for the uncommon pooch

If your new little bundle of fur is as unique as they come (and aren't they all?) you need a truly unique name for your little guy or girl. We've rounded up the most unique names from pop culture and beyond to give your fur baby the sui generis moniker they deserve.

Our dogs deserve a name as unique as they are. We've come up with a list of 100 fun dog names inspired by some of our favorite topics.

Dog with nametag

Unique dog names inspired by fashion

If your pooch is too sexy 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

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

Unique dog names inspired by historical figures

Four score and seven years ago (more or less), these would've been some pretty popular dog names.


  • Bonaparte
  • Crockett
  • Goethe
  • Houdini
  • Schwarzkopf


  • Thatcher
  • Keller
  • Oakley
  • Stowe
  • Sojourner

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Unique dog names inspired by celebrities

Is your pup a gossip hound? Try one of these adorable names inspired by celebrities from film, television and more.


  • Cumberbatch
  • Barrymore
  • Kutcher
  • Meat Loaf
  • Barkevious Mingo


  • Paget
  • Demi
  • Fergie
  • Famke
  • Charlize

Unique dog names inspired by mythology

Mythological names are a brilliant way to add a little majesty to your pet's name. Skip the old standbys like Thor and Athena and go for something a little more creative.


  • Amon-Ra
  • Dionysus
  • Terminus
  • Eoghan
  • Herakles


  • Antigone
  • Lakshmi
  • Enyo
  • Priya
  • Sarosh

Unique dog names inspired by writers

Whether they're novelists, bloggers or social commentators, your pup will be in well-written company with names like these.


  • Gruber
  • Kerouac
  • Capote
  • Updike
  • Ludlum


  • Ree
  • Agatha
  • Angelou
  • Lovecraft
  • Harper

Unique dog names inspired by fictional characters

If you live in a dream world, you'll want to make sure your canine companion is right by your side. Let your pooch bring these fictional characters to life.


  • Heisenberg
  • Pip
  • Humbert
  • Ebenezer
  • Draper


  • Marlowe
  • Lisbeth
  • Corky
  • Scout
  • Uhura

Unique dog names inspired by products

There's nothing wrong with capitalism, especially when it leads to an adorable name for your four-legged friend. These brands inspired some too-cute pet names in addition to consumer loyalty.


  • Jeep
  • Newcastle
  • Kashi
  • Swiffer
  • Roomba


  • Sega
  • Shasta
  • Bugatti
  • Waterford
  • Bentley

Unique dog names inspired by tech

Get your geek on with these dog names that take inspiration from the world of technology.


  • J-Peg (bonus points for naming your miniature cutie J-Pug)
  • Dongle
  • Vector
  • Scuzzi (SCZI, if you prefer)
  • Codec


  • Java
  • Widget
  • Beta
  • Icon
  • Qwerty

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Comments on "100 Unique pet names for your new dog"

Faye Pietrokowsky February 26, 2014 | 5:41 PM

As an animal communicator, pets tell me that they like names that are two syllables. There are certainly many animals with names that are two syllables long! Speaking of names, many clients have told me that when they find a name for their pets, the pets seem to respond to a name that they approve of. So, how often do pets choose their own name?

Leslie February 22, 2014 | 2:57 PM

I lost my pomeranian on 1/7/14 and her name was Purkinje. I named her after the Purkinje fiber of the heart. We call her Perky for short.

Rick February 05, 2014 | 4:50 PM

When a friends daughter asked if they could get a puppy, the answer was always "We'll see". Of course, when they got one, they named it Wilsie because of the question.

Imajewelaholic January 19, 2014 | 6:52 AM

i L-O-V-E papillons! They're happy little dogs, energetic, great communicators, but yet still like to snuggle and take naps! What more could I ask for? ...Maybe just ONE more papillon? My Husband said, "We ALREADY have three! If you get one more Papillon... You owe me BIG TIME!" So.... That's exactly what I named her -- You Owe Me Big Time! But we just call her "Ome" for short. The best little 5 lbs. of love my Husband and I could ask for! :)

Dave November 09, 2013 | 5:58 AM

Non closable add, awesome... Out of here!

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