Chocolate Lab Names

Chocolate Lab Names

Gathering chocolate Lab names is fun! You need to create a shortlist of great dog names, so that you can select the name that best suits your new Labrador Retriever puppy. I do love a name that is reminiscent of a candy bar, or my favorite chocolately drinks. But you might also like to pick something that is a bit more unique. Today I’ll share some awesome themed lists with top ideas for chocolate Lab puppies, along with my family’s favorite ways to narrow down the top choices.


Labrador Retrievers of all shades have captured the hearts and minds of people worldwide, but friendly, lovable Chocolate Labs are simply sensational. Cloaked in rich shades of brunette, it’s nearly impossible not to reach out on impulse and touch their splendid fur.

Believe it or not, at one point in time, chocolate brown Labs were considered undesirable due to their color. Black was once the Labrador color of choice, and many fine brown puppies were cast aside in favor of their more popular counterparts. Thankfully, saner minds prevailed, and today we have an abundance of superb Chocolate Labrador Retrievers to choose from.

Getting Creative

Thinking up unique Labrador dog names can be tricky, but there is a surprisingly simple way to come up with unusual ideas quickly. Pick a topic, theme or hobby you love and play word association!

Think of anything that relates to your theme of choice, and write it down. Try brainstorming on paper before making your shortlists. Jotting ideas down all over a large sheet of paper will help you get into creative mode! You can use our lists below to inspire you. Or you can make your own collections.

girl labrador names

Female Chocolate Lab Names

It’s important that the chocolate Labrador name you choose for your pup perfectly reflects her personality. Girl chocolate Lab names can be as wild or as tame as your new female chocolate Lab puppy’s temperament, but still use more human styled ideas:

  • Napa
  • Nellie
  • Katrina
  • Lucy
  • Nutmeg
  • Veronica
  • Aubrey
  • Nova
  • Ariel
  • Coco
  • Sheila
  • Teddi
  • Lilly
  • Ruby
  • Xanthe
  • Luka
  • Skye
  • Piper
  • Kelly
  • Riley
  • Daisey
  • Asia
  • Ellie
  • Paloma
  • Ginger
  • Lacie
  • Kyra
  • Sable
  • Hope
  • Claire
  • Cooper
  • Ace
  • Lulu
  • Cherish
  • Destiny
  • Belinda

Male Chocolate Lab Names

Chocolate Labrador names for a boy pup or adult male may have a different flavor (pun!) than female Chocolate Labrador names. Then again, how about a unisex name like Pat or Lee? Did you know that tough guy John Wayne’s original name was Marion?! Whatever your taste, these male Lab names have something for everyone!

  • Jersey
  • Newt
  • Outlaw
  • Samuel
  • Hunter
  • Buzz
  • Buddy
  • Dwight
  • Ox
  • Bear
  • Aristotle
  • Ziggy
  • Finn
  • Obie
  • Mojo
  • Adonis
  • Voltaire
  • Gus
  • Warrior One
  • Ajax
  • Trapper
  • Buster
  • Eli
  • Beemer
  • Apollo
  • Strider
  • Zeke
  • Columbo
  • Dollar Bill
  • Cody
  • Otis
  • Ozzie
  • Duke
  • Paws
  • Shamus
  • Nelly

Too Cute!

Naming a cute Chocolate Lab with a cute Chocolate Lab name seems like a no-brainer. But there’s a delicate balance—between art and a science—that goes into bestowing the oh-so-perfect forever name on your new bestie. Any of these cute chocolate Lab names would be welcomed by your cute baby Labrador:

  • Neutron
  • Panda
  • Nacho
  • Roseanna
  • Tucker
  • Sage
  • Bling
  • Murphey
  • Happy
  • Muffy
  • Astra
  • Gator
  • Velvet
  • Wasabe
  • Zeke
  • Nugget
  • Joey
  • Kona
  • Raven
  • Lauretta
  • Pepper
  • Arches
  • Stevie
  • Fuzzy
  • Penne
  • Jamison
  • Jethro
  • Chardonnay
  • RickRack
  • Baja
  • Pee Wee
  • GeorgiaShadow
  • GiGi
  • Spumoni
  • Paco Taco

Unique Chocolate Lab Names

Are you struggling to decide what to name your new baby Labrador? Or are you bringing home an adult rescue Lab and want to find a new name for his new start? We’ve been taking a look at some fun ways to choose chocolate Lab names. Helping you to pick the best one for your lovely Labrador.

One great way to come up with something original is to use names you like as a springboard. Get a piece of paper and write a few ideas that you like. Don’t worry if you don’t love them. Just spread around the page and jot down anything and everything you can think of that relates to that name. Work around the theme.

Say you like the name Rosie, fill the sheet with the names of other flowers or things you might find in the natural world. Don’t let yourself be restricted by whether or not these words are names in the traditional sense. We are looking for the unusual here! You can get the other members of the family to do the same, then swap sheets and see what you think of each other’s brainstorming attempts. It’s a great way to make naming your puppy into a communal activity, and one that’s much less likely to turn into an argument!

Unusual Ideas

Did you know that Chocolate Labs are sometimes referred to as liver Labradors? It’s true! So in honor of this unique appellation, we’d like to present you with some more good Lab names to consider. Many of these would sound even more unusual for female Labrador.

  • Okra
  • Comanche
  • Karma
  • Rogue
  • Felicity
  • Gustav
  • Lark
  • Nike
  • Whip
  • Spark
  • Winky
  • Argus
  • Princess Leia
  • Valentine
  • Bach
  • Abercrombie
  • Neptune
  • Zuni
  • Gizo
  • Tubby
  • Cole
  • Harley
  • Jonnie
  • Liam
  • Grommit
  • Onyz
  • Peppermint
  • Dierks
  • Woody
  • Sassy
  • Zephyer
  • Bacon
  • Doby
  • Gyro
  • Wyatt
  • Oompa-Loompa

Names From Nature

Nature is a great theme around which to brainstorm some awesome chocolate Lab puppy names:

  • Storm
  • Pebble
  • Ranger
  • Breeze
  • Willow
  • River
  • Rocky

Sporty Dogs

You might also like to try themes based on an activity. These sport themed chocolate Labrador names have a nice ring to them and can celebrate your favorite hobby!

  • Puck
  • Hockey
  • Slam
  • Dip
  • Air
  • Brick
  • Dunk
  • Alley-oop
  • Batter
  • Beef
  • Double
  • Bunt

Foody Labrador Names

Are you a major foodie? Have a secret wish to be a chef, or a real taste for sweet treats? These names for cute Labs are inspired by all things food and cooking, from baking to shop bought candies!

  • Hershey
  • Baker
  • Cinnamon
  • Croissant
  • Chef
  • Whisk
  • Mars
  • Bread
  • Twix

Cool Names For Chocolate Labs

Puppies normally sleep up to 20 hours a day, and as adults, it’s normal for them to spend the day and night sleeping for hours at a time. This extended sleep time is normal as long as your dog is active and alert while awake, and his eating and bathroom habits remain normal. We honestly can’t think of any names more chill than these for your Chocolate Labrador puppy:

  • Noah
  • Badger
  • Vanilla
  • Toby
  • Zion
  • Hattie
  • Hilo
  • Albuquerque
  • Sassafras
  • Wallace
  • Yum-Yum
  • Wiseguy
  • Paprika
  • Juno
  • Bentley
  • Spikey
  • Wolfgang
  • Callaway
  • Kenzi
  • Swifty
  • Halfway
  • Domino
  • Fats
  • Yeller
  • Bailey
  • Goldy
  • Armstrong
  • Quinn
  • Navajo
  • Biscuit
  • Boogie Woogie
  • Oliver
  • Snickers
  • Baby Ruth
  • Nibbles
  • Scribbles

Names By Coat Color

Good names for chocolate Labs can also be inspired by their gorgeous double coat! Although chocolate Labs come in a surprising range of shades.

Brown Labs

How about a name that simply recognizes your dog’s gorgeous coat? Whether you’ve got a light brown Labrador or a deep dark rich chocolate, these brown dog names are perfect as they have a strong association with the color:

  • Topaz
  • Chestnut
  • Russet
  • Walnut
  • Peanut
  • Rust
  • Desert
  • Brass
  • Sienna
  • Fawn
  • Ochre
  • Almond
  • Tortilla
  • Umber
  • Taupe
  • Sand
  • Bisque
  • Grit

Silver Labs

Silver Lab puppies are born because either chocolate parents carried a dilute gene, which mutes the impact of the normal brown dog color. Giving them an amazing silver sheen!

  • Silvy
  • Sylvia
  • Misty
  • Smokey
  • Dusty
  • Shine
  • Ghost
  • Spectre
  • Asher
  • Shadow
  • Flash
  • Pebbles
  • Grit
  • Quartz
  • Tungsten
  • Granite
  • Carbon
  • Lead
  • Zinc
  • Iron

Tan Lab Puppies

A tan lab puppy is really just another name for a light chocolate Labrador Retriever. But this shade of brown is quite distinctive and deserves a head nod when you are looking for special Lab puppy names!

  • Tanner
  • Copper
  • Cooper
  • Barrell
  • Buck
  • Clay
  • Tawny
  • Ginger
  • Carmel
  • Fawn
  • Sandy
  • Hazel
  • Peanut
  • Taupe
  • Oaty
  • Wheato
  • Pecan

Chocolate Lab Puppies with Blue Eyes

A brown Lab with blue eyes is an unusual site in adulthood, but chocolate Lab puppies often have beautiful blue eyes.

  • Skye
  • Navy
  • Glimmer
  • Tiffany
  • Sapphire
  • Sparky
  • Crystal
  • Twinkle
  • Dawn
  • Celeste
  • Aqua
  • Robin
  • Jade
  • Teal
  • Lake
  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Lagoon
  • Marine
  • Cadet

English Chocolate Lab Puppies

A chocolate Lab show dog is often known as an English Labrador. If you have an English Lab puppy you might like to give them a name that reflects their gorgeous breeding. These names are all stunning for chunky chocolate English Labrador puppies.

  • Princess
  • Prince
  • Glam
  • Trust
  • Hope
  • Dazel
  • Sparkler
  • Disco
  • True
  • Twist
  • Champ
  • Hero
  • Rosette
  • Trophy
  • Victor

American Chocolate Labs

The chocolate Lab hunting dog is becoming more popular in recent years. Also known as an American Lab dog, these slim, enthusiastic pupsters are bred for the field.

  • Hunter
  • Peg
  • Gunner
  • Shooter
  • Boots
  • Trucker
  • Trapper
  • Falcon
  • Harrier
  • Hawk
  • Speedy
  • Fetch
  • Grouse
  • Ryder
  • Elk

Names From Around The World

Another great way to name your dog is by location, so how about these chocolate Lab names from around the world! Picking your favorite country, state or city can be a way to celebrate your love of travel with the love of your dog:

  • Rome
  • Madrid
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Italy
  • Bronx
  • Isle
  • Sidney
  • Jersey
  • Atlanta

Southern Names

What about settling for a place you love and a name that harks back there. These southern dog names would sound mighty fine on any chocolate Lab puppy!

  • Belle
  • Forrest
  • Addie
  • Clyde
  • Loretta
  • Delilah
  • Dixie
  • Ambrose
  • Goober
  • Betsy
  • Jonny
  • Dawson
  • Daphne
  • Lucille
  • Etta
  • Kenny

Famous Labradors

The AKC recognized Labrador Retrievers in 1917, and the UK Kennel Club did the same in 1903. So, we thought that you might like to take a look at some of the AKC’s favorite dog names. These monikers come from the numerous canines AKC judges have seen in competitions over the years. Here are some of these famous names:

  • Jack
  • Frisbee
  • Belle
  • Hope
  • Ruby
  • Bowen
  • Evie
  • Boomer
  • Jax
  • Ace
  • Blue
  • Hunter
  • Brody
  • Jazz
  • Grace
  • Chilli
  • Catcher
  • Tango
  • Josie
  • Haley
  • Dawson
  • Cody
  • Kiva
  • Strider
  • Linx
  • Cole
  • Jet
  • Levi
  • Dare
  • Demi
  • Mia
  • Token
  • Peach
  • Nike
  • Dixie
  • Latte

Best Chocolate Lab Names

Chocolate Labs were not in favor in the early part of the last century. But why not? We have no idea, or what ended up changing the general consensus. We do know that it wasn’t until the 1960’s that the intensely beautiful hue of Chocolate Labs became favorable.

By the way, it was the same people who embraced the once-scorned Lab at this time that made Chocolate the unofficial official name for this color Lab, instead of liver or brown. Today, many dog parents consider the Chocolate Lab the best color. In honor of this sentiment, we offer up what we think would make the most popular Chocolate Labrador puppy names ever:

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  • Ninja
  • Nietzsche
  • Ollie
  • Bon-Bon
  • Echo
  • Finn
  • Kayla
  • Luke
  • Cruise
  • Wizard
  • Comet
  • Molly
  • Denali
  • Dash
  • Spirit
  • MoMo
  • Luke
  • Baguette
  • Bacon
  • Paisley
  • Toadfish
  • Moreno
  • Dazzle
  • Zoey
  • Balboa
  • Mary
  • Helen
  • Penny Loafer
  • Mocha Latte
  • Cooper
  • Marley
  • Cruise
  • Patch
  • Mystic
  • Aladdin
  • Pal
  • Opal

Making Your Shortlist

Once you have gathered your collections of chocolate Labrador Retriever names together, it’s time to make a shortlist. You’ll need to pick out 6-10 of your favorites. If there are several family members involved try to include at least one or two names from each of them.

names on a board

A blackboard or kitchen noticeboard is ideal for this. Very often, just seeing the names up on a board this way helps one of them to really jump out at you!

To make the final choice, you could allow each member of the family to remove one name from the list each day! Until only one name remains. Or you could fold the chocolate Lab names up and put them in a hat, and let someone pick out the winner.

Super cute chocolate dog names - Great names for your Chocolate Labrador.

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  1. My female chocolate lab was named Jenna, we had to put her down when she was 8 1/2 years old because she was full of cancer which took her quickly. Our male chocolate lab puppy is named Max he is currently 13 weeks old

    • My baby girl’s name is Dakota; goes by “Kota” and she is a chocolate lab. Not sure I saw this name on the list?

  2. My chocolate lab with his mom now .he will be in my home after two weeks …i can’t wait to see him …I’m thinking of the name of kitkat ???what do think🤔

  3. We just got a chocolate lab last month and named him Poe(Big Star Wars fans!!). Our other dog( Chocolate lab girl named Coco) absolutely loves him, she is like a mother to him(she is 5). I absolutely love chocolate labs! In a year , we are going to get a cockapoo(we just love dogs!) and this list really helped on choosing a name!

  4. Hi, My chocolate lab is 9 months old – a big boy weighs 80 lbs at 9 months. Gentle, gentle, gentle. We were in isolation for 3 months of his life. He is a bit timid of people now as I had to pull on his leash when he approached – prior to that he was the hit at the doggy park and daycare. Still loves people and will follow our grandkids everywhere. Our boy’s name is Beckett. Dad was an avid lab owner and said never give a dog a name that he can’t recognize – strong sounds. Answers well to either Beckett or Beck, especially if a treat is involved. BTW a becket is the rope on the back of a lobster trap used to lift it – great name for a boy who loves cold salt water!

  5. Having had and totally adored our numerous Chocolate Labs; we named the girls, Gypsy, Sasha, and Ginger. Our 3 male labs were Bandit, Peddy, and Buddy. Loved them all!

  6. My black (F) was Cajun (blackened dog), Yellow (F) was Gracie (after Gracie Allen, Proverbial dumb blond) aka Hurricane Gracie, Chocolate (F) was Mousse (like the dessert, not the hair product) aka Shmoopy or Shmoop. I currently have a Chesapeke Bay Retriever (Sedge color F) Sully aka Darth Grumpus. Next will be a Silver or charcoal or whatever. If it’s a (F) it will be Quinn, a (M) Quigley.


  8. My Bride of 42 years thought it would be cool to name our CHOCOLATE Lab, “”Hershey”. We love it ! Our first dog. He is a very loving companion