Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Back in the 1940s, when those first soldiers came back to the US and started the baby boom, Cocker Spaniels were the most popular dog in America. They were replaced by the Beagle as America entered the 50s, and at the end of the boom, the Poodle took his place.
Now the most common dog in the world is the Labrador Retriever, and many boomers are choosing smaller dogs like the French Bulldog. But what to name these sweet pups?
Whether you choose the name of a famous boomer, a classic TV show, or even a boomer cultural icon, picking one of these names can be a lot of fun. Your dog will remind you every day of that crazy growth phase of America, or maybe even a special memory that made you what you are today.
OK boomer, how about a few good names?
Famous Baby Boomers
Junk Bond King
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Names From Boomer TV Shows
- Amos: Walter Brennan's character in The Real McCoys.
- Beaver: from Leave it to Beaver, the show that taught us all how we were supposed to live the perfect life.
- Dragnet: Most Boomers grew up with this show, even the reruns. Just the facts, ma’am.
- Gumby: Even though Gumby started out on the Howdy Doody Show, the little gum figure actually had his own show after 1957. This is a great name for a green dog—or maybe just a really flexible pooch.
- Gunsmoke: The longest-running western on TV. What little boy grew up not wanting to be Marshall Dillon? (That's a good name choice too, and let's not forget Festus!)
- Lassie: The ultimate dog, and of course a great name. I wonder if my dog understands like Lassie?
- Lucy: Even if you did not grow up watching it, almost everyone has watched reruns of I Love Lucy. If you have a second dog, of course, he would have to be called Ricky (or maybe Desi).
- Rawhide: Not the best TV show, but a great name for a puppy that looks like he is in off of the range.
- Rinty: Rin Tin Tin's nickname.
Great Dog Names From Boomer Cars
- Chevy (1957 Chevrolet): Okay, no Baby Boomers were old enough to buy this car when it was new. A lot of them, however, stared at it and wished to take it home.
- Mustang: This is the first car that was really built for the Boomers. Some of them were 16 and their parents could think of nothing better than getting them exactly what they wanted. Tang sounds better as a dog name, but it sounds too much like that space drink.
- Cuda: the ’69 Plymouth Barracuda, the ultimate muscle car for the baby boomer with a 440 V8. The car was fast, powerful, and used a lot of gasoline.
- Nova: Another 69 muscle car, this beast had 300 hp available in a 350 V8 engine.
- Duster: Another Mopar car, the 70 Plymouth Duster would run from 0-60 in only 6 seconds.
- Mopar: A lot of the muscle cars came from this company, and it also sounds great as a dog name.
Great Boomer Movies?
Most of the movies that baby boomers want to name their dogs were not really seen at the theaters during the 40s, 50s, and early 60s. As boomers became older, they were more likely to see movies and these are what affected them and make such great names for their dogs.
- Fonda: Main character in Easy Rider, 1969.
- Hopper: One of the stars of Easy Rider, 1969.
- Vertigo: the 1958 Hitchcock movie.
If you are a Boomer, I am sure you have some great choices from the movies that made a difference in your life. Be sure to read the section at the bottom of this page before picking a new name that is not on this list.
Great Dog Names From Boomer Culture
- Beatnik: The movement was actually started by the boomer parents, so most of us grew up thinking this name was passé.
- Doughboy: The plump Pillsbury ad was devised for all of those boomer kids willing to beg their moms for processed foods. Not a good dog name if you are going to be yelling “Come, boy!”
- Slinky: A toy just for baby boomers, first out in 1948 but available for every kid born after that.
- Tiff: From Breakfast at Tiffany's, first published in 1958.
- Twinkie: Another of those boomer staples that we grew up with in the lunch box. A good name for a puppy bound to grow up with a little paunch.
- Woodstock: More than a great name for a Peanuts character, this event makes a great name even for those of us too old or too young for it.
There are a lot of other great Lassie episodes available on YouTube but this is my favorite since Timmy and Boomer work on dog training—old style—without a clue. If you can ignore the bad acting (from the humans, not the dogs), enjoy it!
Tips for Naming Your New Puppy
- There are a lot of great Boomer names that did not even make this list. If reading this gave you an idea for a special name, go ahead and use it. It should be a one- or two-syllable, name, however, since long names are not good when calling or training your dog. For example, the Baby Boomer name “Travolta” will not work for your dog, and if you choose a name like “Camaro” you need to use the nickname Cammy or Maro.
- Do not choose a name that sounds like a training command (sit, stay, down, etc.). This knocks a lot of other good names off of the list.
- Find a name that you like and don’t mind yelling across the dog park when it is time to call your dog home. A name like “Scooter” may sound cute when you see your dog dragging across the carpet after an accident—it will not be when he is an adult!
- Didn’t find anything on this list to fit your new puppy? That is okay, just do not give him one of the overused dog names. Your puppy needs a name to distinguish him from all of the others, so think about it before choosing.
- If you did find something you liked, order a name tag online or pick one up at your local pet store right away. The name tag should contain his name, your name, your landline, and your cell phone number. It is also a good idea to have your dog microchipped in case the tag is lost, so discuss this with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
© 2015 Dr Mark
Any special boomer names I should add? Leave a comment.
Reilly Butakis on May 21, 2017:
Some of them are a little off, but I thought they were great! The list didn't give me any ideas though. Unfortunately.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 01, 2015:
I knew you would have some great ideas! I have to edit this now and add a few of those. Thanks for that comment.
Bob Bamberg on May 01, 2015:
What a great hub...although I might just be a little prejudiced, being a baby boomer from MA and all. I tried thinking of some names, but right off hand, they all seemed odd and would only have significance to other boomers, and some of those may not even get the connection. I'll put some thought to it and reserve the right to re-address the issue in a second comment. But for openers:
Cosmo or Topper...from the TV series "Topper" where the main character was Cosmo Topper.
Drysdale...the banker from "The Beverly Hillbillies" and also a helluva pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers
Paladin...the gunslinger from "Have Gun Will Travel"
Rinty...the nickname of Rin Tin Tin
Amos...Walter Brennan's character in "The Real McCoys" BTW Kate, (Kathleen Nolan) the daughter-in-law was my first big crush! Imagine, 11 years old and an eye for 30-something year old women. I still have an eye for 30-something year old women lol. Fun hub, voted Up, funny and interesting.