175+ Cool Male Dog Names and Meanings

Updated on November 17, 2018
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Our furry buddies deserve to have a fitting name. That name should best reflect their unique look and personality. The list below is a great way to find that perfect name. Below the list are tips and tricks that can help in naming process.

Male Dog Names A-C

Name
Meaning
Ace
One, Single Unit, Poker Card
Al Fresco
In the open air
Aladdin
Story and Cartoon star
Alcatraz
Famous US prison
Alfie
Version of the name “Alfred;” counselor, guide
Alpaca
Type of animal with soft fur
Apex
At the very top of
Apollo
Destroyer; Can be reference to Rocky films or Greek Mythology
Balboa
Money in Panama; Famous movie character
Baldwin
Number of famous movie and tv actors
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
Bubbles
Air pockets inside liquid
Buckwheat
Famous tv character; confused for type of grass
Buddy
Friend; Very common dog 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
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
Chewbaca
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

Name
Meaning
Dante
Everlasting (Fun FYI: Famous poet.)
Dexter
Towards the right side (Also famous fictional killer)
Diddley
Acting in a silly manner
Diesel
Type of fuel used for motors
Dingo
A wild Australian dog
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
Elvis
Famous singer
Emerson
Fortitude and force
Espresso
Type of compressed coffee
Euphrates
Famous river
Fabian
Successful farmer, green thumb
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)
Gage
An item presented to show good intention (collateral)
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 trouble maker
Horace
Gatekeeper; timekeeper
Hugo
Savvy, intelligent
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

Name
Meaning
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.)
Jagger
Famous rocker; Someone who owns stable of pack horses
Jax
Child of Jack
Jetta
Latin meaning is black gem
Jinx
To bring bad luck or ill fortune
Jojo
Born on Monday; Fun to say
Jumbo
Large
Kahuna
Local medicine man or cleric (Fun FYI: "Big Kahuna" was utilized in 1960s beach party movies.)
Kevlar
Type of woven armor
King
Ruler
Kirby
From the town with the church
Kodak
Camera company, slang for outdated
Leo
Lion
Levi
Jean brand, Hebrew for attached/joined
Loki
The god of underhandedness and mischief
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
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

Name
Meaning
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

Name
Meaning
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.)

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Tips on Naming a Dog

Choosing a dog name can be tricky. Your pet's name should be unique enough that dogs don’t get confused at a dog park, and 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. So what are some methods to choose the best dog name?

  • Avoid Puns While there may be 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 idea to a dog name, such as a type of chocolate for a chocolate lab.
  • 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 awhile. 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.
  • 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.

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.

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      Jemma 

      4 weeks ago

      What about girl names

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      Jessica Davenport 

      8 weeks ago from Smithville, Texas

      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.

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      Natalie 

      4 months ago

      I think diamond is a good name

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      Liam 

      9 months ago

      I thing dash is a pretty good name

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      miley 

      10 months ago

      I like the name odie from Garfield

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      max 

      12 months ago

      is it a good name

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      Rocky 

      17 months ago

      What you think

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