Dog Names – The Ultimate (Star) Guide

In our latest infographic we’ve researched everything to do with naming your dog. Whether it’s popular dog names, a list of famous pooches or (and you’ll laugh when you see some of them) the most bizarre things that people have come up with, we have them all.

Dog Names Infographic

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Dog Names – A – H

Acapella – Acapella means to make music without the use of instruments.
Abby – A Hebrew name meaning ‘Father in rejoicing’
Abercrombie – Scottish habitational name from a place in Fife named Abercrombie. Meaning either ‘confluence of rivers at a bend’ or ‘mouth of a bendy river’.
Admiral – Admiral is an English word meaning ‘High rank in the Navy’
Aladdin – Arabic for ‘Servent of Allah’
Alpha – Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet, but also used by African’s meaning ‘Leader’
Archie – ‘Archie’ a form of ‘Archibald’ meaning Precious and bold.
Armani – A German and Italian word meaning ‘Freeman’
Atlantis – Atlantis means beautiful and prosperous.
August – A form of ‘Augustus’ meaning venerated – the act of honouring a saint.
Aussie – The informal word of describing a native Australian.

Bacchus – A greek word meaning ‘To Shout’
Bailey – An English word meaning ‘Bailiff’
Baldwin – The German word for ‘Brave Friend’
Bali – Bali is a province of Indonesia. Bali is Swahili for ‘On the Contrary’
Bambi – Bambi is the Italian word meaning ‘Little Girl’ Although we mostly recognised the name from Disney’s famous baby deer – Bambi.
Baxter – The English word meaning ‘Baker’
Bessie – A Hebrew name meaning ‘My God is a vow’
Bob – A German word meaning ‘Bright Fame’
Bonnie – The phrase ‘Bonnie Lass’ most commonly used by the Scots. Bonnie means ‘Pretty’
Brownie – Of Australian origin, we mostly know Brownie to mean a sweet and delicious treat!
Bruno – A German name meaning Armour.

Cadbury – We mostly know the word Cadbury thanks to the chocolate brand! But Cadbury is an old English word meaning ‘Swelled Fortress’
Cajun – A common house spice, but interestingly Cajun is the name of an Acadian settler in Louisiana.
Calico – Calico is the describing word of a ‘multi-coloured’ animal, mainly cats.
California – An Arabic word meaning ‘Ruler’
Cheddar – Cheddar is a describing word for a mild cheese.
Chief – Chief is the word to describe a leader of people or a small clan.
Chunk – A robust name for your dog meaning thick or solid piece of ‘something’.
Chutney – A condiment from the country of India which contains spices, fruits and vegetables.
Crumb – A small fragment which has come off a piece of food, such as bread, cheese or a cracker.
Cyrano – A lunar impact crater, which sits on the far side of the moon away from us on Earth.

Da Vinci – If you choose to call your dog this, you’d be naming your pooch after a very famous and very artistic person – Leonardo Da Vinci.
Dante – ‘Dante’ a strong and enduring character.
Dazzler – A ‘dazzling’ character.
Dew – Those lovely tiny droplets of water that we find in the garden after a cold night!
Dino – Dino is a name that originates from Africa, used to describe someone that is an excellent Spearman.
Diva – The name meaning of Diva is ‘Powerful Woman’
Dodger – A great name for your speedy canine friend that can run and dodge in circles whilst running!
Dragon – We can all guess what Dragon means! For a canine friend to be named this, they’d have to be a big, scary, strong dog. Or maybe a tiny Chihuahua to be controversial? You decide!
Dude – A pet name for your favourite pal!
Dylan – A Welsh name meaning ‘Tide’ or ‘Flow’.

Echo – A word meaning ‘to respond’.
Elmer – Elmer is a German name meaning noble and famous.
Elmo – Strangely I remember Elmo as a Muppets character! Interestingly though, Elmo is a German name meaning Helmet.
Elvis – A name most commonly known for the famous, Elvis Presley, the American singer and actor.
Emerald – The birthstone of May, Emerald simply means Green Gemstone.
Emerson – Emerson is used in most English speaking countries and simply means ‘son of Emery’
Emily – An old Latin name meaning ‘Revival’
Enzo – Generally used as a boys name, Enzo means ‘home ruler’.
Epic – A young internet slang word to describe something or someone who is ‘extremely awesome’.
Eureka – We have all had those moments where we shout out “Eureka!” a good moment to have.

Fable – A short but informative story.
Falcon – A very simple meaning for this strong name: Falcon Keeper.
Fang – Interestingly ‘Fang’ as a name doesn’t mean the type of tooth, but means fragrant; pleasant. A chinese name.
Ferrero – The Italian and Spanish name for someone who works with Iron. In English terms this would be ‘Smith’. Also – it’s the yummy chocolates!
Fiesta – A day for Saint’s.
Fiji – A beautiful island located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.
Fleur – A Latin French name meaning ‘Flower’.
Frosty – On those cold winter mornings, we always see that cold frost forming on surfaces.
Fudge – A soft and yummy candy.
Fuzzie – A perfect name for your fuzzy haired friend!

Galileo – Galileo is the Hebrew name meaning ‘Rolled Sheet’.
Gandhi – The name Gandhi literally means ‘Perfume Merchant’.
Gecko – A gecko is regarded as having supernatural powers and is said to be feared by native Polynesian’s.
Gemini – The northern constellation which represents the two mythological twins.
Gizmo – A mechanical device.
Goliath – A Philistine Giant, who was lain by David.
Goldie – A variant of ‘Golda’ meaning precious metal.
Guido – An earthly name meaning ‘forest’.
Guru – Interestingly Guru is an Indian word ‘Teacher’.
Gus – A strong name meaning ‘worthy of respect’.

Hancock – A worthy name, most recognised for John Hancock who was the first person to sign the declaration of Independence.
Harley – A name used for both a girl or boy, meaning ‘Hare clearing’.
Havana – The capital city of a beautiful country, Cuba.
Heidi – A German name meaning ‘Noble one’.
Honey – A simple and elegant name, referring to the sweet nectar made by bees; Honey.
Hooch – A name best referred to as the famous film ‘Turner and Hooch’. Hooch was a Dogue de Bordeaux whom everyone loved.
Hope – Another name which means exactly as it reads; Hope.
Houdini – A great name for a dog who is able to get out of anywhere – Houdini!
Hugo – Another German name which means ‘Mind, Heart and Spirit’.
Hulk – The best name for a dog who is strong willed, and muscular!

Loving our list of dogs names so far? Just use the tabs at the top to see the next set!

Dog Names – I – P

Iggy – Mostly made famous by the music sensation ‘Iggy Pop’.
India – The Sanskrit word meaning ‘Body of Water’.
Indie – Indie is the informal word of independent.
Indigo – Indigo is a tropical plant which produces a dye which can be used.
Iota – Iota has the meaning of ‘Dramatic’ ‘Idealistic’ and ‘Inspirational’.
Ira – The meaning of Ira is ‘Warrior’
Iris – Iris is a Greek name meaning ‘Rainbow’.
Isabelle – ‘My God is an oath’ is the meaning of Isabelle.
Isis – Isis has the meaning of ‘Woman of the throne’.
Ivy – A simple and beautiful name which simply means ‘Ivy’.

Jack Daniel’s – A popular drink, closely associated with rock bands and it’s square shaped bottle.
Jade – Is a precious green stone.
Jake – A Hebrew name meaning ‘Held High’.
Jazz – Jazz, a popular music genre from the 20th century, consisting of many musical instruments.
Jelly Bean – Various different flavoured candy, shaped like a bean! – funnily enough.
Jinx – A type of curse placed upon someone, who has said the same thing as you at exactly the same time!
Joy – A name which has the same meaning as itself ‘Joy’.
Juliet – A Latin name meaning ‘Down-beareded youth’.
June – A month in our year, the meaning is the ’6th Month’.
Jupiter – A Latin name meaning ‘Father God’.

K-9 – ‘K-9′ is an abbreviation of Canine, Canine being a domesticated dog.
Kahlua – is a coffee flavoured, rum based liqueur made by the Mexicans.
Kaiser – ‘Kaiser’ is the Head of the Holy Roman Empire.
Kenya – Is a girls name, of African origin, place name of an African country.
Kibbles – Ground or chopped meal shaped into pellets. A sweet name for a cute cuddly friend.
Kilo – Kilo is the measurement for mass.
Koala – An aboriginal Australian marsupial.
Kobi – A Hebrew name meaning
Koko – Koko is a Japanese name meaning ‘Stork’. A pretty and dainty little name for your pooch.
Kumi – Kumi is a Swahili name meaning ‘Ten’.

Labrynth – In Greek Mythology Labrynth was the maze in which the Minotaur was confined.
Lady – A polite reference word for a woman.
Laker – I have mostly associated this name with the American basketball team of Los Angeles the ‘Lakers’.
Levi – Levi, associated with the jeans brand ‘Levis Strauss’.
Lilac – Lilac, a soft purple colour.
Lionheart – Mostly associated with King Richard the 1st, who was a great military leader, and so was named ‘Richard the Lionheart’ for his strong will and determination.
Lola – A lovely name for your little lady K-9.
Lucky – A fortunate, and successful name.
Lulu – Lulu the Scottish singer and actress is most famous for this lovely name.
Lunatic – As it reads – your pet will be a crazy one when named Lunatic! hehe.

Macbeth – The tragedy of Macbeth is a play written and made famous by William Shakespeare.
Macho – A strong, versatile name.
Magna – Magna is a Latin name meaning ‘Large’.
Mandy – Mandy, a Latin name meaning ‘She who must be loved’.
Maui – Maui, an island which is part of the Hawaiian islands.
Max – Derived from ‘Maximillian’ has the meaning of ‘Little Maximus’.
McCoy – A Scottish surname.
Milo – Milo, a German name meaning ‘Peaceful’.
Minnie – A girls name meaning ‘Desire’ and ‘Protection’.
Monty – A name made famous thanks to the comedy show ‘Monty Python’. Monty means ‘Power of Man’.

Nacho – Part of a Mexican dish, piled up with cheese and spices.
Napa – Napa is a county in California.
Newton – The name Newton has mostly been made famous by the scientist Isaac Newton.
Nibbles – Nibbles, a sweet name for a small bite, otherwise known as a ‘nibble’.
Nikita – Nikita is a name meaning ‘Unconquerable’.
Nina – Swahili for ‘Mother’.
Ninja – A person whom is skilled at the art of ninjutsu.
Noah – A Hebrew name meaning ‘Rest or ‘Comfort’.
Nomad – A person who has no permanent place of residence, someone who moves around from place to place regularly.
Nova – Is a girls Latin name meaning ‘New’.

Odyssey – The definition of Odyssey is ‘A long and eventful journey’.
Oliver – A French name meaning ‘Elf Army’.
Onyx – A name for a black precious stone.
Opal – Another name for a precious stone.
Oreo – A yummy brand of chocolate biscuit filled with a creamy white filling.
Othello – A German name meaning ‘Wealth’.
Otis – A Greek name meaning ‘He who hears well’.
Ouzo – A Greek anise-flavoured liqueur.
Ox – An Ox is a domesticated bovine animal.
Ozzie – Ozzie is a nickname for someone who originates from Australia.

Paco – A Spanish name for a boy meaning ‘Eagle’.
Paddington – Made famous thanks to the English cartoon ‘Paddington Bear’.
Paisley – A type of 60′s styled print.
Panther – A name for an animal which is part of the big cat family.
Pepper – Pepper is a sweet dog name, made famous by a Friend’s episode, where Joey’s girlfriends dog was called Pepper.
Petra – The feminine form of ‘Peter’.
Ping – A Chinese name meaning ‘Apple’.
Polly – An English name which was used in Old English as a nickname for Mary.
Pooch – A nickname for a dog.
Pumpkin – A root vegetable mostly seen around Halloween when children carve nice designs into them.

That’s set two of our dogs names done… next up is Q to Z – just use the top tabs to navigate.

Dog Names – Q – Z

Qantas – A name made famous thanks to the airline.
Quasi – A shortened version of the name ‘Quasimodo’.
Quasimodo – A name meaning ‘half-formed’.
Queeny – A name referring to the Queen.
Quiche – A type of food.
Quick – To be quick, is to get to places in a fast manner, such as running.
Quicksilver – A type of brand, made famous by surfers around the world.
Quincy – Is usually given as a persons surname, but has shown as a popular dogs name.
Quirk – A derivative of ‘quirky’ which means to be different from the norm, and stray from the crowd.
Quixote – Quixote is an unusual name, meaning the ‘one who hides himself’.

Radar – An antenna used to detect the whereabouts of certain objects or people.
Ragdoll – A breed of cat.
Raisin – A raisin is a grape, which has been dried, as a tasty snack.
Rambo – Made famous thanks to the film series ‘Rambo’ starring Sylvester Stallone.
Ranger – A name given to a member of a body of armed men.
Rasta – The nickname given to a Rastafarian.
Ravel – Has most commonly been used as a surname in comparison to being used as a first name.
Raven – A large and heavier built bird, compared to a crow because of it’s appearance.
Rocca – An Italian name meaning high.
Rusty – A common dogs name.

Sadie – A common girl and dog name meaning ‘Princess’.
Saga – A long story of heroic achievement.
Sahara – A name most commonly known for the desert located in Africa.
Salty – A word used to describe a food that has maybe too much salt cooked into it.
Sam – A name meaning ‘His name is God’.
Sandman – The descriptive name given to a monster that lived in a desert known as ‘The Sandman’.
Sangria – A Spanish cocktail.
Sienna – The name meaning of Sienna is to describe the colour as a ‘reddish orange-brown’.
Silver – A precious metal.
Snowball – A describing word for a ball made from snow, used in snowball fights during the cold winter months!

Talisman – An Arabic word meaning ‘to consecrate’.
Tango – A form of dance originating from Uruguay and Argentina.
Tara – A Gaelic name meaning ‘Hill’.
Terror – A frequent word that I use to describe my puppy, a terror. Not because she’s a bad dog, of course!
Tess – A Greek name meaning ‘Harvester’.
Texas – An American state.
Thor – A hammer-weilding God associated with thunder, lightning and storms.
Tiger – The largest of the big cat species.
Toby – A Hebrew name meaning ‘God is Good’.
Typhoon – A typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone.

Ugly Bugly – A name that I would personally describe as a pet name for your dog.
Ulanova – When researching what Ulanova means, I found that it was a popular cat name, named after a famous ballerina.
Uma – Uma is of Indian origin meaning ‘Goddess’.
Unagi – Unagi means ‘Freshwater Eel’ in Japanese.
Uncle Sam – A personification of the American government during the war period.
Urchin – A mischievous young child.
Ursa – A villain from the DC Comics universe.
Ursula – A Latin name meaning ‘Little Bear’.
Ushiki – An unusual name most commonly known as a surname.
Utopia – An imaginary place or space, where we know everything to be perfect, compared to reality.

Valentine – A name meaning ‘Strong’ and ‘Healthy’.
Van Gogh – A Dutch post-impressionist painter who’s work is still recognised now.
Vanilla – A substance obtained from vanilla beans.
Velcro – A fastener consisting of a thin plastic sheet with tiny ‘hooks’ on.
Velvet – A closely woven fabric of silk, cotton or nylon.
Violet – A ‘pinky-purple’ colour is the best way to describe Violet!
Viper – Viper has the meaning of ‘venomous’ snake.
Visa – A type of card transaction.
Vixen – Best described as a female fox.
Voyager – A long journey to a foreign or distant place.

Wags – An action a dog does with his or her tail!
Waldo – A name made most famous by the books ‘Where’s Waldo?’ the American take on ‘Where’s Walley?’
Warhol – A name made most famous by the artist Andy Warhol.
Wilson – Wilson, a common surname but also a common first name which simply means ‘Son of William’.
Windy – A type of weather marked by the exposed winds.
Winston – A boys English name meaning ‘Joy stone’.
Wizard – A describing word for a man whom has magical powers.
Wolfgang – An old german name, particularly popular in Austria and Germany.
Woody – A describing word for somewhere that is covered in trees.
Wrigley – The world’s largest chewing gum manufacturing brand.

Xanadu – A word used to describe somewhere that is an idyllic and beautiful place.
Xanthius – Is a Greek name which means ‘Golden Haired’ or ‘Blonde’.
Xavier – A boys name meaning ‘New House’.
Xena – Is an Islamic name meaning ‘Foreigner’.
Xerox – A take on the word ‘xerographic’ which is a copying process.
Xerxes – A Greek form of the Persian name Khshayarsha which means “ruler over heroes”.

Yahoo – A word which expresses much enjoyment and excitement.
Yankee – A word to describe someone who comes from the USA.
Yana – A member of an extinct tribe of North American Indian people who lived in northern California.
Yoda – The Sanskrit word of ‘Yoddha’ means ‘Warrior’. Yoda has been made most famous by the character from Star Wars.
Yogi Bear – Is a fictional character whom appears in the cartoons products by Hanna-Barbera.
Yorgy – Is a most commonly used as a surname, it’s meanings are unclear.
Yo-Yo – A popular toy from the 90′s.
Yukon – The river Yukon is located in the north of
Yule – Is the period over christmas time from the 24th December to January the 6th.
Yuma – A member of an American Indian people living mainly in southwestern Arizona, they speak the language – Yuman.

Zack – A Hebrew name meaning ‘The Lord remembers’.
Zaire – The meaning of Zaire is ‘River’.
Zebu – A bovine animal living in India, with long horns and a hump back.
Zeke – The meaning of Zeke is ‘God will strengthen’.
Zelda – The meaning behind the word Zelda is unknown, but it has been used for a popular game, named (funnily enough) Zelda.
Zephyr – Zephyr means ‘A soft gentle breeze’.
Zeus – The supreme God, the son of Cronus.
Ziggy – The name meaning of Ziggy is ‘Victory’ and ‘Protection’.
Zorro – A Spanish name meaning ‘Fox’.
Zulu – A member of a group of South African people, living in a region called KwaSulu-Natal province.

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6 Responses to “Dog Names – The Ultimate (Star) Guide”

  1. Sherrell Fick
    January 22, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    I enjoyed the dog name article. Lots of good and interesting ,funny info.
    Great job and TTYL.

  2. Martin
    February 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    Judging by some of the noises that comes from Toby’s throat, I really don’t want to know what he has named me…and I’m sure my wife is giving him some suggestions!

  3. female dog names
    June 17, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Nice graphic! Very good!

  4. Chris from Babyplants
    November 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    This is actually informative and entertaining!

    I think the name “Dodgy Wodgy” is a bit far out, even for 2013.

  5. Andra
    January 6, 2014 at 6:48 am #

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  6. Geogia Picton
    March 25, 2014 at 7:37 am #

    Definitely not Alligator??? :P

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