The average person is familiar with most of the dog names on this list. The recognition comes from their popular use among owners. A bonding between these names and dogs is formed in the mind. This link causes new puppy names to be pulled from the same conventional choices time and time again. What makes these names stick in the mind and where do they come from?
Common dog names have various origins but there are a couple of patterns that tend to spring names from unknown to highly-selected. Like with people, a dog’s name can be passed along through generations. The average number of dogs per household is less than two, so most of the puppies in a litter are going out to new owners. It is typical for the new owner to adopt a name from the puppy’s parents. This can help a name to spread through many homes.
Another way that a dog name can prevail is through exposure in books or television. Lassie is a very recognizable name from the popular book and television series. Benji is another well-known dog name that gained fame from a series of movies. Spot is perhaps one of the most common names among dogs. Spot was the puppy in the ‘Dick and Jane’ children’s reader. It is no surprise that many people grew up with an association between the name Spot and dogs. Phrases like ‘See spot run’ and ‘Run spot run’ have made their imprint on youngsters from the time they first opened a book.
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