Old Man and Old Lady Names for Dogs

Jane Bertin
By Jane Bertin, Journalist specialized in animal welfare. Updated: December 11, 2019
Old Man and Old Lady Names for Dogs

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Just because you have a young dog, doesn't mean they don't have an old look about them. Many dogs have whiskers and facial features which give them the look of an old man or old lady, despite only being a few months on the earth. Perhaps they have a beautiful gray coat which gives them an aged look. It is also possible you have brought an older dog into your life because they needed rescued or rehoused. Whatever the reason, choosing a name for your newly adopted dog can be tricky.

At AnimalWised our list of old man and old lady names for dogs has over 100 choices to help you decide. Old-fashioned names for dogs often come back in popularity and we have the best options. Whether your dog is quirky, folksy or dignified, there's something fun and unique for you here. We'll also give you some tips on what to consider when choosing an old person dog name.

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  1. Choosing a name for a dog - why old fashioned names?
  2. Old lady names for dogs
  3. Old Man Names for Dogs

Choosing a name for a dog - why old fashioned names?

Before choosing one of these old man and old lady names for dogs, you should take a look at these basic guidelines on choosing names for dogs.

We always recommend picking a name that matches the dog's appearance or personality. Luckily, old-fashioned names can sound both dignified and hilarious for all dog breeds. Isn't Muriel an amazing choice for a miniature Poodle or Buster a great name for an American Pit Bull Terrier?

There are some dogs which particularly suit old grandpa names or funny old lady names. This is because their appearance resembles a little old man, craggy old grandpa, coiffured beautiful old lady or they simply have a grand and deep expression which belies their younger years. This could be the individual dog or even some breeds are predisposed to resembling old men or women. They include:

Experts in dog training advice choosing a name that's 2 to 3 syllables long and easy to pronounce, with strong sounds. This makes it easier for your dog to learn, and it will prevent them from mixing it up with common daily words and commands, and it will help in the dog's socialization process. The dog's name should sound distinct, and you should never use it while angry, as they will learn that it is a bad word that you use to punish them.

Old man and old lady names are usually quite long. However, old-fashioned names offer some advantages for your dog: they often have strong consonants and clear vowels, they sound very different from daily words, and they can easily be shortened into a nickname. This means that you can give your pet a really long "official" name, such as Amos Marshall Campbell IV, as long as you use just one of those names to train them and call them.

Old lady names for dogs

We associate certain names with old ladies which can sound funny, cute or beautiful to us depending on our situation. Why we find the names of old ladies funny, it is difficult to tell. Often they come from tradition, are part of family heritage and have even been associated with great beauties in the past. Names can come and go out of fashion. What was once thought to be old fashioned, is now cool and vintage.

A good example of this change is the name Greta. While it was once affiliated with Greta Garbo, one of the most beautiful and glamorous women ever recorded, it then because old hat. Its resurgence can be seen in the popularity of talented and inspiring women like Greta Gerwig and Greta Thurnberg. Sassy old lady names can also work well if you have a dog which knows they are a diva.

If you want to see examples of old lady names for dogs, check out:

  • Adair
  • Adeline
  • Agatha
  • Agnes
  • Arabella
  • Beatrice
  • Betty
  • Bertha
  • Brenda
  • Cecilia
  • Celia
  • Clementine
  • Cordelia
  • Cynthia
  • Dorcas
  • Dorothea
  • Dot
  • Edith
  • Edna
  • Eleanor
  • Ethel
  • Eudora
  • Evelyn
  • Finley
  • Florence
  • Geraldine
  • Gertrude
  • Ginette
  • Gladys
  • Greta
  • Griselda
  • Hazel
  • Henrietta
  • Hester
  • Hilda
  • Hortense
  • Ida
  • Imogen
  • Ines
  • Irma
  • Jeanie
  • Josephine
  • Lavinia
  • Letitia
  • Lillian
  • Lucille
  • Mabel
  • Margot
  • Millicent
  • Muriel
  • Myrtle
  • Olive
  • Opal
  • Penelope
  • Phyllis
  • Priscilla
  • Rosamund
  • Ruth
  • Sybil
  • Sylvia
  • Tallulah
  • Thora
  • Ursula
  • Valentine
  • Vera
  • Violet
  • Virginia
  • Vivian
  • Wilhelmina
  • Winifred
  • Zenobia
Old Man and Old Lady Names for Dogs - Old lady names for dogs

Old Man Names for Dogs

As with grandma names, old man names for dogs can be chosen according to your own tastes. While the only thing that all old men share is age, there are some stereotypes and characteristics we associate with old men. Grumpy old men names for dogs seem appropriate because many old men are indeed grumpy. If our dog is a little surly or even lethargic, we might want to give them an old man name because it is funny.

Equally, there is a certain distinguished character old men can have. This may mean we want to choose something more regal, like Prince Albert or Edmund. Whether regal or grumpy, cool or dorky, or any of the above, here we have the best old man names for dogs:

  • Albert
  • Amos
  • Archibald
  • Aristide
  • Augustus
  • Barney
  • Bernard
  • Bryce
  • Calvin
  • Chester
  • Clarence
  • Claude
  • Clifford
  • Desmond
  • Dudley
  • Duke
  • Easton
  • Edmund
  • Ernest
  • Felix
  • Fitzwilliam
  • Floyd
  • Gilbert
  • Gustave
  • Harold
  • Harvey
  • Herbert
  • Jasper
  • Leonard
  • Lester
  • Lyle
  • Manfred
  • Marshall
  • Maurice
  • Montgomery
  • Mortimer
  • Norman
  • Oliver
  • Orville
  • Oscar
  • Otis
  • Percival
  • Phinneas
  • Ralph
  • Raymond
  • Reginald
  • René
  • Seymour
  • Sultan
  • Sydney
  • Terrance
  • Theodore
  • Theophile
  • Timothy
  • Tripp
  • Willard
Old Man and Old Lady Names for Dogs - Old Man Names for Dogs

We hope that you have found a good old man or old lady name for dogs in our list. As you can see, these are old people names you will find in English. However, there are many cultures around the world which have different names for both young and old. If you want some more information, check out our articles on:

Of course, if you have found your final choice in our list of old-fashioned names for dogs, don't forget to tell us in the comments section! You can also share your ideas and we'll add them to the list.

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