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Celebrity Dog Names

Updated on October 4, 2016
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Dr Mark is a veterinarian in Brazil. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Any puppy out there look like a Rhett?
Any puppy out there look like a Rhett? | Source

Searching for that perfect new name for your perfect new puppy? Those “best celebrity dog lists” all over the internet are just lists of what celebrities name their own dogs. That does not work for me.

What does work? How about choosing a favorite movie or TV star? A lot of them are great and will conjure up just the image your puppy needs when he strolls (or prances) around the dog park.

Here are some great choices.

Everyone else wants to name their dog after that famous pooch that said "By Dog in heaven, I swear I will never have dirty paws again."
Everyone else wants to name their dog after that famous pooch that said "By Dog in heaven, I swear I will never have dirty paws again." | Source

Celebrities From The 50s (And Before!)

Name
 
Bogart
The tough guy actor, which is why he favored Scotties.
Doris
The actress, of course, and a name for a sweet puppy.
Fonda
A really friendly puppy.
Gable
Frankly, my dear, this is one of the best names around.
Garner (James)
Another tough guy name.
Hudson (Rock)
A tough dog buy a real sweetie inside.
Liz
Lets ignore later life!
Lucy
Mixed breed, hyperactive, or a red and curly Poodle.
Marlon
Or Brando, a complicated dog.
Monroe
Every cute puppy dreams of having this name.
Orson
The famous director, or a rotund little Pug.
Scarlett
This name is probably only good for a dog with a drawl.
Snoopy
That famous dog, but if you have a Charlie or Linus, go for it!
Stewart
The Basset Hound of actors
According to several famous sources, Snoopy is a celebrity.
According to several famous sources, Snoopy is a celebrity. | Source

Don’t forget Groucho: Outside of a dog, a book is man´s best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.

But be careful with some of those names---Brando might be prone to corpulence in later life. And Monroe….

The Sixties

Name
 
Bardot
A cute name, and not just for poodles anymore.
Eastwood
The all-time tough guy dog—only for those puppies that grow up with a raspy bark.
Elvis
Everyone will recognize this dog.
Friday
One of those detective dogs.
Hitchcock
A great name: not just for the birds.
Hopper (Dennis)
A good name for a dog that is going to live and work for a long, long, time.
Jackie
The first dog, and a special name for a dog with a second owner.
Newman (Paul)
A REALLY cool junkyard dog.
Ringo
The musician, and a perfect name for a Shih Tzu with the right ‘do.
Looking for that sixties retro dog?
Looking for that sixties retro dog? | Source

A real sixties dog will not remember what you call him anyway.

Seventies

Name
 
Cosby
A good name, and not just for a puppy that likes to chew on sweaters.
Elton
The musician--kind of silly, but a great name if you are going to make him wear Doggles.
Farrah
A good name for a sleek sighthound (clunky scenthounds need not apply).
General Lee (Gen´ral)
The real hero of that TV series. What Redbone would not want a name like this?
Kojak
For a Chinese Crested? Just dont feed lolipops with xylitol.
Meg (Ryan)
The actress, as sweet as Doris.
Starsky
The TV series cop, or a curly Portuguese water dog.
By the seventies long hair was acceptable, even for dogs.
By the seventies long hair was acceptable, even for dogs. | Source

My favorite of the era, and for some many years after, was Arnold. We all learned from him that those European breeds never lose their accents-even when they try to say “Hasta la vista, baby”.

The Eighties

Name
 
Denzel
One of those tough dog names, but tough with a little heart.
Elmo
Every puppy likes Sesame Street, right?
Ferris
Because every puppy deserves a day off.
Fonzie
A cool dog, just a little later in life (or earlier).
Kinglsey
The character actor, for a puppy that changes a little every day.
Magnum
The P.I., and a perfect name for a Doberman puppy.
Murphy
That puppy who becomes a threat to family values.
The Cocker Spaniel ruled the Eighties.
The Cocker Spaniel ruled the Eighties. | Source

Nineties

Name
 
Beavis
For that puppy who walks into walls.
Britney
Does any puppy want to be named after a Mousekateer?
Buffy
The vampire slayer, or one of those dogs who barks at ghosts.
Chandler
A friendly dog--maybe too friendly.
Cooney
Everybody´s handsome puppy.
Cosmo
Stuck with a silly puppy affected with the "puppy crazies"? Sounds like a Kramer.
Hopkins
I know, he was around before, but who can forget that mask?
Jordan
One of those athletic breeds, able to leap walls.
Oprah
A favorite puppy, just not for the guys.
Robin (Williams)
The actor, and a perfect name for a silly mixed breed puppy.
Labs took over in the nineties and do not seem to want to give up!
Labs took over in the nineties and do not seem to want to give up! | Source

Homer is the most memorable name of the nineties; if anyone asks you can always claim you named your puppy after the Greek poet. Doh!

2000s, or the last few years

Name
 
Abby
That smart NCIS dog, but a little Goth and weird
Borat
Even if your dog is not a Caucasian Ovcharka
Keira
English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer, English Pointer….you get the idea
Keifer
An actor for years, and a tough guy all the time.
Malcolm
For that puppy that is always getting in the middle.
Paris
Sleek, for that little dog that fits in a purse.
Sookie
A supernatural puppy, and always getting into trouble.
Stark
One of those wolf-dogs, of course.
Tyra
The model, the woman that always struts around like an Aghan Hound.

My favorite on this list is Borat--who could fail to smile when they recognize a name like that?

The best character name of all time is:

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Be careful about using current celebrities--choose wrong and someone will accuse your dog of being named after a pig.
Be careful about using current celebrities--choose wrong and someone will accuse your dog of being named after a pig. | Source

There are all sorts of people I left off this list, so, if you have a favorite I have not added, dump these suggestions and name your dog something special to you. If you do not have any good ideas, and nothing from this list appeals to you, type “memorable movie characters from the 70s” (or whatever) into your search engine and look at the other choices.

Just make sure it is only one or two syllables. Dogs have a hard time with long names, and a name like DiCaprio just will not work. If you must, be sure to shorten it and give your dog a nickname like “Capri”.

No matter what you choose to name your new puppy, be sure he is socialized and learns basic obedience. (Call around and find out if there is an AKC Canine Good Citizen program in your area.)

And be sure to take pictures. Lots of pictures. Your puppy will grow up fast and you are going to want to look back to those days when he was small.

© 2014 Dr Mark

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      Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      What a lovely, lovely hub, we have had lots of dogs in our family, their names have been Missy, Billy, Cherie, Lady, Harley and Billy. Love your writing. Dogs are the best aren't they and they are a real pleasure to write about.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      Fido would have been really funny, considering she is [technically] a girl. Mind you, I doubt that she would have cared at all!! :)

      My cat was called Cat Jordan, which became "Cat" for short. It never, ever bothered her. She replied with alacrity to the name always! LOL!!

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      R Beggs 2 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      We got a puppy…His name is Max … short for Maxwell

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Marie! Goldie is good...imagine if you would have named him Fido or Spot? (Or, since those names are no longer in vogue, Max or Charlie?)

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      I really enjoyed reading the lists of names [and the whys and wherefores] you have included here. An interesting article that is also entertaining.

      Now if I had read this article before I had named my dog Goldie. . . . .:)

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I like "Beavis", "Cosby", and "Borat." I also have debated naming our next dog "Chris Pratt", mainly because he's so goofy and lovable (like a dog).

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      Palis Pisuttisarun 2 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      That was an interesting and funny read!

      I really like Kojak and Magnum! I'm really looking into getting another dog. I'm enjoying your hubs; keep up the great work!

      Dogs responding to their own names has been something I was really fascinated by!

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Hi Michelle, I think my Schnauzer needs that as a nickname too. Every afternoon she crashes into the waves chasing birds, and gets so excited that she completely ignores me.

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks for reading, Bob. These "dog name" hubs have no socially redeeming value but they are a lot of fun to put together. I had to look up a photo of Phineas T. Bluster too!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      LOL, Mark! I voted Homer. These names you selected are perfect and so funny! I'd name Misty Beavis for her ability to walk into walls.

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      Bob Bamberg 2 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Fun hub, Doc...lot of work! I know a family that named their bulldog Phineas...after Phineas T. Bluster. These people weren't even born when he graced the black and white cathode ray tube. There probably aren't many of us who even remember him. I think the woman's father suggested the name. Happy Spring! We just entered Fall : (

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      Dr Mark 2 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Thanks! What a great name. What kind of dog was Jerry?

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      R Beggs 2 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I enjoyed your Hub. Our last dog we named Jerry after Jerry Seinfield. Jerry, our dog, was the greatest friend we have ever had. I read your hubs regularly and hope to get another dog.

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