Nice dog names: 130 Ideas for Female, Male Dog

Browsing for the best nice dog names? On this hand-picked list, you’ll find good, cute dog names that are perfect for your male or female dog.

While naming your dog may not be as lifelong as naming a person, it is a name you and your dog will live with for a long time, so it is worth thinking about.

It’s hard to find a bunch of names in place, but find one that both sounds good, is easy to call and that matches your dog’s personality. That can be a little tricky.

When I need to come up with dog naming ideas, I go through the list of names for inspiration. I write down a list of all the names I like, and then move on to the hard part – finding a name the whole family agrees with.

Most dog trainers recommend giving you a name with a syllable or two so that you can speak quickly. You should also avoid names that look like commands, such as. “Kit”, “Sit”, “Bo”, “No”.

Cute dog names are perfect for small breeds of dogs, fluffy puppies, and really any family dog – because dog people know every dog is cute.

Pretty dog names, cute dog names, treasured dog names: call them whatever you like, all names on this list will make you pass out.

Top 20 Nice dog names

  • Abby – Meaning: “my father joy”, “my father is exultation” or “my father is joy”.
  • Ace – Meaning: “one, unity”.
  • Angel – Meaning: “angel”.
  • Annie – Meaning: “Gracious, Merciful”.
  • Apollo – Meaning: “man of Adria”.
  • Athena – Meaning: “Happy”.
  • Bailey – Meaning: “Bailiff, Steward”.
  • Baxter – Meaning: “baker”
  • Bear – Meaning: “Strong, brave bear”.
  • Benji – Meaning: “son of the right hand or son of the south”.
  • Charlie – Meaning: “free man”.
  • Chloe – Meaning: “blooming” or “fertility”.
  • Coco – Meaning: “Chocolate Bean”.
  • Daisy – Meaning: “day’s eye”.
  • Duke – Meaning: “the leader” or “son of Marmaduke”.
  • Jack – Meaning: “God Is Gracious” or “Supplanter”.
  • Jake – Meaning: “tempest”.
  • Jax – Meaning: “wealthy protector”, “brave people”, or “God’s gift”.
  • Lola – Meaning: “sorrows”, “free”, “proficient” and “army”.
  • Lucy – Meaning: “light”.
  • Luna – Meaning: “wood carver, sculptor”.
  • Maggie – Meaning: “pearl”.
  • Molly – Meaning:”sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” and “wished for child” or “beloved”.
  • Oliver – Meaning: “olive tree”.
  • Zeus – Meaning: “King of gods”, “heaven and lightning”.
Nice dog names boy
Nice dog names boy

Nice dog names male

But if you’re at a loss for a nice dog name, here are the top 50 boy puppy names in the country right now.

  • Archie – “genuine”, “bold” or “brave”.
  • Bandit – Thief.
  • Bruno – “Brown” or “greatest” or “largest”.
  • Chester – Camp of soldiers.
  • Chico – Small.
  • Chief – In charge.
  • Damian – To tame or subdue.
  • Echo – The repetition of a sound caused by reflection of sound waves.
  • Eddy – A circular movement of water.
  • Fidel – Loyal.
  • Genius – Spirit present at one’s birth.
  • Hank – Abundant Blessings From Above.
  • Ian – The Lord is gracious.
  • Jasper – An opaque reddish-brown semi-precious stone consisting of a variety of chalcedony.
  • Joey – God Will Increase.
  • Kaiser – A German emperor.
  • Kane – “warrior”.
  • King – “sky” or “shine”.
  • Louis – “Famous warrior”.
  • Luke – Light.
  • Max – The greatest.
  • Milo – “gracious” or “soldier” or “rival”.
  • Moose – “Largest Species In Deer Family”.
  • Nacho – “fiery one, fire, light, glow, radiance, rays of the sun”.
  • Ollie – “elf warrior’ or ‘elf army”.
  • Oreo – “gold” or “mountain”.
  • Oscar – “Friend of Deer”,”Spear of God”.
  • Pablo – As in the poet Neruda
  • Paco – Eagle.
  • Eddie – Wealthy Guardian.
  • Fenris – A mythical monster wolf.
  • Fin – Fair or from Finland.
  • Galant – “bold”, “dashing”, “lively”.
  • Gerald – rule of the spear.
  • Hanson – Son of Hans.
  • Harold – “army power”, “army brightness”.
  • Ibis – Long-legged Bird.
  • Idris – Interpreter.
  • Jett – Jet Black.
  • Lucas – “bright” or “shining”.
  • Murphy –  Sea Warrior.
  • Pete – Rock.
  • Polo – Brave wanderer.
  • Quin – Intelligent.
  • Quincey – Estate of the fifth son.
  • Xoe – Hugs and kisses.
  • Xono – Stranger, guest.
  • Yako – Supplanter.
  • Zeke – God Will Strengthen.
  • Zero – Void.
  • Ziggy – Victorious Protector.
Nice dog names female
Nice dog names girl

Nice dog names female

But, if you’re still stuck, this list of the top 50 nice dog names may help you decide.

  • Addie – “noble; son of Adam”.
  • Allie – “precious; noble, bright; man’s defender, warrior”.
  • Baby – Golden.
  • Bella – Beautiful.
  • Belle – Beautiful, bell.
  • Callie – Beautiful.
  • Cookie – Sweet Biscuit.
  • Eagle – Eagle.
  • Farah – God Is My Oath.
  • Gidget – Little Girl.
  • Ginger – Pure, chaste, virginal.
  • Harper – Harp player.
  • Hazel – Hazel.
  • India – The Indian subcontinent, central Asia south of the Himalayas.
  • Juno – Goddess and wife of Zeus, protector of women.
  • Kali – “God is gracious”, “may God protect” and “holder of the heel”.
  • Koda – Friend.
  • Kona – Origin, popularity and the world rule.
  • Lady – Bread kneader.
  • Lexi – Defending men.
  • Maya – Maya Angelou.
  • Mia – A best friend /gift from the life of Jesus.
  • Olive – Olive tree.
  • Oprah – Fawn.
  • Penny – Weaver.
  • Phoebe – The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Poppy – Red flower.
  • Xena – Warrior Princess.
  • Ziggy – Victorious Protector.
  • Zola – Piece of earth.
  • Daishi – The morning of Daishi.
  • Eagan – “fire”.
  • Earla – “noblewoman, princess, warrior, or countess”
  • Fabi – Bean farmer.
  • Gabby – God’s able-bodied one or hero of God.
  • Georgia – “farmer”.
  • Hattie – Home ruler.
  • Indie – “blue”.
  • Jojo – Monday born.
  • Katie – “pure”. 
  • Layla – “night”.
  • Nacia – Miracle of Yahweh.
  • Nada – Dew at sunrise.
  • Oki – Ocean Centered.
  • Paisley – Place of worship.
  • Quana – “light”.
  • Xenie – “hospitable, welcoming”.
  • Yancy – Englishman.
  • Yani – Yahweh is gracious.
  • Yanna – God is gracious.
  • Zadie – “prosperous”.
  • Zara – “radiance”.
  • Zena – “belonging to Zeus”.

About the Author

Henry Mark
Mark is Editor at dognamesbest.com covering Information about breeds, naming dogs. He's a graduate in veterinary medicine at the agricultural academy.