• Cheryl Cole

50 of the best Canadian dog names for 2020

Choosing a name for your new dog can be a lot of fun, but it can also be pretty tough.  After all, what name is going to be good enough for your new four-legged bundle of joy?


You want to find the perfect name for your new pup, one that fits their personality and is as cute as they are, but there are literally thousands of names to choose from.

And let's face it, you’re going to be saying it.... a lot.

So, we thought we'd narrow it down for you with our top name predictions for 2020.

Using existing data from trustworthy sites, along with trend predictions from the experts, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect name for your new pooch on our list. 

We’ve even added our top picks for Vancouver inspired dog names for all you proud Canadians who want something a little more personal!

And if you’ve already got a dog with any of these names, you can congratulate yourself for having great taste in names! 

Top Dog Names of 2019

When predicting what names are going to be popular, it’s always a good start to look back at the previous year.

The top spot on almost all the lists we found was Bella, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any less popular any time soon! Bella is the top dog name of the decade, according to My Dog's Name, a leading website for finding the perfect name for a new dog.  So, if you like trendy names that stand the test of time, Bella is a great choice. Top 10 Girl Dog Names in Canada 2019

1. Bella 

2. Luna

3. Molly

4. Lucy

5. Daisy

6. Lola

7. Maggie

8. Stella

9. Sadie

10. Rosie

Top 10 Boy Dog Names in Canada 2019

1. Charlie 

2. Max 

3. Cooper

4. Milo

5. Buddy

6. Tucker

7. Leo 

8. Rocky

9. Jack

10. Toby

Our 2020 predictions

We did a lot of digging and it seems that the biggest trend in dog names for 2020 is pop culture - think TV shows and film characters. 

Figures released from Tasty Bone, a dog chew brand, found that 1 in 5 dogs were named after film characters in 2019 and we think this is going to rise even more in 2020.

Star Wars, Marvel and Disney are all predicted to influence dog names this year - and you're sure to find at least one you'll like from your favourite movie of the year!


Other trends identified by Kate Jaffe, Pet Trends Expert with Rover.com, might suit you foodies out there – carbs and trendy foods names are on the rise!

Here are some of the names we think will be huge in 2020. Top 10 Film and TV Inspired Dog Names

1. Luke - (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

2. Baby Yoda - (Disney+ Star Wars: The Mandalorian)

3. Chewie - (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

4. Loki - (Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame)

5. Elsa - (Disney, Frozen 2)

6. Simba - (Disney, The Lion King)

7. Harley - (Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn))

8. Lady - (Lady and the Tramp)

9. Thor - (Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame)

10. Groot ((Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy & Avengers:Endgame)

Top 10 Dog Names inspired by Trendy Foods and Carbs

1. Basil

2. Waffles 

3. Arugula

4. Kimchi

5. Oreo

6. Croissant 

7. Cake

8. Cilantro 

9. Peach 

10. Sage

Top 10 Vancouver Inspired Dog Names 

If you love Canada, names like Maple, Rocky and Niagra are popular choices. But we thought we’d give our Vancouverites some more local options to choose from! 

1. Stanley 

2. Yale

3. Oak

4. Seymour 

5. Jericho

6. Brockton

7. Lynn

8. Cambie

9. Canuck

10. Poutine


(Fun fact: Only 3 dogs in Rover’s entire database are called Poutine – and all three are in Canada!)



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