150+ Great Names for Gray Dogs

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 25, 2019
150+ Great Names for Gray Dogs

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Dogs with gray coats are not uncommon and they tend to be a striking lot. In fact, there are several well known gray dog breeds, from the solid blue-gray weimaraner and Irish wolfhound to the partially gray Siberian husky or the silvery schnauzer. Their impressive appearance is just one of the reasons people choose to adopt a gray dog.

Of course, gray is a very general term, as each dog breed and individual will have its own unique shade, such as charcoal, blue, slate or silver. If you have recently adopted a gray pup, whether it has a solid coat or is a spotted breed, you are probably are looking for the perfect name to suit its looks and personality. You've come to the right place. AnimalWised brings you a complete list of 150+ great names for gray dogs, both males and females. Keep reading to find the perfect name for your new best friend.

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  1. How to choose the best gray dog name?
  2. Names for male gray dogs
  3. Names for female gray dogs
  4. Unique names for gray dogs - with meanings
  5. More names for dogs

How to choose the best gray dog name?

In terms of color psychology, gray, blue or silver can have different meanings, some with negative connotations and others positive. When choosing a name for your gray canine friend, we will focus on the positive aspects of these shades. For example, gray or silver are colors often associated with peace, tranquility and wisdom. Blues have been linked to loyalty and trust. This mean that gray dogs, much like gray cats or bunnies, tend to transmit a sense of security and tranquility to the people who live with them. These elements can be useful when choosing a meaningful name for your new friend. Of course there are also mythological, elemental or humorous associations with the color gray that can inspire gray dog names.

In addition to finding a unique and meaningful name, it is important to follow these basic tips when choosing a name for your dog:

  • Choose a short name, ideally with two syllables, three being the maximum. Longer names are more difficult for dogs to recognize and learn, which will make it harder for you to train the pup. A name that is easy to pronounce will also be easier for you to learn and remember.
  • It is believed that dogs find it easier to internalize the sounds of the vowels ‘a’, ‘e’ and ‘i’. Try to choose a name with one or more of these vowels, though of course most dogs can also learn to respond names with the vowels ‘o’ and ‘u’.
  • The name you pick should not sound too similar to the names of any other pets or members of your family. For example, if you have a son named Toby, don't call your dog Cody. Similarities like this will confuse the dog each time it hears the other name.
  • Likewise, don't choose a name that sounds too much like a command word. For example the name ‘Ray’ sounds like the command ‘stay’, which could confuse your dog during training.
  • Once you have chosen a name, be consistent with its pronunciation and use. If you call the dog by a new nickname every day or each member of the household pronounces the dog's name differently, your pup will have trouble learning its name.

Finally, if you have adopted an adult dog, you should know that it is possible to change its name. Bear in mind that the dog will take a little longer to internalize it, so be patient and reward it every time it responds to the new name.

Names for male gray dogs

If you have adopted a male gray dog and are looking for the best name for him, here is a complete list of names inspired by the color gray as well as blue-gray and silver. Some of the names mean blue, gray or silver in a different language or represent other animals or things associated with these colors. When choosing your new pup's name, also take their personality into account as some gray dog names are a better fit for calmer dogs while others suit active dogs. Some of these names can also be used for female gray dogs. Here are the best names for male gray dogs :

  • Ansel
  • Apollo
  • Argent
  • Argento
  • Arian
  • Artic
  • Ash
  • Ashes
  • Ashton
  • Atlas
  • Babel
  • Baloo
  • Balto
  • Banjo
  • Blade
  • Blau
  • Blu
  • Brain
  • Bullet
  • Capri
  • Casper
  • Cement
  • Cenizo
  • Charcoal
  • Cinzento
  • Cloud
  • Coal
  • Cobalt
  • Cold
  • Cyan
  • Dexter
  • Dolphin
  • Dorian
  • Draco
  • Dragon
  • Drogon
  • Duke
  • Duncan
  • Dusty
  • Eeyore
  • Ero
  • Falcon
  • Fax
  • Flipper
  • Floyd
  • Fog
  • Foggy
  • Gandalf
  • Ghost
  • Gin
  • Goose
  • Gorm
  • Gray
  • Grey
  • Grigio
  • Gris
  • Grizzly
  • Grover
  • Haze
  • Hurricane
  • Ice
  • Icy
  • Inky
  • Jasper
  • Jazz
  • Koala
  • Liath
  • London
  • Meeko
  • Mercury
  • Monday
  • Mouse
  • Navy
  • Neptune
  • Nimbus
  • Ocean
  • Oreo
  • Oslo
  • Oyster
  • Pebbles
  • Pepper
  • Phantom
  • Poseidon
  • Puddles
  • Rhaegal
  • Rocky
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Shale
  • Sheen
  • Sherlock
  • Siber
  • Silver
  • Siva
  • Skye
  • Slate
  • Smoke
  • Smurf
  • Snow
  • Stone
  • Storm
  • Teal
  • Thor
  • Thunder
  • Titan
  • Viserion
  • Winter
  • Wolf
  • Yale
  • Yukon
  • Zane
  • Zeus
150+ Great Names for Gray Dogs - Names for male gray dogs

Names for female gray dogs

If you have adopted a girl gray dog, here are is a list of interesting ideas for names you can give her. Again, we have chosen dog names that are associated with the colors blue, gray and silver, which are the most common shades among gray dog breeds. There are also a few names based on famous dogs or people as well as others that are ideally suited to gray female dogs. Some of the names can also be used for male dogs. Here is our pick of the best names for female gray dogs:

  • Agate
  • Akira
  • April
  • Argenta
  • Artemis
  • Ash
  • Ashley
  • Aster
  • Athena
  • Aura
  • Azure
  • Banshee
  • Beatrice
  • Bella
  • Bika
  • Blue
  • Blueberry
  • Buffy
  • Capri
  • Celeste
  • Chara
  • Charcoal
  • Chinchilla
  • Cinder
  • Coal
  • Cobalt
  • Cora
  • Daenerys
  • Daphne
  • Delphi
  • Dinora
  • Dolly
  • Dolphin
  • Duffy
  • Duna
  • Dusky
  • Dusty
  • Eli
  • Fidda
  • Flint
  • Flower
  • Fog
  • Foggy
  • Frida
  • Gala
  • Gea
  • Gin
  • Grace
  • Grisa
  • Grisy
  • Haze
  • Heather
  • Ice
  • Icy
  • Indigo
  • Inky
  • Iris
  • Lapis
  • Luna
  • Marble
  • Maya
  • Mouse
  • Monsoon
  • Mushroom
  • Neela
  • Ocean
  • Paloma
  • Pandora
  • Pearl
  • Pebbles
  • Pepper
  • Phantom
  • Pigeon
  • Plata
  • Plava
  • Rain
  • Rainy
  • Rocky
  • Sapphire
  • Sea
  • Selene
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Silfur
  • Silver
  • Silverbell
  • Siva
  • Sky
  • Smokey
  • Snow
  • Sparkle
  • Sparrow
  • Steele
  • Storm
  • Tabby
  • Tinsel
  • Umbra
  • Ursula
  • Velvet
  • Windy
  • Winter
  • Yin
  • Yuma
  • Yumi
  • Zala
150+ Great Names for Gray Dogs - Names for female gray dogs

Unique names for gray dogs - with meanings

If what you are looking for is a unique or fun name for your gray dog, what you need is a name with the appropriate meaning. Here are a few gray dog names with their sources or meanings explained. Read on to discover which one might fit the personality and appearance of your pup.

  • Dumbo: this is the well-known grey elephant from the Disney movie of the same name. Dumbo wants to learn how to fly and get his freedom. This is a fun name for an independent-minded gray dog.
  • Luna: this word means ‘moon’ in Spanish, and is associated with the luminous qualities of earth's silvery satellite. This is a great name to give a silver dog, or one whose arrival has lit up your life.
  • Merlin: this is the magician who helped Arthur become king. The name suggests wisdom, which is a quality linked to the colors gray and silver. Merlin is a good name for an intelligent gray dog.
  • Athena: Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage, among other things. She is associated with the color blue and gray, so Athena is an ideal blue dog name. It is also a great name for an elegant-looking dog with a blue-gray coat, such as the weimaraner.
  • Haiiro: this is the word for ashen gray in Japanese, making it a perfect name for a gray dog. The name is suited to both male and female dogs, and would be ideal for a Japanese dog breed such as an akita inu with silver markings or a gray shikoku.
  • Zilarra: this exotic-sounding name comes from the Basque word for silver. Zilarra is a good name for a silvery dog or one with a noble appearance for which the name would be fitting. If this name has piqued your interest, we have a whole article on Basque names for dogs.
  • Hinto: this is Native American word meaning ‘blue-haired’. With just two syllables, it both simple and meaningful, making it the perfect name for a dog with a blue or blue-gray coat.

More names for dogs

If you still haven't found the right name for your gray dog, or have decided that you don't want a name linked to the dog's color, you may want further suggestions for good dog names. Here are some more great ideas for names for your new friend:

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