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115 Festive Christmas Names for Pets

Is there anything cuter than a puppy under the Christmas tree (or Hanukkah bush)? Why sure there is—a dog or cat of any age who comes into your life to brighten up the holiday season! That special pet deserves a memorable name that will remind you of their arrival. And when it comes to Christmas names for pets, you’ve got a wide selection to choose from.

There are Christmas dog names that come from holiday movies. There are Christmas cat names that will remind you of special, seasonal treats. There are also Christmas names for pets inspired by the decorations and characters that make their appearance at this time of year. And don’t forget names inspired by winter, since you can’t have Christmas without cold weather (at least in the northern part of the country).

So, get ready to get into the spirit of the season with these Christmas names for pets.

Christmas Names for Girl Pets

Noelle

Yes, it’s an upcoming holiday movie starring Anna Kendrick, but it’s also a play on the French word for Christmas, Noel.

Carol

As in Christmas carols, of course!

Sugar

This ingredient is the star of the holidays, from cookies to gingerbread houses to peppermint bark.

Ginger

You can’t have a gingerbread house without this spice, which is why it makes a perfect Christmas girl dog or cat name, especially if your pet has red or orange fur.

Plum

A name to keep sugar plums dancing in your head all season long.

Canela

The Spanish word for cinnamon, another popular holiday spice.

Vixen

One of Santa’s reindeer (and, because its literal translation means “female fox,” it’s especially appropriate for dog breeds that resemble foxes).

Eve

This name can remind you of Christmas Eve, especially if that’s the day your new pet entered your life.

Paloma

Spanish for “dove,” a symbol of peace.

Holly

This popular holiday plant can be dangerous to pets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a cute Christmas name!

Ivy

Often paired with Holly, this plant is as good a name as it is a Christmas decoration.

Candy

Perfect for the new pet you found in your stocking!

Joy

Evoking festive happiness, this name celebrates all the joy your new pet brings to your world.

Gloria

This name will have you singing “Angels We Have Heard on High” all year long.

Christmas Names for Boy Pets

Cane

Like a candy cane, of course! You can also use the alternate spelling Kane.

Nick or Nicholas

Like the jolly fat guy himself, St. Nick.

Dickens

A reference to Charles Dickens, author of “A Christmas Carol.”

Kris

Kris Kringle is another name for Santa Claus.

Dasher

One of Santa’s reindeer. For a cute nickname, you can shorten it to Dash.

Rudolph

The red-nosed legend is one of Santa’s most famous reindeer, and his name comes with a cute nickname: Rudy.

Felix

This is the word for “happy” in Latin—and who isn’t happy around the holidays?

Jul

The word for Christmas in Swedish.

Yule

Another name for Christmas, as in, “yuletide greetings.”

Gabriel

The angel who told Mary she was pregnant with Jesus.

Crosby

Last name of famous crooner Bing Crosby, whose “White Christmas” and other songs after often heard during the holidays.

Claus

Santa’s surname is especially appropriate for cats who like to use their own “claus” on toy scratchers.

Nutmeg

A seasonal spice often used in holiday desserts.

Christmas Dog Names Inspired by Movies

Max

The antler-sporting dog in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Snoopy

The famous dog in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Zeus

The canine star of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas.”

Shelby

The dog at the center of 2014’s “Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas.”

Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble

The four Christmas dog names in “Santa Paws 2.”

Scoot

The dog in “Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure.”

Bailey

The dog who stars in “Adventures of Bailey: Christmas Hero”—and also a reference to George Bailey, the main character in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Hercules

The dog in “Hercules Saves Christmas.”

Zero

Looking for a dog name from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” ? Well, you’ve found it!

Snot

Bring this name with you to your next holiday trivia night—it’s the dog’s name in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”!

Snowplow, Tank, Q.T., Frenchie, Chester, Fetch, Ceech, MacGregor and No-Name

These are the stray dogs recruited to pull Santa’s sleigh in 2004’s “Nine Dog Christmas.”

Puppy Paws, Budderball, Santa Paws, Mudbud, Buddha, B-Dawg and Eddy

These dogs starred in the Disney movie, “Santa Buddies.”

Jesse

The Jack Russell Terrier in 2016’s “A Doggone Christmas.”

Christmas

A little on the nose? Maybe—but when you name your pooch after the canine star of “A Dog Named Christmas,” you can just shorten it to Chris.

Tucker

The handsome pup in the get-out-your-tissues film, “Christmas With Tucker.”

Pet Names Inspired by Holiday Foods

Clementine

These little oranges are in peak season around the holidays.

Latke

These yummy potato pancakes are traditional Hanukkah fare.

Brisket

Another traditional Hanukkah dish.

Kugel

That’s the sweet pudding dish made at Hanukkah.

Chicory

Bitter greens that are in season in the winter.

Persimmon

A fruit that’s in season this time of year, sometimes used in Christmas pudding.

Quince

Another fruit that comes into its own in the late fall and early winter.

Cookie

What else would you leave Santa beside that glass of milk?

Pumpkin

Though the vegetable is more associated with Halloween, pumpkin pie is still a common holiday-time treat.

Cranberry

Because it’s not Christmas dinner without a side of cranberry sauce.

Cider

Perfect for snuggling in front of the fire with a steaming mug.

Pet Names Inspired by Holiday Decorations

Dreidel

A top toy for Hanukkah

Dresden

It’s a city in Germany, but also the name of 3D ornaments made in Germany in the 19th century.

Belle

Here’s a Christmas girl dog name that will remind you of holiday bells.

Tinsel

This holiday décor can be dangerous if eaten by pets—so why not add a pet named Tinsel to your home instead?

Berry

From holly berries to cranberries, these juicy fruits are a sure signal of the season.

Angel

Maybe this name will inspire angelic behavior out of your new pet? Hey, it’s worth a try.

Garland

Reminiscent of the festive décor strung around many holiday homes at Christmastime.

Star (or Starr)

Named for the source of light that led the Wise Men and for the sparkly Christmas tree topper.

Shepherd (or Shep)

As important characters in the story of Christmas, shepherds can serve as name inspiration for all pets (not just, say, the German variety).

Pet Names Inspired by Christmas/Holiday Characters

Caspar

One of three wise men (and no, not the ghost).

Dominick

The donkey in the early ‘60s Christmas song, “Dominick the Donkey.”

Frosty

The Snowman in the “Frosty the Snowman” song.

Olive

Star of “Olive, the Other Reindeer,” a TV special from 1999.

Wenceslaus

The good king in the Christmas song made famous by Bing Crosby.

Clara

A character in “The Nutcracker,” the ballet that’s performed every holiday season.

Pancho

The first name of the Tex-Mex Santa Claus (Pancho Claus).

Buddy

Will Ferrell’s character in the recent Christmas classic, “Elf.”

Emma

The character at the center of the “12 Dogs of Christmas.”

Clarence

The angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Emmanuel

From the Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” (You can always shorten it to Manny.)

Old Blue, Big Red and Luke

These are names of the Bumpus’ hounds in Jean Shepherd’s book “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters,” which was later made into the movie “A Christmas Story” in 1983 (and still shown today). Even though the Bumpus family had 785 dogs, the hillbilly family gave them the same three names!

Winter Pet Names

Blanco/Blanca

The Spanish word for “white.”

Blanche

The French word for “white.”

Nieve

The Spanish word for “snow.”

Frio

The Spanish word for “cold.”

North

As in North Pole, where it’s always chilly. (Warning: Some people may assume you were inspired by Kanye.)

Oslo

The capital of Norway, and the site of the Winter Olympics in 1952.

Moritz

After St. Moritz, the city in Switzerland where the Winter Olympics were held (twice) before World War II.

Sapporo

The city in Japan where the Winter Olympics were held in 1972.

Luge

A winter sledding sport.

Zima

The word for “winter” in Czech.

Lumi

The word for “snow” in Finnish.

Bianco/Bianca

The word for “white” in Italian.

Alaska

The state that’s home to one of the most famous dog-sledding races, the Iditarod, a 938-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome that takes place every year.

Cocoa

Drinking hot cocoa may just be the greatest way to warm up on a cold day or night.

Jack Frost

Winter personified—just don’t let your new pet nip at your nose!

Snow

This name would fit perfectly with an all-white pet.

Blizzard

These winter storms may not be fun to sit through, but they do make for a cute and unique pet name!

Chilly

Perfect for a pup who enjoys wearing a Christmas sweater.

Glacier

This name inspired by the masses of ice near the north and south poles has an outdoorsy vibe.

Alpine

A name that can directly reference the Alps, a European mountain range, or just about any elevated mountain areas.

Aspen

The Colorado town famous for its ski slopes.

Snowflake

Each one is unique—just like your new pet.

 

Once you pick your furry family member’s name, you’ll want to broadcast it everywhere—starting with your pet’s apparel itself. The GoTags Personalized Stainless Steel ID Tag lets pet parents engrave their pet’s name, address and phone number right on the tag, to help reunite them with their pet in case they get lost. Parents can also use an embroidered collar, like the Personalized Reflective Nylon Dog Collar from GoTags, or a personalized leash like the GoTags Personalized Nylon Dog Leash, to announce their holiday-themed name to the world.

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of Christmas names for pets, but take it as a starting point for finding that perfect Christmas cat name or memorable moniker for your new pup. And happy holidays!

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By: Linda Rodgers

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