Poodle Names : 101 Names for your New Poodle Puppy

The Poodle names list is loaded with names suitable for your pup. Some are associated with the breed’s look, like “Curly,” as well as other names you might often think of when you picture this adorable and popular dog.

Ever heard of John Steinbeck, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Grapes of Wrath? He had a blue (black) standard named Charley.

Winston Churchill, the famous British leader, had two miniatures, but I could only add one name to the list. Why? Both of his dogs had the same name: Rufus.

This list includes dog names that sound stately or important, which is often how this well known breed is pictured. Names like Sophie, Penelope, Walter and Queen are on the list, as well as others I just like.

Something to keep in mind when naming your Poodle puppy is to match your dog’s personality and purpose with their name. Maybe you want to choose from a list of famous dog names or one syllable dog names.

Poodle NamesOr maybe you want to name your pup for a very personal reason, such as to remember someone special.

To learn more about this dog breed, visit our Poodle dog breed information page. It’s always a good idea to learn about temperament, trainability, and even a little of the breed’s history before settling on a new dog. It’s also fun.

Below is a list of my favorite 101 Poodle names. Browse or study the list and have fun.

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


AceTopnotch or first rate. Latin “unity.”
AdaProsperous and joyful.
AliceTruth and Noble nobility.
AnnaEquivalent of Anne – Full of grace.
AnnabelleLatin for “lovable”
ArmaniHgih-class, popular, fabulous, just like the brand
AstraStar like.
BacardiA strong and highly intoxicating spirit (drink)
BambiBaby, Little one.
BarkerA bark stripper.
BasilioMeans “king” in Spanish
BeebeeA rather cute term for “baby; childish
Bon BonAn expensive candy which is a perfect description for a poodle
BronsonThe brown haired one’s son.
BrunoBrown haired man.
Famous Name: Born on October 8, 1985, Peter Gene Hernandez or also known for his stage name: Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer from Honolulu, Hawaii. Some of his hit songs are: “Nothin’ on You”, “Billionaire”, “Just the Way You Are”, and “When I Was Your Man”.
CaeserA charmer; funny and pleasant
CaleWell-mannered; sweet yet shy around other people
CandenceGliterry and pure; perfect for a pure white poodle
CarolSong of joy.
CaviarSalted fish roe.
CedricBattle leader.
CharleyName of the blue (black) Poodle owned by author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)
ClaireClear and illuminated
CleoFrom Cleopatra – Her father’s glory.
CocoA drink. A favorite among Poodle names.
CurlyHaving curls or wavy hair.
DaisyThe day’s eye. A flower with a yellow center and white petals.
DebInterestingly obnoxious and outlandish, referring to their fur style or color
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DiggerOne that digs.
DominoLord and master.
EllieFrom Elizabeth – Consecrated to God.
Famous Name: Ellie Goulding or Elena Jane Goulding in real life, is a British singer, songwriter and musician from Lyonshall, Herefordshire, England. She released her debut album, Lights, which reached #1 on the UK charts. She also sang at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s London wedding on April 29, 2011.
EspressoHaving a rich dark brown fur
FarrahBeautiful, Pleasant.
FrankieShort for “Franklin” which means free
FredFrom Frederick – Peaceful ruler.
FredericMeans “peaceful and powerful ruler”. For a dog, maybe just peaceful and powerful
GastonMan from Gascony.
GoldiePure gold.
GypsyOne inclined to a nomadic way of life.
HelenaShining One.
HenryRuler of the estate.
IsabelleFrench for “consecrated to God”. “Isa” would be a great nickname
JackieFrom Jacqueline – The supplanter.
Famous Name: Jackie Chan is one of the most famous Asian actor and also, was already the highest paid actor in Asia. Aside from being a successful actor, he is also director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman, etc. Some of his films are Half a Loaf of Kung-Fu (1980), Drunken Master (1978), The Cannonball Run (1981), Police Story (1985), Supercop (1992, with Michelle Yeoh), Rush Hour (1998), Shanghai Noon (2000, with Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu), The Tuxedo (2002, with Jennifer Love Hewitt), and Shanghai Knights (2003, again with Wilson).
JewelA precious stone or gem. One that is treasured.
JosephineHe shall increase.
JulietteWith fine and soft hair, regardless of how it is styled
KosmoUnskilled yet very lucky in practically anything
KyzerLegendary, very unique
LancelotLand servant.
LatteExpresso coffee mixed with steamed milk – a café latte. This is also popular among Poodle names.
LaylaBorn at night or dark haired.
LoulouMeans “famous warrior”
LucyLight – one who brings the lamp of learning to the ignorant.
Famous Name: Lucy Liu is a 45-year-old TV and film actress from New York City. He studied at University of Michigan in which she auditioned for the University of Michigan’s production of Alice in Wonderland and got the lead role that leads to her interest in acting. She got her breakthrough role when she auditioned for the part of Nelle Porter, the icy new addition to the wacky law firm Cage and Fish on the hit comedy Ally McBeal, created by David E. Kelley.
MargotMeans “pearl”; something that is very precious
MauriceMoorish looking – dark complexion.
MilesMale name that means “servant” in Irish
MirabellaA female who is admirable and beautiful. Can refer to their fur styling
MozartExtremely smart. Does the most genius things
Famous Name: Born in Salzburg, Vienna, Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or also known as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was one of the most influential of all composers of Western classical music. He wrote his first symphony when he was eight years of age and his first opera at 12.
NapoleanReferring to Napoleon, the epitome of the cliché “small yet terrible”
NatGreat nickname for Natalie or Natasha
NatalieBorn at Christmas time.
Famous Name: Natalie Hershlag or known as Natalie Portman as her screen name, is a jewish Hollywood actress from Jerusalem, Israel. At the age of 11, she was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor. Her first debut film was: “The Professional (1994)”.
Neo“The One”. No more explanations necessary
NicoleVictory of the people. Feminine form of Nicholas.
NilesCreative, muscular, and popular.
PaulaMeans “petite”, perfect for a poodle’s small stature
PenelopeGreek meaning faithful and the weaver.
Famous Name: Penelope Cruz is an Academy Award-winner Spanish actress and model. She was born on April 28, 1974, in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. She made her film debut in 1992, in the dark film Jamón Jamón. She also made a cameo appearance in the film, ‘Sex and the City 2’
PhilippeFrench for “friend of horses”. Perfect if your dog is actually friends with horses.
PoochSlang for dog.
PoppyFlower with four crumpled petals in red, orange or white colors.
QueenA female sovereign.
RasaFull of flavor, sentiment, or emotion
RemiFrench name for a boy but can also be named after a girl
RoscoMeans “heathland of the roe deer”, whatever this means. Great-sounding name, nonetheless
RoseBeatiful and delicate, just like the flower.
RufusName of Winston Churchill’s Poodle.
SarahPrincess, one of royal status.
SerenaTranquil or serene.
ShadowA rough, dark image cast by an object blocking the sun’s rays.
SonyaBright and intelligent; means “wisdom”
StarlaStar-like. Probably like a celebrity
StellaFrom Estelle – bright star.
TaiTalented. Can do all sorts of entertaining tricks and acts
TannerLeather maker.
TaraTowering rock. The home of the ancient kings of Ireland.
TauThe 19th letter of the Greek alphabet
TedMeans “gift of God” or “God-given”
TuscanyA perfect mix of beauty, peace, sharpness, and intelligence.
UziMeans “strength”; a war hero
ValentinoA romantic; enjoys showing you with kisses
WalterMighty warrior. This is one of my favorite Poodle names.
WhiskyAn alcoholic liquor from fermented mash of grain
ZalaVery feminine name for a dog
ZariaSweet, shy, and behaved. Enjoys just quietly lying around


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

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