Your brand-new pup is now safely at home and you have all the essentials—the leash, bowls, comfy bed and many, many toys. All you need is the perfect dog name.
You might want to go with something short and sweet that gets an instant response from your pup when you call. Or you may just want to wait a bit and pick a name based on your fur baby’s personality: Is your pupper confident and cool? Then go for one the many badass dog names on this list! Or honor your dog’s heritage—a Spanish-language dog name, say, for the little Chihuahua who’s snuggling on your lap, or a German name for that adorable German Shepherd pup.
There are so many awesome choices on this list, you’re bound to find the best dog name for your pup.
Girl Dog Names
These names are both unique and cool and would suit any size female pup.
The word means “peace” in Sanskrit.
Yes, it’s the best dog name for Taylor Swift stans, but if you have a blue-eyed dog, name her after Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress whose eyes were almost violet.
This name is experiencing a big jump in popularity for human girls, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration. That makes it an excellent girl dog name, too!
This name made Social Security’s top 10 list for human babies in 2019.
Got a dog who’s adventurous? Name her after Amelia Earhart, famous aviator of the 1930s.
This name is short and sweet and always fitting, whether your dog is a shepherd or a Shih Tzu.
Another girl’s name that’s rising in the popularity charts, maybe thanks to “Game of Thrones” character Yara Greyjoy.
Posie (or Posy or Posey)
One of the old-fashioned flower names that are so hot today.
Another old-fashioned name that’s in vogue lately.
This gorgeous name derives from the musical term “allegro,” meaning upbeat, so it may be a good pick if you’ve got a happy-go-lucky dog.
Boy Dog Names
There are a bunch of awesome dog names on this list for those who are new parents to male puppers.
A name taken from St. Francis de Assisi, patron saint of animals, would be a very fitting boy dog name for any pup, especially yours!
Your four-legged family member deserves a sweet name, and this one is the same as the inventor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, H.B. Reese (Remember: Don’t give your pup chocolate, as it can be toxic to dogs. Try these dog-friendly peanut butter cups which use carob instead.)
This name is in the top 30 for baby boys but it suits four-legged puppies just as well.
If you have one of those “shadow” dogs who loves to be by your side, this name means “attached” or “joined” in Hebrew (plus, it’s a very cool dog name).
Hudson or Hud
Name your dog after the mighty river in New York State with this name that literally means “son of Hud” (another name for Hugh in medieval England).
This Hebrew name means “fortunate one,” which describes you, now that you’ve got a dog in your life. You can also call your pup Ash for short.
Originally this meant “park keeper,” and you can’t have a dog without visiting a park or two.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on to something when they picked this name for their son.
Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s fictional character, was a mischief maker, which may apply to your new puppy too.
Got a happy dog? Name him after this Norse word for “cheerful.”
Dog Names Based on Fur Color
Get inspired by the hues in your furball’s marvelous coat.
Black Dog Names
Comes from the Arabic word for “night,” which is pretty perfect for a female pup whose fur is as black as night.
It means “black” in Italian.
Another word from Sanskrit that means “black.”
Irish origins “dark, black.”
An English black dog name that takes its cue from the word “coal.”
Another female name that means “night,” this time from Sanskrit.
John Travolta named his son Jett, but it makes a dandy name for a doggo with jet-black hair.
White Dog Names
This is the Spanish word for “white.”
And this is the Italian word for “white.”
If you ever studied Latin, you’ll know that this word means “white,” as well as being actress Jessica Alba’s surname.
This popular white wine might be a suitable white dog name for a swanky dog like a Miniature Poodle or Maltese.
This was originally a last name in England, which meant “white island.” It was considered a boy’s name until the 1960s, when actress Whitney Blake helped popularize it for girls. Then, singer Whitney Houston re-popularized it in the 1980s. You can also use Whit, the short version, for your pup if you desire.
Another English name that means “white-haired,” so pretty perfect for your white pooch.
The Hebrew word for “white,” and one of those unique dog names that you won’t run into very much.
Black and White Dog Names
What’s cuter than naming your dog after a black-and-white cookie?
These killer whales are black and white, just like your pup.
The classic white-and-black board game.
Dot or Dottie
This might be suitable if your dog has spots, too.
Another classic game, this one played with tiles, doubles as a great black and white dog name.
This game is played with three (black-and-white) dice.
Brown Dog Names
Name your favorite brown dog after your favorite hot brew.
If your pup’s got a high-spirited personality then this caffeinated drink name might be a match.
After the coffee bean, natch.
Another word for “chocolate” and a yummy drink in winter.
A color that’s an earthy, reddish brown. If that fits your dog’s fur, you’ve found your brown dog name!
Originally a girl’s name of French origin that means “dark brown,” but it could be a boy dog’s name too.
This is a German name, and originally meant “brown.”
Dog Names Based on Size
There are plenty of landmarks and objects that can lend themselves to names for your pup.
Big Dog Names
A Native American word that means “edge of the lake,” and, at 191 square miles, one of the larger lakes in the United States.
This Alaskan mountain is the tallest one in the U.S.
A Latin name meaning “the greatest.”
This giant was defeated by David in the Bible, but your pooch doesn’t have to know that.
The titan who holds up the world in Greek mythology would make a perfect big dog name.
This Greek giant ended up as a constellation, where he’s known as the hunter.
This is the largest planet in the solar system.
If you are an avid hiker, you might want to name your new pet after these extremely large trees.
Small Dog Names
The Spanish word for “little” is an obvious choice for a small dog name.
French for “little thing.”
An Italian name that means “little girl,” and you can shorten it to Bamba or Lina.
Who knew? You’d think this name was just a nod to Beatle John Lennon, but it’s Irish in origin and means “small cloak.”
Another Irish name meaning “little king,” which pretty much describes any tiny male dog.
Did you know the name means “little springs”? Well, now you do!
Dog Names Based on Geography
Whether you’re paying tribute to your dog’s ancestors or yours, picking a name from a country’s traditions, names, food or cities can be a good way to find something original.
German Dog Names
This name sounds familiar because of Axl Rose, but originally it came from Germany, where it meant “father of peace.” You might want to give it to big, calm dog.
Thanks to the British singer, this name is more popular now, but its origins come from Germany and it means “noble.”
Yes, it’s a river (in Italy), but this name comes from Germany, where it means “eagle,” so your pooch will be proud to bear it.
One of the most popular names for dogs.
The German word for “cake,” this is the typical German dessert, so it might be a sweet German dog name for your new pet.
There are lots of dogs named Bear, but you might want to give yours the German spelling.
The German variation of Elise, it means “pledged to God.”
Irish Dog Names
All dogs are heroic (even if they only chase balls), so name yours after Finn MacCool—now that’s a name!—a hero in Irish mythology.
Usually a nickname for someone named Fitzgerald or Fitzpatrick, this can double as an Irish dog name.
This used to be a nickname for William, but actor Liam Neeson and Oasis singer Liam Gallagher helped make it a popular stand-alone.
Though Flynn is a boy’s name in Ireland (it means “son of the red-haired one”), it’s one of those unisex names that also fits a female pet too.
You don’t have to divulge what this badass dog name originally meant because it doesn’t pertain to either you or your pup! (It meant “unlucky.”)
This was originally an Irish surname, and it meant “chief leader.” If your dog wants to be the boss (not that you’ll let him), give him this moniker.
A town in western Ireland, and the home of the third busiest airport in Ireland.
The capital city of Ireland.
This name of an island also means tower-like rock in Gaelic.
You might think the Scots invented this alcoholic beverage, but the Irish take credit too.
Japanese Dog Names
The words mean “light” and “child,” and this is usually a girl’s name in Japan. Why not make it a Japanese dog name, too?
A boy’s name in Japan, it originally meant “wise” and “strong.”
A Japanese girl’s name meaning “generous” and “fair.”
Japan’s famous mountain.
This rice cake is eaten during the New Year and other special celebrations.
One of Japan’s famous cities, known for its Buddhist temples.
Your dog probably won’t like sushi (though your cat will), but it makes a good boy dog name as well as one for a girl.
The traditional liquor of Japan.
Spanish Dog Names
The Spanish equivalent of James is a common human name, making it an appealing Spanish dog name, too.
One of the nicknames for Francisco.
The Spanish equivalent of Paul.
A brandy-like liquor made from grapes that comes from Chile and Peru.
Another nickname for Francisco, this was also the name of Pancho Villa, a general in the Mexican revolution.
No, it’s not just the name of the battle in Texas, but also the Spanish word for “poplar tree.”
The name has its origins in Spain where it means “noble.”
The Spanish word for “berry.”
French Dog Names
You can’t have France without its capital, which is an iconic city and a suitable French dog name for your iconic pup.
The French love their bread, and this quintessentially French loaf is a good name for any dog.
This Impressionist is considered one of the landmark French artists.
Who doesn’t think their hound is handsome? So give your pet a name that literally means “handsome” in French (and is a popular name here too).
This name originated from France (it meant d’Arcy, or from Arcy) and it later became a popular name for boys (maybe thanks to the fictional Mr. Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”).
The last name of the famous French actress from the 1960s, Brigitte Bardot.
The last name of famous French author, Victor Hugo (of “Les Misérables” fame).
Another French city, close to Belgium, and a nice name for a female fur baby.
Hawaiian Dog Names
One of the towns on the island of Hawaii, known for its breathtaking landscape of waterfalls and big mountains.
This Hawaiian dog name isn’t just for boys or girls. Rather, it’s a unisex name that has its origins in the Hawaiian word for “orange tree.”
This lovely name means “truthful” and “most beautiful,” two values your new dog already has.
The word means “sea” in Hawaiian.
This is the Hawaiian version of Mary, and a name made famous by President Obama’s eldest daughter.
The name of a bay on the island of Oahu, which is now a national park.
A name meaning “cool breeze over the mountains,” which perfectly describes Keanu Reeves and perhaps your laid-back pooch.
Italian Dog Names
The name means “beautiful” in Italian
For a self-sufficient dog, this Italian word meaning “island” might be the perfect name.
Got a stylish pup? Give them an Italian dog name honoring the country’s famous designer.
The beautiful island in Italy’s Bay of Naples.
Lake Como is in the northern part of Italy, in Lombardy, and a place that George Clooney calls home.
A name meaning “warlike,” it was made famous by the 13th century Italian merchant and traveler Marco Polo.
A game that dates back to Roman times, played with a ball in a court or dirt.
An Italian dish made with cornmeal.
Greek Dog Names
As Greek dog names go, you can’t go wrong with the name of Odysseus’ faithful dog in the Odyssey. According to myth, Argos was the only one who recognized Odysseus when he came back from his years of travel.
The Greek hero in Homer’s “The Iliad,” you could shorten this to Jax.
The female version of Alexander.
The Greek name means unspoiled paradise, which might be perfect if your new four-legged family member is calm and peaceful.
The name means “watchful traveler,” which might suit a guard dog.
It means “half,” but is the diminutive of Demetria.
This is the feminine form of Cassius, and it actually means “cinnamon,” so it might be a good name for dogs with brown fur or a spicy-yet-sweet personality.
Cute Dog Names
Here are some choices that are every bit as adorable as your furry friend.
Sure, it’s not the most original name ever, but it’s adorable when dogs have little contrasting colored paws.
Does your heart tip over at the sight of your puppy? Then honor that feeling when you give this cute dog name to your pet.
A good name if you have a little trickster on your hands.
Is your furball cute as a button? Of course they are!
A good name for a speedy dog who likes to jog or walk briskly.
You can’t go wrong with names from “Winnie-the-Pooh,” especially this one that belonged to the young kangaroo.
Not that you’ll mind, but that’s what you’ll spend on your dog so you might as well be up-front about it.
In Greek myth, this is the woman who let troubles into the world—which might be a good pick for a puppy who’s constantly getting into mischief.
The real thing may be sour, but this name will make you smile (and so will your dog).
A two-syllable name that has a musical ring to it.
Unique Dog Names
Get inspired by these one-of-a-kind picks that are as special as your new pet.
The birthplace of Elvis Presley and the name of a certain kind of honey.
Yes, it’s the name of a blanket-carrying character from “Peanuts,” but this name dates back to ancient Greek mythology, and that Linus was a great musician.
People will think of “The Simpsons,” but this is another Greek name that honors the great poet and author of “The Odyssey” and “The Illiad.”
This is the name of one of Will Smith’s Rottweilers (he has a pack).
The name of a song and the nickname of Madonna’s daughter Lourdes.
The name of Hugh Jackman’s French Bulldog.
A video game series as well as the wife of Jazz Age writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A royal name of sorts since it belongs to the Cocker Spaniel owned by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
An Irish name meaning “poet” or “minstrel.”
An old-school printing press term that was used as a placeholder (“to come”). It’s a unique dog name that might be useful if you can’t find a name you love!
Cool Dog Names
Gary Cooper played the all-American, strong, silent type in his movies.
You can’t go wrong naming your pup after an animal that symbolizes courage, pride and strength.
The coolest character in “Gone with the Wind,” and a cool dog name for your pup.
A good name for a smart, attentive puppy.
The hero of “To Kill a Mockingbird” stood up for what was right even when it wasn’t popular.
The name means “bright fame,” but most people know it from the comic “Calvin and Hobbes.”
A city in Georgia, the name has a cool, laid-back vibe.
An exotic flower name if you want to name your dog after a plant, but don’t want to settle for Daisy.
Pay homage to the strong, smart women (IRL and in fiction) who’ve had this name, like Scarlet O’Hara (“Gone with the Wind”) and actress Scarlett Johansson.
A name of Scottish origins, it means “broad eye,” but we like it because it’s stylish and friendly at the same time.
Badass Dog Names
These names have plenty of of swagger and street cred.
The last name of the main character of “Mad Men,” who personified chutzpah.
Actor and director Clint Eastwood is still going strong and has had a long career doing things his way.
Naming your dog after the Norse god of thunder may mean he won’t get scared when he hears it.
If your pet craves thrills, give them a badass dog name that references action star Vin Diesel.
Let’s hope your pet doesn’t live up to this name!
A great name if you’ve got a devil-may-care dog with a lot of charisma.
This awesome name for a strong-willed dog comes from Raven, a superhero from “Teen Titans.”
Another heroic character, from the TV show “Xena: Warrior Princess.”
Let’s hope your dog lives up to her name with other four-legged critters and not you.
You can’t go wrong naming your dog after the feisty heroine in “The Hunger Games” series.
Disney Dog Names
The father of the brood of Dalmatian pups in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.”
The mother of the brood of Dalmatians in “101 Dalmatians.”
Mickey Mouse’s pal and a truly classic Disney character.
The main character in “The Little Mermaid.” This Disney dog name is perfect for a dog who’s equally happy on land and in water.
The princess in “Aladdin.”
One of the title characters in “Lilo and Stitch.”
One of the main playthings in “Toy Story.”
The pet dog in Mickey and Minnie’s crew.
The title character in “Finding Nemo.”
The main character from “The Lion King.”
The spoiled Pug dog in Disney’s “Pocahontas.”
Hunting Dog Names
Your hound doesn’t have to hunt with you to get one of these names!
It literally means one who hunts—what could be a better hunting dog name than that?
You want a dog who’s as resourceful as a Boy or Girl Scout.
You’ve got to be wily to trap things when you go hunting.
Another outdoor profession that fits hunting dogs.
The Greek goddess of the hunt.
Davy Crockett was an American hero and pioneer, the “King of the Wild Frontier,” which in the early 19th century included the state he was born, Tennessee.
The Roman goddess of the hunt as well as wild animals and the forest.
Buffalo Bill Cody was an American soldier and hunter (of buffalos, where he got his name).
You’ll see plenty of sky when you head outdoors with your dog.
Famous Dog Names
Is your dog destined for stardom? Consider the names of these noteworthy dogs from all around the world.
The world’s smartest dog, a Border Collie, had a vocabulary of thousands of words.
This was President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, and the star of numerous White House videos.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt had many dogs, but Fala, a Scottish Terrier, was the most famous.
Sunny and Bo
President Barack Obama’s two Portuguese Water Dogs.
This English Springer Spaniel belonged to First Lady Barbara Bush, and became the subject of a children’s book.
Rin Tin Tin
A famous dog name popularized by an international dog movie star.
This brave dog took part in World War II and earned many medals for his daring deeds.
The first dog that was trained to be a Seeing Eye dog for the blind.
Country Dog Names
If you live in a rural area or wish you did, these names may be perfect for your pet.
A name that means “bold warrior,” which is what you want your country dog to be.
A country dog name that’s shared with two southern states.
Another pair of states known for their wide-open spaces.
As in Big Sky Country.
Daisy Duke was a character in TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” a TV show set in rural Georgia.
A name with a country vibe.
Honor country music by naming your dog after country singer Blake Shelton.
Nothing says country like a song by Carrie Underwood.
Can’t go wrong naming your dog after country singing icon Willie Nelson.
Dog Names From Movies
Need more inspo? Check out these dog names from movies, inspired by celebrated characters from film.
The adorable Beagle who took center stage in the “Shiloh” series of family movies.
Labs were already popular pets before “Marley and Me,” but trouble-making Marley made families realize how wonderful they really are.
In the 1930s, this Wire Fox Terrier was the sidekick to the married couple turned detectives in the “Thin Man” movies.
The adorable mutt named Benji made his movie debut in 1974, the first of several films in the “Benji” series.
Yes, cats and dogs team up, get into mischief, and become BFFs—just look at Milo, the orange tabby cat, and Otis, the Pug, in “The Adventures of Milo and Otis.”
Dorothy’s scrappy little Cairn Terrier in the classic “The Wizard of Oz.”
Based on a true story about a heroic Siberian Husky, “Balto” tells the story about a dog who went on to lead the sled that brought the diphtheria vaccine to Nome, Alaska, and saved lives.
French Mastiffs don’t normally get starring roles, but this dog stole Tom Hanks’ heart in the dog-and-detective buddy movie, “Turner and Hooch.”
A child’s best friend is always a dog, and Skip, a Jack Russell Terrier, accompanies his pal Willie everywhere in “My Dog Skip.”
“Harry Potter” Dog Names
There are so many characters in the “Harry Potter” series that you are bound to find a name there. Here are just a few of them:
This name dates back centuries and was short for Henry (another great dog name), but it’s been made cooler by Prince Harry (and Harry Potter of course).
Remus Lupin is a popular teacher at Hogwarts, was a friend to Harry’s dad, and oh yeah, also a werewolf.
The loyal house-elf who’ll do anything for Harry.
The half-man, half-giant who befriends Harry, Ron and Hermione and is the gamekeeper at Hogwarts.
Sirius Black is Harry’s godfather who turned into a black dog to escape the prison of Azkaban.
A sweet name for a brown dog, perhaps, and the last name of Cornelius, the Minister for Magic.
It’s true that Draco Malfoy isn’t the most sympathetic character in the “Harry Potter” series, but your dog doesn’t have to know that.
Feisty Fleur Delacour takes part in the Triwizard Tournament with Harry and Cedric Diggory. Also, it may just be the fanciest-sounding “Harry Potter” dog name.
The Weasley clan take Harry into their family, and Ron is one of Harry’s best and most loyal friends.
This smart phoenix is Albus Dumbledore’s companion and saves Harry’s life after being poisoned by a basilisk.
Funny Dog Names
Puns are a good way to go if you want to bestow a humorous name on your dog.
You’ll get a chuckle from the vet with this funny dog name, a play on movie star Pitt.
For the dog with the demeanor of a politician.
The 22nd and 24th president’s name does lend itself to this dog pun.
Got a Pug who needs a name? This one might do.
If the love you feel for your dog is epic, try this name that honors (in a funny way) poet Archibald MacLeish.
Find more hilarious choices in this list of funny pet names.
Popular Dog Names
These names might reign in the dog park, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t also give one to your pet
Names that end in in “y” sound friendly, which is how you feel toward your new pet.
“Christmas With Tucker” was a Hallmark movie hit, and this name has a noble ring to it.
This name recently hit number 7 in the top 10 list of popular dog names, according to Banfield Pet Hospital.
This name is short and memorable and ends in the friendly double “y” sound.
This name is the third most popular name on Banfield’s top 10 list, and number two for girl dog names.
Check out the most popular dog names of the year.
Food Names for Dogs
Your dog will probably scarf up everything that falls to the floor, so why not name them after your favorite snacks or drinks? Here are some picks to get you started.
In Spanish-speaking countries, this is what you order when you want a latte-like coffee.
A fruit that’s like an apple.
The sweet-smelling herb.
Everyone’s favorite snack.
A sweet treat of a name for a super-sweet dog.
Check out this list of food names for dogs and other pets.
Halloween Dog Names
If your pooch has a fall birthday, you might want to go for a name that celebrates the season with everyone’s favorite holiday—Halloween. Consider these:
Who doesn’t like to give or receive these sweet treats when trick-or-treating?
A friendly ghost, but still a ghost
The vampire slayer is a great pick, though it’s less scary than it is a cute dog name
The vampire from “The Vampire Chronicles,” famously played by Tom Cruise in the movie “Interview with the Vampire.”
The last name of Edward Cullen, the vampire who loves Bella Swan in the “Twilight” series.
Still looking for the perfect spooky name? Find the perfect Halloween dog name with this list.
Christmas Dog Names
Ho ho ho! If you got a pup to celebrate the season, you’ll want to remember the occasion forever with one of these great holiday monikers! A few to start you off:
It’s what the herald angels sung, after all.
One of the three wise men.
As in gale-force winds, which start in winter.
People often choose a Fraser fir to be their Christmas tree, so this might be a good Christmas dog name for your pup.
A fire is a cozy thing to have around during the holidays, and your dog will give you as much of a warm feeling as the glowing bits of wood at the bottom of the fireplace.
If these choices aren’t doing it for you, get more Christmas and seasonal names for your precious pet.
Congrats on your new pup! No matter what you name them, they’ll always hold a special place in your heart.