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Transforming Top to Uncommon Female Dog Names

Transforming Top to Uncommon Female Dog Names

Naming a dog and naming a baby, while similar in some respects, are two totally different tasks. We have different requirements for our pet names and our baby names. Children need names that can serve them in multiple contexts over the many stages of life. Dogs don’t.

This is why you can call your dog Oreo, but your daughter has to be Oriana.

People just have more fun with dog names. They tend to be snappier and nickname-ier than the names we choose for our children. Pet parents are also more willing to give dogs names that are on the edge of style. Chester might seem too dusty for a baby boy, but on a Boston Terrier? Adorable.

So there’s more freedom when it comes to the cutesiness and casualness of a dog’s name, but there are also restrictions. According to experts, dog names should ideally be two syllables — long enough that they can hear the inflection in your voice, but short enough that they easily learn to respond to it.

Now, you don’t have to follow that advice (there are plenty of well-adjusted pugs and poodles out there named Pearl and Penelope), but for the sake of this list, we’ve mostly suggested two-syllable names.

Below are unique dog names that are alternatives to the 100 most common female dog names. Because even though there’s less pressure when naming a dog, we know you name-nerds still aren’t going to settle for something in the Top 100.

Popular Dog Name Uncommon Dog Name

BellaDella

LunaLumi

LucyClara

DaisyMaisie

LolaLula

SadieZadie

MollyPolly

BaileyLainey

StellaZella

MaggieGreta

ChloeEffie

PennyPeggy

NalaKahlo

ZoeyZola

LilyViolet

CocoKiki

SophieSylvie

RosieRuthie

EllieNellie

RubyGemma

Popular Dog Name Uncommon Dog Name

PiperPippa

MiaPia

RoxyRomy

GracieFlossie

MillieTilly

WillowWilla

LuluZuzu

Pepper → Saffron

GingerClover

HarleyHadley

AbbyAgnes

WinnieEdie

NovaLyra

KonaCora

Riley Ripley

ZoeZara

Lilly Libby

DixieDottie

LadyLottie

Izzy Kizzy

Popular Dog Name Uncommon Dog Name

HazelHaven

LaylaIsla

OliveVida

CharlieDarcy

SashaShiloh

MayaGaia

HoneyBlossom

AthenaAura

LexiKenzie

CaliCami

AnnieSally

BelleEstelle

PrincessQueenie

PhoebeDaphne

EmmaIda

EllaElsie

CookieDulcie

MarleyMarlowe

CallieHallie

ScoutSloane

Popular Dog Name Uncommon Dog Name

RoxieNixie

RemiRori

MinnieMinnow

MaddieMarnie

DakotaBristol

LeiaLena

PoppyPippi

JosiePosy

HarperHarbor

MilaMika

AngelDream

HollyNoelle

AvaEvie

IvyJovie

MochaSable

GigiVivi

PaisleyPresley

KodaCedar

Cleo Clea

PenelopePortia

Popular Dog Name Uncommon Dog Name

BonnieLindy

MissyLissy

FrankieBillie

SugarSundae

AspenWinter

XenaXanthe

ShelbyAshby

FionaFlora

DollyGoldie

GeorgiaJolene

ShadowCinder

DelilahDinah

PeanutPixie

GraceAudrey

RoseRue

SkyeSage

PearlOpal

JasmineLilac

JunoFreya

TrixieScarlett

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About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top baby name trends of 2021, baby name synesthesia, and the top names in each state. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.