Just like babies, coming up with cute dog names adorable enough for your fur-child can be hard. For some owners, they can just look at a pooch’s smushy face and know. For others, however, it can be a struggle. Sure, it’s a tough job, but we’re glad to do it for you. For 2022, many of the names reflect what’s trending in popular culture (similar to the most-popular trending pop culture baby names), but many classics sneak up on the list too, according to this Rover.com report. From Covid-inspired names suited for a pandemic pup, to our latest favourite characters, singers and more, here are the cutest dog names for 2022.
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If your pup's got vocal chords that carry through the neighbourhood, or if you both enjoy Adele's latest album, 30, you need not browse any further: this is the name for your favourite furry pal. Want more music-themed inspo? Britney is also on the rise.
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Coming hot on the heels of the many recent Marvel Cinematic Universe releases, Loki is a great option for any MCU-lovers out there and for any trickster fur balls who truly earn the name of the Norse god of mischief.
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A name only made cuter by the unlikely coupling of a teeny, tiny tea cup-sized puppy and the menacing implications of "Bruiser," we love this name for any smaller-sized doggos.
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Sure Aaron is a popular boy's name, but it works for puppies too, especially one as cute as this.
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With the royals still very much in the news, and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, we aren't surprised to see Queen and its alternative Queenie on this list and predict the trend will continue well into next year.
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Whether you spell it Conor or Connor, this popular name is on the list for a reason. Suitable for playful-yet-loyal pups, you won't tire of it after yelling it time and again at the dog park.
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This is another option for those who are into Norse mythology (or its Marvel Cinematic Universe connections at least). Oden is a popular dog name for any pup who is keen to show his intelligence, because Oden is the Norse god of wisdom. Excited about the latest Spider-Man? We expect Parker won't be far behind on this list later on in the year.
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Just in time for Legally Blonde 3, little Elle is a perfect name for your sweet and stylish furry little companion.
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If you're trying to settle on a name for your newly-homed puppy, consider Reese. The name is easy to remember (and call on repeat), and reminds us of a tasty chocolate treat.
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One of those popular names coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci was a popular name for 2021, and we suspect we'll see this trend continuing into 2022 and beyond.
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Another pandemic-derived name, Zoom comes from the online video conferencing platform but is also appropriate for your dog who is prone to puppy zoomies (the sudden release of energy that causes your dog to run around in circles at full speed).
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If you're strict on form, some countries such as France and Belgium follow rule of letter conventions for their registered purebred dogs. This means that all dogs born in a certain year must start with a certain letter and for 2022, this letter is T. Tessa is a great option as it's easy to say, remember and is short enough at two syllables to call again and again.
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For some, tech-inspired names are the go-to. Case in point? Siri. And we don't hate it. It can work for the right pup.
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Glasto is equal parts unconventional and cute. It's a great option for your off-beat pup, with their silly and lovable personality.
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The rapper is not only topping the music charts but trending in dog names too.
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Seen Elf one too many times? Is that even such a thing? Because if that's where you get your inspiration, from the adorably eccentric human-size elf, we totally get it. And if Buddy's a cotton-headed ninny-muggins every now and again, that's okay.
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This is just a pretty, delightful choice that can never be wrong. After all, it's often ranked in the top five female dog names.
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Tucker is what you bust out when he's been a naughty boy. Otherwise it's Tuck; and that's as cute as it gets.
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If your dog isn't the most well-behaved, this one couldn't be more fitting. Because you bellowing for her with the same angst as Marlon Brando is just plain funny.
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Similar to Tucker, Oliver's a little formal, perhaps more suitable for a human baby than a fur one. But Ollie? Oh, Ollie. Ollie is pretty perfect, whether he's jumping around other dogs or content in his bed.
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Blaze is a perfect name for a dog with a fiery attitude. According to PetMD, this name is popular with pit bulls and French bulldogs.
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Taking showgirl to a furrier new level. This cute dog name has been made popular in the arts by various humans on stage and onscreen.
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We can practically see this big fellow lumbering around the park, chasing after squirrels.
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This name, inspired by Black Panther's Wakandan spy, is not only gorgeous, but has also grown in popularity, thanks to the hit movie.
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Charlie's a great unisex name and so on point with social trends these days. This non-binary cute dog name is English in origin but works for any dog around the world!
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Let's be serious. This little guy could have any dog name and it would work. Milo is also the name of Jim Carey's loyal sidekick in The Mask, a Jack Russell terrier, so maybe your new dog will be destined for show biz, too?
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That sploot might be the prettiest pose ever for this cute dog. And the name Maggie cracks the top five of Dogtime's 100 most popular dog names.
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We dare you to find a name that's better. Petful agrees and has this cute name listed as one of their most popular for male dogs.
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A name fit for a special flower of a dog. The Daily Treat includes this name (as well as many more) in their roundup of delicate floral names for your dog.
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A name to match your dog's personality: strong and protective. Plus, it will be an easy name to yell out at the dog park.
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So damn regal, so damn fluffy. The name Cleo means 'Pride,' according to Petful so it's just right for such a gorgeous breed of dog, like this chow chow.
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Pet MD says that the name Buster refers to someone who often breaks or smashes things— perfect for your clumsy new puppy.
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We dare you to find a name that's better for a sweet girl.
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Sigh. This girl. Dogs with the name Sadie are often thought of as especially sweet, according to Pet Place.
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Rex is a pretty traditional dog name, but that doesn't make it any less adorable. And just look at that face.
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She looks like a stuffed toy and her name sounds like a princess, plus it ranks on The Daily Treat's top female dog names.
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This name is for the kind of dog that likes to run around and fetch and catch. Go, Duke, go!
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This is, hands down, the picture of a human's best friend and an adorable name for your loyal best friend.
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Nope, those are not boots, those are just the fluffiest paws ever.
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A great name for a dog that loves the beach.
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A name ideal for a dog that resembles a little old man. PetPlace says that the meaning is also a sea warrior, so this could be a good name for a dog that loves to swim.
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This is what you name the prettiest girl in the room. It's also one the most popular female dog names, according to the American Kennel Club.
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Yep, that scruff might be the best thing ever. And in 2016, this was the best male dog name ever, according to Dog Breed Plus.
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The tilt of her head will get you every time on this cute girl, named after a staple kitchen spice. She'll be a staple in your home, too!
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Irresistible. Those eyes! You won't forget this cute guy with a rock star name like that.
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You just know that tongue doesn't fit in that tiny little mouth. This name is perfect for those who want a pocket pet who is always with them as they grab their morning java.
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Oh, if only that one ear stayed up. Maybe he's listening for the sweet croons of Otis Redding, who his name may pay homage to.
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Look at the posture on this girl! Luna was the most popular female name for both dogs and cats in 2017. It still reigns supreme.
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Nope, no words. And thanks to the famous movie dog of the same name, your pup will be unforgettable.
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Just because she's big doesn't mean she can't have a gorgeous name that's just as precious as she is to you.
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