popular dog names of 2020

Are you thinking about getting a dog this year? That’s amazing! There’s so much to decide too. Are you going to a shelter? What gender? What age? What breed? And what do you name them? We at Doggy Brace wanted to do something a little different with today’s blog by helping you pick out (or exclude) your new pup’s name! We compiled a short list of the six most popular dog names of 2020 — three for males, and three for females. 

Let’s jump right into it! 

1. Bella

Bella is a very popular dog name for ladylike pups and for good reason. Bella is the short form of Isabella, which is derived from the Biblical name Elizabeth. It is Spanish and Italian in origin and means God is My Oath. 

If you don’t want to associate it with religion, that’s fine too. Bella, and variations of the name such as Belle, also means beauty and intelligence! It’s a great name for graceful dogs that look like descendants of royalty, those that are fast learners, or ones that just really like bells. 

There are a few famous Bellas in history too, though the most recent one is Bella Swan, from the Twilight movie and book series. 

2. Charlie

One of our personal favorites is Charlie. It’s a name that fits both male and female dogs, but is more typically used as a name for a male pup. 

It’s English in origin and means Free Man, so if your dog has a mind of their own, this name may suit them well. Charlie, being a nickname for Charles — can be both a fun and a dignified name! 

Famous Charlies and Charles in the world include actors Charlie Sheen and Charlie Chaplan, series’ like Charlie’s Angels, and royalty, such as Charles, Prince of Wales. 

3. Luna

For female pups who have an air of mystery or who are in touch with their wolven ancestry, Luna is a very popular dog name. It’s also a wonderful name for dogs with very strong personalities who just do their own crazy thing, or those that are small and white, like the moon! 

The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna’s divine complement is Sol, the god of the Sun. 

The most famous Luna in pop culture is the endearing oddball Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series, who was central enough to the story to have Harry give his daughter Luna as a middle name, and as the True Blood teacher-shapeshifter character, Luna Garza.

The most recent celebrities who named their baby girl Luna were Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. 

4. Max

The ever-popular dog name is Max and it’s fitting, because Max means “Greatest!” It’s Latin is is primarily used for boys, but has been more unisex as time goes on. Max is about as standard as you can get for dog names. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a great name! It’s a name for a companion and a best friend who loves being by your side. When you think of Max, you think of a good natured dog. 

Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. The character name Max in the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact on baby names. Max is a widely used name internationally.

5. Lucy

A pup named Lucy is the light of your life. It’s fitting, because Lucy literally means “light!” 

A common alternate spelling of the name Lucy is Lucie and both are common nicknames for the name Lucille. Nicknames for the name Lucie include Lu, Lulu, and Luce.

One of the most famous Lucys, who is publicly associated with the name is Lucille Ball, comedienne, actress and television industry mogul. Her series I Love Lucy was an innovation in television comedy and filming.

Other famous Lucys include actors Lucy Liu and Lucy Hale. Saint Lucy was a saint and martyr in the Christian Bible.

6. Cooper

Cooper is another ole reliable. It’s great for hunting dogs, or any dog! It’s light hearted, fun to say, and suggests a good natured personality. 

The name Cooper means Barrel Maker and is of English origin. Cooper is name that’s been used by parents who are considering unisex or non-gendered baby names–baby names that can be used for any gender.

Famous Coopers include Alice Cooper, Jackie Cooper, Gary Cooper, and Anderson Cooper.