Great Names for Big Dogs

Sure, you can name your dog Spot. But naming your best friend can be a chance to use one of those guilty pleasure names, a name that was just a bit too cutesy to use on a baby, or a name that gives your pooch dignity and gravitas. Basically, have fun!

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  • Alfie

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    Alfie is the eleventh most popular boys' name in England and Wales, where retro nickname names are ultratrendy, but it hasn't really been picked up on in the U.S.

    Thanks to some louche... Read More 

  • Alpha

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    The first letter of the Greek alphabet ande the brightest star in every constellation, this would make an interesting choice for a first daughter, though it does give off some spectral sci-fi... Read More 

  • Apollo

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    With mythological names rising, the handsome son of Zeus and god of medicine, music, and poetry among many other things might offer an interesting, if high-pressure, option. But if Romeo and Venus... Read More 

  • Arthur

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    Arthur, once the shining head of the Knights of the Round Table, is, after decades of neglect, now being polished up and restored by some stylish parents.

    In addition to its leading... Read More 

  • Bailey

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    Extremely amiable, open-sounding surname that's gradually being taken over by the girls. Read More 

  • Baxter

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    An x makes any name cooler, so that Baxter has a bit more pizzazz than the original Baker. Baxter had some currency as a first name a century ago--it was on the popularity lists sporadically from... Read More 

  • Bear

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    Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for... Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm—a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own—this... Read More 

  • Bella

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    Everything ella, from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is red hot right now. Bella was one of the less overused examples, with the hint of a nice Old World grandmotherly veneer, until it became attached... Read More 

  • Benji

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    Benji is undeniably cute, much in the way of a -- yes, an adorable movie mutt. But when a name comes with a readymade nickname as handsome and strong as Ben, why would you opt for Benji?Read More 

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