Just get a girl dog? Give your new family member a name that truly suits her with one of these cute female dog names.
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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 you're 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. The lead singer in your favorite band might be a great name for an energetic and friendly pup. Or for a new dog who loves snacks, you might find inspiration from your own favorite foods. 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

  • Abby
  • 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
  • Becky

Girl Dog Names that Start with C

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with D

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with E

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with F

  • Fantasia
  • Faye
  • Flora 
  • Fifi
  • Freckles
  • Frida
  • Fiona
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Girl Dog Names that Start with G

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with H

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with I

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with J

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with K

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with L

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with M

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with N

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with O

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with P

  • Paige
  • Payton
  • Pebbles
  • Penny 
  • Pepper
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Pumpkin
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Parsley
  • Pipsqueak
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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
  • Risa

Girl Dog Names that Start with S

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with T

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with U

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with V

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

Girl Dog Names that Start with W

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

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
  • Yuliana

Girl dog names that start with Z

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

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 behavior cues. 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.
  • Behavior can be another inspiring place to find your dog's new name. Is your dog a real clown? A funny dog name might capture her spirit. Or maybe a royal name is a better fit for your dog who thinks they're king of the castle.
  • It's always interesting to see how popular TV shows or movies can make never-before-considered names incredibly cool. Before Frozen, we'll bet that Elsa wasn't on the radar for many pet parents. 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!