100+ Unique German Shepherd Dog Names With Meanings

Updated on July 4, 2019
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James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

German Shepherd Dog Being Called by Name
German Shepherd Dog Being Called by Name | Source

Looking for a unique German Shepherd dog name that is cool or cute? Look through this list of over 100+ names (with meanings) and determine the right fit for your new family member. Each canine is different, so it may take some time to pick the right name for your dog. We've included tips, tricks, and a video along with all these names.

A-D German Shepherd Dog Names

Name
Meaning
Ada
Nobility.
Addie
Nobility.
Adler
Eagle.
Albern
White
Albert
Noble and bright.
Albrecht
Noble and bright.
Aldo
Intelligent and old.
Alger
Shrewd fighter.
Alphonse
Always ready for a fight: noble.
Alvin
An honorable friend or a companion of the elves.
Amelia
Work.
Annette
Lord's favors upon me.
Arlo
Unidentified.
Armageddon
End of the world.
Arnold
As tough as an eagle/noble.
August
Outstanding and great.
Ava
Life.
Axel
Father of Harmony.
Bach
Resident near the stream.
Baldwin
Courageous friend.
Bavaria
Bavaria is a popular region in Germany as well as an awesome name to associate with your pet dog.
Beatrix
The one to bring joy.
Berlin
The most popular city and the capital of Germany enriched with amazing history and landmarks.
Bernard
Brave and strong like a bear.
Bierkrug
This particular dog name is German for stein or beer mug.
Bock
This bitter-sweet, heavy-bodied lager is darkened due to the high-colored malts present in it.
Bones
TV show and favorite dog treat.
Boris
Famous actor.
Brezel
This is just the right name for your dear dog which is actually inspired by a dish that includes a soft pretzel made out of yeast and flour water. It is then sprinkled with salt and can be paired perfectly with German beer!
Britta
Power.
Brunhilde
Prepared for battle.
Bruno
Brown.
Claudia
Enclosure.
Cologne
This is a populous city, popular for its fabulous cathedral.
Dieter
Ruler of people.
Dresden
Dresden had undergone huge losses after the World War II but after that, care was taken for it to be restored to its normal form.
Duke
Royal title and famous actor.
Dunkel
This is a darkened German lager.
Dusseldorf
The financial center and an international business, Dusseldorf is a markedly declaring city which can also be used as a cool name for your pup.
German Shepherd Puppy
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E-L German Shepherd Dog Names

Name
Meaning
Ella
Completely.
Elsa
Sworn to God.
Emma
Entire.
Ernest
Solemn and determined.
Felix
Joyful and lucky.
Fido
General description of dog.
Frankfurt
This is another one of the large cities in Germany which makes a cute name for your dog.
Frederik
Peaceful power.
Frederika
Peaceful leader.
Frieda
Beautiful
Fritzi
Peaceful leader.
Goliath
Fabled giant.
Goulash
Is a dish comprising of the stew or soup which is made up of vegetables, meat and seasonings.
Greta
Pearl.
Gunther
Brave fighter.
Hamburg
Germany's second biggest city which is the abode to about 2 million residents.
Hefe
Hefe is the name given to the yeast which is popularly used in the fermentation process of beers.
Heidi
Of honorable birth.
HeidiKlum
People have often named their dear dogs after this TV host and supermodel from West Germany.
Heinrich
A king's home.
Hercules
Mythology strong half god.
Herr
This is the German term for mister.
Hessia
A cute female name for a dog named after another German state, Hessia.
Ida
The hard-working one.
Kaiser
King.
Knodel
This German dish includes dumplings as well and it is created out of bread, flour or potatoes, all of which is then boiled later.
Kolsch
Another popular dog name which got its name from a pale, extremely fermented beer which is light-bodied and can only be brewed in Cologne according to law.
Krombacher
Second to Oettinger in sales, Krombacher is among the largest breweries in Germany.
Leona
Lioness.
Liesel
Sworn to God.
Lola
Lady of worries.
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M-Z German Shepherd Dog Names

Name
Meaning
Maibock
This is a strong, pale lager which is brewed during the spring. Wouldn't this be an adorable name for a dog?
Marta
Woman.
Marzen
Is another type of a beer which is presented at the Oktoberfest in Munich. It is a malty, medium body lager which people greatly enjoy.
Max
The supreme.
Millie
Gentle power.
Mischa
God-like.
Munich
Germany's third biggest city.
Oettinger
This is the dog's name which has been taken from the top-selling German brand for beers.
Oktoberfest
One just can't mention German beers without talking about Oktoberfest! This is basically a traditional festival which happens in Munich, Germany in the month of October every year and features merrymaking and beer-drinking. What a joyful name for your dog!
Pilsner
This is a pale lager, the name of which originated from Pilsen which is a city in Bohemia.
Raymond
Intelligent defender.
Rhine
Named after the Rhine River which passes through Germany, Rhine can work as just te right dog name.
Rolf
Celebrated wolf.
Salzburg
Located to the west of Vienna, Salzburg is another one of the populous cities of Austria which is particularly popular for its scenic views and history.
Sauerkraut
Including finely cut cabbage which has been salted and even allowed to ferment until it becomes the perfect sour, Sauerkraut is a great dish and a great name for your dog as well!
Schnitzel
A popular dish which is made with a thin slice of light meat like veal which has been covered in breadcrumbs and then fried, Schnitzel is quite a popular dog name.
Schwartz
Dark skin tone/black hair.
Siegfried
Triumphant peace.
Sigmund
Triumphant protection.
Sofie
Intelligence.
Spatzle
This is a cute dog name which is actually inspired from a type of a dish famous in southern Germany. It comprises of small dumplings simmered in boiling water.
Stein
Rock.
Stuttgart
Popular for automobile businesses like Porsche and Mercedes Benz, Stuttgart has their headquarters here.
Trudy
Lance of strength.
Ulf
Wolf.
Vienna
A unique name for dogs influenced by the largest and the capital city in Austria.
Walter
Ruler of an army.
Wanda
Traveller/shepherdess.
Wurst
This particular dog name is named after a dish called Wurst which is German for sausage. This dish is offered in 1,500 types.
Zelda
Grey rebellious maid.
Zues
Mythology god.

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5 Tips for Naming Your Dog

When it comes to naming your German Shepherd dog, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. Beyond wanting a name that fits, you want a name that will last through the life of your dog. Here are five tips and tricks to help you think about the best way to name your canine.

Tip 1: Look for a name that is ageless.

One of the biggest problems with choosing a name is if the dog becomes used to the name. If you want to start a trick, or need to recall your dog to you, that will all start with their name. If you choose a name that doesn’t age well, then you will be frustrated years down the road. Examples of names that are not ageless are ones that are political or are happening in the headlines right now.

Tip 2: Be wary of puns.

This tip is not saying that you should avoid puns. Some dog pun names are well thought out and can really spark a deeper connection. However, some puns are funny once and fade very quickly. Much like the timeless tip above, this is not a good fit. It may make sense to pair a pun with a regular name. That way, if the pun fades, you can simply use the regular name.

Tip 3: Remember that favorites can fade.

Another thing to watch for is naming your dog after a favorite band or tv show. This can be great if you’ve been a fan for a long time. However, if you just recently became a fan, your passion for the name could fade quickly. Perhaps the band breaks up or the TV show is canceled, then starts to fade in popularity. When your dog reaches the middle or late years in their life, that name may no longer make sense. The opposite side of this is that if you’ve had a favorite for many years, naming your dog this can show homage and make you happy whenever you call them.

Tip 4: Recognize that human names can be tricky.

One of the common problems among naming a dog is when you choose a human name. This can be a problem if you meet a new friend or have a current contact that shares that name. That person may be insulted, or your dog may be confused when you call them the same name. However, choosing a dog name in a foreign language may work well, especially if you don’t have a lot of contact with people of that country.

Tip 5: Don't be afraid of choosing a long name—longer can be better!

Sometimes it may work well to use several names combined. Yes, it may be a little bit harder to call your dog, but there are several distinct benefits. The first is that fewer people will name their dog a longer name. The second benefit is that you can always shorten the longer name into a “nickname”. The third benefit is that you can switch up the nickname over time to reflect your growing relationship with your dog.

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