Best Dog Names for 2023 – Dogster

Picking your pup’s name is a fun part of bringing home a new pet. The best male dog names and best female dog names depend on many factors — from personal tastes to a dog’s individual personality.

Though there are many possible sources of dog names, pop culture is currently a heavy influencer for pet parents — and 2023 should see no big changes in that trend.

Stacie Grissom, director of content at BARK, which launched in 2012 with BarkBox, a monthly themed subscription of toys and treats, says she thinks we’ll continue to see dog names inspired by pop culture. She says that pet parents tend to prefer naming their dogs after protagonists, or misunderstood characters, as opposed to villains. BARK in New York has served more than 6.5 million dogs since its launch, which is the foundation of their database on which they base their name forecasting.