200+ Cute Female Dog Names and Meanings

Updated on May 2, 2019
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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. This name can also reflect our personal tastes. 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. The goal is to match your new wonderful addition to the perfect name.

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
Angelica
Like an Angel
Anna
Favor or Grace
Annie
Gracious, Also from play
Ariel
Heavenly singer; the star of Disney’s Little Mermaid
Avery
Counsel, wise
Azalea
Type of flower
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, also golf
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; sweet and small

Female Dog Names D-I

Name
Meaning
Dabby
Name version of "just a bit"
Daffodil
Type of flower
Dallup
Used to note "just a bit"
Daisy
Type of flower, more common but still beautiful
Delilah
Famous song after this name
Dixie
Southern name
Dodie, Dot, or Dotty (short for Dorothy)
Adored woman
Dolly
Form of doll or small
Ella
Shorted version of Eleanor
Ellie
Light or candle
Elsa
My God is a promise; cheerful
Emma
Whole or universal
Eve
First woman
Ezra
Helper
Fairy
Mystic small creature
Faith
Trust, confidence
Feona
Name of animated character
Fleur, Flora
Flower
Gale
Joy
Ginger
Type of plant, red hair, pure
Ginny
Maiden
Gracie
Full of elegance
Greta
Pearl in Swedish
Gypsy
Wandering traveler
Halley
Famous actress
Harley
Female Batman villain, motorcycle, meadow
Harper
Musician
Harriet
Famous social movement
Hershey
Brand of chocolate
Holly
A plant with red berries (symbolic of Christmas)
Honey
Sweet and natural substance from bees
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
Jane
Female version of "John"
Jasmine
Type of flowering plant
Jennifer
Fair one, light colored
Jill
Child of the god's
Jinx, Jinxy
Magic appeal or charm
Joan
Famous woman in French history
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
Kip
Small
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
Laney
Torch
Lark
Type of bird
Lass
Generic name of female
Leona
Lion
Lexi
Adventurous and Brave
Libby
Shortened name for Elizabeth
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
Lull
Quiet and boring
Lulu
Little Woman, old cartoon star
Lune
Crescent shaped

Female Dog Names M-O

Name
Meaning
Maggie
Child of light
Margaret
Pearl
Marigold
Type of flower
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

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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 a 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. In addition, naming a dog a brand means that if the brand does something you don't like, you'll be reminded every time you say your dog's name. People will also assume that you are a huge fan of whatever brand you select.

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. If you do name your dog a human name, consider using the shortened or nicknamed version. Nicknames are not just for regular human names though.

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. In addition, you can add a description to this, so putting in "the pampered" or "the ruler of the couch".

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).

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

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      4 weeks ago

      I think Noel would be a cute name and it means Christmas in French

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      Ashlyn 

      5 weeks ago

      Dutchess should be a name. There's Lady but no Dutchess!

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      Tim 

      5 weeks ago

      Deogi (pronounced d-o-g).

      Amy, wouldn't be difficult to change from Jinx to Jinxie.

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      Amy 

      2 months ago

      I have a brindle lurcher called Jinx, i regret called her jinx because people always think shes a boy so i have to say no shes a girl i should have picked something that is clearly a girls name and also it makes her sound unpredictable and i hate that when i shout jinx people arnt like aww what a cute name they move their children away, if i would of called her lucy or pettle people would be like aww what a cute name the dog must be good, just a heads up for people who are thinking about naming thier dog something unuasual or unique remember people steriotype you and your dog buy what you name it.

      If i had a mastiff called tyson people would automatically think council estate but if i had a poodle called milo people would think cute cuddly family dog, just a helpful bit of advice people souldnt judge you on the name of your dog but they do unfortunately.

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      nope 

      3 months ago

      the name of my dog was toula sadly we had to put her down last year

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      Sandra 

      3 months ago

      Our German short haired pointer is named Buckshot because of the spots. Our golden retriever is named Joy because she was born on Christmas Day.

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      Ann 

      5 months ago

      Greatest name I have used for a greyhound is " olivia". Everyone would smile and talk to her. Gentlest dig in the world.

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      I don't like broccoli 

      7 months ago

      I may be getting a cute Shih Tzu and I decided to look for boy and girl names, and I am really liking these names for a boy: Tootsie, Benji, Rocco, Bently, Charlie, Cooper, Copper (If brownish), Dexter, Harley, Rocky (If grey) Odie, Barkley, Dusty (If black or brown) Camille/Cami, and Ziggy. For girls I like these names: Tootsie, Harley, Coco/Cocoa (If brown) Hazel (if brown/gold, whatever looks hazely) Mocha (If brown), Nikki (Means victory), Kona, Tilly, Brandy, Gigi, Zoey, Paisley, Harper, Oreo (if black and white) Ezra, Hershey (If brown), Kiki, Chibi and Kami. Let me know what you think :)

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      I’m uncomfortable with this 

      7 months ago

      Im getting a new pup and this really helped!

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      Dixie.Lynn. 

      7 months ago

      my dogs name is Kami because it is the female name for camo and my family is country so it matches perfectly!!!

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      CindyGeez 

      8 months ago

      My puppy is Paisley

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      Brok 

      9 months ago

      Assum

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      Danielle 

      9 months ago

      I have no idea what I’m going to call my brand new border co

      llie puppy, she’s a girl so any suggestions?

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      Edna Straney 

      10 months ago from Oneonta New York

      Very cute! I will refer to this list when we get another dog! Thanks!

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      Jean 

      10 months ago

      We had a most beautiful Kelpie cross who lived to 16. He had a unique name Katooloo.

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      none-ya 

      10 months ago

      I don't have a dog but really want one. I think Tulip is a great name since dogs can be named after flowers. (like daisy)

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      Unknown 

      10 months ago

      My pup is sparkle

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      Lena 

      11 months ago

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

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      Tina 

      12 months 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 

      13 months ago

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

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      Bubby 

      15 months ago

      means "endeared" one in Ukrainian

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      ev 

      15 months ago

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

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      thumbelina 

      15 months ago

      is this a cute name for a chihuahu

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      Animal lover 

      16 months ago

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

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      DANI 

      16 months ago

      I think Mia and Ellie are cute and cool names

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      17 months ago

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

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      Furever Friends 

      17 months ago

      I think Cupcake is sweet

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      Andro Dominic Rand 

      18 months ago from San Jose, CA

      I love the name Ezra and Talia

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      Eme 

      18 months ago

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

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      Girt 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      20 months ago

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

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      Maddie 

      20 months ago

      Child of light

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      Ruby 

      20 months ago

      Luna

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      Kk 

      23 months ago

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

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      sofia-mae 

      2 years ago

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

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      L.D 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

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

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      Gracie Jae 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

      Timber my friends dog is named that

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      Emma 

      2 years ago

      Jessie

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      Adrienne 

      2 years ago

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

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      Smn 

      2 years ago

      Jo mama ha

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      2 years ago

      Maybe Stella or Cocoa my favorite is princess

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      Laura Alyssa 

      2 years ago

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

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      TheFancyRatVet 

      2 years ago

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

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      lyne 

      2 years 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 

      3 years ago

      Doggy

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