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.

Shih Tzu NamesIf you have a name to share with the rest of us, please use the form at the bottom of this page. You just might make someone’s day!

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.

AcapulcoA fashionable resort city in Southern Mexico
AdmiralCommander in chief of a fleet of ships.
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.
AnaisBrand of perfume meaning graceful.
AnyaGod has favoured – Grace.
ArmandMan in the army – soldier.
AutumnSeason between summer and winter.
BaileyTrusted guardian of others property.
BeauHandsome man.
BiancaWhite or pure.
BingOne of many famous Shih Tzu names. Mariah Carey owns two Shih Tzus named Bing and Bong.
BishopA high ranking Christian cleric.
BitsyA small bit of something; perfect for the small shih tzu
BongThe other of Mariah Carey’s twin ShihTzus, given to her by Japanese officials when whe was touring Japan.
BrittanyA 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.
BubblesThin spherical liquid filled with gas. Irrepressible activity.
BudHerald, messenger.
CalliopeBeautiful-voiced and beautiful face.
CandyConfectionery made with sugar.
CaseyBrave and watchful – the warrior who never slept.
ChenGreat, treasure.
Choo ChooAmong famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Queen Elizabeth’s Shih Tzu.
CognacType of French brandy.
CookieA small flat, crisp cake.
CooperBarrel 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).
CozettePerfect pet name meaning “little thing of no importance” (although you might want to replace  “no” with “big”)
DelilahTo flirt.
DivaAmong famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Fantasia Barrino’s (American Idol) Shih Tzu.
DizzyBewildered or confused, giddy.
DollySpanish – From Dolores – Lady of sorrow.
DominoLord and master.
DuchessWife of a Duke.
EinsteinFor 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.
FeliciaJoyous One.
FifiVery cute-sounding name fitting for a small dog
GigiFrom Gilberta – Bright pledge.
GrowlerA dog who makes a low, guttural, menacing sound. A small iceberg. A container for carrying beer. An electromagnetic device used for magnetizing.
GucciFashionable and expenaive brand
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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.
HaroldA mighty general.
HarryFrom 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”.
HoneychildAmong famous Shih Tzu names, the name of Nicole Richie’s dog.
JinxA person believed to bring bad luck.
KarmaFate or destiny (Hinduism and Buddhism).
KingA male sovereign/Ruler.
LeonPertianing to “lion”
LibbyMeans “mu God is a vow”
LilyA 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.
LionA large cat; the male has the wall-known flowing and shaggy mane
LionelPertianing to “lion”
LouieFamous battle warrior.
MadamePolite form of address for a woman.
MandarinA high official of Imperial China. Also a small orange or tangerine like fruit.
MarseillesCity in the Mediterranean coast of France
MartiniA cocktail made of gin or vodka and dry vermouth.
MimiEquivalent of Mary – Bitterness.
MingHaving a distinct smell, could be bad or good
MitziThe perfect one.
MuffinA small cup shaped cake.
NibblesTo bite off small bits.
NipperA small boy.
OreoAmerican biscuit brand consisting of two chocolate wafers with white cream filling.
OscarDivine 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.
PercyFrom Percival – Valley piercer.
PetalA section of a flower.
PetuniaSummer Flower.
PicklesFood flavored in a solution of vinegar.
PreciousOne who is beloved, a darling.
PrincessFemale member of a royal family.
PuddleWet with water, particualrly rainwater
PushokA cute name for a shih tzu
Putt PuttRefers to anything compact or miniature
RajA ruler, king, leader
RascalOne that is playfully mischievous.
RileyValiant and warlike.
SapphireA clear, usually blue gemstone.
SaucyImpertinent or defiant in an entertaining way.
ScampA mischievous youngster.
SilkySoft as silk.
SnugglesTo curl up closely, cuddle.
SultanA ruler, king, leader; also powerful, expert
SunObviously, the big bright thing in the sky during the day
SundaeA dessert of ice cream with sprinkles, syrup, peanuts, etc.; a great pick-me-upper
TinkerRepairs or improves something to no effect
ToasterA device that toasts bread
TotoThe name of Dorothy’s dog from “The Wizard of Oz”
TrufflesBall shaped chocolate.
TulipA cup shaped flower of rich colour.
UmaLight or Peace.
VenusConsidered as the most beautiful planet in the solar system
WicketA small door or opening
YangActive 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.
YasminA kind of flower; also “Jasmine”
ZekeFrom Ezekiel – Strength of God.
ZiaMeans “light and splendor”
ZiggyActive, energetic, lively; zips from one place or action to another


Can’t find the name you like on the Shih Tzu 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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