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150 Most Popular Male Dog Names of 2016 with Meaning

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So you finally found the dog you want to be part of your family for years to come and it is now time to decide on a name! Naming your dog is an important step, after all it needs to suit him as a puppy and as he matures into an adult dog. It also needs to be a name you are happy saying and hearing a lot each day! What we name our dogs also says a lot about who we are. When you are out in the dog park calling for Edward or Bella, or perhaps Darth Vader or Yoda you are giving a clue to other dog owners about your own likes and personality. Once it was the case that dog names were separate from our names. Nowadays rather than using names for dogs like Rover more owners are using people names. Sometimes people will name their dogs after other famous animals or people but it can also help to think about what a name means and match that up with your dog.

According to live statistics of PETMD, the largest pet website, In the first quarter of 2016 Gus is at the top of the 150 most popular male dog names.

Here is a look at the 150 most popular male dog names so far in 2016 and what their meaning is.


150 Most Popular Puppy Names for Boy Dogs - 2016 with Meaning

Rank Name Meaning
1 Gus Character in Lonesome Dove
2 Trapper Good name for a hunting dog
3 Finn The name Finn comes from the Irish origin. In Irish The meaning of the name Finn is: Fair. Mythology; Finn Mac Cumhail was legendary Irish 3rd century hero similar to the English Robin Hood. His warrior-followers were named Finians
4 Cooper Cooper means cuddles to me and fun!
5 Bailey Bailey got his name originally simply because he was a similar colour to the drink
6 Boomer Strong bold outgoing always returns home also Boomerang
7 Otto Good German name.
8 Hawkeye For a dog with keen eyesight
9 Wrigley Home field of the Chicago Cubs
10 Ace Batmans dog
11 Butch Macho manly
12 Lucky Be saved as a puppy of the street lucky to be alive
13 Axel Father of peace
14 Gunner Gunnar is a male first name of Nordic origin The name Gunnar means fighter soldier and attacker but mostly is referred to by the Viking saying which means Brave and Bold warrior
15 Diesel Full of energy and power
16 Delgado German Shepherds name in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua
17 Max Fun and happy
18 Evan The name Evan is an American baby name. In American the meaning of the name Evan is: Stone
19 Buddy Keep it up or my best friend
20 Ricky In English the meaning of the name Ricky is: Abbreviation of Richard 'powerful; strong ruler.' Also a , meaning gifted ruler, people ruler, aOld German Theodoric. "
21 Bentley In English the meaning of the name Bentley is: Derived from a surname and place name referring to a clearing covered with coarse grass. From the bent grass meadow. "
22 Czar The name Czar is a Russian baby name. In Russian the meaning of the name Czar is: Emperor
23 Chad In English the meaning of the name Chad is: Protector; defender. English form of a Welsh name meaning battle or warring. Famous bearer: 7th- century bishop St Chad founded the Samaritans, a charitable organization providing service for the suicidal and despairing.
24 Coco Coco was a gift sent from heaven
25 AJ A stands for a leader a kind dog a loving dog J stands for just so cute just so kind Its a wonderful name for a dog
26 Rocky Boxer in the movie series Rocky
27 Jake Love a best friend one and only friend
28 Maximus Strong and mighty
29 CJ Cj' is an abbrievative name usually based a person's initials
30 Moose Moose's origin is English-American. The meaning of the name is resembling the animal; a big, strong man.
31 Dodge My dads truck
32 Charlie Of French origin also Charles or Charley
33 Cody Loving kind and gentle soul with intuitive instincts for others feelings or thoughts
34 Dexter The name of a fictional serial killer on the TV series Dexter
35 Bear A big strong kind of dog
36 Jack Best dog ever
37 Angus Scottish name meaning First Choice Good name for the pick of the litter
38 Spencer Its a name of kindness and unconditional love for your special pet it means wise and strength majestic beauty
39 Otis The name Otis just suits this little guy He is charm itself
40 Brody The wise one
41 Tucker Slang for food in Australia as in I must get home to get me some tucker something you cant live without
42 Blue Dog on childrens show BluesClues
43 Amos Strength descendant of Christ
44 Sam He was (God rest his beautiful, perfect soul) named after a good friend of mine of whom I regarded as loyal, honest and genuine."
45 Blitzen I rescued him during Christmas time
46 Biscuit For the dog who loves treats
47 Fritz German masculine name
48 Grommit Dog from cartoon ""Wallace and Gromit"""
49 Emmet In German the meaning of the name Emmett is: Powerful.
50 Shamus The name Shamus is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Shamus is: Irish supplanter.
51 Klaus Strong loyal loving
52 Scout little girl in the book 'to kill a mockingbird'
53 Oliver Cutest breed I've ever seen!
54 Huck Though forever tied to Huck, short for Huckleberry, Finn, this is an undeniably cute short form that may have some life as part of the hipster taste for names like Duke and Bix. "
55 Bubba Slang for buddy or friend
56 Bandit Bandit has its origins in the Germanic language. The name Bandit means 'outlaw'.
57 Shadow A dog that follows everywhere
58 Duke A nobleman or prince
59 Dante In Spanish the meaning of the name Dante is: Enduring. The poet Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy with its graphic description of medieval Hell known as 'Dante's Inferno.
60 Alex Defender of mankind Alexander the Great
61 Rebel For the dog that resists authority
62 Comet A heavenly body with a tail
63 Roxy Charming for any dog that is beautiful inside and out. Roxy – An English name of Persian origin, Roxy is short for Roxanne or Roxana, which means "dawn" or "bright."
64 Sarge Strong loyal leader
65 Pepper Good name for a black dog
66 Hank The name Hank is a German baby name. In German the meaning of the name Hank is: Home or House Ruler
67 Owen A traditional Welsh name meaning "young warrior" or "well born," "noble." The name has surged in popularity since the year 2000. Well-known Owens: actors Clive Owen and Owen Wilson; title character in John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.
68 Bacon The dog must have the colors of bacon
69 Tank Big
70 Dick Need i say more?
71 Marley As in Bob Marley
72 Benji A nickname for Benjamin
73 Milo Hi My mommy and daddy rescued me and Im the luckiest dog alive I was moved from 5 different homes and was abused by mean people I didnt understand what I did wrong But Im happy now and in my forever home with lots of love
74 Aztec An ethnic group of Mexico whose empire dominated central Mexico during the 14th and 15th centuries
75 Hunter Good name for a hunting dog
76 Taco A delicious Mexican food topped with salsa in a corn shell the best name for your beloved companion
77 Dynamite A bomb
78 Rex I love my dog he is awesome I hope you like him as much as u do
79 Byron have the gift of tact and diplomacy, and possess a charming, easy-going nature which endears you to others."
80 Dylan Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan
81 Sparkey Ball of fire; joyful
82 Aang The name of the main character from hit cartoon Avatar The Last Airbender
83 Czar The name Czar is a Russian baby name. In Russian the meaning of the name Czar is: Emperor
84 Goose ; Be the first to submit a meaning!
85 Scrappy A Little Rough Around The Edges; Likes To Fight
86 Achilles The hero in the Trojan war in Homers The Iliad
87 Foster It was the name they gave him at the shelter I got him from and I didnt want to change his name again Plus I just really liked it
88 Gordie Transferred use of the Scottish surname believed to have originated from the place-name Gordon in Berwickshire. The place-name is of uncertain etymology. The use of Gordon as a surname dates to the 19th century, when it was bestowed in honor of the popular British general Charles Gordon (1833 - 85), called Chinese Gordon from his service in China, Egypt, and Sudan.
89 Oreo Reminded me of a little Oreo cookie when I first saw him.
90 Coby A sweet happy energetic loving bichon
91 Fuzzy For the dog that is covered with soft fine hairs
92 Buster Dog from Toy Story 2 and 3
93 Mac Mac, as in mac chicken
94 Teddy Affectionate warm strong
95 Rockwell The name Rockwell is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Rockwell is: Rock.
96 Auggie I have a 3yearold goldendoodle and the name Auggie is short for Augustiner a beer brewed by the Pittsburgh Brewing Co
97 Bodie Short for Bodacious which is a combonation of the words bold and audacious Synonyms Remarkable awesome brilliant commanding showy noticeable conspicuous
98 Barkley Loving Barker
99 Riley Valiant also Reilly and ORiley
100 Yogi Like the bear Yogi Bear
101 Blaze Another word for fire well suited to a dog with a fiery spirit
102 Bamboo Bamboo is a plant name that you might want to save for the zoo's name-the-panda contest. It was used for a starbaby in 2000, though, the rapper Big Boi. "
103 Dixie The name Dixie is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Dixie is: Abbreviation of Richard. In the USA Dixie refers to the French word for ten; also to the southern states below the Mason- Dixon line.
104 Gizmo The name of the creature in the movie Gremlins who was voiced by Howey Mandel
105 Nugget A chunk of gold gold colored
106 2ie ; Be the first to submit a meaning!
107 LukeLukes name came from the popular tv show dukes of hazard
108 Izzy Short for Isadore in a male dog
109 Aabha Name Aabha generally means Glow, is of Indian origin"
110 Abby beatles!
111 Chewbacca Simply the greatest wild outrageous and pregnant cat
112 Snoopy The beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz
113 Billy In English the meaning of the name Billy is: Nickname for William 'resolute protector' often used as an independent name.
114 Aabharan Jewel
115 Axel In Hebrew the meaning of the name Axel is: Father of peace.
116 Dakota Beautiful, majestic, tender loving creature....he holds my heart, ever so gently in his paws.
117 Aadi Aadi is a Hindi baby name. In Hindi the meaning of the name Aadi is: Beginning.
118 Dominic In Latin the meaning of the name Dominic is: From dominkus, meaning 'of the Lord'. Famous bearer: St Dominic founded the Dominican order of preaching friars."
119 Scooby Great Dane in the cartoon ScoobyDoo
120 Bubbles Full of energy happy and bursting with excitement
121 Aabheer A cowherd, Name of dynasty"
123 Baxter Lazy Loyal Stable Strong Intelligent
124 Buck The dog in Jack Londons book The Call of the Wild
125 Artie A reference to the show Pete and Pete Artie was the Strongest Man in the World
126 Angel In Greek the meaning of the name Angel is: Messenger or angel. A popular masculine name in Sicily after the 13th-century saint, Angel. Angel Clare is the hero of Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'."
127 Azurite English origin.The meaning of Azurite is ""blue gemstone"""
128 Aadesh The meaning of Aadesh is “Instruction”
129 Justin In English the meaning of the name Justin is: Just; upright; righteous. Form of New Testament Biblical name Justus.
130 Aadarsh The name Aadarsh means one who has principles.
131 Baba An Old man
132 Tyson Like boxer Mike Tyson
133 Bone Bone is a form of the English Boone.
134 Alfie Lovable sociable beautiful
135 Aage The name Aage is a Norse baby name. In Norse the meaning of the name Aage is: Ancestors.
136 Aafreen Wow,exellent,great"
137 Rufus Fierce headstrong
138 Chip Like a chocolate chip
139 Brady A CelticGaelic word meaning broad shouldered
140 Snowball Ball Of Snow
141 Riptide A tide that opposes another or other tides, causing a violent disturbance in the sea."
142 Harley Harley Davidson the popular motorcycle
143 Ash Ideal name for a gray or grayish white dog
144 Simba Means lion in Swahili
145 Alvin Alvin the Best Chihuahua : smart, cut, lovely.. adorable ! the sweetest dog on earth !
146 Apollo From Greek mythology Apollo is the god of prophecies healing music poetry
147 Willaby From the willow farm.
148 Bruno It means he is adorable like Bruno mars
149 Jasper Jasper sustains and supports during stressful times all the while bringing a sense of tranquility and wholeness
150 Gyro Dialectal variant form of Guro

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