Unusual Dog Names: More than 200 Names for your Unusual Dog

The unusual dog names list has more than 200 names for dogs and owners who are unusual. Unusual could define many dogs and owners, but you know who you are. Names from our Top 100 Dog Names list like Max, Mollie, Buddy and Lucy are definitely not for you.

Look at the yellow Labrador Retriever in the picture. Would you believe this dog eats at the table with her owners for every meal? That certainly fits the unusual dogs category.

You could say the same about her owners! The name Britches is a great name for a yellow Lab.

Do you have an unusual Yorkshire Terrier? How about naming him Archie. If you love good literature, how about Atticus for Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird? Or you could name your black dog Anise for the herb that tastes like licorice.

For those who love one syllable dog names, there are plenty on the unique dog names list like Amp, Benz, Bert and Jet. You won’t find names like Jake or Sadie 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 Unusual Dog names

Unusual Dog NamesThree of my favorite unusual dog names are Rowlf, Quattro and Dog. In the movie Big Jake starring John Wayne, Wayne’s character was Jacob McCandles and his dog’s name was, simply, Dog. I love this movie.

Yes, I love one syllable dog names (like Dog) and you probably know that by now if you have snooped around this site very much. I also realize some pundits warn agains the use of one syllable names because your dog might be confused if their name sounds like a training command.

Be certain you don’t use a name like Neal (which sounds like “heal”) or Beau (which sounds like “No”). Truth be told, I had a Doberman Pinscher roommate in college and his name was Bo. I prefer one syllable names for hunting dog names.

Below is a list of more than 200 of my favorite unusual dog names as well as reasons why I included some of them on the list. Browse or study the list and have fun.

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.

Name Meaning
Abilene Everything is big in Texas, right? If you have a large dog breed, why not name him after this town in Texas.
Adze Tool used to smooth and carve rough wood
Aja Means “a little goat” in Hebrew
Ambrose Name of Greek origin that means “immortal” or “divine”
Amp Great name for a perky pup.
Anise Anise is the spice that tastes a bit like licorice. This is a very good name for a black dog (if you like black licorice).
Anya A feminine given name; may be short for “Anastacia”

If your dog has a very pointy tail or another pointy feature, Apex is a great name.

Apogee The climax or culmination of something
Archie Short for “Archibalt”‘ also a popular character in a comic series of the same name
Ardor Full of enthusiasm or passion
Arizona A state in south USA that borders Mexico
Armin Short for “Arminium”, a German war hero
Arrow A very precise hunying weapon
Aruba A beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea
Athena I added this to the unusual dog names list for a good famale watchdog. Do you have a famale Rottweiler or German Shepherd? Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare.
Atticus Gregory Peck played the character Atticus Finch in the 1962 movie, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Autmun The third season of the year, between summer and winter
Avalon The place to where King Arthur was conveyed after death
Azore An archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean
Bach For the classic music lover.
Baden Small toen outside Pittsburgh
Badge Great name for a guard dog.
Baffle A dog that leaves anyone bewildered or perplexed
Banana A long and curved (mostly yellow) fruit, if you must know
Banjo  A stringed musical instrument, smaller than a guitar
Baratza For coffee lovers, this is the brand name of a coffee grinder.
Baroque An artistic style that displays exaggerated drama, exuberance, and grandeur
Bashful Very shy to strangers
Beaner a baseball deliberately thrown at the batter’s head
Beasley This made the unusual dog names list because it was one of my favorite restaurants as a kid. Actually, the restaurant was called Mrs. Beasley. Maybe you could name your female dog Mrs. Beasley?
Bee Gee Hats off to Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy.
Beige Perfect name for a dog with a pale sandy yellowish-brown
Benz For Mercedes lovers (Mercedes should probably be on the unusual dog names list, too!)
Beowulf Name of the legendary Scandinavian hero
Berkley A variation of the city in California, Berkeley
Bert A Sesame Street character, bestfriend of Ernie
Bianca Means “white” in Italy
Biker A motorcyclist or a member of a motorcycle gang
Biloxi A city in southeastern Mississippi
Binky Something that children feel is very warm to them; childish comfort
Bixby As in Bill Bixby of Incredible Hulk fame. Great name for a horse, too.
Blaze Dog with a white spot or stripe on the face
Blazer  Someone who glows, burns, or flares — figuratively, of course
Blizzard I love this name for a Siberian Husky.
Blogger Purely a 21st Century name.
Boo Either a term of endearment or something that a ghost says
Booger Either a term of endearment or a piece of dried nasal mucus (I know, it’s gross, but it’s a cute name for a dog)
Bootsy Sounds a little like a cat name, but that’s why I added it to the unusual dog names list. Why? Because it’s unusual for a dog, silly.
Borat The popular fictional character from Kazakhstan
Boss The one in charge; the master, head, manager
Boxer Someone who takes part in boxing
Branson A city in southwestern Missouri, noted as a resort based on country music
Brickle Brittle; easily cracked or snapped
Bristles Having short and stiff hair, just like a toothbrush
Britches Southern slang for “jeans” or “pants”
Bronson As in the great movie actor, Charles Bronson.
Bronx Great name for a Bulldog. Can’t you just see your Bulldog strutting through New York streets?
Bullet The projectile that comes from firearms
Bumper Exceptionally fine, large, or successful
Burley Tobacco of a light-colored variety primarily grown in Kentucky
Buzz A low and continuous humming sound, mostly made by a bee or mosquito
Cadbury For a very sweet and unusual dog.
Cadence The rhythm of the beat
Cadillac Large, luxury vehicles; sometimes refered to as Caddys
Caiya Cute name for a female dog
Cameo A lovely piece of jewelry, mostly shaped oval
Candy Small and sweet
Canyon A depp gorge
Cayden American for “fighter”
Century Equal to 100 years; perfect name for an old dog, or a dog that you think (or hope) will live long
Chance A possiblity of something happening
Chaos With an unpredictable or even random behavior
Charlemagne One of Europe’s most successful monarchs
Charm Charming; full of charm
Chicken A scaredy cat (or dog, rather); coward
Chief The leader, king, manager, boss, etc.
Cipher A secret
Clapton This made the unusual dog names list because I love Eric Clapton music. Especially his “Unplugged” album.
Clippy Nickname for Clippit, an animated character in Microsoft Office
Cocoa With smooth and brown fur
Cordite A smokeless explosive used in ammunition
Cosette Means “a little thing”
Crave A dog that is asled or desired
Cricket That little insect that makes a characteristic rhythmical chirping sound
Cupcake  Small, colorful, and sweet cakes
Cusp An end where two curves meet
Dahlia If your pup has a flowery personality, this is a great name.
Dakota Great and unbeatable fighter
Dandelion A pesky weed of the daisy family
Dandy Stylish, neat, and fashionable in appearance
Dante’ Latin for “enduring” or “obstinate”
Dauntless Brave, fearless, and bold
Daze A dog who gets people in a state of stunned confusion or bewilderment
Desert Worthiness or entitlement to reward or punishment
Dino Shrot for “dinosaur”
Dixie My Uncle Don named his Hugarian Vizsla Dixie. It’s on my Hunting Dog Names list and Dixie is a very unusual dog.
Dog One of my favorite movies of all time is Big Jake with John Wayne. His dog was names Dog.
Donatella The first name of a very successful Italian fashion designer
Dozer A dog who bulldozes everything (or anything)
Dragon A fire-breathing mythical monster
Dumpster Trash receptacle
Duplex Something made up of two parts
Dylan A Welsh male name
Eagle Eagle – Possessing keen senses
Eden The beautiful garden where Adam and Eve first lived in
Eskimo Inhabitants of the circumpolar region
Exodus Mass departure
Fargo Does your dog love the snow? This is a great name for a snow dog.
Flint Cold-hearted
Fudgey Soft and sweet
Funky The 60s term for “cool”
Gadget Go Go Gadget.
Gasper Slang for cigarette
Gazelle Small, slender, and dainty, like the antelope
Genevieve Means “woman of the people” (rather, “woman of the dogs”)
Gertrude Means “spear maiden”
Gia Short for “Giana”, “Giada”, “Gian”
Gideon Hebrew for “mighty warrior”
Giselle German for “hostage” or “pledge”
Granite Something very hard and impenetrable
Guinevere The beautiful wife of King Arthur and mistress of Lancelot
Hershey Sweet and Brown, just like the chocolate
Iris Another name for a dog with a flowery personality.
Ishtar Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and war
Isis Greek goddess of fertility
Ivory An off-white color that resembles the material of the same name
Jade Bad-tempered or disreputable female
Jayla American name for a girl
Jello Jelly-like and sweet
Jet Quick and swift, just like a jet
Jewell Variation of “jewel”, a precious stone
Jezebel Oh, boy, this could be a naughty doggie.
Juniper An evergreen shrub or tree
Juno The most important goddess of the Roman state, wife of Jupiter
Kai  Finnish for “rejoice”
Karma Destiny or fate
Kiesha Means “aliv e and well”
Kira Male name that means “dark” in Gaelic
Koi There is something fishy about this name, but I just can’t put my finger on it.
Komet Variation of “comet”, celestial object
Lilac A dainty flower of pale pinkish-violet color
Lime Can be a white caustic alkaline substance or a rounded citrus fruit
Loki A mischievous and sometimes evil god
Maple A popular tree; flavor of maple syrup or maple sugar
Marshmellow The white puffy confection roasted over a campfire
Matthias This is the name of the Disciple who replaced Judas Iscariot.
Miko A female shaman or priestess
Millie German for “labor” or “strength”
Miracle A highly improbable or extraordinary event
Mojo Magical charm or spell
Monster Of extraordinary and daunting size
Mya Greek for “mother” or “great one”
Nike Not the shoe company, the Greek goddess of victory!
Nikita Greek for “unconquered”
Opal A gemstone of varying colors
Ophelia Greek for “help” or “aid”
Papaya A tropical fruit shaped like an elongated melon
Parable A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson
Phoenix A dog that is uniquely remarkable in some respect
Pink A feminine color between red and white
Pique Stimulates interest or curiosity
Prophet Speaker for God or a deity
Pudding  I think of chocolate pudding and a chocolate colored dog.
Pup Young dog; short for “puppy”
Quark A dog that is able to roll into a tiny ball
Quattro This is one of my favorite unusual dog names because I never hear it. If you are an Audi fan or remember the now defunct spreadsheet software, this name might be for you.
Rayne Female name that means “queen” in French
Reba Hebrew for “to tie”
Reiko Female name that means “courteous child” in Japanese
Rio Spanish for “river”
Rowlf Do you remember the scruffy brown dog character from the Muppets? Rowlf made the unusual dog names list because the Muppets character is one unsual dog. He plays the piano for goodness sakes! This is one of my favorite names on this list.
Sabine Female name of Latin origin
Sabre A very sharp blade
Sharpie Cunning and sly
Shell Can be short for “Shelly” or “Shelley”
Shiloh The historic site of a major Civil War battle in Tennessee
Skye Female name of Norse origin meaning “cloud”
Solomon Very wise
Spencer Means “someone who gives out goods”
Spigs Something that is very big
Spirit Otherwise known as the “soul”
Sprinkles Another sweet name for a sweet dog. Perhaps your pup has unusual spots.
Sprite An elf or fairy
Starlight The light that is emitted by stars
Stavos Name for an elegant male dog
Suede For a dog with unusual coloring.
Suki Female name which means “to like” in Japanese
Taffy Chewy candy that is similar to toffee
Tass To play with
Taz As in the Tazmanian Devil.
Teddy Means “gift of God” amy also refer to anything soft and fluffy, like the Teddy Bear
Termite An insect that feeds on wood
Tick A small parasite that sucks blood
Ticker Anything or something that ticks, like a watch or the heart
Tobiah Hebrew for “God is good”
Topaz For a dog with dark yellow fur, just like the precious stone
Tyler Means “tile maker”
Uhura For the Star Trek fans. If you don’t know, Lieutenant Uhura was the Chief Communications Officer in the Star Trek TV series and movies.
Wicked Mean and sly
Willow Our friends have a red-headed daughter named Willow. I put it on the unusual dog names list because I love the name, even if you don’t have a red headed dog like a Irish Setter.
Xerxes Persian king; also known as Xerxes the Great
Yonder Refers to the far distance
Zulu A member of a South African people
Zypher A soft or gentle breeze


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