Shih Tzu Names
101 Names for your Shih Tzu Dog

The Shih Tzu names list is filled with names suitable for your new puppy. Some make me think of the Shih Tzu breed’s look, like “FiFi,” or “Gucci,” and others are just fun names that I think are cool for this charming and loving little dog.

If you are into famous dog names, here are a few on the list:

Choo Choo was a Shih Tzu owned by Queen Elizabeth; Bing and Bong, twin Shih Tzus owned by singer, Mariah Carey; Diva, owned by Fantasia Barrino of American Idol fame; and, Honeychild, owned by Nicole Richie.

The Shih Tzu names list has dog names that carry a royal flavor, like Duchess or King, some just feel like they go with a cute little lap dog, like Muffin or Nibbles, and some are just plain fun.

Something to remember when naming your Shih Tzu puppy is to match your dog’s personality to their name.

For more great ideas, visit our list of famous dog names or one syllable dog names.

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To learn more about this small dog breed, visit our Shih Tzu breed information page. Learn about the Shih Tzu temperament, trainability, and even a little of the breed’s history before deciding on this or another dog breed.

Below is a list of my favorite 101 Shih Tzu names. If you don’t find a name you like after browsing the list, 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
Acapulco A fashionable resort city in Southern Mexico
Admiral Commander in chief of a fleet of ships.
Amber A 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.
Amigo Friend
Anais Brand of perfume meaning graceful.
Anya God has favoured – Grace.
Armand Man in the army – soldier.
Autumn Season between summer and winter.
Bailey Trusted guardian of others property.
Beau Handsome man.
Bella Beautiful
Bianca White or pure.
Bing One of many famous Shih Tzu names. Mariah Carey owns two Shih Tzus named Bing and Bong.
Bishop A high ranking Christian cleric.
Bitsy A small bit of something; perfect for the small shih tzu
Bong The other of Mariah Carey’s twin ShihTzus, given to her by Japanese officials when whe was touring Japan.
Bonita Pretty
Brittany A Britain.
Famous Name: Brittany Murphy was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. She rose to stardom when she got her big break on the Fox sitcom Drexell’s Class (1991). She died on December 20, 2009 because of heart attack, acute pneumonia, and severe anemia.
Bubbles Thin spherical liquid filled with gas. Irrepressible activity.
Bud Herald, messenger.
Calliope Beautiful-voiced and beautiful face.
Candy Confectionery made with sugar.
Casey Brave and watchful – the warrior who never slept.
Chang Prosperous
Chen Great, treasure.
Choo Choo Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Queen Elizabeth’s Shih Tzu.
Cognac Type of French brandy.
Cookie A small flat, crisp cake.
Cooper Barrel maker.
Famous Name: Bradley Charles Cooper, professionally known as Bradley Cooper, is an American actor and producer. He was born on January 5, 1975, in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. He made his television debut in Sex and the City with a guest role. He starred on several films such as The A-Team (2010), Limitless (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2013), and American Hustle (2013).
Cozette Perfect pet name meaning “little thing of no importance” (although you might want to replace  “no” with “big”)
Delilah To flirt.
Diva Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Fantasia Barrino’s (American Idol) Shih Tzu.
Dizzy Bewildered or confused, giddy.
Dolly Spanish – From Dolores – Lady of sorrow.
Domino Lord and master.
Duchess Wife of a Duke.
Einstein For the pet who is a genius.
Famous Name: Albert Einstein was one of the most famous and influential physicists of the 1900s. Born in Germany on March 14, 1879, Einstein developed the Theory of Relativity, won a Nobel Prize, and in 1999 was named Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Century.’ He died on April 18, 1955.
Felicia Joyous One.
Fifi Very cute-sounding name fitting for a small dog
Gigi From Gilberta – Bright pledge.
Growler A dog who makes a low, guttural, menacing sound. A small iceberg. A container for carrying beer. An electromagnetic device used for magnetizing.
Gucci Fashionable and expenaive brand
Famous Name: Guccio Gucci was a founder of a Gucci Firm, a store known for leather craftsmanship and accessories. Gucci was born in 1881, in Florence, Italy, and died in 1953.“Gucci” is one of the famous brand in the World.
Harold A mighty general.
Harry From Harold – Army commander. A mighty general.
Famous Name: Prince Henry Charles Albert David or better known as Prince Harry, is the second son of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna. He is the third in line to the English throne. He also travelled through Australia, Argentina, and Africa after finishing his school. He also created a documentary titled as “The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho”.
Honeychild Among famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Nicole Richie’s dog.
Jinx A person believed to bring bad luck.
Karma Fate or destiny (Hinduism and Buddhism).
Kia Hill
King A male sovereign/Ruler.
Leon Pertianing to “lion”
Libby Means “mu God is a vow”
Lily A lovely and delicate flower thriving in ponds
Famous Name: Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper, professionally known as Lily Allen is an English singer, songwriter, musician, actress and television presenter. She known for her hit songs “Sime”, “Fuck You”, and “The Fear”. She was born in Hammersmith, London.
Lion A large cat; the male has the wall-known flowing and shaggy mane
Lionel Pertianing to “lion”
Louie Famous battle warrior.
Madame Polite form of address for a woman.
Mandarin A high official of Imperial China. Also a small orange or tangerine like fruit.
Marseilles City in the Mediterranean coast of France
Martini A cocktail made of gin or vodka and dry vermouth.
Mimi Equivalent of Mary – Bitterness.
Ming Having a distinct smell, could be bad or good
Mitzi The perfect one.
Muffin A small cup shaped cake.
Nibbles To bite off small bits.
Nikko Cat
Nipper A small boy.
Oreo American biscuit brand consisting of two chocolate wafers with white cream filling.
Oscar Divine spearman – a fighter for God.
Famous Name: Oscar Wilde was a famous Irish author who was best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest. He was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He was also arrested for being gay.
Percy From Percival – Valley piercer.
Petal A section of a flower.
Petunia Summer Flower.
Pickles Food flavored in a solution of vinegar.
Precious One who is beloved, a darling.
Princess Female member of a royal family.
Puddle Wet with water, particualrly rainwater
Pushok A cute name for a shih tzu
Putt Putt Refers to anything compact or miniature
Raj A ruler, king, leader
Rascal One that is playfully mischievous.
Riley Valiant and warlike.
Sapphire A clear, usually blue gemstone.
Saucy Impertinent or defiant in an entertaining way.
Scamp A mischievous youngster.
Silky Soft as silk.
Snuggles To curl up closely, cuddle.
Sultan A ruler, king, leader; also powerful, expert
Sun Obviously, the big bright thing in the sky during the day
Sundae A dessert of ice cream with sprinkles, syrup, peanuts, etc.; a great pick-me-upper
Tinker Repairs or improves something to no effect
Toaster A device that toasts bread
Toto The name of Dorothy’s dog from “The Wizard of Oz”
Truffles Ball shaped chocolate.
Tulip A cup shaped flower of rich colour.
Uma Light or Peace.
Venus Considered as the most beautiful planet in the solar system
Wicket A small door or opening
Yang Active male force in Chinese philosophy.
Famous Name: Yang Wei is a professional male gymnast from China. In 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he became a silver medalist in the individual all-around competition and was able to won the gold medal in the team event.
Yasmin A kind of flower; also “Jasmine”
Zeke From Ezekiel – Strength of God.
Zia Means “light and splendor”
Ziggy Active, energetic, lively; zips from one place or action to another


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