101 Nautical Dog Names

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Nautical Dog Names

Naming a dog can be a testament to their specific personality, or it can serve as an homage, of sorts, to some other interest or passion that holds a special place in your heart. For sea lovers or anyone who is particularly drawn to the allure of the ocean, nautical-themed names can be a great way to honor what you love anytime you speak to or think of your pet.


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Whether you're a skilled sailor or someone who dreams of spending their days adrift, check out these 101 nautical dog names for the canine companion who's meant to cruise the high seas with you.


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Nautical boy dog names

If you have a good boy with sea legs, or you just wish to bless your dog with a nautical pet name, this list is filled with great ideas and sources of inspiration. Many ship parts and positions have masculine-sounding names, which could easily be applied to your four-legged friend. When searching for the perfect name for your pet, think about their favorite things to do, or maybe activities they dislike, as well as some quirks that are unique to them.


  • Bob
  • Captain
  • Davit
  • Dodger

Fiddley: Not only is this a very adorable name for a canine, a fiddley also refers to the space above a ship's engine room.

  • Forest
  • Gunner
  • Hank
  • Jack
  • Kent
  • Leech


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  • Martin
  • Matey
  • Oaks
  • Peter
  • Pirate


Skipper: A great name for a leader of the pack-type dog, the skipper is the captain of any boat.

  • Spanky
  • Splash
  • Stemson
  • Stevey
  • Stripes
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Nautical dog names—female

There are decidedly fewer names in this section than in just about any other section on this list, but feminine names rule the sea! After all, every ship has a female name, and many of the things that rule the ocean herself, like the moon, are said to be feminine in nature and energy. We've come up with a handful of nautical dog names for female pups that might inspire you, but if you don't see anything here, just think of your favorite boat or body of water for more ideas!



  • Annie
  • Aqua
  • Ariel
  • Bitsy
  • Bitt

Carena: Carena is not only a beautiful name meaning "beloved," it also refers to the part of a ship that's always underwater.

  • Keelie
  • Lita
  • Marina
  • Mizzy


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  • Moon
  • Ocean
  • Pearl
  • Portia
  • Queenie
  • Sasheer


Sky: What would a day of sailing be without the big, blue sky in front of you? Sky is a fairly common name for dogs, and could suit just about any canine friend.

  • Sprinkles
  • Star
  • Sunset
  • Taffy
  • Windy
  • Zabra
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Nautical names for dogs that are gender-neutral

When it comes to giving your furry friend their own name, anything can be considered gender-neutral, really. A dog's name should highlight their personality and best, or worst, traits, so don't be afraid to think outside the box when coming up with name ideas. For nautical dog names that could work for any canine companion, think of things that you would associate with sailing, the sea, ships, or other imagery, like colors, natural elements, and deck positions.

  • Anka
  • Beachy
  • Beacon
  • Blue
  • Bowers
  • Breezy
  • Buoy
  • Busy Bee
  • Chocks
  • Cringle
  • Decker
  • Del Mar
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  • Dingy
  • Doc
  • Dunkie
  • Floats
  • Gaffs
  • Gallant
  • Guppy
  • Jib


Knots: Knots tied with rope are not only useful for sailors, the term "knots" is also how nautical miles per hour are measured, which could be a fun name for a fast dog.

  • Lazar
  • Lee
  • Lighthouse
  • Morgan
  • Navin
  • Ropes
  • Rower
  • Sailor
  • Sails
  • Salty
  • Schooner
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  • Scuttles
  • Shippy
  • Shorsey
  • Snotty
  • Swabs
  • Tacky

Timber: Timbers are the frame of a ship which gives it its strength, and could be a great name for a dependable or sturdy canine.

  • Turtle
  • Walty
  • Waves
  • Wharf
  • Whips

Nautical dog names inspired by pop culture

You don't have to be too strict or serious when giving your dog a nautical pet name — not everything needs to be a Hemingway reference or ship structure! If you, or your dog, have a playful personality but are looking to keep things pointed in the direction of the high seas, look to pop culture references to help inspire you! This could include famous ships, characters from film and television, explorers, or even mythological gods — let your imagination run wild.

  • Bowie
  • Cruise
  • Dora
  • Ed Helms
  • Hook

Lil Yachty: Lil Yachty is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Georgia, and could make a cute name for any seafaring pup.

  • Magellan
  • Neptune
  • Paul Ruddy
  • Poseidon
  • Rivers
  • Stormi
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