Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Most healthy puppies display an overabundance of energy, punctuated by long naps and the occasional "zoomies." If you would like to pay tribute to your dog's speed, playfulness, and boundless energy, these meaningful dog names will honor his or her high drive.
Naming ideas are broken down into these categories:
- Names That Mean "Playful" for Both Males and Females
- Names That Mean or Evoke "Speed" for Both Males and Females
- Names for "Hyper" Dogs
- Names for "High-Energy" Dogs
Male Dog Names That Mean "Playful"
Chipper - Happy and upbeat, also the name of the Braves monosyllabic former baseman, Chipper Jones.
Da Do Zippity - A play on Zip-a-Dee- Doo-Dah, Oscar-winning song from Disney's Song of the South.
Fizz - Bubbly, effervescent.
Flip - To react to something with excitement or astonishment. "Flip Wilson flipped out America when he took the stage in drag as Geraldine Jones."
Frisky - Lively, frolicsome, and playful.
Keen - Extremely sensitive and responsive, possessing acute perception and showing a strong desire.
Peppy - Full of drive and fast on the pickup.
Rollick - To frolic or behave in a free, jovial way.
Spirit - To animate, encourage and stir up into action.
Trick - Rogish practical joke or illusion.
Female Dog Names That Mean "Playful"
Blithe - Carefree, heedless, joyful, and merry.
Breezy - Fresh and sprightly.
Bubbles - Bubbly, effervescent, lively, and enthusiastic.
Fancy - Caprice, whim, or illusion.
Folly - Foolishness, madness, or lunacy, the Ziegfeld Follies were elaborately staged productions incorporating hundreds of beautiful, smiling young ladies, endlessly fanning out across the stage.
Frolic - Playful behavior, merriment and fun. To gambol merrily.
Gala - A festive celebration.
Go-go - Full of energy and vitality. A mod 1960s discoteque, The Whisky a Go-Go.
Jolly - Good humored, merry.
Lark - A playful excursion, frolic or adventure.
Merry - Joyous and playful.
Shine - Glow or emit light, the take a fancy to, or a practical joke, such as monkey shines.
Sunny - Cheery and light-hearted.
Male Dog Names That Mean "Fast" or "Speedy"
Apollo - Series of manned space flights that rocketed to the moon.
Aston - Aston Martin sports cars remain James Bond's preferred mode of conveyance.
Bolt - Explosive leap forward or upright; the action of a rifle.
Brisk - Active, quick or lively.
Bullet - Projectile.
Chase - To pursue.
Dart - Sudden swift movement.
Dash - A short fast race; to move in a rush.
DeLorean - Named for auto executive John DeLorean, this sports car came to fame twice. Originally its design, with distinctive gullwing doors and a stainless steel exterior, captured America's fascination. Later the DeLorean was used to take Marty McFly Back to the Future.
Ferrari - High-end Italian race car.
Jiffy - An instant or a flash.
Pronto - Spanish for quickly or immediately.
Ricochet - Of French origin meaning, "Skipping stone on water." Ricochet means bouncing from object to object or place to place.
Rip - To move with great speed or violence.
Rush - To move with great speed, often in a hurried manner.
Scooter - Small light mode of transportation.
Scurry - To rush or move quickly in great haste.
Skip - To move in a light springy manner. To escape secretly in haste.
Smoke - Slang for moving out rapidly. "He smoked the competition."
Snap - A jiffy, instant of flash.
Sonic - Fast as the speed of sound.
Sprint - Short, fast race. To dash.
Surge - Sudden strong increase or to burst forward.
Swift - Fleet, capable of moving at high velocity. Name your dog Swift and you can also pay tribute to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels.
Testarossa - Unveiled in Paris 1984, Ferrari's Testarossa sports car is Italian for "redhead." A nice name for any of the speedy copper colored breeds.
Turbo - Short for turbocharger, the turbo kicks speed up a notch.
Whiz - Genius or to move with a rush and a sound.
Yeager - In 1947, General Chuck Yeager, then a test pilot, became the first man to officially break the sound barrier.
Zip - Energy, vim, and vigor. Zippity, Zippy, and Zipper are possible variations on the Zip name.
Female Dog Names That Mean "Fast" or "Speedy"
Flit - To hop about quickly.
Flaunt - To parade or display one's self conspicuously.
Flow - To proceed smoothly and continuously.
Flurry - A gust of wind or the move in a hurried fashion.
Flux - To flow, in flow of the tide. The Flux Capacitor made time travel possible in Back to the future.
Fly - To soar or to move at great speed. Fly is a common name for working herding dogs.
Jet - To move or travel rapidly, especially if jet-propelled.
Lash - To dash or fling violently.
Lilt - A buoyant motion.
Lotus - The lotus flower figures prominently in Japanese art, and Lotus is one of the most famous race car manufacturers.
Porsche - The Porsche 956/962 dominated the LeMans as well as the American and Japanese tracks for over a decade.
Scramble - To move hastily or in a hurry.
Shelby - The Shelby Cobra, initially manufactured in 1962 using the A/C Ace shell, the 1964 version featured a v8, 7-liter engine that achieved zero to sixty in four seconds. The prototype of the American muscle car, its performance and sleek design are still impressive by today's standards.
Sweep - To handily beat all competition, to clear an area, to drive in a steady force. Sweep is a common herding dog name.
Tilt - To rush at or charge. Also, Janis Joplin's band, Full Tilt Boogie.
Vitesse - French pronounced VEE-tessa. Means speed. Also the name of a top Dutch soccer team.
Whisk - To pass or go forward lightly and rapidly.
Whirl - To move or go forth rapidly.
Zephyr - Powerful sweeping wind.
Zipper - One who zips around at lightening speed.
Zoom - To increase or rise suddenly.
Names for Hyper Dogs
Ballistic - To become irrational. Ballistics is the study of projectiles and bombs.
Bane - Death, destruction, and ruin.
Bang - Energy drink.
Banzai - Japanese battle cry.
Bedlam - A state of uproar and wild confusion.
Calamity - A disaster or great misfortune. Calamity Jane was a renowned scout and a performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Chaos - The void before the birth of the universe, Titan god, total disorganization and confusion.
Clash - Noise, collision, artful Punk band of the 1970s.
Crash - To drive with force or violence, collision, gain admittance to an event uninvited.
Cyclone - Violent tropical storm, circular in nature.
Daze - State of bemusement, to overwhelm or dazzle.
Havoc - Devastation or ruinous damage.
Hooligan - Ruffian or hoodlum. British soccer fans.
Inferno - A place that resembles hell.
Jolt - A high surge of electricity.
Mayhem - A state of uproar and wild confusion. Devastation or ruinous damage.
Melee - Confusion, turmoil, involving hand-to-hand combat.
Rascal - Mischievous person or animal.
Raze - High power energy drink.
Red Bull - Energy drink powerful enough that it got Anna Nicole Smith off of her lounge chair for 20 minutes at a time.
Riot - Violent or wild disorder, confusion. A bright display of color.
Rout - To gain total victory over your opponent.
Ruffian - Tough, lawless, and brutal.
Sharknado - Series of films featuring tornados swirling with live great white sharks in their midst.
Spaz - Spastic.
Smasher - Smashing, English slang for fabulous.
Static - Difficulty or trouble.
Storm - To deliver a violent attack or assault. Barrage.
Strife - Discord, quarrel, clash.
Tsunami - Massive tidal wave.
Trouble - To disturb the mental calm or to worry another.
Trounce - To defeat decisively.
Typhoon - Pacific hurricane.
Vandal - One who deliberately mars something of beauty or value.
Wreck - The ruin or destruction of anything. Member of the Wrecking Crew, a loose band of top notch studio musicians in LA in the 1970s.
Names for "High-Energy" Dogs
Amp - Voltage and an energy drink.
Boost - Extra power given to a rocket on lift off.
Booster - The first stage of a rocket or missile.
Brio - From Italian and ancient Celtic, brio means energy, determination, power, and force.
Burn - Combustion in rockets.
Bustle - Hustle and Bustle is frenzied activity and excitement.
Crave - To desire urgently.
Elan - A combination of style and vigor. The high drive Elon Musk is the creator of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX among a large variety of projects and business ventures.
Diesel - Fuel.
Hoopla - Bustling activity or excitement, ballyhoo, hullabaloo.
Hopper - One that jumps from activity to activity. Famous American painter, Edward Hopper, most notable painting, Nighthawks.
Juice - The power of a wave. Electrical current.
Kick - To drive or force, as in "she kicked it into high gear." Also, nickname of favorite J.F.K. sister, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy.
Motor - Engine (noun) or to move about (verb).
Moxie - Verve, vigor or courage. The origins of the term are from an American soft drink, trademarked as "Moxie."
Piston - Reciprocating engine device.
Pow Pow - Dominican expression for subjugating naughty young children in the throws of a temper tantrum. Name your mischievous rascal Pow Pow, and you can call her Pow for short.
Punch - Power, zest and forcefulness.
Rokkit - A play on rocket and rock it.
Sparkle - To be brilliant, lively and vivacious or to effervesce.
Stoked - Surfer slang, excited or euphoric.
Tesla - Nikola Tesla invented the modern alternating current we use to deliver electricity today. Elon Musk paid tribute to Tesla with his line of high end automobiles.
Verve - Enthusiasm, vivaciousness and vigor.
Whoop Ass - Typically packaged in a can, this substance is intended to prevent the recipient from proceeding in an action repugnant to the conferrer of the can. Once opened, the recipient should expect total devastation.
Zeal - Fervor, ardor, enthusiasm.
Zing - Vitality, enthusiasm, zest.
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© 2018 Barbara Fitzgerald