Male and Female Dog Names: 501 Unique & Cute Options For Your Puppy

One of the most exciting things about welcoming a new puppy into your home is that you get to choose your new furry friend’s name!

But where do you start? Well, to help you out, we’ve put together this fun article that’s chockfull of great tips on how to pick a name for your pup.

When you’re picking a name for your puppy, always go for something short and not too complex. If the name takes forever to say, your puppy isn’t likely to remember it. And it will make training your pup to come to you a challenging task!

If you do find a long name that you absolutely love, you can still choose it; just shorten it to a nickname that your dog can learn and remember.

Finding Ideas

As well as our suggestions in this article, there are lots of other sources of inspiration for dog names.

  • You might have a best friend or favorite family member that you’d like to name your puppy after.
  • Maybe you took a vacation to a country or state you really loved – why not name your puppy after that?
  • Rock stars, trendy bands, movie stars, and TV personalities can also have names that would look great on a puppy. However, remember that your dog could live until well into his teens, and someone that’s currently hot news might be long forgotten in a few years’ time.
  • If your dog comes from a particular country, you might like to choose a name from that region for him. For example, if you have a French bulldog, you may want to call him Paris or Eiffel!
  • An extremely handy resource for finding dog names are baby name books that you can buy online or in bookstores. These books contain an alphabetical list of names for both boys and girls, and some books also include the meaning of each name too, so you can pick something that fits your pup perfectly.

Top Five Male & Female Names

The top five male and female dog names in the U.S. are:

Top 5 Male Names
Top 5 Female Names
Maxx
Bella
Charlie
Lucy
Buddy
Molly
Rocky
Daisy
Spot
Maggie

So, if you want your dog to stand out from the crowd in the dog park, avoid choosing one of these names!

Now let’s dive right in and take a look at some fabulous dog names that we’ve found for you!

Disney Inspired Dog Names

If you’re a Disney movie fan, you might want to pick a Disney-inspired name for your new puppy.

There are lots of Disney animals that you can choose from, including quite a few dogs! We’ve included names for boy and girl dogs, and there are plenty of options that would suit either sex.

Check out this list to see if anything takes your fancy:

Disney Names 1Disney Names 2Disney Names 3
AbuFrolloNoodle
AladdinGastonOlaf
AliceGenieOliver
AnnaGobstopper (one of the 101 Dalmatians!)Ollie
ArchieGoofyOreo
ArielGothelOtis
ArielGrumpyPacha
ArthurGusPanda
AuroraHadesPascal (from Tangled)
AuroraHerculesPatch
BagheeraHersheyPeaches
BaileyHiroPegasus
BalooHookPenny
BambiJafarPepper
BashfulJanePercy
BasilJaqPerdita
BaymaxJasminePeter Pan
BearJellybeanPhil
BeastJennyPiglet
BeauJessePluto
BeeJiminyPongo
BellaKaaPrince
BelleKhanPumbaa
BerliozKristoffRajah (Jasmine’s tiger in Aladdin)
BertKronkRapunzel
BirchLadyRatcliffe
BoltLeoRatigan
BootsLi ShangRobin (Hood)
BriarLiloRolly
Bruno (the dog in Cinderella)Little JohnScar
BuddyLolaSebastian
ButtonLottieSeuss
BuzzLuckySimba
CharlieLunaSnickers
CharmingMaleificentSocks
ChiefMarieSplatter (another one of the 101 Dalmatians!)
ChipMarleySpot
CinderellaMarlinSprout
CloverMarySquirrel
CoconutMauiSquirt
CopperMaxStella
CricketMaximusStitch
CruellaMedusaStromboli
DixieMeekoSven
DodgerMegaraTarzan
DoryMeridaThomas O’Malley
DotMerlinThumper
DuchessMillieTiana
DumboMinnieTimon
EdgarMoanaToby
EliMooMooToddy
EllieMowgliToulouse
Elsa (the lion)MuffinTramp
EricMulanUrsula
EsmeraldaMushuWaffle
Fergus (king from Brave)NalaWendy
FlitNanaWoody
FlounderNaveenYzma
FlynnNemo
FrecklesNikka

Classic & Unusual Male/Female Dog Names

If you’re planning on welcoming a female puppy into your household, you’ll need a female dog name for her.

Here’s a selection of great, classic names for both male and female dogs. We’ve included some exotic and unusual names, as well as the more commonly-seen monikers.  We’ve also included a nice list of unusual dog names you may not have seen before.

Classic Female NamesClassic Male NamesUnusual Dog NamesUnusual Dog Names
AdaAmazonAdolphpoLarka
AdelaideAnselAdulfLucifer
AixaApuAegenwulfLuna
AlariceArvinAldwulfLupin
AlciraAsiaAlphaLycanthrope
AlexandraAsterixAlpineLynx
AlsaAtkaArcticMarlo
AnastasiaAustinArnouxMarta
AphroditeAxelAspenMateo
AstralBagheeraAuroraMathias
AthenaBalooBamaMinx
AuraBlackieBardolfMirage
AzitaBobBardolpheMoon
BabetteCalicoBatmanMoro
BabyCarobBejaMurdock
BardotChrisBinxMystic
BeautyClarenceBlueMyth
BentinaCliveBodhiNicky
BrunhildaConanBorealisNinja
CandyDanteBossNomad
CariocaDaveBranNova
CarmenDexterBrassaObsidian
ClementineDiabloCalefOmen
CleoEnyoCasinoOnyxa
CleopatraHunterChampersOrion
CocoaIvoChanelPalla
DaisyJaegarChazPanther
DamsonJarvisCheetahPicasso
DannieJimChiantiPilot
DarleneJosefChiefPogo
DeliaJuppCiderPolar
DelilahKaiserDaiquiriQwerty
DollyKingDaliRa
DuchessMilesDarwinRadar
DunaMiloDawsonRanne
EchoNandoDe NeroRebel
EddaNileDéjà vuRémy
EldaObertDesmondRizzo
EleanorOrionDudeRocky
ElgaOsirisEbonyRogue
EnyaOthelloEgoRomo
EudoraRajaFameSage
EveRiverFellSaint
FayeStripeFerrariSambuca
FergieTabbyFlintShandy
GiselleTigerFreySierra
GoldaUlricGabuSkop
GorgeousUltonGinnySolar
IlsaValdusGioSprocket
IseldaVarickGiroStorm
KarlaWildcatHarleySula
OliveXerxesIceTaboo
OpalZanderIconTahoe
SeldaZachIndiaTattoo
ShebaZamboniJaguarTimber
StarZovaJazzTitan
TrudyZingerKarTizzy
XenaZaneKarmaToboe

Cute Dog Names For Small Dogs

Some dogs are just plain cute! If you have a tiny fuzzball puppy that’s going to grow into the cutest little pup you ever saw, you’ll need a cute name that will suit him perfectly.

Here are some of the most adorable dog names we could find:

Small Dog Names 1Small Dog Names 2
AardwolfLime
AceLoki
AmaruqLottie
AmosLouie
AmwolfLucky
ApolloLucy
ArchieLulu
AventurineMaggie
AzureMarley
Baby DollMarshmallow
BaileyMax
BambiMilo
BanditMolly
BaxterMoonbeam
BearMoose
BeauMoose
BentleyMowgli
BiscuitMuffin
BlossomMunchkin
BlueMuppet
BoMurphy
BoltNala
BoobooNeptune
BoomerNessie
BootsNibbles
BrodyNugget
BrunoOliver
BubblesOllie
BuddyOnyx
BunnyOscar
BusterOtis
ButtercupOtto
CharliePancakes
CodyPansy
ColbyPatches
CookiePeaches
CooperPeanut
CuddlesPepe
CupcakePickles
CustardPing Pong
Cutie PiePip
DashPixie
DeepPluto
DexterPopcorn
DieselPoppy
DukePumpkin
EddieQuartz
EmeraldQueenie
EnvyQuinn
FinnRex
FlowerRiley
GemRiver
GeorgeRocco
GigglesRocky
GizmoRomeo
GusRoscoe
HankRosie
HarleyRusty
HenrySam
HoboSammy
HunterSapphire
IvySawyer
JackScout
JacksonShadow
JadeSimba
JakeSunny
JasonTank
JasperTeddy
JaxToby
JealousTopaz
JoeyTourmaline
KatieTucker
KikiTurquoise
LambchopTyson
LapisWaffles
LeafWinston
LeoZeus
Lily / LillieZiggy

Funny Dog Names

Our canine companions can be comedians as well as our best friends! And if you have a good sense of humor too, you might want to find a funny name for your dog.

Sources of inspiration for funny dog names can come from a film character or comedian who made you giggle or maybe from your best buddy who’s hilarious without even trying to be!

If you do pick a funny name for your puppy, remember that today’s in-joke might not be so amusing tomorrow, and your poor pup will have to carry that name for the rest of his life!

Here’s a small selection of amusing dog names that you might like to consider for your funny furball:

Funny Names 1Funny Names 2
BabycakesMr Fluffy
Cutie PieSnuffles
GhostbusterSoftie
Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary)Trump
KittyTaco

Tough & Rugged Dog Names

Some dogs look just plain tough, even if they’re really great big softies at heart! And a tough dog needs a tough name to reflect his looks, if not his personality.

When choosing a tough-sounding name, avoid picking something that could be viewed as offensive by other dog owners at the dog park. In particular, it’s best to steer clear of naming your dog after evil historical figures.

Here’s a few tough dog names that won’t cause offense!

Rugged Names 1Rugged Names 2Rugged Names 3
AbelCoalLegend
AshCokeMaverick
AtlasCourageMidas
AttilaDashMiles
AugustusEmberMing
AvigdorFangMisty
BanditFoggyNeo
BooneFuzzyOzzie
BrandGandalfPlato
CaesarGrisRanger
CaponeHazeRonin
CasanovaHendrixRyder
CassiusHuckTimber
ChaucerJaggerWilder
ChekhovJuliusYukon
CinderKhanZeus
CoalKing
CokeKodiak

Inspired by Movies

If you love movies, you might find inspiration for your dog’s name among the following movie-inspired selections:

Movie Names 1Movie Names 2
Ambrosius (Labyrinth)Milo (The Mask)
Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)Morpheus (The Matrix)
BatmanNapoleon (Napoleon Dynamite)
Baxter (Anchorman)Neo (The Matrix)
Boba Fett (Star Wars)Robin
Brick (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)Simba (Lion King)
Chance (Homeward Bound)Snake (Escape from NY, Escape from LA)
Clarice (Silence of the Lambs)Stich (Lilo & Stitch)
Jack (The Shining)Toto (Wizard of Oz)
JunoTrinity (The Matrix)
Kane (Citizen Kane)Uggie (The Artist)
Kip (Napoleon Dynamite)Winnie (Winnie the Pooh)
Marv (Sin City)

More Names From A-Z

Finally, here are some more dog names, from A through Z.

A

Abbey, Abby, Abagail, Ace, Alamo, Alec, Alen, Alex, Alexis, Ali, Algie, Allie, Althea, Amanda, Amber, Amelia, Amigo, Amos, Anastasia, Andie, Angel, Angelica, Anne, Arcanine, Archer, Arica, Ariel, Arizona, Asha, Ashtan, Aspen, Atlas, Aura, Axel, Ayala, Ayana Ashley, Astro

B

Baby, Bailey, Balto, Bambi, Bandit, Barklay, Barky, Barney, Basil, Beanie, Bear, Beatrice, Becca, Beckie, Beetle, Bejour, Bell, Bella, Belle, Ben, Benni, Bennie, Benny, Bentley, Bessie, Beta, Billie, Biscuit, B.J., Blackie, Blaster, Blaze, Blinx, Blitz, Blondie, Blooper, Blossom, Blue, Bogie, Boinkers, Bonkers, Bonnie, Bono, Bonzo, Boo, Booboo, Boogie, Boomer, Boots, Bootsie, Bootsy, Boxer, Boy, Brad, Brandi, Brandon, Brandy, Brock, Bruno, Breaker, Brechin, Bree, Brenner, Bridget, Brindle, Brink, Briz, Bronx, Bryce, Bryttany, Bubba, Bubbles, Bucky, Bud, Buddy, Buffy, Bullet, Busta, Buster, Butch, Buttercup, Buzz

C

Caesar, Caitlyn, Calli, Calypso, Camby, Cami, Candi, Candy, Cappachino, Cargo, Carl, Carly, Carmel, Casey, Cash, Cassie, Cassey, Cassidy, Cat, Caymus, Cedar, Chaos, Chance, Chapanga, Chappy,
Charlie, Chase, Chasity, Chaz, Checkers, Cheeky, Cherry, Chelsea, Cher, Chester, Chewy, Chica, Chico, China, Ching, Chinzy, Chiquita, Chloe, Chocoleth, Chunky, Cinnamon, Clarice, Cleo, Clifford, Cloe,
Cloud, Clover, Cobie, Coby, Cocoa, Cody, Comet, Contessa, Cooper, Copper, Corky, Cornell, Cosmo, Cowboy, Cream, Cruiser, Crumpet, Crystal, Cuddles, Cupcake, Custard, Cutie

D

Daffy, Dafny, Daisy, Daisy Mae, Dakota, Dallas, Damien, Dancer, Danny, Dante, Darling, David, Dawson, DeDe, Derral, Diamond, Dicer, Digger, DJ, Diane, Dinah, Dinger, Dingo, Dinky, Dino, Dixie, Doby, Dog, Dogberry, Dogzilla, Dolly, Donte, Dossie, Dottie, Dotty,Dozer, Drummond, Dude, Duke, Duncan, Dutchess, Dusty, Dudley, Dogberry, Dude, Dutchess

E

Echo, Ed, Eevee, Eli, Elmer, Elmo, Emma, Else, Elvis, Elway, Ember, Emily, Erin, Eros, Eternity

F

Fairy, Fancy, Fanny, Farley, Favian, Feefee, Fido, Fiona, Finnegan, Fletcher, Flint, Fluffy, Flossie, Fonzie, Foster, Foxy, Fran, Franko, Fred, Friday, Frisky, Fritz, Freckles, Furry

G

Gabbie, Gabby, Galaxy, Gamble, Garth, GeGe’, Gena, Geneve, George, Gidget, Gina, Ginger, Ginny, Gizmo, Goldy, Goliath, Gomez, Goofball, Goose, Grace, Gracie, Graveler (a mean dog), Grouch, Grover, Growlithe, Gus, Guy, Gwenivive, Gypsy

H

Haley, Halley, Hannah, Hans, Harley, Harrie, Harvey, Hazel, Hattie, Harry, Henry, Hercules, Henry, Hero, Hershey, Hogan, Holly, Homer, Homey, Honey, Honey Bear, Hoover, Hot Dog, Hot Shot, Houstan, Hunter

I

Impi, Iris, Ivan, Ivy, Indira, Iona, Isis, Ivory, Izzy

J

Jack, Jackie, Jackson, Jacqueline, Jade, Jake, James Bond, Jamie, Jammin, Janice, Jar, Jaraspo, Jarava, Jarrah (Dark Wood), Jasmine, Jasper, Jay, Jazzy, Jazz, Jemmi, Jefferson, Jenny, Jerry, Jersey, Jet,
Jethro, Jetta, Jessi, Jester, Jetson, Jibber, Jimmy, Jimny, Juno, Joy, Jumper, Jono, Joe, Joeie, JoJo, Jolene, Jolteon, Jonny, Josey, Julie, Juliet, Jumbo Jim, Jumboli, Juno

K

Kahuna, Karma, Kashanta, Katie, Kayla, Keemo, Kelly, Kenny, Kenya, Koda, Kobe, Kobie, Kona, Kera, Kelsey, Keesha, Keeshu, Kenimo, Kiara, King, Kirby, Kojak, Kramer, Kristen, Krystal, Koko

L

Lacey, Laddie, Lady, Lady Luck, Laura, Lazy, Lee, Leo, Leon, Leopold (thanks to our visitor who suggested this name), Lexa, Lightning, Lilly, Lindsey Girl, Lira, Lisa, Lizzie, Loki, Loretta, Lori, Lucky, Lucy, Luke

M

Mabel, Mac, Machoke (a strong dog), Mackensie, Madam , Madeline, Madison, Maggie Mae, Magic, Maha, Mairin, Maggie, Maka, Malibu, Mandy, Maria, Mariah, Matilda, Maverick, Max, Maxie, Maya, McCoy, Meghan, Meggie, Meika, Merlin, Mesha, Mickey, Midget, Midnight, Miko, Mila, Milly, Milo, MiMi, Mindy, Minnie, Misty, Misty Bleu, M&M, Moby, Mocha, Mojoe, Mollsyn, Molly, Mooch, Mobster, MoJo, Monee, Montague, Monty, Mookie, Muffin, Moses, Mocha, Morgan, Mouse, Moxie, Muffin,
Muffy, Muscleman, Mutt, Muttley, Myra, Mystic

N

Nalie, Nalpo, Naya, Nicholle, Nikki, Niña, Ninja, Nick, Nala, Napoleon, Nellie, Neptune, Nocko, Nookie, Nanook, Nikko, Ninetails, Nugget

O

Oakie, Oddie, Oliver Twist, Olivia, Ollie, Onyx, Oprah, Oreo, Oscar, Otis,

P

Pacey, Paco, Paddy, Pagan, Pal, Panda, Patch, Patches, Patti, Patty, Pawprint, Paws, Peewee, Pelar, PePe’La Pu, Pepper, Peppermint Patty, Peppy, Penny, Persephone, Pete, Peyton, Phoebe, Phoenix, Pilgrim, Pippi, Piper, Pixie, Polly, Pongo, Poppy, Polvo, Poncho, Pooper, Popper, Poppy, Porsha, Posy, Pouch, Prissy, Prince, Printz, Princess, Psycho, Puddles, Puff, Pugsly, Pumpkin, Pup-Pup, Pups, Putter

Q

Queenie, Queeny, Quigley, Queisha, Quincey

R

Radar, Raffles, Rainbow, Rajah (Indian for King), Ralphie, Rambo, Ramone, Ranger, Ranni (Indian For Queen), Rapidash (a fast dog), Rascal, Ravindra, Rayo (Spanish for Lighting), Reagan, Reana, Reasoner, Reeba, Rena, Rene, Reese, Reeses, Rex, Rhea, Ricky,Riggs, Riley, Ringo, Rinty, Rita the Red, Robbie, Robbin, Robo, Rocket, Rockie, Rocky, Rolly, Rolly Polly, Roly, Romeo, Rontu, Roscoe, Rosie, Rover, Rudy, Ruler, Runner, Rush, Rusty, Ryder

S

Sabra, Sable, Sabrina, Sadie, Saffron, Salam, Sam, Sammy, Sampson, Sandie, Sandy, Santana, Sara, Sasha, Sassy, Savvie, Scooby, Scooter, Scott, Scottie, Scruffy, Sebastian, Shadow, Shaggy, Shaleigh, Shania, Shannon, Sharo (means spotty in Croation), Shasta, Sheila, Shelby, Sherlock, Shredder, Shreddie, Sid, Simba, Simon, Sinatra, Sissy, Skeeter, Skittles, Skoshi, Skye, Skylar, Slowbro, Slowpoke, Sly, Sneakers, Snickers, Snoopy, Snow, Snowflake, Snowy, Snuggles, Sophie, Sorrel, Soya, Spaz, Spencer, Sparkle, Sparkles, Sparky, Spazzy, Spike, Spook, Spooky, Spotty, Spunky, Star, Starbuck, Star-sweeper,
Stoney, Stormy, Stripes, Sugar, Sunflash, Sunny, Sunray, Sunshine, Superman, Susie, Sylvie, Synergy, Smokey, Squeak, Sydney, Sylvia

T

Tabbey, Taco, Tadpole, Taffy, Tahoe, Tameeka, Tanner, Tank, Tanzi, Tapanga, Tara, Tasha, Taz, Teakwood, Teddy, Terry, Tess, Thunder, Tiea, Tiger, Thor, Tigger, Tiggy, Timber, Timmy, Tiny, Tippy, Toby, Toffee, Toga, Tonka, Topper, Tori, Tory, Toto, Trapper, Trigger, Trouper, Trooper, Trotter, Tramp, Trixie, Trixy, Trusty, Tucker, Tuesday, Tye, Tyke, Tygar, Tyler

U

Uno, Uvina

V

Val, Venus, Vihra, Violet, Viva, Vulpix

W

Waldo, Walker, Wally, newWambo, Watson, Warrior, Webster, WeePaws, Weeps, Wes, Wheeler, Whit, White Sox, Whitney, Wiggles, Willie, Winston, Woko, Wolf, Wolly, Wonderwoman, Wrinkles

X

Xena, Xenia, Xera

Y

Y2K-9, Yanni, Yankee, Yapper, Yoda, Yoharn, Yorki, Yoshi, Yuki, Yukon

Z

Zac, Zachary, Zaggy, Zahria, Zander, Zappy, Zara, Zeena, Zelda, Zephyr, Zero, Zeus, Ziggles, Ziggy, Zinnia, Zip, Zippy, Zippers, Zoe, Zoey, Zora, Zosh, Zuri

Things To Remember

Before you finally settle on a name for your new puppy, here are a few important things that you need to remember:

  1. The name that you choose for your puppy should have a maximum of two syllables. That will make it easy for your puppy to remember his name, which is crucial for successful, hassle-free training.However, if you really love a longer name, pick that by all means, but shorten the moniker to a snappy nickname that your pup can easily learn.
  2. If you have a multi-pet household, avoid choosing a name for your new puppy that sounds a lot like that of one of his new housemates. After all, you only want one of your pets to come to you when you call him, not the whole tribe!The same principle applies to the names of members of your human family!
  3. Don’t pick a name that could be easily confused with one of the training commands you’re planning on using for your puppy.For example, “Jay” would be a great name for a dog, but it also sounds a lot like, “Stay!” Now, that’s going to be frustrating when you call your pup in the dog park and he remains sitting obediently on the spot!
  4. If possible, try to come up with a unique or very unusual name for your dog. After all, there must be dozens of dogs living across the U.S. that are called, “Toby” or “Cleo.” Now just imagine the chaos that could ensue at the park if there are several dogs there who all have the same name!

Final Thoughts

There’s no doubt that naming your new puppy is a brilliant, fun experience. However, choosing a name for your pup also carries lots of responsibility too.

Remember to pick a name that’s short and snappy or could be abbreviated so that your puppy can easily learn his new name. Make the name you choose something unusual and not a run of the mill tag that lots of other dogs will have.

If you choose a funny name, make sure that you won’t get tired of the joke when it goes out of style. Changing your dog’s name once he’s learned it simply because you don’t like the moniker anymore is not fair on your pup!

So, have fun picking a name for your new puppy, but choose wisely. Remember that your dog’s name, like your dog, is for life!

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