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300+ Human Names for Dogs: Familiar Ideas for New Companions

Written by: Sarah Psaradelis

Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by Dogster Team

Human Names for Dog

300+ Human Names for Dogs: Familiar Ideas for New Companions

One of the first tasks when we bring a new dog home is to name them. Their name will be with them for the rest of their life, so it’s important to choose one that fits them best. Sometimes, a human name seems to be the best choice for your canine. Although there are various categories of dog names, human names remain top picks. Below, we have 300+ human names to help you name your new pup!

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Tips on Choosing the Perfect Dog Name

Choosing a “pawfect” name for your dog can be challenging, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Determining which name might be a good choice for your new dog is difficult, and you probably haven’t spent much time with them yet. You might have had a couple of names in your head, only to find that they don’t suit your new friend.

Here are tips to get you started:
  • Spend a few days watching their behavior and observing their traits. Get to know your dog better before rushing to name them. This lets you determine whether your dog is more playful, silly, affectionate, clingy, or brave. Some names can describe your pet’s traits better than others.
  • Compile a list of your top name choices, and ask friends and family to rate them. The one with the highest rating is likely the best choice for your new dog.
  • Try using your top five favorite names for your new dog when calling or talking to them, and see which one sticks the most.
  • Place your top name choices on pieces of cardboard with treats behind them, and let your dog sniff them out. The first one your dog goes to can be their new name, and they will have chosen it themselves!

Now, let’s dive into the various human names that can be used for dogs.

Unisex Human Names for Dogs

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The following gender-neutral human names are perfect for male and female dogs.

  • Alex
  • Bailey
  • Angel
  • Rory
  • Harper
  • Jordan
  • Terry
  • Payton
  • Sage
  • Riley
  • Huxley
  • Payton
  • Dakota
  • Robin
  • Morgan
  • Lesley
  • Sky
  • Kirby
  • River
  • Clover
  • Hunter
  • Ginger
  • Shelby
  • Jamie
  • Reese
  • Phoebe
  • Spencer
  • Blaine
  • Norris
  • Oliver

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Female Human Dog Names

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Female dogs are independent, playful, loving, and, most importantly, loyal. Finding a feminine-sounding human name for your female dog could be the right match. Some names are diva-like, while others are relatively simple.

  • Skyler
  • Cheyenne
  • Tatum
  • Kathryn
  • Chloe
  • Amara
  • Addison
  • Lucy
  • Aubrey
  • Koko
  • Zillah
  • Jade
  • Aaliyah
  • Joan
  • Karolina
  • Lily grace
  • Kate
  • Fatema
  • Sofia
  • Hannah
  • Ruth
  • Gabriella
  • Ciara
  • Tori
  • Antoinette
  • Zoey
  • Kimberly
  • Sarabi
  • Celeste
  • Precious
  • Layla
  • Katelyn
  • Whitney
  • Anna
  • Kerry
  • Angelica
  • Rene
  • Olivia
  • Hailey
  • Katrina
  • Judy
  • Artemis
  • Dhana
  • Zola
  • Linda
  • Willow
  • Taylor
  • Amelia Rose
  • Faith
  • Erin
  • Ariana
  • Rosalie
  • Kelsey
  • Kara
  • Susan
  • Lexi
  • Erica
  • Nikhita
  • Jennifer/Jenny
  • Martyna
  • Corina
  • Angela
  • Keiko
  • Halsey
  • Naomi
  • Pamela
  • Matilda
  • Sidney
  • Maya
  • Imogen
  • Ariana
  • Mariska
  • Daniella
  • Holly
  • Sandra
  • Aspen
  • Ruby
  • Madelyn
  • Florence
  • Bella
  • Selena
  • Tania
  • Xena
  • Rebecca
  • Bonny

Male Human Dog Names

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Masculine names can be fitting for many male dogs. Although male dogs can be tough and fearless, they are usually cuddlier and more playful than anything else. So, why not choose a human name for boys that can also work for a male dog?

  • Bensen
  • Toby
  • Felix
  • Rick
  • Finley
  • Elliot
  • Sony
  • Tharindu
  • Joey
  • Paul
  • Mathew
  • Hirato
  • Akira
  • Ruben
  • Austin
  • Davu
  • George
  • Adrian
  • Justin
  • Patrick
  • Robbie
  • Andie
  • Samiah
  • Carson
  • Zach
  • Shane
  • Gregory
  • Luis
  • Connor
  • Luke
  • Emery
  • Troy
  • Clark
  • Sheldon
  • Tom/Tommy
  • Emerson
  • Hayden
  • Jose
  • Benjamin/Ben
  • Christopher
  • David
  • Lennon
  • Yuca
  • Mark
  • Maxwell
  • Jaxon
  • Ethan
  • Shawn
  • Ayami
  • Jacob
  • Winston
  • Zeus
  • Lorcan
  • Mathias
  • Santiago
  • Xipho
  • Maddox
  • Dale
  • Quinn
  • Marley
  • Johnathan
  • Coby
  • Carlisle
  • Aiden
  • Oscar
  • Nathan
  • Renaldo
  • Adam
  • Luther
  • Klaus
  • Nathen
  • Jackson/Jack
  • Frank
  • Liam
  • Thomas
  • Michael
  • Noah
  • Elijah

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Cool Human Names for Dogs

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Many dog owners will admit that their pets are undoubtedly cooler than them! A cool-sounding human name can be a good choice for your new pet.

  • Ajax
  • Nadia
  • Berry
  • Kristian
  • Echo
  • Samuel
  • Gaston
  • Blake
  • Stephanie
  • Trista
  • Ausha
  • Vienna
  • Kayla
  • Yuka
  • Octavia
  • Brynne
  • Tristen
  • Annalise
  • Fern
  • Hazel
  • Sebastian
  • Theo
  • Rafi
  • Mirabel
  • Danica
  • Marten
  • Chaya
  • Finn
  • Marco
  • Dean
  • Angus
  • Remy
  • Sullivan
  • Tucker
  • Atticus
  • Jonas
  • Boaz
  • Ryder
  • Ace
  • Lina
  • Leia
  • Gus
  • Martin
  • Wren
  • Daphne
  • Fiona
  • Heidi
  • Branden
  • Joel
  • Cooper
  • Raelyn
  • Dominique
  • Kehlani
  • Opal
  • Tessa
  • Carly
  • Arlo
  • Miles
  • Asher
  • Jett
  • Otis
  • Charmander
  • Octavia
  • Jace

Unique Human Names for Dogs

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Each dog is unique in their own way. Whether your dog has a unique appearance, personality, or other specific traits, a special human name might be the perfect fit for them.

  • Asantewaa
  • Rhett
  • Beatris
  • Constance
  • Raquel
  • Devony
  • Tyron
  • Minette
  • Charmaine
  • Mordechai
  • Kassiani
  • Arden
  • Jubilee
  • Beuford
  • Frostine
  • Jessamy
  • Grover
  • Caspian
  • Alazne
  • Huck
  • Thiago
  • Mason
  • Florian
  • Penelope
  • Coen

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Human Names for Dogs With Meanings

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If you want a name that is unlikely to be heard at the dog park and has a special meaning, the following names are worth checking out.

  • Eira: Meaning “snow,” great for a dog with white fur
  • Adolfo: Meaning “noble wolf”
  • Blevine: A wolf cub that is like a child
  • Kindred: Family and similarity
  • Americus: Home or work ruler
  • Lupita: Meaning “river of the wolf”
  • Vaughn: Meaning “little” or “small”
  • Geena: Meaning “queen” or a “famous warrior”
  • Bunda: One with a fur coat
  • Marne: From the sea
  • Enya: The kernel of popcorn or nuts
  • Anmar: A leopard
  • Vesper: Meaning “evening star” or “prayer”
  • Samin: An Arabic name meaning “precious, valuable, or self-disciplined”
  • Tao: Meaning “long life” or “life path”

Conclusion

Naming your dog can be a fun experience, especially if you include friends and family in the naming process. Whether you decide on a feminine, masculine, unisex, cool, or unique name is up to you (and your dog!).

We hope this article has given you ideas and helped you pick your pup’s new name!

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