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220+ Amazing Names For Boykin Spaniels: Ideas for Fun & Energetic Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Names For Boykin Spaniels


The Boykin spaniel was one of South Carolina’s best-kept secrets until fairly recently. The breed is named for its founder, Whit Boykin. Whit also founded the eponymous tiny town in Kershaw County, where he bred spaniels in the early 1900s.

The patriarch of all Boykin spaniels was a small stray spaniel taken in by an acquaintance of Whit’s. The dog started several generations of cross-breeding between Chesapeake Bay retrievers, cocker spaniels, English springer spaniels, and American water spaniels. Today, the Boykin spaniel is a purebred dog in its own right. The breed gained AKC registration in 2009.

If you recently added a Boykin to your family, you already know how fun and energetic the dogs are. Now you’ll need to choose the right name, which can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled over 220 amazing names for you to consider for your Boykin spaniel.

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How To Name Your Boykin Spaniel

Let’s cover some dog-naming basics before we dive in. You should avoid any names that sound similar to other pets or people in your household. Rhyming names are cute in theory, but your dog Lassie might come running when you call for your cat Cassie.

You also want to consider any commands you’ll use with your Boykin spaniel. The dog names Beau and Bo have been insanely popular recently, but we’ve excluded them from our list because they sound too much like “go” and “no.”

Beyond that, naming your dog is a matter of preference. Have fun with the process, and enjoy reading through our list of names for Boykin spaniels.

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Boykin Spaniel Names Based on Personality and Temperament

Some dogs practically name themselves. Do any of these names remind you of your dog’s personality or temperament?

  • Blaze
  • Buddy
  • Captain
  • Duchess
  • Einstein
  • Happy
  • Hunter
  • Lucky
  • Loyal
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Regal
  • Shadow
  • Sprint
  • Tiger

Boykin Spaniel Names Based on Appearance

Purebred Boykins are shades of brown that range from milk chocolate to a shade the AKC describes as “liver.” The breed is known for its medium-length wavy coat. Your Boykin’s stunning looks might inspire one of these names.

  • Brandy
  • Braun
  • Brownie
  • Caramel
  • Chai
  • Chestnut
  • Chip
  • Cinnamon
  • Coco
  • Cookie
  • Curly
  • Fawn
  • Mocha
  • Nougat
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Sienna
  • Snickers
  • Teddy
  • Toffee
  • Whiskey
  • Ziggy
Boykin Spaniel sitting on leaves
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Vintage Boy Dog Names for Boykin Spaniels

We can look to books, movies, and TV shows from bygone eras for inspiration. Eddie was the Jack Russell terrier on the 1990s sitcom Frasier, and Kazan was the title character in James Oliver Curwood’s 1914 novel. Which of these vintage boy dog names do you recognize?

  • Argos
  • Beethoven
  • Benji
  • Bruiser
  • Buck
  • Clifford
  • Colonel
  • Comet
  • Danny
  • Eddie
  • Fang
  • Jock
  • Kazan
  • Milo
  • Old Yeller
  • Otis
  • Pal
  • Petey
  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Shaggy
  • Sport
  • Spot
  • Thunderbolt
  • Toby
  • Tock
  • Toto
  • Tramp
  • Trusty

Vintage Girl Dog Names for Boykin Spaniels

We can look to history for vintage girl dog names, too. Queenie and Tippy were popular names in decades past, and Perdita was the mom dog in 101 Dalmatians. These are classic girl dog names that still sound cute today.

  • Brandy
  • Daisy
  • Dolly
  • Lady
  • Lassie
  • Nana
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Perdita
  • Sandy
  • Tippy
  • Queenie
  • Winn-Dixie
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Boykin Spaniel Names Inspired by South Carolina Cities and Landmarks

You can pay homage to the breed’s home state with one of these South Carolina names. These city and landmark names have a certain ring to them, making them an excellent choice for your Boykin.

  • Aiken
  • Allen
  • Camden
  • Carolina
  • Charles
  • Clinton
  • Clio
  • Dillon
  • Easley
  • Folly
  • Ford
  • Gaston
  • George
  • Laurens
  • Mallory
  • Manning
  • Marion
  • Nichols
  • Paris
  • Patriot
  • Quinby
  • Royal
  • Shaw
  • Tatum
  • Winona
  • York

Trendy Boy Dog Names for Boykin Spaniels

Some dog names have exploded in popularity in recent years. These names aren’t unique by any means, but they sound catchy.

  • Ace
  • Apollo
  • Archie
  • Arlo
  • Axel
  • Baxter
  • Bandit
  • Bentley
  • Bruce
  • Bubba
  • Buster
  • Cash
  • Chester
  • Cooper
  • Dexter
  • Diesel
  • Duke
  • Finn
  • Gunner
  • Gus
  • Hank
  • Harley
  • Henry
  • Jack
  • Jasper
  • Jax
  • Kobe
  • Koda
  • Kylo
  • Leo
  • Lincoln
  • Loki
  • Lucky
  • Mac
  • Maverick
  • Max
  • Murphy
  • Ollie
  • Oscar
  • Ozzy
  • Porter
  • Remi
  • Rex
  • Rider
  • Rocky
  • Rocco
  • Rudy
  • Sarge
  • Scout
  • Simba
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Tyson
  • Wally
  • Walter
  • Winston
  • Zeke
  • Zeus
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Trendy Girl Dog Names for Boykin Spaniels

Some organizations, including the AKC, keep track of popular dog names. These trendy girl dog names have topped the list in recent years.

  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Bonnie
  • Charley
  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Cora
  • Diamond
  • Echo
  • Ellie
  • Gracie
  • Harleigh
  • Izzy
  • Lily
  • Luna
  • Mia
  • Minnie
  • Misty
  • Nala
  • Olive
  • Peaches
  • Piper
  • Pixie
  • Rosy
  • Roxy
  • Ruby
  • Sasha
  • Sassy
  • Skye
  • Sophie
  • Sugar
  • Tilly
  • Violet
  • Willow
  • Winnie
  • Zelda
  • Zena

Scandinavian-Inspired Dog Names for Boykin Spaniels

Consider one of these Scandinavian names if you want to pay homage to your Nordic roots or just want a more unique dog name.

  • Anders
  • Anja
  • Alpine
  • Baltic
  • Björn
  • Elsa
  • Flicka
  • Freya
  • Hedvig
  • Henrik
  • Inga
  • Linnea
  • Lisbet
  • Nils
  • Norse
  • Olaf
  • Ragnar
  • Saga
  • Sven
  • Thor
  • Viking
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Final Thoughts

Traditional names like Spot and Daisy have never gone out of style. If you want something trendier, consider Bella or Diesel. Some of South Carolina’s towns, like Quinby and York, make notable dog names.

When naming your Boykin spaniel, it’s wise to avoid names that sound similar to the names of close friends and family. Your dog may be confused about who you’re talking to or calling. You also want to avoid names that rhyme or sound like commands you’ll use.


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