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Good German Shepherd Name Ideas

My family includes a few humans and even more pets. I've always prided myself on being able to come up with creative and fitting pet names.

German Shepherds are protective, nobel, brave, and playful. Choose a name that suits your dog's unique personality!

German Shepherds are protective, nobel, brave, and playful. Choose a name that suits your dog's unique personality!

German Shepherds have several characteristics that can make coming up with a good name for them a bit time-consuming. A few of those tendencies include toughness, a protective nature, cunning, playfulness, and a tendency to be both ferocious and loving. If you are trying to find the perfect name, then this list should give you a good place to start. Use one of these names or let them spark your imagination.

It's very important to name your German Shepherd puppy as early as possible so it can begin to learn when to pay attention to you. In fact, the sooner you can come up with a name, the easier it will be to train your dog later on.

Although the dog probably won't care what its name is, as an owner it is your responsibility to pick out a good one as a sign of respect and love for your new pet.

Before you continue on, I would like to congratulate you on your new pet! It is my hope that your dog will make your life even better than it is right now. Enjoy!

A German Shepherd at rest.

A German Shepherd at rest.

Use Your Dog's Personality to Choose a Name

Is Your Dog a Clown?

If your dog is a comedian at heart, why not give them a funny dog name?

  • Aykroyd (Dan)
  • Belushi (John)
  • Chapelle (David)
  • Dangerfield (Rodney)
  • Redd (Foxx)

Is Your Dog Fearless?

  • Attila (the Hun)
  • Boudica (A queen who led a rampage through 3 English cities, killing nearly 100,000 people.)
  • David (from David and Goliath)
  • Hannibal (Carthaginian leader)
  • Khan (Genghis Khan/Mongols)

Names for Male Dogs

A–B

  • Adolf
  • Adonis
  • Alaric (ruler of all)
  • Aldo
  • Amadeus
  • Anzo
  • Aquaman
  • Aristotle
  • Arminius
  • Atlas
  • August
  • Augustus
  • Bach
  • Beejay
  • Bentley
  • Beethoven
  • Blackout
  • Bloch
  • Boll
  • Booger
  • Brahms
  • Brando
  • Brothers Grimm, The
  • Bruno
  • Brutus
  • Bullet
  • Busch

C–G

  • Chips
  • City Slicker
  • Cocktail
  • Coma
  • Copernicus
  • Cowboy
  • Dassler
  • Deuce
  • Devil
  • Diesel
  • Dodger
  • Drexler
  • Einstein
  • Elvis
  • Enos
  • Enzo
  • Ferdinand
  • Franz
  • Fritz
  • Gilroy
  • Goliath
  • Goodwin
  • Grimm
  • Gunny
  • Gunther
  • Gustaf

H–K

  • Handel
  • Hans
  • Hansel
  • Heinrich
  • Heinz
  • Helmut
  • Hercules
  • Hess
  • Hildebrand (battle sword)
  • Hitler
  • Hugo
  • Humperdinck
  • Hurricane
  • Hustler
  • Incubus
  • Jerry Lee
  • Jolly Rancher
  • Jumpstart
  • Kamikaze
  • Kingsley
  • Klaus
  • Klaws
  • Koch
  • Kruger
  • Kryptonite

German Shepherds 101

L–N

  • Lady Killer
  • Lance
  • Leopold
  • Levi
  • Little Hobo
  • London
  • Ludwig
  • Lunch Box
  • Luther the Elder
  • Magnus
  • Major
  • Mario
  • Marius
  • Marx
  • Matthias
  • Max
  • Maxim
  • Maximilian
  • McEnroe
  • Mendelssohn
  • Milo
  • Mojo
  • Moritz
  • Mozart
  • Navajo
  • Nemo
  • Nero

O–S

  • Old Painless
  • Orbit
  • Otto
  • Pancho
  • Papa Smurf
  • Quicksilver
  • Rammstein
  • Reinhard
  • Rex
  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Roadhouse
  • Roland
  • Rudolf
  • Rumble In Chicago
  • Ryland
  • Satan
  • Saxon
  • Schreck
  • Schulz
  • Sebastian
  • Shameless
  • Shooter
  • Siegfried
  • Sigmar
  • Skipper
  • Steinway
  • Strauss
  • Strongheart
  • Sundance Kid
  • Sven

T–Z

  • Thunder
  • Torrence
  • Tracker
  • Tuffy
  • Ulysses
  • Vicco
  • Vigorous
  • Voodoo
  • Warin (guard)
  • Werner
  • Wilhelm
  • Wolf
  • Wolfgang
  • Woodstock
  • Xavier
  • Zeppelin
  • Zeus
  • Zimmer

Facts That You May Not Know About German Shepherds

  1. They are a very good all-weather dog due to their dense coat.
  2. In the 1920s, Dutch breeders tried to introduce wolves into the bloodline, but the resulting species could not be domesticated.
  3. The German Shepherd has a bite second only to the Rottweiler, with 238 pounds of biting pressure.
  4. Part of the reason German Shepherds are used by so many police forces is that the dogs have the discipline to stop an attack when instructed.
  5. These dogs were bred specifically for intelligence. They are, in fact, the third most intelligent breed behind Poodles and Border Collies.
  6. Other names for this breed include the Alsatian, Deutscher Schaferhund, GSD, and Berger Allemand.
  7. German Shepherds whose coats are pale in color or white are often frowned upon and undesirable. The most favored color is, of course, black and tan.
  8. They were initially developed to herd sheep and help guard them against predators.

Names for Female Dogs

A–C

  • Absinthe
  • Adela
  • Acapulco
  • Amaretto
  • Angel's Delight
  • Arthur's Queen
  • Auda
  • Autumn
  • Avila
  • Bacardi
  • Barbarella
  • Barbie
  • Bettina
  • Bindy
  • Bloom
  • Brandywine
  • Brigitte
  • Brunhild
  • Butterscotch
  • Cabaret
  • Calypso
  • Carousel
  • Cassandra
  • Cheerleader
  • Claudia
  • Columbia
  • Cowgirl
  • Cricket
  • Cybil

D–H

  • Daisy
  • Derby
  • Dietrich
  • Dixie
  • Duchess
  • Eden's Dawn
  • Eva
  • Eve
  • Fancy
  • Florian
  • Frida
  • Geisha Lady
  • Gretel
  • Grit
  • Gypsy
  • Hanna
  • Heaven
  • Heidi
  • Honey Bee

I–M

  • Island Affair
  • Jade
  • Janelle
  • Jasmine
  • Jinx
  • Kabuki
  • Kiss From A Rose
  • Inga
  • Kaitlynn
  • Kalai
  • Katerina
  • Ladies Choice
  • Lena
  • Lewinsky
  • Linza
  • Lolita
  • London Fog
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Loni
  • Mai Tai
  • Mango

N–S

  • Nadja
  • Nellie
  • Nena
  • Oasis
  • Orient
  • Paradise Lost
  • Pepper
  • Petra
  • Porsche
  • Queen Bee
  • Romy
  • Rosa
  • Roxie
  • Sasha
  • Saxa
  • Snow White (good name for a white German Shepherd)
  • Sophie
  • Steffi
  • Suzy Q

T–Z

  • Taboo
  • Tawny
  • Temptation
  • Tess
  • Trixie
  • Uma
  • Ursula
  • Valentine
  • Wild Thing
  • Xenia
  • Zelda
  • Zooey

Any name suggestions that you would like to share?

VANESSA on June 19, 2020:

We have three GSD's named Hiro ( character from Heroes. Goku( strongest man. Dragonball z& Yuki because well, she is just beautiful

TommyG on April 07, 2020:

We named our first Shepherd "Jester" (from the movie Top Gun) and because he was always "Smiling"

that toothy smile they're famous for. Our second one was named "Shelby" in honor of Carroll Shelby because I raced Ford Mustangs for 25 years. Our latest addition "Tasha" is named after Natasha Romanoff AKA "The Black Widow" of Marvels Avenger series of movies. Because she's Red and Black and cute as heck.

Korona on December 21, 2019:

Retired military queen!

Mom on December 10, 2019:

Our senior German Shepherd is a rescue. Since we didn’t know her name, we decided to call her “Heidi” because she’s, you know, German

Susan on November 16, 2019:

Ours is a rescue female named Harlee, we love her soo much,

Name on July 01, 2019:

I have 3 german shepherds and one of them is the mum wich is named Georgia and she is almost our black and she had several puppies and we kept two of them and their dad was all black with European and America blood lines and he was huge and very muscular. The two puppies we kept are as big as their mum and aren’t even 1 yet. We have an all black girl that is very smart and active and is super protective and her name is Princess cuz she can be in a mood sometimes and will just act like a sassy little princess sometimes

Corbyn Rykhus on June 03, 2019:

I love our loyal fury little friends

Tia on March 13, 2019:

My beautiful gas is tia very loyal big hairy shadow

Kathlene Memcaj on March 02, 2019:

Sadie Mae, she's the the most beatiful girl. But don't mess with her family, she's the most protective too.

Trish Hulm on February 14, 2019:

Zasha Our female black shepard name and dog with an attitude!!!!

Russell on February 06, 2019:

My son named his dog. RIOT

Streamlinedman on January 14, 2019:

My adopted dog's name is Koko Pelli (the story teller). If only she could talk the stories she would tell!

Vila on January 06, 2019:

It’s Czech for “ Desires to protect”. What better name for a glorious GSD. I changed the spelling for my girl to Veela.

Lillyroseanna1985 on December 25, 2018:

My new GSD name Is Kyji Luna she is a black and tan.

Yin on October 30, 2018:

Mainly female

Meika on October 20, 2018:

Few diffrent ways to spell Female germain name

DMc on October 18, 2018:

Tank and Apache

As in the helicopter and well, a tank ❤️ Great duo. Fierce, loyal, but loving and cuddly too.

Maverick on September 25, 2018:

My GSD was born on Veterans Day - the name Maverick seemed appropriate

Carl Stephens on August 29, 2018:

I have two GSD's. My male's name is "Luca" (as in Luca Brazzi) The Godfather.

My Female's name is "Ziva" (as in Ziva Daveed) NCIS

Virginia Bogan on August 25, 2018:

My german shepard name is Bennie and tiger what does it mean. Can you get back when you can.

Luv shepherd's on August 25, 2018:

Good name for a Beagle Shepherd mix?

nr on July 16, 2018:

susie

ken on June 30, 2018:

My best friend was simply named charlie..dont ask why it just suited him..best gsd i ever had...got 2 now...faith and kooper

Merlin on March 10, 2018:

Magician from Camelot,

Ron smiles on January 21, 2018:

My dog is named marshall, no particular reason just liked the name it suits him

Animal lover on January 20, 2018:

I have 3 shepherds Lord Voltar, Onka and Beara. The pups from one of my litters were Wolfgang, Warlord, Gunther, Hunter, Gangus, Trouble, BGSweets and Patty Petunia (PattyP).

Dog lover on January 18, 2018:

When I got my German shepherd I was going to name home Ranger but instead named home Tank

sherylyn on January 14, 2018:

My male GSD is named Dexter & he's a clown & this is a great name for my sweet goofball.

Manuel Negrete on December 30, 2017:

I named my GSD Aztec. Why. when I went to choose a new puppy I immediatly noticed that when I approached the litter of seven 'Aztec' immediatly came to the front of the litter to approach me with with his ears upright. The Aztec nation was known throughout the new world as fearless. Aztec is now six months old and IS fearless.

Pjc on December 24, 2017:

As a child I was raised with a german shepherd and now my children have grown up with this wonderful and loyal breed as well. Our one shepherd was named Malcom in doggy heaven now. Our recent shepherd is named Cargo, very precious to us of course!

Dee on December 18, 2017:

Princess was one of our German Shepard's names. Best breed of dogs!!!!

British muny muny muny on August 12, 2017:

This is a very nice name for German Shepards I like this for a female Shepard Mocha if you are a Starbucks fan or Magic if you want a magical dog I'm going to name mine mocha cuz Starbucks makes me happy

Peter on June 29, 2017:

I named my female GSD "Gabby. " She is a sweetheart.

Madelyn McCallum on January 30, 2017:

I named my female german shepherd Bella it is a very pretty name and she is very playful and protective. She loves playing with the kids

Kinga on May 21, 2016:

My types:

M: Grom, Brego, Agat, Karat, Nazar, Charlie, Tango, Rollo, Bjorn

F: Azra, Luna, Storm, Delta, Nana, Joy,

Nadine on November 01, 2015:

Bonnie & Clyde are my two GSDs' names. From the same litter and almost 11 years old. Funny, I am now returning to Scotland and with the change in animal quarantine laws, it's easy for them to come too!!

Lauren on December 09, 2014:

do u think Skye would be a nice name for a female german shepherd . Because I like it but my dad is a bit funny about having a big dog with big paws and teeth called that.

doglover101 on October 18, 2014:

Samantha is a perfect name for a female german shepherds

SHARON on September 17, 2014:

My first GS we got from a rescue & his name was Romell. I didn't quiet like that name so he then became Roman. #2 was named Jessi & was the smartest one we have ever had. My husband passes out from PTSD & Jessi would not ANYONE around him while he was out except me. #3 I think was Casey & he is a brute but a big goof ball & fun loving. #4 was Ally, she is very smart & always minds us & a very good mommy. #5 is Max, he is a big boy & wants to have fun & attention. He likes to next door & get all neighbors dogs stirred up, all in fun of course. #6 is Sasha, she is black & red & likes to bully her brother Max. #7 is Rocky, he is the sweetest boy & will do anything you tell him to do (most of the time) & he is only 1 yr old. EVERYONE OF THEM ARE MY BABIES. LOVE THEM ALL. THE BEST DOG ANYONE COULD HAVE.

Ok das alrite! on September 16, 2014:

Have 3. Viper, spike and terror. All burglar eaters!

Germanshephardlover on April 10, 2014:

Ppl think german shepherd dogs are dangerous and naughty but actully they fit very well

From lula

Germanshephardlover on April 10, 2014:

We just got a female dark german shephard so we called her duchess for short we call her dark

Germanshephardlover on April 10, 2014:

OMG I have a female german shephard I picked 1 "duchess" it's pretty name for a girl

BeagleSmile on April 07, 2014:

My grandma used to own a German Shephered named Sasha. She was a wonderful dog

katiecolette on January 13, 2014:

Our German Shepherd's name is Baron :)

Dwhite01 on October 08, 2013:

We had a white GSD and he was the love of our life! We named him "d'white ". We knew when asked, that people would catch on when they asked which dog was ours and we answered, " d'white one!"

I get weepy just talking about him and he's been gone for almost ten years now.....

birddog2001 on September 30, 2013:

I love german shepherds, Thanks for reminding me.

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

I found a GSD in my driveway with no microchip in terrible condition. He will be fine but I need a name I like

anonymous on September 16, 2013:

We used to have a long haired German Shepard, named Berlin he was so intelligent,unique and gorgeous. I also like the name's Rebal, Sheba and Beauty.

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

My new babies name is Bruce.

icebird on September 12, 2013:

My best friend, my GSD, just passed away. His Name was RIGGS (Lethal Weapon). We will soon begin looking for a new GSD and I am looking for another great name. We will get another Male, I want short name easy to command and call. They are so smart and can learn so much it is amazing. But they wanna work, you must keep them busy and make them work. I'm thinking of names like Jazz, Chaos, or Timber. Maybe something tool or lumber related since I am a Contractor and Builder. Good Luck all, congrats on choosing a GSD.

anonymous on September 12, 2013:

Our German Shepherd is named Black Betty after the song.

anonymous on September 05, 2013:

i got my german shepherd and name him BOYKA::::wat u think?

anonymous on August 26, 2013:

I have a new pup and I have too many names that I want to call her so I am trying to narrow it down. One is Kitty, but I think it will be Sleeping Beauty for my 14 year old Golden/Aussie Shepherd is named Sweatie. So it's Sweatie and Beauty but the first name I called her is Talu. Another name is Terra for she is a little Terror sometimes to my cat. Bullet is a good name for a male police dog or hunting dog. Right now she is Baby or Puppy.

anonymous on August 14, 2013:

I am getting a germ shepherd tomorrow (15/8/13l and I was going to call HIM wag,bone,spark,hulk or GETA but I thought them names were a bit much so I am calling him MARLEY

Awwwww awwwwww

anonymous on July 20, 2013:

HULK would be the name of my male german shepherd,,

anonymous on July 13, 2013:

Some names for German shepherds

Smoky

Stormy

Rocky

Rock

anonymous on July 13, 2013:

I think rocky,smoky or stormy is nice for German shepherd hopefully I will buy one in about a year

anonymous on July 07, 2013:

Of course you can name your German shepherd puppy or dog anything you like. Some German shepherds are named after a trait that they show at a young age. For example if they are very smart and learn really fast you might call him Einstein after Albert Einstein the famous mathematician who was known for being extremely smart. That might work for a male German shepherd names but for a female you might be searching for a more feminine name such as Precious who may define who the puppy is and what she is to you. There are literally thousands and thousands of German shepherd dog names.

anonymous on July 06, 2013:

rex

xavier

dazzler

wolfy

tiger

are all great names

anonymous on July 03, 2013:

We had a man come into my yard a couple of years ago and my German Shepherd Tipee got him and held him down until cops arrived. She was a great dog.

anonymous on June 17, 2013:

Thor is a good name or king.

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

My female is a 3 year old black & red named Misha. Just got a 3 month old black/ tan male named Zeke.

anonymous on June 12, 2013:

I think...............

Rex

luxi

Lena

hoffer

anonymous on June 04, 2013:

Tut

anonymous on May 26, 2013:

I think Avery

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

@anonymous: We just lost our dear !6 year old german sheppard Timone. He had cancer. He has left a dent in my heart for i loved him completely! He was an amazing best friend that I ever had. Will love him forever.

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

i'v got a german shepherd ita a she, i think the best name for a female german shepherd is sheva, shela or alia

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

i know a lot of GSD names ,but i think that these are the best names for GSD:

devil.

rex.

wolf.

zeus.

rafe.

shadow.

there is a lot of cool names for GSR ,but these are the best names i know.

i think that the german shepherd is the best dog cuz he is so easy to train and so powerful, so big ,and he will never hurt you (if you was hes friend), and................

if anyone is looking for a dog... THE GERMEN SHEPHERD IS THE BEST FOR YOU!!!!!!!

anonymous on May 16, 2013:

Ours is All black tan paws, his name is Rafe, meaning house wolf or shield wolf in ancient German.

anonymous on May 14, 2013:

We got our mischievous GSD from a shelter when he was 3 months old. Somehow we knew Loki would be a fitting name. In the 3 years we have had him, he has learned to open fully zipped backpacks, doors and trashcans! He is also an expert at acquiring anything and everything off the counters and tables when we aren't looking. Regardless of his naughty ways, he is the best dog in the world! We are also adopting an 18 mo. female GSD tomorrow!

anonymous on May 11, 2013:

Our GSD male is officially named "weapon of mass distruction" in German. We call him "Waffen" (weapon) for short. Sometimes it translates to waffles :) We are a military family so everything is named with some sort of military context. We are about to add a female puppy to our family and are trying to come up with a good name for her.

BowWowBear on May 03, 2013:

GSD's are a great breed to have own you! My corgi breeder had a pair, Woofie and Stephie who I simply adored. Loyal and fun-loving with a great sense of dog-humor!

anonymous on May 03, 2013:

I am getting my new German Shepherd in 4 weeks and she will be my child and my guard dog, I owned one when I was about 12 or 13 years old and his name was King, However he was very protective and did not like men, so my mom made me give him away, so this time I am 40 years old and I am getting a female and I am torn between 2 names, so let me know what you think 1. Karma 2. Natasha

anonymous on May 03, 2013:

@Krisenvorsorge: I agree with You !!!!!!!!!!!! Nobody in there right mind would ever want a reminder of something so horrible

anonymous on May 02, 2013:

I had a GSD and had named her Doesha, I am looking at getting another one soon and I am looking at the name Mika

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

We've always had shepherds. Wolfgang, Windsong, Lukas, Leia and Yuma. Getting a new female GSD can't wait!

anonymous on April 27, 2013:

How about Shadow?huh?anyone? Huh huh?

anonymous on April 20, 2013:

I have had several over my life, started out with Little Joe, when I was in kindergarten, then Dutches, Zues, Kia, and Lilly. I am getting a new little girl this friday, and trying to come up with a good name for her. All have been great animals though I didn't get to keep them.

johnsonry on April 20, 2013:

You have a really great lens! My German Shepherd's name is Lora, I think it suits her pretty well!

anonymous on April 17, 2013:

My guard dog is named Zeus. I think you should make a section on names for guard dogs.

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

@anonymous: I also really like those names! However Loki is extremely common.

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

@anonymous: I like the names Lexi and Evie (Eevee)

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

@anonymous: Yeah, pretty bad. Not all the time, but when they do it's a mess.

anonymous on April 16, 2013:

My German Shepherd's name is Ike. It definitely suits him!

Jones98 on April 12, 2013:

Zane, Amadeus, Apollo, Titus, Wolfgang are all pretty good names for a German Shepherd pup (male)

anonymous on April 12, 2013:

@anonymous: yes it is you racist whore

anonymous on April 09, 2013:

@anonymous: thats funny all those dog names and then LUKE !?!?!? that sounds like a boy name

anonymous on April 03, 2013:

@Krisenvorsorge: no it isn't

anonymous on April 03, 2013:

i love the name rex satan, wolf, zeus, mario, Hugo, Hurricane, Enzo, ROcky, Luke, Devil and Waldo

Krisenvorsorge on April 01, 2013:

Hitler is a bad idea for a dog name. :-(

CyberPappy on March 20, 2013:

We've got two shepherd females - Shiloh and Mila. Awesome dogs. Great lens.

anonymous on March 14, 2013:

I love the name gypsy for a german shepherd!!!!!!!!!!!

anonymous on March 13, 2013:

Zipper

anonymous on March 03, 2013:

@anonymous: OHHHH yes!!! they have an undercoat that is very thick and they blow that like crazy!!! but if you brush them regularly, it's not nearly as bad!! :)

Jones98 on February 27, 2013:

@anonymous: I like that name Kaiser.

Jones98 on February 27, 2013:

Possibly one of the most mystical dog breeds in the world. German Shepherds are simply sensational.

anonymous on February 13, 2013:

Kaiser is a good name for a GSD as it imeans "Emperor" in German

anonymous on February 09, 2013:

Do they clactually shed that bad?

anonymous on February 02, 2013:

@anonymous: That reminds me of Destiny, a black GSD that I had since I was seven and she was two. She was my best friend and would have protected me from anything. It broke my heart when she died one month after my mom did, three years ago. Destiny was 16.