Unique Dog Names: 180 Uncommon, Creative & Unusual Names

Unique Dog Names

Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, making them some of the world’s most fun and precious pets.

Making sure they know how special they are is a dog owner’s top priority and therefore special and unique dog names are vital to single them out from all the other canines they meet at the park.

There are thousands of dog names out there, just waiting to be chosen by you!

We have put together a list of 180 titles to help you find the perfect one to suit your amazing, one-of-a-kind pet!

With a mixture of adorable, exotic, foreign, and famous monikers, we hope you have fun exploring our ideas.

Unique Dog Names For Boys

Unique Dog Names For Boys

The best unique dog names for male canines are often found within other languages, especially French and Italian.

If you are looking for even more uncommon choices, try researching old languages such as Old Norse.

These languages are so old that some names have died out years ago and will therefore be more unusual.

Instead of words, you can also use old surnames, such as ‘Bram’ and ‘Cruz’, they make brilliantly fun names, as do those which highlight the strength and beauty of pooches.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Ladislas

meaning ‘one who rules with glory’, a perfect choice for a canine who rules the house!

  1. Aldis – from the old house
  2. Ansel – ‘follower of a nobleman’ in Old French
  3. Aurelius – derived from the Latin word ‘aureus’, meaning ‘gold’
  4. Bram – father of multitudes
  5. Cruz – ‘cross’ in Spanish and Portuguese
  6. Dante – an Italian word meaning ‘enduring’
  7. Imani – from the African language meaning ‘faith’
  8. Jericho – a Palestinian village
  9. Kapono – Hawaiian for meaning ‘one who is righteous’
  10. Keir – a Gaelic word meaning ‘dusky’
  11. Kenji – a Japanese word meaning ‘strong’ and ‘intelligent’
  12. Koa – a Hawaiian forest tree
  13. Leif – originating from the Norse language meaning ‘son’ or ‘descendant’
  14. Marlow – a variant of ‘Marley’
  15. Mathias – from the Welsh language meaning ‘gift of God’
  16. Quince – an Asian tree which produces quinces
  17. Roscoe – a pistol or revolver
  18. Taj – ‘crown’ in Sanskrit
  19. Tempest – a violent storm
  20. Zephyr – after the Greek God of the west wind

Unique Dog Names For Girls

Unique Female Dog

Finding a unique moniker for a female pooch might sound difficult, as the internet has many suggestions for classic and traditional titles.

Because of this, there are fewer examples of brilliant unique titles for pets.

We believe our examples are truly creative and have beautiful meanings behind them.

Most unique dog names for girls end in the vowel ‘a’, giving them more of a feminine feel!

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Faelyn

an English word for ‘beautiful fairy’, which would suit any stunning female breed!

  1. Alanis – ‘pretty’ the perfect choice for a beautiful pooch
  2. Alondra – Greek for ‘alexein’ meaning ‘to defend’
  3. Billie – a quirky choice, made famous by young music artist ‘Billie Eilish’
  4. Blake – surname, but used uniquely by famous actress ‘Blake Lively’
  5. Catalina – a unique version of the classic ‘Catherine’
  6. Celeste – French for ‘celestial’
  7. Dakota – ‘friend’, a great title for a dog who gets on with everyone!
  8. Divine – ‘like a God’
  9. Eira – ‘snow’ in Welsh, a great choice for a dog with beautiful white fur
  10. Ione – from the Greek word ‘Iov’, meaning ‘violet flower’
  11. Jessamy – meaning ‘Jasmine flower’ in Persian
  12. Nevaeh – the word ‘heaven’ spelt backwards!
  13. Nola – a slang word meaning ‘New Orleans’
  14. Petra – the feminine form of ‘Peter’, derived from the Greek word ‘petros’, meaning ‘stone’ or ‘rock’
  15. Picabo – ‘shining waters’
  16. Piccadilly – after the London street which runs from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus
  17. Tansy – a type of Daisy flower, with beautifully-smelling leaves and flat-topped flower heads
  18. Venus – after the Roman goddess of beauty and love, also the second planet away from the sun
  19. Vida – meaning ‘life’
  20. Zora – Slavic for ‘dawn’

Famous Dogs With Unique Dogs

Unique Dog Face

Lots of inspiration can be found in films, books, plays, and movies!

Think of your favorite dog movie or novel and chances are it will contain a great and unique dog name for you to use for your puppy.

We have chosen the most unique names from Disney movies, comic book cartoons, and musicals, to give you plenty of inspiration for your pooch.

Remember, not to settle for the first title you find, make sure you explore all the films and books you can to find the ultimate choice to perfectly suit your amazing canine.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Slinky

after the Southern Dachshund from Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’!

  1. Astro – the cartoon ‘The Jetsons’, perfect for a Great Dane!
  2. Balto – the animation of the same name, great for a Siberian Husky
  3. Comet – the Golden Retriever from ‘Full House’
  4. Cujo – the movie ‘Cujo’ based on the book by Stephen King
  5. Dug – from Disney Pixar’s ‘Up’, an adorable word for an adorable pooch
  6. Fido – belonging to former President Abraham Lincoln
  7. Gibson – the world’s tallest dog, according to the Guinness World Records
  8. Gromit – the famous animated figure in ‘Wallace and Gromit’
  9. Hachi – the film ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’
  10. Jo-Fi – a Chow Chow from Freud’s dog
  11. Krypto – the ‘Superman’ comics
  12. Odie – from the ‘Garfield’ comics and TV series
  13. Pluto – Micky Mouse’s pet dog
  14. Pongo – from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians
  15. Shadow – a Golden Retriever from the film ‘Homeward Bound’
  16. Shiloh – from the 1997 film
  17. Toto – from ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’
  18. Verdell – from the film ‘As Good As It Gets’
  19. Wishbone – the protagonist of the kids TV show

Unique Dog Names Which Are Cute

Funny Dog Face

A cute and unique puppy is not complete without a cute and unique meaning behind its name!

Our list of cute, but also unique dog names include loads of beautiful choices with amazing and adorable meanings to match!

If your dog is small and shy, a name meaning ‘bold emperor’ may not suit them, however a word meaning ‘beautiful flower’ would!

Keep testing out different ideas until you find the perfect one, as a pet’s name is one of the most important things for them.

If you find some which you like and can’t choose a specific one, make sure to research their origins and meanings, as this can inform your final decision.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Sabra

African for ‘patience’, which is perfect for a chilled-out pup!

  1. Alegra – ‘cheerful’ and ‘vivacious’ in Italian
  2. Amaryllis – a beautiful Greek word for ‘flower’
  3. Bodhi – Sanskrit for ‘enlightenment’
  4. Carmela – Hebrew for ‘garden’ or ‘orchard’
  5. Cosimia – a Greek word meaning ‘of the universe’
  6. Ea – an extremely unique name, pronounced ‘ear’
  7. Fadyenka – a name with a Teutonic origin which translates to ‘divine gift’
  8. Giana – ‘God is gracious’ in Italian
  9. Hadya – Arabic for ‘quiet’ and ‘well-behaved’
  10. Kaira – Scandinavian for ‘pure’
  11. Kali – a unisex choice translating to ‘energetic’ in African
  12. Kenji – a Japanese pet name meaning ‘strong’ and ‘determined’
  13. Mada – Irish abbreviation of the name ‘Matilda’
  14. Mariko – meaning ‘true’
  15. Oana – a stunning Romanian word meaning ‘God is gracious’
  16. Reza – Persian for ‘will’
  17. Tahu – Arabic for ‘one who is pure and who also purifies others’
  18. Uli – English meaning ‘special friend’
  19. Zacchaeus – a name originating in South America meaning ‘meadow’
  20. Zadok – ‘God remembers’ in Hebrew

List Of 100 Unique Dog Names

Uncommon Dog

If the previous lists of unique dog names weren’t enough to inspire you, we have got 100 more ideas for you.

Including some of the world’s most unique names and some of our favorites too!

Some of these monikers are unique in their spelling and language, some have unique and quirky meanings, and some are just plain funny.

We hope this list will give you the inspiration you’re looking for, and that you will enjoy exploring these exotic words.

Unique Dog Names
Anders Ethen Maverick
Arlo Ezra Maxton
Asher Franco Miller
Atticus Gideon Mustafa
Augustin Gray Night
Beckett Ignacio Nixon
Blaise Ilya Otis
Braylin Isaiah Otto
Brice Jabari Pierre
Bridger Jabberwocky Pipson
Broderick Jaron Quinten
Brysen Jaycob Remington
Cale Jaydin Rey
Camilo Kael Rhett
Casper Kali Rossi
Cassius Kane Ryker
Cato Keon Silas
Clinton Kester Soren
Coen Keyon Thaddeus
Corbin Kian Tuna
Cortez Kingsley Turner
Crew Knox Tyree
Dangelo Lachlan Tyrell
Danke Lai Tyrese
Davon Lathan Valentin
Demarcus Levi Vaughn
Deon Lychee Vihaan
Devan Magnus Vince
Dimitri Major Winston
Draco Maksim Wyatt
Elijah Malaki Xander
Eliseo Malfoy Yehuda
Enoch Mali Zaire


We hope you have enjoyed exploring these unique dog names.

Hopefully, you have found the perfect one for your pooch, whether it was the adorable ‘Bodhi’ (for a tiny Terrier) or the quirky ‘Eira’ (for a Dalmatian), you should now be ready to present it to your special puppy.

If you have not quite found the perfect one, don’t despair! There are many more ways to find a great name for your canine, start asking family and friends for help!

We hope you have had fun discovering the number of unusual monikers there are out there.

If you have any more ideas for unique dog names that you think we’ve missed, please leave them in the comments below.

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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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