Names for Labrador Retrievers

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: September 22, 2022
Names for Labrador Retrievers
Labrador Retriever

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Did you know that the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world? Although these statistics are derived from the American Kennel Club, this breed's popularity is global. For this reason, if you are thinking of adopting or have already adopted a dog, it just might be a Labrador Retriever and you will need to choose a Labrador Retriever name. Whether you have a yellow Lab, chocolate Lab or black Lab, we have the right Labrador Dog name ideas to choose from.

Check out our list of 300+ names for Labrador Retrievers from AnimalWised. These Labrador dog names will either be perfect for your pooch or at least give you the inspiration to come up with your own.

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  1. How to choose names for Labrador Retrievers
  2. Labrador Retriever name tips
  3. Names for female Labrador Retrievers
  4. Names for male Labrador Retrievers
  5. Black Lab names
  6. Yellow Lab names
  7. Chocolate Lab names
  8. Famous Labrador Retriever names
  9. More names for Labrador dogs

How to choose names for Labrador Retrievers

As with any dog breed, choosing the right name will depend on the character and personality of the individual dog. However, we can look at some of the characteristics particular to Labrador Retrievers which can help us to decide on a Lab name.

Labrador Retrievers need a medium amount of physical exercise, but they can be either quite laidback or energetic. They usually get more calm as they age. In terms of personality, you can't get a more relaxed and happy dog. Their easygoing nature is one of the main reasons they are such as popular dog and perfect for almost any type of family. For many people, they are the epitome of a domestic dog in terms of character and behavior. They are also one of the best dog breeds for families with children.

Most Labrador Retrievers tend to be very friendly, but they won't be overly demanding of attention. This doesn't mean you can't ignore giving them attention. If we do this with any dog breed, even a Labrador Retriever, it will lead to behavioral problems and an unhappy dog.

Just because they are sweet and loyal, doesn't mean they are not intelligent. They are a very smart dog breed who love to be trained and will respond well to commands.

Now we know something about Labrador Retrievers, we can think about choosing a suitable name which reflects their personality. This is especially true for Labrador Retriever puppies who love to play and are very excitable. They are very cute, so choosing a cute Labrador Retriever name might be a good idea. They are also very happy dogs, so choosing a funny Labrador name might be the best option for your dog.

Labrador Retriever name tips

A name for a Labrador Retriever shouldn't be too short (monosyllabic) or too long (not more than three syllables). Moreover, the pronunciation of the name should not be easily confused with any training basic orders. Nor should it be confused with a word which we commonly use in the house such as another family member's name. For example, don't call your dog Fran if you already have a Frank in the house.

Keeping such considerations in mind, here are a few tips that will allow you to choose a suitable name for your Labrador Retriever:

  • Choose a name that refers to the physical characteristics or personality of your dog. A common example which doesn't apply to purebred Labrador Retrievers is to call a dog ‘Spot’ if they have a spotted coat pattern.

  • Choose a name that's completely opposite to the physical or behavioral characteristics of your dog. For example, you could call a black Labrador ‘Fairy’ or ‘Pearl’.

  • Choose a name which reflects your interests. For example, if you are a big sci-fi fan, choosing a Star Wars name for Labrador Retrievers might be for you.

  • Although you can choose a funny Labrador Retriever name, it shouldn't be something you will get bored of. Neither should it be something offensive as you will need to call it when in public.
Names for Labrador Retrievers - Labrador Retriever name tips

Names for female Labrador Retrievers

You will see that some of these female Labrador names are also unisex, but the idea is to get inspiration. This way you can see our list and choose the right name for your Labrador Retriever:

  • Akita
  • Arya
  • Angie
  • Bailey
  • Bessie
  • Bianca
  • Blondie
  • Brandy
  • Brewie
  • Camille
  • Chianti
  • Chloe
  • Daisy
  • Dasha
  • Domino
  • Duchess
  • Ella
  • Emma
  • Florence
  • Guinevere
  • Harper
  • Hazel
  • India
  • Joan
  • Kira
  • Leia
  • Louise
  • Lulu
  • Magpie
  • Maya
  • Mocha
  • Miriam
  • Nala
  • Naya
  • Nigella
  • Nina
  • Noha
  • Nimue
  • Peanut
  • Pearl
  • Rajah
  • Rogue
  • Sahara
  • Sally
  • Shiva
  • Thelma
  • Ursula
  • Velvet
  • Wynne

Maybe you don't want to use the sex of your dog to choose the name. For this reason, you might want to look elsewhere such as in our list of Mexica dog names.

Names for Labrador Retrievers - Names for female Labrador Retrievers

Names for male Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are known for being docile, this doesn't make them any less male or inappropriate for having a masculine sounding name. It is true that breeds such as Pit Bulls have more macho names in general, but you can call your Labrador Retriever whatever you like:

  • Atticus
  • Aero
  • Athos
  • Alex
  • Benthley
  • Blade
  • Blues
  • Bongo
  • Bravo
  • Bucky
  • Cocoa
  • Caramel
  • Casper
  • Cheddar
  • Coconut
  • Diesel
  • Disco
  • Duke
  • Dwayne
  • Elvis
  • Homer
  • Izzy
  • Lancelot
  • Lemony
  • Napoleon
  • Maximus
  • Magnus
  • Onyx
  • Orion
  • Oscar
  • Plato
  • Quicksilver
  • Ringo
  • Rosco
  • Rufus
  • Sailor
  • Shadow
  • Tequila
  • Theodore
  • Thor
  • Thistle
  • Torpedo
  • Twinkle
  • Windy
  • Yogi
  • Zeus

Here you can learn more names for male dogs.

Black Lab names

Black Labs are beautiful dogs and often have name which has some relation to dark tones, but not exclusively. This you can see in our list of names for black Labs:

  • Angus
  • Ash
  • Batman
  • Beans
  • Bishop
  • Blackie
  • Blackjack
  • Blake
  • Bruce
  • Caviar
  • Chadwick
  • Cinders
  • Cola
  • Crow
  • Dark Knight
  • Domino
  • Domino
  • Dragon
  • Dune
  • Ebony
  • Espresso
  • Foxy
  • Guinness
  • Indigo
  • Inkspot
  • Inky
  • Jag
  • Koko
  • Luna
  • Mamba
  • Midnight
  • Mountain
  • Nightshade
  • Nutter
  • Oily
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Oreo
  • Pearl
  • Pepper
  • Pepsi
  • Poseidon
  • Puma
  • Raven
  • Robert
  • Ron
  • Rook
  • Selena
  • Shadow
  • Shamu
  • Slate
  • Smoky
  • Sooty
  • Tuxedo
  • Twilight
  • Vega
  • Victor
Names for Labrador Retrievers - Black Lab names

Yellow Lab names

    As with black Labrador Retrievers, yellow Labs often have more golden and honey-hued names. Here are some yellow Labrador retriever name ideas:

    • Amber
    • Baxter
    • Bright Eyes
    • Burdock
    • Butter
    • Buttercup
    • Butterscotch
    • Colt
    • Crackers
    • Dandelion
    • Dario
    • Dijon
    • Dusty
    • Flaxy
    • Fudge
    • Giallo
    • Golden
    • Goldie
    • Goldilocks
    • Graham
    • Honey
    • Karen O
    • Lucky
    • Mango
    • Marmalade
    • Milkshake
    • Mustard
    • Peach
    • Popcorn
    • Sadie
    • Strawberry
    • Sunbeam
    • Vince
    • Whisky
    • Wholegrain

    Chocolate Lab names

    Chocolate Labs often have names which are, unsurprisingly, related to chocolate, as well as coffee and other brown names for dogs. Here are some of the best chocolate lab name ideas:

    • Acorn
    • Akela
    • Akita
    • Akron
    • Allie
    • Aria
    • Bailey
    • Baloo
    • Berry
    • Bolt
    • Boss
    • Bounty
    • Brandy
    • Briana
    • Brownie
    • Butterfinger
    • Cadbury
    • Cafe
    • Candy
    • Cappuccino
    • Captain
    • Carmella
    • Chestnut
    • Chewbacca
    • Chip
    • Choco
    • Chocolate
    • Cinnamon
    • Coco
    • Coconut
    • Crema
    • Cupcake
    • Dana
    • Danger
    • Dylan
    • Epi
    • Espresso
    • Expresso
    • Fall
    • Ferrero
    • Foam
    • Foxy
    • Frappé
    • Frodo
    • Fudge
    • Gadget
    • Gaia
    • Galaxy
    • Garrett
    • Harry
    • Hazel
    • Henry
    • Hershey
    • Kaffir
    • King
    • Kira
    • Latte
    • Mars
    • Mocha
    • Mushu
    • Nala
    • Nisa
    • Oakie
    • Odin
    • Oxford
    • Pasty
    • Pom Pom
    • Popo
    • Queen
    • Reese
    • Rina
    • Risa
    • Ruth
    • Sandford
    • Snickers
    • Starbucks
    • Steel
    • Tarzan
    • Terra
    • Truffle
    • Twix
    • Tyra
    • Whiskers
    • Wispa
    • Yuki
    • Zayn

    Famous Labrador Retriever names

    These names of famous Labrador Retrievers come from both real life and fiction. Do you recognize them all?

    • Bat
    • Bouncer
    • Brian
    • Buddy
    • Clifford
    • Cora
    • Didier
    • Digger
    • Dolly
    • Dorado
    • Elsie
    • Endal
    • Frida
    • Gus
    • Jack
    • Jet
    • Krypto
    • Labramon
    • Lucy
    • Marley
    • Omar
    • Orson
    • Rufus
    • Sabie
    • Sadie
    • Sully
    • Timber
    • Vincent
    • Willie
    Names for Labrador Retrievers - Famous Labrador Retriever names

    More names for Labrador dogs

    If after checking our list of Labrador Retriever name ideas, you still haven't found any names for your Lab, you can find some other helpful resources on AnimalWised:

    If you want to read similar articles to Names for Labrador Retrievers, we recommend you visit our Names category.

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    I miss him a lot
    Is Dixie a good Labrador name?
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    Hi Bill,

    Dixie has a lot of connotations in certain cultures which would make it an inappropriate name. If you were to call the name out in public, it might cause issues, so you should bear that in mind if you want to call them that.
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