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What is in a dog's name? There are lists of common dog names, but...what do they mean? Are certain dog names associated with certain characteristics and traits?

After interviewing several veterinarians about this hypothesis, it was determined that there are certain characteristics generally associated with different female dog names.

A list of the top 30 female dogs names were compiled by Veterinary Pet Insurance over 300,000 policy holders. The following are characteristics associated with each name:


The Meaning Behind the Top 30 Female Dog Names

1. MOLLY – Molly is a great dog name. Molly's come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are generally gentle and sweet natured. If you look into most dogs named Molly's faces – they actually have "pretty faces". Molly's are generally very trusting. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Virgin Mother of Christ.

2.MAGGIE – Most dogs named Maggie are happy and mild-mannered. They prefer to be with their owners than on their own. They love to be loved and give TONS of love back in return. A lot of dogs named Maggie like to communicate with you either with whines and barks or with their eyes. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: From Margaret; a Pearl.

3. DAISY – Dogs named Daisy are often sweet dogs with loving personalities. They are often low-key dogs with quiet tendencies. They like to play at times but prefer to sleep. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Days Eye, Flower name – with yellow center and white pedals.

4. LUCY – Lucy is a name often given to spoiled dogs. Lucy's are loved and given lots of attention and time. Most Lucy's are smart dogs and good problem solvers. They are alert and not much gets by them without them knowing about it. Many dogs named Lucy are described as "beautiful". Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Light and learning.

5. SADIE – Dogs named Sadie are often kind and sweet dogs. Sadie's are often intuitive and have penetrating eyes. When they look at you – you feel as though they know what you are thinking. People that meet dogs named Sadie often say "What a Sweet Dog". Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Princess.

6. GINGER – Ginger is a common name given to dogs that are ginger in color – a red/brown color. Golden retrievers, Irish setters and Brittany spaniels are a couple common breeds named Ginger. Most Gingers are sweet although some can borderline on selfish. They sometime prefer to be in single dog households. They often have a "girl next door" appearance to strangers. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Spring like; Flourishing or pungent spice.

7. CHLOE – Dogs named Chloe are often larger breed dogs with very loving and loyal personalities. They aim to please and can be quite "care-free". Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Greek Shoot or fresh young blossom.

8. BAILEY – Bailey is a unisex name that is often used on both male and female dogs. Female dogs named Bailey are generally sweet and kind. They like quiet times and just to be with their owners. They often have a "sweet tooth" and will have a tendency to beg if given the opportunity. Origin: English. The meaning is: Bailiff.

9. SOPHIE – Sincere and sweet are two words often used to describe Sophie's. They can be creative and like to play. They are people dogs and prefer your company over the company of other dogs. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Wisdom.

10. ZOE – Dogs named Zoe are often strong leaders. They can be quiet and thoughtful. They seem to read your mind at times. They prefer your company over anything else. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Life.

11. PRINCESS – The name "Princess" is often associated with smaller breed dogs with a lot of charisma. At least they show charisma to their owners but it may not be obvious to their veterinarian or groomer. They like to look "pretty" and are often dressed in pink clothes, collar or bandanas. Origin: English. The meaning is: Royal Daughter.

12. BELLA – Dogs named Bella are often small and pretty. They are generally very agile and graceful. Most Bella's are very loyal to their owners and are used to being spoiled. Many Bella's like to be fussed over with grooming, nail painting or being dressed up. Their favorite color is pink! Origin: Italian. The meaning is: Beautiful.

13. ANGEL – Angel is a name often associated with a quiet tranquil dog. They are thoughtful, loving and very loyal. They are often suspicious of strangers and slow to warm up to new people. They are trustworthy friends and good at keeping secrets. Origin: English. The meaning is: Angel; Messenger; kind and lovable.

14. LADY – Lady is a wonderful dog name and often given to Cocker Spaniels after the Disney movie "Lady and the Tramp". Dogs named Lady are generally very smart and have very keen sense of hearing and smell. They are loyal to their owners but sometimes leery of strangers. Origin: Unknown. The meaning is: Cagy; female title of nobility.

15. SASHA – Dogs named Sasha often come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most Sasha's are eager to please and very "caring" dogs. They are also good listeners and love it when you talk to them. They like to go on walks and spend quiet time with you. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Defending men; helpmate.

16. ABBY – Abby is a good dog name and associated with a happy, free-spirited dog. Many Abby's never met a stranger and seem to really love their life. They have a fondness for treats. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Father in Rejoicing.

17. ROXY – Many dogs named Roxy are completely spoiled. They are sweet dogs and loyal to their owners. They are sometimes described at one-owner dogs – meaning they really set up loyalties to one person more than others. They are sweet and are often described as "adorable". Origin: American English. The meaning is: Sunny.

18. MISSY – Dogs named Missy are sweet and often quiet. They often described as "shy". They are loving dogs and like to spend quiet time with you. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Soft-spoken.

19. BRANDY – Brandy is a wonderful dog name. It is often associated with smart independent dogs with big personalities. Many dogs named Brandy are described as creative as they will create games to play. They are generally sweet and loving. They can be shy of strangers. Origin: English. The meaning is: Burning wine.

20. COCO – Dogs named Coco are often brown in color or small breed dogs. They are loving and loyal to their owners. They are often spoiled and have lots of toys. They can be a bit fussy at times. Many dogs named Coco are described as "Elegant". Origin: French. The meaning is: Brash.

21. ANNIE – Annie is a "girl next door" name given to many dogs with sweet loving personalities. They can be funny and will do things to make you smile. They love your companionship. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Grace; Favor.

22. KATIE – Most dogs named Katie are just downright sweet good dogs. They are honest and seem to have a certain sense of sincerity about them. They often are motivated by affection more than anything else. They are smart and can be well trained if given the opportunity. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Taintless.

23. SAMANTHA – Samantha is a name given to many different sizes and breeds. One common characteristic is that these dogs are smart and intuitive. They seem to know what you are thinking. Some Samantha's can be described as "bewitched". Origin: English. The meaning is: Female for of Samuel; a listener.

24. CASEY – Casey is a name often given to both male and female dogs. It is often used for watchdogs as the meaning relates to dogs that are strong and watchful. They are generally smart dogs and very trustworthy. Origin: French. The meaning is: Belonging to Case; brave and watchful.

25. GRACIE – Dogs named Gracie are often graceful, agile and sweet. They can be described as sincere and devoted companions. They are often energetic and like to play. They often have an inner "wild" steak that occasionally comes out. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Faithful.

26. ROSIE – Many dogs named Rosie are happy cheery little dogs. It seems many dogs named Rosie have to fight to maintain and ideal body weight. They are sweet and loyal. Origin: American English. The meaning is: the most beautiful of flowers.

27. MISTY – Many dogs named Misty can be described as thoughtful and quiet. They are often sincere, sweet natured but a little shy. They are slow to warm up to strangers but once they do, they don't forget them. They have a keen sense of hearing and smell. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Unclear; covered with mist. .

28. EMMA – Dogs named Emma are often described as "old fashioned". They are loyal, sweet and seem to be sensible. Origin: German. The meaning is: All containing; Universal; one who heals the universe.

29. SANDY – This is a great dog name and often given to dogs with sandy brown coloring. Most dogs named Sandy are sweet natured and caring. They are often quiet and prefer to look in your eyes to communicate rather than bark. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Defending man; the helper of mankind.

30. HEIDI – Dogs named Heidi are often kind and often described as "independent". Commonly a name given to Dachshunds, this little dog name has a big personality. Most dogs' named Heidi are loyal and sweet but relatively low energy. They like to play but prefer naptime over everything else. They also defiantly love their treats. Origin: German. The meaning is: Noble; Kind.
 

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The Meaning Behind the Top 30 Male Dog Names

1. MAX – Dogs named Max are generally happy dogs. They like to be petted and groomed and are considered fun-loving. They are very trustworthy companions. Some dogs named Max can be fiercely independent and work to keep their aggression under control. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: A Salmon Basin or large spring.

2. BUDDY – The majority of dogs named Buddy are mixed breed dogs owned or named by men. They are often rescued or strays brought into homes and hearts across the world. They are generally loyal and adore their owners. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Messenger Man.

3. JAKE – Dogs named Jake are often fun-loving and happy dogs. They like to play and better yet – loved to sleep. They have that "boy next door" appeal. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Supplanter; to fill the place of another.

4. ROCKY – Most dogs named Rocky have big personalities. They are often playful and strong. They can be either big or small dogs but have a strong personalities and may be dominant. Origin: English. The meaning is: A Rocky Reef.

5. BAILEY – This is a great dog name. Dogs named Bailey are often loyal and good-natured. Most "Baileys" are very trainable. They are smart dogs, eager to please and respond well to obedience training if given the opportunity. Origin: English. The meaning is: Bailiff; Trusted Guardian.

6. BUSTER – Buster is a fairly diverse name and associated with many different types of personalities. It is often given to little dogs with big personalities. They are rarely dressed in dog clothes and if they are – it is only a masculine bandana. Dogs named Buster can also have a sneaky quality and may be quick to steal food or do something else that you don't know about. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Joy.

7. CODY – Cody is a great name and is often associated with dogs that are gentle and mild-mannered. They are eager to please and want to be loved. Most Cody's are very huggable. Origin: English. Meaning: Reassuring.

8. CHARLIE – Charlie is a great dog name and is used on just about every breed, shape and size. Most "Charlie's" are warm-hearted loyal dogs with friendly personalities. They generally like to play and enjoy either fetching or chewing. Origin: German. The meaning is: Man; strong and masculine.

9. BEAR – Dogs named "Bear" are often adorable long haired fluffy dogs that come in a variety of sizes and colors. It is a common name for Shar peis. They are generally loyal dogs but can have aggressive tendencies. Behavior training is generally a good idea. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Bear; bulky with lots of hair.

10. JACK – Dogs named "Jack" are often fairly carefree. They are often mixed breed dogs, however, they can also be purebred. They generally love life and can truly be man's best friend. Dogs named Jack are often described as "quiet". Origin: English. The meaning is: God is Forgiving or God's gracious gift.

11. TOBY – Most dogs named Toby can be described as "Cool". They have a friendly and often energetic demeanor with sweet personalities. They are good dogs and loyal companions. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: From Tobias - The Goodness in God; God is good.

12. DUKE – Dogs named Duke are loyal, loving dogs. They are often "people" dogs and don't want you out if their sight. Most Dukes are medium to larger sized dogs. They can be dominant and smart and respond well to obedience training. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Leader of the Herd; high-ranking nobleman.

13. LUCKY – Lucky is a common dog name and used for many pets that have suffered an unfortunate experience followed by being rescued. These dogs are generally happy and well meaning. They are loving and loyal and realize their good fortune in the new home that they found with you. Origin: English. The meaning is: Happiness and having good luck.

14. SAM – Sam is a carefree name given to dogs with a good outlook on life. They seem to know what is important and that have a special place in your heart. They are loyal and kind. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Heard by God.

15. HARLEY – Dogs named Harley can be any size or shape. They often have fun personalities and like to play. They can be independent and are smart. They are as loyal to their owners as their owners are to them. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Wild Spirited.

16. SHADOW – Shadow is a common and wonderful dog name. It is often given to dogs that are black. Many dogs named Shadow are shy and slow to approach strangers. They are loving and loyal to their owners. They hate going to the vet and are not trusting. Some describe dogs named Shadow as "uptight". Origin: English. The meaning is: Dark image cast by an object blocking the sun's rays.

17. RUSTY – Rusty is a great dog name and is commonly used for red or red-browned colored dogs. Many dogs named Rusty are wonderful, handsome dogs with shy affectionate personalities. Origin: American English. The meaning is: A Town; also means a reddish brown color or covered in rust.

18. MURPHY – Murphy is a carefree name and a perfect name for Golden Retrievers. Murphy's are loyal, kind and energetic. They love playtime. They strongly bond to their owners and love nothing more than a little affection from their owners. Most dogs named Murphy never met a stranger and love living their lives. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Sea Fighter or sea warrior. Of course, Murphy's Law means...anything can happen.

19. SAMMY – Dogs named Sammy are often sensitive dogs. They look as you as though they can read your soul. They are loyal and kind and have a fun side to their personalities. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Heard by God or from Samantha – a "Listener"

20. ZEUS – Dogs named Zeus often have quite regal personalities. They give of the aura of being a leader and powerful. They are alert and very good listeners. Not much gets past a dog named Zeus. They are intuitive and smart. Many people may describe dogs named Zeus as "handsome". They can be well trained if given the opportunity. Zeus was a Greek ruler of the gods in Greek mythology. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Father of the Gods.

21. RILEY – Dogs named Riley are often wonderful dogs with loving personalities. They have a tendency to be carefree and fun. They can be creative when it comes to play and make up games as it suits them. They like to play and sleep. They are attentive and very loyal to their owners. Origin: American. The meaning is: Rye Clearing; Valiant. .

22. OSCAR – The name Oscar can be associated with dogs of just about any size or breed. Most "Oscars" are independent and can be a bit...ornery. They have fun personalities and are generally eager to please. Origin: Old Norse. The meaning is: Divine Spear; a fighter for God.

23. WINSTON – Dogs given this rather distinguished name often uphold the name with dignity. They are commonly loyal and friendly. They like to meet new people and can be quite smart. Origin: English. The meaning is: Kind Town; or a friend's estate.

24. CASEY – Casey is a great name for a guard dog since the name's origin is for a watchful warrior. Most dogs named Casey are smart and have an excellent sense of hearing. They are loving and very special dogs. Origin: French. The meaning is: Belonging to Case; brave and watchful.

25. TUCKER – This is a fun name and many dogs with this name have colorful personalities. They may love to eat and very food motivated. Origin: English. The meaning is: Someone who fills cloth; cloth thickener – also slang for food in Australia.

26. TEDDY – This common pet name is a good one. Most Teddy's are cute, sweet dogs with loyal owners. They may look like a "Teddy Bear". It is a common name for Chow-chows and Pomeranians. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Gift from God; prosperous guardian.

27. GIZMO – Dogs named Gizmo are often small breeds that are "busy". They like to get into things and explore their environments. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Mechanical device or gadget.

28. SAMSON – Samson is a strong name often given to dogs with strong thick bodies and big personalities. They are loyal and loving. They are often attentive and have an extra keen sense of smell. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Name of the Lord.

29. OLIVER – Dogs named Oliver, sometimes called Ollie for short, are wonderful dogs. They can be ornery and eager to get into things. Many Oliver's are keen chewers and need to be given frequent opportunities to play and appropriate chew toys. Origin: French. The meaning is: Elf Army; or symbol of Peace.

30. BANDIT – Bandit is a common name, often given to loving strays or mixed breed dogs, although it can be given to any dog. Many Bandits are very independent and may be difficult to train. They can be dominant but will respond to training well if given the opportunity. They can be very smart and have high dog IQ's. Origin: English. The meaning is: A robber or outlaw.
 

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9. BEAR – Dogs named "Bear" are often adorable long haired fluffy dogs that come in a variety of sizes and colors. It is a common name for Shar peis. They are generally loyal dogs but can have aggressive tendencies. Behavior training is generally a good idea. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Bear; bulky with lots of hair.


hahaha that one is funny. I'm not sure how it is common for Shar Pei because most of them aren't fluffy. Most of them are short haired.
 

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actually my aunt and uncle had a sharpei named tara when i was growing up. But they took in another sharpei for a while and its name was bear. Strange!
 

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haha that is funny!

I could see the bearcoats being named Bear, but you don't see as many of them around as the regular Shar Pei


Oh found Chloe's name!

. CHLOE – Dogs named Chloe are often larger breed dogs with very loving and loyal personalities. They aim to please and can be quite "care-free". Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Greek Shoot or fresh young blossom.

haha cute! She is definitly loving!
 

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2. BUDDY – I knew a daschund shitzu mix named Buddy once that was very sweet.

3. JAKE – the only Jake I ever knew was a Labrador retriever that would come over to our house and poop on our lawn and then go back home o_O.

5. BAILEY – I knew a Pug Named Bailey was the friend of "Riley"(look below) he was OBSESSED with playing ball.

7. CODY – I babysat for a toy poodle named Cody once the poor thing broke it's leg while trying to play with my big dogs. but as far as personality goes he was submissive, and obsessive about they people he knew.

9. BEAR – all dogs I meet named bear have snarled at me lol

10. JACK – My old Dogs name is Jack, he is VERY talkative, and bossy, but kind. I was also bitten by a labrador retriever named Jack once.

11. TOBY – I know a Bernese mountain dog by this name who is hyper and lovable

12. DUKE – I knew a big Boxer mix with this name, very protective and sweet

14. SAM – the only Sam I know is a cat

17. RUSTY – I knew a wirehaired german pointer. he was OK

18. MURPHY – I new a female Cavalier king charles spaniel with this name, a VERY hyper and crazy little girl that just wanted to give TONS of kisses.

20. ZEUS – An OLD Newfoundland I once knew had this name.

21. RILEY – I knew a female Mastiff named Riley who was VERY sweet.

22. OSCAR – I know a mini longhaired Daschund named Oscar, very bratty and a moma's boy, but cute.

23. WINSTON – I know a show Pug named Winston that could use a little more brain to go along with his cuteness

25. TUCKER – I knew a labrador named tucker once who was VERY hyper and nice

28. SAMSON – The Only Samson I ever met was a very aloof Shitzu.

30. BANDIT – My family had a female english springer spaniel when I was younger named Bandit. she was sweet and hyper and loved to run away chasing after anything she could find.
 

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We have two german shorthairs who's names were on the list, and they fit quite well.
 

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My Golden named Sophie is in there and they describe her to a tee. She's sweet and gentle and eager to please... loves people and other animals as well.
 

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My dogs names aren't listed, however my daughter has a dog named Gracie & her name fits her perfectly:

"GRACIE – Dogs named Gracie are often graceful, agile and sweet. They can be described as sincere and devoted companions. They are often energetic and like to play. They often have an inner "wild" steak that occasionally comes out. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Faithful."

We have a couple of dogs named Bella, but they're both big, one's a labradoodle & the others a goldendoodle, but they're both beautiful dogs & while I can't say they especially like it, they're both fussed over with grooming :D

"BELLA – Dogs named Bella are often small and pretty. They are generally very agile and graceful. Most Bella's are very loyal to their owners and are used to being spoiled. Many Bella's like to be fussed over with grooming, nail painting or being dressed up. Their favorite color is pink! Origin: Italian. The meaning is: Beautiful."
 

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What breed is he?
 

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7. CHLOE – Dogs named Chloe are often larger breed dogs with very loving and loyal personalities. They aim to please and can be quite "care-free". Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Greek Shoot or fresh young blossom.
Hahahahahah....mwahahhahaa...bwhahahahaha...haha..ha....phhh. :D Naw, Chloe is a good girl once you overlook her behavior problems. She is loving and loyal, she wants to please if it benefits her, and she is definitally care-free.

5. SADIE – Dogs named Sadie are often kind and sweet dogs. Sadie's are often intuitive and have penetrating eyes. When they look at you – you feel as though they know what you are thinking. People that meet dogs named Sadie often say "What a Sweet Dog". Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Princess.
I miss Sadie. She definitally fits all of those character qualities...and then so much more.

14. SAM – Sam is a carefree name given to dogs with a good outlook on life. They seem to know what is important and that have a special place in your heart. They are loyal and kind. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Heard by God.
I miss Sam, too. He was Rose's brother. I wish I could have kept them both! He was a special boy and definitally fit that discription.

15. SASHA – Dogs named Sasha often come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most Sasha's are eager to please and very "caring" dogs. They are also good listeners and love it when you talk to them. They like to go on walks and spend quiet time with you. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Defending men; helpmate.
My friends Pittie, Sasha, is definitally a very sweet girl! Although I'm not to sure about "quite time" with her. LOL Maybe fetch and tug time!
 

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29. OLIVER – Dogs named Oliver, sometimes called Ollie for short, are wonderful dogs. They can be ornery and eager to get into things. Many Oliver's are keen chewers and need to be given frequent opportunities to play and appropriate chew toys. Origin: French. The meaning is: Elf Army; or symbol of Peace.


YUP! That would be my OLIVER>

9. BEAR – Dogs named "Bear" are often adorable long haired fluffy dogs that come in a variety of sizes and colors. It is a common name for Shar peis. They are generally loyal dogs but can have aggressive tendencies. Behavior training is generally a good idea. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Bear; bulky with lots of hair.



That was my Bear. He was anything but aggressive. He was bulky and had hair though. lol He also was incredibly loyal and did have a lot of training.
 

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Except for the "large breed" part, my Chloe fits her description perfectly. That's kinda weird, thanks for posting that!
 
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