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.
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
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.
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
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
- Luminara Unduli
- Darth Vader
- 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.
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:
Vegetable Pet Names
There are cute vegetable names, too!
- Sweet Pepper
- Bok Choy
Toy Pet Names
Toys symbolize fun, and pets are fun, so it's a no-brainer.
- Water Ball
Descriptive Pet Names
You can also use your pet’s manners or characteristics for a name.
You could name them after the things that they can do.
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:
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:
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.
email@example.com on August 13, 2020:
I have a pomerian puppy, he's a boy, he is cute, playful, smooth, cuddly, and lovely. I want the best name for him. Any suggestions for my pom pom?? I want the best for my puppy ❤️
PIGGSLY on May 22, 2020:
Chickpea for my chicken but I don’t know a name for my other one
Chloe on May 21, 2020:
I need a horse name
Haylee on March 02, 2020:
I don’t know what to name my fish... it’s a goldfish looking for unisex names
Cassy on January 10, 2020:
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?"?
Hi on June 16, 2019:
I named my pet crocodile Sub2PEWDS
I'm a pringle on January 18, 2019:
I have a hampster name.......Cheexo......isn't it cute......am i right?!
Marshy on September 15, 2018:
Now I know what to name my fish.... PUDDING!!
Burgoo schnitzel Kringle on July 13, 2018:
A perfect name for a perfect ostrich
heaven on March 03, 2018:
my dogs name is rexy (lol we r jurassic world fans)
Leah on August 12, 2017:
My dog looks like her mascara smeared her name is maybeline
Ashline on January 10, 2017:
My pet snail is called 'The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland '
Yash on October 28, 2016:
I NAMED MY DOG "Rubix".
heart girl on November 06, 2014:
My fav is kisses. heart girl out.
april(me)rocks on May 21, 2012:
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!
itops (author) from the sea on October 29, 2011:
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. :)
Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 26, 2011:
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 (author) from the sea on October 23, 2011:
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! :)
Om Paramapoonya on October 22, 2011:
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 (author) from the sea on October 20, 2011:
Oh! Thanks for the comment. I've changed it to chickpea. :)
peanutroaster from New England on October 20, 2011:
Gumbo is not a vegetable.