Updated - Oct 21st, 2020
Arya is a great name for your girl dog, especially if you are a Game of Thrones fan. Though she was young and small, Arya Stark was one of the strongest and bravest characters, and this name would fit a little girl with a lot of heart and energy. Alternatively, Aria would also make a great name for a vocal girl that loves to bark you a tune.
Cassidy is a sweet name for a girl dog, especially for dog parents who are fans of the Grateful Dead and their classic tune “Cassidy.” Cassidy is a name of Irish origin and means “curly-haired,” so it would make a good name for a lass with a bit of curl to her coat, like an Airedale, Bichon Frise, Portuguese Water Dog, or Curly-Coated Retriever.
Chanel is a great name if you’ve got a little diva on your hands. The name would fit a French breed or any breed of so-called “designer dogs,” but it’s really about personality. If your pup has acquired a taste for gourmet goodies and couture collars, then Chanel is the perfect fit.
Harper is a lovely name for a girl dog. The name has gone through a lot of variations. It started as a surname, then was a boy’s name, and now is more commonly a girl’s name due in no small part to the popularity of author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.
You may not think of Harriet as a particularly modern name, but it is an adorable choice for a girl pup. The name means “home ruler,” which fits a dog who has declared herself queen of your castle.
The famous Dolly Parton song “Jolene” has always been a country classic, and it’s one of the most covered songs of all time. Recently, The White Stripes and Miley Cyrus (who is Dolly Parton’s goddaughter) released popular cover versions of the song. Jolene is a pretty name for a girl dog, especially if she’s a country girl with big hair.
Star Wars fans will instantly recognize Princess Leia as one of the most iconic characters in film history. Not only is Leia a pretty name for a spirited girl dog with a little bit of attitude, it gives you a great excuse to dress her up in the classic Princess Leia hair buns and white dress (at least once a year). Who can resist a dog in a Halloween costume?
Though it’s one of the most popular names for female dogs of all colors and breeds, Luna is especially fitting for a black dog. Luna comes from the Latin luna, which means “moon” (and Luna is the Roman goddess of the moon). The moon’s association with nighttime makes Luna an excellent choice for a black girl dog. It also works well for a wolf-like breed, such as a Northern Inuit, Siberian Husky, Malamute, or Samoyed. These pups are notorious howlers, and may occasionally howl at the moon like their wolf ancestors.
Matilda is a very traditional girl’s name that has been gaining popularity for baby girls in recent years due to the popular children’s book Matilda by Roald Dahl (and the 1996 film adaptation). The name means “battle strength,” and while you obviously want to keep your girl out of any fights, Matilda is a strong name for a girl dog.
There are a lot of popular dog names based on flowers, but Petunia is one of the loveliest and most original. Comedian John Mulaney certainly thought so when he named his French Bulldog Petunia. Petunia features prominently in Mulaney’s stand-up routines and has her own Instagram with over 160K followers.
While River is technically a unisex name (and perhaps is more popular for boys due to the popularity of late actor River Phoenix), when it comes to dogs, it works better for a girl. River makes a great name for a girl who loves nature, especially if she likes to swim. It’s also a great name for fans of Doctor Who and the popular character, River Song.
Stella – which comes from the Latin stella, meaning “star” – is a great name for a girl dog with star power. Whether she’s a born show dog or a rising pupfluencer, Stella is a great choice for a girl who is always the center of attention. And who could resist quoting A Streetcar Named Desire and yelling “Stella!!!” when calling for her to come?
In addition to being the second planet from the Sun, Venus is the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Venus is a lovely name for a beautiful girl dog inside and out with a lot of love to give.
The name Willow brings to mind the slender, graceful branches and leaves of the willow tree, and it is a pretty name for a graceful little girl. The name was also popularized by the character from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. An alternate version, Willo, has been made famous by Willo the Corgi, who went viral for the “awoo” howls she makes while she’s eating.
Whether you are a fan of the popular video game franchise Legend of Zelda or a Jazz Age aficionado who wants to honor Zelda Fitzgerald, this name is a great choice for a fun-loving girl pup. It also happens to be the name of Pumpkin’s Chief Dog Officer.