The Top Dog Names of 2018 Revealed!


As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to ponder one of the most pressing questions any new dog owner faces – ‘what should I call my dog!?’ The last few years have seen a surge in pet parents calling their dogs increasingly human names – Bob, Dave and Phil and Sharon all come to mind.

New research from, the dog walking and sitting service, reveals that Alfie and Bella are the most popular dog names in the UK, both of which have also been popular baby names this year.


# Male dog name Female dog name
1 Alfie Bella
2 Charlie Poppy
3 Max Lola
4 Milo Luna
5 Teddy Molly
6 Buddy Daisy
7 Oscar Ruby
8 Bailey Coco
9 Archie Rosie
10 Dexter Millie

With two royal weddings, a royal baby and a royal pregnancy this year, it’s no surprise that royal fever has also influenced pet owners when it comes to naming their pup. There was a 67% increase in dogs named both Charles and William this year, as well as an 83% uplift in ‘King’.

It also seems that pet parents have been hit with movie fever with two of 2019’s most hotly anticipated films – The Lion King and Toy Story – inspired dog owners, with an 83% increase in pups called Nala (now ranking #19), as well as 15% more Simba’s (#61) and 11% more Woody’s (#44).

But it’s not just Disney films that are proving popular. Recent Marvel movies have inspired Brits too, with a 21% increase in people calling their dog Logan and 20% more owners opting for Loki (#39).

Does your pup’s name make this list? Tell us about the story behind your dog’s name in the comments below!

Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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