320 Nerdy Names for Dogs and Cats

Ain't nothing wrong with being a nerd. In fact, if you're a nerd and proudly identify yourself as such (which you should!) AND you also happen to be racking your brain for a name for your new fur-kid, fear not. We've compiled a list of some of the nerdiest pet names to be found anywhere.

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We've got name ideas for: Computer & Graphic Design Nerds, Math & Science Nerds, Film & TV Nerds, Gamer Nerds, and Comic Book Nerds. We realize that this is in no way an exhaustive list of categories—for example, we're missing History Nerds and Music Nerds—but if we included every single kind we could think of, this list would go on for days. Even if you can't find the perfect moniker on this list, we're sure that it'll take your brainstorm into even greater heights of geekery.

Your fave nerdy name not on the list? Comment below!

Nerdy names for dogs inspired by computer & graphic design.

  • Ajax
  • Apple
  • Beta
  • Bing
  • Bug
  • Boot
  • Cache
  • Chroma
  • Cloud
  • Cisco
  • Codex
  • Chip
  • Data
  • dOS
  • dongle
  • dot matrix
  • Gif
  • Google
  • Glitch
  • Java
  • Mac
  • Megabyte
  • Node
  • Pixel
  • Raster
  • Render
  • Ruby (On Rails)
  • Vector
  • Widget
  • Wysiwyg
  • Zip

Math & Science Nerdy Dog Names

  • Bunsen
  • Beaker
  • Dalton
  • Digit
  • Faraday
  • Fractal
  • Gadget
  • Gizmo
  • Kelvin
  • Laser
  • Nebula
  • Pi
  • Quark
  • Sputnik
  • Sirius
  • Watson & Crick (For a pair of pets)

Dog names inspired by literary characters.

  • Ajax (Greek Mythology)
  • Agamemnon (Greek Mythology)
  • Albus (Harry Potter Series)
  • Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Argos (The Odyssey)
  • Art3mis (Ready Player One)
  • Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Bilbo (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Blue (The Sound and the Fury)
  • Brett (The Sun Also Rises)
  • Buck (The Call of the Wild)
  • Cerberus (3-headed dog of Greek Mythology)
  • Cujo (Cujo)
  • Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)
  • Dr. Jekyll (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • Frodo (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gimli (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Gollum (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Hercules (Greek Mythology)
  • Hagrid (Harry Potter Series)
  • Hermione (Harry Potter Series)
  • Ibsen
  • Electra (Greek Mythology)
  • Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway)
  • Dante
  • Dorian (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
  • Gregor (The Metamorphosis)
  • Hamlet (Hamlet)
  • Holden (The Catcher in the Rye)
  • Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
  • Kurtz (Heart of Darkness)
  • Legolas (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Lolita (Lolita)
  • MacBeth (MacBeth)
  • Marlowe (The Big Sleep)
  • Mr. Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
  • Moby (Moby Dick)
  • Nana (Peter Pan)
  • Neville (Harry Potter Series)
  • Parzival (Ready Player One)
  • Pilot (Jane Eyre)
  • Pip (Great Expectations)
  • Quixote (Don Quixote)
  • Potter (Harry Potter Series)
  • Santiago (The Old Man and the Sea)
  • Sancho Panza (Don Quixote)
  • Sauron (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Sherlock (The Sherlock Holmes Series)
  • Snape (Harry Potter Series)
  • Yossarian (Catch 22)

Nerdy dog names based on film & TV.

  • Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Alvy (Annie Hall)
  • Amelie
  • Anakin (Star Wars)
  • Arya (Game of Thrones)
  • Astro (Jetsons)
  • Bella (Twilight)
  • Bones (Star Trek)
  • Bender (Futurama)
  • Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Cersei (Game of Thrones)
  • Daenerys (Game of Thrones)
  • Darth (Star Wars)
  • Donna (Dr. Who)
  • Drogo (Game of Thrones)
  • Ewok (Star Wars)
  • Falkor (The Neverending Story)
  • Finn (Star Wars)
  • Ghost (Game of Thrones)
  • Gizmo (Gremlins)
  • Guido (8½)
  • Hal (2001 A Space Odyssey)
  • Han Solo (Star Wars)
  • Hedwig (Harry Potter; Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
  • Hodor (Game of Thrones)
  • Khaleesi (Game of Thrones)
  • Kubrick (Director, Stanley Kubrick)
  • Kylo Ren (Star Wars)
  • Lando (Star Wars)
  • Leela (Futurama)
  • Luke (Star Wars)
  • Neo (The Matrix)
  • Nibbler (Futurama)
  • Orson (Welles)
  • Poe (Star Wars)
  • Princess Leia (Star Wars)
  • Wookie (Star Wars)
  • Chewy (Star Wars)
  • Tardis (Dr. Who)
  • Tyrion (Game of Thrones)
  • Rey (Star Wars)
  • Rocky (Rocky)
  • Rose (Dr. Who)
  • Rosebud (Citizen Kane)
  • Spock (Star Trek)
  • Toto (Wizard of Oz)
  • Tron (Tron)
  • Yoda (Star Wars)
  • Vader (Star Wars)
  • Xena (Xena Warrior Princess)
  • Zoidberg (Futurama)

Gamer nerd names for dogs.

  • Atari
  • Banjo
  • Bowser
  • Biggs
  • Cid
  • Chi
  • Cloud
  • Genesis
  • Kazooie
  • Kirby
  • Jax
  • Johnny Cage
  • Mario
  • Halo
  • Luigi
  • Link
  • Peach
  • Pong
  • Eve
  • Drake
  • Raden
  • Ryu
  • Sonic
  • Sub-Zero
  • Yoshi
  • Wedge
  • Varian
  • Zelda
  • ZugZug

Comic book & anime nerd names for dogs.

  • Akira
  • Bizarro
  • Black Widow
  • Clark (Kent)
  • Deadpool
  • Dr. Doom
  • Galactus
  • Goku
  • Hellboy
  • Hulk
  • Kal-El
  • Lex (Luther)
  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • The Maxx
  • Oracle
  • Mystique
  • Pepper (Potts)
  • Professor X
  • Rocket
  • Rorschach
  • Sabertooth
  • Sakamoto
  • Sasquatch
  • Storm
  • Taiga
  • Thing
  • Thor
  • Zod

Nerd names for dogs based on historical figures in science.

  • Archimedes
  • Aristotle
  • Billy Nye
  • Bohr (Niels Bohr)
  • Cerf (Vincent Gray Cerf)
  • Copernicus
  • Da Vinci
  • Darwin (great for finches!)
  • Edison
  • Edith Clarke
  • Einstein (or Albert. Perfect for any critter with wild, shaggy locks.)
  • Erwin (As in Schrödinger — for cats, of course)
  • Freud (or Sigmund)
  • Galileo
  • Gates (Bill Gates)
  • Goddard (Robert Hutchings Goddard)
  • Hawking
  • Heisenberg (not Walter White!)
  • Higgs (perhaps for a shy, elusive cat?)
  • Hopper (Grace Hopper)
  • Hubble
  • Jobs (Steve Jobs)
  • Kepler (Johannes Kepler)
  • Khan (Bob Khan)
  • Laika
  • Lovelace (Ada Lovelace)
  • Marie Curie
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Newton (or Sir Isaac)
  • Pascal
  • Pasteur (Louis Pasteur)
  • Pavlov (for dogs ... or cats —they drool, too)
  • Pelton (Lester Allan Pelton)
  • Rosalind (Rosalind Franklin)
  • Sagan
  • Tesla (or Nikola)
  • Tycho (Tycho Brahe)
  • Woz (Steve Wozniak)

Nerdy names for science geeks.

  • Amp
  • Apache
  • Apollo
  • Aquarius
  • Argon
  • Asteroid
  • Astra
  • Atom
  • Aurora
  • Axis
  • Boron
  • Byte
  • Carbon
  • Chet
  • Cipher
  • Comet
  • Cosmo
  • Cyber
  • Delta
  • Dob (Dobsonian)
  • Doppler
  • Eclipse
  • Equinox
  • Flare
  • Flurry
  • Galaxy
  • Gamma
  • Geo
  • Gibbous
  • Gram
  • Gravity
  • Hedron
  • Helix
  • Iris
  • Isotope
  • Jet
  • Jupiter
  • Kernal
  • Kilo (kilogram)
  • Linux
  • Luna
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • Meteor
  • Micron
  • Moon
  • Nano
  • Nebula
  • Neon
  • Neptune
  • Neutron
  • Nitro
  • Nova
  • Orbit
  • Photon
  • Pipette
  • Pluto
  • Polar
  • Quark
  • Quasar
  • Radar
  • Saturn
  • Solstice
  • Spark
  • Star
  • Sunny
  • Tetra
  • Titan
  • Twilight
  • Vector
  • Venus
  • Volt
  • Zinc
  • Zodiac

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

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