140 Dog Names That Start with The Letter R

Quick . . . think of a classic dog name. If one of the first names you thought of was "Rover," congratulations! That name has been part of the dog name lexicon since the earliest days of filmmaking in 1905, when Cecil Hepworth used a dog named Rover in one of his movies.

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Sadly, Rover is no longer one of the most popular names for dogs. But if you want to get that ease and classic sound of a dog name that starts with the letter R, read this list for 140 ideas.

Male dog names that start with the letter R

  • R2D2 (honor your Star Wars fandom!)
  • Radcliff
  • Radford
  • Radley (both this name and the above names have the benefit of having the nickname "Rad"!)
  • Ray
  • Rafferty
  • Riff Raff
  • Rumble
  • Redfern
  • Redwall (from a classic book!)
  • Rags
  • Ragnarok
  • Rain
  • Rainier
  • Rally
  • Ralph
  • Rambo
  • Raymond
  • Ramsey
  • Ramses (Egyptian pharoah)
  • Rod
  • Rafiki ("friend," in Swahili)
  • Ruff
  • Randy
  • Randall
  • Ranger
  • Rascal
  • Raul
  • Raven
  • Rawlins or Rollins
  • Raider
  • Razzle
  • Reagan
  • Rebel
  • Reese
  • Reginald (Reggie)
  • Reilly
  • Raleigh (as in the city North Carolina)
  • Reynold
  • Rembrandt
  • Remington
  • Ren
  • Renfro
  • Repo (or Repo Man . . . reference the cult movie classic)
  • Renoir (a famous painter)
  • Rex
  • Reynaldo
  • Ryan
  • Ribeye
  • Ricardo
  • Rich or Richie
  • Rico
  • Riddick
  • Ricky Bobby (why not?!)
  • Rin Tin Tin
  • Ringo
  • Rio
  • Rizzo
  • Ripley
  • Roanoke
  • Rowan
  • Roberto
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  • Rocky
  • Rocko or Rocco
  • Rockwell
  • Rolando
  • Rolf
  • Rollo
  • Roman
  • Romeo
  • Romney
  • Roni
  • Rooney
  • Rooty Tooty
  • Rory
  • Rosario
  • Roscoe
  • Ritz
  • Roswell
  • Ross (from Friends!)
  • Rowdy
  • Rolly
  • Resin (I mean, you might smoke a lot, so . . . )
  • Ruckus
  • Rudy
  • Rex
  • Royal
  • Rolls Royce (or just Royce)
  • Reuben
  • Rambler
  • Ramblin' Jack (from the famous book, of course)
  • Rug Rat
  • Rufus
  • Rune
  • Rusty
  • Rider or Ryder
  • Rye
  • Ryker
  • Riley
  • Revolt
  • Runner
  • River
  • Rouge
  • Revenge
  • Rapid
  • Rugby
  • Random
  • Rapid
  • Resort
  • Royal
  • Road Warrior
  • Raptor
  • Refuge
  • Roadster
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Female dog names that start with the letter R

  • Rae
  • Raphael or Raphaella
  • Revel
  • Rhumba
  • Ruffles
  • Rachel
  • Raquel
  • Rashida
  • Reba
  • Rebecca
  • Reyna
  • Renee
  • Reva
  • Revlon
  • Rhianna
  • Rhiannon (from a famous Fleetwood Mac song)
  • Rita
  • Rochelle
  • Rosalind
  • Rosa (Rosa Parks, civil rights heroine!)
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Rosalyn
  • Roxanne
  • Ruth
  • Rainbow (can you believe the best name is the last one?!)

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