Are you looking for the perfect name for your new puppy or dog? Here you will find a good sized and ever growing assortment of names, some with the meaning, broken down by category.

Some advice when picking a name – keep it simple. One to two syllables are much easier for your pet to recognize – and to avoid confusion, do not choose a name that rhymes with a common command like "sit". President Obama’s new family addition, the Portuguese Water Dog breed, is a great example of what NOT to name your new pet. BO. What vital word does this rhyme with? – NO. You can see where this similarity can cause confusion for a dog.

Don't pick out one until you have a chance to observe your dog. Maybe a particular habit or trait will make it easier to narrow down a list that you have.

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Coolest Dog Names and Dog Breed Information

Don't just come up with a name that fits your dog in the moment. If it is a young pup, you want to think about him in a full grown state.

If you are adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group and they had a name with their previous life or the foster family has been calling the dog by a name, try to keep that name. Avoid further confusion to the poor dog who's life has been probably turned upside down in recent months.

But if you are getting a new dog or have found a dog with no existing name, then I’m sure that you’ll find one that will fit your new pet among the various categories we currently have – like, German Dog Names, Names for Big Tough Dogs, Spanish Dog Names, Mexican Dog Names, and more.

Alaskan Dog Names

 

  • AKIAK: the other side or old village
  • AMAGUQ: Wolf God
  • APUT: Snow
  • ATANEQ: King
  • BUNIQ: Sweet Daughter
  • CHU: Beaver
  • CIKUQ: Ice
  • DESNA: Chief
  • HEY: Winter
  • ISSUMATAR: Superior
  • KASKAE: Chief
  • MAGUYUK: Howler
  • MAKOKTOK: Young
  • MIKI: Little
  • NANOOK: Cute or Kinda
  • NANUK: Polar Bear
  • NIGAQ: Rainbow
  • NILAK: Chipped Ice
  • NINI: Porcupine
  • NUKKA: Little sister
  • PIKATTI: Companion
  • QUANNIK: Snowflake
  • SAGHANI: Raven
  • SAKARI: Sweet
  • SESI: Snow
  • SHILA: Flame
  • SOS: Bear
  • SUKA: Fast
  • SULUK: Feather
  • SWEET: Sweet
  • TARTOK: Dark
  • TORNGASAK: Good Spirit
  • TUNGULRIA: Black One
  • ULVA: Wolf

Italian Dog Names

 

  • ALBA
  • BACCO
  • BELINA
  • BELINDA
  • BIANCA
  • BINO
  • BORIS
  • BRUNO: Brown-haired
  • CESARE
  • CINO
  • CLEO
  • COCO
  • CORA
  • CUZIA
  • DANTE: Lasting
  • DARIA
  • DIEGO
  • DINA
  • DIVO
  • ELMO
  • ELSA
  • ELVINO
  • ENZO
  • FABIO
  • FAZIO
  • FLORA
  • FRIDO
  • GILDA
  • GINO: Louis
  • GIORGIO
  • GONZO
  • GRETA
  • GUIDO: Guide
  • IGOR
  • LUCCA: Light
  • LUIGI: Famous warrior
  • LUNA
  • MARIO: Bitter
  • MARTA
  • MILO
  • MIRKO
  • NICO
  • NINA
  • NINO
  • OLGA
  • OMAR
  • ORIO
  • OSCAR
  • PIA
  • PIETRO
  • PONZIO
  • REMO
  • RINO
  • RITA
  • ROCCO
  • RUFO
  • SALVO
  • SANTO: Sacred
  • SERGIO: Attendant
  • SICO
  • STELLA
  • TINA
  • TITO: Giant
  • TOSCO
  • UGO: Intelligent
  • UNNA
  • VASCO
  • VILMA
  • ZENA
  • ZENO
  • ZITA
  • ZOE

Funny Dog Names

 

  • BALOO: The bear from the Jungle Book.
  • BUBBA: Forrest Gump’s friend.
  • BUBBLES
  • BUTTERCUP: Funniest when used for a large homely brute of a dog.
  • CHEWBACCA: CHEWY for short – The Wookie from Star Wars
  • FUZZY – Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair….
  • CRICKET
  • CRITTER
  • FLAKES
  • GIZMO: Brings back memories of
  • Gremlins – and the cute creatures
  • GOOBER
  • GUMBY
  • HOMER: Brings up images of the Simpsons and inbreeding. Although, I know a Homer who is far from dull.
  • Funny Looking Dog Dressed Up
  • MACARONI
  • OZONE: Always one of my favorites and stole the idea for a malamute pup I acquired years ago. For the slower, not so intelligent dogs.
  • PICKLES
  • SPOT: A classic, dull sounding name, from children’s books. President Bush’s family dog was Spot. I’ll say no more.
  • STINKER
  • TRIXIE: American origin – meaning > Bringer of Joy

Celtic Names for Dogs

 

  • ANGUS: Scottish name-Vigor
  • BLANE: Gaelic – Yellow – Name of an important Scottish Saint.
  • BOWEN: Small – Victorious
  • BOYD: Yellow – or Fair-haired
  • BRADY: Spirited – Gentle
  • BRIANA: A feminine form of Brian
  • BRIDGET: Strength – enduring spirit
  • BRYCE:
  • DAVINA: A feminine form of David
  • DUNCAN: Meaning brown or chief. A surname based on a clan name.
  • DYLAN: Welsh word for ocean, sea and the deep
  • ENID: A heroine of a Welsh Arthurian romance. May have originally been a Celtic goddess of sovereignty.
  • FERGUS: From the Old Irish for 'man' and strength and vigor.
  • FIFE, FYFE: Derived from the name of an ancient kingdom in eastern Scotland.
  • FIONA: Pen name created by William Sharp. Feminine form of Finn.
  • FRASER:
  • GETHIN: Welsh – dark, Dusky.
  • GILLIS: Gaelic 'servant of Jesus'
  • KENNA: Feminine form of Kenneth or Kenny
  • KONAN: High, Mighty-Also written as Conan
  • LOGAN: Has been a surname since the 12th century.
  • MORGAN: Could mean a variety of things -big circle to born
  • MORGANA: The Breton name for King Arthur’s sister, Morgan la Fay
  • MUNRO: Derived from the Gaelic name Rothaich, meaning a person from Ro.
  • NESSA: Nessa is an old Irish name as well as a Scottish nickname for Agnes.
  • OSCAR: One who loves deer
  • RHYS: A popular name in Welsh history. Anglicized as Reece or Rice.
  • RONAN: Saint Ronan was said to have driven the devil out of the valley of Innerleithen.
  • SHANNON: Longest river in Ireland. Old Irish Goddess Sinann
  • STEWART: Originally borne by the keepers of the Scottish royal household.
  • TIPPER: Water Pourer

Mexican Dog Names

 

  • ALITA: Noble
  • AMIGO: Friend
  • CHICO
  • CIRO: The Sun
  • DAMITA: Princess
  • DIABLO: Devil
  • ELVIRA: Impartial judgment
  • EMILIO: Winning One
  • ESTEBAN: Crown
  • GITANA: Gypsy
  • GRINGO
  • ISABEL: Concecrated to God
  • JUANITA: Form of Johanna
  • LOLA: Strong Woman
  • MADRA: Mother
  • MANUEL: God is with us
  • MARIPOSA: Butterfly
  • MELOSA: Gentle and sweet
  • MORA: Blueberry
  • NINA: Girl, Grace
  • PALOMA: Dove
  • RAMONA: Wise protector
  • RICO: Noble Ruler
  • ROGELIO: Beautiful One
  • SANDIA: Watermelon
  • SANTIAGO: Supplanter
  • SANTOS: Of the Saints
  • TIA: Aunt, princess
  • ZENON: Living

Tough Dog Names – Big Dogs

 

  • BEAR: sometimes puppies resembles cute little bear cubs. Others may want to depict the ferociousness of the bear.
  • BRUISER
  • BRUNO
  • DUKE
  • BRUNO
  • BRUTUS: Latin Origin with origins with the word Brute. Mostly used with the “brute” aspect in mind, the true meaning of Brutus is slow witted, and dull in the head.
  • CAESAR: Long haired, friend of many.
  • FANG
  • GOLIATH
  • KILLER:- No meaning to take seriously. This name was popular with Rottweilers even though they usually tend to be mellow dogs. This name is ideal as a funny name for say, a poodle?
  • KING: Top dog, tough dog. I met 1 King and he looked intimidating but was actually a big sweetheart but between the name and his black fur and size, he gave the image of a dog to be reckoned with.
  • KODAK
  • KONG: As in King Kong
  • RAMBO: From the classic soldier movie
  • ROCCO, ROSCOE, or ROCKY
  • SAMSON
  • SCARFACE: Al Pacino’s most violent of movies.
  • SCRAPS: From the Charlie Chaplin movie “A Dog’s Life”
  • SPIKE: English Origin. Meaning – Ear of Grain. It’s literal meaning is a long and heavy nail but the Americanized flavor of “Spike” brings visions of spiked collars and for some, conjures up visions of “Spike” the Billy Idol look alike vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • SUSQUATCH
  • TAZMANIAN DEVIL: Taz for short – Yes, a Looney Tunes reference – maybe not scary but you are only going to name a larger rammy dog this name.
  • THOR: I think we’re all picturing the super Viking, super-sized hammer wielding Norse figure. Yes, Thor, god of thunder.

Fancy Dog Names

 

  • BABY CAKES
  • BINKY
  • BUFFY
  • BUTTERCUP
  • COOKIE
  • DUTCHESS
  • FI FI
  • FLUFFY
  • FRECKLES
  • LADY
  • MUFFIN
  • PICKLES
  • PEBBLES
  • PERCY
  • PRECIOUS
  • PRINCESS
  • TRUMAN – English Origin – mean Honest

Native American Dog Names

 

  • ALMIKA or IXKIN: She of the sun
  • CHASKA: Star, star goddess
  • CHAVA: Earth
  • CHIPARA: Rainbow
  • FOCHIK: Celestial stars
  • HAKIDONMUYA: Waiting moon
  • INTINA: Sun eye
  • IXKIN: She of the sun
  • KICHE: Sky spirit
  • MAGENA: Moon
  • MAPIYA: Sky
  • MIAKODA: Power of the Moon
  • MIMITEH: New Moon
  • MISAE: White Sun
  • NAMID: Star Dancer
  • PACHAMA or PACHAMAMA: Mother Earth
  • QOYLURANI: Star
  • SHOTEKA: Sky
  • TADEWI: Wind
  • TAIGI or TAINI: Returning Moon
  • TAIMA: Thunder
  • TUWA: Earth

German Dog Names

 

  • AGATHA: Benevolent and kind
  • AIKO
  • ANKA
  • ARLO: Hill
  • ARNOLD: Strong as an eagle, brave
  • ASTRID
  • AXEL: Source of Life, Victory
  • BARON: Nobleman
  • BAXTER: Provider, industrious
  • BEETHOVEN
  • BIANKA: Fair, wisdom
  • BORIS
  • BREWSTER: One who brews beer
  • CLAUDIA: Lame, Loved
  • DAGMAR: Glorious day, redeemed
  • DINO: Little sword, covenant
  • EINSTEIN
  • ELSA: a form of Elizabeth, Royal, Honorable
  • ETZEL: Noble
  • FABIAN: Bean grower, nourishing
  • FELIX: Fortunate, blessed
  • FREIDA: Peace, Joy
  • FRITZ
  • GENIE
  • GERDA
  • GUNTHER: Warrior/War
  • HEINZ: Household Ruler
  • HEIDI: Honored, blessed
  • HELGA
  • HENRY: Ruler of the Home
  • MILO: – From the name Miles, Generous, Helpful spirit
  • MOZART
  • NARDO: From the name Bernard
  • NINA: Grace of God, Delivered
  • OLGA: Holy, Wise
  • OTTO: Wealthy, prosperous, esteemed
  • PORTIA: Offering
  • REGGIE: Advisor to the King
  • REX: King, Leadership
  • RITA: Pearl, Priceless
  • ROCCO: Rest, Restored
  • RUDI or RUDY: Famous and great, Resourceful
  • SCHNITZEL
  • SIGMUND: Victorious protector, Guardian
  • SOPHIE: Wisdom, Excellent virtue
  • STANLEY: From the Rocky Meadow, Sincere devotion
  • TANNER: Leather Worker
  • TILLIE: Might, Power
  • TRUMAN: Faithful, honest
  • URSULA: Little bear, courageous
  • WALDO Strong, Thankful
  • WANDA: Wanderer, Seeker of truth
  • WHISKEY
  • WILMA: Protector
  • WILSON: son of William
  • WOLFGANG
  • ZACK
  • ZELDA: Warrior
  • ZUCKERT