Help | About | Toll-Free 1.800.367.3647
We ship to
Thank you for registering
All the latest deals, news and more
Dog.com > Dog Articles >

What's In A Dog Name?

You have your new puppy, but now comes the hard part: What to name this new member of the family.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, a.k.a fantastic. Well, that’s what your puppy may be, but that’s not a name to give your dog.

Keep it simple. Sticking to that strategy will help both you and your dog. You don’t want a long name that you’ll have a hard time saying or pronouncing. In addition, your dog will have a hard time learning and remembering something difficult.

For female dogs, Lilly, Lucy and Daisy could be the way to go. However, if your dog is a prima donna or you think that she is royalty, Princess or Duchess may be for you.

She also can be a Lady, while Sasha just seems to roll off the tongue. Or, you can just reach for the stars – or planet – and go with Venus.

For male dogs, Spike, Buddy, Max and Jack are good names. If you’re a motorcycle buff, Harley may be something more than just a ride. If your dog is authoritative, Duke can take control.

Don’t use dog food as a name. While Dingo may make great dog treats, it’s not an ideal name for your dog. Here Dingo. Roll over Dingo. Your dog’s response: Don’t call me Dingo!

Similarly, commands are for behavior, not naming purposes. Go Fetch is good exercise for both of you. As a name, your dog will be thinking: Am I supposed to get something or is she just calling me?

Dog Breeds can be a motivating factor in your decision. A female boxer can be Erika, which could mean ruler or Queen. A male version can be Rocky, even if he’s a lover and not a fighter.

Don’t try to outdo yourself. Remember, you will call your dog’s name thousands of times, so make it a name that you enjoy saying. And since you wouldn’t want to be called Smelly in public, it’s probably a safe bet to assume that you’re not going to want to shout it out either. Whatever you choose, don’t leave your dog thinking, “What did you call me?”

Below is a list of the most popular male and female dog names. Different resources have slightly different rankings, but for the most part, the same names make up the top 10.

Male
  1. Max
  2. Jake
  3. Buddy
  4. Bear
  5. Bailey
  6. Shadow
  7. Sam
  8. Lucky
  9. Rocky
  10. Buster
Female
  1. Maggie
  2. Bear
  3. Molly
  4. Shadow
  5. Lady
  6. Sadie
  7. Lucky
  8. Lucy
  9. Daisy
  10. Brandy
Here is a vast list of male and female dog names, listed alphabetically.



Male Dog Names

A -- Abel, Abercrombie, Abracadabra, Ace, Achilles, Ari, Armani.

B -- B.B., Bach, Badger, Bailey, Balboa, Baldwin, Baldy, Bam-Bam.

C -- Chipper, Chivas, Chocolate, Chopper, Chubby.

D -- Dino, Dion, Disco, Dollar.

E -- Elmer, Elmo, Elroy, Elvis.

F -- Flip, Flipper, Floyd, Foley, Fons, Fonzi, Fredo.

G -- Godfather, Godzilla, Goliath, Gonzo, Goose, Gopher, Gordo, Gordon, Gorilla, Gorky, Grizzly.

H -- Hammer, Harley, Hobbit, Hog, Homeboy, Homer, Homey, Honcho.

I -- Ira, Isaac, Isaiah, Ishi, Ishtar.

J -- Jack, Jacob, Jacko, Jag, Jaison, Jayson, Jake, Jacques, Jared, Jasper, Jordan.

K -- Killer, Kirby, Kit, Kiwi, Klaus, Klondike, Knockout, Knuckles, Kobi.

L -- Larry, Laser, Leo, Leon.

M -- Melvin, Menace, Merlin, Michael.

N -- Napoleon, Nathan, Navajo, Neptune.

O -- Oscar, Othello, Otis, Outlaw, Ouzo, Ox, Oz, Ozzie.

P -- Panther, Papu, Paris, Patches, Patriot.

Q -- Quasi, Quasimodo, Quicksilver, Quincy, Quixote.

R -- Rage, Rags, Ragu, Raider, Ralph, Rain, Rainmaker, Rambo, Ranger, Raven.

S -- Sailor, Salvatore, Sam, Sambo, Sammy, Sampson, Samson, Samurai, Sandman, Sarge, Savage, Sonny.

T -- Tiger, Tiny, Tip-Top, Titus, Toby, Tonga, Tonto.

U -- Uzi, Uzza.

V -- Vasos, Vasil, Vince.

W -- Willow, Wilson, Windsor, Wiseguy, Wizard, Wolfgang, Wonderdog.

X -- Xanadu, Xavier, Xenos, Xerox.

Y -- Yahoo, Yankee, Yoda, Yogi, Yo-Yo, Yukon, Yuma, Yuri.

Z -- Zeke, Zenon, Zenos, Zepellin, Zephyr, Zeus, Ziggy, Zipper, Zoltan, Zombie, Zorba, Zorro, Zulu.

Female Dog Names

A -- Abby, Abigail, Abracadabra, Addison, Adeline, Adriana, Adrienne, Affinity, Aggie, Agnes, Aimee, Aisha, Akiko, Akira, Alana, Alanis, Aleah, Alexandria, Alexia, Alexis, Alice, Alicia, Aliyah, Allie, Allison, Aloha, Amanda, Amber, Ambrosia, Amy, Ana, Anastasia, Andalusia, Andorra, Angel, Angela, Angelica, Angelina, Anika, Anita, Annie, Angie, Aphrodite, Apple, April, Aquarius, Ariel, Aries, Aryanna, Ashley, Asia, Aspen, Athena, Aubrey, Audrey, August, Aurora, Autumn, Ava, Avon, Avril, Azalea, Azure

B -- Babe, Babette, Babs, Babushka, Baby, Babydoll, Babyface, Bacall, Bailey, Baja, Bali, Ballerina, Bam-Bam, Bambi, Bandana, Bandit, Bandito, Bangle, Banshee, Banzai, Baroness, Basha, Bashful, Baylie, Bea, Beachbaby, Beamer, Beans, Beatrice, Beauty, Becca, Begonia, Bella, Belladonna, Belle, Bertha, Bessie, Beth, Betsy, Beulah, Beverly, Beyonce, Bianca, Bimbo, Bingo, Binki, Birdie, Biscuit, Bits, Blanche, Blondie, Bloomer, Blossom, Bonbon, Bongo, Bonkers, Bonnie, Bonsai, Boots, Bora, Bowser, Brandi, Brandy, Bree, Breezy, Brenda, Bridget, Bridgette, Brit, Brittany, Bubbles, Buffy, Bumblebee, Bumpkin, Bunny, Butterball, Buttercup, Butterscotch, Buttons.

C -- Cabana, Cabaret, Cabo, Caboodle, Caboose, Caitlin, Cajun, Calamity, Cali, Calico, Calista, Callie, Calypso, Camelot, Camilla, Camille, Candace, Candy, Capricorn, Caribou, Carina, Carisma, Carissa, Carly, Carnation, Carob, Carolina, Caroline, Casbah, Casey, Cashmere, Casino, Caspar, Caspian, Cassandra, Cassidy, Cassie, Cassy, Catalina, Catherine, Caviar, Celeste, Cha-Cha, Chalet, Chanel, Chantilly, Chaos, Charade, Charlotte, Charmer, Checkers, Chelsea, Cherub, Chewbacca, Chew-Chew, Chewy, Cheyenne, Chianti, Chiclet, China, China-Doll, Chiquita, Chloe, Chocolata, Chocolate, Choo-Choo, Chopsticks, Chunky, Chutzpa, Cinder, Cinnamon, Classy, Clementine, Cody, Cookie, Coral, Cori, Corky, Corona, Cory, Crystal, Cuddles, Cujo, Cutie, Cutie Pie, Cybil, Cypress.

D -- Dahlia, Daisy, Dakota, Dalai Lama, Dallas, Damsel, Dana, Dancer, Dandelion, Danica, Danielle, Danube, Daphne, Dashe, Dawn, Dazzle, Dee, Deja Vu, Delaney, Delta, Denali, Desiree, Destiny, Diamonds, Diana, Dimples, Dinkie, Disco, Diva, Dixie, Dolly, Donatella, Dots, Dreamer, Duchess, Delilah.

E -- Ebony, Eclipse, Eden, Edie, Eiffel, Elaine, Eleanor, Electra, Elisha, Ella, Ellen, Ellie, Elsie, Elvira, Elyse, Emilee, Emma, Espirit, Essence, Eve, Evelyn, Evita, Elizabeth.

F -- Faith, Fantasia, Fawn, Feather, Felicia, Felicity, Fergi, Fifi, Fiji, Flower, Foxy, Francesca, Francine.

G -- Gabby, Gabor, Gabrielle, Geisha, Gem, Genie, Georgette, Georgia,  Geraldine, Gertrude, Gia, Gidget, Giggles, Gigi, Ginger, Gipsy, Giselle, Gloria, Goldie, Goldilocks, Governess, Grace, Gracie, Gretchen, Guinevere, Ginger, Gwinnie, Gypsy.

H -- Haddie, Hailey, Hannah, Harley, Harlot, Harmony, Haven, Hazel, Heather, Heidi, Heiress, Helena, Henrietta, Hepburn, Hermit, Hilton, Holly, Hollywood, Honey, Hope, Hydra.

I --  Ice, Ida, Ilene, Inca, India, Indigo, Ingrid, Irene, Iris, Isabella, Isabelle, Isis, Ivory, Izzie.

J -- Jackeline, Jackie, Jackquelyn, Jade, Jaida, Jaime, Jaine, Jane, Jasmin, Jasmine, Jasper, Jazz, Jenna, Jennifer, Jenny, Jessie, Jezebel, Jody, Jorja, Josie, Joy, Judie.

K -- Kacy, Kala, Kali, Kalia, Katie, Keeper, Kelly, Kibbles, Kiki, Kinsey, Kisses, Kitt, Kiwi, Krista, Kyra.

L -- Lacey, Lady, Laika, Lamara, Lambchop, Lassie, Lavender, Lexis, Liv, Livie, Lizzi, Lolita, Lonna, Lucy, LuLu.

M -- Mabel, Macbeth, Macy, Maddy, Madelaine, Madison, Madonna, Maggie, Mallory, Magnolia, Mandy, Margaret, Margarita, Mariah, Marianne, Marie, Marilyn, Marissa, Marlene, Marmaduke, Martha, Martina, Mary, Marylou, Matilda, Mattie, Maureen, Maxine, Maybelle, Medusa, Meg, Megan, Meghan, Melissa, Melody, Mercedes, Mia, Michelle, Millie, Mindy, Minnie, Mirabella, Miranda, Misha, Missy, Misty, Molly, Mona Lisa, Monica, Monique, Muffin, Mitzi, Morticia, Myra.

N -- Nadia, Naomi, Natalie, Natasha, Nattie, Nell, Nellie, Nemo, Nessie, Nicki, Nicky, Nicolette, Nika, Nikita, Nikkie, Nina, Nora, Noreen, Norma, Nova, Novella, Nubby.

O -- Ola, Olive, Olivia, Olympia, Oprah, Orca, Orchid, Oriana.

P -- Page, Paige, Pam, Pamela, Pansy, Paprika, Pasha, Patrice, Patty, Paula, Paulette, Peaches, Pearl, Pebbles, Peggy, Penelope, Penny, Peoria, Persia, Petra, Petulia, Phoebe, Phyllis, Pia, Piggy, Pisces, Pixie, Plum, Polaris, Polly, Poppy, Porsche, Princess, Prissie, Pumpkin.

Q -- Quacky, Queen, Queenie, Quibble.

R -- Rachel, Ragmuffin, Rajah, Ramona, Randi, Raquel, Raven, Reba, Rebecca, Regina, Reilly, Remy, Rhea, Rhonda, Rochelle, Romy, Rosalyn, Rosarita, Rose, Rosebud, Rosie, Roxanne, Roxy, Ruby, Ruffles, Ruth, Ruthie.

S -- Sadie, Sandy, Sasha, Sassy, Scarlet, Sheba, Shelly, Sienna, Sophie, Sugar, Summer, Suzie, Sylvia.

T -- Tabatha, Tara, Tasha, Tawny, Tess, Tisha, Tootsie, Trixie.

U -- Uma, Ursula.

V -- Velvet, Veronica, Vickey, Violet.

W -- Wanda, Willow, Winnie, Wendy.

X -- Xena, Xelda.

Y -- Yancy, Yaya, Yoyo, Yumyum.

Z -- Zoe, Zelda, Zena, Zina, Zoey.


Dog Articles Index
Like this article? Share it!