Human Names, Pop Culture Behind the Most Popular Dog Names of 2015

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
Nerds, blockbusters and even politics – these unlikely sources are the inspiration behind some of the most popular dog names of 2015.

When it was time to name my puppy almost six years ago, I took inspiration from my favorite kids’ show. And it didn’t hurt that my Oscar looked like he lived in a garbage can! Every year, there are new sources for pet parents to draw inspiration from, and 2015 gave us a new list of popular dog monikers. did some research to find out what trends influenced a new crop of interesting names. Top trends and highlights from this year include:

  • Human names are the #1 choice for pet parents. 49% of pet parents gave their pooch a human name (up from almost 20% from 2013).
  • Pop Culture accounts for 10% of all dog names. The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Star Wars names continued to gain momentum, while Twilight, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones names dwindled in popularity.
  • Food and booze inspired names were up 6%, with the top 10 including Peanut, Oreo, Brandy and Porter.
  • The ‘90s are back. Nostalgic names take the top spot for creativity. Just a few include Tupac Shakur, Phoebe Bouffay and Topanga.

Check out all the results in the infographic.

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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