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100+ Pitbull Names: Ideas for Tough & Smart Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Historically, Pitbulls have a bad rap, but I think we can all agree that this is a misconception. They are capable of being excellent companions and family pets with the right training and socialization, as with any breed. Pitbulls are confident, loyal, and truly good friends to loving and nurturing owners! 

We understand the devotion you have for your new pup, and why you must find the perfect name for them! Whether your dog is tough or sweet, we’ve got you covered. We have gathered the top names for Pitbulls – including extraordinary female and male options and even noted our favorite cool, cute, and strong suggestions for you to consider.

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Female Pitbull Names

  • Edith
  • Mia
  • Cassie
  • Hazel
  • Kiki
  • Queenie
  • Freya
  • Dinah
  • Lola
  • Sadie
  • Florence
  • Maddie
  • Anna
  • Betsy
  • Molly
  • Frankie
  • Katie
  • Maisy
  • Piper
  • Ellie
  • Clara
  • Mary
  • Eva
  • Coco
  • Darla
  • Callie
  • Tessa
  • Violet

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Male Pitbull Names

  • Hank
  • Harley
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Benji
  • Jax
  • Eddie
  • Archie
  • Rudolph
  • Basil
  • Freddie
  • Carter
  • Danny
  • Cooper
  • Finn
  • Ace
  • Major
  • George
  • Riley
  • Tyson
  • Jonny
  • King
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Sergeant
  • Jack
  • Harrison
  • Karl
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Tough Pitbull Names

Pitbulls have a bit of a rap–these seemingly rough, intimidating pups are actually sweethearts. However, there is nothing wrong with wanting a totally tough name for your little pitty. Below we have noted some of the toughest, and strong names we absolutely love for Pitbulls:

  • Dozer
  • Athos
  • Maximus
  • Titus
  • Bruno
  • Turbo
  • Atlas
  • Caesar
  • Rifle
  • Zeus
  • Brutus
  • Spike
  • Tank
  • Ace
  • Ajax
  • General
  • Archer
  • Bruiser
  • Rocky
  • Samson
  • Knight
  • Odin
  • Thor
  • Maverick
  • Stone
  • Bullet

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Cute Pitbull Names

There is no denying how adorable Pitbulls are! They are loyal and so caring when paired with the right owner! Their loving eyes and warm, welcoming hearts make this breed great companions. So it would only be fitting that you would consider a name just as cute as your new little pup. Here are our favorite picks:

  • Bella
  • Toffee
  • Minnie
  • Tiny
  • Cookie
  • Mocha
  • Valentine
  • Cupcake
  • Tiny
  • Patches
  • Oreo
  • Bear
  • Daisy
  • Lucky
  • Spots
  • Teacup
  • Rosie
  • Dotty
  • Sprinkles
  • Jojo
  • Jake
  • Candy
  • Pepper
  • Buddy
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Image Credit: Jools Theriault, Pixabay

Cool Pitbull Names

Some of the most notorious Pitbulls are famous because of their awesome name. Take the celebrity pitty Hulk for example. He even has his own Instagram page! So we understand why you would want to consider something cool when choosing a name for your furry friend. Not only will a name from the list below have your pup running with a cool crowd, but they will also be the talk of the town.

  • Buzz
  • Alaska
  • Jet
  • Blizzard
  • Lightning
  • Benji
  • Drake
  • Snickers
  • Roxie
  • Diesel
  • Flint
  • Blaze
  • Risk
  • Snap
  • Chase
  • Submarine

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Trendy Pitbull Names

You may want to give your pup a trendy name that’s current, fun, and most importantly a step ahead of the pack. Not only will this name give your pup an edge, but they’ll for sure be a hit among the other owners are the dog park.

  • Arlo
  • Shook
  • Snatched
  • Clairo
  • Nas
  • Woke
  • Kiki
  • Theron
  • Thirsty
  • Swerve
  • Claud
  • Mood
  • Dua
  • Lowkey
  • Fleek
  • Hadid
  • Eilish
  • Tarian
  • Yeet
  • Slay
  • Bae
  • Gucci
  • Genzie
  • Lizzo
  • Juice
  • Savage
  • Spade
  • Stan
  • Twerk
  • Tik or Tok (Super cute if you have two pups!)
  • Flex
  • Salty
  • Modsy
  • Lewk

You may also be inspired by your Pitbulls fur coloring. Below we have noted a few of the most common coat colors and our favorite name ideas that complement each shade!

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Blue Nose Pitbulls

Known for their earthy grey coats and deep blue eyes, Blue Nose Pitbulls are simply gorgeous. If you are looking for a blue-hued name to match your pooch’s cindered exterior, this is the list for you.

  • Haze
  • Slate
  • Foggy
  • Winter
  • Sterling
  • Indigo
  • Myrk
  • Luster
  • Sully
  • Gable
  • Ice
  • Polaris
  • Umbra
  • Phantom
  • Yale
  • Memphis
  • Fade
  • Stoke
  • Casper
  • Steely
  • Vapor
  • Cobalt
  • Dusky

Red Nose Pitbulls

Similar to the list above, these names are geared for the auburn-coated Red Nosed Pitbulls. Their firey fur sets them apart from the others and a name to complement the way they glow would be an incredible idea.

  • Rover
  • Redina
  • Brick
  • Azalea
  • Finch
  • Cerise
  • Maroon
  • Crimson
  • Foxy
  • Apple
  • Merlot
  • Poppy
  • Rusty
  • Scarlet
  • Frizzle
  • Mars
  • Elmo
  • Merida
  • Ginger
  • Weasley

Tips for Naming Your Dog

If you are having a bit of trouble landing on a single name or one hasn’t jumped out at you yet, read on for a few tips we are sure will help you with your selection:

  • Take Your Time. The reason you may be having such a difficult time is that you haven’t had a chance to get to know your pup truly. Spend a week getting to know their personality—this may actually narrow down your search if they happen to be cuddle monsters rather than the tough guard dog you originally thought.
  • Test Out a Few On Your Pup. Write down your favorite names that you’ve come across and test them out on your dog to see what their reaction is. If you get a wagging tail or an excited bark you may have just found the winner. You’ll be encouraged to toss one out if your pup runs away or even goes as far as whimpering when you say it!
  • Take Training into Consideration. Will your pup be confused with a long elaborate name? Does the name sound appropriate when you are giving praise or trying to establish rules? Keep it simple and to the point—you will thank yourself in the long run!
  • Be Proud of the Name. Would you be embarrassed to say the name you’ve chosen to a neighbor or the vet or loudly while calling them at the dog park? You want to ensure you are choosing a name that both you and your pup can be proud of. A silly nickname between the two of you is fine, but their formal name should be a badge of honor! Something your doggo can truly wear with pride!


Finding the Right Name for Your Pitbull

Pitbulls are stocky, graceful, and incredibly smart, and we understand that you’ll want a name that captures their true personality. We know how the perfect name may seem impossible to come by but, we hope that with a little research, you find a great match for your pitty. With great suggestions for the cool and toughest of Pitbulls to the sweetest and most adorable, we are sure there is a perfect pairing, no matter what your Pitbull’s personality is. 

Still haven’t found one quite right yet? No problem! Take a peek at one of our other name posts linked below:

Featured Image Credit: Michael Anfang, Unsplash

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