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350+ One-Syllable 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.

One Syllable Dog Names

One Syllable Dog Names

There are many advantages to one-syllable dog names. The first is that it can make their name a quick retrieve command. In addition, these quick phrases are easier to put on collars, dog bowls, and other items. Finally, one-syllable dog names are easier to build rhymes and nicknames from. These are just a few quick reasons why these types of dog names are gaining popularity.

To find the name that best fits your new best friend, check out the list below. Not only are there over 350 canine names to choose from, but I've also included meanings as well! Hopefully one of these names will help you welcome your new family member to the pack.

One-Syllable Dog Names A-B

NameMeaning

Abe

form of Abraham.

Ace

a playing card or die marked with or having the value indicated by a single spot

Al

Indian mulberry.

Ann

a rocky, scenic peninsula in northeastern Massachusetts, extending into the Atlantic Ocean.

Anne

queen of England 1702

Ash

Waste product of fires

Axe

Weapon or tool used for chopping, splitting, or shaping wood

Babe

a baby or child.

Bach

a bachelor.

Badge

a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority, achievement

Bart

cartoon boy on the television series The Simpsons

Bay

a body of water forming an indentation of the shoreline, larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf.

Baz

Diminutive of BARRY or BASIL

Bea

form of Beatrice

Beans

the edible nutritious seed of various plants of the legume family, especially of the genus Phaseolus.

Bear

Family of mammals

Beau

a male lover or sweetheart.

Beck

a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.

Belle

Disney fictional character

Ben

Male given name

Benz

German automotive engineer and manufacturer.

Bert

form of Albert, Bertram, Herbert

Bess

form of Elizabeth

Best

of the highest quality, excellence, or standing

Beth

Second letter of many Semitic alphabets

Biff

a blow; punch.

Biggs

English organist in the U.S.

Bill

a statement of money owed for goods or services supplied

Bing

a heap or pile.

Binx

South African singer and musician

Bird

Warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates with wings, feathers and beaks

Bits

unit of information

Biz

business

Bjork

Icelandic singer-songwriter

Black

Darkest color, resulting from the absence or complete absorption of light

Blade

Sharp cutting part of a weapon or tool

Blaine

yellow in Gaelic

Blair

plain, field, battlefield

Blaire

British political leader

Blaise

lisping

Blake

black or pale

Blanche

white, fair

Blaze

a bright flame or fire: the welcome blaze of the hearth.

Bleep

a brief, constant beeping sound, usually of a high pitch and generated by an electronic device.

Bling

expensive and flashy jewelry, clothing, or other possessions.

Blink

Rapid closing and opening of the eyelid

Bliss

supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment: wedded bliss.

Blithe

without thought or regard; carefree; heedless

Blitz

Weather phenomenon involving electrostatic discharge

Blood

Organic fluid which transports nutrients throughout the organism

Blues

Musical form and music genre

Bluff

Wave-swept or wave-deposited ridge running parallel to a shoreline

Blur

Aesthetic quality of blur in the out-of-focus parts of an image

Blush

to redden, as from embarrassment or shame

Bly

U.S. journalist and social reformer.

Blythe

cheerful

Bo

back order.

Bob

a short, jerky motion

Bolt

a movable bar or rod that when slid into a socket fastens a door, gate, etc.

Bon

Tibetan religion

Bones

Rigid organs that constitute part of the endoskeleton of vertebrates

Bonn

former capital of West Germany.

Boo

used to express contempt or disapprobation or to startle or frighten

Boom

Sudden release of heat and gas

Boon

something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.

Boone

American pioneer, especially in Kentucky.

Boots

shoes and boots.

Bop

early modern jazz developed in the early 1940s and characterized by often dissonant triadic and chromatic chords

Borg

Fictional faction in Star Trek

Bosch

German chemist: Nobel Prize 1931.

Bosh

absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.

Boss

a person who employs or superintends workers; manager.

Boy

a male child, from birth to full growth, especially one less than 18 years of age.

Boyd

light

Boz

pen name of Charles Dickens.

Brad

a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.

Bram

a male given name.

Brandt

West German political leader

Brave

Choice to confront risk, pain, agony, intimidation or uncertainty

Bree

short form of BRIANNA, GABRIELLA

Breeze

Flow of gases on a large scale

Brent

hill

Briar

From the English word for the thorny plant.

Brock

a European badger.

Bronx

Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

Brook

a small, natural stream of fresh water.

Brooke

British soldier and adventurer

Brooks

U.S. poet and novelist.

Bruce

U.S. politician: first African American to serve a full term as U.S. senato

Buck

the male of the deer, antelope, rabbit, hare, sheep, or goat.

Bud

Immature or embryonic shoot

Bull

Male individual of cattle

Burt

U.S. surveyor and inventor.

Bush

a low plant with many branches that arise from or near the ground.

Buzz

a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.

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One-Syllable Dog Names C-D

NameMeaning

Cade

round in Old English.

Cain

rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.

Caine

English novelist.

Cal

Short form of CALVIN.

Cale

Short form of CALEB.

Carl

German form of CHARLES.

Case

an instance of the occurrence, existence, etc., of something

Cash

Physical money

Cass

U.S. statesman.

Cate

a choice food;delicacy; dainty.

Chad

a small paper disk or square formed when a hole is punched in a punch card or paper tape.

Champ

Victor in a challenge, contest or competition

Chance

the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled

Chang

flourish, prosper, good, sunlight

Chap

to crack, roughen, and redden (the skin)

Charles

Germanic word meaning "man

Charm

Charm that can inspire devotion in others

Chas

Diminutive of CHARLES.

Chaz

Diminutive of CHARLES.

Che

From an Argentine expression meaning "hey!".

Cher

American singer, actress and television personality

Chet

a male given name, form of Chester.

Chev

American automobile division of GM

Chic

attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.

Chick

a young chicken or other bird.

Chief

the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority: the chief of police.

Chip

a small, slender piece, as of wood, separated by chopping, cutting, or breaking.

Chuck

to toss; throw with a quick motion, usually a short distance

Chum

a close or intimate companion

Clair

French motion-picture director and writer.

Claire

U.S. actress.

Clare

Medieval English form of CLARA

Claude

U.S. biologist, born in Belgium

Clay

A finely-grained natural rock or soil containing mainly clay minerals

Clem

to starve.

Cliff

a high steep face of a rock.

Clint

form of Clinton.

Clive

British general and statesman in India.

Clyde

a stupid, inept, or boorish person.

Cole

genus of flowering plants in the cabbage family Brassicaceae

Colt

Term for a male horse usually under the age of four years

Cord

a string or thin rope made of several strands braided, twisted, or woven together.

Craig

English stage designer, producer, and author.

Creed

any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination.

Cruz

cross in Spanish or Portuguese

Cy

cycle; cycles.

Dame

Female equivalent of the honour of knighthood in British and Commonwealth honours systems

Dan

a degree of expertise in karate, judo, tae kwon do, etc., usually signified by the wearing of a cloth belt of a particular color

Dane

a native or inhabitant of Denmark.

Dark

Lack of light

Darth

Organization in the Star Wars series

Dash

Punctuation mark

Dave

Short form of DAVID.

Dawn

Time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise

Dax

a city in SW France: mineral hot springs.

Dean

actor James Dean (1931-1955) was a famous bearer of the surname.

Deb

Short form of DEBORAH.

Dex

Short form of DEXTER.

Di

Short form of DIANA.

Dime

a cupronickel-clad coin of the U.S. and Canada, the 10th part of a dollar, equal to 10 cents.

Dirk

a dagger, especially of the Scottish Highlands.

Dodge

American-based brand of automobiles, minivans, and sport utility vehicles.

Dog

Domestic animal

Dot

a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen.

Doug

a male given name, form of Douglas.

Dov

Means "bear" in Hebrew.

Dove

any bird of the family Columbidae, especially the smaller species with pointed tails.

Drake

a male duck.

Drew

simple past tense of draw.

Duck

any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genus Anas and allied genera, characterized by abroad, flat bill, short legs, and depressed body.

Dude

a man excessively concerned with his clothes, grooming, and manners.

Duff

the buttocks or rump

Dug

a simple past tense and past participle of dig

Duke

Noble or royal title in some European countries and their colonies

Dusk

Darkest stage of twilight, at end of astronomical twilight after sunset and just before night

Dwayne

a male given name.

Dwight

From an English surname that was derived from the medieval feminine name Diot

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One-Syllable Dog Names E-I

NameMeaning

Earl

English title of nobility

Earp

U.S. frontiersman, law officer, and gunfighter.

Ed

education

Elf

Supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore

Elle

Diminutive of ELEANOR and other names beginning with E

Eve

First woman in Genesis creation narrative

Faith

Confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept

Fang

one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.

Farmer

Person that works in agriculture

Fash

village in Kermanshah, Iran

Fate

Predetermined course of events

Fawn

a young deer, especially an unweaned one.

Fay

Mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore

Faye

Variant of FAY.

Finn

Baltic Finnic ethnic group indigenous to Finland

Fitz

Norman French fitz meaning "son of

Flair

a natural talent, aptitude, or ability; bent; knack

Flame

Visible, gaseous part of a fire

Flash

a brief, sudden burst of bright light

Fletch

to provide (an arrow) with a feather.

Fleur

Structure found in some plants

Flint

a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous.

Flip

to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, especially so as to cause to turn over in the air: to flip a coin.

Flo

a female given name, form of Florence.

Floyd

Variant of LLOYD.

Fly

Order of insects

Flynn

U.S. actor, born in Tasmania.

Fonz

Sitcom character

Ford

American multinational automobile manufacturer

Frank

direct and unreserved in speech

Fred

form of Frederick.

Fritz

to become inoperable.

Gage

something, as a glove, thrown down by a medieval knight in token of challenge to combat.

Garth

garden in Old Norse

Gaz

gazette.

Gene

the basic physical unit of heredity

Ghost

the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.

Gia

1998 American biographical drama television film

Gil

a male given name, form of Gilbert.

Gin

an alcoholic liquor obtained by distilling grain mash with juniper berries.

Glen

a small, narrow, secluded valley.

Goose

any of numerous wild or domesticated, web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks.

Goth

Early Germanic people

Grace

elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action

Graham

made of graham flour.

Grant

to bestow or confer, especially by a formal act

Gray

Intermediate color between black and white

Gus

form of Augustus or Gustave.

Gwen

white, fair, blessed

Hank

a skein, as of thread or yarn.

Hayes

U.S. historian, educator, and diplomat.

Hobbes

English philosopher and author.

Hooch

alcoholic liquor.

Hope

Optimistic attitude of mind

Huck

Fictional character

Hunter

Searching, pursuing,and killing wild animals

Ian

Scottish form of JOHN.

Ice

Frozen water: the solid state of water

Ike

nickname of Dwight David Eisenhower.

Ivy

a climbing vine, Hedera helix, having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves, small, yellowish flowers, and black berries, grown as an ornamental.

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One-Syllable Dog Names J-Q

NameMeaning

Jace

Short form of JASON.

Jack

any of various portable devices for raising or lifting heavy objects short heights, using various mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic methods.

Jade

either of two minerals, jadeite or nephrite, sometimes green, highly esteemed as an ornamental stone for carvings, jewelry, etc.

Jake

satisfactory; OK; fine

Jane

a girl or woman.

Jax

Short form of JACKSON.

Jayne

Variant of JANE.

Jazz

Musical style and genre

Jeb

Sometimes a diminutive of JACO

Jed

Short form of JEDIDIAH.

Jet

Aircraft class powered by jet propulsion engines

Jett

From the English word jet, which denotes either a jet aircraft or an intense black colour (the words derive from different sources).

Jinx

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

Joy

Feeling of happiness

Jude

a book of the New Testament.

Jules

a male given name, French form of Julius.

June

the sixth month of the year, containing 30 days

Kane

rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.

Kate

a female given name, form of Katherine or Catherine.

Kay

the rude, boastful foster brother and seneschal of Arthur.

Kaye

U.S. comedian, singer, and actor.

Keane

Variant of KEAN.

Ken

knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception

Khan

king, ruler

King

a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.

Kip

the hide of a young or small beast.

Kiss

Touch with the lips, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting

Kit

a set or collection of tools, supplies, instructional matter, etc., for a specific purpose

Klaus

German short form of NICHOLAS.

Knox

U.S. publisher and government official.

Lame

physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty

Lark

From the English word for the type of songbird.

Lars

a male given name, form of Lawrence.

Lev

a coin and monetary unit of Bulgaria, equal to 100 stotinki. Abbreviation: L., LV.

Lex

Short form of ALEXANDER.

Luke

an early Christian disciple and companion of Paul, a physician and probably a gentile: traditionally believed to be the author of the third Gospel and the Acts.

Mac

fellow; bud (a familiar term of address to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).

Mack

a pimp.

Mae

more.

Mao

Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Marge

margin; edge.

Mars

the ancient Roman god of war and agriculture, identified with the Greek god Ares.

Maude

a gray woolen plaid worn by shepherds and others in S Scotland.

Max

maximum.

May

derives from Maia, the name of a Roman goddess.

Meg

Medieval diminutive of MARGARET. It is now also used as a short form of the related name MEGAN.

Mia

missing in action.

Mick

a contemptuous term for a person of Irish birth or descent.

Midge

any of numerous minute dipterous insects, especially of the family Chironomidae, somewhat resembling a mosquito.

Miles

U.S. army officer.

Mitch

Short form of MITCHELL.

Moe

a male given name, form of Morris or Moses.

Moose

a large, long-headed mammal, Alces alces, of the deer family, having circumpolar distribution in the Northern Hemisphere, the male of which has enormous palmate antlers.

Nash

Human settlement in England

Nate

Short form of NATHAN or NATHANIEL.

Ned

Diminutive of EDWARD or EDMUND

Newt

Salamander in the subfamily Pleurodelinae

Norm

a standard, model, or pattern.

Oz

Australia.

Pace

a rate of movement, especially in stepping, walking, etc.

Pax

kiss of peace.

Pearl

Hard object produced within a living shelled mollusc

Pete

Short form of PETER.

Prince

Son of a prince, king, queen, emperor or empress, or other high-ranking person (such as a grand duke)

Quo

said (used with nouns, and with first- and third-person pronouns, and always placed before the subject)

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One-Syllable Dog Names R-Z

NameMeaning

Ra

Ancient Egyptian solar deity

Rae

Scottish surgeon and Arctic explorer.

Raj

Means "empire, royalty", from Sanskrit

Ralph

to vomit.

Red

Color

Reese

Anglicized form of RHYS, also used as a feminine form.

Rex

king.

Rhett

advice, counsel

Rock

a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like.

Roo

a shortened form of kangaroo.

Rose

any of the wild or cultivated, usually prickly-stemmed, pinnate-leaved, showy-flowered shrubs of the genus Rosa.

Rourke

U.S. historian and literary critic.

Roy

Indian religious leader: founder of Brahmo Samaj.

Rue

to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly

Russ

a Russian.

Rye

a widely cultivated cereal grass, Secale cereale, having one-nerved glumes and two- or three-flowered spikelets.

Sage

a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.

Sam

a male given name, form of Samuel.

Sarge

sergeant.

Scamp

an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.

Scout

a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.

Shae

Variant of SHEA.

Shaw

a small wood or thicket.

Shay

Geared steam locomotive

Shep

American jazz bandleader

Shine

to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.

Sid

a male or female given name, form of Sidney or Sydney.

Skip

to move in a light, springy manner by bounding forward with alternate hops on each foot.

Sky

Everything that is above the surface of the Earth

Skye

Island of the Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Sly

cunning or wily

Snoop

to prowl or pry; go about in a sneaking, prying way.

Spike

a naillike fastener, 3 to 12 inches

Stag

an adult male deer.

Steel

Metal alloy made by combining iron with other elements

Storm

a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust.

Stud

a boss, knob, nailhead, or other protuberance projecting from a surface or part, especially as an ornament.

Styx

a river in the underworld, over which the souls of the dead were ferried by Charon, and by which the gods swore their most solemn oaths.

Tad

a small child, especially a boy.

Tag

a piece or strip of strong paper, plastic, metal, leather, etc., for attaching by one end to something as a mark or label

Tate

Art museum in the United Kingdom

Ted

Short form of EDWARD or THEODORE

Tess

a female given name, form of Theresa.

Tex

Texan.

Thane

a member of any of several aristocratic classes of men ranking between earls and ordinary freemen, and granted lands by the king or by lords for military service.

Thor

the god of thunder, rain, and farming, represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Mjolnir: the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.

Thorn

a sharp excrescence on a plant, especially a sharp-pointed aborted branch; spine; prickle.

Trace

a surviving mark, sign, or evidence of the former existence, influence, or action of some agent or event; vestige: traces of an advanced civilization among the ruins.

Troy

Homeric ancient city in northwest Asia Minor

Tug

boat that maneuvers other vessels by pushing or towing them

Tux

tuxedo.

Vaughn

Welsh bychan meaning "little".

Voip

Methods of delivering voice communications and multimedia over IP networks

Vuk

Means "wolf" in Serbian.

Ward

a division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes.

Wes

a male given name, form of Wesley.

West

One of the four cardinal directions

Wolf

Type of canine

Wynn

Letter of the Old English Latin alphabet

Zane

a male given name, form of John.

Zax

a hatchetlike tool for cutting and punching nail holes in roofing slate.

Zee

Last letter of the Latin alphabet

Zeke

a male given name, form of Ezekiel.

Zeus

Greek god of the sky and king of the gods

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Four Reasons Why One-Syllable Dog Names Are Popular

There are a lot of different dog names available to choose from. It can be frustrating to try and sort through all of them. For many people, they just want a quick name for their hound. There are a number of reasons for that.

1. Makes Training (Especially Distance Commands) Easier

Dogs don't have the ability to pronounce complicated words, though they understand the difference between multiple sounds. The trouble can be that sounds may start to blur together. In addition, distance and other distractions can add additional fuzzy-ness into the picture. That means if you are trying to call your dog from the other end of the dog park, it might be best to have a quick name. In addition, when your dog understands that you are speaking to them, they will listen to the sounds that come after their name better. That means, they won't accidentally miss a command because they didn't hear their full name.

2. Easier to Remember

There are a lot of things to remember and think about in this world. Sometimes, you just want to keep things a bit simple. That may mean choosing a name that is easy to remember. Not only will this benefit you, but those around you will have an easier time remembering your dog's name. This can make re-introductions a lot better, as the people around you can call out the correct name.

3. Easier to Inscribe on Items

There are so many amazing custom dog items out there. These items range from unique collars to water bowls to more human-like things like Christmas stockings. The problem with some of these items is that they don't have a lot of space to inscribe a full dog name. By having a shorter name, you are more likely to not have to worry about the amount of space needed. This can be wonderful, especially if that essential thing will keep them safe (like their name on their collar).

4. They Can Be Unique

While there are some one-syllable dog names that are common, many more are very unique. This can mean that your dog won't get confused at the dog park. It can also lead to some wonderful discussions with friends and family. Having your dog stand out from the crowd can really help pave the way for others to accept them.

In summation, there are a lot more reasons than just these four for why people choose one syllable dog names. I would encourage everyone to list their reason for choosing a one-syllable dog name in the comments. Seeing the reasons other people have can help all of us build a better resource.

© 2021 James Livingood

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