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Names for Golden Retrievers

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Golden Retriever Puppy Names

Anyone got a good name for a four-week-old Golden retriever?

Anyone got a good name for a four-week-old Golden retriever?

The Ever-Popular Golden Retriever

The Golden retriever consistently takes a place in the top 10 family dog breeds lists of several countries. These lovable dogs are intelligent, friendly and love to please their owners. Because of their sweet and calm nature, they are ideal companions for children.

The breed traces its origins back to Scotland. Lord Tweedmouth, a keen hunter, wanted to breed a dog to retrieve waterfowl during his shoots and set about a breeding programme that included a Tweed water spaniel, a yellow wavy-coated retriever, flat-coated retrievers and a red Irish setter.

The breed is easily recognisable. Due to its colour and size, the names that may suit a black dog, a small dog like a Chihuahua or a big dog like a Newfoundland, or even a feisty wire-haired fox terrier aren't going to fit.

How Well Do You Know the Breed?

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

  1. Golden Retrievers shed a lot of hair
    • True
    • False
  2. Golden Retrievers are difficult to train
    • True
    • False
  3. Golden Retrievers are highly intelligent
    • True
    • False
  4. Golden Retrievers can become sick if they don't get enough exercise
    • True
    • False
  5. The lifespan of a Golden Retriever is generally between
    • 8-10 years
    • 10-12 years
    • 12-14 years

Answer Key

  1. True
  2. False
  3. True
  4. True
  5. 10-12 years

Naming Your Golden Retriever

There are a number of ways to choose a name for a dog. You might go with a name based on its colour; the breed's coats range from a very pale gold through to a rich reddish-gold which lends itself to names that evoke images of the sun, gold or light. Alternatively, you might prefer to delve into the breed's past and go with a Scottish name. Or perhaps your dog has a personality trait that could be reflected in his name.

If you are stuck, here are some suggestions for names.

Names for Light-Coloured Golden Retrievers

If you have a pale or very light coloured dog, why not choose a name with a "light" meaning?

Names for Pale-Coloured Boys

  • Apollo (Greek/Roman god of light/sun)
  • Ash
  • Blake (Old English name for someone very light or very dark)
  • Gwyn (fair, white)
  • Luca (light)
  • Nevada (snowfall)
  • Morgan (Welsh - great brightness)
  • Whit (short for white!)
  • Wynn (Welsh - fair, white)
  • Zane (Hindu god of light)

Names for Pale-Coloured Girls

  • Ciara (light)
  • Cindy (from Lucinda - light)
  • Dawn (first light)
  • Ellie (from Eleanor - shining light)
  • Lainey (from Elaine - bright, shining light)
  • Lucy (from Lucinda - light)
  • Nelly (from Eleanor)
  • Neve/Neva (snow)
  • Pearl
  • Uma (Indian goddess of light)

Names for Yellow-Golden Retrievers

If your Golden retriever has a rich golden colour, think of the sun, sand and, of course, gold!

Names for Golden Boys

  • Fargo (Wells Fargo bank is associated with the Gold Rush!)
  • Ra (Egyptian sun god)
  • Ravi (Hindu sun god)
  • Sandy
  • Sherlock (bright hair)
  • Sherwin (bright friend)
  • Sol ("sun")
  • Sunny

Great Names for Yellow-Gold Girls

  • Amber (a golden gem)
  • Christa (Greek word for gold)
  • Dior (D'or is the French for "of gold")
  • Dora (as above)
  • Gilda (golden or gilded)
  • Honey
  • Orla (golden queen)
  • Saffron/Saffy (for the yellow spice)
  • Sandy
  • Summer
  • Sunshine

Personality-Based Names

Maybe you would prefer to name your dog for his best qualities. Think of names that suggest friendship, love of water or loyalty. Here are a few to get you started.

Males can be beautiful too and just as friendly—sometimes they have a tendency to dig!

  • Alvin (noble friend)
  • Beau (beautiful)
  • Darwin (dear friend)
  • Digby
  • Dillon (faithful)
  • Felix (lucky)
  • Wade (likes walking in water!)

Beautiful Name Needed!

Don't know what this one's name is, but its got to be Bonnie or Beau, surely?

Don't know what this one's name is, but its got to be Bonnie or Beau, surely?

Here are some names for beautiful, faithful girls:

  • Amy (French for friend)
  • Cara (Irish for friend)
  • Belle/Bella (beautiful)
  • Bonnie (beautiful)
  • Brooke (for a water lover)
  • Faith
  • Leala (Old French for loyal)

Cool and Unusual Golden Retriever Names

Sometimes you need to think outside the box for a name. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Golden retrievers have fabulous golden fur, so think of famous blondes—e.g. Monroe, Harlow, Barbie.
  • Think about the heritage of the breed—Dudley (Lord Tweedmouth), Archie (his son), Tweed, Scott.
  • The breed is often used for guiding purposes, so how about Scout, Guy, Guida, Wyatt.
  • As retrievers were bred to help in hunting, why not consider Hunter, Todd or Wilder.

Golden Retriever Rescue

There are plenty of Golden retrievers who find themselves up for rehoming through no fault of their own. In the UK, you can find breed specific rescue organisations by following this link from the Kennel Club. In the USA, the National Rescue Committee of the Golden Retriever Club gives advice and a lists of regional Golden retriever rescue organisations.

Your Puppy Is More Than Just a Name

Choosing your puppy's name is one of the most fun parts of having a dog, but it's also one of the easiest. Before you bring a puppy home make sure that you have checked out the breed profile and honestly assessed whether you and your family have the time, space and money to take on the long term commitment of a dog. Do that and you'll all be happy!

Comments

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 15, 2015:

Thanks - glad you enjoyed the list!

DogSpot from Gurgaon, haryana on June 15, 2015:

Really enjoyed the list of names for Goldens. You have very thoroughly described each and every name here. I guess this will help every pet parent. Thanks for sharing.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 13, 2013:

Hi epbooks - so glad you enjoyed the hub. I would have liked to have a golden retriever, but our daughter tends to be allergic to dander, so we went with an Airedale - lovely but mad as a hatter :)

Thanks for the votes and comments

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 12, 2013:

I enjoyed this hub because I have owned four golden retrievers and a duck toller. Right now, we own two goldens and a duck toller! I was hesitant on the quiz that said goldens are easy to train. I said "Yes" because most are, but one of mine inspired me to write a book about him because he was so bad! LOL! But, we loved him dearly. Voted this hub up. Enjoyed the names.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on February 08, 2013:

Hi Angela - glad you found this useful, hope you choose a good name - and lucky you, having a cute puppy! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Angela on February 07, 2013:

I like this site. My lab just had pups and she had one golden lab, along with nine others, and I am keeping her. But I can't come up with an unusual name for her.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on February 02, 2013:

Hi billy - Bracken is a good name - from memory, I think it was the name of my Airedale's mother. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

billy on February 02, 2013:

had one for years called Bracken also have 5 kids and bracken was a great fam,pet

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 21, 2013:

Hi Jack - glad you've found a name for your dog :)

Jack on January 21, 2013:

I know a perfect name for a dog

Jack on January 21, 2013:

I am going too name my dog Derby

Judi Brown (author) from UK on November 26, 2012:

Hi zaton - glad you enjoyed this hub. I've got a few hubs on baby names too - but Eleanor is a lovely name, always reminds me of Richard the Lionheart's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.

Zaton-Taran from California on November 25, 2012:

Beautiful hub...was quite pleasantly surprised at many of the meanings of Old English names. Eleanor may very well be the name of my unborn daughter lol.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on November 13, 2012:

Hi Janis - I know a few girls called "Kayleigh/Kayley" which I always imagine is an Anglicised spelling of Ceilidh (could be wrong though!) Great name for a Golden Retriever, they are kind of entertaining!

Thanks for your comments, great to hear from you.

Janis Goad on November 13, 2012:

My aunt loved Golden retrievers--Cara and Ceilidh, named for a Gaelic party with singing, storytelling, and music. They seem such stately, calm dogs, although I have never had one.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 29, 2012:

Hi Susan - very good friends of mine who have also had dogs all their lives had a special Golden retriever. Sunny really was the light in their lives and they had a special bond with him. He was a gorgeous boy. I hope you have many years with Talley ahead of you.

Thanks very much for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.

Susan on October 28, 2012:

I have the most wonderful Golden. She is 6 1/2 and her name is Talley. I have had a number of dogs in my life (all of whom lived to age 17 ... Lucky me!) and I have loved each of them. However, Talley is a truly special girl. Can't imagine ever having anything but a Golden ever again!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 09, 2012:

Hi Will - my husband's aunt always called her dogs Henry - they were always West Highland Terriers with a bad temper (may be they didn't like the name Henry). I also had a friend whose uncle was called Buster - wouldn't dare suggest that he was rough though!

Many thanks for taking the time to comment, always appreciated.

Will Apse on October 09, 2012:

All my dogs have been called Buster. But they were rough, tough mongrels who deserved it.

Retrievers really do deserve more gentlemanly or ladylike names. And you have certainly found some good ones!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 02, 2012:

Hi Eddy - I think you are right! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 02, 2012:

I think that Sunshine would be a great name.

Thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 01, 2012:

Hi Ruth - thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed this hub.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

Ruth Pieterse on October 01, 2012:

Lovely hub. Simple and well written. Voted up and awesome.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

Hi theraggedge - glad you liked this one, it was fun to write. How lovely to be a puppy walker. At school my form always nominated Guide Dogs for the Blind as a form charity and we were so excited when we were sent a photo of a pup that our money had helped to train. Didn't know that they were named like that.

Thanks for commenting, appreciated as always!

Bev G from Wales, UK on August 21, 2012:

Lovely suggestions - I also like the way you encourage people to think of their own by making associations. A Retriever pup may be coming our way soon, as we have been accepted as Guide Dog puppy walkers - though it might be a Labrador or a GSDx one of the other two. Unfortunately we don't get to name him/her. All the pups in a litter are given names beginning with the same letter.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 09, 2012:

Hi Relationshipc - we met one this morning called "Biggles" which made me smile. I agree that they seem so lovely whatever their age.

Thanks very much for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.

Kari on August 09, 2012:

I don't know why but 'Stan' always comes to mind when I think of a Golden Retriever. I must have known a 'Stan' in my past lol. I love these dogs, they are so fun as puppies and so chilled out and cool as seniors. They really are the perfect family dog.

At a kennel I worked at, they were the ones that were happy during every part of the day. Feeding time, outside time, play time, nap time - they never complained. Made me fall in love with them even more.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 09, 2012:

Hi Susan - both my daughter and I would have loved one too, but her asthma made it impossible. We are all really happy with our Airedale, which was my husband's suggestion - she has turned out to be an utter sweetheart, but independent and just a little bit eccentric.

Thanks for your comments and for the compliment on the layout!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 09, 2012:

The Golden Retriever was my second breed of choice when we got our dogs. Love them. Love the layout of your hub.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 03, 2012:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - I haven't met a horrible Golden Retriever yet - they probably exist, but I bet there aren't many.

Thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you.

Claudia Mitchell on August 03, 2012:

My sister-in-law and her husband had a golden retriever. Boy was he a fantastic dog and great with kids! Nice hub.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 03, 2012:

Hi GoodLady - I would have loved to have a GR, but my daughter tends to get allergies - cats are a real problem and we know that some spaniels set her off - so we couldn't risk a heavy shedder. Fortunately, the Airedale we chose instead is gorgeous, doesn't shed and has a very lovely personality - wouldn't swap her for anything!

Love the name Blue - thanks for stopping by, always appreciate hearing from you!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 03, 2012:

Hi Carly - the photo is seriously cute! I will add the information about rescue to the hub - here in the UK there are breed specific rescue associations too.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, always appreciated!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 03, 2012:

Hi Sharyn - I would love the space and time to have lots of dogs, but we are just sticking to our one Airedale. Love the names of all your GRs. Thinking about it, none of the GRs I meet have any of the names on my list, maybe I will start a trend :D

Thanks for your comments, and well done for getting 100% on the quiz!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 03, 2012:

What a beautiful Hub and I love all the names. Monroe is wonderful and so is Sunny. We have always had a golden retriever in the family - but ours is a family that thinks not only outside the box, but outside the box container so our lovely retriever is Blue (?)

Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on August 02, 2012:

oh, I just love that picture of the girl and golden puppy. We rescued our golden retriever. Each state has a rescue for certain breeds so if want specifically a golden you can Google your stat's name and golden retriever rescue. We named our golden, "Lady." LOL, very simple.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on August 02, 2012:

Hi Judi,

I love Goldens. I used to be in a relationship for a long time with someone who was a GR breeder. I was trying to remember all the names of the ones we had at home: SnowBear, Betsy, Brutus, Maggie, Dolly, Simba, Maxwell, Sammy, Buddy and Sydney. I miss them. I found it funny that none of these names are on your list, ha. I did get 100% on the quiz although I expected to :) Fun hub!

Sharyn

Judi Brown (author) from UK on August 02, 2012:

Hi Bonnie - Sunshine would definitely work - I put Sunny for a boy because that's what my very good friends called theirs.

Thanks very much for your comment, I will try to remember to add your suggestion in to the list (I'm trying to do three things at once at the moment)

Bonnie L from Ohio on August 02, 2012:

Sunshine for a girl.