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Top Dog Names for 2011

10. Rocky
9. Charlie
8. Coco
7. Molly
6. Lucy
5. Bailey
4. Daisy
3. Buddy
2. Max
1. Bella

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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1:12PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for posting

10:03PM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

I agree with Dale........it depends on the individual animal. I guess Fen D. has some "prejudice" against 4-legged critters having names that are also given to humans, but like many here, I don't. I had a horse with a "barn name" of Molly, which was just short for her registered name. I've also had cats named "Ginger" and "Pepper".....one was an orange tabby, the other a dark grey tabby, so I thought they fit nicely. I also had a horse named "Shadow" (she was coal black), and my former Golden was "Casey" (Casey at the bat?) and now my current pupper is "Jesse", after the character on "Breaking Bad". My daughter's filly is "Shelby", and one of her dogs is "Howie", short for "Howler" because he's half Siberian Husky and tries to howl like his Mom, but it just doesn't come out quite right.

3:19AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

My grandma had a peke called Fifi.

Why does this have to be pointlessly spread over 5 pages?

2:07AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

An interesting article with delightful dog photos. A friend has a cat called Missy.

I agree with Shan D when it comes to choosing names and taking some time to find a suitable one that really suits the personality of the pet.

Sometimes the name of a pet has an interesting history as well.

1:20AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

I like Shadow, Angel, Duke, Princess, and Bella, Some of the others are my idea of ugly names.

Regarding Bella. It's such a popular name for a mare that I have three Bellas in the house - two paintings and a print. One of the paintings is the public favourite of all the paintings that have ever been out of this house. So, yes, I live with a very popular Bella.

7:22AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:52PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

my dog has 7th most popular name...she's a very cute Molly...LOL

1:27AM PDT on May 12, 2013

There is a web dedicated to female and male dog names http://female-dog-names.net/

2:09PM PDT on May 14, 2012

What happened to Toto and Dorothy?

10:26PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Very surprised my doggies name "Jessie" Isn't up there, though no surprises Bella is number 1, already know three dogs with that name.

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