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100+ Classic Dog Names: Timeless, Vintage & Old Fashioned Ideas

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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If you’re worried about selecting a dog name that will be out of style next year, we recommend selecting a classic name. Classic dog names are appreciated for being elegant and evergreen and have never gone out of trend in terms of popularity. 

When looking for a classic dog name, you need to search for the ultimate title that describes your beloved dog but still has a unique feel to it. We believe we can help you with that. We have put together a list of all of our favorite classic names, from classic dog names for girl and boy dogs to names inspired by classic styles of music and all the classics in between.

Don’t waste any more time pondering. Get your billiard pipe and a glass of scotch and scroll down to take your first viewing of our list of over 100 classic dog names.

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Classic Female Dog Names

  • Shiloh
  • Queen
  • Princess
  • Lassie
  • Beatrice
  • Tiny
  • Goldie
  • Bonnie
  • Stella
  • Lady
  • Fluffy
  • Lucy
  • Duchess
  • Gracie
  • Scruffy
  • Lucy
  • Gidget
  • Annabelle
  • Bella
  • Bailey
  • Brownie
  • Ginger
  • Elsie
  • Anastasia

Classic Male Dog Names

  • Clifford
  • Sparky
  • Benji
  • George
  • Duke
  • Spot
  • Fido
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Champ
  • Bandit
  • Bear
  • Rufus
  • Scout
  • Rex
  • Lucky
  • Byron
  • Rocky
  • Max
  • Shadow
  • Conrad
  • Harrison
  • Charlie
  • King
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Classical Music Dog Names

Maybe when you hear of classic you think of more than just a name from an era. We love transporting ourselves back in time each time we put a record on and listen to the classical beats. If you love music and want to pay tribute to one of your favorite classical composers, you’re in luck. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, in no particular order, to make your search a bit easier.

  • Wagner
  • Pachelbel
  • Puccini
  • Gluck
  • Johann
  • Berlioz
  • Gibbons
  • Handel
  • Clementi
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Bach
  • Mahler
  • Clementi
  • Ortiz
  • Sebastian
  • Chopin
  • Schumann
  • Vivaldi
  • Schütz
  • Offenbach
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven
  • Hasse
  • Schubert
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Old Fashioned Dog Names

Always in style, these old fashioned dog names are wonderful ideas for our pets. Whether your new addition has an old soul, or has an admirable zest for life, pairing them with one of the following would be super complimentary. 

  • Audrey
  • Catherine
  • Quinton
  • Newton
  • Gracie
  • Rosemary
  • Malcolm
  • Elizabeth
  • Rebecca
  • Wayne
  • Normal
  • Winston
  • Percival
  • Chaplin
  • Oliver
  • Ingrid
  • Mary
  • Penelope
  • Charles
  • Milburn

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Classic Rock Dog Names

Classical and classic rock music are vastly different genres, despite sounding similar. Take a peek through our list below and see if any of the classic rock stars’ names tickle your fancy for your pet.

  • Richards
  • Bowie
  • McCartney
  • Meatloaf
  • Billy
  • Morrison
  • Jagger
  • Stanley
  • Floyd
  • Lennon
  • Zeppelin
  • Diamond
  • Vedder
  • Jovi
  • Rod
  • Phil
  • Stone
  • Jim
  • Krieger
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Classic Dog Names from Literature

We can appreciate this next set of names as they remind us of some of the best books ever written! Classic and absolutely timeless, these characters are iconic in their own ways and make for excellent pet names!

  • Fern
  • Gatsby
  • Nana
  • Buck
  • Watson
  • Sherlock
  • Huckleberry
  • Romeo
  • Moby
  • Alice
  • Rhett
  • White Fang
  • Daisy
  • Twain
  • Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Matilda
  • Scarlett
  • Winnie

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Finding the Right Classic Name for Your Dog

The list of classic dog names is endless, though it is becoming increasingly difficult to find them with all the new age and creative names out there. You may even find that your classic dog name becomes more unique than the ones specifically meant to be so.

One can never really pinpoint the single most popular dog name ever, but the ones listed above have been extracted for being some of the most viable and convenient classic dog names to be used by owners across the globe.

Need additional advice on where to start searching for a classic dog nam4e? We have thought up a few tips that you can use to help you decide on the right name.

  • Keep their name simple. You will be thankful that you’ve chosen a simple name in the long run, and so will your dog! Training is sure to be easier with a one or two syllable name, as your pup will become more familiar with it sooner, and in turn, learn much quicker!
  • Choose a name with pride! Avoid anything offensive or embarrassing – you should be able to tell a stranger, your vet, or even your grandmother your dog’s name with complete certainty and pride! You also want your pup to be elated when they hear it being called! Keep it classy as this post conveniently suggests!
  • Ask for some input. If you are truly torn between a few, recruit a few close friends or family to give you a bit of insight and feedback for your favorite choices.

If you like what you saw but you’re still wanting to run a few more by the family before you decide, take a peek at one of our other dog name lists below. 

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