American Kennel Club Reveals Most Popular Dog Names of 2022

Glenn Polyn//January 23, 2023//

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American Kennel Club Reveals Most Popular Dog Names of 2022

Glenn Polyn //January 23, 2023//

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Press release: American Kennel Club

In celebration of the upcoming AKC Meet the Breeds on January 28 and 29 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, the American Kennel Club (AKC), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is excited to announce its inaugural list of the most popular dog names of 2022.

“Dogs are an important part of our families, and people take great care in choosing a name,” said AKC executive secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s fun to see if a dog’s personality is reflected in its name.”

According to AKC registration statistics and Canine Partners enrollments, the most popular girl’s name of 2022 was Luna, and the most popular boy’s name was Max. Bookending the list at the bottom for girls was Zola and Willie for boys.

The top 10 names for 2022 were:

1. Luna 1. Max
2. Bella 2. Milo
3. Daisy 3. Cooper
4. Lucy 4. Charlie
5. Willow 5. Teddy
6. Penny 6. Tucker
7. Sadie 7. Buddy
8. Maggie 8. Bear
9. Rosie 9. Rocky
10. Ruby 10. Leo


Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 25,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests.