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250+ Golden Retriever Dog Names (With Meanings)

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.

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The golden retriever is a versatile breed of dog that is well-suited for a variety of activities, including retrieving objects, hunting, and serving as a loyal companion. The golden retriever is also a popular choice for families due to its friendly temperament and its ability to get along well with children. Here are over 250+ dog names, with meanings, that will help welcome this canine to your family!

Golden Retriever Dog Names A-B

NameMeaning

Ace

A single point or spot on a playing card or die

Adelaide

City in Australia; capital of South Australia population 1,103,979

Alder

Any of a genus (Alnus) of toothed-leaved trees or shrubs of the birch family that have catkins which become woody, that typically grow in cool moist ground, and that have wood used especially in turnery; also : its wood

Amarillo

City in northwestern Texas population 190,695

Amber

A hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin that takes a fine polish and is used chiefly in making ornamental objects (such as beads)

Amor

Love of fate

Apollo

Greek god of music, prophecy and healing

Apricot

Cultivated fruit

Aspen

Any of several poplars (especially Populus tremula of Europe and P. tremuloides and P. grandidentata of North America) with leaves that flutter in the lightest wind because of their flattened petioles

Atlas

A Titan who for his part in the Titans revolt against the gods is forced by Zeus to support the heavens on his shoulders

Autumn

The season between summer and winter comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of September, October, and November or as reckoned astronomically extending from the September equinox to the December solstice -called also fall

Bagel

A firm doughnut-shaped roll traditionally made by boiling and then baking

Bailey

The outer wall of a castle or any of several walls surrounding the keep

Bambi

1942 American animated Disney drama film directed by David Hand

Banana

An elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind

Banjo

A musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed

Baxter

Richard 1615-1691 English Puritan scholar and writer

Bear

Any of a family (Ursidae of the order Carnivora) of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh

Bee

Any of numerous hymenopterous insects (superfamily Apoidea) that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey

Belle

A popular and attractive girl or woman; especially : a girl or woman whose charm and beauty make her a favorite

Benny

Amphetamine

Bentley

Richard 1662-1742 English clergyman and scholar

Berry

A pulpy and usually edible fruit (such as a strawberry, raspberry, or checkerberry) of small size irrespective of its structure

Bingo

A game of chance for two or more players, who mark off numbers on a grid as they are announced by the caller; the game is won by the first person to call out bingo! or house! after crossing off all numbers on the grid or in one line of the grid

Birdie

(diminutive) A (little) bird; a birdling; a child's term for a bird

Biscuit

(rare in the US) A small, flat, baked good which is either hard and crisp or else soft but firm: a cookie

Blaze

A fire, especially a fast-burning fire producing a lot of flames and light

Blizzard

A large snowstorm accompanied by strong winds and greatly reduced visibility caused by blowing snow

Blue

The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters; or any colour resembling this

Bonbon

A sweet, especially a small chocolate-covered candy

Booker

Scholar; scribe

Boone

Daniel 1734-1820 American pioneer

Bowie

James 1796-1836 hero of Texas revolution

Brook

Creek

Bruce

Sir David 1855-1931 British physician and bacteriologist

Bruno

Giordano 1548-1600 originally Filippo Bruno Italian philosopher

Bubbles

A small globule that is typically hollow and light: such as

Buddy

Companion, partner

Bunny

Rabbit; especially : a young rabbit

Buster

Someone or something extraordinary

Butternut

An eastern North American tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family with sweet egg-shaped nuts and light brown wood -called also white walnut

Butterscotch

A candy made from brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and water; also : the flavor of such candy

Button

A small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a fastener by passing it through a buttonhole or loop

Puppy

Puppy

Golden Retriever Dog Names C-F

NameMeaning

Caddo

A member of a nation of Indigenous peoples of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and eastern Texas

Canary

A Canary Islands usually sweet wine similar to Madeira

Canyon

A deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it

Caramel

A usually firm to brittle, golden-brown to dark brown substance that has a sweet, nutty, buttery, or bitter flavor, is obtained by heating sugar at high temperature, and used especially as a coloring and flavoring agent

Carrots

A biennial herb (Daucus carota of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root; also : its root

Cedar

Any of a genus (Cedrus) of usually tall coniferous trees (such as the cedar of Lebanon or the deodar) of the pine family noted for their fragrant durable wood

Champ

Buddy, sport, mate (as a term of address)

Chance

An opportunity or possibility

Chase

The hunting of wild animals -used with the

Cheddar

A hard white, yellow, or orange smooth-textured cheese with a flavor that ranges from mild to strong as the cheese matures -called also cheddar cheese

Chester

City on the Delaware River west-southwest of Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania population 33,972

Chewy

To crush, grind, or gnaw (something, such as food) with or as if with the teeth : masticate

Chick

A domestic chicken; especially : one newly hatched

Chief

Accorded highest rank or office

Chip

A small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off

Chloe

A lover of Daphnis in a Greek pastoral romance

Chord

Three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously

Cinnamon

The aromatic, dried bark of any of several tropical trees (genus Cinnamomum) yielding a culinary spice, oil, and flavoring; especially : a small roll or quill of cinnamon bark

Coco

The coconut palm; also : its fruit

Cody

William Frederick 1846-1917 Buffalo Bill American scout and showman

Comet

A celestial body that appears as a fuzzy head usually surrounding a bright nucleus, that has a usually highly eccentric orbit, that consists primarily of ice and dust, and that often develops one or more long tails when near the sun

Conan

Sir Arthur Conan 1859-1930 British physician, novelist, and detective-story writer

Cookie

A small flat or slightly raised cake

Corn

The main cereal plant grown for its grain in a given region, such as oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, and wheat or barley in England and Wales

Cosmo

A cosmopolitan, a cocktail containing vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice

Cricket

An insect in the order Orthoptera, especially family Gryllidae, that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs

Daffodil

Any of various perennial bulbous herbs (genus Narcissus) of the amaryllis family; especially : one whose flowers have a large corona elongated into a trumpet

Daisy

A composite plant (as of the genera Bellis or Chrysanthemum) having a flower head with well-developed ray flowers usually arranged in one or a few whorls: such as

Dakota

A member of an Indigenous people of the northern Mississippi River valley

Dandelion

Any of a genus (Taraxacum) of yellow-flowered composite herbs with milky sap; especially : one (T. officinale) sometimes grown as a potherb and nearly cosmopolitan as a weed

Dash

To move with sudden speed

Denver

City in northeast central Colorado in the western Great Plains east of the Front Range population 600,158

Dijon

City in eastern France population 151,212

Dimitri

Dimitri 1896-1960 American (Greek-born) conductor

Dixie

Nickname for the Southern United States

Dolce

A soft-toned organ stop

Dolly

A doll

Donut

A deep-fried piece of dough or batter, commonly made in a toroidal or ellipsoidal shape, and mixed with various sweeteners and flavors, sometimes filled with jelly, custard or cream

Ducky

A duck (aquatic bird), especially a toy rubber duck

Duke

The male ruler of a duchy (female equivalent: duchess)

Echo

A reflected sound that is heard again by its initial observer

Ella

Ella 1917-1996 American singer

Elvis

Elvis (Aaron) 1935-1977 American singer

Emmy

A statuette awarded annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in television

Fawn

A young deer

Fern

Any of a division (Filicophyta) or class (Filicopsida) of flowerless spore-producing vascular plants having alternating sporophyte and gametophyte generations; especially : any of an order (Filicales) of homosporous plants possessing roots, stems, and leaflike fronds

Finn

A member of a people speaking Finnish or a Finnic language

Flint

A massive hard dark quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel

Fluffy

Covered with or resembling fluff

Fox

Any of various carnivorous mammals (especially genus Vulpes) of the dog family related to but smaller than wolves with shorter legs, more pointed muzzle, large erect ears, and long bushy tail

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Puppy with stick

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Golden Retriever Dog Names G-L

NameMeaning

Gary

Elbert Henry 1846-1927 American industrialist

Gemma

Bud; broadly : an asexual reproductive body that becomes detached from a parent plant

Georgia

State of the southeastern U.S. bordering on the Atlantic; capital Atlanta area 58,910 square miles (152,577 square kilometers), population 9,687,653

Ginger

A thickened pungent aromatic rhizome that is used as a spice and sometimes medicinally

Ginny

A colorless alcoholic beverage made from distilled or redistilled neutral grain spirits flavored with juniper berries and aromatics (such as anise and caraway seeds)

Glee

Joy; happiness great delight, especially from one's own good fortune or from another's misfortune

Goldie

English musician and producer

Google

American multinational technology company

Goose

Common name for a group of waterfowl

Gunner

Artillery soldier, or such who holds private rank. Abbreviated Gnr

Gus

A person who is habitually gloomy

Hank

Coil, loop; specifically : a coiled or looped bundle (as of yarn) usually containing a definite yardage

Harley

Robert 1661-1724 1st Earl of Oxford English statesman

Harper

A harp player

Harry

To plunder, pillage, assault

Hazel

A tree or shrub of the genus Corylus, bearing edible nuts called hazelnuts or filberts

Heath

A tract of level uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation; heathland

Henry

In the International System of Units, the derived unit of electrical inductance; the inductance induced in a circuit by a rate of change of current of one ampere per second and a resulting electromotive force of one volt. Symbol: H

Holly

Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas

Homer

Reputed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey

Honey

Sweet food made by bees mostly using nectar from flowers

Hudson

Henry died 1611 English navigator and explorer

Hugo

Victor (-Marie) 1802-1885 French poet, novelist, and dramatist

Hunter

One who hunts game for sport or for food; a huntsman or huntswoman

Huxley

Aldous Leonard 1894-1963 brother of Julian Huxley English novelist and critic

Inferno

A place or a state that resembles or suggests hell; also : an intense fire : conflagration

Iris

The opaque contractile diaphragm perforated by the pupil and forming the colored portion of the eye

Ivy

A widely cultivated ornamental climbing or prostrate or sometimes shrubby chiefly Eurasian vine (Hedera helix) of the ginseng family with evergreen leaves, small yellowish flowers, and black berries

Jack

A game played with a set of small objects that are tossed, caught, and moved in various figures

Jackson

Andrew 1767-1845 American general; 7th president of the U.S. (1829-37)

Jake

A sexually immature male wild turkey under two years old

Jasper

An opaque cryptocrystalline quartz of any of several colors; especially : green chalcedony

Jellybean

A small, bean-shaped, chewy candy/sweet with a firm coating and a jelly-like center, made of sugar, flavoring, coloring and sometimes starch or other thickener, and usually sold assorted in a wide variety of flavors and bright colors

JJ

John James 1785-1851 American (Haitian-born) artist and ornithologist

Jones

To have a strong desire or craving for something

June

Sixth month in the Julian and Gregorian calendars

Juniper

Genus of plants

Kevin

Kevin Michael 1957- prime minister of Australia (2007-10; 2013)

Kobe

City and port on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu, Japan population 1,544,200

Kona

Coastal region of Hawaii in the western part of the island of Hawaii

Lady

A woman having proprietary rights or authority especially as a feudal superior

Layla

Song written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon

Leaf

Photosynthetic part of a vascular plant

Lemon

Yellow citrus fruit

Lemonade

Lemon-flavored drink

Leo

A northern constellation east of Cancer

Levi

A son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of the priestly tribe of Levi

Levy

The imposition or collection of an assessment

Liam

Liam 1920-2017 prime minister of Ireland (1973-77)

Lily

Any of several flowers in the genus Lilium of the family Liliaceae, which includes a great many ornamental species

Lion

A big cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa, India and formerly much of Europe

Lizzie

A small inexpensive early automobile

Loki

A Norse god who contrives evil and mischief for his fellow gods

Luca

Luca 1399(or 1400)-1482 originally Luca di Simone di Marco Florentine sculptor

Lucky

(of people) Favoured by luck; fortunate; having good success or good fortune

Lucy

Lucy Maud 1874-1942 Canadian novelist

Luke

A Gentile physician and companion of the apostle Paul traditionally identified as the author of the third Gospel in the New Testament and of the book of Acts

Lulu

One that is remarkable or wonderful

Luna

A large mostly pale green American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with long tails on the hind wings

Playing Fetch

Playing Fetch

Golden Retriever Dog Names M-Q

NameMeaning

Mac

A waterproof long coat made of rubberized cloth

Maggie

One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica

Magnolia

A tree or shrub in any species of the genus Magnolia, many with large flowers and simple leaves

Mane

Longer hair growth on back of neck of an animal, especially a horse or lion

Maple

A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds

Marley

Bob 1945-1981 Robert Nesta Marley Jamaican singer and songwriter

Marshall

Alfred 1842-1924 English economist

Maude

Maude 1872-1953 originally Maude Kiskadden American actress

Maui

Second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, 17th largest in the US

Maverick

An unbranded range animal

Max

An extreme, a great extent

Milkshake

A thick beverage consisting of milk and ice cream mixed together, often with fruit, chocolate, or other flavoring

Miller

A person who owns or operates a mill, especially a flour mill

Millie

(19th century) A mill worker, usually a young working-class woman working in the factories of Ireland's linen industry

Milo

A small usually early and drought-resistant grain sorghum with compact bearded heads of large yellow or whitish seeds

Minerva

The Roman goddess of wisdom

Minion

A servile dependent, follower, or underling

Molly

Any of various small, often brightly colored tropical fish (genus Poecilia) that are live-bearers found in fresh, brackish, or salt water and include several that are highly valued as aquarium fishes

Moose

The largest member of the deer family (Alces americanus, sometimes included in Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antlers

Moses

A Hebrew prophet who led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and at Mt. Sinai delivered the Law establishing God's covenant with them

Muffin

A quick bread made of batter containing egg and baked in a pan having cuplike molds

Murphy

Any of various confidence games; especially : one in which the victim believes he is paying for sex

Myrtle

A common evergreen bushy shrub (Myrtus communis of the family Myrtaceae, the myrtle family) of southern Europe with oval to lance-shaped shiny leaves, fragrant white or rosy flowers, and black berries

Nala

A stream-bed, ravine, or other watercourse; a drain for rain or floodwater

Nash

John Forbes, Jr. 1928-2015 American mathematician

Nova

Nuclear explosion in a white dwarf star

Oakley

City in California northeast of Oakland population 35,432

Obi

A broad sash worn with a Japanese kimono

Olive

A Mediterranean evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is an important food and source of oil; also : the fruit

Oliver

The close friend of Roland in the Charlemagne legends

Ollie

A maneuver in skateboarding in which the skater kicks the tail of the board down while jumping in order to make the board pop into the air

Ophelia

The daughter of Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Orion

A constellation on the equator east of Taurus represented on charts by the figure of a hunter with belt and sword

Oscar

Astronotus ocellatus, a cichlid fish, native to South America, sometimes kept in aquariums

Otis

Harrison Gray 1837-1917 American general and journalist

Ozark

Eroded tableland region 1500-2500 feet (457-762 meters) high in the central U.S. north of the Arkansas River in northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and northeastern Oklahoma with an eastern extension in southern Illinois

Pancake

Thin, round cake made of eggs, milk and flour

Peaches

To inform against : betray

Peanut

A low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and bends into the soil where the ovary ripens into a pod containing one to three oily edible seeds; also : its seed or seed-containing pod

Penny

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a copper coin worth 1/240 of a pound sterling or Irish pound before decimalisation. Abbreviation: d

Pepper

A plant of the family Piperaceae

Phoebe

Any of several birds of the genus Sayornis

Pierce

To puncture; to break through

Pikachu

Pokemon species and the mascot of the franchise

Piper

A musician who plays a pipe

Plum

The fruit and its tree

Poker

Card game

Popcorn

Corn (Zea mays everta synonym Z. mays praecox) having kernels that upon exposure to heat burst open to form a white starchy mass; also : the kernels especially after popping

Poplar

Any of a genus (Populus) of slender catkin-bearing quick-growing deciduous trees (such as an aspen or cottonwood) of the willow family

Poppy

Any of a genus (Papaver of the family Papaveraceae, the poppy family) of chiefly annual or perennial herbs with milky juice, showy regular flowers, and capsular fruits including the opium poppy and several forms cultivated as ornamentals

Pumpkin

A fruit of any of various cultivars of herbaceous plants (Cucurbita pepo, C. maxima, C. moschata, and C. mixta synonym C. argyrosperma) of the gourd family that is typically round and orange but may be another color or shape, that has a hard usually smooth skin with shallow longitudinal grooves, and that is grown for ornamental use or for its fibrous pale flesh used especially in baking or as feed for livestock

Queen

The wife or widow of a king

Playing on the beach

Playing on the beach

Golden Retriever Dog Names R-Z

NameMeaning

Ranger

The keeper of a British royal park or forest

Ray Charles

American musician (1930-2004)

Rebel

A person who resists an established authority, often violently

Reef

A chain or range of rocks, sand, or coral lying at or near the surface of the water

Remington

Frederic 1861-1909 American artist

Remy

Remy de 1858-1915 French writer

Rex

An animal (such as a domestic rabbit or cat) showing a genetic recessive variation in which the guard hairs are very short, sparse, or entirely lacking

Riley

Turbid

River

Natural flowing watercourse

Rocky

1976 American sports drama by John G. Avildsen

Rose

Genus of plants

Ruby

Variety of corundum, mineral, gemstone

Rush

Any of various monocotyledonous often tufted marsh plants (as of the genera Juncus and Luzula of the family Juncaceae, the rush family) with cylindrical often hollow stems which are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting mats

Rusty

Affected by or as if by rust; especially : stiff with or as if with rust

Ryder

Albert Pinkham 1847-1917 American painter

Sam

Surface-to-air missile

Samson

Character mentioned in the Book of Judges

Sandy

Character mentioned in the Book of Judges

Scout

Character mentioned in the Book of Judges

Sebastian

Seaport on the Bay of Biscay in northern Spain; capital of Guip

Sequin

An old gold coin of Italy and Turkey

Shenandoah

River 55 miles (88 kilometers) long in northern Virginia flowing northeast between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains across the northeastern tip of West Virginia and into the Potomac River and forming the Shenandoah Valley

Shiloh

Locality in southwestern Tennessee

Simba

Main character of The Lion King

Simon

Peter -called also Simon Peter

Smiley

Having a smile : smiling often

Smooch

Kiss, pet

Snowy

Composed of snow or melted snow

Songbird

A bird that utters a succession of musical tones

Sourdough

A leaven consisting of dough in which fermentation is active

Spade

A digging implement adapted for being pushed into the ground with the foot

Spencer

A short waist-length jacket

Stella

An experimental international coin based on the metric system that was issued by the U.S. in 1879 and 1880 and was worth about four dollars

Stone

A concretion of earthy or mineral matter:

Stoney

Abounding in or having the nature of stone : rocky

Sugar

A sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods

Summer

One of four seasons, traditionally the second, marked by the longest and typically hottest days of the year due to the inclination of the Earth and thermal lag. Typically regarded as being from June 21 to September 22 or 23 in parts of the USA, the months of June, July and August in the United Kingdom and the months of December, January and February in the Southern Hemisphere

Sunflower

Any plant of the genus Helianthus, so called probably from the form and color of its floral head, having the form of a large disk surrounded by yellow ray flowers

Sunny

Marked by brilliant sunlight : full of sunshine

Taco

A crispy or soft corn or wheat tortilla that is folded or rolled and stuffed with a mixture (as of seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce)

Tank

Tracked heavy armoured fighting vehicle

Tawny

A light brown to brownish orange colour

Teddy

By extension, any stuffed toy

Thor

Hammer-wielding Norse god associated with thunder

Tiara

Ornamental crown worn by women

Toby

A drinking mug, in the shape of a human head with a hat atop

Trout

Any of various salmonid food and sport fishes that are mostly smaller than the typical salmons and are anadromous or restricted to cool clear fresh water:

Tucker

Exhaust -often used with out

Viper

A common Eurasian venomous snake (Vipera berus) that attains a length of about two feet (0.6 meter), varies in color from red, brown, or gray with dark markings to black, and is usually not fatal to humans; broadly : any of a family (Viperidae) of venomous snakes that includes Old World snakes (subfamily Viperinae) and the pit vipers

Wally

Fine, sturdy

Watson

James Dewey 1928- American geneticist

Whiskey

A liquor distilled from fermented wort (such as that obtained from rye, corn, or barley mash)

Willow

Any of various deciduous trees or shrubs in the genus Salix, in the willow family Salicaceae, found primarily on moist soils in cooler zones in the northern hemisphere

Winnie

An award presented annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in fashion design

Winston

City in northern North Carolina population 229,617

Winter

The season between autumn and spring comprising in the northern hemisphere usually the months of December, January, and February or as reckoned astronomically extending from the December solstice to the March equinox

Woody

Abounding or overgrown with woods

Xena

Fictional character from the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess

Yosemite

Waterfall in east central California descending from the rim of Yosemite Valley in two falls connected by cascades: an upper fall that drops 1430 feet (436 meters) and a lower fall that drops 320 feet (98 meters)

Zeus

The king of the gods and husband of Hera in Greek mythology

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