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.


Name Meaning
Ace Topnotch or first rate. Latin “unity.”
Ada Prosperous and joyful.
Alice Truth and Noble nobility.
Amore Love
Anna Equivalent of Anne – Full of grace.
Annabelle Latin for “lovable”
Armani Hgih-class, popular, fabulous, just like the brand
Astra Star like.
Babette Stranger
Bacardi A strong and highly intoxicating spirit (drink)
Bambi Baby, Little one.
Barker A bark stripper.
Basilio Means “king” in Spanish
Beebee A rather cute term for “baby; childish
Bella Beautiful
Bon Bon An expensive candy which is a perfect description for a poodle
Bronson The brown haired one’s son.
Bruno Brown 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”.
Caeser A charmer; funny and pleasant
Cale Well-mannered; sweet yet shy around other people
Candence Gliterry and pure; perfect for a pure white poodle
Carol Song of joy.
Caviar Salted fish roe.
Cedric Battle leader.
Charley Name of the blue (black) Poodle owned by author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath)
Claire Clear and illuminated
Cleo From Cleopatra – Her father’s glory.
Coco A drink. A favorite among Poodle names.
Curly Having curls or wavy hair.
Daisy The day’s eye. A flower with a yellow center and white petals.
Deb Interestingly obnoxious and outlandish, referring to their fur style or color
Digger One that digs.
Domino Lord and master.
Ellie From 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.
Espresso Having a rich dark brown fur
Farrah Beautiful, Pleasant.
Frankie Short for “Franklin” which means free
Fred From Frederick – Peaceful ruler.
Frederic Means “peaceful and powerful ruler”. For a dog, maybe just peaceful and powerful
Gaston Man from Gascony.
Goldie Pure gold.
Gypsy One inclined to a nomadic way of life.
Helena Shining One.
Henry Ruler of the estate.
Isabelle French for “consecrated to God”. “Isa” would be a great nickname
Jackie From 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).
Jewel A precious stone or gem. One that is treasured.
Josephine He shall increase.
Juliette With fine and soft hair, regardless of how it is styled
Kosmo Unskilled yet very lucky in practically anything
Kyzer Legendary, very unique
Lancelot Land servant.
Latte Expresso coffee mixed with steamed milk – a café latte. This is also popular among Poodle names.
Layla Born at night or dark haired.
Loulou Means “famous warrior”
Lucy Light – 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.
Margot Means “pearl”; something that is very precious
Maurice Moorish looking – dark complexion.
Miles Male name that means “servant” in Irish
Mirabella A female who is admirable and beautiful. Can refer to their fur styling
Mozart Extremely 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.
Napolean Referring to Napoleon, the epitome of the cliché “small yet terrible”
Nat Great nickname for Natalie or Natasha
Natalie Born 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
Nicole Victory of the people. Feminine form of Nicholas.
Niles Creative, muscular, and popular.
Nina Girl
Pamela Honeysweet.
Paula Means “petite”, perfect for a poodle’s small stature
Penelope Greek 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’
Philippe French for “friend of horses”. Perfect if your dog is actually friends with horses.
Pooch Slang for dog.
Poppy Flower with four crumpled petals in red, orange or white colors.
Queen A female sovereign.
Rasa Full of flavor, sentiment, or emotion
Remi French name for a boy but can also be named after a girl
Rosco Means “heathland of the roe deer”, whatever this means. Great-sounding name, nonetheless
Rose Beatiful and delicate, just like the flower.
Rufus Name of Winston Churchill’s Poodle.
Sarah Princess, one of royal status.
Serena Tranquil or serene.
Shadow A rough, dark image cast by an object blocking the sun’s rays.
Sonya Bright and intelligent; means “wisdom”
Sophie Wisdom
Starla Star-like. Probably like a celebrity
Stella From Estelle – bright star.
Tai Talented. Can do all sorts of entertaining tricks and acts
Tanner Leather maker.
Tara Towering rock. The home of the ancient kings of Ireland.
Tau The 19th letter of the Greek alphabet
Ted Means “gift of God” or “God-given”
Terra Earth
Tuscany A perfect mix of beauty, peace, sharpness, and intelligence.
Uzi Means “strength”; a war hero
Valentino A romantic; enjoys showing you with kisses
Walter Mighty warrior. This is one of my favorite Poodle names.
Whisky An alcoholic liquor from fermented mash of grain
Zala Very feminine name for a dog
Zaria Sweet, shy, and behaved. Enjoys just quietly lying around
Zoe Life


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