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200+ Cool Male Dog Names and 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.

Find your next male puppy name here!

Find your next male puppy name here!

Unique Dog Names and Meanings

Our furry buddies deserve to have a fitting name. That name should best reflect their unique look, personality, or the wonderful family they just joined. The list below is a great way to find that perfect name with just the right meaning. Below the list, you'll find tips and tricks that can help in the naming process. Take your time and read through the list to see which one "clicks" with you. The more you resonate with the name, the better! You may want to also pick several names. Then, wait for a little bit and see which one grows on you and fits your new family member.

Photo taken by: Valerie Everett

Photo taken by: Valerie Everett

Male Dog Names A–C

NameMeaning

Ace

One, single unit; poker card

Al Fresco

In the open air

Aladdin

Story and cartoon star

Albo

Derivative from dog food

Alcatraz

Famous US prison

Alfie

Version of the name “Alfred”; counselor, guide

Ali Baba

From "Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves"

Alpaca

Type of animal with soft fur

Andre

This can be like Andre the Giant (wrestler)

Apex

At the very top of

Apollo

Destroyer; can be reference to Rocky films or Greek mythology; also space missions

Balboa

Money in Panama; famous movie character

Baldwin

Number of famous movie and TV actors

Bane

Famous villain in Batman shows

Basil

Type of herb

Bengal

A type of orange tiger

Bentley

Ranch or farm with grass (Fun FYI: an extravagant auto made by Rolls Royce)

Benz

Luxury type of car

Beowoof

Oldest story known to man

Berber

Indigenous North African people

Biscuit

Either a type of small bread or cookie, depending on US vs. UK

Blizzard

Snow storm that can often cause white outs (can't see)

Boa

Type of snake that constricts

Bobo

Highly educated liberal that is non-uniform

Bogart

To keep to yourself; also a famous actor

Bomber

Type of airplane that dispenses bombs

Bookie

A bookmaker; often involved in gambling

Borat

Famous comedy film character

Boris

A contender, warrior

Brewster

A person who makes beverages; very male oriented

Bubbles

Air pockets inside liquid

Buckwheat

Famous TV character; confused for type of grass

Buddy

Friend; very common dog name (can be secondary name)

Byron

From the outbuildings or barns (Fun FYI: Lord Byron was a writer additionally known for his luxurious and untamed life)

Cameo

Type of cover that hides; also a walk on role

Canyon

Large ground opening often cut by glaciers

Cappy

Short term for "captain"

Casey

Steadfast in war

Caspian

From the Caspian Sea

Champ

Short term for "champion"

Charlie

Free man (Fun FYI: Charlie Chaplin was a famous performer in early Hollywood)

Chauffeur

Person who drives another around

Chewbacca

Star Wars character (furry, brown)

Clapton

Famous guitar player

Conan

Dog, Wolf (Fun FYI: Funnyman Conan O’Brien and Conan the Barbarian are popular examples of this name)

Crockett

Name of explorer

Playing in water

Playing in water

Male Dog Names D–H

NameMeaning

Dale

First name of famous driver

Dane

Play on words, think of calling small dog a Great Dane

Dante

Everlasting (Fun FYI: famous poet)

Dexter

Towards the right side (also famous fictional killer)

Diddley

Acting in a silly manner

Dilbert

Cartoon character

Diesel

Type of fuel used for motors

Dingo

A wild Australian dog

Dingus

Slang for Dingo and silly person

Divot

Small indentations

Donner

To put on or wear; slang for "to beat up"

Doodle

To draw idly; small drawing (fun FYI: “Yankee Doodle” is a well-known tune)

Doyle

Irish name that combines "dark" and "stranger"

Dragon

Type of mythical creature

Dynamo

Somebody with incredible vitality and power

Eddard

Famous character from Game of Thrones

Edward

Famous character from a number of movies

Elvis

Famous singer

Emerson

Fortitude and force

Espresso

Type of compressed coffee

Euphrates

Famous river

Fabian

Successful farmer, green thumb

Falco

Famous video game character

Falcon

Type of bird that eats rodents

Fender

Brand of guitar, part on a car

Fergus

Man of power, presence

Fletch

To put feathers on (like an arrow)

Frankenstein

Lumbering and big dog

Franks

Shortened version of Frankenstein

Gabe

Name of character from the TV show The Office

Gage

An item presented to show good intention (collateral)

Gannon

Villain from Zelda games

Garrett

Lance; bold

Genghis

Famous leader from Mongolia

Ginko

Type of root and Chinese tree

Gizmo

A mechanical gadget or thingamajig; a contraption (Movie FYI: The name of the adorable Gremlin from 1980s film)

Griswold

German word meaning from a gray forest

Guinness

Beer; famous records book; calling an actor versatile

Gulliver

Glutton, hungry

Gyro

Type of food, relative to motion (gyroscope)

Hinkley

A town in the State of California

Hogan

Famous wrestler, Navajo hut with logs and dirt

Hooligan

Slang for a troublemaker

Horace

Gatekeeper; timekeeper

Hugo

Savvy, intelligent

Hulk

Like the superhero or pro wrestler

Hunter

Seeks or finds

Hyde

Dazzling (Fun FYI: Most people know this name through The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson)

Dog Running

Dog Running

Male Dog Names I–N

NameMeaning

Iggy

Blazing one (Fun FYI: Many people know this name through vocalist and lyricist Iggy Pop)

Igor

Russian for Warrior of Peace

Indiana, Indy

The place where there are Indians (Fun FYI: People know this name from racing and the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.)

Jabba

From Star Wars villain, describes lazy dog

Jake

Variant of Jack or Jacob

Jagger

Famous rocker; someone who owns stable of pack horses

Jay

Reference to blue jay bird

Jax

Child of Jack

Jetta

Latin meaning is black gem

Jinx

To bring bad luck or ill fortune; Usually used for cats, but can be used for funky dogs

Jojo

Born on Monday; fun to say

Judge

Determines law and passes opinions

Jumbo

Large

Kahuna

Local medicine man or cleric (Fun FYI: "Big Kahuna" was utilized in 1960s beach party movies)

Kazoo

Musical toy, can be used for silly dog

Kevlar

Type of woven armor

King

Ruler

Kirby

From the town with the church

Kite

Toy that flies in wind

Kodak

Camera company, slang for outdated

Larry

Like famous basketball player

Leo

Lion, great for yellow labs

Lead

Substance used to make many other items

Levi

Jean brand, Hebrew for attached/joined

Loki

The god of underhandedness and mischief

Lux

Shortened version of Luxury

Macbeth

Famous fictional character and play

Magee

Child of Aodh

Malcolm

Scottish for disciple of St. Columba

Melvin

Irish name meaning "chief"

Merc

Often short for "mercenary" but can be short for "mercury"

Milo

Quiet and peaceful (Movie Notable: Some may know this name from either charming Jack Russell Terrier in the movie The Mask or from Milo and Otis (though Milo was the cat)

Monk

Religious practitioner

Morris

Derived from Maurice which means dark skinned; swarthy

Muggs, Mugsy

Gangster sidekick

Muscles

Type of anatomy that contracts using calcium and electrical signals

Mustafa

Chosen (Fun FYI: People know this from both The Lion King and the Austin Powers movies.

Nacho

Type of food; orange

Napoleon

Famous French conquoer; often slang synonym with "French"

Nero

Roman emperor known for cruelty

Nike

Shoe brand, Greek for Victory

Nitro

Chemical gathering (No2) (Fun FYI: Often used as component of explosives.)

Noodle

A slender strip of dried dough

Dog watching

Dog watching

Male Dog Names O–S

NameMeaning

Odie

Wood slope (Fun FYI: People know this name from the comic Garfield)

Oliver

Relates to olive tree

Oscar

Movie award; used as code word in radio communications

Ozzie, Ozzy

Divine spearman (Music Notable: Most people are familiar with this name through music artist Ozzy Osbourne)

Paddington

Famous bear and train station

Pagoda

Asian temple or sacred building

Paladin

A chivalrous champion; protector of a noble cause

Panda

Type of black/white bearlike animal

Pharaoh

Ruler of Ancient Egypt

Picasso

Famous painter; slang for attractive from one angle/not the other

Pistol

Hand gun, slang for energetic

Pixel

The tiniest part of a digital image

Popeye

Famous fictional sailor/cartoon

Quark

Physics particle, low-fat cheese curd

Radar

Sonar equipment, slang for detection

Rags

Discarded cloth pieces

Ramstein

Famous German band

Ranger

Outdoor explorer

Rascal

Trouble maker

Rasta

Jamaican origin

Reece

Eagerness (TV Notable: Reece is the tormenting sibling in Malcolm in the Middle)

Remington

Brand of gun maker, brand of typewriter maker

Romeo

Famous fictional romance character

Royce

Royal

Ryder

Mounted delivery person or warrior

Sage

Type of herb; person who knows a lot

Samson

Like the sun

Scooter

Shuffling movement

Seal

Sea creature and famous singer

Sinatra

Famous singer

Slicker

Type of jacket; smooth or glossy

Sonata

Song style

Strider

To stroll with huge steps

Dogs playing together

Dogs playing together

Male Dog Names T–Z

NameMeaning

Tamale

Type of Mexican food

Taz

Shorthand for a Tasmanian Devil; often known as a cartoon character from Looney Tunes

Thumper

Thing that beats or thumps; slang for passionate person

Tonka

Toy truck brand

Trojan

Culture who used trick horse to invade

Trooper

To go along with; state police officer

Trout

Type of fish

Valentino

Great health

Venga

Impolite command phrase meaning "speed up" or "hurry on"

Vesper

Evening star

Vladimir

Vlad to rule (Fun FYI: Often known through Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula)

Waddles

Short stepper that sways

Wanderer

Explorer looking around

Warhol

Famous artist

Wicket

A little entryway

Woodsy

Outdoor driven, or characteristics that relate outdoors

Wrangler

Brings things together; horse handler at ranch

Xander

Safe guarder of men

Xavier

The new house

Xerxes

Greek name meaning "leaving"

Xing

Star

Yo-Yo

Type of toy that leaves down a string and returns; slang for fluctuate

Yodel

Type of singing among Swiss Mountaineers

Zazu

Movement

Zephyr

Gentle breeze; Greek god of wind

Zed

British for the letter "Z"

Zero

Text form of “0”

Ziggy

Famous cartoon character

Zoomer

Fast mover

Zuma

Frowns in anger (Fun FYI: Shorthand form of Aztec name Montezuma)

Tips on Naming a Dog

Choosing a dog name can be tricky and may take some time. Your dog's name may not reveal itself very quickly. In addition, your pet's name should be unique enough that dogs don’t get confused at a dog park. Furthermore, we do not want to give our dogs the same name that our friends have used for their dogs. Names also need staying power, as most dogs live over 10 years. (You can always give a dog a regular name and a nickname as well... so if you can't choose just one. Or pick out several names and give your family member a middle name as well.) So what are some methods to choose the best dog name?

  • Avoid Puns: While there may be the temptation to use a pun, understand that those fade quickly. For example, naming your dog Gnarles Barkley may seem cute, because he growls and barks a lot, but may not fit him in 10 years. Another example may be calling your dog Chewy because he is always chewing on stuff. However, there is something to be said for connecting a timeless idea to a dog name, such as a type of chocolate for a chocolate lab. Or even calling a dog Hershey because they are a chocolate lab. Be warned, though; people will assume you are a huge fan of any product name you give your dog.
  • Go Long: One idea may be to use a longer name that can be quickly shortened to a cute small name. For example, Bently could be shortened to Ben or modified to Bennie. This allows the dog name to stay the same, yet change slightly in the future. However, before short names are used, make sure the dog knows their regular full name. You can even add a "Sir" or "Captain" before their regular name if you feel like it.
  • Favorite Character: It may be tempting to name a dog after a popular character from TV or a movie, but make sure that this show has been around for a while. The longer a show has been around, the more staying-power that name will have.
  • Human Names: Dogs can be named a variety of things, including the same names as humans. While this is possible, using a short “dog-like” name will help avoid situations where a new friend has the same name as your dog. If you end up naming your dog the same as a new friend, that person may become insulted.
  • Dog Traits: Dog names based on a specific trait can work if those traits are positive reminders. Tying a negative experience to a dog for the rest of their life may cause problems down the road. For example, a dog that chews up slippers could be called Sir Chews-a-lot.
  • Don't Worry: It is easy to stress about a dog's name. Finding the right fit with so many possibilities can cause analysis paralysis. Whatever you choose, know that it's the dog's quality of life that matters the most, not their name.

Hopefully, this list of tips helps choose a great dog name! If you have other tips or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is a good Indiana name for white husky who is very lovable?

Answer: That could be a bit tricky. Nappanee would be my best suggestion. I believe that name means "flour", it's local to Indiana and is fun to say. In addition, it can be shortened into a variety of nicknames.

Question: Is Ace a good name for a dog?

Answer: I think Ace is an excellent name!

Question: What does Xavier mean?

Answer: Xavier in popular culture is the name of the X-men's leader. However, in the past the most famous Xavier was Saint Francis Xavier, who was a missionary. From what I can tell, the name originated from the western Pyrenees when they described "a new house".

Question: What's meaning of Piedo?

Answer: This is an interesting one: the name is most popular in southern Poland. However, it can mean different things in different cultures. If you speak Esperanto it means "foot" or "paw". If you speak Spanish, you'll probably hear "Puedo" which means "May I". In Italian-American circles, it can mean something like "born feet first" which is like saying someone is odd/backwards.

Question: What is a good name for a male Pie Bald (black & white) Great Dane puppy? His birth name is Custard Pie from a 12 pup litter called Sweet as Pie, all named after pies because the mother's name is Pi. I want to rename him, but by contract, the akc name must contain the word "Sweet". I want something different than a typical Oreo, etc., such as Sweet Chunky Monkey, Sweet Macho Macchiato, Sweet & Sketchy, Sweet Sugar Kane, Ain't He Sweet.

Answer: Keeping to the black and white theme, a few potentials include "Sweet Tiramisu, nickname could be Sweet T.", "Boehm Sweet Boehm" (pays homage to German heritage of Great Dane), and Sweet-wälder Kirschtorte (a pun off Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte , which is German Black Forest cake).

Question: What is a good southern name for a male Miniature Pinscher?

Answer: I think this will depend on the traits of the dog, but some potentials include Victor, Warrick, Hunter, and Knox. You could also use Davis or Jackson, but that might be a bit too obvious.

Question: What does Thor mean?

Answer: Thor is the name of a thunder god from Norse / German mythology.

Question: What is a good name for a golden retriever that's unique?

Answer: I think that depends on the dog and your personal tastes. I would look up synonyms for gold and see if those resonate with you. Some unique examples include Halcyon and Aurelian.

Question: What type of names are good for a two-colored eye Husky?

Answer: Maybe something around Ghost Chaser or Ghost Eyes? Some cultures believed that animals that have two different eye colors would have one eye on Earth and one on the heavens. You can also use other duality names, such as Yin/Yang or Sunny Moon.

Comments

Amy Fairchild on July 23, 2020:

My boys name is Zeus & he is a big boy.(1 year old & about 90 lbs.)

Is this suitable name & if so, what does it mean besides father of the gods?

Prema bharani on July 18, 2020:

Want more names

kaycee on June 16, 2020:

You should name a border collie panda

Lol people on June 16, 2020:

This has terrible names and useless meanings

Puppy lover xox on June 10, 2020:

I am still really struggling what about a cute but not to weird dog name for a borda collie any idears anyone?

Theinfoguiders on May 12, 2020:

Thanks for sharing these dog names and the tops as well, it really made my day and I was able to find some cool name.

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Eesaa Qasim on April 26, 2020:

How about slash named after the guns n roses dude

Chevy (sh-e-vee) on March 13, 2020:

Cute name! Especially for cavoodles. This is a great name!

Mushu on March 12, 2020:

A Disney name for a dragon in the movie Mulan

YzzzzzzZ on March 05, 2020:

I think Wyndrey is a good name

bobbbbbbbbb on January 22, 2020:

me get a puppy and we need a name and it is a male

plz help me

Sappire on January 16, 2020:

I have 12 dogs and their names are... Jingle

Autumn

Julie

Caesar

Speedy

Snoopy

Muddy

Brown sugar

ET (extra terrestrial)

Wonder

Bino

Teddy

Lakota on January 01, 2020:

Lakota

unknown? on December 16, 2019:

what about tank or zuse

I have 8 dogs on September 15, 2019:

I have 8 dogs I named them on paw patrol! Maybe you can add the paw patrol names too.

My dogs are called(paw patrol names)

Marshal, rubble, chase, rocky, zuma, skye, Everest and tracker

unknow on June 27, 2019:

Hope

jakeperelta on May 25, 2019:

kurama

Nick on May 13, 2019:

Prince Vegeta

Meg on May 08, 2019:

I am trying to name a new puppy he’s tiny and black with white paws he’s a pomchiweenie

Tacco on April 05, 2019:

My dog just passed so my dad is getting us a nownext month i think we will name him bear

kdb on March 04, 2019:

we are getting a new Alaskan malamute and wolf mix and i need names, it's a boy

Malia on February 07, 2019:

I'm going to get a Rottweiler so I'm searching for a good name can you give me advise

Marcia on January 01, 2019:

SoCo for Southern Comfort

Jemma on November 05, 2018:

What about girl names

Jessica Davenport from Smithville, Texas on October 12, 2018:

I had a Rottweiler named Bodhisattva, Bodhi for short.

bo·dhi·satt·va

bōdiˈsätvə

noun

(in Mahayana Buddhism) a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so out of compassion in order to save suffering beings.

Natalie on July 23, 2018:

I think diamond is a good name

Liam on February 22, 2018:

I thing dash is a pretty good name

miley on January 31, 2018:

I like the name odie from Garfield

max on November 29, 2017:

is it a good name

Rocky on June 29, 2017:

What you think