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300+ Badass Dog Names (With Definitions) for Your Pup

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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We all want our canine friends to reflect who we are. Dogs are amazing companions in everyday life and deserve as much respect as we can give them. To that end, here is a list of the most badass dog names. In this article, I also attempt to focus in on what makes a name badass. My hope is that you can use this list to find the perfect badass dog name.

Badass Dog Names: A-C

NameDefinition

Ace

playing card

Adena

Variant of Adina

Aella

Whirlwind

Aerona

Varient of Aeron

Agro

Video game expression for Aggression Level from Enemies.

Aife

Charater from Irish mythology

Ajax

Greek hero in the Trojan War

Aldo

Old, Nobel

Alpha

First letter of the Greek alphabet

Amir

title of high office, used throughout the Muslim world.

Ammo

Weapon loads: projectiles, bombs, missiles

Aragorn

Heroic character from The Lord of the Rings

Archer

Using a bow to shoot arrows

Ares

Ancient Greek god of war

Arma

Cedant arma togae - military expression

Artemis

Ancient greek god

Astrid

divine strength

Athena

ancient Greek goddess of wisdom and battle strategy

Athos

easternmost of three prongs of the peninsula of Chalcidice

Atlas

to endure; collection of maps

Avalanche

sudden, drastic flow of snow down a steep slope

Axel

jump performed by a skater

Axle

Central shaft for a rotating wheel or gear

Badge

accessory with insignia indicating membership, rank or accomplishment

Bandit

the life and practice of bandits

Bane

Fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a supervillain

Banshee

Irish folklore of a spirit in the form of a wailing woman

Barda

District of Azerbaijan

Barrett

Strife in Middle English

Bash

crushing or smashing blow

Battle

Military engagement

Bear

Family of mammals

Beast

nonhuman animal, especially a large animal

Blade

Sharp cutting part of a weapon or tool

Blitz

Weather phenomenon involving electrostatic discharge

Blotch

Spot or spill

Bolt

cylindrical fastener with an external thread intended to be used together with a nut

Bomber

an airplane equipped to carry and drop bombs

Bones

endoskeleton of vertebrates

Boomer

Slang for a generation

Boots

type of shoes

Boss

manager in a business or event

Brand

Identification for a good or service

Branda

Variant of Brandy

Breaker

Verb of making something not work

Brenda

Old Norse for Sword

Brick

Block or a single unit of a ceramic material used in masonry construction

Brina

Female version of Brin

Bruiser

strong, tough person

Bruno

armor or protection

Brutus

Roman politician and assassin of Julius Caesar

Bubba

Slang for brother

Bud

Friend or drug

Bullet

small metal projectile

Buster

a person who breaks up something

Butch

Shortend version of Butcher

Caden

son of Cad

Caesar

Roman general and dictator

Cane

short staff used to assist one in walking

Captain

Title given to a commander

Cersie

fictional character from TV

Champ

Victor in a challenge, contest or competition

Chief

head or leader of an organized body of people

Chucky

Longer form of Chuck

Circe

Enchantress in Greek mythology

Colossus

legendary bronze statue

Cora

Latinized form of Kore

Crash

loud, clattering noise

Cronus

Ruler of the Titans in Ancient Greek mythology

Dog jumping out of plane

Dog jumping out of plane

Badass Dog Names: D-J

NameDefinition

Daga

Mexican professional wrestler

Dagda

god, the chief of the Tuatha De Danann

Dagger

Short, pointed hand-to-hand weapon

Danger

exposure to harm or injury

Dara

unisex given name

Dash

strike or smash violently; run

Deacon

Ministry in the Christian Church

Diesel

fuel; machine or vehicle powered by a diesel engine

Donovan

Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist

Dozer

Person who moves through

Dread

Intense feeling of apprehension, anxiety, or inner turmoil

Duke

Noble or royal title in some European countries and their colonies

Durden

Last name of movie character

Eagle

Large carnivore bird

Elda

Italian form of HILDA.

Elma

Short form of WILHELMINE

Enyo

Greek goddess of war and destruction

Eris

Greek goddess of discord

Erma

Female name, varient of Irma

Evanna

Irish actress

Evil

morally wrong or bad

Evin

neighbourhood in Tehran, Iran

Falcon

Birds of prey in the genus Falco

Fang

long, pointed tooth

Fera

Federal Emergency Relief Administration

Fina

Saint Fina, also known as Saint Serafina, was a 13th-century girl from the town of San Gimignano in Italy.

Fire

state, process, or instance of combustion

Fireball

ball of fire, as the sun; a shooting star

Fury

unrestrained or violent anger

Gabi

Form of GABRIELE

Gator

Shortend version of alligator

Gauge

tool to determine the exact dimensions, capacity

General

Military rank

Genghis

Founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire

Gesine

American pastry chef

Ghost

Soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living

Ginti

economist

Gladiator

Roman combatant for entertainment

Gnasher

somone who bites down

Goliath

A Philistine giant in the Bible

Grip

act of grasping

Gruber

Fictional character name

Gunner

person who operates a gun or cannon

Hades

God of the underworld in Greek mythology

Han

dynasty in China

Hannibal

Carthaginian general

Harley

Mortorcycle company

Havoc

great destruction or devastation

Hawk

any of numerous birds of prey

Heller

noisy, rowdy, troublesome person; hellion

Helmer

Group of northern European peoples in Roman times

Hera

Goddess from Greek mythology, wife and sister of Zeus

Hercules

a celebrated hero, the son of Zeus

Hilda

Maid of battle

Hitman

Hired killer

Hodor

fictional character from TV

Hound

Type of hunting dog

Howler

Animal that yells loudly

Hulk

Superhero appearing in Marvel Comics publications and related media

Hund

hundred; hundreds

Hunter

Searching, pursuing, catching

Hyde

Fictional character name

Idris

king of Libya

Ilma

genus of insects

Iron

Chemical element with atomic number 26

Jager

variant of jaeger

Jaws

Movie about shark

Jerri

Type of varient of Jerry

Jett

Derived from Jet aircraft

Jinx

a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck

Joker

Card; clown

Juno

Youth

Dog looking across mountains

Dog looking across mountains

Badass Dog Names: K-R

NameDefinition

Kaa

fictional animal character

Kara

annual film festival held in Karachi, Pakistan

Karma

Intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual

Katana

Samurai sword

Kelley

Variant of Kelly

Kenna

American musician

Kerta

Place in Hungary

Kevlar

Heat-resistant and strong aromatic polyamide fiber

King

class of male monarch

Knight

An award of an honorary title for past or future service with its roots in chivalry in the Middle Ages

Knuckles

joint of a finger

Kodiak

island in the N Pacific

Kojak

American action crime drama television series starring Telly Savalas

Kong

Movie about large gorilla

Kraken

legendary monster

Kronos

Greek form of CRONUS.

Kurgan

circular burial mound constructed over a pit grave

Kylie

Boomerang in an Australian Aboriginal language

Lancer

a cavalry soldier armed with a lance

Lecter

fictional character created by Thomas Harris

Leech

Subclass of parasitic or predatory annelid worms

Lexus

luxury vehicle division of Toyota

Lobo

gray or timber wolf

Luana

Bird of Paradise movie character

Lucifer

Name for devil

Lupa

twin brothers and central characters of Rome's foundation myth

Mafia

hierarchically structured secret organization allegedly engaged in smuggling, racketeering, and more illegal activities

Magnus

the Great Year

Mags

Short form of magazine

Major

Military rank

Makenna

Varient of McKenna.

Mars

Fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System

Matrix

Math term and movie

Maximus

architectural structure

Mayhem

Criminal offence consisting of the intentional maiming of another person

Mercy

Wages, Reward

Michonne

fictional character from The Walking Dead

Mo

Shortened version of multiple names

Mogul

Dynastic empire extending over large parts of the Indian subcontinent

Morana

Death, plauge

Nails

slender, typically rod-shaped rigid piece of metal

Nina

Russian form of Anna

Nipper

Ankle biter

Nitro

containing the nitro group; Used in combustion

Nyx

Night in Greek

O.G.

Slang for original person

Omega

Last letter of the Greek alphabet

Orc

Humanoid monster in Tolkien's fiction

Ozzy

English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

Patron

regular customer, client, or paying guest

Petak

2013 studio album by Miligram

Phoenix

Mythical bird that rises from its own ashes

Pistol

Type of handgun where the firing chamber is integral to the barrel

Providence

foreseeing care and guidance of God

Pusher

A promoter of a service or product

Pyro

Rapid oxidation of a material

Quentin

French form of the Roman name QUINTINUS

Quinn

descendant of CONN

Radon

Chemical element with atomic number 86

Ragna

advice, counsel

Ragnar

Version of Rayner

Raiden

Thunder or Lightning

Rainier

volcanic peak in W Washington

Rambo

fanatically militant or violently aggressive person

Ranger

Person who goes around, especially in wilderness

Raven

Type of bird

Rawhide

untanned hide or animal skin

Razor

Device to remove body hair

Reaper

Victor in a challenge, contest or competition

Rebel

Refusal of obedience or order

Remo

Italian form of REMUS.

Renegade

person who deserts a party or cause for another

Rex

Shortened version of Trex

Riker

fictional character name

Rip

cut or tear apart

Ripley

strip of land or clearing

Ritza

1982 film by Joe D'Amato

Rock

large mass of stone

Rogue

dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel

Roxie

Opioid medication

Dog jumping off pole

Dog jumping off pole

Badass Dog Names: S-Z

NameDefinition

Saber

Type of sword, heavy one-edge

Samson

Last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges

Sandor

male given name

Sarge

Military rank

Sasha

female given name, form of Sandra or Alexandra

Scar

Area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury

Search

go or look through

Sera

Short form of Seraphina.

Simba

Main character of The Lion King

Sinbad

Fictional sailor

Siren

Sea nymphs, part woman and part bird, who lure mariners

Sirius

Brightest star in the night sky

Skylar

Form of Skyler

Slash

cut with a violent sweeping stroke

Sledge

Land vehicle used for sliding across snow or ice

Snatch

sudden effort to seize something

Snipe

Common name for wading birds

Sniper

Highly trained marksman

Sondra

Varient of SAUNDRA

Spartan

City-state in ancient Greece

Spike

naillike fastener

Stark

sheer, utter, downright, or complete

Steel

Metal alloy made by combining iron with other elements

Stone

hard substance, formed of mineral matter

Storm

State of an astronomical body's atmosphere

Striker

Work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to work

Stryker

Type of Armored personnel carrier

Tala

Repeated rhythmic pattern in Indian Music

Talon

a claw, especially of a bird of prey

Talos

mythological Greek character

Tank

Tracked heavy armored fighting vehicle

Tappaa

Form of a verb which is used in a sentence to modify a noun or noun phrase

Taranis

Thunder or deity

Taz

Cartoon character

T-Bone

beefsteak cut from the short loin, including a T-shaped bone with meat on each side

Tempest

Like a storm, state of an astronomical body's atmosphere

Thana

Praise in Arabic.

Thanatos

Ancient Greek personification of death

Thor

Hammer-wielding Germanic god associated with thunder

Thunder

loud, explosive, resounding noise

Timberwolf

type of grey wolf

Titan

large, part of mythology

Titus

Roman emperor from AD 79 to 81

Tracker

a structure consisting of a pair of parallel lines of rails

Trailblazer

person who blazes a trail for others to follow through

Traz

1988 video game

Trigger

small projecting tongue in a firearm

Trinity

Union of three; Used in Christian doctrine

Trudy

form of Gertrude

Tumbler

person who performs leaps, somersaults, and other feats

Turbo

forced induction device for internal combustion engines

Tyrone

fictional character name

Tyson

Famous boxer

Ula

Form of Urszula

Ursa

Family of mammals

Vader

Fictional character in the Star Wars franchise

Valda

Italian comune

Vigga

newspaper

Vinny

male given name, form of Vincent

Viper

family of reptiles

Vixen

Small to medium-sized omnivorous mammal belonging to the family Canidae

Vlad

form of Vladimir; Used often for vampire naming

Vulcan

Ancient Roman god of fire, volcanoes, and metalworking

Ward

division or district of a city or town

Warg

wolves in Norse mythology

Wellhard

City in Ontario, Canada

Widow

Woman whose spouse has died

Wilma

Form of Wilhelmina

Wolf

Type of canine

Zao

2014 video game

Zelda

Video game name

Zelma

Version of Selma

Zemsta

1838 play written by Aleksander Fredro

Zeus

Greek god of the sky and king of the gods

Zeva

American writer

Zilla

extract of word Godzilla

Zod

extract of word Zodiac

Zoe

Greek word meaning Life

Zoltan

Character from movie

Zorro

fictional character in black

Soldier kissing dog

Soldier kissing dog

What Makes a Name Badass?

There are some things that we just know without needing much explanation. However, when we look into why something is the way it is, that explanation because cloudier. For example, we all have a general sense of a "badass", but when we aim to define that, it can get foggy. Let's take a moment to define that term and explain what makes a name badass.

The Definition of "Badass"

The quickest way to define badass is to combine "tough" with "integrity". The way you can see if this definition fits is to compare it against several things that you may consider badass. Clothing that is durable that always holds up to extreme use would count as badass. So would a military officer who can make hard decisions on a regular basis. Some might go and put "humble" in with this definition, but I don't think that's correct. Multiple definitions of badass include the word "intimidating", which is not necessarily a humble attribute.

What Makes a Name Tough?

Let's start with "tough". These kinds of names are derived from strength and flexibility in a situation. That would lead us to move towards names from strong characters or characters that showed ingenuity in a situation. However, simply being smart isn't enough.

Let's get to the second word here: "integrity". That means doing the same way as anticipated. So characters that are super sneaky may not qualify directly for this name. Instead, names that have strength and stability, no matter the circumstance, could be called badass. Let's measure this against the name "storm". We all know the power of a strong storm. A hurricane can wipe out houses in an instant. In addition to this, we all know how a storm works. Storms don't suck up rain back into the sky at an accelerated pace. They are predictable weather patterns, so they have a sense of integrity. By using these two words, you can define if a name is badass.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 James Livingood

Comments

The Logician on October 03, 2020:

Great article!

I named my wolf/ German Shepherd Timber. Yeah, he’s part Timber Wolf but actually I named him because he’s like a bull in a China closet, knocks everything over, Timmmber!