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 Packdog.com – 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Rover.com‘s list of “Best Big Dog Names for Large Breed Dogs in 2018.”
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!
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.”
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).
Most Popular in: Maryland & West Virginia
According to Vet Street Molly is popular among Dachshund, Beagle, Golden Retriever, and of course, Lab parents.
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.
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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