Reveals Ten Most Popular Dog Names Worldwide

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"Bella" Back on Top for Girls, "Charlie" New No. 1 for Boys

The newly-launched website,, has released a ranking of the Top Ten Most Popular Dog Names, not just in the U.S., but worldwide, and Bella and Charlie -- both common human names -- have come out on top. Charlie has now taken over for Max as the Most Popular male dog name in 2013. Bella’s remained steady at the top of most dog name lists for more than five years now, and shows no sign of shaking off the number-one worldwide female ranking.

World's Ten Most Popular Female Dog Names                
1. Bella                                                        
2. Molly                                                                
3. Daisy                                                    
4. Lucy                                                        
5. Maggie                                                    
6. Sadie
7. Chloe
8. Coco
9. Sophie
10. Ginger

World's Ten Most Popular Male Dog Names
1. Charlie
2. Max
3. Buddy
4. Rocky
5. Bailey
6. Jack
7. Cooper
8. Riley
9. Toby
10. Bear

“Most people consider their pets to be real family members, and are much more likely to give them human names, not just in the U.S., but in the UK, Australia and New Zealand as well,” notes Toni Perling, also known as the blogger Doggienista, who created the new, canine-focused website “And the fact that so many of the same names appear on lists both here and abroad shows just how connected our cultures have become.”

The Most Popular Dog Name data was collected from lists compiled by a variety of sources, including major pet insurers in the U.S., UK, Australia and New Zealand, who’ve analyzed hundreds of thousands of names in their databases. But the study also factored in reports from various large and small cities and counties from across the U.S.

More fetching facts:

--Rising in popularity are the female names Lola, Lily, Zoey and Roxy, and for the boys it’s Cody, Buster and Bentley.

--In Boston and Wellesley, MA, Teddy was one of the most popular names, perhaps in tribute to the beloved late Senator Teddy Kennedy.

--In the UK, the most popular male and female names overall were Alfie and Poppy, which don’t appear on any of the U.S. lists. Charlie and Bella come in second in the UK. Royal baby George is expected to make an appearance on next year’s lists.

--In the South, Jake was more popular than Jack, and in New Jersey, Rocco was the name more often chosen for male dogs than Rocky.

Along with the Most Popular list, also allows visitors to browse through more than 2500 dog names, itemized by gender and categories like Movies/TV/Comics, Color/Breed, Food/Drink and many more. There's also a Celebrity Dog Blog and a Pup Names Profile page, where dog owners can share how they chose the perfect names for their best pals.

Perling, a noted writer on pet trends and topics for sites including, recommends rescuing a pet this holiday season. "There are so many wonderful homeless dogs -- both purebred and mixed -- in shelters and rescues out there. We hope will encourage people to adopt instead of purchase their pets -- and then let us help you name them!"

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