250 Unique & Unusual Dog Names

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Unusual & Unique Pet Names

Spot, Rover, Fido: Good names, all. But sometimes a fancy pup calls for something more, well, distinguished or off the beaten path. Enter the list below, which collects 250 unique and unusual dog names for your scrolling pleasure.


There are many great names for your dog.
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Drawing inspiration from food, places, pop culture, and more, our list of unique and unusual pet names is guaranteed to help you match your new four-legged BFF with a fab name that reflects their personality and just how special they are. Plus, you won't get stampeded at the dog park when you call out to them!


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Unique dog names for male dogs

Got a not-so-average boy best friend on your hands? Then you'll want to give him a unique and unusual dog name that says to the world, "I'm no ordinary canine!" Unique male dog names don't have to be too far out, they could just be uncommon, funny, or point to a specific quirk about them. For example: If your puppy is constantly underfoot and tripping you, consider naming him Tripp or Stumbles. Names like this are great conversation starters, and will set your dog apart from the rest of the pack.


  • Axel
  • Bash
  • Biden
  • Blade
  • Bolo
  • Bolts
  • Bono
  • Boots
  • Brighton
  • Clooney
  • Codex
  • Corky or Corks
  • Curby
  • Czar
  • Dibbs
  • Dillinger

Dinky: Dinky Dog is an Australian cartoon, and also the nickname for Dinkum, the troublesome canine from the comedy classic, Vacation.

  • Dino
  • Dozer
  • Dozer
  • Drax
  • Dredd
  • Droop
  • Durango
  • Dutch
  • Exley
  • Fenway
  • Frex
  • Griffin
  • Grimsby
  • Hans
  • Hobbs


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  • Hoss
  • Hutch
  • Indus
  • Irving
  • Jagger
  • Jax
  • Kai
  • Kane
  • Krypto
  • Kutcher
  • Lamot
  • Landon
  • Latka
  • Leopold
  • Leviathan
  • Merlin
  • Mookie


Mulder: The truth is out there. If you get this reference, this X-Files-inspired name might be the perfect fit for your canine companion!

  • Oswald
  • Randle
  • Ree
  • Reginald
  • Revis
  • Ritz
  • Royston
  • Talfryn
  • Tank
  • Taron
  • Tonks
  • Tuba
  • Vortimer
  • Zander
  • Zeek


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Unusual female dog names

Special girls deserve special names, like any of the options on this list. When choosing an unusual female dog name for your perfect pooch, consider special things about her personality that make her who she is. Maybe she has a personality that shines like Glitter, or made she was definitely a witty diner waitress in a past lift, in which case a name like Midge might be appropriate. Play around and have fun with the process, and see if any of these names might inspire you!


  • Aja
  • Alta
  • Amaris
  • Beebee
  • Bertha
  • Bertie
  • Catia

Denali: Denali is not only the tallest mountain in Alaska, it's meaning also translates to "The High One" in Athabascan, and can be gender-neutral.

  • Fabs
  • Fern
  • Glitter
  • Godiva
  • Kay
  • Keke
  • Lottie
  • Mabel


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  • Mallory
  • Maripol
  • Midge
  • Nalla
  • Page


Rama: Rama is a Sanskrit name meaning "pleasing" and "charming," and can be a gender-neutral option for any dog who fits that bill (read: every single dog ever created.)

  • Rosamund
  • Sheena
  • Shiva
  • Tawny
  • Umber
  • Vivi
  • Wren
  • Yuri

Unique and unusual gender-neutral dog names

Maybe one thing that's unique about your dog is that they won't have a name that's typically feminine or masculine. After all, pets are commonly named after everyday things, like musical instruments, food, locations, and other things that don't outright say "I'm a boy," or "I'm a girl." If you want to give your best boy or girl a name that defies gender, check out this long list of gender-neutral dog names that are sure to garner a few smiles.


  • Acorn
  • Arrow
  • Banana
  • Banjo
  • Bantam
  • Biloxi
  • Birch
  • Bixby
  • Blimp
  • Blink
  • Brooklyn
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Bug: Could there possibly be a cuter name on Earth than "Bug?" Suitable for all dogs, big or small, Bug is a silly and sweet name, and a term of endearment for some.

  • Bunny
  • Burbank
  • Busy
  • Chalky
  • Chinook
  • Chopper
  • Cibola
  • Cinder
  • Cirrus
  • Clue
  • Cramps
  • Crayon
  • Crumbs
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  • Cry
  • Cups
  • Doodle
  • Fjord
  • Flea
  • Gadget
  • Giblet
  • Harper
  • Henna
  • Hiccup
  • Huxley
  • Jericho

Jet: Maybe it's the name of a plane, maybe it's the name of your favorite "Wings" song, either way, Jet is a great choice for a fast dog, or possible a dog with pointed features.

  • Jezzy
  • Kees
  • Kelby
  • Kindle
  • Kisses
  • Kodiak
  • Kolpin
  • Komet
  • Kunlun
  • Laces
  • Legos
  • Magpie
  • Marble
  • Navi
  • Neutron
  • Noop or Noopers
  • Notes
  • Nova
  • Odyssey
  • Onyx
  • Paget
  • Peaque
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  • Pico
  • Pip
  • Pockets
  • Polaris
  • Polk
  • Porb
  • Powder

Prunella: Prunella plants are commonly grown as ground cover, and also means "small plum" in Latin, perfect for little girls, or fruit-loving females.

  • Puck
  • Puck
  • Pudge
  • Quigley
  • Radar
  • Radley
  • Rayne
  • Ridgewell


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  • Roo
  • Rooney
  • Rusky
  • Ryder
  • Saber
  • Sable
  • Salty
  • Samus
  • Sepia
  • Shrub

Soho: Well-known neighborhoods in both NYC and London, Soho is name with a bit of a cosmopolitan twist, great for well-traveled dogs or canines with a fashionable sense about them.

  • Somerset
  • Soy
  • Specs
  • Spigs
  • Spoons
  • Stag
  • Starling
  • Suede
  • Sumo
  • Sutton
  • Sylph
  • Tadpole
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  • Taka
  • Thermos
  • Thimble
  • Turtle
  • Tycho
  • Utah

Vertigo: Whether your dog has a dizzying personality, or you're jus a fan of Hitchcock classics, Vertigo is a very unique pet name that we're sure you won't run into often.

  • Weensy
  • Wriggles
  • Wrinx
  • Xabat
  • Yack
  • Yeats
  • Zee
  • Zinc
  • Zippers
  • Zuul
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Unique pet names inspired by food

For the food lovers out there, what better way to honor your pet and your favorite dish or snack than by giving your dog or cat a name that would make anyone drool. Giving your pet a unique food-inspired name is, well, it's just plain cute. Who wouldn't chuckle upon meeting a dog named Eggroll or Tofu? The best part? Any of these names will work with male or female dogs, so have some fun with a food-inspired name for your pet!


  • Almond
  • Anise

Brauts: A great name for a hot dog, or any dog with a sausage-type body, "Brauts" refers to "brats," the German sausages.

  • Cannoli
  • Cashew
  • Chablis
  • Chai
  • Coconut
  • Crackers
  • Crumpet
  • Eggroll
  • Espresso
  • Gravy
  • Hershey
  • Marzipan
  • Mayo
  • Molasses
  • Moscato
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  • Noodle
  • Nutella
  • Nutmeg
  • Parsnip
  • Pasta
  • Pepsi
  • Pistachio
  • Pizza
  • Potato
  • Queso

Rolo: Might be a good fit for a roly-poly little dog, or just a fan of the candy. Rolos are chocolate-covered caramel candies that are bite-sized and very sweet.

  • Root Beer
  • Sorrel
  • Stoli
  • Syrup
  • Taco
  • Toast
  • Tofu
  • Truffle
  • Yogurt

Do you need more inspiration for your new pet’s name?

Pets are like our children. We love them, care for them, and we get to dress them up in adorable outfits — if that's a thing we feel like doing! So it's extra important that we take time to find the perfect name that reflects our new pet's personality and potential. Naming can be hard, which is why we've gathered nine pet-naming techniques to find the perfect fit, as well as assembled a handful of our most beloved lists of pet names!