In 2014, the top names for female dogs were Bella, Lucy, Molly, Daisy and Maggie. The pet insurance company VPI releases a list of the most popular dog names each year, reports DogTime.com.
In 2013, the top names for female dogs were Bella, Lucy, Daisy and Lily, according to a report from USA Today. The trend in current dog naming is to use human names for dogs. However, in 1985 the most popular dog names were related to food, such as Cookie, or about colors, such Blackie. Studies of pet names reveal a trend towards using human names for dogs beginning in the early 1960s. The early 1960s also saw dog names becoming gender specific. Even nonhuman dog names started to become gender specific beginning in the 1960s with names such as Candy Girl and Cha Cha Man.
Dog names in the early 1900s weren't human either, with Laddie, Brownie, Rags and Snap being some common examples of that dog naming fashion. These kinds of names took some feature of the dog, such as color, appearance or behavior, and turned it into a name. Dogs were also named after their owner's occupation, such as Bones for a doctor's dog. The name Fido was popular in the late 1800s, possibly because of a children's book about a dog named Fido that was widely circulated at the time.