Max, Bella, Buddy are popular dog names in W MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Max, Bella and Buddy are among the most popular dog names in West Michigan, according to county records.

Monday is National Dog Day, which is a philanthropic day that aims to celebrate all dog and educate the public about the number of canines in need of a home.

To celebrate the occasion, News 8 asked officials in 10 counties about popular dog names licensed within their municipalities. 

Some counties sent a self-reported list of popular pup names. For other counties, News 8 reviewed records to determine the most favored dog names.

Other popular dog names in the area include Daisy, Bailey and Molly.

However, some West Michiganders opt to go against the grain when naming their animal best friends.

Some of the more unique names registered to West Michigan dogs include Jake From State Farm, Pancake, Princess Blueberry Bubble Gum and Senior Fluffy.

Check out the following list of popular dog names (along with other canine facts) in 10 West Michigan counties: 

ALLEGAN COUNTY

  • Bella 
  • Lucy
  • Buddy
  • Molly
  • Sadie
  • Max
  • Bailey
  • Charlie 
  • Daisy 
  • Bear

Fun fact: 209 dogs have been licensed with the name Bella in Allegan County from July 1, 2015 through July 12, 2019. Ninety-six dogs have been registered with the name Bear during the same time period. 

More information about licensing dogs in Allegan County can be found here

BARRY COUNTY

  • Buddy
  • Spirit
  • Rusty
  • Katie
  • Casper
  • Shilo
  • Annie
  • Tommy
  • Chip
  • Sweetie

Fact: Michigan law states all dogs 4 months or older must be licensed. 

More information about licensing dogs in Barry County can be found here

CALHOUN COUNTY

  • Bella 
  • Buddy
  • Lucy
  • Sadie
  • Molly
  • Max
  • Daisy
  • Abby
  • Maggie
  • Sophie 

Some of the more unique names include General Patton, Gypsy Rose, Hagrid, Hot Fudge Sundae, Iceburg, Princess Blueberry Bubble Gum, Whimpy and Weird Harold. 

More information about licensing dogs in Calhoun County can be found here

IONIA COUNTY

  • Buddy
  • Molly
  • Max
  • Sadie
  • Daisy
  • Bear
  • Maggie
  • Jake
  • Bella
  • Duke

Fun fact: 1,520 dogs have been registered with the name Buddy in the county. As of July 23, 609 have been licensed with the name Duke. 

More information about licensing dogs in Ionia County can be found here

KALAMAZOO COUNTY

  • Bailey
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Cooper
  • Daisy
  • Harley
  • Max
  • Rocky
  • Zoe/Zoey
  • Zeus

Other popular names include Abby, Angel, Bear, Bella, Buster, Coco/Cocoa, Cody, Duke, Emma, Ginger, Gizmo, Gracie, Shadow, Sophie, Teddy, Toby, Tucker, Winston, Molly, Murphy, Oliver, Oscar, Riley and Rocky. 

More information about licensing dogs in Kalamazoo County can be found here

KENT COUNTY

  • Bella 
  • Max
  • Lucy
  • Buddy
  • Molly
  • Daisy
  • Cooper
  • Bailey
  • Charlie
  • Zoey

Some of the more unique names include Bacon Bites, Booger Bear, Coach Izzo, Frosty the Snowman, Fuzzy Lumpkins, Omar Mutt Face and Spaghetti.

More information about licensing dogs in Kent County can be found here

MONTCALM COUNTY

  • Buddy
  • Molly
  • Max
  • Bear 
  • Sadie
  • Jake
  • Maggie
  • Daisy
  • Lady 
  • Sassy

Fun fact: the top three dog breeds in the county are lab, beagle and chihuahua. 

More information about licensing dogs in Montcalm County can be found here

MUSKEGON COUNTY

  • Bella
  • Buddy
  • Max
  • Molly
  • Daisy 
  • Lucy
  • Bailey
  • Maggie
  • Charlie
  • Bear

Some of the more unique names include Action Jackson, Baby Rosebud, Barack Obama, Barley Hops, Budweiser, Cactus, Chili Pepper, Colby Jack, Deja Vue, Dr. Seuss, Fancy Pants, Georgia o’Keeffe and Jake From State Farm.  

More information about licensing dogs in Muskegon County can be found here

OTTAWA COUNTY

  • Bella 
  • Charlie
  • Lucy
  • Max
  • Bailey 
  • Molly
  • Sadie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Daisy

Some of the more unique names include Copper Dooper, Cookie Buddy, Frankenstein, Handsome Jack, Inspector Morse, Jack and the Giant Slayer, Pancake, Utah and Velocity. 

More information about licensing dogs in Ottawa County can be found here.

VAN BUREN COUNTY

  • Bella
  • Buddy
  • Max
  • Daisy
  • Lucy
  • Sadie
  • Molly
  • Bailey
  • Chloe
  • Bear

Some of the more unique names include Confetti, Cornbread, Forrest Gump, Hank the Tank, King Louie, Noodles, Senior Fluffy and Tea Cup.

More information about licensing dogs in Van Buren County can be found here

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