Top ten most common dog names in the UK

by Leanne Thompson on August 1, 2009

There was a time when you couldn’t throw a stick in a park and not have a Rover or a Fido go chasing after it. Spot the dog even has his own range of books and cartoons, but you’ll struggle to find a real Spot the dog these days. In fact you’ll probably have to go a long way to meet a Rover or Fido as well.

spotTraditional dog names are a dying breed, as a new survey has shown. The survey was conducted by Greenbee Pet Insurance and it poll 12,000 dogs (or rather their owners) to find out what the most common dog names were today, and the results show that our popular dog names from yesteryear are no more.

Instead of the dog names that used to be common, people are naming their dogs after humans. For example, the most popular name for dogs in the UK right now is Molly, closely followed by Poppy and Charlie.

James Furse, from Greenbee Pet Insurance, commented:

With the top 10 dog names all human names, it’s clear that more and more people are thinking of their dogs as another member of the family, rather than just a pet.

As well as human names, dogs are even being given names of snacks and music stars, such as Kit Kat and Dizzee Rascal.

The top ten most common dog names in the UK, as polled by Greenbee Pet Insurance, are:

  1. Molly
  2. Poppy
  3. Charlie
  4. Max
  5. Alfie
  6. Millie
  7. Jack
  8. Rosie
  9. Daisy
  10. Ruby
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