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Unique Names for Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 7, 2016
Unique Names for Dogs

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Choosing the best name for your dog is more difficult than it might seem; it's a word that you're going to use for years. It's normal for you to have doubts - if you've arrived to our site while looking for inspiration, you're in luck.

Our first and foremost tip in order for you to choose a name that fits your dog is that you don't decide it beforehand. Instead, take some time to get to know your new pet and learn their individual traits and quirks.

However, sometimes that is not enough to come across the perfect name. This is why here at AnimalWised we've compiled a list of unique names for dogs; choosing one will only take some effort and creativity.

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Why should we give our dog a unique name?

Dogs are domestic mammals from the canid family; they have lived alongside human beings for at least 9000 years. Nowadays there are more than 800 dog breeds of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, and most of them can be trained to fulfill a particular role as a companion, guard, watcher, hunter or guide. Dogs have proved to be of huge help to humans time and again.

Dogs, or Canis familiaris, are a highly intelligent species. They are able to communicate, learn orders and solve problems, either by learning from their owner or by observing other dogs. Some breeds are more intelligent than others, but all dogs understand, feel and have physical and psychological needs.

This is why it's so important for your dog to have a name unique among all other dogs; this name will be used to identify your dog, and they will learn to respond to it. There are some basic guidelines you should know before choosing a name:

  • Choose a name between 2 and 3 syllables long. Names that are too short can be confused with many common daily words, but if they are too long they will be much more difficult to learn and remember.
  • Don't give your dog a name that sounds like an order.
  • Don't choose a name that sounds like another pet's or another family member's.
  • Once you've settled on a name, don't change it. Your dog will be confused.
  • The pronunciation must be clear and straightforward.
Unique Names for Dogs - Why should we give our dog a unique name?

Names of famous dogs

Many people like naming their pets after famous historical, celebrity or fictional dogs. Here are some examples:

  • Beethoven, the famous St. Bernard.
  • Hachiko, the loyal Akita Inu from the film based on real events.
  • Laika, the Russian dog who traveled to space.
  • Pongo and Perdita, heroes of 101 Dalmatians.
  • Lady and Tramp, from the Disney movie of the same name.
  • Scooby Doo, from the famous cartoons.
  • Rex, a German Shepherd, the TV police dog.
  • Santa's Little Helper, the Simpsons' greyhound.
  • Pluto, from Disney.
  • Odie, Garfield's friend.
  • Snoopy, from the Peanuts comic strip.
  • Lassie, from the adventure TV series of the same name.
  • Josef, Heidi's enormous dog.
  • Goofy, from Disney.
  • Brian, from Family Guy.
  • Dogmatix, Obelix's little terrier, called Idéfix in French.
  • Seymour, Fray's dog in Futurama.
Unique Names for Dogs - Names of famous dogs

Unique names for dogs according to their quirks

All dogs have their individual traits and quirks, which can be great sources of inspiration for cool and unique names:

  • Some dogs are very regal and majestic, and they look and act as if they were royalty. Why not name such a dog Kaiser or Kaiserin (emperor/empress in German) or Czar?
  • The Vikings believed in the Valkyries, warrior goddesses who brought the greatest fallen soldiers to Valhalla (paradise). Staying within that mythology, you can also name your noble and strong dog after the gods Odin or Thor.
  • Some dogs act like hurricanes, wreaking havoc wherever they go. Why not name them after famously devastating natural disasters, such as Katrina, Wilma o Igor?
  • There are dog breeds with fur that looks like dreadlocks; their Reggae-ish look will go perfectly with names like Jamaica, Marley or Wailer.
  • Particularly valiant and heroic dogs can be called Achilles, Atlanta, Hector or Hippolyta.
  • If your dog belongs to a Japanese breed like Akita Inu or Shiba Inu, why not name them after an anime character? Goku, Akira, Chihiro, Usagi, Mitsuki...
  • Some names like Eros, Laska, Malak, Maitea or Andje share the same meaning across different cultures and languages: pure love.
  • If you believe your dog to be the prettiest in the world, why not call them Adonis, Belle, Linda or Beau?
  • Some dogs are very talkative or bark in a sing-song way. Why not call them Sinatra, Madonna, Jackson or Janis?
  • If your dog stays by your side whenever you watch a sci-fi classic, why not call them Darth Vader, Mara Jade or Obi-Wan?
Unique Names for Dogs - Unique names for dogs according to their quirks

Unique names for male dogs

You may not have found the right name for your dog in the previous sections, and that's fine - you don't need to copy the names of famous pets or base it on your dog's particularities. We have more unique and cool names for your male dog:

  • Aman
  • Alger
  • Arcadius
  • Amir
  • Aurum
  • Anouk
  • Anton
  • Aurelius
  • Axic
  • Bilal
  • Bruc
  • Bord
  • Bonné
  • Bru
  • Bali
  • Benif
  • Beige
  • Bicho
  • Benne
  • Casio
  • Chester
  • Chrome
  • Cooper
  • Crunch
  • Curro
  • Crispin
  • Dasel
  • Dion
  • Dingo
  • Duran
  • Enzo
  • Este
  • Evan
  • Figo
  • Frezzio
  • Frank
  • Gianni
  • Gabone
  • Galbi
  • Gasper
  • Hobbo
  • Heinek
  • Hali
  • Iker
  • Indio
  • Idale
  • Kannuck
  • Krende
  • Kurt
  • Kurdo
  • Jayson
  • Jalba
  • Joale
  • Larry
  • Lamar
  • Lambert
  • Lorik
  • Libio
  • Loras
  • Maximus
  • Maco
  • Milo
  • Monty
  • Morgan
  • Noete
  • Newman
  • Neo
  • Noah
  • Patch
  • Pinto
  • Rémi
  • Rossi
  • Sirio
  • Tyssen
  • Thysson
  • Tyrrell
  • Ulysses
  • Valiant
  • Vito
  • Volton
  • Yoan
  • Yanis
  • Yoette

Unique names for female dogs

And as before, here are some different and great names for female dogs:

  • Aria
  • Azalea
  • Anthea
  • Akira
  • Aura
  • Anaïs
  • Bella
  • Basette
  • Casia
  • Crema
  • Carelle
  • Chica
  • Dakota
  • Daenerys
  • Drusilla
  • Dima
  • Dulcinea
  • Dasha
  • Electra
  • Edissa
  • Eyelin
  • Enza
  • Gilda
  • Greta
  • Grassa
  • Grisa
  • Grey
  • Hydra
  • Heller
  • Hilda
  • Hula
  • Kaia
  • Khaleesi
  • Kara
  • Karma
  • Kira
  • Lys
  • Lena
  • Lysea
  • Mai
  • Montée
  • Malorie
  • Myrtle
  • Nené
  • Nisa
  • Nelea
  • Nurs
  • Pia
  • Priscilla
  • Pruna
  • Puma
  • Rumba
  • Renata
  • Reina
  • Risa
  • Sheychelle
  • Salomé
  • Syrka
  • Suzette
  • Tasca
  • Tisha
  • Tina
  • Trusca
  • Vilma
  • Violet
  • Vilma
  • Vanisse
  • Yvette
  • Zane
  • Ziena
  • Zoé

Unique unisex names

If you still don't know the sex of your future dog, or if you just don't care, here are some unique names for all dogs:

  • Ahibe
  • Aku
  • Arlie
  • Baai
  • Briet
  • Candle
  • Cheng
  • Dustin
  • Eden
  • Farai
  • Jazzie
  • Jing
  • Joey
  • Laverne
  • Lee
  • Ling
  • Nimat
  • Omega
  • Phoenix
  • Storm
  • Sothy
  • Sidney
  • Thai
  • Tracy
  • Xuân
  • Zohar
  • Yoshee
  • Yong
Unique Names for Dogs - Unique unisex names

Have you found the right name for your dog?

If you still haven't found the perfect unique name for your pet, don't worry. Here at AnimalWised we have many lists of names for dogs:

Do you have the perfect idea for a unique name? Share it with us in the comments section!

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Cara B
I have a crab named Myrtle
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Myrtle's a great name for a crab, but could also work for a dog (or even a turtle)!
Judith
What about Isabella for a female maltese??

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