Popular dog names in Australia | 2020

Popular dog names in Australia | 2020

18/01/2021

What are the most popular dog names in Australia for 2020?

Bella, Luna, Charlie and Max are four of the most popular dog names in Australia in 2020.

According to over 250,000 dog profiles on Pawshake, these four popular dog names are SUPER beloved as they make the top 10 list every year. They are followed closely by Rosie, Molly, Alfie and Oscar.

Have you adopted a furry friend and need some ideas for cool dog names? It’s important to choose a dog name that suits your pet's personality as well as your own, and we hope these lists bring inspiration to new pet parents out there. 

Whippet dog with owner on beach

The most popular dog names in Australia

  • Luna
  • Frankie
  • Charlie
  • Archie
  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Milo
  • Ruby
  • Bella
  • Max
  • Bailey
  • Alfie
  • Rosie
  • Winston
  • Buddy
  • Lola
  • Millie
  • Nala
  • Molly
  • Poppy

Human-inspired names are always the top dog names among pet owners, which is likely because of the growing humanisation of our precious pets.

Evidence of this can be found in the way we interact with and care for our fur kids: from home-cooked doggy meals and dog play-dates to doggy birthday parties and outdoor adventures. Pets aren't just pets anymore, they really are our fur-kids.

Top female dog names

  • Bella
  • Molly
  • Ruby
  • Luna
  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Lucy
  • Rosie
  • Lola
  • Millie

Top male dog names

  • Charlie
  • Max
  • Buddy
  • Oscar
  • Archie
  • Ollie
  • Milo
  • Toby
  • Leo
  • Alfie

Dog with lady

What are the most unique dog names?

Many owners love to have fun choosing a cool dog name, and the more unique, the better! Pop culture always has an influence on pet names, as do historical and political figures.

We loved exploring the weird and wonderful names on our database, and can’t wait to hear some of these at the local dog park.

Unique Dog Names inspired by food

  • Baguette
  • Blueberry
  • Cheddar
  • Hotpot
  • Lambchop
  • Lamington
  • Merlot
  • Omelette
  • Pistachio
  • Satay

Unique dog names inspired by fiction

  • Alexis Rose
  • Batman
  • Elsa
  • Moira Rose
  • Mr Meowgi
  • Murphy Brown
  • Obiwan
  • Olaf
  • Snoopy
  • Tigger

Funny dog names

  • Toby Wan Kenobi
  • Sir Lick-a-lot
  • Sir Charles Barkley
  • Sinead O’Dogger
  • Freddy Mercury
  • Mr Darcy
  • Slim Shady
  • Trashgremlin
  • Muck Muck
  • Lord Benedict Cumberbum

Unique dog names inspired by history

  • Caesar
  • Apollo
  • Elvis
  • Bronte
  • Chopper
  • Hercules
  • Merlin
  • Brutus
  • Ringo
  • Victoria

Top dog name predictions for 2021 and beyond

There are definite trends that come and go when it comes to pet names. For example, pet parents often turn to world events and historical figures to inspire unique and interesting names. 

The biggest news of 2020 was undeniably the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns around the world. As such, we predict the top names for 2021 will reflect and inspire hope:

  • Arrow
  • Buttercup
  • Captain 
  • Dreamer
  • Storm
  • Halo
  • Hero
  • Hope
  • Iso
  • Rona
  • Sunshine
  • Zoom

How to choose a good dog name

While it may seem exciting to give your pet a cool dog name that will turn heads, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them!

The best dog names work for your dog, as well as you. As such, try calling their name aloud to your dog - does it roll off the tongue easily? Do your dog’s ears perk up? You’re on the right track! 

Short, clipped names are generally agreed to be the best dog names for training. Make sure their name doesn’t rhyme with a common command, like ‘sit’ or ‘here’.

And lastly, if your heart is set on a longer name, try abbreviating it to something shorter (for example, Isobella could become ‘Izzy’, or Genevieve could become ‘Jenny’).