10 Best Dog Names You’ve Never Heard Of

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Updated - Oct 15th, 2022

Got a lady who rules over your house like it’s her own personal kingdom? Duchess might be a fitting choice for her. In the English nobility, a duchess (the female equivalent of a duke) is the highest rank one can achieve (besides for king and queen). So, if you are the king or queen of your house, it makes perfect sense for your little lady to be your Duchess. This would be especially great for a regal English breed such as an English Foxhound or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

While Falcor from The NeverEnding Story is technically a dragon (specifically a luck dragon), he very much looks like a massive flying white dog. Falcor would make a unique name for a big, fluffy white pup who is friendly, loyal, and protective (just don’t try to ride them!). Perfect for Great Pyrenees, Samoyeds, Bull Terriers, Huskies, or Yellow Labradors with white coats!

Rock fans might like the name Gibson for their boy dog. Gibson guitars are top of the line (and incredibly pricey). In fact, two of the most expensive guitars ever sold are Gibsons: Keith Richards’s Gibson Les Paul Standard and John Lennon’s Gibson J-160. Gibson may be a great choice for your priceless new pup, especially singsong-y howlers like Basset Hounds, Beagles, Malamutes, and Huskies.

Loki, the Norse god of trickery and mischief, would make a great name for a dog with a big personality and a bit of a naughty streak. Loki could be either a boy or girl dog name, as the god Loki had the power to shift both shape and gender! Marvel fans may also love this name choice as Loki is one of the most popular villains in the MCU.

In addition to being the name of the badass character who first appeared in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula makes a great name for any black dog because of its association with the darkness of deep space. Scientifically speaking, a nebula is an interstellar gas or dust cloud, and all dog owners are familiar with the clouds of gas and hair-dust our pups leave in their wakes.

Why go with a traditional name like Rosie when you could name your dog Rosé? This is one of the most popular summertime wines, and some of the world’s best rosé comes from France, so it makes a fitting choice for a fancy little girl with a diva attitude (Poodle and Frenchie people, we’re looking at you).

Dog parents know that sometimes your fur baby follows you around everywhere, like they are your shadow. Shadow would make a great name for any dog that can’t stand to be away from you, but it’s an especially good fit for a gray or black dog since shadows are a dark grayish black.

This prized Japanese delicacy is often used in sushi. Uni, which comes from sea urchin, is incredibly difficult to harvest and prepare – and it can be quite pricey. Uni would make a great name for your priceless pupper, especially a Japanese breed like a Shiba Inu or Akita.

The name Ursa comes from the Latin, meaning “bear,” and it would make a unique name for a girl dog who is either big like an actual bear or small and fluffy like a teddy bear. Astronomy buffs might also appreciate the reference to two major constellations: Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.

What is the blackest black to ever black? Vantablack! Vantablack is a material developed in 2014, and it is so black that it’s able to absorb over 99% of visible light. Vanta would make a great name for an all-black dog with a dark-as-midnight coat.

Ali Morretta

Ali Morretta

Writer, Adoring Corgi Mom
Ali is a writer, editor & proud Corgi mom with diverse experience across educational publishing & entertainment blogging.
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