Pug Dog Names
Names for your New Pug Puppy

The Pug dog names list was a fun one to create for such a unique little dog. When you look at a Pug’s face, your mind starts racing with so many possibilities.

Some of the names are obvious picks, like Pugsly, Pugster or Ralph (OK, maybe not so much with Ralph). Some just seemed like a good fit, like Jester, Petunia and Winston (can’t you just see Winston Churchill?).

Many of the Pug names are there just because I like them. Buddy, Wrinkles and Gizmo, for example. Some are there because they have to be. Buster, for example. How could you leave Buster off the list. It means “extraordinary one.”

If you remember the 1984 Gremlins movie, you might associate the Pug with a gremlin, too. Or, maybe not. I just thought it was cute.

Pug DogThe big thing to remember when naming your Pug dog is to match your dog’s personality and purpose with their name. Some people like one syllable dog names and others just want something fun.

If you haven’t yet decided on this breed but want to learn more, visit our Pug dog breed information page. You might be surprised at what you learn.

Below is a list of more than 101 of my favorite Pug dog names. Take a look 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.


AmberA hard brownish-yellow fossil resin.
Famous Name: Amber Patrice Riley is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist. She is known for her role as Mercedes Jones on Glee. Before she became famous, she auditioned for American Idol but the producers turned her down.
AnnieFrom Anne – Full of grace.
BabyA young animal. An object or personal concern or indulgence.
BaileyTrusted guardian of others’ property.
BanditAn outlaw or robber.
BearLarge mammal with large head, bulky body and coarse thick fur.
Famous Name: Annabella Avery “Bella” Thorne is an American teen actress, dancer, singer, and model. She’s known when she starred in the Disney Channel TV show “Shake It Up!”. She was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida on October 8, 1997.
BrandyAn alcoholic liquor distilled from wine.
BrodyMeans “muddy place”; great for a mud-loving pug
BrunoBrown haired man.
BuddhaPerfect for a pug looking like Buddha, the founder of Buddhism
BuddyFrom Budd – The welcome messenger.
BustaCute name used by ‘N Sync band member Chris Kirkpatrick. His second pug (yes, he is a two-pug family) is Korea.
BusterExtraordinary one.
CharlieFrom Charles – Strong and manly.
Famous Name: Charles Spencer Chaplin also known as Charlie Chaplin was born in London, England on April 16, 1889. Because of his inherited natural talents from his parents who also was a performers, Chaplin became one of the most famous actors in his era. When he was 12, he got his first role as a page boy named “Billy” in support of William Gillette in “Sherlock Holmes”.
ChesterFortified camp.
ChurchillDweller by the church on the hill.
CleoFrom Cleopatra – Her father’s glory.
CocoA drink.
CooperBarrel maker.
CosmoA prefix meaning universe.
Famous Name: Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress best known for her work in the Twilight films, Coraline, and War of the Worlds. Dakota was born on February 23, 1994, in Conyers, Georgia. She made her breakthrough performance when she was seven in the film “I Am Sam”.
DexterThe right handed man.
DixieFemale from the Southern States of America. 
DukeHighest ranking nobleman – Leader.
EmmaOne who heals the universe.
Famous Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson or popularly known as Emma Watson is one of the lead stars of the film Harry Potter, a movie adaptation of British author J.K. Rowling’s bestselling novel. She was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France.
GizmoFluffy; named after a caracter in the 1984 movie Gremlins.
GordieMeans “large fortification”; could be a nickname for Gordon
GracieFrom Grace – The graceful one.
HamletIts origin is German and it means Hero.
HannahFrom Anne – Full of grace.
Famous Name: Hannah Simone is a Canadian television hostess, actress, and former fashion model. She was born on August 3, 1980, in London. She is currently one of the stars on FOX’s hit series, “New Girl”.
HarleyFrom the hare meadow.
HollyA plant with berries that are red.
HoneySweet syrup produced by bees.
HugoSolid as a rock.
JaigermeisterA thick, brown, and tasty German liquor
JasminePlayful and Happy.
Famous Name: Jasmine Jessica Anthony is an American child actress. She was born on October 28, 1996, in Tarzana, California. She played a role in the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can and also one of the casts of a 2005 film Little Athens.
JesterJokester, silly, life of the party (I really like this one).
KirbyFrom the church village.
KoreaAs in the country. Also the name of one of Chris Kirkpatrick’s pugs. FYI, Chris is a founding member of the band ‘N Sync.
LadyA female title of nobility.
Famous Name: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta or famously known as Lady Gaga is an American singer and songwriter. She was born on March 28, 1986 in New York City. When she was little, she already has the strong passion in music. Her debut album titled “The Fame” (2008) was her stepping stone for becoming one of the famous artist in this generation.
LeoZodiac sign represented by a Lion.
LexusA luxury car manufacturer under Toyota
LiloMeans “generous one”; the little girl in the movie “Lilo and Stitch”
LilyA lovely and delicate flower thriving in ponds
LinusOne with flax-colored hair.
LolitaMeans “Sorrows.” This is the name of Gerard Butler’s pug.
LouieFamous battle warrior.
MabelMeans “lovable”
MackMeans “son of”; can be a nickname for Mackenzie, Mackinley, Mackey, etc.
MaximusMeans “the greatest”; the greatest pet, that is
MickeyFrom Michael – Like unto the.
MollyIrish for Mary.
Famous Name: Molly Caitlyn Quinn is an American actress in theatre, film, and television. She was born on October 8, 1993 in Texarkana, Texas, USA. She’s also known as a producer for Castle (2009), We’re the Millers (2013) and Winx Club: Enchantix (2011).
MoogiVery dominant and powerful
MylesGerman for “undertain” or “peaceful”; also Latin for “soldier”
NancyMeans “grace” or “favour.” Nancy is the name of one of Jessica Alba’s pugs. The other is Sid. Very cute names!
Famous Name: Nancy Sandra Sinatra is an American singer who has a no. 1 hit single in 1966, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’. She is the daughter of the famous crooner Frank Sinatra. She was born on June 8, 1940, in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Neo“The One”. No more explanations necessary
NikkoShort for Nicholas or variant of Nick.
OliverSymbol of peace. The olive branch.
OscarDivine spearman – a fighter for God.
PatchesWith patches all over their body.
PedroEquivalent of Peter – The rock.
PennyFrom Penelope – The weaver and wife of Ulysses.
PepperA spice or condiment.
PetuniaSummer flower.
Pig tailHaving a thin tail, just like a pig’s
PixelAn individual light in the computer screen.
PreciousOne who is beloved, a darling.
PrinceMale member of a royal family.
Famous Name: Prince is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He’s real name is Prince Rogers Nelson. He was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prince released the albums 1999 and Purple Rain.
PrincessFemale member of a royal family.
PrudenceMeans “cautious” or “intellicent.” Also the name of Kelly Osbourne’s pug.
PudgyA very fitting name for a pug, small and pudgy.
Puggy SueA very cute name used by Paula Abdul for her Pug.
PugslyOne of my favorite Pug dog names.
PugsterPerfect for the pug dog names list. Cute name, too!
QuincyFrom the fifth son’s estate.
RalphCounsel wolf, fast wolf.
Famous Name: Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist. He’s known for playing John Walton Sr. on the 1970s television series The Waltons. He was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928 and died on February 13, 2014, at the age of 85..
RamondGerman for “advice”
ReubenBehold a son.
RicoMeans “hard power” or “strong power”
RingoRing. Also good for Beattles fans!
RipleyFrom the valley of the echo.
RockyAn underdog who made it big.
SadieFrom Sarah – Princess, one of royal status.
SamFrom Samuel – Heard by God.
Famous Name: Samuel Frederick “Sam” Smith is a British singer-songwriter born on May 19, 1992, in London, England. He became popular when he was featured on Disclosure’s single “Latch” who made it into rank #11 on the UK chart. In 2013, he released his debut single “Lay Me Down”.
SamsonFrom Sampson – Sun’s man.
SandyThe helper of mankind (Greek).
ShadowA rough, dark image cast by an object blocking the sun’s rays.
ShebaMale name that means “an oath”
SidMeans “wide meadow.” Also Sydney. Sid is the name of one of Jessica Alba’s pugs. The other is Nancy. If you need two Pug dog names, Sid and Nancy make a cute couple!
SimbaSwahili – Lion.
SkipperMaster of a ship.
SparkyAnimated, lively (appropriate among Pug dog names).
SpikeA long, thick sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal.
SugarA sweet powder from sugar cane. Slang for sweetheart.
TeddyFrom Edward – Prosperous guardian.
TobyFrom Tobias – God is good.
Famous Name: Toby Finn Regbo is an actor, known for Mr. Nobody (2009), Treasure Island (2012), and One Day (2011). He wa born on October 18, 1991, October. His acting debut in Tusk, Tusk where he received praise from a broad spectrum of theatre critics.
WinstonFrom a friend’s estate.
WrinklesLine or creases in the skin.
YogiMeans “master of oneself”
ZekeFrom Ezekiel – Strength of God.
ZeusFather of the Gods.


Can’t find the name you like on the Pug Dog 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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