Perhaps the most famous representation of Dalmatians in film and literature is Disney’s 101 Dalmatians!
These films are fun, wacky, and wholesome, especially to someone who loves and owns a Dalmatian themselves.
They are also a great source of inspiration for 101 Dalmatian Names!
That’s almost as many names as Dalmatians have spots!
In the movie, Pongo and Perdita are the parents of Dalmatian puppies and set out to save their puppies from Cruella, and end up saving many others along the way.
A-Z List Of 101 Dalmatian Names
- 8-Ball – the black and white ball in a game of pool
- Ace – does your Dalmatian’s splodges resemble the ace of clubs, or even the ace of spades?!
- Alex – the shortened version of Alexander, it means ‘defender of mankind’
- Angel – for a perfect, angelic black and white Dalmatian puppy
- Anita – the human owner of the puppies in the 101 Dalmatians movie
- Apollo – Apollo was the Greek God of both medicine and music. It is also the name of a United States space program, which was responsible for landing the first two people on the moon. Clearly, this Dalmatian name belongs to a dog with intelligence!
- Archie – a name meaning ‘truly brave’
- Beckham – a football/soccer ball is black and white like a Dalmatian, and David Beckham is a famous soccer player
- Bellatrix – Bellatrix Lestrange is a villain in the Harry Potter series and is often clothed in black
- Bingo – there are some interesting bingo calls out there, such as ‘two little ducks’ for 22, and ‘snakes alive’ for 55!
- Bobby – a boy’s name, meaning ‘bright fame’
- Boris – from the Turkish name Bogoris, meaning ‘snow leopard’ – a very fitting Dalmatian name!
- Bruno – a name with German origin, meaning ‘shield’ or ‘armour’
- Buster – usually meaning a person who breaks things – hopefully this doesn’t apply to your Dalmatian!
- Charlie – another version of Charles, however it can be a unisex name
- Checkers – this is a game played on a black and white checkerboard, and can also be referred to as ‘draughts’
- Chico – a Spanish name meaning a small boy or child but could also apply to a small pup
- Cleo – short for Cleopatra, the name of one of the most famous Ancient Egyptian pharaohs. She was also featured in a Shakespeare play about her love life, ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’
- Cowbell – a cow is another animal known for its black and white splodges
- Cruella – Cruella De Vil is the main villain in the movie 101 Dalmatians. She wishes to make a fur coat out of the puppies in the film – horrifying!
- Daisy – a perfect pretty puppy name
- Diana – a female name with Latin origin meaning ‘divine’
- Dolly – an English girl’s name meaning ‘gift of God’
- Domino – these playing pieces are typically black, white and spotted!
- Dottie – this name is a shortened version of Dorothy, and the perfect name for a female dotted pup
- Duchess – the female equivalent to a Duke. For example, Kate Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge whilst Prince William is the Duke of Cambridge
- Eclipse – what occurs when an object in the sky moves into the shadow of something else, such as the sun and the moon
- Elsa – the Queen of Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen
- Freckle – a Dalmatian’s spots could be the equivalent of a human’s freckles!
- Giraffe – these animals also have splodges on their fur, although your Dalmatian will never have a neck as long as theirs!
- Gizmo – the name for any kind of device or machine – such a cute name for a Dalmatian!
- Goofy – another famous Disney character, who is almost as well known as Mickey and Minnie. This name is perfect for a wacky, zany and, well, goofy pup!
- Hero – because your beautiful, majestic Dalmatian could be the hero of any story!
- Howard – a German name, meaning ‘high guardian’ or ‘brave heart’
- Inky – try to tell us a Dalmatian doesn’t resemble ink splodges on a white piece of paper!
- Jagger – inspired by the Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. He wrote multiple songs for the band, such as ‘Time Is On My Side’ to ‘Midnight Rambler’ and ‘Tumbling Dice’
- Jeeves – a stereotypical name for a butler in various fictional works across literature, television and film
- Jett – inspired by the dark organic gemstone, or even the singer of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’, Joan Jett
- Jinx – hopefully your pup won’t bring any curse or bad fortune
- Juno – Juno is the queen of the heavens in Roman mythology, and the wife of Jupiter. It is also the name of a movie starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera
- Lennon – inspired by the famous singer-songwriter and Beatle, John Lennon, who wrote songs such as ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘I Am The Walrus’
- Lenny – a male name meaning ‘brave lion’
- Lightning – a flash of bright light which usually illuminates a dark sky. Another name with black and white imagery
- Lizzie – a shortened version of Elizabeth, the name of two famous English queens
- Lucky – this pup always has good fortune
- Lucy – a female name, originally derived from Latin, meaning ‘light’
- Maleficent – the villain in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, who finally got her own film in 2014, played by Angelina Jolie
- Marbles – a game played with small glass balls
- Mickey – Mickey Mouse is perhaps the most famous, iconic and well-known Disney characters. Created by Walt Disney himself in 1928, this fun and cute mouse is also black and white
- Minnie – another famous and iconic Disney character, alongside Mickey Mouse
- Mono – from the word ‘monochromatic’
- Moon – a shining light orb against an inky black sky – the same colors as your Dalmatian!
- Murphy – an Irish name meaning ‘sea warrior’
- Orca – these marine mammals are known as ‘killer whales’ and are also black and white. Let’s just hope that your spotted pup isn’t a ‘killer Dalmatian’!
- Oreo – a scrumptious black and white biscuit for a black and white pup
- Pablo – inspired by the famous artist Pablo Picasso
- Panda – another black and white mammal, however this one prefers eating bamboo to dog food!
- Penguin – another black and white animal that shares a similarity with your Dalmatian – neither can fly!
- Penny – a shortened version of Penelope, who was the loyal wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope was also the name of a 2006 film involving a girl with a pig’s nose. You can decide which Penny your Dalmatian is more like…
- Pepper – the typical table-top pairing of salt and pepper is perfect for a black and white dog
- Pluto – a dwarf planet within our system, that was once considered the ninth planet from the sun but was reclassified in 2006. It is also the name of Mickey Mouse’s pet dog
- Polka – a pattern consisting of multiple large spots
- Pongo – the name of the father of some of the pups in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. This fluffy, four-legged hero saves the day with his mate, Perdita
- Puddles – if your Dalmatian jumps in a muddy puddle they go from being black and white to brown!
- Ringo – inspired by ‘The Beatles’ member Ringo Starr
- Rocky – a famous boxing character played by Sylvester Stallone in a movie from 1976 named after the title character; it evolved into a franchise with multiple other films and spin-offs
- Romeo – a name made famous by William Shakespeare in his play Romeo & Juliet. His family feuds with the Capulets, and this makes his love for the beautiful Juliet difficult to say the least…
- Rover – a name of English origin meaning ‘wanderer’, and it’s perfect for any dog
- Roxie – meaning ‘dawn of the day’, it’s a shortened version of Roxanne, which is a famous song by the band The Police
- Sabrina – Latin for the River Severn, and comes from Celtic mythology
- Sammy – a Hebrew name meaning ‘God heard’
- Scamp – the son of the title characters in another Disney dog movie ‘Lady and the Tramp’; it’s perfect for a rambunctious Dalmatian pup
- Scar – the main villain in The Lion King and the younger brother of Mufasa
- Scout – a name which means ‘to listen’; it was used by Harper Lee in her novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
- Shadow – if you have a dark shadow against something white and opaque like snow, it’ll match the fur of your Dalmatian
- Skunk – perhaps the smelliest black and white animal around
- Smoky – perfect for a Dalmatian with more black splodges than others. This name is also inspired by Smoky Quartz, a precious gemstone
- Sparky – this pup is lively and excitable
- Speckle – because Dalmatians have hundreds of speckles on their fur!
- Spots – the most obvious Dalmatian name! Although, did you know that every Dalmatian is unique because no two Dalmatians ever have the same spots?
- Star – lots of bright stars in the dark sky could be the opposite of a Dalmatian’s fur!
- Stitch – one of the main characters from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch
- Sugar – for a sweet Dalmatian puppy!
- Sullivan – one of the main characters in Pixar’s Monsters Inc, and has a green, one-eyed best friend named Mike Mazowski
- Sylvester – a name derived from Latin, meaning ‘wooded’ and ‘wild’
- Titan – the Titans were a race of Gods in Greek mythology – perfect for any Dalmatian that wants to be a leader
- Tucker – possibly derived from French, meaning ‘all heart’
- Tux – derived from Tuxedo, a black suit and tie with a white shirt, worn on formal occasions
- Twilight – the period between light and darkness in the evening and the name of a movie franchise
- Ursula – the main villain in Disney’s 1989 animated movie ‘The Little Mermaid’. She strikes a deal with the main character, Ariel: her voice in exchange for human legs. It does not go swimmingly…
- Valerie – a French name meaning ‘to be strong and healthy’
- Venus – the second planet from the sun, but also the Goddess of beauty and love in Roman mythology. What better name for a beautiful female pup?!
- Vinnie – a name meaning ‘conqueror’ and ‘victor’, it’s the shortened version of Vincent
- Willow – a popular girl’s name and beautiful tree
- Winston – inspired by the famous English historical figure Winston Churchill, who was most recognised for being the Prime Minister of the UK during the Second World War.
- Woody – one of the main characters from the Pixar series ‘Toy Story’. He is a fictional sheriff voiced by Tom Hanks, with famous catchphrases such as “there’s a snake in my boot!”
- Yin-Yang – Opposite forces that ultimately complement each other
- Zebra – another black and white animal; however, this one is striped, not spotted!
- Zeus – the Ancient Greek God of sky and thunder, he is the king of the Gods and rules over everyone on earth
- Zorro – this famous fictional character notably wears a black outfit and mask and carries a sword. He has appeared on both television and film
- Buddy – because a Dalmatian is a man’s best buddy
Apparently, someone laboriously counted and calculated the number of spots in 101 Dalmatians, and they came to the conclusion that there are 6,469,952!
Dodie Smith, the author of the book that inspired both films, had nine Damatians!
Maybe some of their names are in this list of 101 Dalmatian names?
The birth of the fifteen puppies in the film also happened in her own life…
Speaking of the movie, we have a confession to make, the dogs in the animated movie are actually gray and not black!
Animators felt that white would have looked too bright on screen and wouldn’t have meshed well with the background in the scenes that involve snow. We suppose we’ll have to alter some of these names to suit gray dogs and not black dogs.
If you enjoyed this list of 101 Dalmatian names almost as much as Cruella de Vil enjoys wearing fur coats, then be sure to leave us a comment letting us know which of these one hundred and one names was your favorite.
If you have a Dalmatian yourself, don’t forget to tell us their name – we’d love to know!