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20 Disney-Inspired Dog Names The Whole Family Can Get Excited About

by Angela Andaloro

Are you living in a family filled with Disney fanatics? If so, you’re far from alone. It seems like year after year, the dedication to the “Happiest Place on Earth” and the mouse who made it all possible grows and grows.

It makes total sense. Disney has offered decades of family-friendly entertainment. These characters jump off the screen and come to life day after day in our own homes. If you’re adding a four-legged member to your family, there’s a chance that Disney-inspired dog names will come up. Some might write off those names as cheesy, but there are actually some great ideas there. It’s especially fun if you’re looking for a dog name that speaks to your new pooch’s personality.

Why not name your spunky, loyal pup Bolt? A curious, energetic pup might be a perfect Dory.

Of course, deciding on the perfect name can also be overwhelming. There are a lot of Disney characters out there. We’ve got you covered with some of the best Disney-inspired dog names for your newest family member.

Aurora

Aurora, better known as Sleeping Beauty, is one of the original Disney princesses. Her name is derived from the Roman goddess of dawn. It’s a sweet and suitable idea for a pup who likes to nap. It also gives you the option of the nickname Rory.

Bambi

Bambi can be a cute name for a long-legged or fawn-colored dog. You can also give the name to any doe-eyed puppy. Bambi is the name of the title character in the 1942 film about a baby deer who grows up to become Prince of the Forest.

Bolt

Bolt is the name of the title character in a film about a loyal German shepherd who has the chance to prove he’s a real hero. In the film, Bolt is voiced by John Travolta. This name suits a dog who has a scrappy, heroic personality.

Cleo

Cleo is best known as Geppetto’s goldfish in Pinocchio, but she appears in many Disney movies and games. This name would suit a dog who is affectionate, loyal, and loves to spend time together with family members.

Copper

Copper is the name of the sweet and lovable hound in The Fox and the Hound. Despite his floppy, adorable exterior, he proves to be very brave. It’s a great name for a pup who is a hound but can totally work as the name of an unexpectedly strong, brave dog as well.

Dory

Dory is the trusty sidekick to Nemo’s dad, Marlin, in Finding Nemo. We learn more about her story in Finding Dory. The name can be perfect for a dog who’s a little clumsy or derpy but wins the family over with her big heart.

Dug

Dug is the lovable dog who gains the ability to talk in Disney and Pixar’s Up. The dog proves to be a loyal but goofy companion with a heart of gold. If you’ve got yourself a dog just like that, it may be the best name for him.

Flit

Flit is the name of the hummingbird in Pocahontas. The bird proves to be very protective of Pocahontas, not coming around to John Smith until he’s truly proven himself. This is a great short name for a protective pooch.

Gaston

Who could forget Belle’s almost-beau, Gaston? While the Disney character might have been a little much, the name can still work great for a pup. It’s great for a handsome boy who tries to get away with everything because he’s cute.

Lady

Lady is the cocker spaniel who’s one half of the titular duo in Lady and the Tramp. She’s a very pretty, sweet, and timid dog. Give this name to a pup who exudes that feminine energy without being too prissy or standoffish.

Minnie

Minnie Mouse is iconic and way more than Mickey’s other half. She’s a ray of positivity and always a lot of fun. It’s a great name for a dog who’s small in stature. It’s also great for a dog who exudes sunshine everywhere she goes.

Mowgli

Mowgli is the little boy at the center of the big adventure that is The Jungle Book. He’s innocent but also mischievous and a fun-loving. Mowgli could be a fun name for a dog who has a knack for getting into trouble but really is sweet and caring.

Nala

Throughout various Lion King movies, we see Nala grow up from an innocent cub to a fierce queen and mom. She’s true to herself and loyal to those she loves, and she doesn’t put up with any nonsense. Nala is an awesome name for a pup who is strong and playful.

Olaf

Olaf is more than just a sidekick snowman. He’s a symbol of love, a goofy companion, and wonderfully childlike. If you can tell early on that your dog will always be a puppy at heart, this name could be a perfect fit.

Patch

All right, let’s be real. All the dalmatian names are perfect, and they’re extra perfect if you’re getting a dalmatian. But Patch is an adorable name for any dog who’s adventurous, a little sneaky and slick, and, of course, a cutie.

Sulley

Sulley is the nickname of James P. Sullivan, a top scarer in the movie Monsters, Inc. Sulley, voiced by John Goodman, is the fiercely loyal and fiercely caring friend of Mike Wazowski. Perfect for a dog who has a nurturing spirit and lots of heart.

Tarzan

Got a wild pup on your hands? Did he come onto the scene and become the leader of the pack? Consider a name honoring the King of the Jungle himself, Tarzan. It suits a mischievous dog who might make a mess while trying to be good.

Tinker Bell

Not only is the name Tinker Bell famous for its relation to Peter Pan, but it’s a notable dog name as well. Paris Hilton famously named her Chihuahua Tinkerbell in 2001. It’s a great name for a small but feisty or sassy dog with a big heart.

Violet

Violet is the oldest daughter in The Incredibles. She begins as a shy and unsure young girl, but she comes into herself throughout the first and second films. This is a cute name for a dog who needs help breaking out of her shell.

Willow

Some dogs are old souls in tiny puppy bodies. Willow could be the perfect name for such a dog. It’s inspired by Grandmother Willow, the wise and nurturing spirit guide who helps Pocahontas throughout her journey.