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Great Dog Name Ideas

I am an animal lover who recently got a Morkie puppy named Archie. I have grown up with all kinds of dogs, cats, birds and even lizards!

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Choosing a name for a new dog can be difficult. Whether you're the type to research for days, go by your intuition, or just pick the first name you hear, it's a name that will stick for many years. Unless you pick something offensive, you really can't go wrong with many names. Here are some tips to think about.

  • Consider choosing a name that is one or two syllables. This will make it much easier when calling their name. Not to mention, there's a better chance of the name fitting on its tag. If you were to choose a name like Mr. Bojangles, imagine having to say that over and over again. It doesn't roll off the tongue easily.
  • Try not to choose a name that sounds like a command. This can confuse the dog. For example, if the dog's name is Mit, when you call it, he might think you're telling him to sit.
  • When coming up with ideas, take into consideration your favorite books, songs, shows, or places. Doing this will help you come up with lots of names.
  • Be sure to ask everyone in the household if they are ok with the name you are choosing. I know from personal experience that if someone doesn't like it, they just won't call it that. This can be annoying for the dog and the owner.
  • Above all, have fun. Your dog is a member of the family, and its name is important. Try to think of a name that suits your puppy's personality!

If you are having trouble thinking of names, I have listed quite a few suggestions based on different categories.

Dog Names Inspired by TV Shows

Dog NameTV Show

Brian

Family Guy

Hakeem

Empire

Seinfeld

Seinfeld

Morty

Rick and Morty

Archer

Archer

Twyla

Schitt's Creek

Ron Swanson

Parks and Recreation

Dwight

The Office

Sheldon

The Big Bang Theory

Walter White

Breaking Bad

Jughead

Riverdale

Archie

Riverdale

Toby

This is Us

Kramer

Seinfeld

Hawkeye

M*A*S*H

Crazy Eyes

Orange is the New Black

Huck

Scandal

Cyrus

Scandal

Rowan

Scandal

Lucious Lyon

Empire

Dogbert

Dilbert

K-9

Dr. Who

Happy

7th Heaven

Odie

Garfield

Porkchop

Doug

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo

Tiger

The Brady Bunch

Khaleesi

Game of Thrones

Arya

Game of Thrones

Tywin

Game of Thrones

Vincent

Lost

Jack

Lost

Hurley

Lost

Mr. Eko

Lost

T-dog

Walking Dead

Daryl

Walking Dead

Snookie

Jersey Shore

JWOWW

Jersey Shore

Arrow

Arrow

Offred

The Handmaid's Tale

Moira

The Handmaid's Tale

Ofglen

The Handmaid's Tale

Piper

Orange is the New Black

Red

Orange is the New Black

One-Syllable Dog Names

Choosing a one-syllable name is never a bad idea for a dog. Not only is it easier to say, it's easy to remember and will fit on their tags. Some examples of one syllable dog names:

  • Jack
  • Bo
  • Chance
  • Ace
  • Blade
  • Fuzz
  • Snow
  • Hope
  • Mole
  • Moose
  • Sun
  • Boo
  • Gus
  • Scout
  • Star
  • Ash
  • Rose
  • Storm
  • Zeus
  • Doc
  • Pearl
  • Blue
  • Rain


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Dog Names Inspired by Movies

Dog NameMovie

Jangles

Inside Out

Voldermort

Harry Potter

Elsa

Frozen

Alice

Alice and Wonderland

Lady

Lady and the Tramp

Tinker Bell

Peter Pan

Berry

Snow White

Dot

A Bugs Life

Dixie

Winn Dixie

Fly

Babe

Zero

Nightmare Before Christmas

Django

Django Unchained

Thor

Thor

Mr. Chow

The Hangover

Sassy

Homeward Bound

Shadow

Homeward Bound

Chance

Homeward Bound

Copper

The Fox and the Hound

Elle Woods

Legally Blonde

Bruiser

Legally Blonde

Bambi

Bambi

Stitch

Lilo and Stitch

Nala

Lion King

Simba

Lion King

Rafiki

Lion King

Wilson

Cast Away

Brick

Anchorman

Buzz

Toy Story

Cruela

101 Dalmations

Pongo

101 Dalmations

Perdita

101 Dalmations

Tito

Oliver and Company

Gidget

Pets

Tattoo

Pets

Shasta

Snow Buddies

Shiloh

Shiloh

Glimmer

The Hunger Games

Peeta

The Hunger Games

Leia

Star Wars

Bolt

Bolt

Toto

Wizard of Oz

Hagrid

Harry Potter

Dobby

Harry Potter

Gandalf

Lord of the Rings

Gollum

Lord of the Rings

Frodo

Lord of the Rings

Obi-Wan

Star Wars

Yoda

Star Wars

Max

Mad Max

Scarlett

Gone With The Wind

Vito

The Godfather

Simba

Lion King

Juno

Juno

Marley

Marley and Me

Kocoum

Pocohontas

Meeko

Pocohontas

Hunting Dogs

Is your new puppy going to be your hunting companion? If so, here are some good names that will fit their personality!

  • Camo
  • Remy
  • Bullet
  • Shooter
  • Drake
  • Buck
  • Tank
  • Ranger
  • Arrow
  • Bear
  • Colt
  • Bush
  • Sport
  • Ammo
  • Trigger

Do You Know the Most Popular Dog Names?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. As of 2017, what is the most popular male dog name?
    • Max
    • MIlo
    • Alfie
    • Oscar
  2. As of 2017, what is the most popular female dog name?
    • Cocoa
    • Bella
    • Ruby
    • Sadie

Answer Key

  1. Alfie
  2. Bella

Funny Dog Names

When you have a baby, it's expected to name your child something rather "normal" so that they don't get made fun of. When you have a pet though, all bets are off. You can be as creative as you want and find something that truly reflects your dog's personality. So, have fun when choosing a name! Make sure it's something you'll love for years to come.

  • Rosa Barks
  • Bark Obama
  • Hamburglar
  • Whoopi
  • Oprah
  • Winnie the Poodle
  • Bond
  • Yeti
  • Bigfoot
  • Alfalfa
  • Monkey
  • Mr. Bean
  • Chewbarka
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Snoop Dog
  • Pikachu
  • Barkley
  • Goober
  • Boo
  • Dee-O-Gee
  • Goose
  • Pig
  • Hippy
  • Trump
  • Moo

Dog Names Inspired by Musicians

If you are someone who loves music, why not name your dog after a musician that inspires you? There's plenty of artists and bands that have great names that would be good for a dog. Though they're well-known musicians, these names offer creative options for a pet.

  • Elton
  • KISS
  • Selena
  • Queen
  • Gaga
  • Cyrus
  • Migos
  • Tunechi
  • Prince
  • Wonder
  • Queen B
  • Tupac
  • Sinatra
  • Ringo
  • Santana
  • Mercury
  • Cobain
  • Aretha
  • Axl
  • Fleetwood
  • Jewel
  • Zappa
  • Joplin
  • Jovi
  • Broadway
  • Nashville
  • Melody
  • Lennon
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Dog Names Inspired by Food

It might seem weird or strange, but food names are actually pretty popular. People are looking for more original names besides Jack, Fluffy, and Molly. When deciding on a name, a lot of owners look for names that will stand out. Here are examples of some:

  • Beans
  • Taco
  • Sprite
  • Gumdrop
  • Heinz
  • Chai
  • Sprout
  • Olive
  • Waffles
  • Cocoa
  • Biscuit
  • Rollo
  • Snickers
  • Tic-Tac
  • Ziti
  • Hershey
  • PIckles

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Comments

Milla on May 05, 2020:

What should I call my female black standard poodle

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 06, 2018:

Clever little list... yeah

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 09, 2018:

Cute ideas! But some great practical tips for names, too. We've always used two-syllable names since I heard that the first syllable gets their attention and the second confirms the call was for them. However, just like with people, we've also developed a bunch of nicknames which they can also identify... especially when treats are involved. :)