While all dogs showcase their own version of cute, the most aww-inspiring require a name that ideally suits them. This list of cute dog names will make it easy to find the perfect one for your pet.

By Lola Augustine Brown
August 24, 2020
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The dachshund's small size and playful personality make her a favorite of children and adults alike.
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You know those lists of the year’s most popular dog names? During the late ’90s, my name—Molly—was, in fact, among the top 3 female dog names in English-speaking countries. A dubious honor, perhaps, but one that has inspired a fascination with dog naming trends over the years. 

Like everything, name trends evolve. So while there’s nothing wrong with naming your dog Molly—I’m personally rather attached to the name—choosing a name for your new puppy requires a level of originality, an adorable quality of its own, and of course a relationship with the cute dog itself. 

Of course you think your dog is adorable! That’s why your new dog requires a cute dog name. But there are other qualities that will help you find the perfect cutie-pie name. Is your girl dog cool-cute? Maybe she needs a name inspired by a female musician (we have some of those, below). Maybe your pooch is a cute small dog. Try something from our list of names inspired by cuddly animals or our list of names especially for tiny dogs. Sweet dog names get a little extra oomph in our list of sweet-and-salty names. And if your big dog needs a cute name, don’t miss the geography-inspired ideas we’ve compiled. 

Here's our collection of cute dog names to help you find the ideal designation for your cuddly friend.

Cute Dog Names that Celebrate Grandma

  • Mildred
  • Betty
  • Gertrude
  • Mimi
  • Winnie
  • Vivian
  • Trudy
  • Nancy
  • Phyllis
  • Blanch

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Places

  • Maui
  • Bali
  • Phoenix
  • Dallas
  • Orlando
  • Memphis
  • London
  • Nola
  • Paris
  • Dublin

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Nature

  • Petunia
  • Daisy
  • Flower
  • Clover
  • Rose/Rosie
  • Rainey
  • Meadow
  • Iris
  • Dahlia
  • Aster

Cute Dog Names Inspired Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Chives
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Nutmeg

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Sweet & Salty Snacks

  • Pretzel
  • Macaroon
  • Snickers
  • Twix
  • Clementine
  • Cookie
  • Nacho
  • Cheerio
  • Noodle
  • Raisin

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Cuddly Animals

  • Bear
  • Guinea
  • Birdie
  • Minnow
  • Bunny
  • Duckie
  • Goose
  • Bucky
  • Pups
  • Budgie (a type of parrot)

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Being Preppy

  • Buffy
  • Asher
  • Carlton
  • Trevor
  • Royce
  • Crosby
  • Macallister
  • Penn
  • Pierce
  • Blythe

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Gem Stones

  • Pearl
  • Opal
  • Topaz
  • Coral
  • Ruby
  • Amber
  • Druzy
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Citrine

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Animated Leading Ladies

  • Ursula
  • Fiona
  • Ariel
  • Moana
  • Anna
  • Merida
  • Elsa
  • Daphne
  • Belle/Bella
  • Anastasia

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Colors

  • Scarlett
  • Periwinkle
  • Indigo
  • Magenta
  • Sienna
  • Violet
  • Ebony
  • Ivory
  • Pinky
  • Blue

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Musicians

  • Beyonce
  • Rihanna
  • Gwen
  • Lady Gaga
  • Madonna
  • Halsey
  • Cyrus
  • Reba
  • Adele
  • Ariana
  • Lopez
  • Lizzo

Cute Male Dog Names Inspired by Music

  • Calypso
  • Drake
  • Finneas/Finn
  • Fernando
  • Jazz
  • Marley
  • Wolfgang
  • Dylan
  • Enrique
  • Huey
  • Sinatra

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Tiny Dogs

  • Buttons
  • Buttercup
  • Munchkin
  • Lillian
  • Dori
  • Pixie
  • Precious
  • Pippa
  • Tiny
  • Bitty

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Being Original

  • Bambi
  • Marnie
  • Penelope
  • Ophelia
  • Portia
  • Millie
  • Audrey
  • Persephone
  • Babs
  • Mable

Cute Dog Names Inspired by Southern Places 

  • Charlotte
  • Dixie
  • Georgia
  • Augusta
  • Knox
  • Magnolia
  • Presley
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Austin