100 Unique Names for Blue and Gray Dogs

Updated on March 16, 2018
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Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and the author of a column, "Conversations with Champions," for the BCSA magazine,Borderlines.

Blue Dog Coats can be silver to dark gray.
Blue Dog Coats can be silver to dark gray.

Names for Gray Dogs

Ash - The charcoal remains of a fire.

Brand - A mark or burned in insignia.

Cinder - Residue of combustion.

Coal - Glowing, burned or charred wood.

Coke - Used to distill metal oxides into metals. Cokie is a cute name for a female gray dog.

Ember - Glowing combustible.

Foggy - Vague, bewildered, misty.

Fuzzy - Hazy, blurry or furry.

Gandalf - For much of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the wizard is known as Gandalf the Grey.

Grigio - Italian means "gray."

Gris - French means "gray."

Haiiro - Japanese pronunciation of "gray."

Haze - Mist.

Myst - Ancient spelling of mist.

Reardon - Hank Reardon, protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, invents a new form of steel that is blue-green, and far superior to stainless steel in it strength.

Shade - Ghost or specter.

Slate - Gray shale.

Smokey - Having the qualities of smoke.

Stoke - To tend to a fire.

Sully - To stain or tarnish.

Ghostly Names for Silver or Gray Dogs

Banshee - A female apparition and harbinger of death. The banshee wails or screeches in the night to foretell of a family member's imminent demise. Also, an alternative band of note, Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Phantom - An apparition or trick of the imagination. 1940s radio show, The Phantom, opened with the tagline, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Phantom knows."

Shade - A ghost or being of the underworld. To "throw shade" is to subtly display contempt.

Shadow - Specter of Ghost.

Specter - A terrifying apparition or ghost. Phil Spector, record producer and sound engineer, developed the Wall of Sound, which he described as Wagnerian. Spector is considered to have been one of the most influential recording artists of the later half of the Twentieth Century, having engendered the idea of the studio as an instrument unto itself.

Umbra - Phantom or shadowy image.

Wraith - The ghost of a once living person. The Ring Wraiths of The Lord of The Rings, scour the Earth in search of the one Ring.

Blue Merle border collie named Kieger.
Blue Merle border collie named Kieger.

Dog Names for Blue Dogs

Azure - Sky Blue, the color of the Blue Grotto at midday.

Beryl - A green or blue mineral used in magic for its healing properties.

Cobalt - Blue associated with the evil eye and protection.

Man Ray - Named for the black and white photographer, Man Ray, this Weimaraner was photographer William Wegman's breakthrough subject. Photographs of Man Ray and his other housemates catapulted Wegman to fame.

Teal - A deep green blue and girl's name.

Navy - Dark shade of blue.

Yale - A deep shade of blue associated with Yale's colors.

Wegman - Photographer who focuses on dressing his Weimaraners in human clothing then placing them whimsical situations.

Blue Great Dane baby, Kernan.
Blue Great Dane baby, Kernan. | Source

Names for Silver Dogs

Ansel - Ansel Adams, famous black and white photographer that chronicled the West.

Argent - French meaning "silver."

Bijou - A jewel or exquisitely wrought jewelry.

Gin - Japanese for "silver."

Gleam - Dim or subdued light, a light that pierces the darkness.

Glimmer - Gleam, faint twinkle or glint of light.

Glitter - To sparkle and shine.

Kesef - Hebrew means "silver."

Mint - Place where coins and currency are produced.

Nickel - metal alloy, to cover over with a silvery alloy.

Plata - Spanish meaning "silver."

Scratch - Slang for money or coinage.

Silber - German meaning "silver."

Sheen - Luster, gleaming attire.

Shimmer - Tremulous light or gleam. To quaver as with heat waves.

Shine - To glow brightly.

Steel - Of or pertaining to the metal alloy.

Sterling - Silver category, only the finest as in a "sterling reputation."

Tinsel - Silvery Christmas decoration.

Wisp - Thin streak of smoke, small amount.

Lunar-Inspired Names for Silvery Dogs from Mythology

The moon has an interesting effect on objects after the sun goes down. Her rays strip color from even the bright greens and turn the world into a silvery scape. These names are inspired by the gods and goddesses of the moon and night.

Anumati - Hindu deity of the moon. Her name means "divine favor."

Artemis - Greek goddess of the hunt and associated with the moon. A lovely name for a female Weimaraner.

Bendis - Goddess of hunt and the moon in Thracian mythology.

Elatha - Irish god of the moon.

Jarilo - Slavic god associated with the moon, springtime and fertility. A mischievous god, he has the ability of shapeshifting.

Kaskuh - Moon god in Hittite mythology.

Luna - Roman goddess of the moon; Selene is her Greek counterpart.

Meness - Moon god from Latvian mythology.

Napir - Moon god in Elamite mythology.

Nyx - Greek goddess of the night.

Rathi - Indonesian goddess of the moon.

Selene - Greek goddess of the moon.

Trivia - Roman goddess who haunted graveyards and crossroads and is also known as "the Queen of the Ghosts." Her approach is told by the barking of dogs, although they are the only ones able to see her.

Wu Gang - Chinese mythology, a tale of divine punishment. Wu Gang is the Chinese version of Sisyphus and is depicted as endlessly cutting down the self-healing osmanthus tree on the moon. Today his name is associated with any endless toil. Other pronunciations include Wu Kang and Wu Zhi.

Famous Silver Mines, Towns and Silver Rush-Inspired Names

Chico - Norte Chico was a famous silver rush in Chili in the 1830s-1840s.

Comstock - The Comstock Lode silver rush spanned Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada in 1859.

Hecla - Hecla Mining Company is one of America's oldest mining companies. They own some of Canada and the USA's best-producing silver and gold mines.

Kaslo - British Columbian silver rush of 1889.

Keeley - The Keeley is part of the Keeley-Frontier Mines of Silver Centre in Northeastern Ontario. Started in 1907, the Keeley and Frontier closed in 1965 having produced 19,000,000 ounces of silver.

Nasa - The Nasa mine is located on Nasa Mountain located in Lappland, between Sweden and Norway. This old mine was mainly worked in the 1600s.

Pitarilla - The Pitarilla Mexican silver mine is ranked as the fourth largest in the world.

Potosi - Located in the Bolivian tin belt, the Potosi mine is believed to be the largest silver deposit in the world. It has been mined since the sixteenth century, producing over 60,000 tons of ore. It was here in Bolivia, robbing the silver brought by lama and mule train to the city center that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are believed to have met their demise.

Slocan - Known as Silvery Slocan, this British Columbian silver rush apexed in 1892.

Telluride - Telluride Colorado has on of the world's ten largest silver mines. Name your blue dog Telluride, and you can call him Telly, like tough cop Kojak actor, Telly Savalas.

Keanu Reeves and his John Wick pal, blue pitbull named Buster
Keanu Reeves and his John Wick pal, blue pitbull named Buster

Tough Blue Pitbull Names

Ajax - Greek hero of the Trojan War, Ajax was the only hero to not suffer a debilitating injury during the war. Ajax is also the blue cleanser billed as "stronger than dirt."

Blade - The cutting piece of a sword or a knife.

Buster - Canine actor who co-stars with Keanu Reeves in the second John Wick film.

Cutlass - A slashing sword, the cutlass was popular in the age of sail, as its relatively short length was preferred in the close combat required when boarding ships. America's Most popular muscle car of the 1960s, the Oldsmobile Cutlass boasted affordable luxury.

Glasebach - The Glasebach Pit in Germany is now a museum. The silver mine dates back to the 1400s.

Han - Blue pigment in Chinese imperial pottery. Also, the name of Star Wars hero, Han Solo.

Ice or Icy - Arctic blue ice occurs when snowfall is compacted into ice, causing it to refract bright blue hues.

Ryder - The toughest of the blue jeans made by Lee jeans.

Saber - Heavy one-edged sword, favored by cavalry.

Samson - The Samson Pit in Germany was one of the deepest silver mines in its working day, 1922.

Shank - A short sharp metal object used for jabbing or slashing.

Spike - Tough metal projection on a weapon or athletic shoe.

Blue Mastiff named Lucy certainly looks blue in this photo.
Blue Mastiff named Lucy certainly looks blue in this photo. | Source

Blue Dog Names From Blues Artists

Bailey - Pearl Bailey

B.B - B.B. King

Billie - Billie Holiday aka Lady Day

Bland - Bobby Bland

Buddy - Buddy Guy

Diddley - Bo Diddley

Ella - Ella Fitzgerald

Etta - Etta James

Hooker - John Lee Hooker

Joplin - Janis Joplin and Scott Joplin (Ragtime composer)

Keb' Mo' - Kevin Moore

Lead Belly

Memphis - Memphis Minnie

Muddy - Muddy Waters

Rainey - Ma Rainey

Sippie - Sippie Wallace

Steely - Steely Dan

T-Bone - T-Bone Walker

Winter - Johnny Winter

Names for Male Dogs with Gray Eyes

In film and literature, the gray eye trope frequently centers around one of these three themes:

  1. Grey eyes represent the seer or blind prophet.
  2. Grey eyes and golden hair are described as the ultimate expression of physical beauty.
  3. Greys eyes denote the expression of granite strength of character or a cold detachment from humanity, as in "ideas above humanity."

These names for male dogs come to us from main characters in literature and film that possess gray eyes demonstrating one of the characteristics above.

Arthur - King Arthur is said to have had gray eyes, and it becomes a trait of his line.

Bourne - Jason Bourne of the Bourne Identity possess gray eyes. Much commentary is made about them by a doctor, who tells him the shade of his eyes will vary according to the color of clothing he wears and his surroundings.

Cathoris - In Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, the character Cathoris has gray eyes that are indicative of his unearthly origins.

Draco, Lucius, Malfoy - The Malfoys of Harry Potter, Draco and father Lucius, have grey eyes that indicate cold, evil.

Gable - Anne of Green Gables is a resolute character described with gray eyes. She passes this trait on to one of her sons, whose dark hair and gray eyes are remarkable for their beautiful contrast.

Seven - Much comment is made about the gray eyes of the Seventh Dr. Who.

Sherlock - Both Sherlock Holmes and his brother, Mycroft, have gray eyes, although Mycroft's are a watery gray.

Sirius and Regulus - The Black brothers, Sirius Black and Regulus Black, of Harry Potter share the gray eye trait.

Stannis - In Game of Thrones, Stannis Baratheon possesses cold gray eyes.

Tadzio - In Death in Venice, the stunning 14 year old Tadzio is described as having "twilit gray eyes."

Names for Female Dogs with Gray Eyes.

Athena - Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, war and patroness of the arts has gray eyes.

Belle - Beauty and the Beast heroine, Belle, has gray eyes to express her firmness in not bending to the Beast's wishes until he improves his behavior and character.

Callista-Ming - Character from Star Wars Expanded Universe, Callista Ming has gray eyes.

Gal Gadot - Actress who plays Wonder Woman, whose eyes turn from blue to gray, when Athena restores her sight.

Gothel - Rapunzel's "mother" who steals her from her parent's castle and raises Rapunzel as her own, has gray eyes that denote coldness.

Imogene - Imogene Herondale of City of Ashes has unapproachable, strong gray eyes.

Ivy - Ivy Carson in The Changeling, has dark gray eyes close to smokey black.

Jordan - Girlfriend of the narrator Nick in The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker has gray eyes to compliment her cool character, that lives above the morals that confine most of humanity.

Katie - Katie Welker, title character of The Girl with the Silver Eyes, has kinetic abilities.

Katniss - Hunger Games heroine and skilled archer has steely gray eyes that indicate her singular survival skills.

Lolita - Child femme fatale, Lolita, title character of the Nabokov book, Lolita, has gray eyes.

March - Josephine or Jo March, in Little Women, has an independent streak and grays eyes to match her strength of character.

Pallas - Friend of Athena's whom she accidentally slew; Athena honors her by adding Pallas' name to her own as Pallas Athena.


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