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130+ Amazing Names for Boerboels: Our Top Interesting and Fun Options

Sarah Psaradelis

By Sarah Psaradelis

Names for Boerboels

Boerboels are a South African dog breed usually used as guard dogs. They are a type of mastiff dog breed that has a strong and muscular build. Boerboels are powerful working dogs with a desirable temperament that makes them great pets.

If you have recently brought home a Boerboel, choosing a good name that matches your Boerboel’s fierce, yet loving nature can be difficult. That’s why we have created a list of amazing names that perfectly suit this dog breed.

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Naming Your Boerboel

Such a powerful and reliable canine companion like the Boerboel deserves a fitting name. Whether you want to choose a name that best describes the typical temperament of a Boerboel or the appearance of your Boerboel, there are many different name ideas for such an amazing dog breed. You can even choose names that are inspired by South African heritage, even though Boerboel’s bloodline origins can be traced back to Europe to the Roman Empire.

You can get inspiration from your Boerboel’s personality traits or appearance to start, and then narrow down your list as you find names that sound better. The name can be inspired by your dog, or it can simply be a name that suits a large and powerful dog breed like the Boerboel. There is no right or wrong name for your dog—it simply depends on what you prefer.

boerboel, puppy
Image Credit: Jan Steiner, Pixabay

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Male Boerboel Names

Male Boerboels are seen as strong and protective, with all the good qualities you would look for in a guard dog. With loyalty and strength, male Boerboels are hardworking dogs that will do anything to protect their family, which is why a strong-sounding name resonates well with them.

  • Axel
  • Bane
  • Bear
  • Blitz
  • Boer
  • Bones
  • Bruce
  • Bruce
  • Brutus
  • Bull
  • Bullet
  • Butch
  • Chief
  • Crusher
  • Diablo
  • Diesel
  • Duke
  • Felix
  • Kane
  • Khan
  • Mack
  • Maverick
  • Max
  • Max
  • Minzi
  • Ranger
  • Rocky
  • Sarge
  • Spike
  • Stamp
  • Stiff
  • Tank
  • Thanos
  • Thunder
  • Tyson
  • Vince
  • Zander
  • Zeus
  • Zhar

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Female Boerboel Names

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Female Boerboels are strong, independent, and loving. They are large dogs that are hardworking and protective over their family and other animals, which are desirable traits in a guard dog. A strong yet feminine-sounding name is a good choice for female Boerboels.

  • Akita
  • Alex
  • Alice
  • Anja
  • Aspen
  • Aurora
  • Aza
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Ceres
  • Coco
  • Dakota
  • Demi
  • Duchess
  • Harley
  • Holly
  • Hunter
  • Hunter
  • Khaleesi
  • Khata
  • Lana
  • Layla
  • Liezel
  • Luna
  • Maddie
  • Massie
  • Raven
  • Rea
  • Ripley
  • Roxy
  • Sadie
  • Sheba
  • Siobhan
  • Sophia
  • Starla
  • Storm
  • Teska
  • Valkyrie
  • Zena
  • Zilla

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Cool Names for Boerboels

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There’s no doubt that the Boerboel is a cool dog breed. These large dogs are muscular and laidback, but they can quickly become alert and on guard to protect those they love.

  • Ranger
  • Tracker
  • Bosco
  • Dana
  • Moose
  • Remy
  • Harper
  • Griffin
  • Ivy
  • Trance
  • Jada
  • Leona
  • Bandit
  • Miles
  • Talia
  • Kendi
  • Miela
  • Victor
  • Mimi
  • Rocco
  • Theo
  • Rafiki
  • Willa
  • Axe
  • Savannah

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South African Names for Boerboels (with Meanings)

Boerboels have a deep history in South Africa, where a Mastiff dog was bought to the area through Jan van Riebeeck—the founder of Cape Town. The Mastiff-type dog was bred with other large guard dogs brought in by Dutch settlers which led to the creation of the Boerboel dog breed.

The name “Boerboel” itself is an Afrikaans name, the West Germanic language that was used by the French, Dutch, and German settlers. The word “Boer” to farmer, while the word “boel” translates to bull. So, why not choose a name that is inspired by your Boerboels South African heritage?

Image Credit: Reinout Dujardin, Pixabay

Afrikaans names with English Meaning

  • Liefie – love
  • Engel – angel
  • Heidi – noble
  • Blom – flower
  • Pampoen – pumpkin
  • Leeu – lion
  • Prinses- princess
  • Held – hero
  • Soet – sweet
  • Madeliefie – daisy
  • Panter – panther
  • Sterk – strong

isiZulu Inspired Names

  • Amahle – beautiful
  • Bheka – watchful
  • Phila – healthy
  • Mandla – power
  • Thabo – happiness, content
  • Nomsa – caring
  • Kaya – restful
  • Zola – tranquil
  • Xolani – forgiveness or peace
  • Mbali – flower
  • Nandi – sweet
  • Sipho – gift
  • Thando – love

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You don’t have to rush to choose the perfect name for your new Boerboel dog, as it can take time to find one that suits your Boerboel well. The name can be simple, or it can be inspired by your Boerboel’s appearance, origins, or personality, it all depends on your personal choice.

Choosing a name for your Boerboel can be fun, so take as long as you need to decide on a good-fitting name and enjoy the process!

Featured Image Credit: Ilona Krijgsman, Pixabay

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