Black is one of the most popular colors for dogs, so if you've got a new black pup in need of a name, check out this list of cool & clever ideas!
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There are so many breeds of dogs that come with black coats. From tiny Chihuahuas to massive Great Danes, from thick-coated Newfoundlands to glossy Labrador retrievers, black is one of the most common hair colors for dogs. If you've recently brought home a dark-coated pup, you may be looking for a black dog name to match.

Luckily, when you own a dog with black fur, you have many name options to choose from. For example, if you're a foodie, select a name that reflects rich, dark, delicious foods and drinks, such as Espresso, Cocoa, or Blackberry. For the literalists in the crowd, find inspiration from a list of dark, earthy, organic words like Coal, Midnight, and Nightfall. This list of unique naming options for black dogs has something for everyone.

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Female Black Dog Names

Whether your new pup fits a witchy name like Salem or a sweet name like Sadie, there's a perfect name for her personality.

  • Luna
  • Eva
  • Quinn
  • Bonnie
  • Pixie
  • Mae
  • Lola
  • Maude
  • Roxy
  • Piper
  • Jinx
  • Joan
  • Sadie
  • Kiki
  • Leia
  • Joy
  • Mack
  • Darcy
  • Izzy
  • Salem
  • Bailey
  • Lexi
  • Mandy
  • Josie
  • Harlow
  • Mora

Male Black Dog Names

Just bring home a bustling boy with a black coat? Try one of these names!

  • Flynn
  • Ivan
  • Jax
  • Jordan
  • Levi
  • Hunter
  • Louie
  • Lee
  • Brady
  • Murphy
  • Boots
  • Echo
  • Dash
  • Bullet
  • AJ
  • Donnie
  • Oslo
  • Benji
  • Milo
  • Calvin
  • Noah
  • Buzz
  • Cooper
  • Ollie
  • Duke
  • Zeus

Black Dog Names Inspired by Food & Cooking

You don't have to be a food connoisseur to give your new dog a name inspired by one of these dark delicacies.

  • Espresso
  • Roast
  • Burnt
  • Pepper
  • Grit
  • Smoke 
  • Caviar
  • Forge
  • Smelt
  • Blackberry
  • Berry
  • Blueberry 
  • Kettle
  • Guinness
  • Pepsi
  • Coke
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Mr. Pibb
  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Cola
  • Cocoa
  • Coca
  • Licorice
  • Cocoa Puff
  • Butler
  • Tuxedo
  • Tux
  • Bosco
  • Oreo
  • Chocolate
  • Anise
  • Hershey
  • Fudge
  • Godiva

Cool Black Dog Names Inspired by Organic Substances

Your dog deserves a moniker that's as cool as his sleek, black coat.

  • Ink
  • Inky
  • Cinder
  • Ash
  • Jet
  • Soot
  • Witch
  • Onyx
  • Ebony
  • Slate
  • Mica
  • Ore
  • Charcoal
  • Coal
  • Cosmos
  • Iron
  • Castiron 
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Hole
  • Magma
  • Lava
  • Stone
  • Obsidian
  • Lead
  • Carbon
  • Sooty
  • Mud
  • Muddy
  • Char
  • Ember
  • Diesel
  • Smudge
  • Oil
  • Metallica
  • Metal
  • Heavy Metal
  • Agate
  • Tar
  • Asphalt
  • Orion
  • Skye
  • Velvet
  • Satin
  • Diamond
  • Pearl
  • Graphite
  • Flint
  • Indigo
  • Slag
  • Pit
  • Steam
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Soil
  • Pitch
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Black Dog Names Inspired by Animals

Dogs aren't the only black animals around—look to a wild species for name inspiration!

  • Seal
  • Whale
  • Raven
  • Crow
  • Starling
  • Swan
  • Bear
  • Panther
  • Mamba
  • Angus
  • Wolf
  • Widow
  • Spider
  • Batman
  • Bat
  • Shamu
  • Beetle
  • Buffalo
  • Orka
  • Fawn
  • Panda
  • Jaguar
  • Stallion
  • Snake

Black Dog Names Inspired by Games

From dice to chess, these names are perfect for pups who will be cheering you on during game nights.

  • Blackjack
  • Domino
  • Eight Ball
  • Dice
  • Knight
  • Pawn
  • Checker
  • Spade
  • Ace
  • Spades
  • King
  • Queen
  • Chess
  • Shogi
  • Mancala
  • Scrabble
  • Stratego
  • Axis
  • Allies
  • Blokus
  • Boggle
  • Jenga
  • Dungeon
  • Dragon
  • Wordle

Black Dog Names Inspired by Weather, Climate, or Time

Your pup's dark coat could blend into the night, so give him a nature name to match!

  • Moon
  • Night
  • Nightfall
  • Dark
  • Midnight
  • Bluster
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Shady
  • Dusk
  • Storm/Stormy
  • Mist/Misty
  • Fog/Foggy
  • Bolt
  • Mountain
  • Nightshade
  • Funnel
  • Cloud
  • Twilight
  • Eclipse
  • Nocturne
  • Thunder
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Badass Black Dog Names Inspired by Dark Associations

Is your dog super mysterious? Give him a badass name to match.

  • Murk
  • Gloom
  • Doom
  • Enigma
  • Grim
  • Black Magic (nickname Magic)
  • Black Beauty (nickname Beauty)
  • Mystery
  • Shine
  • Gloss
  • Angst
  • Ink Spot (nickname Spot)
  • Spot
  • Stain
  • Phantom
  • Ghost
  • Goth
  • Poe (for Edgar Allen Poe)
  • Groucho
  • Darth Vader
  • Morticia
  • Voodoo
  • Arrow
  • Mascara
  • Ninja
  • Rebel
  • Badboy
  • Bad
  • Sabbath (after Black Sabbath)
  • Styx

Black Dog Names that Mean Black in Other Languages

OK, "Black" might not be a very original dog name, but these options in other languages could be a better fit!

  • Noir/Noire (French)
  • Svart (Norwegian)
  • Musta (Finnish)
  • Du (Welsh)
  • Pango (Maoria)
  • Beltza (Basque)
  • Kuro (Japanese)
  • Preta/Preto (Porteguese)