The A-Z of Puppy Names (300+ Unique, Popular & Cute Names for Puppies)

Puppy Names

If you’re bringing a new puppy into your home, you are probably trying to come up with perfect puppy names for him.

Many people, when asked what the cutest and most popular pet is, will say a puppy.

Who doesn’t love puppies?!

They are tiny and lovable, it is no wonder that in 2017, some 89.7 million dogs were owned in the US.

With all of their cuteness and tiny loveable faces, they deserve a cute puppy name.

In this article, we are going to share with you the most popular, cutest and sweetest names for puppies.

Best Puppy Names

  • Sparrow – not only a super adorable name, but its namesake is a small and adorable creature! It would be perfect to name your puppy after a cute animal.
  • Mila – made famous by Mila Kunis, it is a Slavic name meaning ‘gracious, dear’.
  • Keikilani – this absolutely gorgeous and unique name is of Hawaiian origin and it mean’s ‘heaven’s child’.
  • Padfoot – Alias of Harry Potter’s Sirius Black.
  • Cupcake – This sweet and adorable name is perfect for puppies. Just like cupcakes are baby versions of cakes, puppies are baby dogs!
  • Rufus – a classic English name meaning ‘red-haired’, so it is the best name for a ginger puppy.

Top Puppy Names

Top 10 Most Popular Puppy Names

A lot of people like to go for a puppy name that has been tried and tested, and definitely works for a puppy.

If this sounds like you, then look below for the most popular puppy names of 2019 so far:

  1. Emma
  2. Indigo
  3. Olivia
  4. Alexa
  5. Bruiser
  6. Kayla
  7. Benjamin
  8. Mason
  9. Mia
  10. Meghan

Some More Popular Puppy Names

You can look at famous puppies for inspiration, or the pets of the rich and famous!

Good Puppy Names

Cute Puppy Names

Cute Puppy Names

It is only natural that you want your puppy’s name to be as adorable and cute as possible.

There are plenty of ways to make sure their name is as lovable as their personality. One way to find a cute name for a puppy is to use food names – especially names of sweet things like candy and fruit.

e.g. Peach is perfect for a fuzzy pup

If you love the animal kingdom, why not find inspiration from other adorable animals?

Cute Puppy Names
Peach OrangeLemon
BunnyCutie-Pie Mango
Chick EvelynCookieTwinkle

Male Puppy Names

Male Dog

If you’re bringing home a male puppy, then there’s no doubt you’re thinking hard about puppy names.

A good place to find inspiration is to use names that are equally great for baby humans and baby dogs, such as short classic names or names of royalty.

We also recommend using names that are traditionally masculine or represent masculine values; such as names of predator animals.

If you are really stuck, you can also take inspiration from the traits of your puppy, such as their temperament or cute personality.

  • Vincent
  • Rocky – A very masculine nature name
  • Maxwell
  • Kane
  • Bracken
  • Paulo
  • Forrest – Great for outdoorsy dogs
  • Kevin
  • Puma
  • Ollie
  • Maximus – This puppy name is cute and ironic for smaller dogs
  • Mint
  • Jake
  • Clay
  • Javier
  • Hunter – Cute for hunting dog puppies
  • Luka
  • Sirius
  • Thorn
  • Pedro
  • Eagle
  • Nile – The longest river in the world, a great name
  • Richie
  • Ash
  • Hans – Great for fairy ‘tail’ lovers
  • Oakley
  • Milo
  • Orion – The hunter constellation
  • Greg
  • Liam
  • Charlie
  • Flynt
  • Ezekiel
  • Alex
  • Grizzly – The name of a bear and a cute dog name
  • Austin
  • Maddox
  • Simon
  • Kai
  • Cody
  • River – This masculine name is great for water-loving dogs
  • Jack
  • Damion
  • Cash
  • Atlas
  • Oscar
  • Spike – A very cute punky dog name
  • Coyote
  • Ryker
  • Dylan
  • Vale
  • Thomas
  • Duke – A very masculine authoritative name
  • Linden
  • Frankie
  • Basil
  • Xander
  • Sage – A herb name, and it means wise
  • Lucas
  • Boxer – Cute puppy name for a strong dog
  • Gilbert

Female Puppy Names

Female Dog

If you’re bringing home a beautiful baby girl puppy, then look no further for name inspiration.

Lots of people like to choose feminine names for their new girl puppy, especially names inspired by flowers or water due to their association with beauty.

Your puppy is your princess, so why not use puppy names that represent her regal beauty and her importance?

We also love names that are taken from literature or film – why not use your favorite book as inspiration?

Take a look at this list to find the perfect name for your little lady:

  • Poppy
  • Princess
  • Jasmine
  • Turquoise – This is perfect puppy name for a blue-eyed puppy
  • Queenie
  • Ivy
  • Charlotte – The name of the young princess
  • Goldie
  • Marigold
  • Dorothy
  • Luna
  • Lavender – A soft feminine name
  • Isla
  • Splash – Ideal if your dog loves to swim
  • Heather
  • Thea
  • Opal
  • Petal – This name is very cute and floral
  • Willow
  • Hattie
  • Lola
  • Rita – Comes from the Italian word for daisy
  • Iridium
  • Duchess
  • Louisa
  • Dodie
  • Harriet
  • Brooke
  • Platinum – Perfect for a puppy with expensive tastes
  • Dove
  • Flower
  • Dolly – Ideal name for a tiny puppy who loves to play
  • Leaf
  • Sally
  • Sarah – Means ‘lady, princess’ in Hebrew
  • Blossom
  • Leah
  • Missy
  • Daisy
  • Alice – From Alice in Wonderland
  • Lilac
  • Agnes
  • Scarlett
  • Ariel
  • Elsa – The name of a famous Disney queen
  • Ocean
  • Primrose
  • Dory
  • Sunflower – Perfect for puppies that will grow into a tall dog
  • Melissa
  • Aqua
  • Rose
  • Elizabeth – The name of the Queen of England
  • Beauty
  • April

Best Puppy Names

Best Puppy Names

It is difficult to decide which names are truly the best with hundreds and thousands to choose from.

One way to choose the best puppy name is to look at the physical traits of your dog.

There are also some names that are just perfect for puppies of all shapes and sizes that have been used for puppies worldwide!

When choosing a puppy name, you can also look at names that are connected to victory and authority – to make sure your puppy’s name is literally the best!

Have a look at this list to find some creative inspiration:

  • Champ – For a winning dog
  • Beast
  • Pearl – Best name for a white haired puppy
  • Medal
  • Apollo – Greek God of archery
  • Victoria
  • Zeus – Greek God of the sky
  • Woofer
  • Fuzz – For short haired puppies
  • Jaya – Hindu name meaning ‘victorious’
  • Fluffy
  • Joy – For happy dogs
  • Slobber – Some puppies love to give kisses
  • Curly
  • Toothy
  • Sprinter – Perfect for a speedy pup
  • Tiny
  • Star
  • Nayla – Arabic name meaning ‘a winner’
  • Chomper
  • Bear – For the puppy that is larger than life
  • Barkley
  • Jowls
  • Bigfoot – Perfect if your puppy has big paws
  • Fido
  • Oreo – Perfect for black and white dogs
  • Peanut
  • Prince – For the regal pup
  • Smokey
  • Nigel – This Gaelic name means ‘victor’
  • Rex
  • Pupper
  • Growler – A great puppy name if his bark is worse than his bite
  • Bo
  • Jaws
  • Muscles
  • Ziggy
  • Captain – Great for dogs with authority
  • Zoomer
  • Fisher – Amazing name for water-lovers
  • Chase

Unique Puppy Names

Unique Puppy Names

Some people want their puppy’s name to be truly against the grain and individual.

If this sounds like you, then we have the perfect list for you to look at for some inspiration.

To make a name truly unique, you can go for names that are personal to you, such as names of childhood heroes or favorite video game characters.

We also recommend going for puppy names with an unusual or alternative spelling, giving the name a creative twist.

Another way to find unique names is to look at names from other cultures that stand out as cool and unusual.

  • Agata
  • Lili
  • Link
  • Matias – Portuguese name meaning ‘gift of God’
  • Luigi
  • Avah
  • Antonio
  • Camryn
  • Ganondorf
  • Akira – Japanese name meaning ‘bright, clear dawn’
  • Armondo
  • Laila
  • Carmen
  • Sonic
  • PacMan – Perfect if your dog loves to eat
  • Rubee
  • Estella
  • Tetris
  • Charley
  • Rini – Japanese name meaning ‘little bunny’
  • Diego
  • Raphael
  • Jacques
  • Vicente – Chilean name meaning ‘conquer’
  • Esmeralda
  • Osiris
  • Rosita
  • Alika
  • Thibault – French name meaning ‘courageous’
  • Rori
  • Megaman
  • Alani – Hawaiian name meaning ‘orange tree’
  • Kahoni
  • Ramses – The name of the Egyptian sun God
  • Freddy
  • Felixa
  • Agustin – Spanish name meaning ‘great’
  • Kirby
  • Harleigh
  • Horacio
  • Zelda – Main character in ‘Legend of Zelda’
  • Jakob
  • Joaquin
  • Yoshi
  • Lucien – French name meaning ‘light’
  • Henri
  • Aloha
  • Sofia – Means ‘wisdom, skill’
  • Tomas


If you are bringing home a little puppy very soon, hopefully our list of 300 puppy names has been helpful!

Remember to think carefully about your choice, and use our categories as a guideline to help you pick the very best name.

Whether you go for a dog name that is super popular, or amazingly unique, we are sure your new puppy will absolutely love it!

If you have used one of the names in this list, make sure to let us know. Also, we love hearing your suggestions for new names, so be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts below!

About John Woods 299 Articles
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.

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