530 Unique and Personal Male Dog Names (2023)

There are so many male dog names out there. You know that naming your dog is a major event for you and your dog. Your dog’s name will create curiosity, humor, or intrigue every time you send him out for a retrieve or call him in a park.

The name you choose will reflect on you as much as it doeson your pup. Your dog’s name should have both obvious and hidden meanings foryou and those that know you. My dog, Lady, is named after the popular Disneymovie (obvious) and one of my grandfather’s dogs (only obvious to those that walkthe fields with me and listen to my stories).

What is the best of the male dog names? Well, that depends on you and your pooch, but I promise that you will find a name below that you love or at least the spark needed to come up with your own. I have included 530 unique and clever male dog names for 2019 inspired from a variety of areas. There is sure to be one or two that catch your interest.

You can check out the whole list if you want, or, just jump straight to the section that interests you the most. Take your time. Remember, you are going to be saying this name A LOT over the next 10 years.

Some important guidelines before you get started.

1. Pick a name that you like and that is easy to say. One or two syllables are usually the best. Longer names can be a pain when you are saying them over and over.

530 Unique and Personal Male Dog Names (2)

2. Try the name out for a few days. Say it out loud. Shoutit a couple times even if people around think you are mad. See if it starts toroll off the tongue after a while or if the name continues to get caught inyour throat.

3. Try to avoid names that might sound like common commandsyou will be giving your dog like NO, SIT, COME, or BACK.

4. If you decide on a long name, consider the possibleshortened versions that you will likely end up using with time.

5. Be a little adventurous. You are not naming your child here. You do not have to worry about other dogs teasing or mocking your pup at the AKC hunts and field trials.

20 Best Male Names for Bird Dogs

Male Dog Names from Ancient Mythology and Their Meanings

  1. Zeus (Greek King of Gods, heaven and lightning)
  2. Poseidon (Greek Lord of the Sea, earthquakes and horses)
  3. Dionysus (Greek God of wine, celebrations and ecstasy)
  4. Apollo (Greek God of light, the sun, poetry and archery)
  5. Ares (Greek God of violence, war and blood)
  6. Atlas (Greek Titan that led battle against Zeus)
  7. Achilles (Greek hero of the Trojan war)
  8. Ajax (a prominent figure in the Trojan war known as Ajax the Great)
  9. Narcissus (a Greek hunter who was obsessed with his own image)
  10. Aloades (giants that challenged the Greek gods)
  11. Argos (Odyssues’ faithful dog that still recognized him after a 20-year trip)
  12. Hercules (strong and powerful Greek demi-god)
  13. Chiron (a civilized centaur from Greek stories)
  14. Ra (Egyptian sun god)
  15. Amun (King of the Egyptian gods)
  16. Set or Seth(Egyptian god of war)
  17. Ptah (Egyptian god of craftsman and architects)
  18. Osiris (Egyptian ruler of the dead)
  19. Thot (Egyptian god of the moon, magic, and writing)
  20. Tut (Egyptian Pharaoh—short for Tutankamun)
  21. Seti (Egyptian Pharaoh)
  22. Sobek (Egyptian Nile crocodile)
  23. Mars (Roman god of war)
  24. Neptune (Roman god of the seas)
  25. Pluto (Roman god of hell and wealth)
  26. Saturn (Roman god of time)
  27. Vulcan (Roman god of fire and metals)
  28. Asgard (place where the Nordic gods lived)
  29. Hela (Nordic guard of the dead)
  30. Odin (most noble and important Nordic god)
  31. Thor (Nordic god of thunder)
  32. Bragi (Nordic god of wisdom)
  33. Vali (Nordic god of archers)
  34. Ull (Nordic god of close combat)
  35. Loki (unpredictable Nordic god that creates chaos)
  36. Vanir (Nordic god of sea, nature, and forest)
  37. Surt (Nordic giant that leads the forces of destruction)
  38. Fenrir (giant wolf in Nordic mythology)

Male Dog Names Inspired by Music

  1. Zep (Led Zepplin)
  2. B.B. (B.B. King)
  3. Bowie (David Bowie)
  4. Axl (Axl Rose)
  5. Crosby (Bing Crosby)
  6. Denver (John Denver)
  7. Clef (musical symbol)
  8. Sting
  9. Jovi (John Bon Jovi)
  10. ZZ (ZZ Top)
  11. Jimi (Jimi Hendrix)
  12. Ozzy or Oz (Ozzy Osbourne)
  13. Sandman (Enter Sandman by Metallica)
  14. Judas (Judas Priest)
  15. Brick (Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd)
  16. Chump (Chump by Green Day)
  17. Bojangles (Mr. Bojangles by Bob Dylan)
  18. Puff (Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul, & Mary)
  19. Snoop (Snoop Dogg)
  20. Pac (2Pac)
  21. Fiddy (50 Cent)
  22. Wayne (‘Lil Wayne)
  23. Dre (Dr. Dre)
  24. Diddy (Diddy)
  25. Nuff (NF)
  26. Trace (Trace Atkins)
  27. Bentley (Dierks Bentley)
  28. Garth (Garth Brooks)

Male Dog Names from the Movies

  1. Bolt (Bolt, 2008)
  2. Benji (Benji Series)
  3. Hachi (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, 2009)
  4. Max (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000)
  5. Reno (Top Dog, 1995)
  6. Toto (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
  7. Fluke (Fluke, 1995)
  8. Pongo (101 Dalmatians, 1996)
  9. Brusier (Legally Blonde, 2001)
  10. Digby (Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World, 1973)
  11. Boomer (Independence Day, 1996)
  12. Pippin (Jaws, 1975)
  13. Odie (Garfield, 2004)
  14. Copernicus (Back to the Future III, 1990)
  15. Hank (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 1996)
  16. Petey (The Little Rascals, 1994)
  17. Nanook (The Lost Boys, 1987)
  18. Fang (Harry Potter Series)
  19. Beau (Iron Will, 1994)
  20. Buckley (The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001)
  21. Milo (The Mask, 1994)
  22. Frank (Men in Black, 1997)
  23. Buck (Call of the Wild, 1935)
  24. Hooch (Turner and Hooch, 1989)
  25. Hosehead (Strangebrew, 1983)
  26. Yeller (Old Yeller, 1957)
  27. Dog (Big Jake, 1972)
  28. Einstein (Back to the Future, 1985)
  29. Beast (Sandlot, 1993)
  30. Toby (A Dog’s Purpose, 2017)
  31. Otis (The Adventures of Milo and Otis, 2007)
  32. Charlie (All Dogs Go to Heaven, 2009)
  33. Chance (Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, 2011)
  34. Copper (The Fox and the Hound, 1981)
  35. Buddy (Air Bud, 1997)
  36. Jock (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)
  37. Trust (Lady and the Tramp, 1955)

Male Dog Names from Literature

  1. Old Dan (Where the Red Fern Grows)
  2. Mr. Darcy, (Pride and Prejudice)
  3. Zuckerman, (My Life as a Man)
  4. Dantes, (The Count of Monte Cristo)
  5. Golightly, (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  6. Jekyll,or Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  7. Holden, (The Catcher in the Rye)
  8. Rhett, (Gone with the Wind)
  9. Atticus (Following Atticus)
  10. White Fang (White Fang)
  11. Sherlock, (A Study in Scarlet)
  12. Enzo (The Art of Racing in the Rain)
  13. Joe (Beautiful Joe)
  14. Chet (Dog On It)
  15. Zhivago,(Dr. Zhivago)
  16. Stark,(All the King’s Men)
  17. Van Helsing,(Dracula)
  18. Jo,(Little Women)
  19. Joad,(The Grapes of Wrath)
  20. Gandalf,(The Hobbit)
  21. Scout,(To Kill A Mockingbird)
  22. Bone (A Dog’s Life)
  23. Rex (Sergeant Rex)
  24. Gobi (Finding Gobi)
  25. Bunker (Dog Medicine)
  26. Huck (Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family—and a Whole Town—About Hope and Happy Endings)
  27. Oogy (Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love)
  28. Flint (Born to Bark)
  29. Bijou (What a Difference a Dog Makes)
530 Unique and Personal Male Dog Names (3)

Clever Male Names Inspired by Historical Figures

  1. Benjamin or Franklin or Benji or Frank (Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the U.S.)
  2. Beethoven (Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer)
  3. Chopin (Frédéric Chopin, French-Polish composer)
  4. Dickens (Charles Dickens, English author)
  5. Freud (Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist)
  6. Genghis (Genghis Khan, Mongolian emperor)
  7. Churchill (Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister)
  8. Washington (George Washington, 1st President of the U.S.)
  9. Socrates (Greek philosopher)
  10. Voltaire or Volt (French writer and philosopher)
  11. Patton (George Patton, a U.S. General)
  12. Crockett (Davey Crockett, American frontiersman)
  13. Wolfgang or Mozart or Mo (Wolfgang Mozart, an Austrian composer)
  14. Donatello (Italian Renaissance artist)
  15. DaVinci (Leonardo DaVinci)
  16. Hoover (J. Edgar Hoover)
  17. Eisenhower (Dwight Eisenhower, President of the U.S.)
  18. Benson (Secretary of Agriculture of the U.S.)
  19. Napolean (French General)
  20. Jefferson (Founding Father of the U.S.)
  21. Alex (Alexander the Great)
  22. Marx (Karl Marx)
  23. Al (Albert Einstein)
  24. Teddy (Theodore Roosevelt)
  25. Newt (Isaac Newton)
  26. Edison (Thomas Edison)

Unique Male Dog Names from Foreign Languages

  1. Diablo (Spanish for “devil”)
  2. Nacho
  3. Maui (Hawaiian god that created the Hawaiian islands by tricking his brothers)
  4. Zorro (Spanish for “fox”)
  5. Tango (French dance)
  6. Primo (Italian for “first”)
  7. Mako (Hawaiian meaning unknown)
  8. Chong (Chinese for “clever and smart”)
  9. Manchu (Chinese for “purity”)
  10. Tonka (Dakota for “bull”)
  11. Baldwin (German for “brave friend”)
  12. Alpin (Scottish for “white”)
  13. Franz (German for “French”—hey look you get two languages in one name)
  14. Yori (Japanese for “trust”)
  15. Hans (German for “God is gracious”)
  16. Duff (Scottish for “dark”)
  17. Cruz (Spanish for “cross”)
  18. Dieter (Swiss for “people’s army”)
  19. Micco (Seminole for “chief”)
  20. Yuma (Navajo for “son of the chief”)
  21. Noa (Hawaiian for “freedom”)
  22. Katsu (Japanese for “victory”)
  23. Bendito (Spanish for “blessed”)
  24. Murdo (Scottish for “sea warrior”)
  25. Koko (Blackfoot for “night”)
  26. Taiki (Japanese for “firm”)
  27. Guapo (Spanish for “handsome”)
  28. Elvin (Swiss for “elf”)
  29. Lobo (Spanish for “wolf”)
  30. Mato (Sioux for “bear”)
  31. Heckie (Scottish for “holding fast”)
  32. Kyo (Japanese for “cooperation”)
  33. Gerard (Swiss for “strong spear”)
  34. Haru (Japanese for “spring”)
  35. Takahiro or Taka (Japanese for “great value or noble”)
  36. Katashi (Japanese for “firm”)
  37. Hiro (Japanese for “generous”)
  38. Ichiro (Japanese for “first son”)
  39. Sho (Japanese for “to fly”)
  40. Yuki (Japanese for “snow”)
  41. Geronimo (a famous Apache Indian fighter)
  42. Blanco (Spanish for “white”)
  43. Nokosi (Seminole Indian for “bear”)
  44. Yansa (Cherokee for “buffalo”)
  45. Waya (Cherokee for “wolf”)
  46. Nikan (Algonquian for “my friend”)
  47. Skah (Sioux for “white”)
  48. Sesi (Inuit for “snow”)
  49. Koko (Blackfoot for “night”)
  50. Dorado (Spanish for “golden”)
  51. Alto (Spanish for “high”)
  52. Niño (Spanish for “boy child”)
  53. Sol (Spanish for “sun”)

Clever Male Dog Names Inspired by the Universe

We are going to break these up a little in smaller groups soyou can pick a constellation, planet, star, moon, or other celestial name.

Constellations that make great male dog names

  1. Algol
  2. Alpha
  3. Antares
  4. Archer
  5. Aries
  6. Bootes
  7. Cepheus (Ceph)
  8. Cetus
  9. Corvus
  10. Crater
  11. Draco
  12. Polaris
  13. Sirius
  14. Zodiac

Unique male dog names from the celestial moons

  1. Carme
  2. Cupid
  3. Narvi
  4. Pan
  5. Titan
  6. Puck
  7. Phobos
  8. Prometheus (Theus)

One-of-kind male dog names inspired by Astronomy

  1. Blueshift (Blue)
  2. Cosmos (Cosmo)
  3. Drake
  4. Drone
  5. Eclipse
  6. Ellipse
  7. Gamma
  8. Gravity
  9. Orbit
  10. Quantum
  11. Solar
  12. Astroid
  13. Galaxy
  14. Mars
  15. Saturn
  16. Astro
  17. Jupiter
  18. Star
  19. Triton
  20. Pluto
  21. Meteor
  22. Zenith
  23. Borealis
530 Unique and Personal Male Dog Names (4)

Unique Male Dog Names Inspired by Weather

  1. Lightning
  2. Breeze
  3. Cirrus
  4. Fog
  5. Ice
  6. Rain
  7. Sky
  8. Snow
  9. Storm
  10. Thunder
  11. Radar
  12. Blizzard
  13. Gust
  14. Hurricane (Cane)
  15. Blast
  16. Dusk
  17. Frosty
  18. Quake
  19. Jet Stream (Jet)
  20. Tsunami

Unique Boy Dog Names Inspired by Cars

  1. Herbie
  2. Aston
  3. Bugatti
  4. Veyron
  5. Mack
  6. Lexus
  7. Ranger
  8. Royce
  9. Romeo
  10. Chevy
  11. Monte
  12. Martin
  13. Axle
  14. Daytona
  15. Hemi
  16. Falcon
  17. Tang
  18. Charger

Awesome Male Dog Names Inspired by Nature

  1. Elm
  2. Willow
  3. Cricket
  4. Cedar
  5. River
  6. North
  7. Colt
  8. Moose
  9. Bear
  10. Forrest
  11. Scout
  12. Alder
  13. Everest
  14. Rocky (Rocky Mountains are located in the Western United States)
  15. Teton (the Tetons are peaks in the Rocky Mountains)
  16. Logan (Mount Logan is in Yukon, Canada and also in Washington state)
  17. Kidd (Mount Kidd is in Canada)
  18. Drus or Dru (Les Drus is a mountain range in France)
  19. Andes (South American mountain range)
  20. Tagh (short for Muztagh Ata mountain in China)
  21. Elbrus (extinct volcano in Russia)
  22. K2 (second highest mountain in world and considered the ultimate in climbing)
  23. Weston (mountin in Denver)
  24. Alborz (mountain range in Iran)

Male Dog Names Inspired by Places

  1. Montana
  2. Idaho
  3. Wyoming
  4. Utah
  5. California (Cal)
  6. Nevada
  7. York
  8. Jersey
  9. Russia
  10. Cisco (as in San Fran)
  11. Phoenix
  12. Cinci
  13. Omaha
  14. Toronto
  15. Cancun
  16. Antigua
  17. Lima
  18. Quito
  19. Dublin
  20. Oslo
  21. Bern
  22. Mumbai
  23. Osaka
  24. Cairo
  25. Tripoli
  26. Perth

Boy Dog Names Inspired by Alcohol

If you are interested in this list, then you probably don’tneed the explanatory connections!

  1. Whiskey
  2. Porter
  3. Jameson
  4. Miller
  5. Bud
  6. Jager
  7. Shiner
  8. Foster
  9. Brewster
  10. Scotch
  11. Hennessy
  12. Skyy
  13. Hops
  14. Boozer
  15. Mojito
  16. Jack
  17. Daniels
  18. Bordeaux
  19. Tonic
  20. Schnapps
  21. Mai Tai
  22. Martini
  23. Stout
  24. Brew
  25. Moonshine
  26. Lager
  27. Sambuca
  28. Malbec
  29. Spritz
  30. Johnnie Walker

Classic Boy Dog Names Inspired by Sports

Everyone loves sports. If you are one of those fanatics,then maybe your dog’s name should say something about your passion. Below aresome of the possibilities. Don’t stop here though. Maybe you can think up someon your own. If you think of some that should have made the list, please leaveme a comment below and help me add to the list.

Names from baseball

  1. Mickey (Mr. Mantle)
  2. Dodger
  3. Sox (Chicago or Boston)
  4. Cy
  5. Astro
  6. Rookie or Rook
  7. Yogi
  8. Jeter
  9. Homer
  10. Yankee (only if you are desperate)
  11. Strike
  12. Closer
  13. Fenway

Names from football

  1. Soldier (the field in Chicago)
  2. Jet
  3. Rice
  4. Chief
  5. Patriot or just Pat
  6. Butkus
  7. Elway
  8. Catch
  9. TD
  10. Ref
  11. PI (pass interference)
  12. Raider
  13. Hike
  14. QB
  15. Buc (Tampa Bay)
  16. Manning (either of the brothers or their dad)
  17. Post

Male names from other sports

  1. Gretzky (hockey)
  2. Grinder (hockey)
  3. Chippy (hockey)
  4. Jagr (hockey)
  5. Cujo (hockey)
  6. Geno (hockey)
  7. Zamboni (hockey)
  8. Mario (hockey)
  9. Donovan (soccer)
  10. Mitre (soccer)
  11. Cleat (soccer)
  12. Goal (soccer)
  13. Dynamo (soccer)
  14. Tab (soccer)
  15. Adu (soccer)
  16. Freddy (soccer)
  17. Pablo (soccer)
  18. Shaq (basketball)
  19. Hoops (basketball)
  20. LeBron (basketball)
  21. Kobe (basketball)
  22. Spur (basketball)
  23. Kareem (basketball)
  24. Barkley (basketball)
  25. Dunk (basketball)
  26. Cameron (basketball)
  27. Knick (basketball)
  28. Rocket (basketball)

Cool Male Dog Names Inspired by Science

  1. Barnard
  2. Hershel
  3. Neutron
  4. Kelvin
  5. Kepler (German astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer)
  6. Sagan (American astronomer)
  7. Darwin (English naturalist known for his formation of theTheory of Evolution)
  8. Arc
  9. Atom
  10. Beta
  11. Carbon
  12. Cobalt
  13. Cyber
  14. Gram
  15. Halo
  16. Kilo
  17. Mass
  18. Micron
  19. Neon
  20. Nitro
  21. Pi
  22. Sine
  23. Vector
  24. Zinc
  25. Boole (English Mathematician involved in differential equations and Boolean algebra)
  26. Euclid (Greek Mathematician known as the “Father of Geometry”)
  27. Gauss (German mathematician known as the “Prince of Mathematicians”)
  28. Mendel (German scientist that is considered to be the founder of modern genetics)
  29. Cousteau(Conservationist, filmmaker, photographer, and student of the sea)
  30. Hubble (American astronomer who helped establish extragalactic astronomy)

Great Male Dog Names if You are a Foodie

  1. Lentil
  2. Artichoke (Art)
  3. Nutmeg
  4. Flapjack
  5. Curry
  6. Saki
  7. Gouda
  8. Pesto
  9. Mango
  10. Mousse
  11. Tofu
  12. Burger
  13. Brat
  14. Cheesehead
  15. Swiss
  16. Corn
  17. Barley
  18. Tater
  19. Chili
  20. Kohlrabi (Kohl)
  21. Raddish
  22. Garlic
  23. Kale
  24. Hummus
  25. Lemon

Most Popular Male Dog Names (That have not already been used)

  1. Cooper
  2. Jack
  3. Swizzle
  4. Rocky
  5. Duke
  6. Bear
  7. Oliver (or Ollie)
  8. Tucker
  9. Leo
  10. Teddy
  11. Jax
  12. Winston
  13. Murphy
  14. Louie
  15. Jake
  16. Bruno
  17. Oscar
  18. Diesel
  19. Bandit
  20. Ace
  21. Koda
  22. Gunner
  23. Bo
  24. Gizmo
  25. Maverick
  26. Simba
  27. Tank
  28. Rocco
  29. Boomer
  30. Ziggy
  31. Rusty
  32. Cash
  33. Hunter
  34. Oreo
  35. Tye
  36. Coco
  37. King
  38. Zeke
  39. Brutus
  40. Mac

There you have it. Over 530 male dog name ideas to help you in this first big decision you will make after you select your puppy or adopt your rescue dog. Choose wisely. If you don’t, you will live with the regret (and the mocking from your friends) for the rest of your days!

Don’t forget to leave me any other ideas that you have about male dog names in these categories in the comments below.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Arline Emard IV

Last Updated: 12/29/2022

Views: 6331

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (52 voted)

Reviews: 83% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Arline Emard IV

Birthday: 1996-07-10

Address: 8912 Hintz Shore, West Louie, AZ 69363-0747

Phone: +13454700762376

Job: Administration Technician

Hobby: Paintball, Horseback riding, Cycling, Running, Macrame, Playing musical instruments, Soapmaking

Introduction: My name is Arline Emard IV, I am a cheerful, gorgeous, colorful, joyous, excited, super, inquisitive person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.