Sam is a country bumpkin at heart, living in California as a reluctant Texas transplant. He knows that a dog is a family's best friend.
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
- Scrooge: The main character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
- Buddy: Buddy is the name of the human who thought he was an elf in the movie Elf.
- Olaf: The snowman from the popular Disney movie Frozen.
- Balthazar: It means “one of the magi.”
- Yule: Short for yuletide.
- 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.
- Alaska: Legend has it that Santa Claus resides in North Pole, Alaska, USA.
- Max: The Grinch’s dog in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
- Rudolph: The famous deer with a red nose that leads Santa Claus from house to house to deliver presents.
- Astra: Means “star.”
- Jasper: It means “bringer of treasure,” and is a nod to the three wise men.
- Estelle/Stella: Means “star.”
- Natalie: This is actually the Italian word for Christmas.
- Pax: This word means peace and it evokes the spirit of peace during the holiday season.
- Harry: From Harry Potter. All Harry Potter dog names are great if you’re looking for winter-inspired names.
- Winterfell: The location is considered to be 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.
More Winter Names for Dogs
Little St. Nick
More Christmas Dog Names
Christmas Names From TV and Movies
- Elsa: The queen from Frozen.
- Anna: The queen’s sister from Frozen.
- Marshmallow: Their pet monster.
- Hans: The prince from Frozen.
- Kristoff: An iceman who becomes friends with Anna in the movie Frozen.
- Sven: Kristoff’s reindeer from Frozen.
- Kevin: The main character and boy who gets left behind while his parents go on vacation in the movie Home Alone.
- Marv: The scruffy-haired bad guy from Home Alone.
- Harry: The balding bad guy from Home Alone.
- Nestor: The donkey from the TV short The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.
- Charlie Brown: A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic. You can even name your dog Snoopy, after Charlie’s faithful dog friend!
- George Bailey: The protagonist in It’s a Wonderful Life.
- Clarence: His guardian angel.
- Olive: Titular character from Olive, the Other Reindeer.
- McClane: Die Hard protagonist.
- Gruber: Die Hard antagonist.
- Yippee Ki-Yay: Die Hard creed.
- Winter Names Inspired by Singers
- Bing Crosby: Known for songs such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Silver Bells.”
- 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.”
- Andy Williams: He sang an assortment of traditional holiday songs, such as “Happy Holiday” and “The First Noel.”
- Esther or Ricardo: These are the two who originally sang the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
- Mariah Carey: She sings the now-classic pop song “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Holiday Names Inspired by Books
Santa's Little Helper
White Arctic Dog Names
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 has hosted the Winter Olympics. Countries known for freezing temperatures are great too, such as Siberia. Don’t forget mountain names, like the 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.
India on August 02, 2020:
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