Some dog names are just really timeless, meaning they remain popular while other names tend to shift with the times. I bet you’ve known at least one dog with one of these most popular names for male dogs at some point in your life! Me? I’ve known quite a few! Maybe you’re looking for popular names because you want to go with a classic. Perhaps you want to avoid a common name. Either way, here are the most popular names for male dogs.
Most Popular Names for Male Dogs
Note that the little tidbits about personality traits that go with the names are just for fun. Obviously, not every Jack with being carefree and not every Tucker will be a food hound! Training, how you interact with your dog and your dog’s own unique personality plays a far more significant role in his personality than his name.
Max– Max is a name commonly used for dogs that are active and happy. The origin of the name is Latin, and it means a large spring. It’s also the name of the titular dog in the wonderful family movie from 2015! While the dog in that movie was a Belgian Malinois, Max is a great name for just about any dog. I picture it on Golden Retrievers and Labs for some reason. Or whatever type of dog Dr. Seuss created in The Grinch!
Rocky– Rocky is usually reserved for dogs with huge personalities and playful, but it’s also a great name for a small dog with a big personality! It’s unexpected, a Chihuahua named Rocky! I know a woman who named her huge Italian Mastiff “Snookie,” so why not a big name for a little dog? Yes, she clearly watches too much Jersey Shore! The origin of the name is English, and it means, as one would guess, rock. It can also signify “rocky reef.”
Charlie– Charlie is a name that is used with almost any breed of dog, no matter the size or shape. The name Charlie brings to mind a dog that is friendly, loyal and warm-hearted. The origin of the name is German, and it means strong and masculine. The Australian Late Show made the name popular with their segment called Charlie the Wonder Dog.
Toby– Dogs with the name Toby bring to mind energetic, sweet, cool and friendly attitudes. The origin of the name is Greek, and it means the goodness in God, coming from Tobias.
Buddy-Ah, Buddy, good old Buddy. Definitely one of the most popular names for male dogs ever! Fun fact: it’s usually guys who give dogs this name, typically to mixed breed pooches. Why? Who knows. Maybe to signify the bond between man and man’s best friend? The name inspires visions of a loyal and loving dog. The origin of the name is American English and it means messenger man.
Duke– Dogs with the name Duke bring to mind visions of loving and loyal dogs. Most dogs with this name seem to be medium to large too. The origin of the name is Latin, and it means leader of the herd. It’s a regal name for a regal dog!
Cooper– Dogs that have the name Cooper inspire visions of fun and happy dogs. The origin of the name is English, and it means barrel maker, from Middle English. Our editor, Nicole, has a Cooper! He’s a fun and happy guy. He’s not much for barrel making, but he’d be all about eating what’s in the barrel if it tasted good! Check him out:
Jack: Dogs with the name Jack are usually carefree, loyal and happy. Many of them are mixed breeds too. The origin of the name is English and it means God’s gracious gift.
Tucker– Dogs that have been given the name Tucker are normally ones with colorful personalities. They usually love to eat and are very motivated by food. The origin of the name is English, and it means cloth thickener.
When you pick a name, whether it’s one of these most popular names for male dogs or something completely different, think about the variations that will come off it. Also, think about younger children and their language abilities! Tucker, for example, could become a whole different word, and you’ll find yourself explaining that your toddler is not dropping the “f” bomb, but rather lovingly referring to the family pet!