Unique Male Dog Names: More than 140 Names for your Unique Male Dog

The unique male dog names list has names for dogs who are different, uncommon or downright anomalous. For unique dogs or owners, you need a name that is special. Leave the commonplace behind as you hunt for the consummate canine cognominate.

Hunting for a famous name? Look for highlighted entries with details about famous people and characters who inspired some of the names on this list.

Do you have a unique Chihuahua? How about naming him Jumbo or King? If you are an artist, how about Picasso? Love country music? Try Rascal in honor of Rascal Flatts.

If you prefer one syllable dog names, there are a few on this list including Benz, Gage, Jax and Monk. Head straight over to the one syllable list to see a lot more. Caution: Try to avoid one syllable name that sounds like a dog training command. It could confuse your dog.

For this unique list, I tried to avoid the most popular dog names like Jake, Bailey, Sadie and Bella, even though one of my dogs is named Bailey (love that name). If you DO like popular names, check the top 100 dog names list for suggestions.

My Favorite Unique Male Dog names

Unique Male Dog NamesFour of my favorite unique male dog names are Radar, Gizmo, Basil and Zephyr. As a fan of Eric Clapton’s music, I also like the name Clapton. Never heard of Clapton? Ugh.

NOTE: That very beautiful dog in the picture to your right is named Loke, a very unique name. Thanks to Damian Searles of Australia for making this outstanding photo available.

You might also find something you like on the Hunting dog names list. You don’t hunt? No problem. There are still a ton of great one syllable names to consider.

Below is a list of more than 140 of my favorite unique male dog names, many with reasons why they made the list. Have fun while you are search.

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.

AchillesHero of Greek mythology. Remember the Trojan War? He was one of its heroes.
Al FrescoWill your dog be outside a lot? Al Fresco may be perfect as it means “outside.”
AlcatrazThe famous prison island in San Fransisco Bay.
AlpacaLike a Llama, only smaller.
ApexThe very top or peak of something.
ArgyleMulti-colored, diamond shaped pattern. Think “preppy.”
BalboaAs in, Rocky Balboa. Yo, Adrian!
BaldwinAs in Alec, Stephen, William and Daniel, the actors who are brothers.
Famous Name: Alec Baldwin (born 3 April 1958) is the eldest of four brothers, all of whom are actors like him. Some of his most popular films include Beetlejuice (1988), The Cooler (2003) and The Aviator (2004).
BasilYes, the herb. Or, Basil of Baker Street, the mouse character in The Great Mouse Detective. One of my favorite unique male dog names.
BengalThe great, orange striped tiger. Think “Shere Khan” from Disney’s The Jungle Book.
BenzAs in the sweet luxury cars.
BeowoofA play on the Old English poem, Beowulf, from the 11th century.
BerberA type of carpet or a North African people group.
BeretA cool hat. No, not “cold,”but sic, rad, tight, etc.
BiscuitBiscuits often taste good when you make them for breakfast with gravy
BlizzardA large snowstorm. Might be a good name for an Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky.
BoaVery large snake that squeezes the life out of its victims.
BoboUpscale and artistic Bohemians.
BogartAs in, Humphrey. If you have a male and female dog, you can name them Bogi and Becall.
Famous Name: American cultural icon Humphrey Bogart (25 December 1899 to 14 January 1957) starred in numerous films, including The Petrified Forest (1936), In a Lonely Place (1950) and Sabrina (1954). In his almost 30-year film career, he has appeared in 75 feature films.
BomberIn snow skiing, someone who flies down the mountain in an out of control fashion. Good name for a snow dog like a Husky, Alaskan Malamute or Akita.
BookieAre you a gambler?
BoratA mockumentary comedy movie released in 2006.
Famous Name: Borat Sagdiyev is a fictional Kazakh character played by English actor Sasha Baron Cohen. He is the main protagonist in the 2006 mockumentary Borat which followed him in his travels across the United States.
BrewsterAn old English name for Brewer. As in, someone who brews beer.
BrodieThe girl’s version of Brody. A Brody is actually a ditch, like the trench you leave in dirt when you peel out with a four wheeler. Think: doing brodies in the dirt.
Famous Name: Best known as “Polaroid Kidd,” Mike Brodie (born 1985) is an American photographer from Florida. His photographs usually depict hobos, squatters, train-hoppers and vagabonds.
BubblesIs your puppy bubbly? Do you like Lawrence Welk? (don’t know who that is?)
BuckwheatAs in the character from Little Rascals
BuddyFrom the 2003 movie, “Elf,” with Will Ferrell.
CameoAn artistic shadow portrait, like you see in jewelry. Also, a brief appearance or small role in a play or film.
CanyonThe Grand Canyon, Hell’s Canyon, Bryce Canyon, etc.
CappyAs in “Captain,” like an English military captain.
ChampAs in, Champion.
CharlemagneA Roman Emperor in the 9th Century. Also King of the Frankish kingdom prior to his brief reign as Emperor.
ChauffeurAs in, the driver. Might name your female dog “Daisy.”
ChewbacaThe big brown creature in Star Wars who never actually says any real words. One of my favorite unique male dog names.
ClaptonAs in Eric. If you are a guitar player, this could be the one you want.
Famous Name: Eric Clapton (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, as is considered as the one of the most influential and important guitarists of all time. One of his hits entitled Tears in Heaven expressed his grief on the death of his son in 1991.
CrockettDavy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!
DesertNo, not Dessert. The big, sandy place like the Gobi, Sahara, etc.
DexterSomeone who dyes clothing. Also, the name of my daughter’s Cockapoo!
DiddleyAsin Bo Diddley, the American R&B singer.
DieselAs in Vin Diesel of Fast Five fame.
DivotFor golfers.
Donner…and Blitzen, perhaps?
DoodleDrawing cute little images; often abstract.
DoyleAn Irish name. A stranger or foreigner, often “black” or “dark.”
DragonAs in, Dungeons and…
DynamiteIf you have two spitfire dogs, you could name them Dynamite and Fire Cracker.
ElvisThe King lives!
Famous Name: Elvis Presley (8 January 1935 to 16 August 1977) is one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. Referred as the King of Rock and Roll, his biggest hits include Heartbreak Hotel and Love Me Tender.
EspressoCoffee, indeed. Good Chocolate Lab name or name for a brown dog.
EuphratesThe sister river to the Tigris in the Fertile Crescent
FalconA bird of prey. Hawk-like.
FenderA brand of guitar. OK, for some it is THE brand of guitar.
FletchShort for Fletcher, as in, Andy Fletcher from the band Depeche Mode. Also a 1980s movie with Chevy Chase.
GageAs in a measuring gage. Also, an oath, guarantee, pledge or promise. Great name for a dog, right?
GasperA treasure. Also, one of the three kings – Magi – who visited Christ at His birth. Also, Gaspar.
GenghisFamous Mongolian leader, Genghis Khan.
GinkoAs in, Ginko Biloba. Ginko is a Chinese tree. Good name for a Chinese dog breed, like a Chow Chow, Shar Pei or Shih Tzu.
GizmoOne of my favorite Unique Male dog names.
GuinnessThe Book of World Records or the beer. Take your pick.
GyroLike a Gyrocopter.
HachikoThe dog star in Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, the 2009 movie staring Richard Gere.
HoganIs your dog a hulk? Think of Hulk Hogan, the famous pro wrestler.
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HojoA Japanese name. The Hojo clan was a ruling family in Japan in the 13th century.
HooliganTrouble maker.
HugoOf German origin. A bright mind. Intelligent. A popular European name.
HunterPretty good name for a gun dog, or a Hungarian Vizsla, for that matter.
IgorNorse for Warrier archer.
JaggerDoes your puppy have big lips? Mick Jagger, the famous rocker, does. I’m not sure Mick would be happy he made the unique male dog names list, but we think he should.
JaxAn urban name for sexy guy.
JettaAs in Volkswagen Jetta. Also, a black gem for a girl’s name.
JinxSomething that brings bad luck. Actually, this was the nick name for my childhood friend’s dad.
JumboFor a big dog, or a very small one like a Chihuahua.
KevlarFor your bullet-proof puppy.
KingGreat name for a large or small dog breed.
KodakLike the camera company. Think “Kodak moment.”
LappyIt’a actually short for laptop. I just thought it was a cute name.
LeviThink Levi’s jeans. Also, the third son of Lea and Jacob. Head of the Israelite tribe of Levi.
LoverboyOh, you know.
MacbethAs in, The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. “Out, damned spot!”
MalcolmMalcolm X, Malcolm in the Middle, etc.
MelvinA Celtic mill worker. Also, the character Melvin Jones played by Jerry Lewis in the 1952 movie Sailor Beware
MercShort for Mercury, the car, planet and the Greek god.
MonkA religious man; member of a monastic order, who takes a vow of obedience, chastity and poverty.
MoppetA child. Often little and sweet, as in a little tyke.
MorrisOf European decent. Comes from Maurice. Dark skinned.
MusclesGood name for a Rottweiler.
NachoHow about this one for a Chihuahua. Visit our Chihuahua names page for more ideas.
NapaFor the wine drinkers who love the Napa Valley.
NapoleonAs in, Napoleon Bonaparte or, my son’s favorite, Napoleon Dynamite. Gosh!
NeroRoman Emperor from 54 to 68. Not a nice man. Executed his enemies – even his own mother!
NikeThe shoe company, the Greek Goddess of Victory, take your pick.
NitroFor a potent little dog.
OliverThis is French for elf army.
OscarGood name for a Dachshund, or weiner dog, as in Oscar Mayer hot dogs.
PacoLatin for “from France.”
PaddingtonAs in, Paddington Bear.
PagodaUnique make dog name for an Akita dog or another dog of Asian descent.
PandaDo you have a black and white dog? Good name.
PharaohAs in, the Pharaoh’s of Egypt. Learn about the Pharaoh Hound.
PicassoAs in, the famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso.
PistolAs in, a hand gun. For a flowery pup, use Pistil instead. You know, pistils and stamens?
Popeye…the sailor man.
QuarkIn physics an electronic particle. Also, a type of cheese.
RadarO’Reilly, from Mash. Another of my favorite unique male dog names.
RaffertyOne who posseses prosperity or good fortune. Abundance.
RagsCute name for a shaggy little dog.
RamsteinAs in, Ramstein-Miesenbach, a German municipality. Great German dog name.
RangerThink: Ranger Rick
, the cute Racoon. Protector of the forest.
RascalAs in the country band called “Rascal Flatts.”
RastaYa man. As in, Rastafari of Jamaican origin.
RemingtonThe famous rifle.
RolfAs in Ralph or Rudolf. Also, Roll On The Floor (laughing).
Romeo…and Juliet.
RoyceAs in Rolls Royce.
SageA type of herb, often used for healing.
SealLike a Navy Seal. The sea animal. Also, the famous musician.
SinatraWill your dog do it his way? Frank Sinatra certainly did.
SkinnerAs in, hunter. Also, a mule driver or driver of a mule train.
SlickerThink “City Slicker.” A city dweller with no experience in the country.
SonataNot the car, the song. A musical name.
TamaleAs in “Hot Tamale.” Good name for a Chihuahua
or other Mexican breed.
TazAs in, Tazmanian Devil.
ThumperFor Disney fans.
TizzyAs in, don’t throw a tizzy! Nervously excited. Or agitated.
TrojanIs your dog going to be as big as a horse? A Trojan horse, perhaps?
TrooperGood hunting dog name.
TroutA type of fish. Fun name for a water dog, like a Labrador Retriever, Otterhound, Standard Poodle, etc.
VengaA type of fish
WaddlesAs in, one who . . . waddles. Just thought this was cute!
WandererOne who wanders. Maybe a good name for an explorer or curious dog.
WarholFor Andy Warhol fans (he was a well-known film maker and pop artist).
WeeblesAs in, the rolly polly toys. Weebles wabble but they don’t fall down!
WoodsyIn honor of Woodsy Owl.
WranglerFor Jeep fans.
XavierA Latin name. It has a boring meaing: owns a new house. But it is unique.
XerxesA king of the 5th century. One who rules.
Yo YoAs in the toy yo-yo. Also, Yo-Yo Ma, the great cellist.
ZeroNone, as in a numeric quantity. Also, to aim or “zero in.” Not a one syllable name, but not bad for a hunting dog
ZiggyAs in, the cartoon character.
ZephyrGreek God of the west wind. Also a cool train from the 1930s. This made the unique male dog names list because I have never met a dog name Zephyr. Great name.


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