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2015 Predictions for Popular Pet Names

By Colleen Williams
January 28, 2015 • 2 min. read

Naming your pet is no easy task – pet parents want something unique yet pronounceable, and most importantly, it has to fit your pet. While some popular pet names are classics, others reflect human trends in pop culture, politics or celebrities.

Here are our picks for the most popular pet names of 2015:

Dogs, female

Dog leia costume
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1. Leia

We’re huge Star Wars fans, and with the new saga coming out, other pet parents are bound to be too! Leia and Luke are the perfect names for a pair of rambunctious twin pups who will save the galaxy – after they take a nap.

2. Bella

It’s been forever since Twilight was around, yet the name Bella isn’t going away. After the past three years atop the list of names, we’re hoping the latest Star Wars craze will dethrone our favorite whiny vampire.

3. Lucy

Another safe bet on our list of popular pet names, as Lucy was the runner-up in 2014. Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fi thriller will make sure Lucy is still on the lips of every pet parent in 2015.

4. Marley

The only unisex name on our list, we can thank reggae-loving pet parents for this one. Bob Marley may be long gone, but his legacy remains in the names of thousands of chillaxing pets across the nation.

5. Ruby

With the rising popularity of Aussie actress and animal lover Ruby Rose on Orange is the New Black, we’re betting on this gem of a name. In 2014, Ruby was the 22nd most popular pet name – followed by Rosie. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

Dogs, male

1. Louie

Comedian Louis C.K. is having a moment, and so is this lovably lazy-sounding name. One Direction star Louis Tomlinson may also be to blame for its rise; teen girls everywhere are gaga for the band – and puppies. Although there are many variations in spelling, the “-ie” is favored by most pet parents.

2. Olaf

Following 2014’s Frozen craze, we’re betting some pet parents out there – and their Disney-adoring kids – will dub their pups Olaf. The doofy, buck-toothed snowman is the perfect namespiration for snow-loving pups everywhere.

Newfoundland snow
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3. Bear

Nature-themed names were a bonafide hit in 2014; this classic calls to mind a shaggy, lovable Newfoundland. Or if you’re a fan of irony, a tiny, ferocious Chihuahua.

4. Oscar

Awards season is coming up, and so is this classic pet name. Placing 25th on the list of 2014 most popular pet names, we’re betting it’ll rise up the ranks like Lupita Nyong’o’s career.

5. Russell and/or Wilson

Maybe we’re a little biased (Go Hawks!), but we’re convinced the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl, catapulting the pet names Russell and/or Wilson into the top ten this year.

Check out our top picks for best pet names of 2016.

colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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