About My Dog’s Name

My Dog’s Name was founded in October 2013 by Kyle & Jessi Larson. My Dog’s Name provides a fun, interactive experience for new dog owners looking for just the right pet name. The site allows users to filter thousands of dog name ideas by their preferred style and interests. More than 3 million people use My Dog’s Name each year when picking a name for their dog.

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How It All Started!

When adopting our yellow lab puppy, we were trying to come up with a name that we both liked, so we turned to Google to find some good ideas. Unfortunately, all the sites we kept finding had either only a few ideas or huge A-Z lists with thousands of terrible name ideas.

As a web designer & developer, Kyle decided he could do better and got started on designing My Dog’s Name! After spending countless evenings categorizing names in spreadsheets and setting up the backend code, we finally launched the site.

We ended up going with a pretty common name for our pup, Toby (initially, we also considered Mac, but he seemed too sweet once we got him for a tougher sounding name). We’ve had a lot of fun coming up with all sorts of name categories to help people find great ideas.

Since launching this site, we’ve also created two other naming sites: Find Cat Names & NamesNerd!

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Our Team

Jessi is a marketing strategist for Fortune 50 companies who loves to research and write about all things dog. She is the proud mom to Toby, a giant Labrador Retriever who thinks he’s a lapdog. He inspires her to be a better pet parent and to share advice with other dog owners.

Kyle is a professional web designer and author who keeps our dog name and breed search tools running. He grew up with Yellow Labs in his family since he was a child & has expertise and love of all canines.

Toby is a giant 100-pound yellow lab who keeps an eye on everything going on around our house. He’s more of a chewer than a chaser, except when it comes to water. He’d swim to fetch a tennis ball all day long.