Dog and puppy name ideas for 2023

Different dogs with name ideas: Milo, Buffy, Celeste, Boney M, Chai

Not sure what to name your new puppy? No woz – here are 101 bone-afide dog names to get the creative juices flowing. Sign that pet insurance certificate with pride!

Alternatively, follow the pack with some of the most popular pet names.

Classic Aussie mates and sheilas

These doggos are true blue Aussies, whether it’s stealing snags at the Bunnings Sizzle, digging holes at the beach on Christmas, or just generally acting like a galah. Here are some fair-dinkum Australian dog names.

Rover, Digger, Milo, Boomer(ang), Opal, Fly, Barbie, Bondi, Oz, Bendigo

Celestial doggos

Pups…in…spaaaaaace! If spending time with your dog is heaven, here are a few celestial dog names conjuring visions of the stars. (Maybe take them stargazing with you, too).

Cosmo, Estella, Venus, Celeste, Rocket, Luna, Eclipse, Leo, Galileo, Mercury

Cottagecore canines

#Aesthetic. These pups are right at home in the wilderness, sniffing among the flowers, lying in the sun, or a witchy cottage on the hill. Wander among a meadow of cottagecore dog names.

Tulip, Basil, Blossom, River, Petunia, Witchy, Mason, Lilly (pilly), Willow, Eden

Sci-fi and fantasy dog names

Was that the doorbell? No, it was the call to adventure, and these space-faring, sword-wielding pups are keen to answer.

Wanda, Ripley, Chewy, Atreides, Marvel, Katara, Thor, Ciri, Buttercup, Buffy

Punny pupperonis

Sink your teeth into these barking mad, sirius-ly punny pup names.

Van Howlin', Puppet, Pupperoni, Boney M, Snarls Barkley, Jimmy Chew, Muttzart, Peter Barker, Doja Cat, Grand Admiral Pawn

Musical mutts

You know those dogs on TikTok who can howl Amazing Grace? That’s these good boys and girls. Here are some dog name ideas for the musical mutts!

Jazz, Grace, Rock, Choral, Vox, Elvis, Adele, Beethoven, Fleetwood Mac, Gambino

Foodies & baristas

Let’s face it, most dogs are seriously food-motivated. But if they love to have a good cuppa with you in the arvo, or dig a cultured slice of cuisine, these dog names should be first on your menu.

Brewster, Pumpkin, Mango, Sugar, Latte, Miso, Pepper, Chai, Earl, Cuppa

Cutesy babies

Sometimes we just wanna hug and squish and cuddle our darling lil’ babies. If your puppy makes your heart go, “Squee!”, give them a cute name to match.

Darling, Baby, Lovie, Cutiepie, Angel, Honey, Pixie, Twinkle, Foxy, Lol

Literary pooches

For the well-read and intellectual pooches keen to join the local book club.

Woolf, Baldwin, Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, Ulysses, Tolstoy, Keats, Scout, Fitzgerald

Baddest good dogs

Maybe they’ve done time in the local kennel. Maybe they’re as big as a small horse. Maybe they ride shotgun in your two-seater motorbike. No matter what, these dogs roll as part of your crew, and they deserve a name as tough and loyal as they are.

Rex, Tank, Bear, Ursa, Diesel, Butch, Storm, Arnie, Zeus, Queen

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