Top Dog Names in Germany | 2020

Top Dog Names in Germany | 2020


What are the top dog names in Germany for 2020?

Luna, Emma and Bella are four of the most popular German dog names in 2020 .

According to over 20,000 dog profiles on Pawshake, these four names are SUPER popular as they make the top 10 list every year. They are followed closely by Charlie, Leo, Lucy and Lola.

Have you adopted a furry friend and need some ideas? It’s important to choose a name that suits your dog’s personality as well as your own, and we hope these lists bring inspiration to new pet parents out there. 

Whippet dog with owner on beach

Top 20 dog names of 2020

Human-inspired names are always the favourite among pet owners, which is likely because of the growing humanisation of our precious pets.

Evidence of this can be found in the way we interact with and care for our fur kids: from home-cooked doggy meals and dog play-dates to doggy birthday parties and outdoor adventures. Pets aren't just pets anymore, they really are our fur-kids.

The top 20 dog names for 2020 are: 

  • Luna
  • Emma
  • Bella
  • Charlie
  • Leo
  • Lucy
  • Lola
  • Max
  • Lilly
  • Kira
  • Amy
  • Sammy
  • Bruno
  • Sam
  • Jack
  • Coco
  • Oskar
  • Maya
  • Charly
  • Paula

Top pet names by gender

Are you adopting a male or female pet? These lists might help inspire a suitable name, many of which work well with both genders. Or, mix it up completely - you can make your own rules to pick the perfect name!

Top 10 female pet names

  • Luna
  • Emma
  • Bella
  • Nala
  • Lola
  • Lilly
  • Amy
  • Mila
  • Maya
  • Paula

Top 10 male pet names

  • Charlie
  • Lucky
  • Leo
  • Max
  • Balu
  • Rocky
  • Buddy
  • Sammy
  • Bruno
  • Jack

Dog with lady

What are the most unusual top dog names?

Many dog owners love to have fun choosing a name, and the more unique, the better! Pop culture always has an influence on pet names, as do historical and political figures.

We loved exploring the weird and wonderful names on our database, and can’t wait to hear some of these at the local dog park.

Top Food-Inspired Dog Names

  • Krümel
  • Chilli
  • Cheddar
  • Nacho
  • Bounty
  • Keks
  • Tequila
  • Muffin
  • Peanut
  • Brownie

Top Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names

  • Sherlock
  • Frodo
  • Elsa
  • Idefix
  • Hamilton
  • Dexter
  • Obiwan
  • Olaf
  • Snoopy
  • Tigger

Top Funny Dog Names

  • Toby Wan Kenobi
  • Pumba
  • Sir Charles Barker
  • Becks
  • Freddy Mercury
  • Mr Darcy
  • Slim Shady
  • Othello
  • Schnitzel
  • Nutella

Top Historical-Figure Dog Names

  • Caesar
  • Apollo
  • Elvis
  • Socrates
  • Brutus
  • Hercules
  • Merlin
  • Einstein
  • Ringo
  • Victoria

Top dog name predictions for 2021 and beyond

There are definite trends that come and go when it comes to pet names. For example, pet parents often turn to world events and historical figures to inspire unique and interesting names. 

The biggest news of 2020 was undeniably the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns around the world. As such, we predict the top names for 2021 will reflect and inspire hope:

  • Sunny
  • Lucky
  • Luna
  • Dobby
  • Smila
  • Hope
  • Summer
  • Biene
  • Peppi
  • Zoom

Tips for choosing a dog name

While it may seem exciting to give your dog a name that is just as special as them, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them!

A good way to choose a name is to test it out with your dog. Try calling out to them aloud - does it roll off the tongue easily? Do your dog’s ears perk up? You’re on the right track! 

Short, clipped names are generally agreed to be best for training a dog. Make sure their name doesn’t rhyme with a common command, like ‘sit’ or ‘here’.

And lastly, if your heart is set on a longer name, try abbreviating it to something shorter (for example, Isobella could become ‘Izzy’, or Genevieve could become ‘Jenny’).