Creative Ideas for Funny and Cute Pet Names

Updated on May 27, 2019

Naming pets is fun! When we got a new pet, my sister and I used to have a contest to see who could come up with the funniest, cutest pet name. And, of course, being older, I almost always won.

The name you give your pet reflects your personality. You can name your new pet Supernova to show your nerdy side, or Henge to show your interest in earthworks. Our dog’s name was supposed to be Tops (from our favorite snack) but we decided to place an ‘i’ in front to make it a bit different: iTops.

Whatever name you give your pet, give a name that you will love to say, even after 100 years.

Be creative! Here are some ideas:

Powerful Pet Names

You can name your pets after gods and goddesses to give them magical powers!


  • Athena – the Greek goddess of wisdom and inspiration
  • Hera – the Greek goddess of marriage
  • Diana – the Roman goddess of the moon and animals
  • Venus – the Roman goddess of love and beauty
  • Fides – the Roman goddess of trust


  • Zeus – the king of the gods in Greek mythology
  • Apollo – the Greek god of the sun
  • Morpheus – the Greek god of dreams
  • Hercules – the Roman god of strength
  • Janus – the Roman god of beginnings

Check out godly names from a list of Greek gods and goddesses at Wikipedia.

If you name your pet frog Ostrich, she can be called Ostrich the Frog.
If you name your pet frog Ostrich, she can be called Ostrich the Frog. | Source

Fairy Tale Creature Pet Names

Fairy tales are a source for many good pet names. They remind you of the land of dreams.


  • Unicorn – a horse with a beautiful horn
  • Caladrius – a bird capable of healing maladies
  • Griffin – a winged creature with a lion’s head
  • Cyclops – the one-eyed giant
  • Phoenix – a firebird


  • Arion – an immortal horse
  • Mermaid – an enchanting half-woman, half-fish creature
  • Naga – the protector of nature
  • Shen – a Chinese dragon
  • Naiad – a nymph associated with fountains and streams

Food Names

You can name your pet after your favorite food as well. We named ours after our favorite snack. Maybe your pet likes to eat something other than pet food. You can name him after that.


  • Pudding
  • Cupcake
  • Pretzel
  • Chocolate
  • Cheesecake
  • Noodles
  • Muffin
  • Waffles
  • Doughnut
  • Ketchup
  • Biscuit
  • Burgoo

Maybe you want to go for an international food? Here are some:

  • Schnitzel – a German dish consisting of a strip of meat that is battered and fried
  • Wasabi – a Japanese spice
  • Kringle – a type of pretzel that originated in Scandinavia
  • Pecorino – an Italian cheese
  • Sbiten – a Russian drink

You can name your pet Sabre, a fighter plane.
You can name your pet Sabre, a fighter plane. | Source

Star Wars Pet Names

Are you a fan of Star Wars? You can name your pet after one of those characters, too!


  • Queen Amidala
  • Adi Gallia
  • Tenel Ka
  • Lumiya
  • Luminara Unduli


  • Darth Vader
  • R2-D2
  • Jar Jar Binks
  • Boba Fett
  • Ima-Gun Di

Cartoon Character Names

You can also name your pet after your favorite cartoon character that made you laugh.


  • Fluffy
  • Buttercup
  • Smurfette
  • Smallstar
  • Toodles


  • Furrball
  • Bongo
  • Muttley
  • Taz
  • Tweety

Fruit Pet Names

Some names of fruits, like apple and cherry, have been used by humans for themselves. These may be perfect for your dog or cat:

  • Blueberry
  • Honeydew
  • Maypop
  • Hazelnut
  • Sweetsop
  • Sycamore
  • Lemon
  • Pomelo
  • Ackee
  • Pawpaw

You might name your pet cat Coral.
You might name your pet cat Coral. | Source

Vegetable Pet Names

There are cute vegetable names, too!

  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Pepper
  • Ginger
  • Shallot
  • Bok Choy
  • Burdock
  • Pumpkin
  • Zucchini
  • Chickpea

Toy Pet Names

Toys symbolize fun, and pets are fun, so it's a no-brainer.

  • Jigsaw
  • Puzzle
  • Domino
  • Rubix
  • Dice
  • Maze
  • Marble
  • Puppet
  • Dotee
  • Water Ball

Descriptive Pet Names

You can also use your pet’s manners or characteristics for a name.

  • Clumsy
  • Sleepy
  • Speedy
  • Glutton
  • Muncher
  • Droopy
  • Browny
  • Spot
  • Fuzzy
  • Happy

Action Names

You could name them after the things that they can do.

  • Flap
  • Snap
  • Blink
  • Glue
  • Fly
  • Hope
  • Kisses
  • Utter
  • Catches

The name Sunrise might symbolize hope.
The name Sunrise might symbolize hope. | Source

Pet Names Based on Natural Phenomena

There are occurrences in nature that are suitable as pet names. Some of them were even used in movies, like Orion (the cat in Men in Black) and Seabreeze (the dog in Family Guy).

Here are some more:

  • Iceberg
  • Aurora
  • Everest
  • Boulder
  • Thunder
  • Echo
  • Rainbow
  • Sunrise
  • Forest
  • Misty

Name Your Pet After Another Animal

This may sound funny, but you can also name your pet after other animals. Because our pets are usually small, you can name them after the huge ones like lions or tigers. You can even name your pet after dinosaurs! T. Rex is a famous dinosaur name.

Some funny animal names:

  • Monkey
  • Parrot
  • Dolphin
  • Donkey
  • Badger
  • Beaver
  • Butterfly
  • Cheetah
  • Ferret
  • Hornet
  • Magpie
  • Nightingale
  • Oyster
  • Rabbit
  • Fish


Use your creativity to name your pet. You can even come up with a very unusual spelling to do so. Love your pet. Give her a cute name that you’ll love to say over and over.


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      2 months ago

      Chickpea for my chicken but I don’t know a name for my other one

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      2 months ago

      I need a horse name

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      5 months ago

      I don’t know what to name my fish... it’s a goldfish looking for unisex names

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      6 months ago

      We have always tried to be creative. Phydo (husband always wanted a cat named Fido and a dog named Kitty), Uniden, Cobra (we were big cb fans), king (cause my husband said I made food fit for a king), Velcro (his claws would catch on carpeting) Shadrach (rescued from a fire), Gumby (she hung loosely when held like the clay cartoon figure) but our favorites are using other languages Opu (Hawaiian for belly, stomach), Da Kine (also Hawaiian), Leche ( Spanish for milk), Kiik (Maya for sister), Makana (Hawaiian for gift for an unclaimed parrot rescued from our dogs mouth). And my all time favorite Pregunta le (Spanish for ask her/him - loved telling my Hispanic friends, they inevitably leaned over to ask her, "what's your name, kitty?"?

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      13 months ago

      I named my pet crocodile Sub2PEWDS

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      I'm a pringle 

      18 months ago

      I have a hampster name.......Cheexo......isn't it i right?!

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      22 months ago

      Now I know what to name my fish.... PUDDING!!

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      Burgoo schnitzel Kringle 

      2 years ago

      A perfect name for a perfect ostrich

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      2 years ago

      my dogs name is rexy (lol we r jurassic world fans)

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      2 years ago

      My dog looks like her mascara smeared her name is maybeline

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      3 years ago

      My pet snail is called 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland '

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      3 years ago

      I NAMED MY DOG "Rubix".

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      heart girl 

      5 years ago

      My fav is kisses. heart girl out.

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      8 years ago

      i have 2 dogs they are both golden doodles. the smaller girls name is dipping dots she is big and mostly tan but has brown and black spots. the other is a boy who is very big his name is mouse which is ironic cuz he is almost above my hip!

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      8 years ago from the sea

      Thanks Cloverleaf! Yes, Morpheus is a very nice name. Before looking Morpheus up, I thought he has something to do with wisdom (because of Matrix, the movie). Now, I know he's the God of dreams. :)

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      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi there iTops - and welcome to HubPages! You've got some excellent ideas here for pet names. I love the name "Morpheus" for a dog :) Voted up.

    • itops profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from the sea

      Hi Om! Coffee's a very nice name for a poodle. It's good that he's staying with your mom. I bet she's treating him like a baby. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      Cute suggestions. I named my Poodle "Coffee" because of his dark brown fur. He lives with my mom now. My apartment doesn't allow pets. He seems happier with my mom, though. She really spoils him! LOL

    • itops profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from the sea

      Oh! Thanks for the comment. I've changed it to chickpea. :)

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      8 years ago from New England

      Gumbo is not a vegetable.


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