Big Dog Names – Over 350 Awesome Ideas

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We are going to help you to find some awesome big dog names. From the most popular to the most unusual. We’ll give you themed lists of larger than life ideas, and some creative ways to find your own unique names for big dogs.


Everyone has their favorites! Our top big dog names include:

Top Big Dog Names


Why Choose a Big Dog Name

Want large dog names for a large breed, or to use one ironically for your teacup dog? Dogs like Great Danes, Mastiffs, and even beloved Labradors can become big dogs! So what better than a big dog name!

Picking the right name

Congratulations…you are adding a new dog to your family! One of the best things about getting a new dog or puppy is finding a good name. Making the right choice is important, because you are going to need to use your dog’s name every day. Often multiple times!

Go for ideas you’d be proud to call across the dog park. And stick to a work that’s easy to pronounce, without too many syllables. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re faux scary. But there are ideas to suit every size, shape and temperament of dog.

Creating Unique Big Dog Names

Whatever big dog name you choose, remember that the best ones reflect your personality as well as your dog’s!

Here are some unique large dog names for both male and female dogs. These will provide all the inspiration you need, or a brilliant springboard to find names of your own. Why not use the heading themes as a way to get creative. Take the topic and use a piece of paper to brainstorm more ideas that relate to it.

Let’s start with some big dog names boy puppy owners will love.

Big dog names male

Finding good big dog names boy dogs will love is easy. This is because so many big-sounding names are quite masculine. But you don’t have to stick with stereotypes when naming your male pup. Here are a few favorite male dog names for big dogs:

  • Ace
  • Achilles
  • Admiral
  • Adonis
  • Balto
  • Barnabas
  • Baron
  • Cargo
  • Chopper
  • Dakota
  • Dempsey
  • Fang
  • Gandalf
  • General
  • Hack
  • Hannibal
  • Hercules
  • Jack
  • Jericho
  • Kaine
  • Keno
  • Laird
  • Lazarus
  • Leo
  • Mac
  • Mannix
  • Mars
  • Maximillian
  • Nanook
  • Ninja
  • Oberon
  • Odysseus
  • Ozzie
  • Radar
  • Ragnarok
  • Raider
  • Ranger
  • Remington
  • Saber
  • Sampson
  • Tank
  • Tarzan
  • Theodore
  • Warrior
  • Winston
  • Wolverine
  • Woodrow
  • Xerxes
  • Yeti
  • Yogi
  • Yukon
  • Zack
  • Zander

Big dog names female

The best female dog names for big dogs celebrate their size, but don’t ham it up. This can be a little trickier than big boy dog names. But there are still some great big girl dog names to consider. We love the choices which reflect her nature, as well as her size.

  • Abigail
  • Acadia
  • Akiva
  • Alexa
  • Althea
  • Amaris
  • Banshee
  • Basha
  • Bess
  • Cairo
  • Calista
  • Casey
  • Cersei
  • Daisy Duke
  • Damaris
  • Delia
  • Denali
  • Echo
  • Electra
  • Elsa
  • Fallon
  • Fergie
  • Gaia
  • Gemini
  • Hannah
  • Harley
  • Harper
  • Indigo
  • Kali
  • Kamala
  • Kaya
  • Kefira
  • Lakota
  • Makenzie
  • Malibu
  • Mariah
  • Medea
  • Nadia
  • Nakita
  • Natasha
  • Nayla
  • Octavia
  • Olympia
  • Panda
  • Paris
  • Persephone
  • Phoebe
  • Queen
  • Quin
  • Rayne
  • Reese
  • Sage
  • Sasha
  • Savannah
  • Scout
  • Shebear
  • Shiva
  • Taka
  • Talia
  • Tess
  • Thea
  • Venus

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Good names for big dogs

Want to let the world know that your dog is the biggest, baddest dog in town? Here are some impressive dog names for big dogs that will surely do the trick!

  • Angus
  • Apollo
  • Axle
  • Boomer
  • Bruno
  • Bubba
  • Champion
  • Chief
  • Danger
  • Diablo
  • Fang
  • Fighter
  • Gator
  • Grizzly
  • Horatio
  • Hornet
  • Jupiter
  • Kane
  • Kong
  • Lycan
  • Mad-dog
  • Magnum
  • Majestic
  • Mustang
  • Nitro
  • Omega
  • Phantom
  • Rage
  • Rebel
  • Rocco
  • Rocket
  • Rogue
  • Samson
  • Scar
  • Spear
  • Spike
  • Titan
  • Vixen
  • Vulcan
  • Wrangler

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Big black dog names

It’s hard to believe that black dogs and cats sometimes get overlooked by potential adopters at animal shelters. Celebrate your love and appreciation for big, beautiful black dogs with these names:

  • Agate
  • Ash
  • Bandit
  • Bat
  • Bart
  • Hawk
  • Black Jack
  • Blackbeard
  • Blackberry
  • Blackout
  • Charcoal
  • Cinder
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Crow
  • Daemon
  • Dark Lord
  • Darkness
  • Darth
  • Dusk
  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Ember
  • Galaxy
  • Goth
  • Hades
  • Hershey
  • Inky
  • Jaguar
  • Jett
  • Knight
  • Licorice
  • Lucifer
  • Magic
  • Midnight
  • Mystery
  • Night
  • Onyx
  • Ozzy
  • Panther
  • Rain
  • Reaper
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Smokey
  • Stormy
  • Vader
  • Valkyrie
  • Viper
  • Vlad
  • Zorro

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Funny big dog names

Looking for a dog name that matches your sense of humor? What makes a big dog name funny? Most funny names for big dogs use irony to poke a little fun at a big dog’s size and temperament. Here are just a few to get you started:

  • Babe
  • Bacon
  • Barkley
  • Barney
  • Big Foot
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Chewie
  • Cletus
  • Clifford
  • Cupcake
  • Direwolf
  • Dogzilla
  • Elmo
  • Ewok
  • Goofus
  • Hobbit
  • Marmaduke
  • Marshmallow
  • Mini Me
  • Mister Big
  • Peanut
  • Peewee
  • Squirt
  • Sweet Pea
  • T-Rex
  • The Hound
  • Tinkerbelle
  • Tiny

Geographical Names For Big Dogs

If you want to go really big, you can name your dog after an entire city or state! How about these big names for boy dogs.

  • Chicago
  • Iowa
  • Boston
  • Orlando
  • Washington
  • Brooklyn

And some big names for girl dogs with a more feminine feel

  • Miami
  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
  • Paris
  • Sahara
  • Chelsea

Unusual big dog names

Looking for a big dog name that stands out in the crowd? There are many unusual dog names, both male and female, to choose from. Here are some quirky large dog names you might want to consider:

  • Aero
  • Atticus
  • Barfly
  • Barnabas
  • Beowulf
  • Booger
  • Bulldozer
  • Bungee
  • Chinchilla
  • Chop Suey
  • Comanche
  • Cypress
  • Dickens
  • Django
  • El Nino
  • June Bug
  • K-Nine
  • Kanga
  • Meatloaf
  • Misdemeanor
  • Mojo
  • Moki
  • Nibbles
  • Notebook
  • Octane
  • Pandora
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Punkin Head
  • Ringo
  • Rookie
  • Scrapple
  • Shoes
  • Sprocket
  • Tater Tot
  • Tsunami
  • Tupelo Honey
  • Weasel
  • Winston Churchill
  • Zipper

But humor isn’t everyone’s style when it comes to picking a name. You need something you’d be happy to tell your Grandmother! Fortunately, there are plenty more themes to choose from.

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Cool big dog names

It doesn’t matter who’s too cool for the room… you or your dog! If you’re looking for cool large male dog names and cool large female dog names, we’ve got you covered!

  • Brooklyn
  • Canis
  • Catnip
  • Cedar
  • Cerberus
  • Deadpool
  • Dog Meat
  • Eleven
  • Hellboy
  • Hodor
  • Holden
  • Lolita
  • McMurphy
  • Meta World Peace
  • Montana
  • Notorious D.O.G.
  • Orion
  • Penny Lane
  • Pennywise
  • Spicoli
  • Trinity
  • Weezer
  • Winter
  • Zappa

Cute big dog names

Here are some cute large breed male dog names and large breed female dog names that will make any big dog lover smile:

  • Alfalfa
  • Archie
  • Boots
  • Bubbles
  • Button
  • Clover
  • Cuddles
  • Dimples
  • Dumpling
  • Fergus
  • Fluffy
  • Freckles
  • Gizmo
  • Jellybean
  • Mowgli
  • Noodles
  • Nugget
  • Puck
  • Quigley
  • Roo
  • Scooter
  • Shandy
  • Squirt
  • Waffles

Manly dog names for big dogs

Here are some masculine male dog names for big dogs:

  • Augustus
  • Bart
  • Brick
  • Bronson
  • Bruiser
  • Butch
  • Cain
  • Caesar
  • Damien
  • Elvis
  • Gunner
  • Gus
  • Hugo
  • Jesse James
  • Kingston
  • Mack
  • Maximus
  • Panzer
  • Rocky
  • Rufus
  • Sarge
  • Thor
  • Tyson
  • Wesley
  • Wolfgang
  • Ziggy

Feminine dog names for big dogs

When it comes to female dog names for big dogs, most dog owners want to make it clear that their dog is no fragile toy. But a great member of the family. How do you choose a feminine (but not too cutesy) name for a large female dog? Here are a few ideas:

  • Amber
  • Asia
  • Cameo
  • Cheyenne
  • Daenerys
  • Dora
  • Eden
  • Gabby
  • Gemma
  • Hope
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Juno
  • Laney
  • Luna
  • Nell
  • Rio
  • Scarlett
  • Sierra
  • Tess
  • Winona

Names that mean “Big”

Perhaps you want a name that tells everyone the size of your dog… literally! Here are some names that mean big and variations of the size in different languages!

  • Enorme (“huge” in Catalan)
  • Valtava (“huge” in Finnish)
  • Didelis (“huge” in Lithuanian)
  • Groot (“huge” in Afrikaans)
  • Stor (“big” in Swedish)
  • Mawr (“big” in Welsh)
  • Magnum (“big” in Latin)
  • Suuri (“Large” in Finnish)

Big Labrador Names

Do you have a big Labrador puppy? Or a Lab rescue with a personality that’s larger than life? A big Labrador name is a great way to show off the best qualities of your beautiful Lab! Let’s take a look at our favorites:

  • Jackson
  • Rover
  • Zeus
  • Barney
  • Belle
  • Juno
  • Gus
  • Rocket
  • Ozzy
  • Jax

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What are the best large dog names? The choices are only limited by your imagination. It’s always fun to go for unique names and pass on the current year’s popular choices.

Naming trends come and go but your dog is your best friend forever! Think about your favorite things—food, books, movies, places… Whatever gets you excited!

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Congratulations, you are on your way to picking a great big dog name that will be a perfect fit for your dog and your own personality too!

What did you choose?

Make sure to let us know in the comments if you chose one of our name suggestions! And if you decided on something a little different, make sure to let us know!

Your unique big dog name might get added to one of our lists, or help out someone else! If you still need some more inspiration, make sure you check out our dog name database or look at these awesome themed names lists:

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  1. Huge german shepherd boy (puppy now, but likely 95lbs at full size) that is a COMPLETE GOOFBALL!! If he was on Spongebob, he would be Patrick! – Were thinking we would name him Goliath (Golli for short) but after spending a week with him, he is such a dork, we are rethinking. Love some of the silly ones above but will probably stick with Goliath (hoping he will settle into a “gentle giant” demeaner eventually). Others that are making the short list include – Kentaro, Titus/Titan, Montaro, Atlas, Barnabus, and Samson, although Tinkerbell also has some appeal 😉

  2. We just adopted a Great Dane mix, he is a rescue and is 5 months old. He’s very sweet, but my daughter can’t seem to find a name for him. We’ve had him for about two weeks and we’re alternating between Rupert and Geno. He responds to both. He’s my daughter’s dog, she takes care of him and everything. She just cannot decided which one to name him.

  3. Well,I don’t have him yet. But,he’s 3 weeks old,White Boxer,one blue eye and he’s so big!!! I was thinking of naming him Kaine or Puddles. Or should I wait till hes older?

  4. I adopted my first German Shepard. He’s a gentleman. He weighs 90 pounds so he’s a big boy whose owner died in another state. He was terrified at the rescue,I took him home. They said his name was Max, he didn’t respond at first so I wondered. I like Maximilian, Max not so much. So being that he’s 4 plus years old I’ve decided to go with Majestic, then call him Maj for short because it sounds familiar. He’s had enough change, it’s been hard for him. He’s doing well on day three. I was so worried bc day two he had the worst diarrhea ever, he also threw up everything including his water.

  5. My dogs name is Hectic, he is a Great Dane, very calm and well mannered.
    His name is a paradox, one definition of a paradox is, The opposite of what it is but still can be true. it suits him down to the ground LOL