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150+ Adorable Christmas Names for Dogs: Ideas for Festive Canines

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By Nicole Cosgrove

When it comes to naming your new Christmas pup, the sky’s the limit! Whether you want to go traditional with a name like Santa or Rudolph, or get creative with something like Eggnog or Gingerbread, there are endless possibilities. So have fun and be sure to check out our list of 154 adorable names for dogs to get you started.

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Dog Names based on Religious Figures

There are many religious figures whose names make excellent choices for dogs. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Saint
  • Angel
  • Godiva
  • Messiah
  • Jesus
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Job
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Samuel
  • David
  • Goliath
  • Cain
  • Adam
  • Noah
  • Simeon
  • Reuben
  • Judah
  • Levi
bull terrier with a christmas garland around his neck
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Cute Christmas Dog Names Inspired by Food

For some of us, the best part of Christmas is the food, hands down! Here are some names for Christmas treats that would be super cute for a dog.

  • Candy Cane
  • Candy
  • Pudding
  • Fruitcake
  • Gingerbread
  • Cookie
  • Cinnamon
  • Eggnog
  • Nutmeg
  • Brandy
  • Marshmallow
  • Green Bean
  • Plum Pudding
  • Snowball
  • Tangerine
a cute little dog on a christmas mat
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Dog Names Inspired by Winter Weather

If you have a snow-loving dog, like a Husky or Samoyed, these names might be perfect for them.

  • Frosty
  • Snowball
  • Biscuit
  • Sugar
  • Snowflake
  • Mittens
  • Jingle Bells
  • Holly
  • Comet
  • Blizzard
  • Skiff
  • Chilly
  • Boots
chihuahua dog on a snowy background
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Christmas Dog Names Inspired by Literature

Who doesn’t love a good book and some cocoa on a snowy winter night? If that’s you, a good dog to snuggle with could be named something like:

A Christmas Carol Characters
  • Bah Humbug
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Jacob Marley
  • Bob Cratchit
  • Tiny Tim
jack russel dog wearing a santa costume for christmas
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Christmas Dog Names Inspired by Movies, TV, and Music

When it comes to Christmas, there are some iconic names that come to mind from popular culture. Here are a few of our favorites:

The Nutcracker Characters
  • Candy
  • Dancer
  • Nutcracker
  • Sugarplum
  • Prince
  • Clara
  • Mouse
  • Fritz
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Characters
  • Clarice
  • Donner
  • Rudolph
  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Blitzen
The Grinch Characters
  • Cindy Lou Who
  • Grinch
  • Max
  • Whoville
A Christmas Story Characters
  • Bumpus Hounds
  • Fragile
  • Leg Lamp
  • Ralphie
  • Old Man
  • Mrs. Schwartz
Elf Characters
  • Buddy
  • Jovie
  • Papa Elf
  • Mr. Narwhal
National Lampoon's Christmas Characters
  • Clark
  • Eddie
  • Cousin Eddie
  • Snots
  • Farkus
It's a Wonderful Life Characters
  • George Bailey
  • Mary Hatch Bailey
  • Uncle Billy
  • Mr. Gower
  • Violet Bick
  • Zuzu Bailey
  • Young George Bailey
  • Bert the Cop
cute dog during christmas season
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Names Inspired by Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas is celebrated all over the world, and each country has its own unique traditions. Here are a few names inspired by some of our favorite Christmas traditions from around the globe.

  • Pere Noel (France) – The French version of Santa Claus, Pere Noel brings gifts to good girls and boys on Christmas Eve.
  • Joulupukki (Finland) – This traditional Finnish character is very similar to Santa Claus, but instead of a sleigh, he rides on a goat!
  • Krampus (Austria) – This half-goat, half-demon creature is said to punish naughty children at Christmastime.
  • Zwarte Piet (Netherlands) – Zwarte Piet, or Black Peter, is Santa’s helper in the Netherlands. He is usually portrayed as a man with curly hair, red lips, and gold earrings.
  • La Befana (Italy) – La Befana is a kind woman who delivers gifts to children on Epiphany Eve. (January)
  • Fibla (Iceland) – In Iceland, Fibla is a mischievous Christmas elf who likes to play tricks on people.
  • Papa Noel (Spain) – Papa Noel is the Spanish version of Santa Claus. He brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve and sometimes leaves coal for naughty children.
  • Tomte (Sweden) – The Tomte is a mythical creature similar to elves or goblins. They are said to live in the forest and protect animals and children.
  • Baboushka (Russia) – Baboushka is a Russian folk character who is similar to Santa Claus. She brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve and leaves candy in their shoes.
  • Father Christmas (England) – Father Christmas is the English version of Santa Claus. He is usually portrayed as an elderly man with a long white beard.
  • Sandman (Germany) – The Sandman is a mythical creature who brings good dreams to children.
  • Knecht Ruprecht (Germany) – Knecht Ruprecht is a traditional German character who helps Santa Claus deliver gifts to children. He is usually portrayed as a bearded man dressed in dark clothing.
  • Joulupukki (Norway) – Joulupukki is the Norwegian version of Santa Claus. He brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve and sometimes leaves candy in their shoes.
  • Père Noël (Canada) – Père Noël is the French Canadian version of Santa Claus. He brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve and sometimes leaves coal for naughty children.
Boxer with Santa costume
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Gifts Inspired Dog Names

  • Bow
  • Coal
  • Comet
  • Stocking
  • Candy
  • Blessing
  • Giver
  • Present
dog opening his christmas gift
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Christmas Tree Inspired Dog Names

  • Baubles
  • Bells
  • Cedar
  • Fir
  • Trinket
  • Sparkle
  • Star
dog beside a christmas tree
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Names Inspired by Christmas Plants and Flowers

  • Cactus
  • Dandelion
  • Evergreen
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Juniper
  • Poinsettia
  • Mistletoe
dog near the christmas tree
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Traditional Christmas Inspired Dog Names

  • Angel
  • Carol
  • Christmas
  • Eve
  • Present
  • Bells
  • Sleigh
  • Holly
  • Merry
  • Bright
  • Kris Kringle
  • Jolly
  • Noel
  • Joy
  • Peace
chihuahua dog wearing a reindeer hat
Image By: HG-Fotografie, Pixabay

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We hope our list of 154 adorable Christmas-inspired dog names gets you in the holiday spirit. From festive favorites like Jingle and Noel, to unique options like Kris Kringle and Holly, it’s hard to go wrong when all the names are so cute – but not as cute as your dog, of course. Happy Holidays!

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