Emily P. Contributor

Sunny is the perfect dog name for those who love a good Beatles reference, "Here Comes the Sun" anyone? It's also a nod to the etymology of the word, derived from Old English 'sunne', symbolizing brightness and cheer. Sunny is a name that promises a dog full of warmth, energy, and positivity. It's like naming your dog after your favorite weather forecast, and who wouldn't want a daily dose of sunshine? Plus, it's a great conversation starter at the dog park. "Why did you name your dog Sunny?" "Well, I'm just a big fan of Vitamin D!"

Traits associated with the name Sunny:

Dogs named Sunny tend to be loving, affectionate, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, beauty, empathy, and friendship.

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

It suggests that you are an optimistic person who is looking for a bright and cheerful companion.

Is Sunny a good dog name?

Sunny 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. Sunny is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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

Popularity: Historical Trend

Sunny was, in the past month, the 102nd most viewed dog name on

As of May 2024, Sunny 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, Sunny was viewed 0 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

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

Sunny is most adored in Iowa, Nebraska and Utah.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Oregon, Indiana and Nevada.

Popularity: Around The World

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

Most popular breeds named Sunny:

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

Sunny is found in these categories:

nature dog names

It reflects bright, warm weather and clear skies.

flower dog names

Sunshine is essential for plant growth, making it a botanical-themed canine moniker.

cute dog names

Evokes warmth, cheerfulness, and a lovable disposition, like a playful puppy.

playful dog names

The association with bright, cheerful weather and a positive disposition conveys a sense of playfulness.

spring dog names

This name reflects the increased brightness and warmth during this season.

ocean dog names

Sunshine is often associated with beach days and seaside activities.

summer dog names

This name reflects warm, bright weather typically associated with the hottest season.

Dog names like Sunny:

A famous cartoon canine sleuth
full of fighting spirit
Shade From Sun
offensively curious or inquisitive
An electrician
old Scottish breed of small long-haired usually black terrier with erect tail and ears
Sunny dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (4)

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think the name sunny is a perfect name for a dog who is always happy.
January 21, 2024

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Judith James (Victoria, Australia)
Our German Shepherd was called Sunni. What a beautiful natured dog she was. She lasted for just on 15 years.
July 12, 2023

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B Coffman (Mississippi, United States)
Love it! I am thinking of naming my new labrador puppy Sundance and calling him Sunny for short. We will get him in 4 more weeks.
December 30, 2022

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abubakar (North Holland, Netherlands)
I have liked the name and I will call my dog "sunny'" Thank you all!
October 07, 2022

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