When deciding to get a dog, there are so many factors you need to consider. Where will they sleep? Is there enough space for them to play? Do we want a big dog or a small dog? After all of that comes the most difficult decision yet: what will you name your dog? Dog names are important pieces of who your dog will be in your family. You want to be sure you pick the perfect name for your little pup, but where do you even begin? We have all the information you need to narrow down the name that will be perfect for your dog.


Choosing a Name for Your Dog


Choosing a name from lists of hundreds of dog names can be daunting. With so many great dog names out there, how do you choose? Consider what type of dog you have and what their personality is like. This is a name you will keep with them forever, so be sure it fits your image of your pup. You should also note that dog names do not have to be generic. You do not have to worry about calling your dog "Fluffy" or "Pipsqueak". Pick out dog names that speak to you and your relationship with your dog rather than what society perceives as a "dog name". 


What Does Science Say about Dog Names?


Science has done a lot of research about dogs and how they respond to dog names. If you are adopting a new puppy, you may want to think about the sounds of the name you choose, and what you will teach them. Certain names that have similar sounds to tricks or commands may become confusing for them down the road. Something like "Kit" can sound a lot like the command "Sit" and confuse your dog. Experts say that the best names for dogs, the ones they will be able to comprehend the fastest, are those that contain hard consonants.

If you are adopting a dog that already has a name but is not something you like, you can change it. Science has proven that your dog will learn a new name if given enough time. As long as you are persistent and train them properly, they will be able to relearn a new name without much trouble. You will no longer have to worry about keeping silly dog names from former owners.

Dog Names: From Alpha to Zeus

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1. Alpha


Meaning: Refers to the first letter of the Greek alphabet or to someone who is dominant

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs


2. Reiko


Meaning: In Japanese, this name means "courteous child"

Great for: Female dogs, courteous dogs


3. Crusher


Meaning: Refers to a large machine that is designed to take big rocks and turn them into smaller rocks

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, tiny dogs


4. Zulu


Meaning: Refers to someone who is a member of the South African people

Great for: Male or female dogs


5. Gaspar


Meaning: In Spanish, this name means "treasure keeper"

Great for: Male dogs, adventurous dogs


6. Mojo


Meaning: Refers to some type of magical spell or charm

Great for: Male or female dogs


7. Harley


Meaning: In old English, this name means "from the hare's meadow." It also refers to Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs


8.  Loki


Meaning: In Hindi, this name means "popular." It also refers to a mischievous god

Great for: Male dogs, mischievous dogs


9. Isis


Meaning: Refers to a goddess of religious beliefs in Ancient Egypt

Great for: Female dogs


10. Rayne


Meaning: In French, this name means "queen"

Great for: Female dogs, pampered dogs


11. Koa


Meaning: In Hawaiian, this name means "bold, fearless, and brave"

Great for: Male or female dogs, adventurous dogs


12. Marshmallow


Meaning: Refers to the sweet treat many people roast over campfires

Great for: Male or female dogs, white dogs, light-brown dogs


13. Opal


Meaning: Refers to the popular gemstone that comes in a variety of colors

Great for: Female dogs


14. Luna


Meaning: In many languages, this name means "moon"

Great for: Female dogs


15. Phoenix


Meaning: Refers to the mythical creature that is able to rise up out of the ashes

Great for: Male or female dogs, strong dogs, courageous dogs


16. Meeko


Meaning: Refers to the name of the racoon sidekick in the Disney film, "Pocahontas"

Great for: Male or female dogs, loyal dogs


17. Bumper


Meaning: In old English, this name means "incredibly fine, large, or successful"

Great for: Male dogs


18. Maximus


Meaning: Refers to the Stoic philosopher and teacher Claudius Maximus

Great for: Male dogs, intelligent dogs


19. Cadence


Meaning: Refers to the rhythm of a beat

Great for: Male or female dogs


20. Boo


Meaning: Refers to the sound a ghost makes, or a term of endearment

Great for: Male or female dogs, small dogs

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21. Nightmare


Meaning: Refers to the type of negative dream that can create strong emotional responses from the dreamer

Great for: Male or female dogs, mischievious dogs


22. Athena


Meaning: Refers to the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare

Great for: Female dogs, strong dogs, courageous dogs


23. Nova


Meaning: Refers to the nuclear explosion created by an accretion of hydrogen on the surface of white dwarf stars

Great for: Female dogs, strong dogs


24. Omen


Meaning: Refers to a phenomenon that many people believe will tell the future or signify the beginning of change

Great for: Male or female dogs


25. Arrow


Meaning: Refers to a hunting weapon often accompanied with a bow

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs, hunting dogs


26. Blaze


Meaning: Refers to a large or intensely burning fire

Great for: Male dogs, dogs with spots or stripes on them


27. Phantom


Meaning: Refers to a ghost or spirit. It can also refer to the "Phantom of the Opera"

Great for: Male dogs, white dogs, black dogs


28. Chaos


Meaning: Refers to complete confusion or unpredictable disorder

Great for: Male or female dogs, spontaneous dogs


29. Prince


Meaning: Refers to a male who is related to or married into the royal family and will be considered to be the next king

Great for: Male dogs, pampered dogs


30. Princess


Meaning: Refers to a female who is related to or married into the royal family and will be considered to be the next queen

Great for: Female dogs, pampered dogs


31. Rocky


Meaning: Refers to popular movies staring Sylvester Stallone

Great for: Male dogs, tough dogs


32. Blizzard


Meaning: Refers to an intense snow storm

Great for: Male or female dogs, Siberian Huskies


33. Sparta


Meaning: Refers to a popular and prominent area in ancient Greece

Great for: Male dogs, tough dogs


34. Candy


Meaning: Refers to the small, sweet treat often given to children

Great for: Female dogs, small dogs


35. Storm/Stormy


Meaning: Refers to a natural phenomenon involving rain, clouds, thunder, lightning, and wind

Great for: Male or female dogs, black dogs


36. Muse


Meaning: Refers to a Greek goddess that inspired the creation of literature, art, and poetry

Great for: Female dogs, intelligent dogs


37. Terror


Meaning: Refers to the intense emotion of fear as a response to a threatening or dangerous sight

Great for: Male dogs, mischievous dogs


38. Atlas


Meaning: Refers to a world atlas (which is a book of maps or charts) or to the Greek mythological figure, Atlas, who was the primordial Titan that supported the Titans during war

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs, traveling dogs


39. Beanie


Meaning: Refers to a knitted cap worn by many people across the globe

Great for: Male or female dogs, fluffy dogs


40. Viper


Meaning: Refers to a venomous snake often found on the east coast of America

Great for: Male dogs, tough dogs

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41. Romeo


Meaning: Refers to a character from one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, "Romeo and Juliet"

Great for: Male dogs


42. Thunder


Meaning: Refers to the sound that is created from lightning

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, black dogs


43. Beowulf


Meaning: Refers to a legendary hero in Scandinavia and a popular piece of literature

Great for: Male dogs, brave dogs


44. Sumo


Meaning: Refers to a popular type or wrestling in Asian cultures

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, strong dogs


45. Arizona


Meaning: Refers to a popular southern state in the United States that borders Mexico

Great for: Female dogs, light-brown dogs


46. Spot


Meaning: Refers to a semi-round blotch of color on skin, clothing, or material

Great for: Male dogs, dogs with spots


47. Stryker


Meaning: Refers to an eight-wheeled fighting vehicle covered in armor

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs, tough dogs


48. Anya


Meaning: Refers to a popular nickname for those named "Anastacia"

Great for: Female dogs


49. Spike


Meaning: Refers to a pointed piece of material (metal, wood, etc.) that could be used to pierce through something else

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs, brave dogs


50. Cocoa


Meaning: Refers to the bean or powdered version of chocolate

Great for: Male or female dogs, brown dogs


51. Sarge


Meaning: Refers to a shortened way to say "sergeant"

Great for: Male or female dogs, Army dogs, strong dogs


52. Clippy


Meaning: Refers to an animated character from Microsoft Office named Clippit

Great for: Male dogs


53. Cadbury


Meaning: Refers to a type of sweet treat typically given out around Easter

Great for: Male or female dogs, sweet dogs


54. Roxy


Meaning: Refers to a popular contemporary clothing brand

Great for: Female dogs


55. Oswald


Meaning: In old English, this name means "god, wielder of power"

Great for: Male dogs


56. Bootsy


Meaning: Refers to someone having or wearing boots

Great for: Male or female dogs, dogs with spots on their paws


57. Nitro


Meaning: Refers to an explosive chemical compound called nitroglycerin

Great for: Male or female dogs, tough dogs


58. Amp


Meaning: Refers to the idea of turning up music or energy. It can also be a physical object used to boost sound for electric instruments

Great for: Male dogs, excitable dogs


59. Mitsu


Meaning: In Japanese, this name means "shine or reflect". It can also be a reference to the popular car brand Mitsubishi

Great for: Male or female dogs


60. Boxer


Meaning: Refers to someone who participates in the sport of boxing

Great for: Male dogs, Boxer breed dogs

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61. Medusa


Meaning: Refers to a mythological creature from ancient Greece that had snakes for hair and could turn people to stone

Great for: Female dogs


62. Avalon


Meaning: Refers to the location where King Arthur was conveyed after his passing

Great for: Male or female dogs


63. Maxima


Meaning: Refers to the highest points of a function in calculus

Great for: Male or female dogs, big dogs


64. Minima


Meaning: Refers to the lowest points of a function in calculus

Great for: Male or female dogs, small dogs


65. Skye


Meaning: In old Norse, this name means "cloud". It can also generally refer to the sky we see on a day-to-day basis

Great for: Female dogs, white dogs, fluffy dogs


66. Leon


Meaning: Refers to the former king of Sparta and the leader during the Battle of Thermopylae

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs


67. Shiloh


Meaning: Refers to an important historical site that hosted a major battle during the Civil War

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs, courageous dogs


68. Lecter


Meaning: Refers to an infamous fictional character, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, from a series of horror novels

Great for: Male dogs


69. Tobiah


Meaning: In Hebrew, this name means "God is good"

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs


70. Klingon


Meaning: Refers to a fictional race of warriors from the popular universe, "Star Trek"

Great for: Male dogs


71. Suki


Meaning: In Japanese, this name means "to like"

Great for: Female dogs, agreeable dogs


72. Kane


Meaning: Refers to an American wrestler and actor born in Spain

Great for: Male dogs, tough dogs


73. Ophelia


Meaning: In Greek, it means to "help or aid". It can also refer to a famous fictional character from Shakespeare's popular play, "Hamlet"

Great for: Female dogs, helpful dogs


74. Justice


Meaning: Refers to the moral concept of what is right, based on laws, religion, ethics, equality, etc.

Great for: Male or female dog


75. Maple


Meaning: Refers to a common type of tree in the United States. It can also refer to the syrup or sugar that is created from these trees

Great for: Male or female dog, light brown dog


76. Jasper


Meaning: Refers to a fine porcelain used for delicate work

Great for: Male dogs


77. Dante


Meaning: In Latin, this name means "obstinate or endure". It may also refer to a popular type of literature entitled, "Dante's Inferno"

Great for: Male dogs. tough dogs, strong dogs


78. Reba 


Meaning: In Hebrew, this name means "to tie"

Great for: Female dogs


79. Hulk


Meaning: Refers to a super hero that can transform into a green beast when provoked

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, small dogs


80. Hershey


Meaning: Refers to a popular brand of chocolate and candy

Great for: Male or female dogs, brown dogs

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81. Hercules


Meaning: Refers to a Greek demigod who posses inhuman strength

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, small dogs


82. Komet/Comet


Meaning: Refers to a celestial object in the sky

Great for: Male or female dogs


83. Goliath


Meaning: Refers to a giant in the Bible who battled David, the future king of Israel

Great for: Male dogs, big dogs, small dogs


84. Koi


Meaning: Refers to a popular type of Japanese fish

Great for: Male or female dogs, dogs who love to swim


85. Fang


Meaning: Refers to a long, sharp tooth used for biting

Great for: Male dogs, tough dogs


86. Kira


Meaning: In Gaelic, this name means "dark"

Great for: Male or female dogs, black dogs


87. Dymond


Meaning: Refers to the word "diamond", which is a hard and beautiful gem

Great for: Female dogs


88. Jet


Meaning: Refers to a quick or swift motion, typically out of nowhere. It can also refer to a type of airplane

Great for: Male or female dogs, fast dogs


89. Duke


Meaning: Refers to a male member of royalty

Great for: Male dogs, pampered dogs


90. Dutchess


Meaning: Refers to a female member of royalty

Great for: Female dogs, pampered dogs


91. Cupcake


Meaning: Refers to a small, often colorful, type of cake

Great for: Female dogs, small dogs, white dogs


92. Dexter


Meaning: Refers to something being on the right-hand side, or being fortunate

Great for: Male dogs, lucky dogs


93. Dragon


Meaning: Refers to a mythical creature that can fly and breathe fire

Great for: Male or female dogs, big dogs


94. Dakota


Meaning: Refers to two states in the United States, North Dakota and South Dakota

Great for: Female dogs, adventurous dogs


95. Karma


Meaning: Refers to a person's fate or destiny based on how good or bad they are

Great for: Male or female dogs


96. Coral


Meaning: Refers to polyps that can be found in the ocean

Great for: Male or female dogs


97. Teddy


Meaning: Refers to a childhood stuffed animal shaped like a bear

Great for: Male dogs, fluffy dogs, brown dogs


98. Chief


Meaning: Refers to the title given to the leader of a tribe

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs


99. Mya


Meaning: In Greek, this name means "great one or mother"

Great for: Female dogs, mother dogs


100. Champ


Meaning: Refers to a shortening of the word "champion"

Great for: Male or female dogs


101. Zeus


Meaning: Refers to the father of the gods in Greek mythology

Great for: Male dogs, strong dogs

Conclusion

Whichever one of these incredible dog names you choose, be sure to reinforce that name with your dog. Before long, they will recognize it as their own and come to you when called. You will appreciate their understanding, and they will appreciate having a special named picked out just for them.

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