Names for Golden Retrievers
Golden Retriever Puppy Names
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.
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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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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)
- Sherlock (bright hair)
- Sherwin (bright friend)
- Sol ("sun")
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)
- Orla (golden queen)
- Saffron/Saffy (for the yellow spice)
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)
- Dillon (faithful)
- Felix (lucky)
- Wade (likes walking in water!)
Beautiful Name Needed!
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)
- 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!