Lists for the most popular dog names typically include Bella, Max, Bailey, Fido, Rover, Bear, Shadow and Buddy and numerous others, as of 2015. The American Kennel Club noted popular trends in 2015 for dog monikers, such as Sawyer, Finn, Avery, Ivy, Aurora, and Elsa.
Some dog names seem to stand the test of time and remain popular, including canine classics such as Duke, Rocky, Gus, Sadie, Lady, Roxy, Baxter and Princess. Other names tend to be fashionable only for a short amount of time before declining in popularity, such as Kai, Emerson, Simba and Penny.
Many dog names are popular due to their association with famous owners. Presidential dogs often have highly popular names, including Beau, President Barack Obama's dog, Barney, George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier, and Buddy, Bill Clinton's dog. Celebrities also have dogs with very popular names, like Paris Hilton's Chihuahua named Bambi, Martha Stewart's Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan, and Adam Sandler's bulldogs named Meatball and Matzoball.
Dog names may also rise in popularity due to a parallel spike in popular human baby names. Adele, Miley, Jake, Maggie, Quinn, Sadie, and Molly rose among the ranks of dog names as well as baby names in a similar fashion.