Just get a girl dog? Give your new family member a name that truly suits her with one of these cute female dog names.

By Steve Parkinson
August 24, 2020
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As any dog owner can tell you, getting a furry new family member can be a rewarding and wonderful experience. Whether welcoming a new puppy from a family litter, or adopting a companion from a local shelter, the first step in new dog ownership—after finding your mutt mate—is picking a name that suits your new friend.

Finding the right inspiration can be tricky, but it can come from anywhere. Take my own dog’s name. Energetic and friendly since he was a puppy, I felt the name Strummer fit his upbeat personality (as well as paying homage to the lead singer of one of my favorite bands). Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and experiment with some names that capture the spirit and personality of your canine.

You could take your naming inspiration from a dozen places—a favorite movie character, a Disney princess, even a color from your kid’s box of crayons—but why not start by playing the alphabet game to get your creative juices flowing? This list is packed with great female dog names for every letter of the alphabet!

Girl dog names that start with A

  • Adele
  • Addie
  • Amber
  • Alexis
  • Aspen
  • Atari
  • Anna
  • Allie
  • Abby
  • Ariel

Girl dog names that start with B

  • Bambi
  • Billie
  • Birdie
  • Blossom
  • Brooklyn
  • Bailey
  • Biscuit
  • Bonnie
  • Bella

Girl dog names that start with C

  • Carmella
  • Casey
  • Cherry
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cora
  • Cookie
  • Canyon
  • Cricket
  • Clover

Girl dog names that start with D

  • Daisy
  • Demi
  • Diva 
  • Dora
  • Dottie
  • Duchess
  • Dixie
  • Dakota

Girl dog names that start with E

  • Edie 
  • Eden
  • Elana
  • Ella
  • Elsa
  • Egypt
  • Emmy
  • Elsie
  • Emiko
  • Ember

Girl dog names that start with F

  • Fantasia
  • Faye
  • Flora 
  • Fifi
  • Freckles
  • Frida
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Girl dog names that start with G

  • Gidget
  • Gabby
  • Georgia 
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Gretel
  • Gypsy
  • Gia
  • Gigi

Girl dog names that start with H

  • Haley 
  • Haven
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Hope
  • Hazel
  • Harley
  • Heaven

Girl dog names that start with I

  • Ibeza
  • India
  • Indie
  • Ireland
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Ivory
  • Indigo
  • Ink

Girl dog names that start with J

  • Jamie
  • Jersey
  • Jessie
  • Jolene
  • Josie
  • Juno
  • Jasmine
  • Jada
  • Jennifer

Girl dog names that start with K

  • Kahlua
  • Kallie 
  • Karma 
  • Kayla 
  • Kelsey
  • Kenya
  • Kimono
  • Koko
  • Kiki
  • Kiwi
  • Kinley

Girl dog names that start with L

  • Luna
  • Lacy
  • Layla
  • Lexi Liberty
  • Lily
  • Lizzy
  • Lola 
  • London 
  • Lady
  • Laika

Girl dog names that start with M

  • Mabel
  • Mackenzie
  • Macy
  • Maggie
  • Mckenna
  • Mika
  • Minnie
  • Mocha
  • Moxie
  • Moki
  • Muppet

Girl dog names that start with N

  • Natasha
  • Natoya
  • Navi
  • Nikki
  • Nina
  • Nola
  • Nori
  • Nova
  • Nikita

Girl dog names that start with O

  • Ocean
  • Oki
  • Olive
  • Oprah
  • Oreo
  • Oxana
  • Opal
  • Onyx

Girl dog names that start with P

  • Paige
  • Payton
  • Pebbles
  • Penny 
  • Pepper
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Pumpkin
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Parsley
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Girl dog names that start with Q

  • Qamra
  • Queenie
  • Quinn
  • Quitara
  • Quizzie
  • Quigley
  • Quartney
  • Qunita

Girl dog names that start with R

  • Raven
  • Riley
  • Rita
  • River
  • Rosie
  • Roxie
  • Rylie
  • Ritzy
  • Ruby
  • Raina
  • Rivka
  • Raisin
  • Rosemary

Girl dog names that start with S

  • Saffron
  • Sandy
  • Sasha
  • Scarlet
  • Shadow
  • Shelby
  • Sierra
  • Skye 
  • Stella
  • Suki
  • Sydney
  • Seven
  • Sally

Girl dog names that start with T

  • Tabitha
  • Tootsie
  • Trixie
  • Trudy
  • Twinkie
  • Tessa
  • Tatum
  • Tori
  • Tina
  • Tilly
  • Tenley
  • Tamara

Girl dog names that start with U

  • Ursula
  • Uinta
  • Unity
  • Utah
  • Una
  • Utopia

Girl dog names that start with V

  • Venus
  • Vera
  • Vicky
  • Viper
  • Violet
  • Vixen
  • Vespa
  • Valor

Girl dog names that start with W

  • Wanda
  • Waynoka
  • Westlyn
  • Whisper
  • Winnie
  • Willow
  • Winter
  • Willa
  • Winona

Girl dog names that start with X

  • Xandra 
  • Xanti 
  • Xena
  • Xiadani
  • Xella

Girl dog names that start with Y

  • Yara
  • Yasmin
  • Yellow
  • Yeska
  • Yola
  • Yosemite
  • Yumi
  • Yuba
  • Yoko
  • Yeardley

Girl dog names that start with Z

  • Zara
  • Zadie
  • Zena
  • Zipper
  • Zola
  • Zuri
  • Zoe
  • Zelda

Dog-Naming Tips

  • Short, one or two syllable names are more recognized by dogs, so while Penelope certainly sounds elegant and refined, you may find yourself calling her Penny more often than not. Repeated sounds like the syllable combinations in Koko or Kiki are very easily understood by dogs so they may learn their names faster and respond when called. Experts recommend using consistency to maximize training and responsiveness from your dog, so choose a name you don’t need to shorten.
  • Avoid choosing a name that sounds too similar to another family members’ name. Tilly sounds an awful lot like Lilly and can lead to confusion on the dog’s part and your daughter’s. (“You want me to do what, Mom?!”) 
  • Also avoid using names that sound too similar to commands. Britt, Fay, and Gretch obviously might confuse your dog. (Ok, please don’t name your dog Gretch.)
  • Let your dog’s unique physical characteristics guide your naming choice. If your dog looks like she has a unibrow, Frida (Khalo) would be a funny dog name. Sometimes the obvious choice is the color of her coat. Ivory for a fair-furred pooch or Ink for one as black as night. If your dog is long, slender and graceful, consider Moki, a Native American word meaning “deer.” Have a floppy- eared mutt? Think literally and go with Muppet. Taking a good long look at your new pet can guide your decision.
  • It’s always interesting to see how popular TV shows or movies can make never-before-considered names incredibly cool. I admit that my love of the show “Stranger Things,” would make me consider Seven as a name for a female dog. (For the record, Seinfeld’s George Costanza was way ahead of the curve; he wanted to name his firstborn Seven after Mickey Mantle’s jersey number.) Other popular female dog names inspired by pop culture characters include Bella (Twilight) and Luna (Harry Potter). 

Whichever name you choose, make sure you embrace your dog’s personality and choose something as beautiful as she is. After all, she’ll come running to give you kisses every time she hears it for years to come!