40 Nerdy Dog Names For Intelligent & Geeky Pooches

Nerdy Dog Names

Is your four-legged furball the smartest dog in the pack?

Can they solve equations and recite poetry as quickly as famous mathematicians and poets?

If that’s the case, then your puppy deserves to have one of the best nerdy dog names that is as clever as they are!

This list features the titles of artists, thinkers, famous politicians, and people with an IQ higher than your average Joe.

Any of these well-known masterminds would make a brilliant namesake for your cultivated furry companion.

Read this list of the best Nerdy Dog Names to enlighten yourself and give your prodigy pup the best name possible!

Top 40 Nerdy Dog Names

List of Nerdy Dog Names
Amelia Einstein Pollock
Archimedes Elizabeth Polo
Aristotle Galileo Pythagoras
Austen Hawking Shakespeare
Banner Hermione Sheldon
Beethoven Homer Shelley
Bronte Lisa Socrates
Christie Lovelace Stark
Columbus Marie Tesla
Cook Michelangelo Turing
Copernicus Monet Van Gogh
Dali Newton Victoria
Darwin Picasso Warhol
Edison Plato Wordsworth

Nerdy Dog Names & Meanings

Nerdy Dog

If your dog loves to make a mess that could be perceived as ‘art’, then ‘Da Vinci’ or ‘Pollock’ is the most fitting choice!

But, if your puppy loves to tumble and fall, all in the name of discovering gravity, then ‘Newton’ is a wise title for them.

  1. Einstein – Albert Einstein is one of the most famous scientists, who is almost as well-known for his crazy hair as he is for discovering the theory of relativity. This is for the most genius dogs only!
  2. Galileo – Galileo Galilei was an astronomer from Italy, born in the sixteenth century. He is sometimes even referred to as the ‘father of modern science’, so he must have been an intelligent bloke to earn that name! ‘Galileo’ is the perfect nerdy name for a dog who loves to stare at the sky and gaze into the starry night
  3. Hawking – Stephen Hawking is a famous scientist, well-known for his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ where he discusses his theory on black holes and radiation. If you’re looking for a highly intelligent choice for your pet nerdy dog, then you won’t find one more brilliant than this!
  4. Warhol – Andy Warhol was an artist born in America, who was most famous for leading the ‘pop art’ movement. His most well-known pieces are the Campbell’s Soup Can and the Marilyn Monroe pop art paintings. This title is perfect for a genius dog who loves bright colors and food
  5. Shelley – Mary Shelly was a female writer, most famous for writing ‘Frankenstein’, which is arguably the first horror novel ever written. Mary’s life is fascinating, and so this word would be perfect for a dog who loves nature and equality
  6. Tesla – the Serbian-American inventor, Nikola Tesla, is known for his work within the design of modern electricity. Without him, we wouldn’t have the system that currently powers all of our homes. On the topic of electricity, how many dogs does it take to change a lightbulb
  7. Dali – Salvador Dali is a Spanish artist known for his weird and wacky paintings. One of his works includes melting wristwatches, whilst another shows elephants with trumpets for heads. This moniker is for all the eccentric, zany, and smart dogs in our lives
  8. Newton – Isaac Newton was an English mathematician and scientist, most well-known for his discovery of gravity, helped by an apple falling from a tree and onto his head. This would be perfect for a dog who also makes accidental discoveries, although we’re not sure that ‘discovering’ the fluff in couch cushions by ripping them apart would be as widely revered as Newton’s scientific achievement!
  9. Elizabeth – the name of two long-reigning queens of England. The first was the last of the Tudor dynasty, known for her defeat of the Spanish armada. The second is the current Queen of England, from the Windsor family, and is the longest-reigning English monarch ever. This name is perfect for a pup who believes that they are from a royal bloodline
  10. MonetClaude Monet was a French painter, who is often thought to have spear-headed the Impressionist movement. He is known for his dream-like landscape paintings, with soft, subdued colors. Perfect for a dog that feels at one with nature
  11. Cook – Captain James Cook was a British explorer, most famous for his expedition to the South Pacific. This would be brilliant for a nerdy dog that loves adventures and exploring hidden parts of the world (or just the garden!)
  12. Aristotle – one of the most famous Ancient Greek philosophers, Aristotle studied and taught his ideas to other philosophers in Greece. This dog name is perfect for the most thoughtful dogs
  13. Bronte – the three most famous Bronte sisters were Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, who were all writers and produced Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall respectively. This moniker would be fitting for a moody dog
  14. Shakespeare – perhaps the most famous writer in history, William Shakespeare was a famous playwright in the 16th and 17th century. His most famous works are Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear, which would all make great names for a nerdy dog
  15. Austen – Jane Austen is one of the most famous English authors, penning the well-known romance novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’. This moniker would be great for a cultured and intelligent dog
  16. Lovelace – Ada Lovelace was a mathematician from Britain in the Victorian era and can be described as the first computer programmer. This name would be fantastic for an incredibly smart female dog
  17. Wordsworth – William Wordsworth was a famous English Romantic poet; his most popular poem is called ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’. Romantic poets highlight the tranquillity of nature, so this name would be perfect for a dog that loves to wander fields and laze in the garden
  18. Lisa – Lisa Simpson is one of the main characters in the animated TV show, The Simpsons. She is known as being the ‘nerd of the family’ as she excels in school, she loves to read, and she can play the saxophone perfectly. Perhaps this would be great for a golden retriever
  19. Archimedes – an ancient Greek scientist, he has had many famous discoveries and inventions, from the field of mathematics to things that can be used at war
  20. Beethoven – Ludwig Van Beethoven was a German composer, most famous for his piece ‘Fur Elise’. Despite being one of the world’s greatest composers, Beethoven was actually deaf, but could still play the piano perfectly. This name is perfect for a geeky dog whose bark is music to your ears
  21. Darwin – Charles Darwin is, arguably, the most famous biologists ever, having proposed the theory of evolution. Thanks to Darwin we know that humans evolved from a common ancestor we share with apes and that dogs evolved from wolves.
  22. Van Gogh – Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch artist, famous for many oil paintings, including Starry Night, his self-portrait, Almond Blossoms, and Sunflowers. He often painted nature, landscapes, and his room
  23. Christie – Agatha Christie is one of the most famous crime writers, writing well-known stories such as Murder on the Orient Express. This dog name would be perfect for a detective pooch that loves to sniff out clues
  24. Polo – Marco Polo was an Italian explorer, famous for being one of the first Europeans in the Middle Ages to travel to and explore Asia. Perfect for a canine that loves exploring and adventures
  25. Picasso – Pablo Picasso was a famous painter from Spain, known for his abstract, bright, colorful artworks. This name would be brilliant for an eccentric and unique dog
  26. Stark – Tony Stark, or better known as Iron Man, is one of the leading characters in the Marvel Universe. Stark is intelligent, witty and sarcastic, and labels himself as a “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist”, so perfect for a humble dog
  27. Turing – Alan Turing was a British mathematician. He became one of the leading figures in computer science during World War One, and eventually succeeded in creating the technology to break Germany’s secret codes during the war
  28. Victoria – Queen Victoria was a British monarch from 1837-1901. She eventually reigned for 63 years, which was longer than any of Britain’s monarchs up until the current reign of Queen Elizabeth. This would be perfect for a regal pup that could be capable of running a country!
  29. Sheldon – Sheldon Cooper is one of the main characters in the TV show ‘The Big Bang Theory and is probably the first character we think of when we hear ‘nerd’. He has the IQ of a genius, but he tends to be awkward and sarcastic in social situations
  30. Homer – Homer is one of the most influential poets in history, his works ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘The Iliad’ inspiring masses of literature since then. He lived during Ancient Greece and included many aspects of Greek mythology within his works
  31. Copernicus – Nicolaus Copernicus was a Polish astronomer and mathematician during the Renaissance. His biggest accomplishment was the theory that it was the sun at the center of the universe, and not the earth as previously believed. This would be perfect for a nerdy dog that’s at the center of your universe!
  32. Pollock – Jackson Pollock was a famous American artist, a leading figure in the abstract expressionist movement. His works are loud, bold and vibrant, and are often made by splashing liquid on a surface. Perfect for a dog that loves to make a mess
  33. Amelia – Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly by herself across the Atlantic Ocean. This name be brilliant for an intelligent female dog that has a passion for adventure and discovery
  34. Edison – if you have ever had a ‘lightbulb moment’ then it’s thanks to Thomas Edison. An American inventor, Edison was the creator of many different inventions, such as the phonograph, the lightbulb, sound recording, and motion pictures
  35. Pythagoras – Pythagoras was an Ancient Greek philosopher. He was interested in mathematics, ethics, and philosophy, and was responsible for many influential ideas and theories. This is great for a nerdy dog with out-of-the-box thinking
  36. Plato – Plato was a famous Ancient Greek philosopher, and it is believed that all of his work survived since antiquity to the modern-day – over 2400 years!
  37. Banner – Bruce Banner, or better known as the Hulk, is part of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from being a huge, green, incredibly strong superhero, Banner is highly intelligent, loves science, and could be described as a nerd
  38. Hermione – Hermione Granger is one of the main characters in the Harry Potter series written by JK Rowling. Hermione would be the perfect name for an intelligent and loyal dog, preferable with bushy, fluffy hair
  39. Socrates – another famous ancient Greek philosopher. Ancient Greek philosophy has been so influential on Western philosophy, and Socrates was such a leading figure that anything before him was referred to as ‘pre-Socratic philosophy’
  40. Michelangelo – a sculptor and painter from Italy during the Renaissance period. He created many famous sculptures, including ‘David’, and famous paintings, such as The Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican
  41. Columbus – Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer, and was believed to be the man who ‘discovered’ America
  42. Marie – Marie Curie is a famous scientist from Poland, who discovered the elements Polonium and Radium, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1903. Perfect for a female, loved for her brains and intelligence


We hope you enjoyed this list of nerdy dog names!

These monikers are all inspired by brainy and intellectual historical figures who have contributed so many things to society.

If not for these incredibly cool and intelligent people, our lives would not be as it is now.

Perhaps you have a favorite choice from this list, if so, be sure to leave it in a comment below, and also let us know any other inspiring ‘nerds’ you may know of…

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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.


  1. You said queen victoria was the longest reigning monarch, you seem to have forgotten about Louis xiv, the longest reigning monarch of all time. There’s also 4 or 5 that lasted longer than Victoria. Clean it up

    • Hi, Kate! Thanks for raising that point, I was caught out by ambiguity! I’ve updated it to clarify what was originally intended 🙂 David

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