Black Dog Names
More than 101 Names for a Black Dog

Explore the black dog names list and find a perfect name for your black dog. Even if your dog isn’t black, there are more than 101 cool names to fit any color dog.

Do you adore your dog’s luscious black hair and you want its name to reflect it? Or you simply want to spare yourself the hassle of looking for other names and just settle for anything that means black?

Simply naming your dog “Black” is not the most unique, but translating it to another language just might do the trick (and even make it fancier).

Take a look at more 101 Black Dog Names and find the word “black” translated in a variety of languages from Arabic to Egyptian to Latin.

In the list, you will also find names of black food, black animals and other black things that can serve as a very good names for a black dog.

Black Dog NamesTruth be told, one of my favorite black dog names is “Blacky.” That may seem ordinary, but our neighbors had a Black Lab named Blacky when I was growing up. She was great and I loved her name.

Below is a list of more than 101 Black dog names and meanings. Take your time and have fun.

If you don’t find a name you like, explore our Dog Names by Breed page to see more categories, or expand your search to our list of more than 4,000 puppy names.


AdhamAn Arabic name that means “black.”
AngusA delicious meat produced by a certain cattle breed.
AniseA Eurasian Herb with aromatic seeds. It is mixed with so many kinds of food.
AshesThat dark grey dusty consisitency that will be left once something is burned
AssamAn Indian province that is famous for its fine black tea.
AzurEgyptian term for “black”
Baa-BaaJust as the nursery rhyme goes: “Baa-baa black sheep, have you any wool.”
BanditDoes your dog love stealing your food? This name would just be perfect.
BearIf your dog looks more like a black bear than a dog, this name would be perfect.
BelugaA very large sturgeon (Huso huso). Also, a type of whale.
Black JackGreat name if you love this card game. Or generally just a lover of any card games.
BlackyThere is no other name more logical than this for a black dog. This is one of my favorite black dog names because my neighbor had a sweet Black Lab named Blacky.
BlakeOld English for “dark” or “black.”
BootlegAs in, black market.
BrenaIrish for “raven-haired.”
BronsonAn Anglo-Saxon term that means “son of the dark man.” Fitting if the puppy’s father is also black.
BurntThe product of faulty use of fire or heat. Quit burning your toast!
CerinGaelic for “little dark one.”
CernyCzechoslovakian name meaning “black.” Another favorite on the black dog names list as my wife is of Czech heritage.
ChanyakaRussian for “blackberry” (not the phone).
CharcoalDo you love to BBQ? This is a fitting name for black dogs.
CherryYou may not think this belongs on the black dog names list, but remember cherry comes in a dark color. Think black cherry ice cream. Yum!
ChicoryA plant whose root is roasted and ground to make for a substitue for coffee.
ChipLike chocolate chip. Or the one used in computers and other electronics.
CiardubhanGaelic name meaning “little black one.”
CoalSimilar to charcoal.
CoffeeFor owners who are lovers of deliciously bitter black coffee.
CokeLove this world-famous black and refreshing drink? Give this name to your dog!
CorbinFrench for “black-haired.” For the elegant and sophisticated dog, like Corbin Bernsen.
CosmosRefers to the unknown black space outside earth (it’s not necessarily black, though, as it is covered with stars and such).
CrowA black, loud and scary bird.
DarganIrish for “black-haired.”
Darth VaderFans of Star Wars represent!
DevakiFemale Indian name meaning “black.”
DominoThis is a perfect name if your dog has patches of white in his black fur.
DorjanLatin for “dark.”
DubhMale Scottish name meaning “black.”
DuffScottish for “dark.”
DugganMale Irish name meaning “black.”
DwayneGaelic for “little and dark.” Also for fans of one Dwayne Wade (basketball) or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (actor).
EbonyValuable black wood. Then name your other white dog “Ivory.”
EclipseA celestial body obscuring the light of another celestial body, as in a solar eclipse.
EightballThe only black ball in billiards.
GothicPertaining to practically anything that is dark and broody and even scary.
GoulashA seasoned Hungarian soup or stew of meat and vegetables.
GrizzlyThe bear that is terrifying in real life but cute as stuffed toys and dogs.
HersheyFor big fans of chocolate (this pertains to you, of course).
HuyanFemale Vietnamese name that means “having a reflective black color.”
InkyVery dark. Just like black ink that oozing from your pen (and staining your clothes).
JettaFemale Latin name that means “jet-black.” Also “Jettie.”
KalaFemale Hindi name that means “black.”
KalaHindi for “black”
KanikaKenyan for “black material”
KerryIrish for “black-haired”
KerwinMale Gaelic name that means “little black one.” Also “Kerwen” or “Kerwyn.”
KieranMale Irish or Gaelic name that means “dark, swarthy, black.”
KieronMale Irish/Gaelic name that means “little black-haired one.”
KrishnaSanskrit for “black.”
KuroJapanese for “black.”
LatteStrong espresso coffee.
LeilaArabic for “dark as a night”. Perfect name for a pretty and dainty female black dog.
LicoriceFor black licorice. Not exactly everyone’s favorite food but a great-sounding name, nonetheless
MagicBlack magic, anyone?
MatisseWhy is this on the black dog names list? Because of Henri Matisse, a French artist known for his use of the color black. Plus, I think the name is really cool!
MelanieGreek for “dark” or “dark-skinned”
MidnightThat middle of the night where everything seems to be so dark and quiet
MorrisLatin for “dark-skinned” and not the cigarette (although you can very well name your dog for it)
MustanenMale Finnish surname that means “black.”
NerissaItalian for “black” or “black-haired”
NeroLatin for “dark” or “black-haired”
NightwalkerFor your weird nocturnal dog who is asleep all day and awake all night
OnyxA gorgeous precious stone colored black
OreoTwist, lick and dunk! (You might not want to do this to your dog, though)
PantherPart of the cat family that is all-black and ravenous
PepperPerfect name for a black dog who unusually always sneezes (but you find it cute, though)
PepsiNot a big fan of Coke? Give your dog this name instead
PhantomA ghost. Also a figment of imagination
PlumAn oval fleshy fruit that is purple in color, almost resembling black
PretoPortuguese for “black”
PruneA fruit preserved by drying to give it a black and wrinkled appearance
PuckThat black circular thingy in hockey that all the players chase after.
RajaniSanskrit for “night”
RavenAs in, the large black bird.
ReaperEvil creature from the movies. If your dog just as evil?
ShadeThe shadow that sunlight makes under trees and roofs. For the dog who loves lounging in shades
ShadowA dark area produced by something coming between rays of light and a surface
SmokeyFor the dog who has that smoke-colored fur
SmudgeA rather disgusting term that amazingly becomes cute when named for a dog
SootyRefers to soot, a name made cute enough for dogs (and even for humans)
SpadeSee this suit in your player cards? What color is it?
SpotFitting name for a dog with a big black spot
SuckiMale Native American Algonquin name that means “black.”
SuedeA type of leather with a napped finish
SullivanGaelic for “little dark eye”. This name might only pertain to the eye but this is also a great name for a black dog
TarA dark, thick and flammable liquid that is distilled from coal or wood
TarnishA rather civilized term for “dirt”
TeddyLike Teddy Bear. If your dog resembles a hairy black bear
TruffleWhy is this on the black dog names list? Think “black truffle,” as in the mushroom. Need proof? Look here.
TuxedoFor elegant and proper dogs
TwilightThat time of the day when daytime and nighttime seemingly competes. Also for fans of a certain vampire-werewolf saga (you know what this is)
VelvetPerfect for dogs with fur with similar feel to that of velvet.
VoodooA practice of witchcraft

Is your dog white? Find a perfect name for your white dog.

Can’t find the name you like on the Black Lab Dog Names list? Don’t give up. Return to big list of puppy names, or the Dog Names by Breed page here to do some more exploring. If you have a great name, tell us about it!

Share your favorite Dog Names!

Share your favorite dog names and a personal story if you have one. If you do have a story, tell us why you chose the name you did or let us know why the name is special to you.


Maximum file size: 10.49MB



Return from Black Dog Names to the Puppy Names page

Visit the Dog Names by Breed page

Go to Dogs and Dog Advice home page

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *