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100 Unique Dog Names Your New Pooch Will Be Honored to Have

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

These out-of-the-box dog names are so cool, we're just mad we didn't think of them sooner

The only thing harder than naming your firstborn child is picking out the perfect name for your fur baby — because nothing could be worse than spending hours and hours coming up with that totally choice dog name only to discover that the amazingness you thought was one of a kind actually already belongs to, like, 1,000 other dogs in the town you live in.

That's why we've compiled a list of dog names that are a bit more distinct — because who wouldn't love a pup named for a historical figure or after your favorite alcoholic beverage?

These out-of-the-box dog names are so cool, we're just mad we didn't think of them sooner
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Unique dog names inspired by fashion

If your pooch is too cute for her (or his) leash, go with one of these names inspired by our favorite fashion gurus.


  • Birkenstock
  • Carnegie
  • Helmut Lang
  • Gaultier
  • Rad


  • Collette
  • Maripol
  • Vuitton
  • Natacha
  • Dior

Unique dog names inspired by places

Is your "ruff" and tumble pooch always ready to hit the road? Try one of these names inspired by jet lag.


  • Bixby
  • Meshik
  • Reno
  • Mavericks
  • Kilkenny


  • Aspen
  • Sevilla
  • Maui
  • Kona
  • Makarska

More: 130 Unique Female Dog Names to Match Your Little Princess' Perfect Personality

Unique dog names inspired by drinks

These dog names are inspired by some of our favorite adult beverages. Remember: Always name your pet responsibly.


  • Champers
  • Johnny Walker
  • Rémy
  • Bootlegger
  • Cider


  • Sambuca
  • Chianti
  • Shandy
  • Grenadine
  • Tanqueray

Next Up: Unique dog names inspired by historical figures

Originally published October 2013. Updated June 2017

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