Most popular puppy names by state

Among our nation’s puppies, Luna is the most popular name for dogs under two years old in 18 states. Bella, a close second, came in as the preferred puppy name in 16 states.

To determine the most popular puppy names in each U.S. state, Nationwide sorted through its database of more than 750,000 insured pets. Below are the results:

State Most popular puppy name State Most popular puppy name
Alabama Bella Montana Sadie
Alaska Lucy Nebraska Max
Arizona Bella Nevada Bella
Arkansas Duke New Hampshire Bella
California Luna New Jersey Luna
Colorado Luna New Mexico Buddy
Connecticut Luna New York Luna
Delaware Luna North Carolina Bella
Florida Luna North Dakota Louie
Georgia Bella Ohio Lucy
Hawaii Bella Oklahoma Bella
Idaho Bella Oregon Bella
Illinois Charlie Pennsylvania Luna
Indiana Luna Rhode Island Cooper
Iowa Bella South Carolina Bella
Kansas Bella South Dakota Luna
Kentucky Bailey Tennessee Bella
Louisiana Stella Texas Bella
Maine Cooper Utah Luna
Maryland Bailey Vermont Ruger
Massachusetts Luna Virginia Luna
Michigan Luna Washington Luna
Minnesota Luna West Virginia Molly
Mississippi Bella Wisconsin Luna
Missouri Cooper Wyoming Luna
Washington, D.C. Penny

*Puppies = dogs under two years of age

“‘Bella’ had been the most popular puppy name since the release of the Twilight franchise 15 years ago, but that has come to an end,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, Vice President and Chief Veterinary Officer for Nationwide. “Our data shows that the next generation of pet owners are using different methods and references to determine a moniker for their furry family members.”

“Luna,” Latin for the word for “moon,” has grown in popularity among pet owners since the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which featured the free-spirited character “Luna Lovegood.”

The top five most common puppy names in the U.S. overall, based on Nationwide’s pet insurance database are

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Charlie
  4. Bailey
  5. Cooper

Nationwide’s Whole Pet with Wellness is the only pet health insurance plan in the U.S. to provide medical, wellness and emergency coverage in a single plan for puppies and adult dogs.