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Top Dogs: Popular Dog Names and Claims

By Kara Bednarik

Top Dog Names

Naming your dog is a tough job! You think of one, but then you remember the kid from grade school who sat behind you and put gum in your hair with the same name and you definitely don’t want that reminder every day. Your new fluff will have this name for quite some time, so you want to be sure it’s a good one.

Whether you’re looking for a name for your pet or trying to avoid common pet names, Embrace Pet Insurance dug into more than one million of our 2018 quotes to see what dog names topped the charts. And while we were at it, we evaluated policyholder claim data to see who claimed the most with these names. Ladies first!

10 Most Popular Female Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Luna
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Lola
  6. Molly
  7. Sadie
  8. Chloe
  9. Coco
  10. Bailey

Does your dog share one of these names? Do you think they’re high maintenance? Embrace checked these common names in our claims data and found some pretty shocking numbers. The top claimers were Bellas by a landslide with $637,224 in claims submitted in 2018! Second place goes to Lucys with $511,823, and finally Baileys were pretty close behind with $509,819 in claims.

Lucys may have taken second place in cumulative claim amounts, but one particular Lucy led the list with the most expensive claim. In November 2018, an 8-year-old Pitbull-mix named Lucy (parented by Marianne K. of Euclid, Ohio) had a $10,264 claim for congestive heart failure. Embrace reimbursed $6,748 of that.

10 Most Popular Male Dog Names

  1. Max
  2. Charlie
  3. Buddy
  4. Cooper
  5. Rocky
  6. Bear
  7. Milo
  8. Duke
  9. Zeus
  10. Toby

The Charlies of the list took the top claim amount position at $456,625 in claims in 2018. Coopers swooped in second with $374,145, and Maxes were third with $359,984 total.

Silly Dog Names


If you’re a fan of silly dog names, you’re not alone. It appears that lots of male dog pet parents have a great sense of humor – here are a few we found funniest:

  • Alpha Byte von Fluffenstein
  • Beauregard the Magnificent Jedi
  • Claymores King Henry Ruler of the Buckeye State
  • Sir Charles B. Woffington the 3rd
  • Sir Noble Fu Man Chewie

Common Dog Diagnoses*

While we were rooting through our data, we found the most common dog claims and the average cost in 2018 as well:

  1. Intestinal issues (diarrhea/vomiting): $786
  2. Allergies: $392
  3. Ear infections: $285
  4. Lameness: $620
  5. Cranial cruciate ligament tear: $4,161
  6. Urinary tract infection & bladder stones: $529
  7. Seizures: $1,206
  8. Skin masses: $636
  9. Arthritis: $670
  10. Lymphoma: $3,188
*Based on 2018 Embrace claims data.
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