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Best Dog Names of 2021

New Puppy Pet Names

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You've found the perfect pet and now you’re looking for the name that fits your new pup best. Since this is how you will refer to your pup for the rest of his or her life, this has to be a memorable moniker that fits your dog's personality and temperament. 

There is certainly no shortage of great names out there and we've come up with a wide range of ideas that you can try on for size as you get better acquainted with your pup. We've come up with names that are some of the most popular for 2021 alongside timeless names from pop culture, literature, and famous places from here and abroad. 

We're not saying we've got all the answers, and you may not even find a name you like from our lists. But we hope these possibilities can spark some creativity and inspire you to find the perfect sobriquet for your new member of the family.

Find even more inspiration for girl dog names here, and boy dog names here.

Related: 150 Funny Dog Names Perfect For Your Pup

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Popular names

We don't consider these names to be trendy even if they are some of the most preferred of 2021. You'll find a name for every dog breed and personality type among this list, from the cool and calm pooch to the wily doggo who loves to get a little crazy. Some of these names have been a part of popular lists from previous years because they're classics, while others have made the list for the first time this year. 

Hunter
Bella
Charlie
Max
Racer
Milo
Cooper
Jackson
Toby
Rudy
Topper
Oscar
Dakota
Daisy
Sadie
Molly
Tucker
Roxy
Teddy
Bentley

 

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Movies/Television Names

Sometimes the best name is one you've heard time and again from your favorite film or television show. We have ideas that span current and classic movies and TV shows to offer dog lovers a wide range of names from beloved fictional characters and real world creatives alike. 

Snoopy
Gizmo
Pee-Wee
Kermit
Georgie
Ripley
Romero
Forrest
Daenerys
Walter
Soprano
Eleven
Loki
Cersei
Orson
Dorothy
Shawshank
Corleone
Indy
Droog

 

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Literature 

If you and your pup are smart cookies, and you like to curl up with a good book while your good boy is curled up at your feet, then this list of names is for you. Casual readers and book club enthusiasts will both have some ideas to consider here. We have names from some of the greats who gave us the most enduring and widely-read stories of all time. You're bound to find the ideal pseudonym for your new puppy in this group. 

Hemingway
Shakespeare
King
Shelley
Tennyson
Lovecraft
Stoker
Kipling
Steinbeck
Agatha
Byron
Woolf
Pope
Twain
Cormac
Murakami
Barker
Dickens
Seuss
Tolkien

 

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Music

Rock and roll, country, techno, pop, whichever genre of music you prefer, we have the names of those singers and songwriters who span across generations. Even if your pup is more into punk while you consider yourself a classical type, we think these names are the perfect fit for the treble makers eager to find the perfect nom de plume for their pooch. 

Waylon
Beyonce
Britney
Ringo
Buddy
Motley
Snoop Dogg
Miley
Reba
Tiesto
Elvis
Cher
Bowie
Devo
Elton
Jagger
Ozzy
Hendrix
Zappa
Danzig

 

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Sports

For those dog owners to whom the game is more than just a passion but a way of life, there are plenty of choices from the world of professional sports. Whether it's the nickname of your favorite club or the name of the team mascot, you're likely to find some inspiration from this list. We have some ideas to contemplate from football, hockey, basketball, and baseball. 

Phanatic
Sharkie
Gritty
Steeler
Bronco
Raider
Chief
Titan
Cardinal
Packer
Saint
Brewer
Ranger
Bailey
Canuck
Oiler
Piston
Rocket
Pacer
Clipper

 

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Places 

For those dog owners who like to travel, we have some names for your dog that come from all around the country and the world beyond. You don't have to be an avid traveler to consider some of these ideas. Perhaps there is a certain city that holds a special place in your heart or a town where you grew up. Any of these choices could be the ideal name for your new pup

Sierra
Everett
Fuji
Irvine
Memphis
Carolina
Everest
Aspen
Vegas
Topeka
Aruba
Denver
Tahoe
Alabama
Omaha
Hudson
Berkeley
Diego
Florence
Geneva

Looking for name ideas for your new pooch? Check out the Two Tails Blog for more lists, tips, and advice for dog owners!



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