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.
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.
Male Dog Names A–C
One, single unit; poker card
In the open air
Story and cartoon star
Derivative from dog food
Famous US prison
Version of the name “Alfred”; counselor, guide
From "Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves"
Type of animal with soft fur
This can be like Andre the Giant (wrestler)
At the very top of
Destroyer; can be reference to Rocky films or Greek mythology; also space missions
Money in Panama; famous movie character
Number of famous movie and TV actors
Famous villain in Batman shows
Type of herb
A type of orange tiger
Ranch or farm with grass (Fun FYI: an extravagant auto made by Rolls Royce)
Luxury type of car
Oldest story known to man
Indigenous North African people
Either a type of small bread or cookie, depending on US vs. UK
Snow storm that can often cause white outs (can't see)
Type of snake that constricts
Highly educated liberal that is non-uniform
To keep to yourself; also a famous actor
Type of airplane that dispenses bombs
A bookmaker; often involved in gambling
Famous comedy film character
A contender, warrior
A person who makes beverages; very male oriented
Air pockets inside liquid
Famous TV character; confused for type of grass
Friend; very common dog name (can be secondary name)
From the outbuildings or barns (Fun FYI: Lord Byron was a writer additionally known for his luxurious and untamed life)
Type of cover that hides; also a walk on role
Large ground opening often cut by glaciers
Short term for "captain"
Steadfast in war
From the Caspian Sea
Short term for "champion"
Free man (Fun FYI: Charlie Chaplin was a famous performer in early Hollywood)
Person who drives another around
Star Wars character (furry, brown)
Famous guitar player
Dog, Wolf (Fun FYI: Funnyman Conan O’Brien and Conan the Barbarian are popular examples of this name)
Name of explorer
Male Dog Names D–H
First name of famous driver
Play on words, think of calling small dog a Great Dane
Everlasting (Fun FYI: famous poet)
Towards the right side (also famous fictional killer)
Acting in a silly manner
Type of fuel used for motors
A wild Australian dog
Slang for Dingo and silly person
To put on or wear; slang for "to beat up"
To draw idly; small drawing (fun FYI: “Yankee Doodle” is a well-known tune)
Irish name that combines "dark" and "stranger"
Type of mythical creature
Somebody with incredible vitality and power
Famous character from Game of Thrones
Famous character from a number of movies
Fortitude and force
Type of compressed coffee
Successful farmer, green thumb
Famous video game character
Type of bird that eats rodents
Brand of guitar, part on a car
Man of power, presence
To put feathers on (like an arrow)
Lumbering and big dog
Shortened version of Frankenstein
Name of character from the TV show The Office
An item presented to show good intention (collateral)
Villain from Zelda games
Famous leader from Mongolia
Type of root and Chinese tree
A mechanical gadget or thingamajig; a contraption (Movie FYI: The name of the adorable Gremlin from 1980s film)
German word meaning from a gray forest
Beer; famous records book; calling an actor versatile
Type of food, relative to motion (gyroscope)
A town in the State of California
Famous wrestler, Navajo hut with logs and dirt
Slang for a troublemaker
Like the superhero or pro wrestler
Seeks or finds
Dazzling (Fun FYI: Most people know this name through The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Male Dog Names I–N
Blazing one (Fun FYI: Many people know this name through vocalist and lyricist Iggy Pop)
Russian for Warrior of Peace
The place where there are Indians (Fun FYI: People know this name from racing and the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.)
From Star Wars villain, describes lazy dog
Variant of Jack or Jacob
Famous rocker; someone who owns stable of pack horses
Reference to blue jay bird
Child of Jack
Latin meaning is black gem
To bring bad luck or ill fortune; Usually used for cats, but can be used for funky dogs
Born on Monday; fun to say
Determines law and passes opinions
Local medicine man or cleric (Fun FYI: "Big Kahuna" was utilized in 1960s beach party movies)
Musical toy, can be used for silly dog
Type of woven armor
From the town with the church
Toy that flies in wind
Camera company, slang for outdated
Like famous basketball player
Lion, great for yellow labs
Substance used to make many other items
Jean brand, Hebrew for attached/joined
The god of underhandedness and mischief
Shortened version of Luxury
Famous fictional character and play
Child of Aodh
Scottish for disciple of St. Columba
Irish name meaning "chief"
Often short for "mercenary" but can be short for "mercury"
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)
Derived from Maurice which means dark skinned; swarthy
Type of anatomy that contracts using calcium and electrical signals
Chosen (Fun FYI: People know this from both The Lion King and the Austin Powers movies.
Type of food; orange
Famous French conquoer; often slang synonym with "French"
Roman emperor known for cruelty
Shoe brand, Greek for Victory
Chemical gathering (No2) (Fun FYI: Often used as component of explosives.)
A slender strip of dried dough
Male Dog Names O–S
Wood slope (Fun FYI: People know this name from the comic Garfield)
Relates to olive tree
Movie award; used as code word in radio communications
Divine spearman (Music Notable: Most people are familiar with this name through music artist Ozzy Osbourne)
Famous bear and train station
Asian temple or sacred building
A chivalrous champion; protector of a noble cause
Type of black/white bearlike animal
Ruler of Ancient Egypt
Famous painter; slang for attractive from one angle/not the other
Hand gun, slang for energetic
The tiniest part of a digital image
Famous fictional sailor/cartoon
Physics particle, low-fat cheese curd
Sonar equipment, slang for detection
Discarded cloth pieces
Famous German band
Eagerness (TV Notable: Reece is the tormenting sibling in Malcolm in the Middle)
Brand of gun maker, brand of typewriter maker
Famous fictional romance character
Mounted delivery person or warrior
Type of herb; person who knows a lot
Like the sun
Sea creature and famous singer
Type of jacket; smooth or glossy
To stroll with huge steps
Male Dog Names T–Z
Type of Mexican food
Shorthand for a Tasmanian Devil; often known as a cartoon character from Looney Tunes
Thing that beats or thumps; slang for passionate person
Toy truck brand
Culture who used trick horse to invade
To go along with; state police officer
Type of fish
Impolite command phrase meaning "speed up" or "hurry on"
Vlad to rule (Fun FYI: Often known through Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula)
Short stepper that sways
Explorer looking around
A little entryway
Outdoor driven, or characteristics that relate outdoors
Brings things together; horse handler at ranch
Safe guarder of men
The new house
Greek name meaning "leaving"
Type of toy that leaves down a string and returns; slang for fluctuate
Type of singing among Swiss Mountaineers
Gentle breeze; Greek god of wind
British for the letter "Z"
Text form of “0”
Famous cartoon character
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.
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.
I also have a similar article I will appreciate if you check out: https://www.theinfoguiders.com/male-dog-names/
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
ET (extra terrestrial)
Lakota on January 01, 2020:
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:
jakeperelta on May 25, 2019:
Nick on May 13, 2019:
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.
(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