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320 Dog Nicknames: Fun Pet Names for Your Pup

Grant Piper

By Grant Piper

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Naming a new dog can be a fun and stressful experience. Everyone wants to pick the perfect name for their pup, but there are so many names to choose from. You don’t want to pick a bad name or a name you will come to regret. Many people want fun or unique names for their dogs but finding the perfect one can be a challenge.

This comprehensive list will be your one-stop shop for fun nicknames for a new dog. Featuring over 300 different names, this list has classic names, trendy names, and unique names for you to browse. By the bottom, you should have some great ideas for your dog’s new nickname. Heck, you might even find a name that you absolutely love and cannot live without. You won’t know until you start scrolling.

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Most Popular Dog Nicknames This Year

These names represent some of the most popular dog names this year. There are a plethora of names for both male and female dogs. There are trendy names, new names, fun names, pop culture names, and classic names all represented here. If you are looking for a fun nickname with a proven track record, you should find something excellent in this section of the most popular names.

Male Names

  • Ace
  • Apollo
  • Archie
  • Arlo
  • Bailey
  • Bandit
  • Baxter
  • Bear
  • Beau
  • Benji
  • Bentley
  • Benny
  • Blu
  • Boomer
  • Bruce
  • Bruno
  • Buddy
  • Buster
  • Cash
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chewy
  • Coco
  • Cody
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Dexter
  • Diesel
  • Duke
  • Enzo
  • Finn
  • Frankie
  • George
  • Gizmo
  • Goose
  • Gus
  • Gunnar
  • Hank
  • Harley
  • Henry
  • Hunter
  • Jack
  • Jackson
  • Jake
  • Jasper
  • Jax
  • Kai
  • King
  • Kobe
  • Koda
  • Leo
  • Loki
  • Louie
  • Luke
  • Lucky
  • Mac
  • Marley
  • Maverick
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Moose
  • Murphy
  • Odin
  • Oliver
  • Ollie
  • Oscar
  • Oreo
  • Otis
  • Ozzy
  • Peanut
  • Prince
  • Ranger
  • Remi
  • Rex
  • Riley
  • Rocco
  • Rocky
  • Romeo
  • Roscoe
  • Rudy
  • Rusty
  • Sam
  • Sammy
  • Scout
  • Shadow
  • Simba
  • Tank
  • Teddy
  • Theo
  • Thor
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Walter
  • Winston
  • Zeke
  • Zeus
  • Ziggy
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Female Names

  • Abby
  • Angel
  • Annie
  • Aspen
  • Athena
  • Ava
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Birdie
  • Blu
  • Bonnie
  • Callie
  • Charlie
  • Chloe
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cookie
  • Daisy
  • Dakota
  • Dolly
  • Dixie
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Emma
  • Fiona
  • Frankie
  • Freya
  • Georgia
  • Gigi
  • Ginger
  • Gracie
  • Harper
  • Hazel
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Ivy
  • Izzy
  • Josie
  • Koda
  • Kona
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Leia
  • Lexi
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Lulu
  • Luna
  • Lucy
  • Maddie
  • Maggie
  • Maple
  • Marley
  • Maya
  • Mia
  • Mila
  • Millie
  • Minnie
  • Missy
  • Mocha
  • Mochi
  • Molly
  • Nala
  • Nova
  • Olive
  • Oakley
  • Peanut
  • Pearl
  • Penelope
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Poppy
  • Princess
  • Remi
  • Riley
  • River
  • Roxy
  • Rosie
  • Ruby
  • Sage
  • Sasha
  • Scout
  • Shelby
  • Skye
  • Sky
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Sugar
  • Sunny
  • Tilly
  • Winnie
  • Willow
  • Xena
  • Zoe
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Fun Nicknames for Your Dog

If popular dog names aren’t your jam, perhaps you will like something more interesting and unique. This section provides inspiration for fun nicknames based on popular categories like video games, food, and royalty.

Video Game Names

Here is a small sampling of some video game names that have grown in popularity over the past year. You have classics like Zelda and Kirby listed here as well as some new entries like Harvey and Croft.

  • Daisy
  • Zelda
  • Harvey
  • Yoshi
  • Kirby
  • Pac Man
  • Brewster
  • Croft
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Tech Names

Technology continues to dominate modern life, so it is no wonder that some people use technology as inspiration for their latest dog names. These tech names represent some of the current tech trends as well as some tech that people use every day.

  • Dell
  • Meta
  • Sony
  • Elizabeth
  • Alexa
  • Zoom
  • Mac
  • Macintosh

Racing Names

Racing has grown incredibly popular over the past couple of years. Formula One is having a moment in North America. NASCAR continues to be a popular pastime for many Americans. Even Indy Car is growing in popularity with record television viewers. That makes racing names a fun, unique, and trendy way to find a nickname for your dog.

  • Denny
  • Elliot
  • Larson
  • Logano
  • Verstappen
  • George
  • Roscoe
  • Sebastian
  • Russell
  • Hamilton
  • Charles
  • Pierre
  • Palou
  • Dixon
  • Newgarden
  • Kirkwood
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Sports Names

Like racing, sports continue to dominate the modern American zeitgeist. From superstars like Shohei Ohtani and Jalen Hurts to new soccer stars like Gio Renya and Christian Pulisic, whatever kind of sports you like, there is a player or star ready to lend you their name for your pupper.

  • Ohtani
  • Shohei
  • Buxton
  • Stanton
  • Jalen
  • Judge
  • Stamkos
  • Diggs
  • Renya
  • Pulisic
  • Lamb
  • Mahomes

Drink Names

Alcoholic beverages are a fun source of great dog nicknames. There are a number of names, from manly names like Whiskey to more feminine names like Mai Tai or Margarita. Only 21 and up, please, for alcohol nicknames!

  • Vodka
  • Truly
  • Gin
  • Mai Tai
  • Cider
  • Pimms
  • Mojito
  • Vino
  • Martini
  • Margarita
  • Merlot
  • Cosmo
  • Remi Martin
  • Whiskey
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Food Names

Like drinks, food is a popular well to draw from for dog names. Some names are classics, like Burger, while others are new and unique, like Gazpacho. Pick your favorite meal or snack and find your next dog’s name.

  • Doritos
  • Cheddar
  • Cheese
  • Cheeto
  • Puff
  • Gazpacho
  • Stroopwafel
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Bella
  • Spicy Nugget
  • Mcriblet
  • Mcgriddle
  • Oat
  • Maple
  • Calzone
  • Feta
  • Hotpot
  • Sashimi
  • Pastrami
  • Yerba
  • Burger
  • French Fry

Royal Names

Americans continue to be obsessed with the British Royal Family. The royals have been a great source of nicknames for dogs for many years. This year is no different. Here are some of the most fun names from the British Royal Family to inspire your next choice.

  • Lilibet
  • William
  • Lili
  • Jubilee
  • Diana
  • Archie
  • Windsor
  • Megan Barkle
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Trending Names

These are some new and trending names that have appeared on the list of popular dog names for the first time this year.

  • Fezco
  • Cassini
  • Mossberg
  • Mirabel
  • Kyna
  • Mommy
  • Monka
  • Tohru
  • Frederico
  • Beige

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Unique and Silly Nicknames

Lastly, we have some truly silly names. If you want a side-splitting nickname, then these names will fit the bill. You will turn heads and create smiles with any one of these unique nicknames for your dog.

  • Pawsanova
  • Bark Twain
  • Sir Waggington
  • Chewbacca
  • Chewie
  • Furrball
  • McMuffin
  • Captain Sniffles
  • Woofles
  • Pup Tart
  • Bark Vader
  • Sir Fluffington
  • Hairy Paw-ter
  • Poochini
  • Dogzilla
  • Puppuccino
  • Barkley
  • Beethoven
  • Sir Barkalot
  • Puptimus Prime
  • Canine West
  • Sherlock Bones
  • Waggy Wonder
  • Lord Paws-a-Lot
  • Snuggle Muff
  • Howlbert Einstein
  • Ruffington Post
  • Sir Wag-a-Lot
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Conclusion

There is a metric ton of inspiration on this list for choosing your dog’s next name. There are classics, popular names, food names, and silly names here for you to choose from. Whether you want a dog named French Fry or a dog named Archie, there is something here for everyone and a lot in between as well. All you have to do is find the name that resonates most with you or use these names as a foundation and inspirational base to pick a completely new name for your dog. The sky’s the limit for fun dog nicknames.


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