This list of clever, unique dog names will help you choose a name that’s as special as your pet.

By Kathy Barnes
August 24, 2020
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Your new dog is one-of-a-kind and full of personality. There’s no way you’d go with a common dog name like Molly, Max, Buddy, or Daisy. And the good news is: You don’t have to. There are plenty of unique dog names that no one else at doggy day care will share. 

You can find naming inspiration anywhere—a TV character, street name, a favorite city, the grocery store, or even the name of a new waxy crayon. 

Survey this list of unique girl and boy dog names. In addition to totally original ideas, you’ll find old-fashioned names not often used, pop culture references, and even college mascots. Let the naming fun begin!

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Unique Cute Dog Names 

  • Gumdrop
  • Sugar
  • Ladyfinger
  • Trixie
  • Pez
  • Bitsy
  • Smooch
  • Mr. Cuddles
  • Lolo
  • Fluffernut

Unique Dog Names for Your Fun-Loving Pet

  • Haha
  • Funny Girl
  • Slapstick
  • Joker
  • Goofy
  • Witty
  • Silly Boy
  • Humdinger
  • Jolly
  • Glug
  • Funko
  • Imma
  • Sneakers
  • Pop Up
  • Maisie
  • Lucky Cat
  • Spinnies

Unique Dog Names Based on Body Parts

  • Belly Rolls
  • Funny Bone
  • Freckles
  • Dimples
  • Peepers
  • Choppers
  • Noggin
  • Booty
  • Knuckles
  • Schnozzle

Unique Dog Names Based on Food

  • Slim Jim
  • Oreo
  • Hershey
  • Dunkin
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Dannon
  • Kellogg
  • Fanta
  • Wheaties
  • Kraft
  • Eggo

Unique Dog Names Inspired by Pop Culture

  • TikTok
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Syrko
  • Acorn
  • Trashtag
  • Karen
  • Hugs
  • Meme
  • Hopper
  • Gucci
  • Croc
  • Nike
  • Levi

Unique Dog Names Inspired by Cartoons

  • Squidward
  • Jughead
  • Anime
  • Gorillaz
  • T’Challa
  • Flapjack
  • Kenny
  • Marvel
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Unique Dog Names Inspired by Cool People

  • Millie (as in Bobby Brown)
  • Lucy McRae
  • Pharrell
  • Kanye
  • Beckham (Victoria or David)
  • Lizzo
  • Rihanna
  • Adele
  • Harrison (Ford)
  • De Niro (as in Robert)

Unique Dog Names Inspired by Characters and Shows

  • Kylo
  • Dobby
  • Thor
  • Nola Darling
  • Fleabag
  • SpaceX
  • Sherlock
  • Mr. Igelsias

Unique Dog Names Based on Politics

  • Justice
  • Biden
  • Bernie
  • Beto
  • Tulsi
  • Yang
  • Booker
  • Patriot
  • Jackie O
  • Liberty
  • Leader
  • Teddy
  • Franklin
  • MacArthur
  • Kennedy
  • Reagan
  • Obama
  • Truman
  • Honor

Unique Dog Names from College Mascots

  • Otto
  • Okra
  • Bevo
  • Big Red
  • Sparty
  • Brutus
  • Bucky
  • Ralphie
  • Keggy
  • HokieBird
  • Sooner Schooner
  • Herbie Husker
  • Hairy Dawg
  • Oski
  • Aubie           

Unique Male Dog Names with Vintage Flair

  • Walter
  • Harry
  • Albert
  • Fred
  • Roy
  • Elmer
  • Herman
  • Leonard
  • Kenneth
  • Robert
  • Winston
  • Bill
  • Charles
  • Joe
  • Dick
  • Harold
  • Steve
  • Willie
  • Herbert
  • Oscar

Vintage Girl Dog Names that Are Unique

  • Octavia
  • Betty
  • Dotty
  • Helen
  • Ruthie
  • Barbara
  • Doris
  • Shirley
  • Nancy
  • Joanie
  • Alice
  • Gladys
  • Edna
  • Frances
  • Annie
  • Bertha
  • Bessie
  • Stella
  • Mabel
  • Myrtle
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