Black Lab Names – 100’s of Awesome Ideas For Your Pup

black lab names

We have named a few beautiful black Labs over the years, and they all followed a theme of being classic and human style. Our Labradors have included a Ted, Jake, Tess, Rachel and Daisy. But coming up with black Lab names doesn’t have to just be a case of diving into traditional ideas. You can look at current trends, or even things that are totally unique to you like your hobbies or interests.

Today I’ll share my methods for braining storming unique and creative names, and how to narrow down the options to the perfect fit!

The best black dog names come in as many varieties as lovely baby Labradors do themselves. The day you welcome home your new black Lab puppy, or adult black Labrador Retriever mix for that matter, is an amazing one.

Black Labradors are friendly, outgoing and full of fun. And a dog this cool deserves a really great name. Today we are going to share the some great ideas, and help you to choose one that fits your new friend perfectly.

Top Black Lab Names


Creating Good Black Labrador Names

Black Labrador dog names aren’t just for this breed! Of course, any dog could use them, whether they have dark fur or not. But these ideas are perfect at showing off the friendly, lovable nature of Labradors. Plus, they highlight the beautiful, dark coat on your dog!

The best names for black Labs don’t have to be inspired by the way that they look. If you want a totally unique black Lab name then why not think of something that really appeals to you. Perhaps it’s a movie you adore, or an activity that you can’t wait to share with your new dog. Maybe you’re a total gear head, or a lover of the natural world. Take that theme and jot it down on a sheet of paper. Then fill the paper with ideas that mean something to you.

Don’t limit yourself to words that sound like names to begin with. Just write down anything and everything you can think of to do with the topic or theme you love. When you’re done letting your mind run with it, you can go through and make a new list of all the ideas that sound like names. Then why not stick that list to your fridge, and let everyone in the family take it in turns to cross out their least favorite. Whatever is left is your new black Lab’s name!

Choosing a Name for your Black Lab

Of course, another great way to find a name is to just check out other people’s ideas. We’ve got absolutely hundreds of them for you. And if you want a unique twist to the process, why not try double barrelling a couple of them!

Black Lab Boy Names

Here are some great boy dog names for Labs. Take a look at these Labrador dog names with meanings to see how one could link to your dog’s coat!

  • Blake (black)
  • Colley (dark haired)
  • Darcel (dark)
  • Dolan (black haired)
  • Donovan (dark haired chieftain)
  • Dougal (dark stranger)
  • Tynan (dark)
  • Kieran (black)
  • Kolby (dark haired)
  • Morris (dark)
  • Sullivan (dark eyes)
  • Caliban (black)
  • Farrar (blacksmith)
  • Hadrian (dark haired)
  • Keir (dark)
  • Lonan (blackbird)
  • Nigel (dark)
  • Perran (little dark one)
  • Pinchas (dark)
  • Shyam (dark)
  • Abanus (dark complexion)
  • Donner (dark warrior)
  • Kaval (black toned)
  • Kol (dark)
  • Merik (dark tone)
  • Adelram (dark and noble)
  • Orpheus (darkness)
  • Schmidt (blacksmith)
  • Corbin (raven)
  • Mo (dark skinned)
  • Yin (in the shade)
  • Nero (black)
  • Bertram (bright as a raven)
  • Musta (black)
  • Po (night)
  • Ombre (shadow)
  • Kaiser (head full of hair)
  • Anino (shadow)
  • Corvo (raven)
  • Kenneth (handsome one)
  • Duane (little dark one)
  • Rabe (raven)
  • Dell (shade)
  • Bran (raven)
  • Akan (eclipse)
  • Eban (black)
  • Preto (black)
  • Notte (night)
  • Keiran (dark one)
  • Burnett (dark haired person)

Black Lab Girl Names

We’ve also got some great girl Labrador names with meanings that can show off their beautiful black coats!

  • Darcie (dark one)
  • Keira (little dark haired woman)
  • Lylah (dark beauty)
  • Maura (darkness)
  • Melanie (black)
  • Morrisa (dark colored girl)
  • Sauda (dark and beautiful)
  • Adriana (dark)
  • Bruna (dark haired)
  • Colby (dark haired)
  • Delano (dark)
  • Duffy (dark faced)
  • Keri (dark)
  • Charna (dark)
  • Li (black)
  • Merel (blackbird)
  • Nisha (night)
  • Rajani (dark one)
  • Sable (black)
  • Senka (shadow)
  • Lilith (of the night)
  • Amaya (night rain)
  • Nox (night)
  • Leila (black)
  • Brena (raven hair)
  • Ziba (gorgeous)
  • Olivia (olive)
  • Raven (dark bird)
  • Naeva (born at night)
  • Lila (woman of the night)
  • Zelda (fighting in darkness)
  • Kalama (tree of ebony)
  • Meilani (dark skinned beauty)
  • Gerhana (eclipse)
  • Ciara (little dark girl)
  • Terr (darkness)
  • Ebony (dark wood)
  • Nocte (midnight)
  • Gabi (night)
  • Vivi (olive)
  • Moriti (shadow)
  • Tempeste (storm)
  • Duvessa (dark beauty)
  • Tamsa (darkness)
  • Aliva (olive)
  • Nuray (radiant moon)
  • Juliet (soft haired)
  • Uliana (soft haired)
  • Kyra (little dark girls)
  • Nyx (of the night)

Cute Names

Cute Lab puppies are adorable. And Black Lab dog names don’t all need to be dark and brooding! We’ve got lots of cute, fun options that adorable dogs will love. These ideas make for great black Lab names male or female dogs suit well.

  • Rascal
  • Barbie
  • Pepper
  • Casper
  • Merlin
  • Dakota
  • Eleven
  • Malteser
  • Treacle
  • Plum
  • Eclipse
  • Dusty
  • Teddy
  • Ace
  • Batman
  • Rose
  • Coffee
  • Domino
  • Inky
  • Magpie
  • Nimbus
  • Opal
  • Rocket
  • Ozzie
  • Rolo
  • Twiggy
  • Fig
  • Tadpole
  • Betty
  • Ziggy
  • Cricket
  • Pickle
  • Bolt
  • Frodo
  • Goose
  • Mowgli
  • Otto
  • Pluto
  • Sprouts
  • Elton
  • Mochi
  • Paddington
  • Beaux
  • Pouch
  • Skip
  • Taco
  • Wolfie
  • Courage
  • Perdy
  • Tula

Unique Black Lab Names

Labradors are the most popular breed in America, so you can imagine just how many black Labs are out there! A unique name is a great way to help your black Labrador stand out from the crowd.

  • Vortex
  • Stallion
  • Oboe
  • Yogi
  • Zodiac
  • Zorro
  • Electra
  • Commander
  • Fang
  • Herb
  • Hawk
  • Thor
  • Stark
  • Ygritte
  • Hound
  • Mustard
  • Radar
  • Snoopy
  • Tigger
  • Rum
  • Khal
  • Tango
  • Spud
  • Dragon
  • Lindt
  • Bronte
  • Hemingway
  • Bijou
  • Vera
  • Costello
  • Pavarotti
  • Beatrix
  • Gingham
  • Dawn
  • Hendrix
  • Casanova
  • Tolkien
  • Galileo
  • Fleetwood
  • Chanel
  • Beckham
  • Plato
  • Faulkner
  • Hermes
  • Clifford
  • Dallas
  • Capaldi
  • Venus
  • Tyson
  • Gatsby
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Funny Labradors

Do you want your black Lab to stand out from the crowd? Everyone expects black dogs to have dark-themed names. So, choosing a name that you might associate with a lighter colored dog can be hilarious!

  • Igloo
  • Snowflake
  • Cotton
  • Elsa
  • Yeti
  • Blondie
  • Tofu
  • Peppermint
  • Vanilla
  • Frosty
  • Luna
  • Ivory
  • Polar
  • Chilly
  • Glacier
  • Everest
  • Moon
  • Albino
  • Custard
  • Swan
  • Coconut
  • Phantom
  • Sugar
  • Arctic
  • Dove
  • Dumpling
  • Creamy
  • Lacey
  • Cloud
  • Eggnog
  • Moon
  • Mushroom
  • Dove
  • Daisy
  • Pearl
  • Marshmallow
  • Cauliflower
  • Chalky
  • Dandelion
  • Lightning
  • Mozzarella
  • Sunshine
  • Frosting
  • Donut
  • Champagne
  • Popcorn
  • Gnocchi
  • Dumpling
  • Meringue
  • Butters

Tough Black Labrador Puppy Names

Labradors have a reputation for being friendly family dogs. But, if you’re looking for a tough name for your black Lab, here are some great ideas! They aren’t just for boys either, they can also be fun female Lab names:

  • Zorro
  • Sirius
  • Bellatrix
  • Batman
  • Skywalker
  • Witch
  • Gunner
  • Hunter
  • Fang
  • Othello
  • Hyde
  • Slash
  • Tank
  • Talon
  • Bullet
  • Manson
  • Chopper
  • Loki
  • Cash
  • Gnasher
  • Champ
  • Captain
  • Duke
  • Queen
  • Shooter
  • Viking
  • Bernie
  • Saxon
  • Warrior
  • Hela
  • Neo
  • Selina
  • Maleficent
  • Remus
  • Snape
  • Terminator
  • Drogo
  • Gunslinger
  • Paladin
  • Gladiator
  • Major
  • Vandal
  • Spider
  • Needle
  • Guard
  • Protector
  • Demon
  • Grimm
  • Frankenstein
  • Jaws

Witchy Dog Names

How about ranging into the mystical world for a name that sounds tough, or even spooky for your black Labrador. These ideas really stand out, but I bet you can think of even more unique ways to come up with witchy Labrador dog names!

  • Mog
  • Hocus
  • Pocus
  • Magic
  • Wand
  • Solstice
  • Cauldron
  • Salem
  • Sabrina
  • Hermione
  • Bathilda
  • Spell
  • Enchant
  • Maleficent
  • Hex
  • Cobweb
  • Haunt

Black and White Labrador Names

Did you know black Labs often have a fleck or two of white on them? Especially in the middle of their chest or on their toes. A black and white Lab puppy sounds even cuter with a name that nods its head to their adorable markings. These ideas also make great names for black Lab mix puppies, like the gorgeous black Pyrador!

  • Fleck
  • Speckle
  • Dash
  • Puzzles
  • Muddles
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Dot
  • Diamond
  • Patches
  • Pickle
  • Wiggles

Black and Tan Lab Puppy Names

Black and tan Labrador Retriever puppies really exist, and they aren’t always black Retriever mixes either! If you’ve got a gorgeous black and tan dog, why not consider one of these names:

  • Hunter
  • Cooper
  • Tanner
  • Ryder
  • Ace
  • Axel
  • Scout
  • Captain
  • Boss
  • Rookie
  • Crew
  • Matches

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Best Black Lab Names

The best black Lab names are ones that mean something to their owner, as well as sounding good on the dog. Getting inspired by a theme that means something to you is a great way to do that, but you can also go with a tried and test favorite like foodie dog names

  • Hershey
  • Licorice
  • Treacle
  • Pepper
  • Bean

Or a place you would love to visit, or have fond memories of!

  • India
  • Paris
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Tokyo

Whatever you use to come up with your dog’s new name, why not make it something that has meaning to you!

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  1. The first morning we came down to find our black lab fast asleep in the wellington boot box! He was Boot from then on and a wonderful companion for nearly fifteen years. Miss him.

  2. Got a 6-week old, black Shih-Poo, no where near the size of a black lab 😏. We were having a hard time picking out her name. Borrowed a book of baby names from the library, picked out “Lexie” as her name. Turned out to be the perfect name for our girl! If you can’t select a lab name, maybe a baby name will be just what you’re looking for!

  3. We named our black lab “Black Betty Bamalam”, Betty for short although she answers to may other silly names that somehow we made up along the way, like, Betty Bams, Betty bamalama ding dong, Berjams, the list goes on and on lol. Whatever we call her, she is showered with much love! She is the best dog. She is a woman’s dog, she loves my husband but only when there is a female around, if a female is not present she will not go near my husband and not because he has ever hurt her, it’s just been the way she has been since we got her at 4 months old. I am assuming that prior to us getting her that a man must have hurt her or like the vet said, some labs have a personality disorder like that, sometimes they outgrow it and other times they don’t. She is almost 2 years old now and she has not shown one sign of outgrowing it.

  4. Our black Lab’s name was Rowdy and the other was Rocky, my parent black Lab’s name was Sabboth short for (Black Sabbath) the band. They were such Lovable, Loyal dogs.

  5. Cosmo and Judy sitting in a tree K I S S I N G first comes love then comes marriage then comes a kid that’s nit all that’s not all the comes a dog drinking milk

  6. I got a female American black lab for my three boys as a 8 week old puppy. She passed away two years ago. We bought her from a very good field lab breeder. She was incredibly smart, well mannered and gentle. I am single and owned my home. She was an incredible watch dog as well. We named her Raina (means Queen) Dawn Vermay. Raina was my best friend. I miss her so much.

  7. We named our Black Lab Bella (Baya) Noche which is Beautiful Night in Spanish. And because we loved her so much, we named our boat after her.

  8. Here all all of these pretty dog names highlighting the coat color, but I still love my little Akira! It fits her well with those big chocolate puppy dog eyes!

  9. thank you for the great selection of dog names! I have had a dog since 1966 and hope to have time for one more in my lifetime!They all had better lives than alot of people. Of all the breeds the lab is now my favorite although beagles , mutts and german shepherds were great and each offerd alot along the way!!! Thanks again— A LONG TIME DOG LOVER !