The most common names for girl dogs in 2014 were Bella, Lucy, Molly, Daisy and Lola. Bella was also the top choice in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) provides several tips to help find the perfect name for a new female dog. Dogs respond best to names that are short and easily recognizable and one that will suit her, no matter her age. Since it takes a few days for a dog to learn her name, it is acceptable to try out names for a day or two to see how they fit a dog's personality.
Additional cute female dog names include Lucy, Molly, Daisy, Maggie and Sasha. Some dogs acquire a name based on how they look, such as Coco for a brown dog or Ginger for a red dog.
PetMD lists names such as Zoey, Stella, Katie, Molly and Pandora as some popular names, and also gives pet owners the meanings of more than 5,000 puppy names. For example, Pandora is a name for a dog that is full of surprises, and Maggie may be used for a dog that is sweet, smart and playful.
Other cute names include Ivy, Charlie, Avery, Lady, Mia and Lilly.