Mutt’s in a Name? These Were Milwaukee’s Top Dog Names of 2017

Here’s how Milwaukee stacks up among America’s favorite canine cognomens, culled from this “database of hundreds of thousands of dogs.”

According to, “the world’s largest network of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers,” Milwaukeeans tend to name their furry friends in a very human way. The name “Buddy” topped the list of male dog names in Milwaukee, but came in fourth nationally, losing out to “Max,” which maintained its five-year reign as the top male dog name nationally. “Bella” topped Milwaukee’s list of names for female pooches, holding strong for its fifth consecutive year at the top of the national list as well.

Although Milwaukee didn’t stray from national trends much as far as human-inspired names go, some dog name influencers proved Wisconsin-specific. Since 2016, the name “Harley” is up 10 percent in the city, and cheese-themed names have increased by 232 percent. lists “Colby” and “Mac” as popular examples. (Who’s a “Gouda” boy?)

Despite a win-heavy football season for the UW team, the name “Badger” has lost popularity, dropping 40 percent since 2016. In the meantime, other animal names have increased in popularity, with “Moose,” “Goose” and “Bear” up from last year.

Nationally, trends reflected the strong influence of TV and pop culture in the pooch-naming process. Fifty-three percent of owners bestowed their dogs with the names of characters from TV or book characters or celebrities. Top “Star Wars”-themed names include “Leia,” “Finn” and “Yoda,” and popular TV show-themed names include “Kahleesi,” “Eleven” and “Snow.”

Bona-fido female powerhouses also played a role in national dog naming trends. lists “Oprah,” “Madonna,” “Katniss” and “Wonder Woman” as trending. Even “Ivanka” is up 88 percent this year. Other national trends included Internet memes – “Floof,” “Corgo” and “Woofer” are up. See the full lists below.

Milwaukee’s 2017 Top 10 Male and Female Dog Names

Female Dog Names:
  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Luna
  • Lola
  • Sadie
  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Bailey
  • Sophie
Male Dog Names
  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Oliver
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Tucker