Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Naming your new puppy can be fun. Find a few names you like and see how your dog responds to them. No name should be given to your dog just to make fun of him. None of the dog names on this list are offensive, like “Puddles” or “Tinkles." Here are some lists of funny names derived from sitcoms (and other random funny names not related to TV).
Sitcom Dog Names
Lots of funny names come from sitcoms. I am sure that there are other favorites that I did not include here, but this list will give you a few of my favorites.
- Barney (from Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show. Everyone knows this name, even long after the show has left TV)
- Bunker (Archie, from All in the Family)
- Chandler (does this Friends character even need a description?)
- Cosmo (Kramer from Seinfeld—your dog may not be unique with this name, but he will definitely be recognized)
- Fonzie (Heyyyy…what dog would not want this name?)
- Fran (from The Nanny—this is a good name for a prissy little female Poodle)
- Ginsu (every insomniac will get a chuckle out of this one—all sitcoms have way too many commercial breaks, and reruns are the worst)
- Gomer (do puppies come in khaki?)
- Jethro (from the Beverly Hillbillies)
- Hawkeye (from M*A*S*H)
- Herman (from The Munsters)
- Hogan (the WWII comedy, not the wrestler)
- Homer (from The Simpsons)
- Horshak (a lot of the characters from Welcome Back, Mr Kotter were great but this one has the best dog name)
- Kramden (One of these days, Alice…)
- Kramer (I like his first name best, but even this one works great as a dog name)
- Latka (not everyone is going to recognize this Kaufman character from Taxi, so you may end up explaining your dog´s name to most people)
- Lucy (no ´splainin’ will be needed for this one)
- Mork (if your little puppy looks like an alien)
- Niles (if your Coton is pretentious from the beginning, this Frasier character has the perfect snooty name)
- Rhoda (This is a great name for a little puppy that is always underneath your feet)
- Squiggy (this character from Laverne and Shirley wasn’t one of the funniest ever, but his name sure is)
- Woody (one of the best bartenders from Cheers)
Funny Dog Names Inspired by Household Items
There are quite a few funny names around the house.
Look around. I am sure there are a lot of things I have not thought of.
Funny Dog Names From Other Countries
Feijão (pronounced fey-jown)
(Feijão means "beans")
Mingau (pronounced mean-gow)
(Mingau means "oatmeal")
(Pedra means "The Rock", a great name for a tough Coton de Tulear)
Odd Dog Names
Some names are just odd, but they make great names for a puppy.
Tips for Naming Your Dog
You are in for a lot of fun for the next few months, and picking out that name is just the beginning. Start things out right by taking your new puppy in for a vet visit right away.
You also need to remember that your new puppy will end up being a smart dog and needs to be enrolled in obedience classes right away. Do not wait until your puppy is six months old—no matter what you may have been told!
Be sure to take a lot of pictures of your new puppy and enjoy “puppyhood” while it lasts.
And when you pick her new name, do not forget:
- All dogs respond to training better with a two syllable name. You can give your puppy some silly name like Cottonball, but do not expect her to respond when you call her. Most of the lists of dog names that I have read on the internet have included a lot of bad choices, so for best results use the names off of this list.
- Funny names are fine, but even if you think your puppy is silly, do not force her to go through life with a stupid name.
- You should not give her a name that sounds like the name of a dog you already have.
- Stay away from names that sound like training commands. Short, one syllable names may be confusing, so you will notice that most of the names here are two syllables and none of them sound like common commands.
- Avoid the overused dog names like the plague. All dogs are special, and remember your dog is an individual. Treat her that way from the very first by giving her a special name.
- Even if you don´t like my choices here, do not use Fifi or Pierre!
More Good Names
- White Dog Names
If your new puppy is all white, don´t you think she needs a cute and unique name? Here are some great suggesstions.
- Macho Dog Names
If your dog is going to be too small to intimidate the neighborhood bullies, he is counting on you to find him a good macho name. Choose from this list, and keep your dog from being humiliated at the dog park!
- Best Dog Names from Brazil
Does your new puppy lie around the house most of the day? Does she seem more interested in her pedicure than her new toy? If your dog jumps up into the hammock every chance she gets, maybe she should have a Brazilian name.
If you do not want to name your dog something funny, special, and unique, this is a list of the top 10 dog names that you should not use.
Bob Bamberg on June 30, 2013:
Geez, I didn't know Iced Tea's bloodline went back 60 or 80 years :) But yes, Long Island is in her name. What a small world...and a good memory. Mudslide is a drink, and it's also a common occurrence in CA. It would have been fun to be a fly on the wall during your college years.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 29, 2013:
Bob, isn´t "Mudslide" some sort of alcoholic drink? The dog your neighbors have wouldn't happen to be "Long Island Iced Tea"? I remember that one from back in my college days. I usually didn't remember much else until the next morning.
Mary, I don't think I had to stay up all night thinking of these-I spent too many nights staying up and watching these shows. Every episode of Seinfield, MASH, Happy Days,Taxi, etc. I even watched every episode of the Nanny! Yech. I missed Flash Gordon though!!!
Mary Craig from New York on June 29, 2013:
Another list of excellent names. Do you stay up all night thinking of these lists?
Sometimes people just get stuck when trying to think of a creative name. We had a poodle mix named Girl...I didn't name her that was her name when we got her. Our next poodle mix was named Flash Gordon because if you opened the door he was gone in a flash and my kids were into Flash Gordon, we called him Flash.
Voted up, useful, and interesting.
Bob Bamberg on June 29, 2013:
Another fun read, especially some of the parenthetical comments. I disagree that Ashley is a sissy name (except when given to a male Bulldog, maybe). That name evokes images of hot chicks!!
I don't particularly agree with your "odd but great names for puppies" list from Blubber to Zippo. I think some of them paint the dog in a condescending light.
I'm really aging myself, but when I saw Cosmo, my first thought was of the 50's daytime sitcom "Topper," about a sophisticated older guy named Cosmo Topper who was the only one who could see, and was haunted by, a pair of young, deceased socialites who managed to keep him in a perpetual pickle. How many of your readers remember THAT one?
I have friends who named their cat Mudslide. He wandered into their yard as a soaked kitten, covered in mud. Neighbors have a dog named Ice Tea, a retired breeder with a notable pedigree. The name Ice Tea is only part of the impressively long full name.
My son and daughter-in-law have two cats, Eddie and Wendell (Cecil died last year), and a rabbit named Hazel. We've come a long way from Fido, Spot, Mittens and Wiggles.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 28, 2013:
Frodo and Sam? Would Sam have to carry Frodo around on his back during the day?
Cool story about Misty. You are right on about the fluffy part. My Havanese can run up to people on the beach since she is cute and fluffy, but when my Pit Bull tries the same thing everyone cringes, even though she is an even nicer dog!
Not many see past the fluff (or the postal uniform!)
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 28, 2013:
I grew up with a poodle named Misty, and she was the smartest dog I have ever known. She was an expert bird hunter, a leader of the pack, and an accomplished escape artist. Because poodles are often fluffed up and preened people forget about their very dog-like qualities. I have often thought that if I got another dog I would get two, and I would name them Frodo and Sam.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 27, 2013:
Another insomniac? Do you remember "Mighty Mouse" on SNL? I thought Andy Kaufman was forgotten by almost everyone! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 27, 2013:
This was really cute. I enjoyed Latka (and yep- I remember him) and Niles the best. Enjoyable hub. Voted up!