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Over 180 Golden Retriever Names for Your Beloved Pup

Updated on August 30, 2017
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Why We Love Goldens

When you think of friendly dog breeds that make the perfect family dog, chances are the golden retriever crossed your mind. That’s because the golden retriever truly is a wonderful, friendly, good-natured family dog.

Originally bred in England to “retrieve” hunted game, it’s no wonder why this breed often enjoys playing fetch!

With their beautiful, soft, golden fur and gentle personality, this dog is ready to return all the love given to it, tenfold!

Golden Retriever Name Ideas

If you are reading this article, then it is likely that you now have one as a member of your family, or will soon; therefore, it is necessary to research golden retriever names.

The name should make sense with your dog’s personality, unlike those who have named their timid chihuahua “Jaws.”

Though it’s funny to give a dog an oxymoronic name, keep in mind that you will be saying this name for many years to come, and the humor-factor eventually wears off (especially during those days of potty training when they don’t quite make it outside).

We have compiled this list of good golden retriever names, so if you are searching for a name, you might not have to look past this list!

Male Golden Retriever Names

There's nothing quite like a great big, huggable golden retriever! My family's golden boy was named Buck, but any of these names will fit these friendly fellas!

Male Golden Retriever Names

 
 
 
Teddy
Beau
Brady
Dakota
Humphry
Max
Duke
Parker
Tucker
Samson
Woody
Rusty
Cooper
Houston
Scout
Harley
Buck
Cash
Angus
King
Hunter
General
Hank
Oliver
Texas
Jasper
Ray
Odie
Pippen
Rufus
Sully
Niko
Champ

Girl Golden Retriever Names

These lovely ladies deserve a name as sweet as their demeanor! Flower-inspired names are always a pretty way to go if you can't decide on a name for your golden girl!

Female Golden Retriever Names

 
 
 
Misty
Gracie
Cassidy
Luna
Zoey
Sandy
Dixie
Ginger
Maggie
Zara
Bessy
Lady
Duchess
Sadie
Mara
Magnolia
Daisy
Rosebud
Savannah
Annabelle
Delilah
Dot
Penelope
Melody
Molly
Angel
Precious
Missy
Brigitta
Gretel
Frieda
Winnie
Una

Famous Blondes

Why not name your golden retriever after your favorite golden star in Hollywood! Check out these famous blonde celebrities:

Famous Blondes

 
 
 
Farrah Fawcett
Owen Wilson
Fabio
Brittney Spears
Pamela Anderson
Drew Barrymore
Matthew McConaughey
Madonna
January Jones
Goldie Hawn
Dakota Fanning
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
Justin Timberlake
Ivanka Trump
Billy Idol
Kurt Cobain
Marilyn Monroe
Dolly Parton
Brigitte Bardot
Heather Locklear
Scarlett Johansson
Kate Hudson
Guy Fieri
Cate Blanchett
Daniel Craig
Taylor Swift
Faith Hill

Blonde TV & Movie Characters

Got a favorite TV show or movie? Why not name your new pup after one of the blonde characters from it? Leslie Knope for the win!

Blonde Characters from TV & Film

 
 
 
Daenerys Targaryen
Draco Malfoy
Elle Woods
Phoebe Buffay
Brienne of Tarth
Thor
Carrie Bradshaw
Leslie Knope
Veronica Mars
Buffy Summers
Luna Lovegood
Princess Peach
Johnny Bravo
Link
Elsa
Galadriel
Eowyn
Legolas
Tinker Bell
Rapunzel
Butters
Bart Simpson
Schroeder
Kristoff

Gold Inspired Golden Retriever Names

They are golden retrievers after all! These names, inspired by this rare 'precious' metal, are as precious as your new pup!

'Gold' Golden Retriever Names

 
 
 
Goldilocks
Blaze
Sunflower
Midas
Lucky
Buttercup
Copper
Token
Nugget
Flower
Honey
Sunny
Goldie
Sunshine
Carmella
Krugerrand
Honeybee
Troy
GoldenEye
Marigold
Karat
Butterscotch
Sunrise
Dubloon
Amber
Saffron
Karat
Alchemist
Goldfish
Ingot

Food Names for Golden Retrievers

Want a really fun and unique golden retriever name idea? Name your dog after your favorite breakfast dish, snack item, or dessert for a super cute name! "Come here, Donuts!"

Food Inspired Names for Dogs

 
 
 
Mustard
Waffles
Nacho
Donut
Honeynut
Mango
Maple
Dorito
Walnut
Pringle
Sweet Pea
Cheeto
Snickers
Cheerio
Pickles
Peanut
Cheddar
Biscuit
Cheese Puff
Butter Pecan
Mandarin
Frito
Muffin
Pumpkin
Frankfurter
Banana
Sugar
Graham
Sprinkles
Cupcake
Pudding
Cookie
Pepper
Paprika
Marshmallow
Cannoli

Let Your Golden Retriever Help

Dogs can pick a name, too! If you are having trouble deciding on a name, get your dog involved; after all, it is his/her name so it is only fair!

Also, get the whole family involved because the names that will come up might surprise you.

Here are a few fun ways to involve everyone in the name picking process:

  • Index cards: Have everyone pick a few names that they like and write them on index cards. Place each card on the floor with a piece of dog food on each one. Let your golden retriever into the room and watch as he sniffs out each card, and pay attention to which piece of food he eats first because this is the name he has “chosen.”

  • Call out names: If you are the sole companion to the new golden retriever, try calling out a few different names spaced out by a few seconds and see if one catches your golden’s attention. If s/he happens to come to one of the names, s/he has “chosen” that name!

  • Family circle: Perhaps there is a disagreement on names between a few members of the family. Such a disagreement is easily solved, here’s how: form a circle around the dog, but a large circle so he doesn’t get scared. Everyone should start calling him or her by the name they think s/he should have. S/he chooses the name of the person s/he goes to first!

  • Pees on trees: I had to include this one because it’s pretty funny but only works for male dogs who have already learned to lift a leg. If you have a bunch of trees in your backyard, pin the potential golden retriever names to each tree and let him out to go potty. Watch him as he chooses his name; the first tree he marks is the name he picks!

Deciding on the Perfect Name for your Pup

Whether you choose the name of your new golden retriever, or let the dog choose, make it a fun time because much like puppyhood, this day is going to be over with before you know it!

Once you have a name picked out, s/he will need to get used to the new name. Try giving the pup a treat each time s/he responds to the new name, and s/he will catch on pretty quickly!

Oh, and give lots and lots of love and cuddles. It can be a waggin’ good time for everyone involved!

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      Leo 4 weeks ago

      the name of my baby is leo, because he was born in August :)