Great Dog Name Ideas

Updated on December 4, 2017
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I am an animal lover who has grown up with dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, birds, and lizards!

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

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Dog Name  
TV 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


Dog Names Inspired by Movies

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Dog Name  
Movie  
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?

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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

What is most important to you when choosing a name for your dog?

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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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      • Frank Atanacio profile image

        Frank Atanacio 2 months ago from Shelton

        Clever little list... yeah

      • heidithorne profile image

        Heidi Thorne 3 months ago from Chicago Area

        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. :)

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