175+ Cute Female Dog Names and Meanings

Updated on June 28, 2018
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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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Our furry companions deserve the best we can provide for them. That includes a cute name that fits their personality and appearance. The following list is a great place to start looking for the perfect name. Below the list, we offer tips and tricks that can help the process.

Female Dog Names A-C

Name
Meaning
Abby
Joy, rejoice
AJ
Acronym
Ally
Pure heart
Amber
Yellow stone
Amy
Well loved
Angel
Well behaved, very kind
Anna
Favor or Grace
Annie
Gracious
Ariel
Heavenly singer; the star of Disney’s Little Mermaid
Avery
Counsel, wise
Azzurra
Italian sky blue
Bailey
Sweet tiny girl
Bailey
Sweet tiny girl
Basil
Type of spice
Bella
Italian beautiful
Bianca
White
Birdie
Small bird or bird like
Biscuit
A salty little cracker
Blondie
Form of blond or yellow
Bree
Upbeat
Brownie
Form of the color brown
Bubbles
Fun personality
Buttercup
A yellow flower
Buttons
Type of garmet piece, often used for small and cute
Camille, Cami
Fast; great innocence
Candy
Type of sugar treat, full of energy, sweet
Carly
Free and pleasant
Cassie
Unheeded, strong willed
Chloe
Green shoot, new
Cinnamon
Type of spice, yellowish brown
Cleo (Short for Cleopatra)
Glory and father
Coco
Chocolate or Brown
Cookie
Type of desert, sweet
Cupcake
A little cake with frosting; brown or tan coloring works best

Female Dog Names D-I

Name
Meaning
Daffodil
A yellow spring flower
Daisy
Type of flower, more common but still beautiful
Dixie
Southern name
Dodie, Dot, or Dotty (short for Dorothy)
Adored woman
Dolly
Form of doll or small
Ellie
Light or candle
Elsa
My God is a promise; cheerful
Emma
Whole or universal
Ezra
Helper
Faith
Trust, confidence
Fleur, Flora
Flower
Ginger
Type of plant, red hair, pure
Ginny
Maiden
Gracie
Full of elegance
Greta
Pearl in Swedish
Gypsy
Wandering traveler
Harley
Female Batman villain, motorcycle, meadow
Harper
Musician
Hershey
Brand of chocolate
Holly
A plant with red berries (symbolic of Christmas)
Iota
A small quantity
Isabella
Promise or Oath
Isis
Egyptian goddess
Izzy (short for Isabel, Isabella, Isadora)
Sounds like baby-talk for "Is"
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Female Dog Names J-L

Name
Meaning
Jennifer
Fair one, light colored
Jill
Child of the god's
Jinx, Jinxy
Magic appeal or charm
Joy
Jubilation; euphoria
Julianna
Young, new
Juliet
Full of youth
Kalani
The sky; the boss
Kali
Fierce
Kate
Greek meaning honest or pure
Katie
Fully and full of love
Kayla
Keeper of keys
Kelsey
Fierce Island
Kiki
New Beginning
Koko
Short for a number of Japanese names
Kori
God's peace
Lacey
Belonging to girl
Lady
A female with grace; titular character in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp
Leona
Lion
Lexi
Adventurous and Brave
Liesel
God's satisfaction or oath
Lily
Type of flower with fragrant smell
Lindsay
Lime, full of flavor
Lola
Sorrow, sacrafice, slang for young girl, nickname for Dolores
Lolita (also short for Dolores)
Sorrows
Lolly
Short for lollipop
Lucy
Old TV Show, Born at Dawn, shiny
Lulu
Little Woman, old cartoon star

Female Dog Names M-O

Name
Meaning
Maggie
Child of light
Margaret
Pearl
Maxi, Maxine
Female version of Max
Melody
Musical arrangement
Mitzi (short for Maria)
Bitter, beloved, rebel, wished-for child
Molly
Another name for Mary
Mugsy
Mug' is a slang word alluding to the face
Nikki
Victory
Noelle
Born on Christmas; Shorten version can be Noel
Noodle
Pasta; a silly person
Nyla
Champion
Olive, Olivia
A fruit-bearing tree; Olive Oyl was Popeye's girlfriend
Oreo
Popular cookie, black and white
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Female Dog Names P-R

Name
Meaning
Pandora
Full of random surprises (like the box)
Pasha
An individual of high rank
Peaches
Fruit
Pearl
Treasure made by oysters
Penny
Spunky; copper coin
Pepsi
Full of energy, black like the soda
Petal
Part of a flower (plays on the word 'pet')
Piper
Flute-player
Pixie
Fairy
Primrose
A kind of flower (plays on the word 'prim')
Princess
Queen's daughter, royalty
Priscilla
Famous singer's daughter, princess like, long life
Queenie
Royal and regal
Rafiki
Friend
Rasha
Young gazelle
Raven
Black bird
Reiko
Courteous child
Romy
From Rome
Rosie
Cheerful and delicate (rose-like)
Roxy
Morning, Bright
Roz, Rozz (from Rosalind)
Beautiful; pretty as a rose
Ruby
Red jewel

Female Dog Names S-T

Name
Meaning
Sadie
Princess
Sammy
Listener
Sandy (short for Alexandria)
Defender
Sari
Noble
Sasha
Helper and Defender of all
Shiloh
Gifted by God
Skye
Airy and Breezelike
Sofia
Wise, intelligent
Sophie
Very gorgeous
Stella
Sunny or Star
Sydney
South of water, Australian City
Tabitha
Gazelle
Talia
Lamb or Soft, Morning Dew
Tandy
Strong
Tessa
Harvester, To bring forth
Tillie, Tilly
Powerful in fight
Tinkerbell
The fairy in Peter Pan books and movies
Trixie
Bringer of euphoria, happiness
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Female Dog Names U-W

Name
Meaning
Ulani
Cheerful
Ummi
Mother
Valentina
Health
Vasha
Ruler
Velvet
Soft fabric
Vika
From the creek
Waflles
Batter cakes cooked in a waffle iron
Whisper
Quiet voice
Widget
Small gadget
Willow
Type of tree; character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Winnie
Friend; titular character in Winnie-the-Pooh

Female Dog Names X-Z

Name
Meaning
Xia
Glow of daylight
Yasmin, Yasmine
Jasmine flower
Yoko
Child; Yoko Ono
Yoshi
Good, virtuous, respectable
Zailey
Mashup of Zoe and Haily
Zanna
God's gift
Zazu
Movement
Zelda
Warrior
Ziggy
Form of Sigmund; zigzaggy
Zipper, Zippy
Fast mover
Zoe
Life
Zola
Earth
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Movie Names for Female Dogs

 
 
 
Amelie
Eva
Mouse
Audrey
Frida
Muppet
Blue
Gizmo
Starlet
Daisy
Garbo
Stella
Elf
Hermione
Toto
Ewok
Juno
Whoopi

Names that Describe

 
 
 
Barfy
Ginger snap
Popper
Big
Go Go Girl
Poky
Bossy
Growl
Rocket
Chibi
Jolly
Sugar
Cinny (Cinnamon)
Nibble
Tidbit
Curly
Nippy
Tiny
Dingo
Nut
Velvet
Fang
Otter
Ziggy
Giddy
Pepper
Zigzag

Which name is the cutest for a female pup?

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Tips on Naming Your Pup!

When naming a female dog, there are a number of considerations:

Avoid Brand Names

While there may be temptation to name a young doggy Chanel or Gucci, these types of names may be best avoided. Not only do trends change, but naming your dog after these brands may appear tacky.

Avoid Human Names

Although I have included many human names here, calling your dog a human name may create some odd situations. For example, if you meet a new person and they have the same name as your dog. While you didn’t mean to insult them, they may take offense automatically.

Consider Nicknames

Don't be afraid to give her a long name, as longer names can easily be shortened to cute nicknames. This allows for the pup's name to change as they grow. For example, adding "Madam" or "Princess" before their regular name can be fairly cute.

Think about Cute Rhymes / Multiple Words

A name can be multiple words, especially when they rhyme. Multiple words can also show off characteristics of your pet. For example, Shiloh the Shy or Bubble Cuddles show both a rhyming structure and characteristic. If a two part name doesn't feel right, you can also add an additional surname, such as Miss or Princess. That could extend a potential name to Princess Bubble Cuddles (likes to cuddle and/or catch bubbles with her mouth).

Questions & Answers

    If there are names you want to recommend, feel free to share in the comments below!

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        Unknown 

        22 hours ago

        My pup is sparkle

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        Lena 

        4 weeks ago

        They are many different names and that helps us to deside we named her cookie

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        Tina 

        6 weeks ago

        My dog is called Aleena it means Sun ray and he is the light of our life, a golden retriever puppy.

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        Bella 

        3 months ago

        I think that Gwendoline (a.k.a. : Gwen) sounds great.

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        Bubby 

        4 months ago

        means "endeared" one in Ukrainian

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        ev 

        4 months ago

        my dogs name was Pandora, but I always called her Pandy Dandy!

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        thumbelina 

        5 months ago

        is this a cute name for a chihuahu

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        Animal lover 

        6 months ago

        Phoebe, khaos, tinx, cami/toffee are my dogs names

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        DANI 

        6 months ago

        I think Mia and Ellie are cute and cool names

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        6 months ago

        Trixia is a name I came up with. Maybe for a small dog.

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        Furever Friends 

        7 months ago

        I think Cupcake is sweet

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        Andro Dominic Rand 

        7 months ago from San Jose, CA

        I love the name Ezra and Talia

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        Eme 

        7 months ago

        I love puppies but i have none and i want to get at lease five

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        Girt 

        8 months ago

        I have a friend that has a beagle named Charolette. I figured it would be a popular name, but can't find it's meaning

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        koko 

        9 months ago

        Either naming my new shy and sweet pup: Cotton, Angel, or Tilly. its so hard to find a name for your pet. We might go with cotton but dont know for sure

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        Lola Charles 

        9 months ago

        You should have put Stella because that means star you might have but I proboly missed it.

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        Maddie 

        9 months ago

        Child of light

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        Ruby 

        9 months ago

        Luna

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        Kk 

        12 months ago

        My grandfather has a new bullterrier that he got yesterday and we named her roxy.

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        sofia-mae 

        13 months ago

        i called mine hazel I wondered if any body wanted to magpie it??

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        L.D 

        13 months ago

        I know this is a dog site but what about names for a dog that is part wolf? Plz let me know some names that might fit for a dog that has some wolf in 'em. Thanks

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        Baily 

        16 months ago

        I have an all white pitbull puppy that came from hurricane Harvey in Texas I can't find a name for her though

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        Dog lover 

        19 months ago

        Macey,Tracey,Roxie,Cookie,Maddie,Cinnamon,

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        Gracie Jae 

        19 months ago

        I had a big Rottweiler/Husky mix that I named Bruin, which was the word that the Dutch called brown bears when they first came to America. It's a great name for big dogs :)

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        Sara 

        19 months ago

        Timber my friends dog is named that

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        Emma 

        20 months ago

        Jessie

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        Adrienne 

        20 months ago

        I have a Shih Tzu named Lexi & a boxer named Molly.

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        Smn 

        20 months ago

        Jo mama ha

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        21 months ago

        Maybe Stella or Cocoa my favorite is princess

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        Laura Alyssa 

        22 months ago

        Why Not Candy That's my puppy's name.

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        TheFancyRatVet 

        23 months ago

        What about Lola? Which is my dog's name. LOL...

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        lyne 

        23 months ago

        Roxy

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        Karlea 

        2 years ago

        My puppy is named blossom

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        Jack 

        2 years ago

        I don't know give me suggestions

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        Summer 

        2 years ago

        I think the name should be bamboo

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        America Grajales 

        2 years ago

        Bella

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        Janvi 

        2 years ago

        Doggy

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