Big Dog Names: More than 160 Big Names and Meanings for Big Dogs

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Big Dog Names
More than 160 Names for a Big Dog

Got a Big dog? Here are more than 160 Big dog names to consider.

Leave the overly pampered Pomeranians and Chihuahuas to the socialites and celebrities. If you want an exercise companion, a playmate, a guard, or a big and lovable fur ball that you will give you slobbery kisses, big dogs are your best bet. But before you experience and enjoy any of this, you need to give your big dog an equally big name first.

One way to go is to pick a name that sounds like something big. It should still fit the personality and characteristic of your dog.

Examples of big dog names on the list include “Boomer,” “Bigfoot,” “Maxwell,” “Primo” or “Alpha.” You can also name him after another big animal like “Bear,” “Oso,” “Walrus,” or “Whale.”

Use names of your favorite hero and gods. You can even get inspiration from places and geography.

You can also go the literal way and name your dog after “big” or after giant people. You can name him “Sumo,” “Goliath,” or “Wrestler.” Cartoon characters are also favorites.

Big Dog NamesGreat suggestions include “Hulk,” “Tarzan” or “Jumbo.” Soap and movie characters would also be great inspirations. How about “Megamind,” “Dumbo,” “Bubba” or “Godzilla?”

Sure, when they are still puppies, they are small and cute. But do not be deceived with how they look today. Before you know it, your puppy will grow big and heavy as it becomes an adult. That’s when big dog names will make more sense.

Don’t you think it would be weird to name your 90 pound Bernese Mountain Dog “Twinkle” or your Rottweiler “Pixie?” It would seem rather off, don’t you think? Here are links to other popular dog namzes pages if you can’t find what you like on the big dog names list.

Below is a list of more than 160 big dog names. Browse or study the list and have fun. If you don’t find a name you like, return to the main puppy names page for more than 4,000 fun and interesting options.

Name Meaning
Abu Means “nobility” in Africa
Alamo The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas revolution
Alaska One of the 50 states in the United States
Alpha The first letter of the Greek alphabet
Amnesty General pardon for offenses
Andes The Andes is the world’s longest continental mountain range in South America
Anubis The Greek name for a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in Egyptian mythology
Apollo The son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of Artemis
Argos A city in Greece in the Peloponnese
Aspen A city in Colorado
Atlantis A legendary island first mentioned in Plato’s dialogues
Attila Attila the Hun was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in 453
Axel The Axel is a figure skating jump with a forward take-off
Aztec The Aztec people were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico
Barbarian Barbarian and Savage are words used to refer to a person who is perceived to be uncivilized
Barnum Is a musical with a book by Mark Bramble
Bashful Socially shy or timid. This may not sound like it belongs on the big dog names list, but some people use “opposites” when naming their dogs.
Baxter Means “a baker.” Perfect name for a the dog owner who owns a bakery
Bear Mammals of the family Ursidae. You know, the big, growly animals!
Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist
Beirut The capital and largest city of Lebanon
Benji Benji is the name of a fictional dog who has been the focus of several movies from 1974 through the 2000’s
Bertha A female Germanic name. This name is often mated with “big,” as in “Big Bertha.” That’s why it’s on the big dog names list.
Bianca Is a feminine name from the Italian family name meaning “white”
Bismark The capital of North Dakota
Blizzard Torrential snow
Bogart A very long inhalation of smoke, particularly marijuana
Boomer A large or notable dog, in whatever aspect
Boone Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman
Boots A suave cat in the movie “Shrek” but this should also work well for suave dogs. Or dogs who wear boots
Boyd There is a coffee company called Boyd
Bran Like rice bran
Brutus Brutus was a politician of the late Roman Republic
Buck An adult male of some animals
Bullseye A fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe
Cabal A number of people greater than two
Cadillac A luxury vehicle marquw owned by General Motors
Caper A playful leap or hop
Cassius Gaius Cassius Longinus was a Roman senator and a leading instigator of the plot to kill Julius Caesar
Castle A fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages
Chaos In Greek mythology and cosmology, chaos refers to a gap or abyss at the beginning of the world, or more generally the formless state of the universe
Cherokee The Cherokee are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States
Chester Chester is a city in Cheshire, England
Cluade Claude Monet was a founder of French impressonist painting
Clyde A Scottish river name
Colt A colt is a young male horse
Cooper A mini cooper is a small four door car
Copernicus Was a Renaissance astronomer and the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology
Cujo A psychological horror novel by Stephen King
Dagger A double-edged blade used for hitting, stabbing or thrusting
Dagmar Was an American actress, model and television personality of the 1950’s
Deluxe Luxurious or sumptuous; of a superior kind
Denali Another name for Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.
Dino An Italian restaurant/enoteca in Cleveland Park, Washington DC
Duchess The wife or widow of a duke
Duke A member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch
Earthquake The result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves
Eiffel One of the most famous towers in the world, in Paris France
Electra In Greek mythology, Electra was an Argive princess and daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra
Euphrates The longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia-It is right next to the Tigris
Ezra A book in the Old Testament of the Bible
Fang Snakes teeth are called fangs
Felipe A Spanish variant of the name Philip
Fenris Fenris are two fictional characters from the Marvel Comics universe, namely German twins Andrea and Andreas von Strucker
Fergus Fergus of Galloway was King, or Lord, of Galloway from an unknown date, until his death in 1161
Flash A named shared by several fictional comic book superheros from the DC Comic universe
Flicka A 2006 movie adapted from the 1941 children’s novl “My Friend Flicka” by Mary O’Hara
Frieda A character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz
Gertrude In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark
Giant A person or thing of great size. An obvious choice among big dog names.
Gibson A high quality brand of guitar
Gladiator A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
Hank Hank Williams was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the greatest country music stars of all times
Harriet Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolotionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the Aerican Civil War
Harvey A 1950 film based on Mary Chase’s play of the same name
Hasty Rapid and action or movement
Hoss A southern colloquial nickname for partner, a term of friendship. Also, the biggest brother on the old TV show “Bonanza.”
Howie Howie Mandel is the host of the show “Deal or No Deal”
Ida Like Tropical Storm Ida
Ivan Ivan is a Slavic derivative of the Latin name Johannes
Jackson Jackson is the capital of Mississippi
Jasper An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown
Javelin A light spear designed primarily for casting as a ranged weapon
Javier The Spanish spelling of the masculine name Xabier
Jericho Jericho is a city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank in Israel
Jimbo A nickname for “James”
Kahuna A Hawaiian word, defined in Pukui & Elbert
Kali In Hinduism, Kali is the reigning lord of Kali Yuga and nemesis of Kalki, the 10th and final avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu
Kodiak One of the 7 communities and the main city on Kodiak Island
Kong Chinese for “bright.” Think of Kong Kong . . . that’s why fits with big dog names.
Lance Like Lance Armstrong
Laramie A city in Wyoming
Laser A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of photons
Lester From Leicester, England
Licorice Black yet sweet
London Means “the great river”
Lystic A great name for a male dog
Mabel Means “lovable”
Mafia A party game; A criminal syndicate that emerged in the mid 19th century in Sicily
Magic Like magic spells
Majestic One of the first alternate reality games created
Major A rank of commissioned officer
Manley The very definition of a man; like manly
Marble Commonly used for sculpture and as a building marterial
Maxine French for “greatest”
Maxwell An American R&B artist
Mercedes Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacterer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks
Mercury Used in thermometers, barometers, manometers, etc.
Merlin A legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in the Arthurian legend
Michelangelo Was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculpter, architect, poet, and engineer
Milo A chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold milk to produce a beverage which is popular in many parts of the world
Monster Any fictional creature, usually found in legends or horror fiction thatlittle children are scared will be in their closets when they go to bed
Morphius Like “Morpheus”, the god of sleep and dreams; for the dog who loves to sleep all day. Also a character from the Matrix
Moscow The capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia
Moses One of the major patriarchs in the Old Testament
Nero Was a Roman Emperor from 54 to 68. He was the last emperor of the Julio-Caludian dynasty.
Nevada One of the 50 states in the United States
Olaf Was king of Norway from 1015 to 1028
Onyx A form of quartz
Opal 97% of opal is produced in Australia
Otis Means “wealth”; for the rich dog
Otto A given name of a Germanic origin meaning wealthy
Outlaw In historical legal systems, and outlaw is a person declared as outside the protection of the law
Oxford A major univeristy in England
Pegasus One of the best known fantastical creatures in Greek mythology
Pete A shortened version of the name Peter
Primo The first or leading part (as in a duet or trio)
Ralph Ralph Lauren is a very popular line of clothing, home fashions, etc. Also like the animated movie, “Wreck-It Ralph.” After watching that movie, Ralph had to be on the big dog names list.
Regal Regal Cinemas is the largest movie theater circuit
Rex Like a T-Rex
Rocky Is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen, and written by and starting Sylvester Stallone
Roland Count Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne
Rolex A luxury watch
Romeo Romeo and Juliet
Rowdy Tending to create noisy disturbances
Rufus Was an American funk band from Chicago Illinois
Sammy Nickname of “Samuel” or “Samantha”
Samurai Is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan
Sanjay An Indian male name
Scamp May refer to a mischieveous perhaps roguish person, especially a playful, impish youngster
Selma A city in the county seat of Dallas County, Alabama, United States
Sergeant Is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organizations around the world
Shark Tough and visious, like the shark
Sheldon Means “steep valley”
Shep Short for “Shepherd”; for the herding dog
Sirius Like Sirius Satellite Radio
Sparky A common nickname for people and animals
Sparrow A small type of wild bird
Spartacus The most notable leader of the slaves in the Third Servil War against the Roman Republic
Spot Spot the dog is a series of children’s books adapted for animation
Stallion A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded
Stallone Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, filmaker, screenwriter, film director and occasional painter. Think “Rambo,” or “Rocky Balboa.”
Strider A Japanese arcade game
Sundance There is a Sundance Film Festival each January in Park City, Utah
Taz The Tasmanian Devil, Taz, is an animated character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons
Texas One of the 50 states in the United States. Everything is big in Texas!
Tiger The largest of the four “big cats”
Velocity The measurement of the rate and direction of change in the position of an object
Voyager One of NASA’s spacecraft’s
Wade Like wading into the water
Waldorf Like a waldorf chicken salad
Walrus A large flippered marine mammal
Warlock The male equivalent of witches
Wellington The capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand
Wiley Means “from the tricky river”
Willard A 1971 horror film starring Bruce Davidson and Ernest Borgnine
Windsor Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada and is in Southwestern Ontario
Wyatt Like Wyatt Earp
Yukon The westernmost and smallest of Canada’s three federal territories

Can’t find the name you like on the Big dog names list? Don’t give up. Return to main Puppy Names page here with more than 4000 options. And, if you have a great name, tell us about it!

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