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The Most Popular Dog Name In Every U.S. State

The name you choose for your furry best friend is a very personal decision. Some pet parents choose the monicker of a beloved celebrity or fictional character. Others simply pick something short, snappy and cute.

With endless options, it may surprise you to learn that many U.S. states share the same top dog names. In fact, according to a roundup from HomeAdvisor, only seven states have a unique name as their number one.

Using data obtained from – a social media site for dog lovers – the folks at HomeAdvisor determined America’s favorite breeds, whether certain breeds were more likely to receive particular names, and the most popular names across the country.

Find out more about your state’s top dog name below!

Name: Lucy

Most Popular in: Alabama, Alaska, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

In Alabama, Lucy is the most popular name for dogs and cats. It is also quite popular among Beagle owners across the country.

Name: Charlie

Most Popular in: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington

Charlie has been a favorite on the list of the country’s top dog names for four years running, and is commonly bestowed upon Golden Retrievers.

Name: Bella

Most Popular in: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia

Bella is the number one dog name in the country, scoring the top spot in 18 states. It’s probably no coincidence it means “beautiful” in Italian and Latin.

Name: Zoe

Most Popular in: Colorado, Rhode Island and Vermont

Zoe is an ancient Greek name meaning “life” in English. No wonder it’s popular among the active, outdoorsy folks in Colorado, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Name: Maka

Most Popular in: Hawaii

Maka means “Beloved” or “Favorite one” and is short for many common Hawaiian names including Maka Koe, Maka Le`a, and Mâkaha – perfect monickers for man’s best friend!

 Name: Lola

Most Popular in: Iowa

Lola is the favored choice among the Hawkeyes of Iowa. It is also a popular name for Labrador Retrievers, which may explain why it made‘s list of “Best Big Dog Names for Large Breed Dogs in 2018.”

Name: Max

Most Popular in: Nebraska

The name Max is popular among Lab and German Shepherd owners – which just so happen to be the two most popular breeds in Nebraska!

Name: Stella

Most Popular in: New Mexico

Stella is the Latin name for “Star,” making it the perfect name choice for dogs living in the “Land of Enchantment.”

Name: Jack

Most Popular in: North Dakota

Pups named Jack are most likely to be Labs – America’s most popular breed – or Jack Russell Terriers (surprise, surprise).

Name: Molly

Most Popular in: Maryland & West Virginia

According to Vet Street Molly is popular among Dachshund, Beagle, Golden Retriever, and of course, Lab parents.

Name: Cooper

Most Popular in: Oklahoma

Dogs named Cooper are most likely to be Golden or Labrador Retrievers. Like many other states, Labs are the top choice among Oklahoma dog pawrents.

Name: Lily

Most Popular in: South Carolina

Lily is a popular name for Chihuahuas – the second most popular breed in the entire country.


H/T to HomeAdvisor

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Written by Dina Fantegrossi
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