50 popular baby names that were once reserved for our pets

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Benji, Rocco, Trixie and Coco – they sound like occupants of a kennel but these names are all rising in popularity and coming to a kindergarten near you.

These days choosing a unique baby name is the norm. More and more baby names that were once considered off-the-charts and unusual are now considered popular and trendy. One of the trends in baby names is to opt for a name that comes with furry connotations. Names and nicknames that we probably remember as belonging to pets from pop culture or constantly hear at the dog park are now topping the charts for children and showing up on roll calls across the country.

And while Lassie is yet to make an appearance on the playground, here are fifty other pet names that many parents consider perfectly suitable for their offspring as well.



As well as making the rounds at the dog park, popular names like Lily, Ruby, Sophie, Bella, Lucy, Zoe, Lola and Grace all made the McCrindle Top 100 Baby Names list, and names like Luna, Fifi and Trixie are all rising in popularity. We can thank celebrities like Fifi Box (whose daughter is Trixie) and Chrissy Teigen (who named her little one Luna) for bringing pet names to the table. Other celebrities who have hopped on the kennel wagon include Courtney Cox (with daughter CoCo), Jules and Jamie Oliver (with daughters Poppy and Honey) and Kourtney Kardashian (with daughter Penelope).

Here’s the list to consider:

  1. Grace
  2. Jess
  3. Ruby
  4. Lily
  5. Zoe
  6. Bella
  7. Penelope (Penny)
  8. Coco
  9. Molly
  10. Maggie
  11. Daisy
  12. Roxy
  13. Lucy
  14. Ginger
  15. Trixie
  16. Lady
  17. Lucky
  18. Sadie
  19. Sophie
  20. Stella
  21. Honey
  22. Lola
  23. Fifi
  24. Poppy
  25. Angel

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Male dogs are also inspiring some pretty cute human names with more and more parents turning to names like Benji, Milo, Felix and Otis for their kids (come on, who doesn’t remember the adorable movie Milo and Otis?).

Other popular pet names that also have a spot on the top 100 list? Jack, Max, Charlie, Hunter, Riley, Toby, Bailey and Beau. Jules and Jamie Oliver’s son’s name makes an appearance of this list too (Buddy Bear). Rose Byrne named her son Rocco and Adam Levine recently welcomed a little girl he named Dusty (gender-bending names are also trendy these days).

Consider these:

  1. Benji
  2. Toby
  3. Rocky
  4. Duke
  5. Buddy
  6. Hunter
  7. Bentley
  8. Rusty
  9. Jack
  10. Dusty
  11. Milo
  12. Oscar
  13. Buster
  14. Otis
  15. Otto
  16. Beau
  17. Riley
  18. Leo
  19. Bear
  20. Gus
  21. Felix
  22. Rocco
  23. Bailey
  24. Max
  25. Charlie

For more baby names that are outside the box, check out our baby name archive or take our quiz on what you should name your baby. 


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