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Dog Names: fresh ideas for naming your puppy.

Updated on January 27, 2012
Rottweiler Ella (Enchanted!)
Rottweiler Ella (Enchanted!)

The joys of naming a puppy

There is certain magic in finding that perfect name for your new puppy. Everyone has a suggestion, but the process is rarely painless. Everyone wants the honor of finding that perfect name for the new family member. Here are a few ideas to focus your search.

Consider historical figures, painters, philosophers, writers...

  • Sappho (a famous Greek poetess who offers is a great name for any majestic breed girl)
  • Vivaldi (imagine a noble Greyhound with such a melodic name?)
  • Mozart (perfect for a pudgy Bulldog or a Pug)
  • Picasso (this one is for any pup with lots of unruly hair)
  • Shakespeare (American Cocker Spaniel?)
  • Socrates (this one is for a mastiff breed, a big dog name)
  • Cleopatra (Dalmatian?)
  • Joan < of Arc > (a great choice for a Great Dane girl)

Interesting Food Names: fit for a boy or a girl puppy!

  • Tiramisu (for a little Yorkie or a Pomeranian?)
  • Sushi (this one seems quite versatile)
  • Souffle (very French, so maybe French Bulldog?)
  • Clementine (isn't it precious for a Pug?)
  • Yogurt (okay, it's a stretch, but with the right kind of dog it would work, I swear)
  • Parmesan (only the cutest of the puppies can carry such a name)

Think of your favorite book characters

  • Atticus, from To Kill a Mockingbird (a superb name for a Border Collie pup)
  • Frodo, from Lord of the Rings (will fit any pup with mischief in his eyes)
  • Mercutio, from Romeo and Juliett (I see this one as a brilliant name for a herding breed dog)
  • Scarlett, from Gone with the Wind (any girl with an attitude can take this one)
  • Elizabeth, from Pride and Prejudice (can't you just envision English Setter girl?)
  • Hemoine, from Harry Potter (a Chocolate Lab pup can take this one)
  • Sauri, from Memoirs of a Geisha (small and cute)
  • Alice, from Alice in Wonderland (gracious, like a Borzoi)

Geography to the rescue

  • Juno (wouldn't it fit just right for a Husky?)
  • India (strong and elegant at the same time, just like German Shepherds)
  • Palermo (a gorgeous name for a boy Rottweiler)
  • Helsinki (almost any Terrier could pull it off)
  • Cape (I see this one as a great name for the sporting breeds, short and to the point)


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      Solaras 4 years ago

      Atticus is a great choice - Loved the book and of course Border Collies. Great Hub - Thumbs Up!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 6 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Our boy's full name is Brantford's Mount Goodwin Austen K2, K2 for short. Easy to figure that out from where my son and I got it. It was after reading this book: