The Top US Female Dog Names

Danielle Petch
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Got a new pooch in your pack? Choosing the perfect dog name can be tough. Luckily there are so many options to choose from when it comes to cute female dog names.

These female dog names have been sourced from TrustedHousesittes' own canine archives and should give you more than enough inspiration to get going. Fancy something traditional, like Bella or Luna? Or perhaps something a little more obscure is more your dog’s style. Either way, with this list of the top US female dog names to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect moniker for your precious pooch in no time!

Top 50 US female dog names

Bella

Lucy

Luna

Maggie

Daisy

Molly

Lola

Sophie

Lily

Stella

Sadie

Penny

Rosie

Coco

Gracie

Pepper

Lulu

Riley

Chloe

Ruby

Zoey

Abby

Lilly

Harley

Roxy

Piper

Annie

Zoe

Ginger

Ellie

Lady

Emma

Millie

Honey 

Sunny

Mia

Maya

Juno

Willow

Hazel

Blue

Lucky

Layla

Maddie

Lexi

Pippa

Nala

Izzy

Cookie

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Female dog names by the state

We’re a nation of pet lovers, and a recent article published by FinancesOnline (with data provided by the American Pet Products Association) suggests that there are now 63.4 million dog-owning households in the US. Now that's a lot of snoots to boop!

Nationwide recently surveyed over 750,000 of their pets to determine what the most popular puppy names were by US state. So, let's find out: what are Americans calling their pet dogs?

Overwhelmingly, Luna and Bella reigned supreme as the most popular female dog names across the US. Luna, in particular, took the top spot as the most popular name in 18 out of 50 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming), while Bella was the most popular name in 16 states (Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas).

Other names that popped up across the USA include Stella (popular in Louisiana), Sadie (popular in Montana) and Molly (popular in West Virginia). 

Check out the full list of dog names by state here

Most unique US dog names

While we were scouring the TrustedHousesitters’ archives for our top female dog names, there were a few unique dog names that caught our eye! Here are just a few of the more unusual names that Trusted pet owners have bestowed upon their four-legged friends:

Anubis

Baguette

Beckham

Beyonce

Chandler

Dilly Pickles

Firefox

Henry (the 8th)

Legend

Norma Jean

NumNum

There were also a few dogs whose names really stood out to our data wizards! Anyone want to come forward as having named their dog Mr. Bean, John Wayne or Daenerys Targaryen?!

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Do you have a Mr. Bean in your pack?

When did dog naming begin?

Everyone knows that cats were revered in Ancient Egypt… but what about dogs? Well, much like the earliest cat to ever be given a name (as we recently uncovered in our blog post on the top cat names in the US), one of the earliest dogs to ever be named also originated from this period.

Abuwtiyuw, believed to be a royal guard dog, is one of the earliest domestic dogs on record to be given a name. He lived between the Sixth Dynasty (2345–2181 BC) and was a much-loved companion to his master, who, as reports suggest, was so upset when his dog passed he ordered him to have a prestigious ceremonial burial. 

Which goes to show, dogs really are man's best friend — and have been, for quite some time!

How to choose a dog name

But how do you choose the perfect moniker for your paw-fect pal? While you'll want to choose a name that suits your dog’s personality to a tee, here are some helpful hints and tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep it simple: evidence shows that dogs are more likely to recognise and respond to names with two syllables 
  • Experts also suggest that words beginning with a hard consonant are good for training methods — which is why dog names such as Rover and Charlie are so popular!
  • Avoid any names that could be misheard by your dog as a command — for example, any words that rhyme with ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’ or ‘heel’ should all be avoided
  • Similarly, avoid a name that is also used by a close friend or family member. This could be confusing (for both them and your dog!)

While you’re here, why not check out our ultimate puppy names list, or these unique dog names to stand out from the pack.

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