Pit Bull Names: 250+ Creative Names for Pit Bulls

Pitbull Names Feature

So, you’ve just bought home your beautiful pit bull and you want to find the perfect pit bull name?

Our complete list of over 250 pit bull names will be sure to suit your pit bull breed whatever their gender or personality.

Despite their reputation in the media as one of the 10 most dangerous dogs, these wonderful family dogs are sweethearts and were previously named “Nanny Dogs” for their temperament and loving nature with children.

Whatever your pit bull’s temperament, appearance, gender or color this popular list will give you the top pit bull names.

Let’s have a look, did your pups name make the list?

Female Pit Bull Names

Female Pitbull Names

Ladies first! Female pit bull names in our opinion, should be independent, strong yet precious and beautiful.

Some are named after famous woman throughout history and others just sound too gorgeous to pass up.

Pit bulls aren’t as scary as some of them may look, so why not even try a softer sounding name? We’ve gathered some of our favorites below.

  • Adira – This one is Hebrew strong and powerful.
  • Alaska
  • Athena – from Greek mythology. Named after the Greek Goddess. Athena was a goddess of wisdom, courage and inspiration. Perfect for your strong and fearless canine
  • Aura
  • Aurora
  • Becs
  • Betsy – We see this name suiting a bouncy pit bull boxer mix
  • Blair
  • Chlo
  • Cleopatra – The last active female ruler of Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Known for her beautiful looks and getting whatever she wants, maybe like those cuddles you just can’t stop giving?
  • Dixie
  • Donna – Named after Donna Paulsen from Suits. Definitely a strong female character
  • Elle
  • Ellie
  • Fawn
  • Fortuna
  • Helena
  • Hera
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Katniss – Hunger Games
  • Khaleesi – Named after the Game of Thrones character. The Queen of Dragons. Perhaps, the Queen of your heart?
  • Lara (Lara Croft)
  • Latitha – Queen of Sass
  • Lexi
  • Moana
  • Mulan
  • Nova
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Prada
  • Raina
  • Roma
  • Roxy
  • Ruby – perfect for your beautiful red nose pit bull
  • Sass
  • Selena
  • Suri
  • Taya
  • Vada
  • Venus
  • Xena – The Warrior Pupcess!
  • Zara

Male Pit Bull Names

Male Pitbull Names

Now for the males, for a male you definitely want pit bull names which sounds “ruff” and tough.

Like female names, male pit bull names can also be based on heroic characters and strong, powerful men. Or, they may even be based on villains (if your pup has a naughty side).

Whichever you choose, we hope you like them…

  • Ali – After Muhammad Ali, a professional American boxer, nicknamed the Greatest due to his immaculate fighting skills
  • Archer
  • Archie
  • Axel
  • Boxer
  • Brawler
  • Bruce
  • Bruno
  • Brutus
  • Buddy
  • Chip
  • Chomp
  • Chopper
  • Cole
  • Dash
  • Ezra
  • Hank
  • Heath
  • Hercules – Named after the Roman hero and god. A bold and confident puppy will suit this name, maybe your American pit bull terrier?
  • Hulk
  • Hunter
  • Jax
  • Jet
  • Joe or Joey
  • Joker
  • Kai
  • Kane – a name built to suit the more relaxed dog (maybe an older dog) you recently got from the shelter?
  • Knox
  • Kobe – Named after Kobe Bryant, a famous American NBA player.
  • Kong
  • Leo
  • Loki
  • Mason
  • Maximus (Max for short)
  • Nixon
  • Obi
  • Otto
  • Ranger
  • Rover
  • Ryder
  • Zack
  • Zane
  • Zeus – The King of the Greek Gods. Zeus was the god of the sky and thunder. Let’s hope your puppy is a little more socialized and is used to the thunder

Badass Pit Bull Names

Powerful Pitbull

Pit bulls do have a bad name for themselves, even though this fact is very flawed, maybe you still want your dog to appear bad to the bone?

These badass pit bull names will fit the bill.

  • Alpha
  • Ammo – Short for ammunition. Definitely a badass name for your pup, and something a little different.
  • Aragorn
  • Beast
  • Blaze
  • James Bond. You cannot get more badass than that
  • Boomer
  • Caesar
  • Chino
  • Comet
  • Dozer
  • Drizzy
  • Duke
  • Foxy
  • Hannibal – Named after Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal character made famous in a series of novels and movies
  • Killer
  • Kingston
  • Nitro
  • Onyx
  • Rambo
  • Razor
  • Riker
  • Sarge
  • Sauron
  • Simba
  • Smith
  • Snape
  • Sniper
  • Snoop
  • Sparky
  • Spartacus
  • Spike
  • Thor
  • Titan
  • Titus
  • Traz – Short for Alcatraz. Alcatraz is an island which was world famous for their military and federal prisons which housed many of the world’s most notorious criminals
  • Tui
  • Tupac
  • Turbo
  • Venom
  • Viper
  • Vixen – A bad ass name for a badass female pup

Cool Pit Bull Names

Cool Pitbull Dog

A pit bull is definitely a cool breed. So why not get a name to match?

In this section, we have chosen some of our favorite sounding pit bull names which we believe will definitely suit any Pittie.

  • Ace
  • Amir – Amir means powerful in Hebrew. A very exotic twist but very cool sounding no doubt
  • Apollo – Named after Apollo 13. A near disaster for NASA
  • Bandit
  • Baxter – Try Bax for short
  • Blue
  • Bolt
  • Carter
  • Cash
  • Ceeloo
  • Cooper
  • Dash
  • Diesel
  • Dolce – As in Dolce and Gabbana. Perfect for your little tough madam
  • Eli
  • Elvis
  • Gabbana
  • Harley
  • Harper
  • Harvey
  • Ice
  • Levi
  • Lexus
  • Mowgli
  • Ozzy (Osbourne)
  • Phoenix – A cool, tough and beautiful name
  • Prince
  • Queen Bee – After Beyonce, who has millions and millions of fans so obviously pretty cool
  • Rebel
  • Richie – Named after Richie McCaw, a world famous New Zealand Rugby Player. Richie McCaw actually rejected knighthood by the Queen herself because he did not think he deserved it
  • Riva
  • Rocco
  • Romeo
  • Sage – Named after Sage the Gemini who literally has a song called “Red Nose” so we think this would only be fitting for a red nose pit bull
  • Slick
  • Trixie
  • Usher
  • Van
  • Xander
  • Zelda
  • Zen

Cute Pit Bull Names

Cute Pitbull Terrier
Pit bulls don’t always have to sound so tough!

Perhaps your pit bull is hard on the outside but a big softy on the inside? If that’s the case, these cute pit bull names will be perfect.

Try one of these cute and sweeter sounding names:

  • Alexa
  • Amos
  • Angel
  • Ava – A short and sweet name which is actually a variation of Eve meaning “bird”.
  • Bailey
  • Bear – Why? Because bears are cute
  • Bella
  • Boe – Perfect for a little male pit bull puppy who has stolen your heart
  • Bonbon
  • Bonnie
  • Bree – (Brie) too cheesy?
  • Bubba
  • Buffy
  • Cece
  • Coco
  • Estella
  • Eva
  • Fefe – Say it aloud. You know it’s cute
  • Gabby
  • Gia
  • Gigi – Named after Gigi Hadid
  • Honey
  • Indie
  • Ivory – Perfect for a white pit bull
  • Kiki – Do you love me? Made famous by Drake but this name is very cute nonetheless
  • Lily – Named after the flower. A delicate and sweet name is always very cute
  • Lulu
  • Mika
  • Molly (Mol)
  • Nala – Yes, from the lion king. A cute name for your gorgeous wee girl
  • Opal – Well suited for a blue nosed pit bull
  • Pogo
  • Pongo
  • Rosie
  • Sprout
  • Stella
  • Stitch – Named after Disney’s Stitch from Lilo and Stitch. Perfect for a blue nosed pit bull
  • Tara
  • Tiara
  • Toby
  • Toto – Named after Toto from the Wizard of Oz. A small dog so obviously very cute but who said pit bull’s couldn’t be just as cute?
  • Vienna
  • Viola
  • Yogi – Named after Yogi Bear
  • Zara
  • Zola
  • Zuzu

Best Pit Bull Names

Red Nose Pitbull Puppy

We know that narrowing down names for a pit bull can be hard!

The best and most popular pit bull names stick to originality.

This list has inspiration sourced from the most common dog names and are 100% guaranteed to impress due to their popularity.

  • Aether – The Greek God of Light, definitely suitable for a wee Pitty who makes your smile shine
  • Alastor
  • Alias
  • Angelica
  • Aprhodite
  • Ares – Named after The Greek God of War
  • Arnie
  • Ash
  • Asher
  • Atticus – A dominant name for your dominant pup.
  • Attila
  • Axl
  • Bec
  • Becks
  • Bella
  • Bones
  • Boris
  • Brawn
  • Brisk
  • Bruiser
  • Brun
  • Bud – Dogs are loyal and have been known as Man’s best friend for years!
  • Burt
  • Butch
  • Buzz
  • Cartel – A little bit of inspiration from the Mafia on this one
  • Chop
  • Cig
  • Coleson – Cole for short!
  • Damien
  • Damon
  • Doze
  • Ember
  • Enzo
  • Ernie
  • Ezio
  • Gage
  • Gator
  • Griff
  • Grimm
  • Gunner
  • Hooch – Hooch is one hell of a pooch
  • Hutch
  • Israel – Izzy for short
  • Jess – A beautiful female name which just rolls off the tongue making it perfect for training
  • Jezebel
  • Justice
  • Kala
  • Lucifer – Pit bulls are so loveable but all pups can be a little naughty!
  • Mack – A slick name for your gorgeous male canine.
  • Mathius
  • Mischa
  • Ness
  • Nicko
  • Nyx
  • Odin
  • Oregon
  • Pepper
  • Pepsi
  • Pero
  • Pistol
  • Pumice
  • Regs
  • Rex – A classic name, definitely can’t go wrong here
  • Rizzo
  • Rocky
  • Sensa
  • Spade
  • Stark
  • Starsky – Starsky and Hutch are the best duo
  • Stone – Well-fitting for a pit bull with beautiful gray fur
  • Sumo
  • Tank – With their robust and staunch bodies, this name is perfect
  • Tex
  • Tobi – Cuter spelling of Toby
  • Tori
  • Troop
  • Vic
  • Zed
  • Zee

Five Facts About Pit Bulls

American Pitbull Dog

Lastly, for those of you still struggling to find the perfect pit bull name, as a little treat, we have put together five interesting facts about the pit bull dog.

This will help to give you an insight into this spectacular and misunderstood dog.

1. The Pit Bull Is a Type of Dog (Not a Specific Breed)

The term pit bull technically covers a range of dog breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier

Pit bulls are descendants from Terriers and the Bulldog.

The term pit bull may refer to a range of different pedigree breeds (listed above), even some mixes, and the list just goes on.

2. They Were Initially Bred To Be Fighting Dogs

Luckily, the use of dogs for fighting has been outlawed.

The Terrier (a breed which is known to fear absolutely nothing) was bred with the English Bulldog (a breed renowned for their impressive strength) to give the pit bull.

This actually gave the pit bull a lot of negative stigma which still remains today

3. Pit Bull’s Were Known Nanny Dogs

The tables may have turned at some point in history, when the pit bull was known to be a nanny dog and was used widely as the perfect babysitter for children.

4. They Are Escape Artists

Although they appear a little stocky, they are a highly athletic breed and they are actually amazing fence climbers.

This is definitely an important fact for any soon-to-be pit bull owners in case they try and escape, you might want to look at strong dog crates.

5. Pit bull’s Do Not Actually Have “Locking Jaws”

Contrary to several claims, there is no physical locking ability in the pit bull’s jaw.

They do however have really strong jaws, but, not really any stronger than your average puppy.

Pitbull Names Feature


There you have it. Our favorite pit bull names to suit your misunderstood yet beautiful companion.

Notorious for being a bully breed, we know this isn’t true and these pit bull names are here to either set the record straight or simply just emphasis their personality.

Did you choose a female or male name?

Was it cool, badass or just plain cute? Let us know below! We would love to hear your favorite

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John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. Love the info however I have a question, which dog is best to keep indoors and also for protection male or female.

    • Hi Gloria, whilst many different dogs are used to guard, their behavior is rarely linked to gender. Most breeds are eager-to-please, therefore they will do what you ask of them. We view all breeds of dogs as pets.

  2. My bluenose is Doc Holliday (Doc for short) still a very uncommon name. The way I like it. My rednose is Maximus (Max for short) after Maximus the Gladiator

  3. My best pitbull baby is named Fattykins. His litter mates are named sisters and little feller. Their mommas name was mami for “little mami”. But as with most dogs names we just dont call them that “one” name. My fattykins and his momma have LOTS of names stemming from the main one.

  4. My Pit (girl) her name is Ciara, she the sweetest dog I ever met! She belonged to my son who passed away almost 6 yrs now. I’ve always asked him why do you always get pit bulls? But now I see why, if I wasn’t 67 yrs old, hey, I would get a pit puppy.

  5. Blue nose blue female Rifletta (3rd born)

    Red nose Blue fawn Beretta (9th born)

    They both have tints of Lilac

    Both sisters

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