200+ Christmas and Winter Names for Dogs

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Sam loves dogs. Sam loves winter. Sam loves Christmas. Here's one of the many congregations of those emotions.

You may have just been blessed with a puppy under the Christmas tree or you’re preparing to bring home a new dog during the winter season. Although naming your dog “Christmas” is cute, like in the movie A Dog Named Christmas, it’s not very original. Below are name ideas that evoke the cold winter wonderland atmosphere including holiday traditions and festivities. You’ll find names for dogs based on:

  • Christmas themes

  • Winter themes

  • Names for arctic dogs, like Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, and Samoyeds, etc.

Although this list is comprehensive already, you may be able to come up with even more names if you’re not completely happy with the suggestions below. At the end, I include a section with tips to help you get inspired so you can come up with creative names of your own.

Tip: You can also use these names on cats, hamsters, and other pets.

Creative Christmas and Winter Dog Names

  1. Scrooge: The main character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

  2. Buddy: Buddy is the name of the human who thought he was an elf in the movie Elf.

  3. Olaf: The snowman from the popular Disney movie Frozen.

  4. Balthazar: It means “one of the magi”

  5. Yule: Short for yuletide

  6. Coal or Cole: It has a double meaning—coal from the fireplace and Cole as in the name of jazz singer Nat King Cole who often sings Christmas songs.

  7. Alaska: Legend has it that Santa Claus resides in North Pole, Alaska, USA.

  8. Max: The Grinch’s dog in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas

  9. Rudolph: The famous deer with a red nose that leads Santa Claus from house to house to deliver presents.

  10. Astra: Means “star”

  11. Jasper: It means “bringer of treasure,” and is a nod to the three wise men.

  12. Estelle/Stella: Means “star”

  13. Natalie: This is actually the Italian word for “Christmas”

  14. Pax: This word means “peace” and it evokes the spirit of peace during the holiday season.

  15. Harry: From Harry Potter. All Harry Potter dog names are great if you’re looking for winter-inspired names.
  16. Winterfell: The location considered the seat of the ruler of the North in Game of Thrones. Any name associated with Game of Thrones is suitable as a winter-themed dog name - remember, Winter is Coming.

Winter Names for Dogs

 
 
 
 
Antler
Frost
Narnia
Snowdog
Aspen
Furball
Nick
Snowdrop
Avalanche
Iceburg
Owl
Snowflake
Blizzard
Icicle
Penguin
Solstice
Blue
Icy
Pine
Spruff
Boots
Igloo
Polar Bear
Stocking
Burr
Jack
Scarf Scarf
Tiny Tim
Chili
Kringle
Snow
Toboggan
Coal
Kris
Snowbabe
Twinkle
December
Little St. Nick
Snowball
Winter
Elm
Mittens
Snowbank
Yeti
Flurry
Muffs
Snowchild
Frosty

Christmas Dog Names

 
 
 
Advent
Eve
Mary
Angel
Faith
Merry
Angelica
Figgy
Midnight
Bells/Bella/Belle
Frankincense
Mint
Bethlehem (Beth)
Gabriel
Turkish Delight
Candy
Gabrielle
Mistletoe
Carol
Garland
Myrrh
Cheer
Gloria
Nia
Chimney
Holly
Noel/Noelle
Cinnamon
Hope
Noggin
Claus
Israel
North
Colombe
Ivy
North Pole
Crimson
Jingle/Jingles
Nutcracker
Dove
Jolly
Red
Drummer (boy)
Joy
Star
Eggnog
King
Sugar Plum
Emanuelle/Emanuel
Magi
Tinsel
Epiphany
Manger
Wenceslas

Christmas Names From TV and the Movies

T.V. and Movies

  1. Elsa: The Queen from Frozen

  2. Anna: The Queen’s sister

  3. Marshmallow: Their pet monster

  4. Hans: The prince from Frozen

  5. Kristoff: An iceman who becomes friends with Anna in the movie Frozen

  6. Sven: Kristoff’s reindeer from Frozen

  7. Kevin: The main character and boy who gets left behind while his parents go on vacation in the movie Home Alone.

  8. Marv: The scruffy-haired bad guy from Home Alone.

  9. Harry: The balding bad guy from Home Alone.

  10. Nestor: The donkey from the the T.V. short The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.

  11. Charlie Brown: A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic. You can even name your dog Snoopy, after Charlie’s faithful dog friend!

  12. George Bailey: The protagonist in It’s a Wonderful Life

  13. Clarence: His guardian angel

  14. Olive: Titular character from Olive, the Other Reindeer

  15. McClane: Die Hard protagonist

  16. Gruber: Die Hard antagonist

  17. Yippee Ki-Yay: Die Hard creed

Singers

  1. Bing Crosby: Known for songs such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Silver Bells.”

  2. Nat “King” Cole: Famous for the beautiful and quintessential Christmas song aptly titled “The Christmas Song.” The lyrics start out with the famous line “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.”

  3. Andy Williams: He sang an assortment of traditional holiday songs, such as “Happy Holiday” and “The First Noel.”

  4. Esther or Ricardo: These are the two who originally sang the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

  5. Mariah Carey: She sings the now classic pop song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Books

  1. Dasher

  2. Dancer

  3. Prancer

  4. Vixen

  5. Comet

  6. Cupid

  7. Donner

  8. Blitzen

  9. Santa’s Little Helper

  10. Grinch

  11. Ebenezer

  12. Marley

  13. Jacob

  14. Dickens

  15. Cratchit

  16. Fezziwig

White Arctic Dog Names

 
 
 
 
Alaska
Comet
Hoshi
Nieve
Alpine
Crystal
Iditarod
North
Aubin
Denali
Juneau
Phantom
Balto
Douglas
Klondike
Tahoe
Bianca
Echo
Kodak
Togo
Blanca
Eira
Lucia
Tundra
Blanche
Everest
Lucian
Whistler
Bob(sled)
Ghost
Moose
White Fang
Bolder
Grizzly
Mush
Yuki

Tips for More Winter-Inspired Dog Names

Location: Try to think of cities and towns that are typically associated with snow or winter sports, such as Sochi, which just hosted the Winter Olympics. Countries known for freezing temperatures are great too, such as Siberia. Don’t forget mountain names, like Himalayas or Everest.

Other languages: Make a list of things you typically associate with winter or Christmas and look for the equivalent of those words in other languages. For example, snow in French is neige and winter in Spanish is invierno.

Food: There’s also nothing wrong with using holiday foods and treats for your inspiration. How about names like Chestnut, Fudge, Cookie, Ginger, or Cider.

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