Skip to main content

The seven greatest dog names for your new best friend

Fido, Spot, and Daisy are probably among the names that come to mind when you think of some “common” dog names. But if you want to be original, forgo the most popular pet names and instead opt for one of these cute, unique dog names that is sure to be memorable.



There’s just something about naming one species of animal after another animal or plant that is quite pleasing. Lily and Goose are two such popular dog names that we’ve heard before. However, we are looking for a special name, so you’ll have to get more exotic with your choices. Naming your dog Ladybug will likely lead to many smiles from those who hear the name for the first time. Or you can choose an ironic animal name, such as Snail for a greyhound. If you don’t like the idea of naming a dog after another animal, but are fine with plant names, maybe consider the names Eucalyptus or Peach.

Related Videos
best dog names
4 PM production/Shutterstock


Food-inspired dog names are another fun trend. Mochi and Sushi are relatively common cat names, but naming a dog after a food seems less familiar. When you envision a meatball, you probably think of a warm, inviting bowl of pasta. This welcoming attitude could also be true of the personality of a dog named Meatball. You could also give your dog a food-related nickname, such as Ana Banana or Nacho for a dog named Ignacio if a single food word as a name seems too extreme to you.


Naming your dog after a famous (real or fictional) dog can evoke emotions associated with the namesake’s story. Other famous dogs to name yours after include Scooby or Lassie. For instance, Scooby would be good for a goofy dog, while Lassie would be a good match for a loyal pup. Alternatively, you could name your dog after a famous (real or fictional) human. Human monikers that would be suitable for some dogs include Curie and Hagrid. Or Beyonce for a dramatic, diva dog. Be sure to take your dog’s personality into account when choosing to name them after a famous person, unless you’re going for an oxymoron.


In different regions of the world, royal titles vary. Learning about some of these labels may spark ideas for great dog names. Princess and Duke are two basic royal names, but don’t stop with English titles. Sheikh is an Arabic honorific title. Duquesa and Reina are the Spanish translations for duchess and queen, respectively. And looking outside of Europe for inspiration will lead you to names like Emperor and Druk Gyalpo, which is the title of the Bhutanese monarch that means “Dragon King” in Dzongkha, the language spoken in Bhutan.

best dog names
Joe Caione/Unsplash


Naming your dog can be as fun as naming a new child! Take this opportunity to give your dog a human name if you feel like it. Again, in this article we’re touching on unique dog names, so don’t choose a name like Rebecca or Mary. Recognize that some human names just don’t fit dogs. Ruby is fine for a dog, but Annette doesn’t really seem to work as a dog name. Unique human names for dogs might draw from names common in other languages that are less frequently heard in English, such as Hiroto or Capucine.


Dog names inspired by occupations give the idea that your dog is a hard worker. Piper doesn’t exactly fall into that category, but you get the idea. Boxer and Farmer are two other occupational names that rile up visions of diligent, persistent, strong people. Like other names derived from everyday words, not all occupations will make good dog names. Calling for ‘Electrician’ or ‘Plumber’ at the dog park would probably get you a few odd looks.


You might choose to describe the way your dog looks with their name. Yeti would be a great option for a fluffy dog, like a samoyed. Pepper would suit a black dog. And many people call dachshunds hot dogs — so why not name your dachshund puppy Hot Dog? Also consider names that indicate color, shape, size, or coat texture or length. These types of names are special because people can predict what your dog looks like before meeting them.

No matter what name you might have been dreaming of, give yourself a chance to learn your dog’s personality before committing to a name for them. Use these ideas as the basis to help you get started on your dog-naming journey and let your creativity take over from there. You’ll come up with the perfect name for your new pup in no time!

Editors' Recommendations

50 spring-inspired names for dogs, from Forrest to Petunia
Springtime names for dogs influenced by the season, from Cosmo to April
A black and white Pomeranian sits in front of a tulip field and gives a head tilt

As the snow begins to melt beneath the longer hours of daylight, so many new things are taking form. Flowers are budding, animals are welcoming their young, and everything begins to feel renewed. Springtime is near! It's also an ideal time to welcome a new furry friend into your household. After all, longer days and warmer temperatures will make outdoor activities with your pup much more fun.

If you're planning on adopting a new dog come spring, you'll need to have some good dog names on hand. Of course, you can always opt for one of the classics, but these names for dogs are inspired by one of the most magical times of the year: springtime. These are 50 of our favorites, and we hope you'll love them as much as we do!

Read more
Have your heart set on a breed? Here’s why it’s important to consider different types of dogs
Think you need a small dog? Here's why you should research different types of dogs first
A woman kissing a dog

Perhaps you love your friend’s Yorkie. Maybe you grew up with a beagle and always dreamt of having one of your own. Getting fixated on a specific breed is normal and natural, and there’s no shame in it. Just like gender disappointment is a "thing" in parenting, so is dreaming about welcoming a specific dog with a distinct look and characteristics into your family.

Still, you want to consider different types of dogs while searching for a new furry family member. It may be difficult to wrap your head around, but researching other breeds and considering all of your options is an essential step in the process of choosing a dog breed. That doesn’t mean you must consider all dog breeds — that’s overwhelming — but you want to look into several. Here’s why and how to jumpstart your search for your next four-legged best friend.

Read more
6 affectionate and cute dog breeds for owners who love to cuddle
Different dog breeds that are cute and that any owner would love
Cavalier King Charles spaniel lies on a pillow and looks into the camera with big eyes

Sometimes, a dog simply falls into your life with no notice. Other times, however, you have the opportunity to plan for welcoming your new furry friend. You might even want to research different dog breeds to decide the kind of pet you're looking for. Do you want an athletic canine bestie? Or would you prefer a buddy who wants to hang out on the couch?
Affection is one other quality that many look for in a pet. After all, nothing beats a good cuddle with your pup after a long day. Luckily, all the cute dog breeds on this list are known for their affectionate natures, so they'll be just as happy for a snuggle session as you will. Take a look!

Great Dane
Although a lot of people think of small dogs as the cuddliest, that's not always the case. The American Kennel Club (AKC) explains that this breed "need[s] lots of affection and socialization with people and other animals, making them great family pets." They are called "Gentle Giants" after all.

Read more