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Pet Names

by Pamela Redmond and Linda Rosenkrantz, creators of Nameberry
There's a lot of crossover between pet names and baby names today, with the names of dogs and cats often reflecting baby name popularity trends. Pet owners put a lot of thought into naming their fur (and scale and fin) babies, looking to the pet's color or breed, to pop culture or even celebrities for name inspiration. Here are some of the most creative, popular, and coolest names for dogs, cats, goldfish, and more exotic pets today.

  • Adorable Poodle Names

    Poodles might be one of the most fun dogs to name. Why? Well, poodle names can be French names. Names that mean curly-haired can also make good poodle names. And poodles might also get their names from their colors and their size, which can vary a lot. Here, some inspirational names for your brand new poodle.

  • Badass Cat Names

    Badass names, meaning names with attitude, swagger and sass, are popular for babies, and names that are cool for children are hot for pets too. Attitude names for kittens and cats underscore your feline's natural speed and aggression. If you've got a badass cat who deserves a badass name, here are several attitude cat names that fit the bill.

    Badass Names for Cats

  • Badass Dog Names

    Badass dog names pick up on the trend for baby names with attitude.

    Along with old-school badass dog names like Buster and Butch, cool new badass names such as Axel, Hendrix, and Maverick are popular for puppies today.

    If you've got a badass puppy with lots of swagger and sass, one of these doggie attitude names might be the perfect choice. There are badass dog names here to fit female dogs and male dogs, large dogs and small, any color or breed -- as long as it's got lots of attitude!

    Badass Names for Dogs

  • Black Cat Names

    Black cat names might refer to the species' famous unluckiness....or to the fact that black cats are sleek and beautiful. If you cast superstition aside and welcome a black cat into your life, you'll want to give him or her a mystical name especially for black cats. The black cat names here mean have black-related or magical associations. Here, some perfect names for your black cat.

    Names for Black Cats

  • Chihuahua Names

    Chihuahuas are tiny dogs you can carry around in your hands, and so names that mean small or delicate would make good names for a Chihuahua. Themselves named for a Mexican state and a national symbol of Mexico, Chihuahua names might also be Mexican names, with either Spanish or Nahuatl origins. You might also play with your Chihuahua's small size by giving your dog a name that means big. Here, some ideas of good names for Chihuahuas.

  • Christmas Names for Pets

    Pets adopted at Christmas or given as holiday gifts might get classic Christmas names. Festive and creative, Christmas names draw from all aspects of the holiday season. For more ideas, see our master list of Christmas baby names.

  • Creative Cat Names

    Cat names are less likely to cross over with baby names than dog names are, but there are still plenty of popular names for cats that are also found on the lists of names for babies. If you're looking for a name for your new kitten, consult this list of creative cat names.

  • German Shepherd Names

    German Shepherds can be a breed with lots of creative name choices. You can give your German Shepherd puppy a German name, or perhaps a name that means or implies guide or ruler. There are both popular and unique names that work well for German Shepherds. Look to this list for inspiration for names for both male and female German Shepherd dogs.

  • Goldfish Names

    Goldfish names can be as creative as the names for any other pet. And why shouldn't your goldfish have an awesome name? We looked for names for your fish that mean gold or yellow and also focused on names with fish-related meanings as well as names of famous fish -- hi, Dory! Here, some inspired names for pet goldfish.

  • Great Names for Big Dogs

    Big dogs need big names: names that mean large or great, names too dramatic or wild to use on a baby. Naming your large dog can be a chance to use one of those guilty pleasure names, a name that was just a bit too imposing to use on a baby, or a name that gives your pooch dignity and gravitas. Or you can spin things in the opposite direction and choose a name that means small. Here, major names for large dogs.

  • Great Names for Small Dogs

    When picking dog names for smaller breeds, you need to choose something that reflects all the charm, personality and good things that come in your small package. Many of the names here mean small, little, or tiny, or are diminutives that convey that message -- perfect names for a small dog. And while Baby and Tiny are too obvious for some, here is a list of other names you may want to consider for your tiny pooch.

  • Irish Names for Dogs

    Irish names for dogs might be a nod to your dog's breed, as in Irish setter. Or maybe you've got a red-haired dog that looks Irish and so needs an Irish name. Or it might be you who's Irish or who simply loves names from the Emerald Isle. These Irish names are perfect for dogs.

  • Labrador Retriever Names

    Labs may be the friendliest dogs, and so names that mean friend or friendly make ideal names for Labrador Retrievers. Names that mean love might also make good names for Labs, because they show so much affection. If you've got a brand new Lab or Labradoodle to name, consider these great Lab names.

  • Most Popular Names for Dogs

    The top dog names today are also baby names. While there is no authoritative list by country of popular names for dogs, different organizations such as the American Kennel Club and locales like New York City keep their own lists of popular dogs names. While the dog names here appear in different order on different lists, here is our compilation of the 20 most popular names for dogs today.

  • Orange Cat Names

    Names for orange cats, which are also referred to as ginger cats or yellow cats, take their cue from your kitty's bright, warm color. Orange cats are also sometimes referred to as tabby cats or red cats, which can provide further inspiration for your cat's name. If you're the proud new owner of an orange kitten or cat, consider one of these names chosen especially for orange cats.

    Names for Orange Cats

  • Reptile Names

    Reptiles deserve great names just like any other kind of pet. Names for pet reptiles can be funny or cute, meaningful or silly. The names here can work for pet snakes, lizards, chameleons, iguanas, turtles, and, um, alligators, crocodiles, and dinosaurs. Names for your pet reptile that you might want to consider include the following names of famous reptiles, names that mean green, badass pet names, and popular names for reptiles.

  • Top Names for Cats

    What are the top cat names in the US? Fluffy doesn't rank anymore, but cool people names like Orion and Bella are becoming stylish for cats too. If you've got a kitten or a cat go name, you'd do well to look through lists of names that also work for babies to find one for your feline. Here are the top names for kittens and cats.

  • White Cat Names

    Names for white kittens and cats have a world all their own: names that mean white as well as names that reference white things like snow, stars, and diamonds. A white female cat might get a girls' name that means white such as Bianca, Guinevere, or Fiona. Names for a white male cat might include Finn, Gavin, or -- how cute is this? -- Albus. We also love nature names such as Frost, Snow, or Pearl for white cats. Here's further inspiration for perfect names for white kittens or cats.

    Cool Names for White Cats

  • Wild Western Names for Dogs

    Western names, cool names for cowboys and cowgirls, make great names for dogs and puppies too. If your dog loves to run the range, or just wishes he could, consider one of these Western dog names to give him or her some cool country attitude.