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Emily P. Contributor

Sparky, a classic canine moniker, is a dog name with a real 'spark'! It's a nod to our favorite animated beagle, Snoopy's brother, in the Peanuts comic strip. Etymologically, it's derived from the Old English 'spearca', meaning 'spark', perfect for your lively, energetic pup. Plus, it's the name of America's first fire dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, making it a top choice for Dalmatians. So, if you want a name that's got pop culture pedigree, historical significance, and a dash of humor, Sparky is a 'barking' good choice!

Traits associated with the name Sparky:

Dogs named Sparky tend to be loving, good-natured, brave, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, and friendship.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Sparky?

Naming your dog Sparky suggests that you have a fun and playful personality. You may also be a fan of classic cartoons or have a fondness for nostalgia.

Is Sparky a good dog name?

Sparky has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Sparky is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Sparky is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Sparky outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Sparky was, in the past month, the 37th most viewed dog name on

As of July 2024, Sparky is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Sparky was viewed 0 times, and liked 7 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Sparky's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Sparky is most adored in Oregon, California and New Jersey.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Mississippi, Iowa and New Mexico.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Sparky.

Most popular breeds named Sparky:

  1. Chihuahua
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Poodle
  5. Cocker Spaniel

Famous dogs named Sparky:

  • comics icon A dalmatian named Sparky appeared in the comic book Smoky Stover by Bill Holman (cartoonist).
  • film icon A bull terrier named Sparky played a role in the movie Frankenweenie.
  • film icon A jack russell terrier named Sparky played a role in the movie Michael.
  • film icon A bull terrier named Sparky played a role in the movie Frankenweenie.
  • television icon A dog named Sparky featured in the television show South Park.
  • television icon A dog named Sparky featured in the television show The Fairly OddParents.

Sparky is found in these categories:

movie dog names

A canine character in Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" shares this moniker.

old fashioned dog names

Popularized in mid-20th century comics, its usage has since declined.

playful dog names

The name suggests energy, liveliness, and a spark of mischief, often associated with playful dogs.

Australian Dog Names

Common nickname for electricians in Australian slang.

cute dog names

Evokes playful energy, reminiscent of beloved animated pup from "The Fairly OddParents".

famous dog names

Popularized by comic strip "Peanuts" and Frankenstein's dog in "Frankenweenie".

traditional dog names

Popularized by 1950s comic strip "Peanuts", it's a classic canine moniker.

hunting dog names

The name connotes energy, enthusiasm, and alertness, traits often associated with hunting dogs.

Dog names like Sparky:

Shade From Sun
Companion, partner; perhaps a version of the word "brother".
Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
A famous cartoon canine sleuth
Small light mode of transportation.
full of fighting spirit
Sparky dog name meaning

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Grace Skudlarek (Oregon, United States)
I was given an Australian Shepherd 4 days ago. He is 3 months old. Ignores everyone else in the house and follows me everywhere. When I am cooking a meal he lays at my feet and moves if I move. The prior owners named him Sparky. My daughter though I should rename him but he is like an electric spark. Here and there and everywhere. Runs through the house, upon a chair, down on the floor and then up on the couch ad back through the houise. After looking at all the names Sparky fits him so I think I will leave it.
March 17, 2023

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