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215 Adorable Dog Names Starting with M for Your Pup

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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So, the time has come to bestow the perfect name upon your new doggo. You’re keen on names beginning with the letter M but are stuck for ideas. Not a problem—we’ve put together this collection of mighty, marvelous, and magical dog names to help you find the perfect match.

Before we get into the names, let’s begin with some tips for naming your dog.

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How to Name Your Dog

While it isn’t an absolute necessity, picking short names with two syllables is always a good idea because dogs respond to this kind of short, snappy sound better simply because it’s easier for them to pick up. It also makes things easier for you because you’ll be saying it all the time! If you really love a longer name, you might consider using a shortened version for getting your dog’s attention.

In addition, it’s wise to pick names that don’t sound too much like command words or the names of other people and pets in your household, as this could create confusion.

Your dog’s personality is another great source of inspiration. As you get to know them, take note of their quirks and what it is that makes them unique. For example, a greedy dog might be called “Munchie”. Appearance can also offer inspiration. For example, if your dog has a dark-colored coat, you might call them “Midnight”.

Finally, it’s okay to take your time and “try on” a few names you like to see which one truly fits your dog. Once you feel comfortable with a name and feel that it suits your dog to a tee, that’s when you know you’ve chosen a keeper.

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Male Dog “M” Names with Meanings

For some, the meaning of a name is just as important as how it sounds. If you love a name, your dog’s gender doesn’t matter but, if you prefer traditionally male names, here are some popular ones with meanings.

  • Milo: “Soldier” or “merciful”
  • Merlin: “Sea fortress”
  • Melvin: “Gentle chieftain” or “gentle lord”
  • Max: “Greatest”
  • Monty: “Mountain” (perfect for tall dogs!)
  • Messi: May be short for “messiah”
  • Malik: “King”
  • Marty: “Servant of Mars”
  • Manu: “Ruler of the Earth”
  • Mac: “Son of”
  • Mars: Planet, “god of war”
  • Magnus: “Greatest”
  • Miles: “Solder”
  • Marlon: “Little warlike one”
  • Matty: “Mighty in battle”
  • Miko: “Who is like God”
  • McCoy: “Fire”
  • Murphy: “Sea warrior”
  • Manuel: “God is with us”
  • Miller: “Grinder of grain”
  • Mario: “Man of war”
  • Malcolm: “Devotee of Saint Columba”
  • Maahir: “Skilled”
  • Miguel: “Who is like God”
  • Micah: “Who is like God”
  • Maddox: “Good fortune”
  • Mercury: Planet, “messenger of the gods”
  • Marley: “Marshy meadow”
  • Marco: “Warlike”
  • Major: “Greater”, also a military title

More Male Dog Names Starting with M

  • Moby
  • Mambo
  • MJ
  • Magoo
  • Mozart
  • Malin
  • Moe
  • Mister
  • Macbeth
  • Marcos
  • Mathis
  • Martin
  • Manny
  • Michael
  • Mater
  • Maverick
  • Maxwell
  • McFly
  • Malachi
  • Mowgli
  • Matthew
  • Mekhi
  • Milou
  • Mark
  • Maurice
  • Mungo
  • Morty
  • Morris
  • Mathias
  • Marlow
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Female Dog “M” Names with Meanings

For those looking for a traditionally female name with meaning, there are plenty of options, but these are our favorites:

  • Millie: “Gentle strength”
  • Mona: “Noble” or “aristocratic”
  • Maia: “Mother”
  • Mila: “Miracle”
  • Molly: “Star of the sea”
  • Mira: “Wonderful” or “admirable”
  • Mandy: “Loveable”
  • Missy: “Bee”
  • Maddie: “Woman of Magdala”
  • Mae: “May”, “bitter”, or “pearl”
  • Marla: “Woman of Magdala”, “bitter”, or “drop of the sea”
  • Minnie: “Beloved”, “rebellious”, or “intellect”
  • Melba: “Wealthy”
  • Mia: “Mine”
  • Mindy: “Pretty” or “tender”
  • Maisey: “Child of light: or “pearl”
  • Mika: “Beautiful”, “good”, or “fragrance”
  • Miyuki: “Beautiful snow”
  • Mari: “Of the sea”
  • Mariam: “Star of the sea”
  • Moxie: “Spirited” or “energy”
  • Madge: “Pearl”
  • Myra: “Beloved”
  • Michelle: “Gift from God”
  • Mahia: “Life and Earth”
  • Mbali: “Flower”
  • Maika: “Who is like God”
  • Mäelys: “Princess: or “chief”
  • Margot: “Pearl”
  • Marcy: “Warlike” or “little hammer”

More Female Dog Names Starting with M

  • Mitzi
  • Mopsy
  • Madam
  • Malia
  • Machi
  • Miley
  • Mikoko
  • Marjani
  • Mikia
  • Marina
  • Myria
  • Manna
  • Mottie
  • Marisa
  • Mara
  • Mary
  • Mimi
  • Minou
  • Marianne
  • Michi
  • Mayu
  • Maha
  • Maliha
  • Mina
  • Mikayla
  • Martha
  • Mirtza
  • Morla
  • Magda
  • Megan
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Gender-Neutral “M” Names

The letter M is a generous one; it offers an abundance of gender-neutral options in addition to more traditionally male or female names.

  • Muppet
  • Mopsy
  • Muggle
  • Marin
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Mittens
  • Marble
  • Magic
  • Mansa
  • Merry
  • Midnight
  • Moonlight
  • Moon
  • Majesty
  • Mackenzie
  • Merle
  • Maddox
  • Mickey
  • Meadow
  • Miracle
  • Mojo
  • Mason
  • Marshall
  • Makani
  • Moss
  • Marvel
  • Mischa
  • Mel
  • Mini
  • Misty
  • Mix
  • Moo
  • Maxie
  • Mookie
  • Moochie
  • Mardi
  • Miyo
  • Madden
  • Merrick

Food-Inspired Names Starting with M

If the way to your dog’s heart is through their stomach, you’re in luck. Plenty of food and drink-related words make amazing dog names.

  • Mojito
  • Mocha
  • Mustard
  • Muffin
  • Mango
  • Marshmallow
  • Martini
  • Minty
  • Mochi
  • Marmalade
  • Macaroni
  • Macaroon
  • Miso
  • Mango
  • Mousse
  • Mullet
  • Meaty
  • Millet
  • Melon
  • Maple
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Place-Inspired Dog Names Starting with M

Are you and your dog always on the move? Or perhaps you love traveling to a specific place. If so, you might appreciate a name inspired by a country, city, state, or famous landmark.

  • Memphis
  • Montego
  • Montana
  • Milan
  • Mumbai
  • Malta
  • Montreal
  • Mexico
  • Malawi
  • Macau
  • Monaco
  • Moscow
  • Machico
  • Machu (Picchu)
  • Melbourne
  • Madrid
  • Manila
  • Mai (Mai Chau)
  • Munich
  • Mali
  • Mafu (Lake Mafu)
  • Mashu (Lake Mashu)
  • Mirim (Mirim Lagoon)
  • Morar (Loch Morar)
  • Matano (Lake Matano)
  • Mjosa (Lake Mjosa)
  • Murray (Lake Murray)
  • Mpanga (Lake Mpanga)
  • Mono (Mono Lake)
  • Manzala (Lake Manzala)
  • Muscat
  • Malaga
  • Miami
  • Mito
  • Masina


Final Thoughts

In this post, we’ve covered traditionally male, traditionally female, gender-neutral, food-inspired, and place-inspired names beginning with the letter M.

If you’re still feeling disheartened because you’ve yet to find the perfect name, don’t worry too much. Sometimes, a name clicks very quickly. In other cases, it can take weeks for that “click” to happen. Be patient—we promise the right name will come along!

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