250 Big Dog Names: A-Z Of Names for Giant, Large and Big Dogs

Big Dog Names

Don’t give your big dog a boring name.

You should name him something larger-than-life, and almost as huge as they are, by picking a name for him from our list of 250 big dog names!

You can’t give your massive Mastiff a name that was meant for a Chihuahua!

A Great Dane needs to live up to its name so give them the most fantastic moniker ever.

We have come up with names for every type of big dog you may have, whether your precious puppy is a guard dog, shepherd dog, or just likes to chase squirrels around the garden, we have a name in our list for her.

We have so many amazing names for your paw-rusal.

Male Big Dog Names

Kangal Dog

Your boy big may not be able to shoot hoops and act in films (like some enormously tall famous people), but it doesn’t mean he can’t be named after them.

Maybe your dog could have their own NBA playoffs (National Barking Association)…

Your huge dog can still feel like a celebrity by giving him one of these fur-ocious names!

Why not grab inspiration from historical figures whose names give them a sense of importance – there’s no bigger ego boost than being called ‘Alfred the Great’.

Your dog needs a strong name, so choose one from the list below for him:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to The Rock

The Rock
Dwayne the Rock Johnson is known for his huge muscles but gentle demeanour.

  • Alfie
  • Archie
  • Arturo
  • Bruce
  • Digby
  • Earl
  • Elijah
  • Erik
  • Evan
  • Jeremiah
  • Jerome
  • Jesse
  • Kent
  • Leroy
  • Luke
  • Mack
  • Reece
  • Roger
  • Roger
  • Tommy
  • Willis
  • Wilson

Some More Big Names

  • Alexander – name your Great Dane after Alexander the Great, who was King of Macedon in Ancient Greece
  • Alfonso – the largest swimming pool in the world is located at San Alfonso del Mar in Chile
  • Arnold – you don’t get much bigger than the Schwarzenegger at the height of his fame
  • Beethoven – named after the fictional St Bernard or the famous musical composer
  • Ben – named after the famous great bell ‘Big Ben’ in London
  • Capes – Geoff Capes is a legendary strongman
  • Cerberus – Giant three-headed dog in Greek mythology who guards the underworld
  • Chevy – inspired by 6’4” Chevy Chase
  • Fluffy – Three-headed dog in Harry Potter, modeled after Cerberus, who guards the sorcerer’s stone
  • Hans – after Hans Christian Anderson (a very great Dane)
  • Ivan – Brother of Peter the Great and jointly ruled with him
  • Jack – a ‘Jackfruit’ is the largest fruit that grows on a tree
  • Jeff – named after 6’4” Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum
  • Lennie – from John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’, Lennie Small is, ironically, a man with gigantic stature
  • Liam – The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth is 6’3”
  • Milo – the dog from ‘The Mask’
  • Moby – inspired by the fictional whale Moby Dick. Whales are the largest living creature on earth
  • Peter – ‘Peter the Great’ was Tsar of Russia, and was known for founding and developing St Petersburg
  • Rameses – Rameses II was an incredible powerful and celebrated pharaoh from Ancient Egypt
  • William – William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and became King of England
  • Yao Ming – a 7’6” inch basketball player from China

Female Big Dog Names

Great Dane

If you want to give your female big dog a stylish and fascinating name, we have it covered!

From the biggest and best-selling female singers to the most epic and gigantic creations of mother nature, we have names for every dog, and a fact to go with it!

We have also drawn inspiration for the best girl big dog names from our favorite leading ladies in Hollywood, especially the tall ones!

Now you can tell people your dog’s name has a special meaning!

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Anastasia

a popular girl’s name in Russia, the biggest country in the world

  • Angelica
  • Castillo
  • Essie
  • Hattie
  • Irma
  • Isabel
  • Leona
  • Mae
  • Melba
  • Misty
  • Patsy
  • Ramona
  • Rita
  • Sabrina
  • Stella
  • Violet

Some More Big Names

  • Baikal – the name of one of the largest lakes in the world
  • Beyoncé – name your furry best friend after the biggest female artist ever!
  • Blake – at 5’10”, Blake Lively is most famous for her starring role in the TV series Gossip Girl
  • Catherine – named after Catherine the Great, empress of Russia
  • Charlize – Famous for Mad Max: Fury Road, amongst other films, Charlize Theron is 5’10” feet tall
  • Chloe – the world’s biggest dog was a Mastiff named Chloe, who weighed 365 pounds and was 3’2” tall!
  • Coral – The Great Barrier Reef is situated in the Coral Sea and is approximately 133,000 square miles
  • Lassie – one of the most famous fictional female dogs
  • Liberty – The Statue of Liberty is 93m tall!
  • Nicole – inspired by the 5’11” actress and producer, Nicole Kidman
  • Rihanna – if ‘Diamonds’ are a girl’s best friend, then dogs are a man’s best friend
  • Russia – the largest country on Earth
  • Saturn – the second largest planet in the solar system, and 945% the size of Earth
  • Taylor Swift – the 5’11” singer of ‘We are never ever getting bark together’
  • Tilda – named after the 5’11” actress, Tilda Swinton, whose light blond hair could be an inspiration for any big snowy white dog you may have!

Best Big Dog Names


If you need the best name to suit your dog’s gigantic stature, you’ve come to the right place!

Here is a list of our best big dog names, if the others aren’t evoking any inspiration.

These names especially will highlight the magnificence of a dog that’s almost bigger than you are!

If you’re looking for a dog name like ‘Tiny’, you’re barking up the wrong tree!

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Chaos

in Greek mythology it is the primal feature of the universe, but let’s hope its not something your dog causes

  • Alexis
  • Alyssa
  • Antonia
  • Connie
  • Darin
  • Domingo
  • Duke
  • Eloise
  • Gabriel
  • Gustavo
  • Joy
  • Laverne
  • Lucia
  • Lynne
  • Marian
  • Melissa
  • Milton
  • Partick
  • Winston
  • Zachary

Some More Big Names

  • Achilles – maybe your dog’s Achilles’ heel is his tendency to chew on shoes
  • Aphrodite – for a dog that’s as beautiful as a Greek Goddess
  • Apollo – Greek God of the sun, perfect for if your dog loves to bask in the warmth
  • Athena – Greek Goddess of wisdom, not so great if you dog loves to chase its own tail!
  • Atlas – one of the famous Titans in Greek mythology
  • Aura – she represents the gentle breeze in Greek mythology
  • Clifford – perfect for a big red dog!
  • Manny – for if your dog is as big as a mammoth
  • Marley – from the film ‘Marley and Me’, which is guaranteed to leave us all in tears!
  • Poseidon – Greek God of the sea, though this probably won’t make bath time any easier!
  • Rex – named after a T-Rex
  • Thea – another of the famous Titans
  • Titan – the Titanoboa was the world’s biggest snake, which lived 60 million years ago and grew to 13 meters in length
  • Zeus – the world’s tallest dog was a Great Dane named Zeus, who was 3’8” tall!

Funny Big Dog Names

Neapolitan Mastiff

If you are wanting a chuckle-worthy name for your canine companion – look no further!

Make your horse-sized-dog feel slightly less intimidating and give them a funny name that will always make you smile.

Why not play on your dog’s great size and name them after some of the big and hairy fictional creatures that have appeared on the big screen over the years?

Just be thankful you have a dog for a pet, and not a gorilla! But if your dog does start to take over a city then maybe you could make a movie franchise out of it too?

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Chewbacca

The actor of this famous Star Wars character, Peter Mayhew is 7’2”! And Chewie’s furry exterior is not unlike your own giant ball of fur

  • Barkley
  • Bingo
  • Digby
  • Galactic
  • Hairy Mclary
  • Hairy Styles
  • Hodge
  • Jumbo
  • Kraken
  • Pudge

Some More Big Names

  • Dumbo – named after the elephant, which are the largest living land animals. This is an especially good name if your dog has big ears!
  • Gandalf – portrayed by Ian McKellan in the Lord of the Rings films
  • Godzilla – named after a mutated dinosaur
  • Hagrid – The giant, but friendly, gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures teacher in Harry Potter
  • Hulk – your dog may not be green but he can be big and muscly with a bad temper!
  • Hummer – those cars are big
  • Indiana Bones – perfect for if your dog like digging stuff up in the garden
  • Jabba the Mutt – great for if your pup just errs on the side of pudgy!
  • King Kong – a giant gorilla, which has been part of pop culture since its first film appearance in 1933
  • Mary Puppins – we hope your dog can also make your children behave
  • Mufasa – your dog might be the same size as this character from The Lion King
  • Pudding – particularly if they’re squashy like a Shar-Pei!
  • Santa Paws – especially if your pup brings joy around the holidays
  • Sherlock Bones – it’s just elementary, my dear Watson
  • Slink – our favorite dog in the Toy Story series
  • Thanos – for if your dog prefers the villainous side
  • Thor – this Viking god might suit a huge cuddly Golden Retriever

Unique Big Dog Names

Saint Bernard

If you are after a name which will make your dog stand out then this is the list for you!

We have complied some unusual names belonging to NBA players (who could definitely reach the top shelf), as well as names belonging to some of the largest things on earth.

Maybe try naming your dog after a huge mountain, it’s unlikely anyone else will have anything similar.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Shaquille

Shaquille O’Neal is 7’1” inch tall

  • Cersei
  • Cruz
  • Dirk
  • Donovan
  • Elvie
  • Emerald
  • Eugenio
  • Gianna
  • Jonie
  • Kareem
  • Magdalena
  • Margherita
  • Marjory
  • Raleigh
  • Rodrigo
  • Stanton
  • Suellen
  • Tyrion
  • Venita
  • Verlene
  • Wyatt
  • Wylan

Some More Big Names

  • Alanis – named after the singer Alanis Morrisette
  • Apple – the baby name of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
  • Argen – the Argentavis lived over 5 million years ago and its wingspan could reach 7 meters
  • Blue – the child of Beyoncé and Jay Z
  • Bryce – named after Bryce Dallas Howard, which are all names you could give to your dog!
  • Channing – star of Magic Mike!
  • Everest – world’s highest mountain
  • Isla – inspired by the beautiful red-headed actress, Isla Fisher
  • Sequoia – Sequoia are the largest trees on earth, but also the largest living thing
  • Sphinx – a mythical creature from Ancient Egypt with the head of a human but the body of a lion
  • Zorba – named after one of the world’s biggest dogs, a Mastiff

Big Black Dog Names

Scottish Deerhound

Whether your black dog is a Great Dane, a German Shepherd, Doberman, or Bernese Mountain Dog, we have plenty of names to suit the glossy, deep inky color of their gorgeous fluffy coat.

From dark gemstones to the bitterest of beers, there’s a name to suit every kind of dog.

We have come up with some options inspired by their color, however, we also pay homage to their magnificent size.

Being named after a captain or an emperor is something that only belongs to a dog of giant stature!

Bestow the paw-fect name upon your dog with something from this list:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Captain

your dog may also have a black beard, but let’s hope they don’t share the same fearsome personality as the pirate

  • Blake
  • Dante
  • Earnest
  • Ebony
  • Edgar
  • Hazel
  • Homer
  • Horace
  • Joyce
  • Karl
  • Krystal
  • Marianne
  • Midnight
  • Orlando
  • Pamela
  • Poe
  • Potter
  • Tamara
  • Verna
  • Virgil

Some More Big Names

  • Bess – Dick Turpin’s horse was called ‘Black Bess’
  • Boykin – Christopher “Big Black” Boykin is an American TV personality
  • Caligula – a famous Roman emperor who tried to name his horse consul!
  • Chocolate – just don’t feed it to your dog!
  • Coal – your large fluffy friend keeps you warm like a coal fire
  • Eight-Ball – the last ball to sink in a game of pool, and also a toy which magically answers all your questions!
  • Guinness – a dark stout drink, which originates in Ireland
  • Haddock – the captain from the Tintin series
  • Jet – a black gemstone
  • Kirk – after Captain James T Kirk from Star Trek
  • Nero – translated as ‘black’ in Italian, or the name of a ruthless Roman Emperor
  • Noir – ‘black’ in French, perfect for a Dogue de Bourdeax, or the French Mastiff
  • Nyx – from Greek mythology, she was the personification of the night
  • Shadow – our own darkened version of ourselves, so even Shadow can have its own shadow
  • Sparrow – after the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Vader – maybe you could even play The Imperial March every time your dog enters the room

Good Big Dog Names

If all the other names aren’t doing your dog justice, then hopefully this list will inspire a great name for your giant dog.

Here are our favorite names from pop culture, tall people, historical figures, and just all-around the best names we think you should give your big dog.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Churchill

after the prime minister or the famous nodding dog

  • Bobbie
  • Brett
  • Darlene
  • Doug
  • Dwight
  • Fernando
  • Gayle
  • Gilbert
  • Jacqueline
  • Kendra
  • Mabel
  • Nelson
  • Opal
  • Regina
  • Rodney
  • Santiago
  • Sonia
  • Sydney
  • Tamara
  • Timothy

Some More Big Names

  • Agent – for if your dog could be straight out of a Men in Black film
  • Andre – nicknamed ‘Andre the Giant’, the professional wrestler and actor was 7’4” inch
  • Armstrong – named after the first man on the moon
  • Columbus – perfect for if your dog loves to explore!
  • Dorothy – the starring role in ‘The Wizard of Oz’
  • Einstein – Dr. Emmett Brown’s sheepdog in ‘Back to the Future’
  • Einstein – for if your dog is the sharpest tool in the shed
  • Elizabeth – named after either of the two Queens of England
  • Ellen – Sigourney Weaver’s famous role as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien’
  • Forrest – Tom Hanks plays as the title character in the film ‘Forrest Gump’
  • Leonardo – after the actor, or the painter
  • Lincoln – a famous figure from United States history
  • Zero – the dog from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’


We hoped you loved these possible names for big dogs.

If you are as barking mad about big dog names as we are then leave us a comment below telling us your favorite names, and any more you might add.

Please tell us if you picked one of the names from this list for your big dog too!

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 2 million people choose the best name for their pet.

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