Unique Dog Names
More than 100 Names for your Unique Dog

The unique dog names list has names for dogs who deserve something different. While unique dogs are in the eye of the beholder, there are some dogs that are undeniably, well, unique.

Take the dog in the picture, for example. His name is Dash and he is owned by Mark Jones of Jersey City, NJ. Can anyone deny the uniqueness of Dash?

Do you have a unique Poodle? How about naming him Doodle. If your pup is the tiniest thing you have every seen, you could always name him Hulk. Or name your big dog Macro and your small dog Micro.

For those who love one syllable dog names, there are plenty on the unique dog names list like Zeke, Zip, Jade, Taz and Chan. You won’t find names like Max or Bailey on the list as they are two of the most popular dog names in use today. In fact, both of those names made the top 100 dog names list.

My Favorite Unique Dog names

Three of my favorite unique dog names are Taz, Noodles and Jazz. I also really like the name Zuri, which means “Beautiful” in the Swahili language.

Unique Dog NamesIf you have spent much time on this website, you probably know I have a thing for one syllable dog names. While some warn against using one syllable names because they could be confusing to the dog, I have always like them.

Just be careful not to use a name that rhymes with a training command. For example, Neal sounds like “heal” and Beau sounds like “No.” Hunting dog names, in my humble opinion, are a great use of the one syllable variety.

Below is a list of more than 100 of my favorite unique dog names, many with reasons why I included them on the list. Browse or study the list and have fun. For all boy dogs, check the unique male dog names list.

If you don’t find a name you like, visit our Dog Names by Breed page or one syllable dog names list to see more options. For even more names, search our list of more than 4,000 puppy names.

AddisonMeans “son of Adam” (their father do not have to be named Adam, though)
AdonisIn Greek mythology, the god of beauty and desire
AmoreRefers to “love” in Italian
ArgyleArgyle is back in fashion today. Are you the preppy type? Maybe your dog is too!
AveryMeans “elf council”
BaileyMeans “berry clearing”; also the name of an Irish whiskey
BanditGreat name for an American Staffordshire Terrier, or a “Pit Bull” as some people call them.
BanzaiDo you own an Akita or a Japanese Chin dog? In Japanese, Banzai means “Ten Thousand Years.” While your dog name not live that long, I just think it belongs on the unique dog names list.
BlaizeMeans “lisp” or “stutter”
BluebellA plant with a bell-shaped flower
BogartDo you remember the famous picture of dogs playing poker? There were several like this from the early 1900s and I imagine at least one of these dogs was named Bogart.
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CabernetSuperior Bordeaux type of red wine
CashmereFine soft wool from the Kashmere goat. Feeling your dog’s fur should feel like one
CasinoFor the great lover of gambling
ChanI think this also belongs on the Chihuahua names list.
CheyenneA pungent red powder made from ground dried chili peppers. Totally hot, hot, hot!
CuddlesPerfect name for a dog that you can cuddle
DakotaGreat and unbeatable fighter
DallasA city in the northeatern part of USA
DancerIf you have ever imagined your dog in a tutu, this might be the right name for your pup. Depending on your picture, this might also fit the funny dog names list.
DashMoves super fast. In no time, he has consumed his food and has stolen yours
DharmaName her partner Greg and relive the popular American television comedy
DiegoMy brother-in-law’s dog is named Diego and he is one unique dog. The picture doesn’t do him justice. He runs like a deer and jumps like a kangaroo!
DigitRefers to a finger or toe
DiscoFor the dog owner who loves the disco ball and the boggie of the 60s
DivaJust as Beyonce says: the version of a hustler
DoodleGreat name for a Poodle.
DrakeMeans “dragon”
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DurangoA state in northern central Mexico
EbonyGreat name for a black dog. Perhaps a Labrador Retriever.
ElliottMeans “the Lord is my God”
EloiseOld German for “famous warrior”
EspressoStrong and black, just like the coffee
FableA fabricator or inventor
FangWith a large, sharp tooth
FantasiaFree and improvised musical composition
FigaroGepetto’s pet kitten in Disney’s 1940 film Pinocchio; later appeared in several shorts as Minnie Mouse’s pet
FlurryA small swirling mass of something
GipsyA laborer
GizmoThis name is also on the Chihuahua names list because it reminds me of the funny character from the Gremlins movie.
GooberRefers to a peanut
HarleyAn English male given name; also an American motocycle manufacturer
HoganAmerican professional wrester Hulk Hogan
HooliganViolent troublemaker
HopeFeeling of desire and expectation for a certain thing to happen
HulkFictional character who turns green, big, and violent when agitated
ImagineBelieve to exist
IndigoIf you have an Australian Cattle Dog, also known as a Blue Heeler, this is a great name.
JadeMy wife had a cat name Jade and I really like this name.
JaggerEnglish rick star Mick Jagger
JamaicaFor the lovers of reggae and Bob Marley
JazzThis is another of my favorite unique dog names. I picture a dog with black coloration. Maybe a Black Russian Terrier. That’s a very unique dog.
JinxA person or thing that brings bad luck
KashmirThe northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent
KenoFor the lovers of gambling
LaramieA city in and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States
LarkA dog who seems to always be in great spirits, as in “happy as a lark”
LatteA strong variant of espresso coffee
LavaAnother great name for the Black Lab Dog Names list.
LegendVery well-known
Leo Refers to “lion”
LimbaughNo, this is not a reference to the radio commentator. This is a very common last name, but a unique name for your dog.
LindyMeans “beautiful”, “pretty”, “sweet”
LylahMeans “night”
MacroGreat name for large dog breeds.
MaddenAny football fans? Yes, this is definitely a reference to John Madden, the famous football TV man.
MangoFleshy and sweet yellowing fruit
MantraA word or phrase that is often repeated
MercedesA Spanish name for girls
MicroGreat name for small dog breeds.
MusclesStrong and brawny
NachoGreat name for a dog; actually a popular food of Mexican origin
NemoDoes your dog like to hide? Use this name and you could tell people how much time you spend finding Nemo (OK, bad joke).
NeroRoman emperor who was famous for his cruelty
NikitaGreek for “unconquered”
NoodlesI love this for curly dogs. Great name for a Bichon Frise.
NudgeA dog who always wants to get attention
OdessaMeans “angry man” (a rather unfitting meaning for a name of a girl)
OrbitLoves to move around in dizzying circles, mostly because of wanting to catch his tail
ParisElegant, chic, and popular
PebblesIf you have two dogs, you could name your other dog Bam Bam.
PipA small shape or symbol
PlutoYes, this is a very well-known Disney dog name, but I don’t hear it used much for “real dogs.” That’s why I put it on the unique dog names list.
QuimbyThe sidekick of an outspoken and characteristic bully (that’s you)
RadarAs in Radar O’Reilly from the old M.A.S.H. TV show and movie.
RansomRefers to “redemption”
RapunzelThe famous character whose long hair can be climbed on
SableAnother good black dog name.
SamuraiA warrior in pre-industrial Japan
SashaMeans “man’s defender”; perfect if you’re a man with a rather strong female dog
SierraMeans “saw”
SloanMeans “warrior” or “man of arms”; can be used both as a male or female name
TamaleA yummy Mexican dish
TazWhen I think of the Looney Tunes cartoon featuring the Tazmanian Devil, I think of the Chow Chow dog. It looks nothing like the real carnivorous marsupial found in Australia, but more like the cartoon. Go figure.
UnoMeans “one” or “first”
VioletA flower of purplish-blue color; popular name for a girl
WranglerPerfect name for a herder in a ranch or farm
YogaRelaxing and meditative, just like this Hindu discipline
ZekeOne of my favorite one syllable dog names. I also think this fits on the hunting dog names list so I included it there.
ZipMoves fast and swift
ZuriThe name Zuri is Swahili for Beautiful. Love this name.

Can’t find the name you like on the Unique Dog names list? Don’t give up. Try the unique male dog names list if yours is a male pup. You may also want to visit our Dog Names by Breed list or one syllable dog names list to do some more searching. If you have a great name, tell us about it!

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More than 100 Names for your Unique Dog

  1. I’m getting a new multipoo puppy and I’m not sure what to call it! I was wondering if you could give me a name to call it? Thanks!

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