and cute dog names to see if one stands out from the pack.

  • Beau
  • Bentley
  • Blue
  • Buster
  • Canelo
  • Carl
  • Cash
  • Chance
  • Chico
  • Clyde
  • Cole
  • Frank
  • Gizmo
  • Hank
  • Jack
  • Jasper
  • Jax
  • King
  • Lucky
  • Luke
  • Marley
  • Neil
  • Oliver
  • Oreo
  • Prince
  • Remy
  • Rex
  • Roscoe
  • Sasha
  • Shadow
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Tyson

More Great Female Dog Names

  • Angel
  • Anna
  • Bonnie
  • Cameron
  • Carvel
  • Cassie
  • Darla
  • Diamond
  • Emma
  • Grace
  • Harley
  • Jasmine
  • Jewel
  • Joy
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Layne
  • Lulu
  • Millie
  • Penny
  • Riley
  • Ruby
  • Sally
  • Scout
  • Sophie
  • Tina
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Final Thoughts

We have another big year to look back on, and while many classic dog names held their status at the top last year, pop culture and current events have inspired plenty more newcomers to challenge the old guard. Have you found the perfect fit for your new dog? No list will have the answer for everyone, but with these dog names to help flex your creativity, you shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out a fun and fitting choice for your new best friend.


Featured Image Credit: Svetlana Khoruzhaia, Shutterstock

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