Dog Names Beginning with R

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: March 21, 2024
Dog Names Beginning with R

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When we adopt a new dog into our family, we won't always be able to give them a name. Especially when adopting an animal from a shelter, the dog may already have one. Calling them something different can cause confusion. However, if we are adopting a puppy or a dog with an unknown name, choosing the right one for them can be tricky. We need to find something which is suitable for their size, appearance, personality or even breed. Sometimes we don't even know where to start.

Choosing the dog's name because you like certain sounds can be helpful. This is why AnimalWised brings you our list of dog names beginning with R. If you like R-names, we have over 150 options to choose from for both male and female dogs.

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  1. Male dog names beginning with R
  2. Female dog names beginning with R
  3. Male dog names beginning with R and their meaning
  4. Female dog names beginning with R and their meaning

Male dog names beginning with R

If you have recently adopted a male dog, you may want to go with a conventionally male name. Our list of male dog names, however, also contain some unisex options:

  • Ra
  • Rabbit
  • Radio
  • Radu
  • Rafael
  • Raider
  • Raleigh
  • Ralph
  • Rambo
  • Ramiro
  • Ramma
  • Ramo
  • Ramses
  • Randolph
  • Randy
  • Rango
  • Ranma
  • Ravel
  • Raw
  • Ray
  • Raychu
  • Rayo
  • Red
  • Remo
  • Renato
  • Rene
  • Renzo
  • Rex
  • Rey
  • Rhett
  • Ricardo
  • Richard
  • Ricky
  • Rico
  • Ringo
  • Rio
  • Rip
  • Risk
  • Risto
  • Rizla
  • Robber
  • Robby
  • Robin
  • Robocop
  • Robot
  • Rocco
  • Rock
  • Rocky
  • Roki
  • Rolf
  • Rolfi
  • Rolli
  • Rolo
  • Rom
  • Roman
  • Romeo
  • Romero
  • Ron
  • Ronald
  • Ronki
  • Ronnie
  • Ross
  • Rotten
  • Roy
  • Rudolf
  • Rudy
  • Ruffalo
  • Rufus
  • Rumo
  • Runt
  • Rush
  • Russell
  • Ryder
  • Rysto

If you don't see a dog name beginning with the letter R you like, perhaps you want to think about choosing a different first letter. We have options with our articles on dog names beginning with M, dog names beginning with S and dog names beginning with C.

Female dog names beginning with R

Just as we said with male dog names, many of these female dog names starting with R are suitable for unisex use. In fact you can call you dog almost anything you like. More important than finding a fun or original dog name is choosing one which is easy for them to understand and which won't get confused with other commonly used words in the home.

  • Rabona
  • Rachel
  • Radlee
  • Rae
  • Raelyne
  • Rain
  • Rainbow
  • Raisa
  • Raiza
  • Ramala
  • Ramsey
  • Rana
  • Rapunzel
  • Raquel
  • Rara
  • Rasca
  • Rashida
  • Rasta
  • Raya
  • Rayen
  • Rea
  • Reba
  • Rebecca
  • Reggie
  • Regina
  • Regine
  • Reina
  • Reinita
  • Renata
  • Rica
  • Ricotta
  • Rihanna
  • Rila
  • Rina
  • Rinda
  • Rinoa
  • Rioja
  • Ripa
  • Risa
  • Rita
  • Ritty
  • Robyn
  • Robbie
  • Roca
  • Rocha
  • Rocio
  • Rockera
  • Rogelia
  • Rogue
  • Roma
  • Romea
  • Romina
  • Romy
  • Ronda
  • Ronja
  • Roony
  • Rosa
  • Rosbi
  • Rose
  • Rosita
  • Rossie
  • Rouge
  • Rouser
  • Roxy
  • Rubia
  • Ruby
  • Rucca
  • Ruda
  • Rula
  • Ruli
  • Ruma
  • Rumba
  • Runa

Whether choosing boy dog names or girl dog names, choosing by the first name might not cut it. For this reason, you can choose a dog name which feels happy, one from ancient mythology or even one which has only 3 letters.

Dog Names Beginning with R - Female dog names beginning with R

Male dog names beginning with R and their meaning

Some dog guardians don't just want to choose a name because of the letter with which it begins. They want to choose something a little more meaningful. Here are some great options to consider:

  • Ra: Egyptian sun god, literally meaning ‘sun’ or ’day’. Could be good for a dog with a particularly sunny disposition.
  • Raijin: literally meaning ‘thunder god’, Raijin is a Japanese deity with a fierce and frightening face. However, he is actually a protector and warrior. Could be good for a mean looking dog with a heart of gold.
  • Rangi: this is a Maori name meaning ‘sky’, but is associated with various Polynesian tribal communities.
  • Rashn: Persian name signifying ‘justice’, perhaps good for a well-balanced dog.
  • Ritter: a German name meaning ‘knight’, again, perhaps good for a guard dog.
Dog Names Beginning with R - Male dog names beginning with R and their meaning

Female dog names beginning with R and their meaning

As you can see in the options for boy dog names, these are closely related to different mythologies from various cultures. The same can be a good way to choose a female dog name.

  • Rhodes: a Greek goddess of the island of the same name, signifying ascension and rising up. Could be great for a rescue dog.
  • Rhea: also in Greek mythology, Rhea was a Titan and considered the mother of all gods. Could be a good name for a dog of imposing and regal qualities.
  • Rhiannon: meaning the ‘great queen’ in Welsh folklore.
  • Ríoghnach: another queen, this time in Irish mythology.

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