Male German Shepherd Names – Names for your Male German Shepherd Dog and Meanings

Among 1,000s of puppy names, some are ideally suited as male German Shepherd names. This courageous, intelligent, capable breed needs a name befitting its stature.

Male Shepherds need a masculine name that describes their personality and, perhaps, their purpose in your own life or family. When I was growing up, my first dog was Baron von Easterbrooks. Now that, I thought, was an impressive name. A Baron may be a low ranking British nobleman, but it sure sounds imposing to me.

Rin Tin Tin is arguably one of the most famous of all male German Shepherd names. He was in 26 Warner Brothers movies in the early 20th century until his death in 1932.

Another in a long line of famous male German Shepherd names is Buddy. That was the name of the very first seeing eye dog, trained and owned by Frank Morris. Mr. Morris co-founded The Seeing Eye, the oldest existing seeing eye dog school in the world.

If you don’t yet own one of these impressive dogs, visit our German Shepherd information page to learn more. This may also help you choose an appropriate name for your dog.

Below is a list of more than 100 male German Shepherd names, including their meanings. Take your time and have fun. If you don’t find a name you like, expand your search to our list of German dog names or to our entire list of more than 4,000 puppy names.

AldoGerman for Old and Wise.
AldousGerman for Old and Wise (See Aldo).
AlfredEnglish for Counselor or Elf Counsel (OK, Lord of the Rings fans).
AxelHebrew for Father of Peace.
BachJ.S. Bach was a famous German composer.
BaretteGerman for Bear-brave.
BaronLow ranking British nobleman. This was my first of two male German Shepherd names chosen by our family.
Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven was a famous German composer.
Benz As in Mercedes-Benz.
BergA German city that means Mountain.
BerlinBerlin is the Capital of Germany.
Bismarck 19th Century Prussian/German statesman.
BlitzViolent military attack.
BonnGerman city. Good one syllable dog name. I have a friend named Bonn Kulah.
BorisSlavonic for Battle or Fight.
BrantleyGermanic for Sword.
BritzA German city – good one syllable name.
BrunoGermanic for Brown (appropriate for a German Shepherd)
BuddyServed as the very first seeing eye dog in 1928. Buddy’s owner, Frank Morris, founded The Seeing Eye, the oldest seeing eye guide dog school in the world.
BurghGerman for Protection.
BurkeGerman for A Fortification.
ChanceEnglish for Good Luck.
DietrichGerman for Ruler of the People.
DonnerGerman for Thunder.
EinsteinThe famous Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher.
EllardGerman for Noble and Brave.
EmerichGerman for Home Ruler.
FalkGerman surname connected with Falconry.
FergusonGermanic for Noble and Strong.
FritzGerman for Peaceful Ruler.
GastonFrom Gascony (character in Beauty and the Beast).
GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German Poet and Philosopher.
HaanHaan is a beautiful German city. A good one syllable dog name and one of my favorite male German Shepherd names.
HanselCharacter in the German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.
HelmarGermanic for Famous Protector. Fighting Fury in Swedish.
HertzGerman for Kind Hearted. A good one syllable dog name.
HerzGerman for Hardy or Brave. A good one syllable dog name.
HenriGermanic for Home Ruler.
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IdoGerman for Work.
IvoGerman for Yew or Cut Wood.
JacksonLitterally, Jack’s Son.
JacquesHebrew for Supplanter.
JaminHebrew for Right Hand. Great name for a service dog.
JimmieHebrew for Supplanter (also Jimmy, Jimmee, Jim and Jimm)
JohannesGerman for John.
JokerFor Batman, Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger fans. Maybe your dog is just funny.
JuniperA ubiquitous tree in Central Oregon, my old stomping grounds.
JupiterLatin for Father god.
KaiserGerman for Emperor (also a car from the 1950s).
KamShort for Kameron. A good one syllable dog name.
KameronA Gaelic term meaning Crooked Nose. For Owen Wilson fans?
KantSanskrit for Brilliant or Beloved. Also an 18th-century German philospher.
KarchName of famous American volleyball player. Does it fit the male German Shepherd names list? Even if you don’t think so, I just really like the name.
KarlGerman for Free Man.
KeiferGerman for Barrel Maker. Any 24 fans?
KielA German city known for its sailing events. Have you ever heard of Kiel Week?
KlausShort form of german name Nicholas.
KleveGerman city name. Good one syllable dog name.
KodiakRussian for Island. This was the name of my second German Shepherd.
KramerGerman Shopkeeper.
KryptoSuperman’s pet dog in the comics.
LandoGermanic for Famous Country. Also Lando Calrissian from Star Wars.
LandryGermanic for Master of the Land.
LeutherGerman for Army person.
LotharGerman for Army person.
LutherGerman for Army person (sounds familiar).
MarcusThe Roman god of Mars.
MaxLatin for Greatest. Shortened version of Maximus.
MaximusLatin for Greatest.
MercedesAs in Mercedes-Benz. Also Spanish for Mercies.
MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a famous German composer.
MunichMunich is the Capital city of Bavaria, Germany.
OtterSmall German city. I just like this name, although it may be more suitable for a Labrador Retriever or Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
OzzyEnglish for Divine Spear
PanzerFamous German tank from World War II
QuincyLatin for Fifth.
RattAn American metal band. Also my friend’s hunting dog. A good one syllable dog name.
RicoGermanic for Strong Power.
Rin Tin TinArguably the most famous of all male German Shepherd names.
RolfGermanic for famous wolf. A good one syllable dog name.
RollyGermanic for Famous Country. See also Lando, Rollin, Roly.
RomHebrew for Highness. Also a good one syllable dog name.
RudiGermanic for famous wolf. See also Rolf, Rudy, Rudolf, Rudolph.
SaxonGerman for Sharp Blade or Sword.
SchnapsGerman for strong alcoholic drink. The English version is Schnapps, an alcoholic drink.
SigmondGerman for Protector. Also Sigmund.
StrongheartStar of the 1925 movie, White Fang.
TillieGerman for Powerful Battler.
UgoGermanic for Mind, Heart or Spirit.
VonnWelsh or English for Little (also Von). A good one syllable dog name.
WaldoGermanic for Ruler.
WalkerEnglish for a Worker.
WalterGermanic for Ruler of the Army. I just love this name.
WernerGerman for Protecting Army.
WillGermanic for Will, Desire, Helmet, Protection. Also Willie.
WolfeEnglish for The Wolf. A good one syllable dog name. Also good for a Siberian Husky.
WulfGerman for Wolf.
XantenXanten is the only German city that starts with X. Here are a few more puppy names that start with X.
ZackHebrew for The Lord Remembers. A good one syllable dog name.
ZakHebrew for Pure. A good one syllable dog name.
ZakiArabic for Pure or Virtuous (similar to Zak).
ZellmerGerman for Ruller of the Village.
ZiggyGermanic for Victorious Protector.

Can’t find the name you like on the male German Shepherd names list? Don’t give up. Visit our female German Shepherd names list or our more general German dog names list for more ideas. If you have a name to add to the list, please submit your suggestion or story below.

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