Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Wanted! W Dog Names
Whether you are looking for a name for your new farm dog, ranch hand or simply want a name that will pay homage to your love of country music and culture, we have the Country & Western "W" dog names for you. Gathered from famous musicians, outlaws and country legends, these pup names twang right off the tongue.
#1 dog naming tip: Test your dog's potential handle by calling it at your back door three times, before selecting the perfect name. Make sure you will feel comfortable shouting that name repeatedly when calling your buddy up for the roundup or in for the night.
Country Names for Boy Dogs That Begin With "W"
- Waco: The Waco Brothers are an alternative, punk-country band. Their discography under Bloodshot Records includes Cowboy in Flames, Wacoworld and To The Last Dead Cowboy.
- Warren: Warren Oates' acting career spanned many genres, but he is best known for his Peckinpah films, such as The Wild Bunch and Ride the High Country. He starred, mostly as a villain, in over 40 Westerns. He also played the unforgettable Sargent Houlka, in Stirpes.
- Wagoner: Porter Wagoner wore a blond pompadour and glitzy, bedazzled suits or gold lame jackets. Known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner charted 82 singles and introduced the world to Dolly Parton, his duet partner in the late sixties and early seventies.
- Waylon: Waylon Jennings, country music legend, pioneer of the Outlaw Movement, balladeer of Dukes of Hazzard and member of the super group The Highwaymen, had a near 30 year career, with eleven number-one albums and an incredible 96 Billboard Hot Country singles.
- Wayne: John Wayne, ultimate Western tough guy.
- Waylor: The Waylors were a rockabilly band, formed by Waylon Jennings in 1961.
- Waymore: Waymore's Outlaws, formerly the Waylors, backed Waylon Jennings from 1961 until his death in 2002. Name your dog Waymore, if you are seeking a faithful companion, who always has your back.
- Webber: Jimmy Webb, singer, songwriter and composer of such timeless standards as "By the Time I get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "MacArthur Park" and "Up, Up and Away." Jimmy Webb is the only artist to have received Grammys for orchestration, lyrics and music. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the National Songwriters Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Wesley: John Wesley Hardin was a deadly gunslinger, who according to contemporaries, made Billy the Kid look like a "rank amateur." While his total body count is unknown, Hardin was sure that, "He never killed anyone who didn't need killing.".
- Williams: Hank Williams, the godfather of country music and father of Hank Williams Jr., was one of the most significant and influential singer songwriters of the twentieth century. He scored 35 top ten singles on the Billboard Country Western chart.
- Willie: Willie Nelson, singer, songwriter, actor and activist, is one of the most recognizable names in Country music. From writing the Patsy Cline hit, "Crazy" in 1960 to his outlaw successes, starting with Shotgun Willie and Redheaded Stranger to the standards cover album, Stardust and the Waylon Jennings duo on Lefty and Poncho, Nelson's unique style and phrasing have made him a national treasure.
- Willis: Bob Willis, King of Western Swing.
- Winston: "Country" Winston Marshall is a founding member of the band Mumford and Sons.
- Woody: Woody Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk, country songs and ballads, including "This Land is Your Land." His guitar sported the slogan, "This machine kills fascists."
- Wyatt: High Noon leading player, Wyatt Earp, Wyatt was a gambler and lawman in Deadwood, Dodge City and Tombstone.
Country Dog Names for Girls That Start with "W"
- Wells: One of Owen Bradley's honky-tonk angels, Kitty Wells, was the first female, country music superstar.
- Wichita: Jimmy Webb's great song, "Wichita Lineman," performed by Glenn Campbell and the Wrecking Crew, is ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number 195 in the 500 greatest songs of all time.
- Willa: Willa Cather, acclaimed author, who brought us realistic tales of the old West and pioneer lives on the plains.
- Willow: Type of flute
- Wilma: Wilma Burgess charted 16 hits on Billboard's C&W Chart.
- Winter: The Avett Brothers, "Winter in my Heart."
- Wisteria: Flowering vine at the edge of forests.
- Womack: Lee Ann Womack, a country singer who took home the 2000 Grammy for "I Hope You Dance."
- Wren - Harbinger of spring and rebirth.
- Wynette: Tammy Wynette sang and co-wrote the mega country hit, "Stand By Your Man."
- Wynonna: Wynonna Judd is an award-winning country music singer and songwriter, best known for her work with her mother, Naomi Judd, as The Judds.
Country Names for Boy or Girl Dogs That Start with "W"
- Wabash: "The Wabash Cannonball," a country and folk standard whose melody remains the same, but whose lyrics have been updated by various artists, over the years.
- Walker: Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris.
- Wallace: In Birmingham, they loved the governor...
- Wendell: Oliver Wendell Douglas, Green Acres main character, married to the sublime Lisa Douglas, played by Eva Gabor.
- Whiskey: "Whiskey Lullaby," double platinum duet by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.
- Whitley: Keith Whitley, in his short career, recorded only two albums, yet charted 19 country Billboard hits. Keith was only 33 when he passed away from alcohol poisoning.
- Wilbur: Green Acres pet pig.
- Whip or Whipper: An homage to the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post."
- Wooley: Sheb Wooley was a singer, songwriter actor and genuine cowboy, who participated in a 6-day cattle drive in his sixties. Wooley starred with Clint Eastwood in Rawhide and wrote the theme to Hee Haw, among his many film roles and musical successes. He was voted best comedian, in 1968, by the Country Music Association. Wooley makes a great name for a working, herding dog.
- Wynn: Wynn Stewart was the pioneer of the honky-tonk-influenced Bakersfield sound, a raucous reaction to the slick stylings of the Nashville sound.
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