Most popular dog names in the UK – with a few surprising additions

The name Shelby came 14th in the list of the 15 most popular unisex dog names for the first time – no doubt inspired by the critically-acclaimed gangster TV drama show Peaky Blinders

Celebs including Selena Gomez, Heidi Klum and Ariana Grande all buck the trend when it comes to naming their dogs

Naming a dog can be challenging because there’s so many options out there to choose from.

While some owners turn to their friends and family for help, others seek inspiration from their favorite celebrities, music artists or television shows.

On the back off the Peaky Blinders’ season finale, the name Shelby has appeared on the list of the nation’s top dog names for 2022.

The nationwide poll, conducted by the joint supplement brand for dogs, YuMOVE , found the hit TV show, starring Cillian Murphy, left a mark on the nation’s dog owners.

The name Alfie swooped in at number three on the list of the top male dog names, again suggesting that Blinders-mad Brits have been inspired by Tom Hardy’s character, Jewish gang-leader, Alfie Solomans.

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Max stole the top spot for males



The research was conducted in response to the recent 300 per cent spike in online searches for ‘adoption centers near me’ suggesting many Brits may be gearing up to welcome a new dog into their homes this spring.

The male name Max stole the top spot for Brits, followed by Dave at number two – and it seems they’re not alone – sharing their preferences with some of the nation’s best loved celebrities and Hollywood superstars.

Heidi Klum named her beautiful German Shepherd, Max, who lives alongside her two other dogs, fellow Sheppy, Freddie and Irish Wolfhound, Anton, who she adopted on National Dog Day back in 2019.

And Gogglebox’s Malone family may well have bucked the trend after melting hearts with their Rottweiler, Dave.

Bella claimed the number one spot for females


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Topping the list of female dog names were Bella, Daisy and Poppy.

American actress and singer, Selena Gomez, revealed her gorgeous mixed-breed pooch, Daisy, on Instagram back in 2021, after adopting her in lockdown last year.

Charlie landed the top spot as the nation’s top unisex name – a sentiment echoed by actress Mischa Barton, who is regularly pictured out and about with her loveable spaniel, Charlie by her side.

Coco also featured in the list, adopted by Ariana Grande for her Dachshund-German shepherd mix – the first of her 10 rescue dogs.

top 15 names es for a male dog as voted by UK dog owners:

  1. Max
  2. Dave
  3. Alfie
  4. JOINT: Ben + Charlie
  5. buddy
  6. busters
  7. Jack
  8. Oscar
  9. Toby
  10. Sam
  11. JOINT: Bertie (or Bert) + Teddy
  12. Barny
  13. JOINT: Milo + George + Bruno
  14. Rex
  15. Bailey

Top 15 names for a female dog as voted by UK dog owners:

  1. Pretty
  2. Daisy
  3. Poppy
  4. molly
  5. Rose
  6. Millie
  7. Ruby
  8. Jess/ Jessy
  9. Moon
  10. Lily
  11. Bonnie
  12. Megan
  13. holly
  14. Lola
  15. Betty

Top 15 unisex names for a dog as voted by UK dog owners:

  1. Charlie
  2. Blue
  3. Bailey
  4. Patch
  5. Pip
  6. biscuit
  7. Coconut
  8. bonni
  9. franky
  10. Lucky
  11. Bear
  12. Beauty
  13. billy
  14. Shelby
  15. Bracken

Jayne Laycock, resident vet at YuMOVE, said; “S spring is a popular time of year to welcome a new dog into the home. However, before you start to consider names for your new pooch, which we know people love doing, there are lots of other important decisions.

“Firstly, make sure you thoroughly research the traits of the breed you’re looking to buy or adopt to ensure it’s an appropriate fit for you and your lifestyle.

“For example, some dogs require a lot more physical exercise than others, some are more suited to rural living and some will require even more specialist care and training.

“Likewise, consider the age of the dog you’re looking to get – puppies require a lot of time, effort and training, so if you’re looking for something a little more ‘seasoned’ – then perhaps look at a rescue dog that’s a little older that’s already house trained.

“Whether you end up getting a younger or an older dog, you can still explore the world together keeping each other active for life.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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