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210 Dog Names Starting With N for Your Naughty Pup!

Written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Last Updated on May 29, 2024 by Dogster Team

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210 Dog Names Starting With N for Your Naughty Pup!

Dogs don’t get the nuances, meanings, and representations that we humans focus on when naming them. As long as they’re called the same thing consistently, they’ll learn their name and respond to it accordingly. However, things are not so simple for dog owners. We want our pup to have a name that sounds good, that is easy to say, and that means something to us in some way. For example, you may prefer a name that starts with an N for your doggy.

Fortunately, there are many great options out there! Here are 210 cool dog names starting with an N that might be right for your furry family member.


Tips for Naming Your New Dog

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It can be a bit overwhelming to choose a new name for a dog. You want to make sure it’s the perfect name that you won’t tire of as time goes on. Here are a few tips to ensure that the name that you choose is perfect:

  • Syllables Matter The more syllables your dog’s name has, the harder it will be to say and the harder it will be for them to understand when the name is being called out to them. Keeping your dog’s name to just one or two syllables will help ensure that the name rolls off your tongue and can easily be understood by your pup. This isn’t to say that you must limit yourself to simple names. Just make sure that the name is easy to say and that it works well in practice before making a commitment.
  • Uniqueness Is Key Your dog’s new name should be different from the names of other pets in the home and commands that you regularly communicate to them. If their name is something like, “Nay,” that can get confused with a command like “stay.” The same goes for pet names that sound too much like one another. The animals will get confused when they’re called.
  • Avoid the Negative Stuff Don’t use any names that have negative connotations. Although your dog won’t know it, humans will, and those connotations can come out in the tone of your voice. Your tone should always sound positive when you are using it to refer to or interact with your pup. Plus, you don’t want to disrespect them!
  • Choose a Name for Life Make sure whatever name you choose for your dog now is the name that you are willing to use for their whole life. A dog can adapt to a new name and even learn to respond to nicknames. However, their name becomes part of their identity, and they rely on it to interact with their human companions. Changing their name can confuse and reduce the sense of security that your dog feels as time goes on. Making sure the name that you choose now is one that you can see yourself using for your dog’s lifetime will minimize the chance of dealing with a name change later.


80 Male Dog Names Starting With N

Male canines come in all shapes and sizes, so there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the type of name that they should have. There are many funny, cute, cool, and sophisticated names that start with an N. Here are 80 fantastic options to consider:

  1. Nacho
  2. Nadir
  3. Nadger
  4. Nagido
  5. Nairen
  6. Namath
  7. Nami
  8. Nando
  9. Napier
  10. Napoleon
  11. Napper
  12. Narain
  13. Narwhal
  14. Nash
  15. Nasser
  16. Nathan
  17. National
  18. Natty
  19. Natwick
  20. Navi
  21. Naxos
  22. Neander
  23. Neck
  24. Neddy
  25. Neelio
  26. Neil
  27. Neko
  28. Nell
  29. Nelson
  30. Neo
  31. Neutron
  32. Neville
  33. Newport
  34. Newton
  35. Nex
  36. Next
  37. Nibbler
  38. Nickles
  39. Nico
  40. Nidio
  41. Nigan
  42. Nigel
  43. Niggs
  44. Nights
  45. Nike
  46. Nimbus
  47. Nine
  48. Nipper
  49. Nitro
  50. Nivins
  51. Nixon
  52. Noah
  53. Nofrills
  54. Nog
  55. Nolan
  56. Nomad
  57. Noodle
  58. Noose
  59. Norbert
  60. Norel
  61. Norik
  62. Norman
  63. Norris
  64. Norse
  65. Norvell
  66. Norway
  67. Nosy
  68. Nougat
  69. Nox
  70. Nugget
  71. Null
  72. Nuri
  73. Nusi
  74. Nutty
  75. Nuwo
  76. Nye
  77. Nymph
  78. Nyree
  79. Nytol
  80. Nyx


80 Female Dog Names Starting With N

There are just as many fun, interesting, and unique female dog names starting with an N as there are for males, and they tend to run off the tongue just a bit more sweetly. We present you with 80 names that may represent your girl perfectly:

  1. Naava
  2. Nadi
  3. Nadine
  4. Nadja
  5. Nahla
  6. Nala
  7. Nalla
  8. Nami
  9. Nana
  10. Nanami
  11. Nancy
  12. Nanny
  13. Naoki
  14. Naomi
  15. Napa
  16. Nara
  17. Narilla
  18. Narnia
  19. Nastese
  20. Natalie
  21. Natasa
  22. Naufa
  23. Nava
  24. Nayla
  25. Nebula
  26. Neela
  27. Nelia
  28. Nelka
  29. Nellie
  30. Nema
  31. Nenni
  32. Nephele
  33. Nereza
  34. Nerina
  35. Nessa
  36. Nessi
  37. Nessie
  38. Nestora
  39. Neta
  40. Neva
  41. Nex
  42. Nia
  43. Niamh
  44. Nieve
  45. Nika
  46. Nikita
  47. Nikki
  48. Nilda
  49. Nili
  50. Nilla
  51. Nim
  52. Ning
  53. Nippa
  54. Nita
  55. Nitra
  56. Nitty
  57. Nitzana
  58. Nivera
  59. Noalie
  60. Nobita
  61. Nobura
  62. Noe
  63. Noemi
  64. Nolana
  65. Noleen
  66. Nora
  67. Noreen
  68. Nori
  69. Norika
  70. Norma
  71. North
  72. Nostalgia
  73. Nova
  74. Novalis
  75. Novella
  76. Numa
  77. Nun
  78. Nurice
  79. Nutella
  80. Nymeria
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50 Unisex Dog Names Starting With N

Not everyone wants to give their dog a gender-specific name. Sometimes, a gender-neutral option is more fitting. Maybe your girl is a little rowdier than the typical female, or your male tends to be shy. Try one of these 50 unisex names that start with the letter N:

  1. Nabi
  2. Nabisco
  3. Nanters
  4. Nantes
  5. Nantucket
  6. Naples
  7. Narelle
  8. Narrator
  9. Nass
  10. Natural
  11. Navy
  12. Nazy
  13. Nectar
  14. Negus
  15. Nelk
  16. Nellbell
  17. Neon
  18. Nepal
  19. Nephros
  20. Nermal
  21. Nerus
  22. Nesbit
  23. Nest
  24. Nestle
  25. Neuron
  26. Newbury
  27. Niagara
  28. Niblick
  29. Niche
  30. Nickel
  31. Nicks
  32. Nifty
  33. Night
  34. Nightwing
  35. Nimitz
  36. Ninety
  37. Nintendo
  38. Niobe
  39. Nirvana
  40. Nissan
  41. Noray
  42. Notar
  43. Nothung
  44. November
  45. Nubbin
  46. Nubby
  47. Nudge
  48. Nunzie
  49. Nur
  50. Nurit


Ready to Name Your Pup?

Now that you have an arsenal of name ideas and tips to refer to, you’re ready to start trying out a few names to see how they roll off the tongue and whether your pup has any initial reactions. Spend time really thinking about each name you’re considering to make sure that it fits your dog’s personality and that it’s something that you’ll be comfortable using throughout the years.

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