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Celebrity Dog Names

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. 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?

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."

Celebrities From the Fifties (and Before!)

NameType of Dog

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.

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….

Celebrity Dog Names From the Sixties

NameType of Dog

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.

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

Looking for that sixties retro dog?

Looking for that sixties retro dog?

Celebrity Dog Names From the Seventies

NameType of Dog

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.

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”.

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Celebrity Dog Names From the Eighties

NameType of Dog

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.

Celebrity Dog Names From the Nineties

NameType of Dog

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.

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!

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!

Celebrities From the 2000s/Recently

NameType of Dog

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?

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.

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.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is a suitable name for a male Cavapoo dog?

Answer: If none of the celebrity names were what you were looking for, check out this list of sitcom names: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/-funny-dog-names-for-a...

What do you think of Cosmo? Is your little Cavapoo up for the challenge?

© 2014 Dr Mark

Comments

Trudy Cooper from Hampshire, UK on January 28, 2015:

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.

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on October 30, 2014:

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!!

Rebecca Be from Lincoln, Nebraska on October 30, 2014:

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

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 30, 2014:

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?)

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on October 26, 2014:

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. . . . .:)

Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on September 26, 2014:

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).

Palis Pisuttisarun from Bangkok, Thailand on September 26, 2014:

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!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 25, 2014:

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.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 25, 2014:

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!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on September 25, 2014:

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.

Bob Bamberg on September 25, 2014:

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 : (

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 24, 2014:

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

Rebecca Be from Lincoln, Nebraska on September 24, 2014:

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.