Names with traditionally feminine endings, like -y, -a, and -ie, are usually the most popular among both girl dogs and actual baby girls, as evidenced by a 2014 survey. The shortened version of Isabella, Bella, was the top name for girl dogs between 2011 and 2014. This comes from the old age tradition of feminine names being denoted by soft vowels at the end of male names, as in the names Josephina, Michaela and Johnna. These names are usually viewed as being 'softer' and cuter than names that are harder, more masculine or androgynous sounding like Alex or Max, which have been perennial favorites of male dog owners for decades.
As a counterpoint, gender neutral names, usually nouns or names of other animals, have always been popular. Names like Bear, Panda and Rocket are common, and big names on little dogs are sometimes seen as even cuter than the diminutive names they are sometimes given. Food names are also a big hit, with Coco, Oreo and Pancake achieving popularity for dogs in the mid-2000s.Learn more about Education