What is in a dog's name? There are lists of common dog names, but… what do they mean? Are certain dog names associated with certain characteristics and traits?
After interviewing several veterinarians about this hypothesis, it was determined that there are certain characteristics generally associated with different female dog names.
The following are characteristics associated with each name:
The Meaning Behind the Top 30 Female Dog Names
1. BELLA - Dogs named Bella are often small and pretty. They are generally very agile and graceful. Most Bella's are very loyal to their owners and are used to being spoiled. Many Bella's like to be fussed over with grooming, nail painting or being dressed up. Their favorite color is pink! Origin: Italian. The meaning is: Beautiful.
2. LUCY - Lucy is a name often given to spoiled dogs. Lucy's are loved and given lots of attention and time. Most Lucy's are smart dogs and good problem solvers. They are alert and not much gets by them without them knowing about it. Many dogs named Lucy are described as “beautiful”. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Light and learning.
3. BAILEY - Bailey is a unisex name that is often used on both male and female dogs. Female dogs named Bailey are generally sweet and kind. They like quiet times and just to be with their owners. They often have a “sweet tooth” and will have a tendency to beg if given the opportunity. Origin: English. The meaning is: Bailiff.
4. Lola - dogs named Lola are often thoughtful friendly dogs. They often evaluate the situation before just jumping in. They are loveable. Lola is a diminutive of DOLORES. Origin: Spanish and English. Meaning: “sorrows”, a name taken from a title of the Virgin Mary: Virgén María de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows (literally Virgin Mary of the Sorrows).
5. DAISY - Dogs named Daisy are often sweet dogs with loving personalities. They are often low-key dogs with quiet tendencies. They like to play at times but prefer to sleep. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Days Eye, Flower name - with yellow center and white petals.
6. MOLLY - Molly is a great dog name. Molly's come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are generally gentle and sweet natured. If you look into most dogs named Molly's faces - they actually have “pretty faces”. Molly's are generally very trusting. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Virgin Mother of Christ.
7. CHLOE - Dogs named Chloe are often larger breed dogs with very loving and loyal personalities. They aim to please and can be quite “care-free”. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Greek Shoot or fresh young blossom.
8. SOPHIE - Sincere and sweet are two words often used to describe Sophie's. They can be creative and like to play. They are people dogs and prefer your company over the company of other dogs. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Wisdom.
9. SADIE - Dogs named Sadie are often kind and sweet dogs. Sadie's are often intuitive and have penetrating eyes. When they look at you - you feel as though they know what you are thinking. People that meet dogs named Sadie often say “What a Sweet Dog”. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Princess.
10. LILY - Many dogs name lily have a sweet purity. Often named to white dogs - can be for any dog with a pure heart. Origin: English. Meaning: From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.
11. COCO - Dogs named Coco are often brown in color or small breed dogs. They are loving and loyal to their owners. They are often spoiled and have lots of toys. They can be a bit fussy at times. Many dogs named Coco are described as “Elegant”. Origin: French. The meaning is: Brash.
12. MAGGIE - Most dogs named Maggie are happy and mild-mannered. They prefer to be with their owners than on their own. They love to be loved and give TONS of love back in return. A lot of dogs named Maggie like to communicate with you either with whines and barks or with their eyes. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: From Margaret; a Pearl.
13. GRACIE - Dogs named Gracie are often graceful, agile and sweet. They can be described as sincere and devoted companions. They are often energetic and like to play. They often have an inner “wild” steak that occasionally comes out. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Faithful.
14. GINGER - Ginger is a common name given to dogs that are ginger in color - a red/brown color. Golden retrievers, Irish setters and Brittany spaniels are a couple common breeds named Ginger. Most Gingers are sweet although some can borderline on selfish. They sometimes prefer to be in single-dog households. They often have a “girl next door” appearance to strangers. Origin: Latin. The meaning is: Spring-like; Flourishing or pungent spice.
15. ZOE - Dogs named Zoe are often strong leaders. They can be quiet and thoughtful. They seem to read your mind at times. They prefer your company over anything else. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Life.
16. PRINCESS - The name “Princess” is often associated with smaller breed dogs with a lot of charisma. At least they show charisma to their owners but it may not be obvious to their veterinarian or groomer. They like to look “pretty” and are often dressed in pink clothes, collar or bandanas. Origin: English. The meaning is: Royal Daughter.
17. ANGEL - Angel is a name often associated with a quiet tranquil dog. They are thoughtful, loving and very loyal. They are often suspicious of strangers and slow to warm up to new people. They are trustworthy friends and good at keeping secrets. Origin: English. The meaning is: Angel; Messenger; kind and lovable.
18. LADY - Lady is a wonderful dog name and often given to Cocker Spaniels after the Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp”. Dogs named Lady are generally very smart and have very keen sense of hearing and smell. They are loyal to their owners but sometimes leery of strangers. Origin: Unknown. The meaning is: Cagy; female title of nobility.
19. SASHA - Dogs named Sasha often come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most Sasha's are eager to please and very “caring” dogs. They are also good listeners and love it when you talk to them. They like to go on walks and spend quiet time with you. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Defending men; helpmate.
20. ABBY - Abby is a good dog name and associated with a happy, free-spirited dog. Many Abby's never met a stranger and seem to really love their life. They have a fondness for treats. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Father in Rejoicing.
21. ROXY - Many dogs named Roxy are completely spoiled. They are sweet dogs and loyal to their owners. They are sometimes described at one-owner dogs - meaning they really set up loyalties to one person more than others. They are sweet and are often described as “adorable”. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Sunny.
22. MISSY - Dogs named Missy are sweet and often quiet. They often described as “shy”. They are loving dogs and like to spend quiet time with you. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Soft-spoken.
23. BRANDY - Brandy is a wonderful dog name. It is often associated with smart independent dogs with big personalities. Many dogs named Brandy are described as creative as they will create games to play. They are generally sweet and loving. They can be shy of strangers. Origin: English. The meaning is: Burning wine.
24. ANNIE - Annie is a “girl next door” name given to many dogs with sweet loving personalities. They can be funny and will do things to make you smile. They love your companionship. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Grace; Favor.
25. KATIE - Most dogs named Katie are just downright sweet good dogs. They are honest and seem to have a certain sense of sincerity about them. They often are motivated by affection more than anything else. They are smart and can be well trained if given the opportunity. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Taintless.
26. SAMANTHA - Samantha is a name given to many different sizes and breeds. One common characteristic is that these dogs are smart and intuitive. They seem to know what you are thinking. Some Samantha's can be described as “bewitched”. Origin: English. The meaning is: Female for of Samuel; a listener.
27. CASEY - Casey is a name often given to both male and female dogs. It is often used for watchdogs as the meaning relates to dogs that are strong and watchful. They are generally smart dogs and very trustworthy. Origin: French. The meaning is: Belonging to Case; brave and watchful.
28. ROSIE - Many dogs named Rosie are happy cheery little dogs. It seems many dogs named Rosie have to fight to maintain an ideal body weight. They are sweet and loyal. Origin: American English. The meaning is: the most beautiful of flowers.
29. MISTY - Many dogs named Misty can be described as thoughtful and quiet. They are often sincere, sweet-natured but a little shy. They are slow to warm up to strangers but once they do, they don't forget them. They have a keen sense of hearing and smell. Origin: American English. The meaning is: Unclear; covered with mist…
30. EMMA - Dogs named Emma are often described as “old fashioned”. They are loyal, sweet and seem to be sensible. Origin: German. The meaning is: All containing; Universal; one who heals the universe.
31. SANDY - This is a great dog name and often given to dogs with sandy brown coloring. Most dogs named Sandy are sweet natured and caring. They are often quiet and prefer to look in your eyes to communicate rather than bark. Origin: Greek. The meaning is: Defending man; the helper of mankind.
32. HEIDI - Dogs named Heidi are often kind and often described as “independent”. Commonly a name given to Dachshunds, this little dog name has a big personality. Most dogs' named Heidi are loyal and sweet but relatively low energy. They like to play but prefer naptime over everything else. They also defiantly love their treats. Origin: German. The meaning is: Noble; Kind.