Have you ever been to a dog park and discover there are 3 or more dogs that all have the same name? I have. If I meet one more dog named Luna, I am going to loose all hope in peoples creative abilities!
Yes it is a beautiful name, and we all want something that both sounds nice and is fitting to our dogs physical appearance and personality. But above all that, we want something that is at least somewhat unique.
That is not always an easy thing to do. Having recently gotten a new puppy and spending countless hours looking through lists of dog names online, what we found is that each list seems to have just copied the previous one, they were all the same! (And Luna was at the top of several of them).
Naming is an act or poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives.Sir Richard Ryre
We have taken a different approach, each name in our list we have come up with on our own, and in fact we have gone through and removed any that existed on previous lists. In short, if you see a name here, you can be certain it is truly unique.
We hope you can find the perfect unique name here, but if not, well at least we got your creative juices flowing. Lets get creative, no more naming our puppies Rex, Cooper, Fred or Bella, Lucy and Bailey.
How To Find A Unique Dog Name Yourself
Didn’t find a name that truly spoke to you in our list? Don’t worry we are not offended, we know how difficult it is. In the many weeks it took us to develop this list, we developed quite the knack for it. We found it helpful to draw names form certain categories. The most useful of which were:
All dogs love food, so it makes sense that naming them after foods seems to work so well. If the food scrap your puppy seems to love the most is beans then “Bean” or “Beans” will likely be a great unique name.
Cities And Towns:
Be is the town where your pup was rescued from or the place where your dogs breed stems from, cities and towns either make great names or give you great ideas. My first dog was rescued from Pawtucket Road Island and we called him Tucker.
Many of the most overused dog names today were created from the love languages, Italian, French and Spanish e.g. Bella, Mignon. Pina. But it’s rare to see names derived from Japanese, Korean or Russian. We had a Russian Blue Cat called Peschka (pronounced pesh-ka) many years ago and most people found it intriguing enough to ask us about it.
This is further down the list because it is often over used. But the problem is that Disney writer do such a magnificent job of choosing character names and we as viewers attached heart felt meaning to them. If you are able to deviate far enough from the main characters it can work though, not many people remember the dogs Pepe and Daisy from Secret Life Of Pets.
We have snuck a few of these into our list, we were able to do so while maintaining uniqueness by picking lesser known athletes. The local football or hockey team are great sources, both first and last name work. We like sports because it allows us to use attributes of the dog that it has in common with an athlete. Is your dog really fast, Usain or Bolt (Usain Bolt, runner), Ayrton Or Senna (Ayrton Senna, F1 driver) would make great names.
Brands do a lot of research into what to name their products, so we tend to like the sound of a lot of them. Alexa, Siri, Seiko all sound fantastic to me. though be aware if you name your dog Alexa, it will drive your Amazon device mantal.
If your looking for something truly unique you may find you have to avoid this all together or at least the big names like Hendrix and Bowie, these are heavily overused. I know, I know we have Beyonce on our list. But in all my years working with dogs and among the thousands of instagram followers who answer our “what is your dogs name” question we didn’t hear it once!
Naming a dog should be fun and though you may feel pressured to come up with a name that is perfect right off the bat, unlike with children, switch out your dogs name after a few weeks is common, and a very acceptable action, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
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