The 120 Most Popular Pug Names of 2018


Small, lovable, and famously adorable, Pugs are known for human-like expressions that have delighted folks for centuries. These dogs were once the companions of Chinese emperors and the mascot of Holland’s royal House of Orange. Royalty or not, Pugs are still adored by millions of loyal fans around the world. We’ve rounded up the most popular Pug names of the year from our enormous database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by pug owners, ranked in order of popularity. Did your dog’s name make the list?

Looking for a dog name for your new pug puppy or adopted family member? Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.


The 120 Most Popular Pug Names

From’s database

  1. Bella
  2. Lola
  3. Lucy
  4. Charlie / Charley
  5. Daisy
  6. Lily / Lilly
  7. Max
  8. Zoey / Zoe
  9. Otis
  10. Luna
  11. Rocky
  12. Oliver
  13. Frank
  14. Frankie
  15. Louie
  16. Stella
  17. Penny
  18. Coco
  19. Roxy / Roxie
  20. Chloe
  21. Bailey / Baylee
  22. Sophie
  23. Winston
  24. Milo
  25. Pugsley
  26. Oscar
  27. Gizmo
  28. Gus
  29. Molly
  30. Rosie
  31. Cooper
  32. Maggie
  33. Buddy
  34. Peanut
  35. Olive
  36. Lulu
  37. Dexter
  38. Jack
  39. Harley
  40. Toby
  41. Bruno
  42. Buster
  43. Sadie
  44. Doug
  45. Ollie
  46. Ruby
  47. Pepper
  48. Bentley
  49. Ellie
  50. Mia
  51. Henry
  52. Bo / Beau
  53. Leo
  54. Bear
  55. Tucker
  56. Jax
  57. Rocco
  58. Duke
  59. Bubba
  60. Winnie
  61. George
  62. Gracie
  63. Emma
  64. Fiona
  65. Penelope
  66. Tank
  67. Wrigley
  68. Sammy
  69. Princess
  70. Yoda
  71. Riley / Rylee
  72. Hank
  73. Walter
  74. Izzy
  75. Diesel
  76. Piper
  77. Brutus
  78. Murphy
  79. Abby
  80. Benny
  81. Ginger
  82. Thor
  83. Teddy
  84. Lucky
  85. Minnie
  86. Bean
  87. Hooty
  88. Bruce
  89. Baxter
  90. Elvis
  91. Rudy
  92. Phoebe
  93. Marley
  94. Jackson
  95. Hugo
  96. Biscuit
  97. Cookie
  98. Pearl
  99. Lexi / Lexie
  100. Ziggy
  101. Boo
  102. Mugsy
  103. Pugsly
  104. Loki
  105. Maddie
  106. Millie
  107. Roscoe
  108. Finn
  109. Jake
  110. Ella
  111. Moose
  112. Peaches
  113. Jasper
  114. Bugsy
  115. Bandit
  116. Pablo
  117. Buddha
  118. Ozzy
  119. Louis
  120. Bug

Top 10 Female Pug Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Bella
  2. Lola
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lily / Lilly*
  6. Zoey / Zoe*
  7. Luna
  8. Stella
  9. Penny*
  10. Coco*

Top 10 Male Pug Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Charlie / Charley
  2. Max
  3. Otis*
  4. Rocky
  5. Oliver
  6. Frank*
  7. Frankie*
  8. Louie*
  9. Winston*
  10. Milo*

Pug Name Trends

It’s pretty clear that the Pug’s humorous, wrinkly expression has a big impact on the names that are chosen for them. Vintage gentleman names like Otis, Frank, Winston, Oliver, and Louie are tops for Pugs and occur at a much higher rate than for other breeds. Pugsley is also very popular for this breed—no explanation needed!

We also see a big influx of adorable food-inspired names for this famously food-motivated dog. These include monikers like Peaches, Biscuit, Cookie, Ginger, and Olive.

Pug Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that great Pug names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport a cultural idol’s name like Elvis or a silly food (and size)-themed moniker like Peanut.

Another consideration when choosing your Pug name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”

Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best Pug names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Bubba, it’s time for dinner!” or “Walter, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

All Dog Names, All the Time

As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.

To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2018, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Irish choices, male dog namesfemale dog names, and popular names for hunting dogssmall dogswhite dogsHuskiesGerman shepherds, and many more.

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