Updated - Oct 15th, 2022
This loyal, fun-loving bear from Disney’s 1967 classic The Jungle Book is laid-back and loves to dance and sing. Every hardcore Disney fan knows the tune “Bare Necessities,” which Baloo sings to Mowgli, and with Baloo as your pup’s name, there could be many a sing-along in your future.
This iconic Disney princess from Beauty and the Beast would make a great name for your own little belle of the ball. Highly intelligent and free-spirited, Belle dreams of experiencing the world beyond her small town, so this would be a fitting choice for a girl dog who loves to go on adventures with you. The word belle itself is French for “beautiful,” so Disney fans with a pretty little lady might consider Belle as a name for their new princess as well.
Got an especially athletic little guy on your hands? Bolt, the main character in the 2008 film Bolt, is a fun name for your new superdog. If your little guy loves to jump around and do zoomies, Bolt is a solid choice (especially for a white dog with interesting markings). Bolt is incredibly protective of and loyal to his human, Penny. He is willing to go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe, so Bolt is also a sweet choice for a pup who always has your back.
While Coco is a very popular choice of dog name for both boys and girls, Disney fans know that the name is far more special than that. The 2017 Disney-Pixar film Coco is a true celebration of Mexican culture. Mamá Coco is a kind-hearted old woman and the cherished great-grandmother of the film’s protagonist, Miguel. Coco would be a perfect choice if you are adopting a wise old senior girl or if you’ve just got a puppy you can tell has an old soul.
Copper, the hound from The Fox and the Hound, is a Bloodhound/Coonhound mix with a curious nature and a keen sense of smell. Copper would obviously make a great name for a Bloodhound (or any dog in the hound family), but it would also be fitting for any dog with a copper (or rust-colored) coat.
Dodger is the street-smart Jack Russell Terrier from Oliver & Company (1988) who befriends the tabby cat, Oliver. This is a great name for a dog who is clever and kind-hearted, and especially fitting if your pup is cat-friendly. Self-proclaimed Disney super-fan Chris Evans (aka Captain America) chose the name Dodger for the rescue pup he adopted while filming the movie Gifted. Evans met Dodger while filming a scene at a shelter, and it was love at first lick.
Is there a sweeter, more lovable pup than Dug from Up? Dug, the loyal and smiley Golden Retriever from this 2009 Disney-Pixar classic, is able to talk to his humans through a special collar. While all dog owners wish the translation collar was actually a thing, some dogs are chatty (even if we can’t speak their language!), and Dug is a great name for a dog who has a lot to say.
This iconic Disney heroine from Aladdin is a brave young princess with an independent spirit who was forced to live a sheltered and lonely life (until she meets Aladdin, of course). Disney fans might consider Jasmine as a name for their brave new rescue dog. What better way to show your new girl there is a whole new world waiting for her?
Lady, the Cocker Spaniel from Lady and the Tramp, is probably one of the most iconic dogs in movie history – and what Disney fan hasn’t tried the spaghetti trick with their significant other? Lady is a great name for a faithful, protective, and well-behaved girl dog, but be sure to keep an eye on her in case there are any Tramps wandering around…
While technically Stitch is more of the “dog” character in the 2002 Disney film Lilo & Stitch, Lilo is a great name for a girl dog with a boisterous, quirky personality. While Lilo often gets herself into trouble, at the end of the day, the most important thing to her is family. Naming your pup Lilo is a great way to welcome her into your ohana.
There is no Disney without Minnie Mouse. While Mickey tends to get more of the attention, Minnie is equally as iconic of a character. She is cheerful and affectionate and wants to bring happiness to those around her. Minnie makes a sweet name for a small girl dog with these traits, especially if your pup has big ears.
New-school Disney princess Moana (from the 2016 film of the same name) is chosen by the ocean to save her people. Moana would make a great name for any dog that loves the water – whether they’re a pro surf dog (yep, that’s a thing) or just a doggy who likes paddling in the family pool.
Mowgli, a young orphaned boy, is the main character in The Jungle Book. Having been raised by wolves, Mowgli is especially strong and fast, so this name is a fitting choice for a dog with great speed and agility, like a Border Collie, Whippet, or Siberian Husky.
Nala, the lioness from The Lion King, was clever and sassy as a cub, so this would make a great name for a puppy with these same qualities. In addition, there are some dogs that have lion-esque features, like Golden Retrievers, Chow Chows, and Tibetan Mastiffs, so Nala might suit a little lioness in one of these breed categories as well.
Nemo, the young clownfish from Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo, is an energetic young boy who gets separated from his overprotective father, Marlin, and must find his way home. If you are a helicopter dog parent like Marlin, Nemo might make a great name for your little boy. Nemo’s signature colors – orange with white stripes – also make it a fitting name for a breed with similar coloring, such as a Corgi, Beagle, Basenji, King Charles Spaniel, or Jack Russell (among others).
Newborn puppies look much more like pigs than the dogs they will grow up to be, so Piglet (from Winnie the Pooh) would make a great name for a newborn dog. With that signature curly tail, Piglet would also make a cute name for a Pug (with the added bonus that you could call your pup Pug-let).
Pongo is the father of the puppy brood in the Disney classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians. His personality is extremely playful and goofy, but he is also incredibly loyal to his owner, Roger. Pongo is obviously a great name for a Dalmatian pup, but could also be a fun name for any black-and-white dog (or just a goofy pup with a heart of gold).
Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, is one of the original Disney characters from the 1930s. His signature ears make Pluto a great name for floppy-eared pups like Basset Hounds and Bloodhounds. Disney fans who are also Classics nerds will also appreciate Pluto as the name of the Roman god of the underworld, and astronomy buffs might name their dog Pluto in memoriam of the OG planet downgraded to a dwarf in 2006.
Simba, the main character in The Lion King, would make a great name for a boy pup with an adventurous spirit (and would be especially pawesome if paired with a sister pup named Nala). And with a pup named Simba, how could any dog parent resist reenacting the classic Pride Rock scene and presenting your new pup to the world?
Tinkerbell from Peter Pan is a loveable little fairy with a feisty personality and a stubborn streak – and who doesn’t know a pup like that? In addition to being a great name for a little girl with lots of personality, Tinkerbell was also the name of Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, who was her best friend (and favorite accessory) when she appeared on The Simple Life.