Big Male Dog Names
Some big dog names are overly obvious, but our list for males has plenty of unique names to speak to your pet’s big personality.
1. Arnold – After the bodybuilder turned tough-guy actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2. Atlas – The mythological Titan holding up the sky.
3. Attila – Attila the Hun in ancient history was a terrifying enemy.
4. Avenger – After the Marvel comics superhero team.
5. Baloo – The big adorable bear in Disney’s version of Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
6. Bear – Lovable big dog name; you could call him Teddy, too!
7. Beowulf – In the old English epic poem of the same name, Beowulf is the hero who fights and kills the monster Grendel.
8. Bluto – Remember the bad guy in the Popeye cartoons? He was such a big bully, he motivated Popeye to eat that spinach in order to beat him!
9. Boone – After Daniel Boone, the great American trailblazer and pioneer.
10. Bruiser – A cute name to give to a big dog or a tiny one with a big personality, like the little Chihuahua in Legally Blonde.
11. Cadillac – Name for a big car, so why not a big dog?
12. Caesar – Isn’t this a great name for your little/big hero?
13. Captain America – Superhero from the Avengers movie series, or really just plain “Captain” would be a great big dog name.
14. Chief – An important name for an important dog.
15. Cody – After Buffalo Bill Cody, an American Western hero and pioneer.
16. Colossus – It means huge!
17. Commander – A great name for a great dog.
18. Diesel – After actor Vin Diesel.
19. Dutch – Doesn’t this name sound big and tough?
20. Eastwood – The ultimate tough guy, even into old age: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
21. Goliath – The Old Testament giant defeated by King David.
22. Grendel – The monster killed by hero Beowulf in the old English epic.
23. Hercules – The famous mythological hero.
24. Hindenburg – A huge passenger airship ahead of its time in the 1930s.
25. Hulk – The big green monster who can’t control his temper.
26. Iceberg – For the dog who may be small on the outside, but big on the inside.
27. Iron Man – The superhero with a sense of humor played by Robert Downey Jr.
28. King – A name for the ruling puppy in your life!
29. Kong – After the big, sweet, misunderstood ape in the movie King Kong.
30. Krypton – The name of Superman’s home world (he also had a big dog named Krypto!)
31. Lebowski – From The Big Lebowski, the laid-back icon played by Jeff Bridges.
32. Loki – From Norse mythology, adoptive brother and enemy of Thor.
33. Mammoth – Meaning huge; also woolly mammoths were huge creatures of the Ice Age.
34. Marmaduke – The lovable Great Dane from the comics, though your dog doesn’t have to be the same breed!
35. Magnum or Magnus – A name for your big and important dog!
36. Moby – From Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, story of the great white whale.
37. Moose – As in “big as a moose”; also the big football player in the old Archie comics.
38. Rambo – Super-tough guy from Sylvester Stallone’s movie career.
39. Rex – After the dinosaur species Tyrannosaurus rex.
40. Rocky – From the series of movies starring Sylvester Stallone as a boxer.
41. Rudy – After the Notre Dame football player who had a big heart.
42. Schwarzenegger – If you like him but you don’t use Arnold, this would be a good one. You could also call him Schwartz!
43. Simba – For the dog who can’t wait to be king (and the Disney-loving dog owner).
44. Stallone – Last name of Sylvester Stallone, hero of a number of action movies.
45. Tank – Huge like a Sherman tank rolling through the battle lines.
46. Terminator – Science-fiction character whose job was to do just that to people; he was big and tough enough to do it!
47. Thor – Superhero with a hammer, and also the Norse god of thunder.
48. Titan – In Greek mythology, Titans were second-generation gods. “Titan” is also the name of Saturn’s largest moon.
49. Vader – Isn’t this a cool name for a big black dog?
50. Voltron – From an animated TV series about a team of astronauts who pilot a giant super robot.
51. Wolf– A great name for a Siberian husky or a German shepherd.
Big Female Dog Names
We’ve looked for names with meaning, while trying to keep away from the conventional dog monikers you hear everywhere. These include some of the most famous and powerful women throughout history.
1. Amazon – Besides being everybody’s favorite place to buy books, an Amazon was a member of a legendary tribe of female warriors believed by the ancient Greeks to exist in Scythia.
2. Anastasia – After the romantic and mystifying Russian princess.
3. Athena – A huge example for women, the goddess of wisdom, war, art, schools and commerce in Greek mythology.
4. Audrey – After iconic actress Audrey Hepburn.
5. Barda – After Big Barda, the comic book superheroine from DC Comics.
6. Boudicca – She led an army of 100,000 Britons against the Romans in the first century; definitely a different name!
7. Cleopatra – The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, she sought to defend her country from being taken over by the Roman empire. You could call her “Cleo” for short.
8. Chanel – After Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer. You could also call her Coco.
9. Curie – Marie Curie was a scientist, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first person to win in two categories.
10. Diana – Roman goddess of the hunt.
11. Duchess – Another royal name for your sweet, royal dog.
12. Eleanor – The first queen of France, she influenced the politics of all of Western Europe.
13. Elizabeth – One of the great queen names; you can call her Lizzie, Eliza, Liza, Beth, and quite a few other nicknames!
14. Emily or Dickinson – Both great names; Emily Dickinson was one of America’s greatest poets.
15. Empress – Because your big girl rules!
16. Estée – After the cosmetics pioneer Estée Lauder.
17. Eva – After Eva Perón, a leader much loved by the people of Argentina; she campaigned for the poor and for women’s rights.
18. Heidi – A cute name for your cute girl dog who loves to play games with you!
19. Helga – Norwegian explorer Floki’s wife in the HISTORY channel series Vikings.
20. Hermione – The intelligent female wizard in the beloved Harry Potter series.
21. Hildegard von Bingen – Writer, poet, and musician who was consulted by popes and kings in the 12th century.
22. Indira – After Indira Gandhi, the first female prime minister of India.
23. Joan of Arc – Patron saint of France who inspired a French revolt against English occupation and led the French to victory at Orleans.
24. Jupiter – The largest of the planets, the King (or Queen?) Planet.
25. Khaleesi – As in the wife of a khal, or queen, on Game of Thrones.
26. Madeline – The small but fearless little girl in Ludwig Bemelmans’ books named after her.
27. Madonna – American pop star and one of the most successful female musician of all time.
28. Magdalene – Listed as one of the greatest women in history, Mary Magdalene was one of Christ’s most devoted followers; call her Maggie!
29. Minerva – Goddess of wisdom, war, art, schools, and commerce in Roman mythology.
30. Mirabai – Pretty name for your princess; Mirabai was a privileged Indian princess who left that life to follow a mystic; she helped revitalize devotional yoga in India.
31. Mrs. Robinson – The infamous “cougar” in the film The Graduate.
32. Mrs. Darcy – After Elizabeth Bennet, the strong-willed woman in Pride and Prejudice who falls in love with Mr. Darcy. You could also call her Lizzy.
33. Nightingale – Cool name for a cool dog! Florence Nightingale was a British nurse who served in the Crimean War. Her dedicated service led to great improvement in the treatment of wounded soldiers.
34. Oprah – After Oprah Winfrey, the first woman to have her own talk show.
35. Pandora – Is your dog curious? In Greek mythology, curious Pandora opened a box that brought all the troubles into the world.
36. Princess – Your royal dog deserves this sweet name!
37. Queen – Because she rules!
38. Regina – This name also means “queen”!
39. Ramona – The little girl with a big imagination in Beverly Cleary’s series of novels named after her.
40. Rosa – After Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist.
41. Sappho – One of the first known female writers, she lived in Greece in the sixth century BC.
42. Simone – After Simone Beauvoir, the French philosopher who wrote a defining book for the 20th century feminist movement. Alternatively, you could call her Beauvoir!
43. Sojourner – Definitely a one-of-a-kind name! Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner in the 19th century.
44. Valkyrie – In Norse mythology, a valkyrie was a female figure who chose who died and lived in battle.
45. Venus – The Roman goddess of love in Roman mythology; a loving name for your loving pooch!
46. Victoria – Queen Victoria of England presided over one of the largest empires ever seen.
47. Wonder Woman – The female superhero who originated in comic books that took the idea from Greek mythology’s Amazons.
48. Xena – Xena: Warrior Princess is an American fantasy TV series.
49. Zeppelin – Because those rigid airships, pioneers in flight development, were huge. Also, it’d make a cute name!
That’s the end of our big dog names lists! We hope you enjoyed them and found some you like — and if it was interesting or helpful, please SHARE it with friends and fellow dog lovers!