6 Unique pet names

Unusual Pet Names

Fido. Felix. Tweety. These common pet names are about a dime a dozen, but where's the fun in naming your pet something… ordinary? Giving your pet a unique name reflects on you -- and your unique personality! Need some inspiration? Here are 6 unique pet names to get you started.

1Dog named beyonceTaco

You love your pet… and you love tacos. Why not name your favorite pet after your favorite food? This is a silly and fun way to pay homage to your fave food or drink, and pets named Taco, Meatball, Cosmo or Martini will always stand out in a crowd of Fifis. If you're so inclined, you can even name your pet after your favorite restaurant. And don't forget to tell them that the next time you frequent the restaurant. At the very least, you're sure to get a free doggie bag out of the deal!

Check out this list of more fun food names >>


How many pets do you know that are named Bill or Joe or Dave? Give your pet a classic human name, and man's best friend will instantly feel like your human bestie. And you'll never feel lonely if your friends call and ask what you're doing. You can honestly say, "Oh, just hangin' with Bill." Keep all your friends guessing who the new man in your life is!


Giving your pet a unique name, such as a personality trait, is a great way to reveal a little about your pet's (ahem, and your) personality! When it comes to this unique pet name, the options are unlimited. If you truly want your pet's name to reflect your personality, do some brainstorming before committing to one name. Make a list of your favorite personality traits (flirty, fancy, smiley, sassy, etc.) then consider what would (and would definitely not) work as a unique pet name.


Travel lovers can reach back in their memory rolodex of travels when considering inspiration for a unique pet name. For Southern California devotees, Diego is a cool pet name; and East Coast lovers might prefer Jersey or Boston. When naming a pet after a city, state or region (Napa, anyone?), consider where you were born (city or state), a place you've always wanted to visit (Capri) or the place you'll return to again and again throughout your life.

Find out what the name Diego actually means >>



If music is your vibe, consider giving your pet a musical moniker. Once again, this topic is only limited by your love of music. Just remember: your pet may live a lot longer than a flash-in-the-pan musician. So give your pet a musical name with some staying power like Bono or Fergie. In a few years, your pet may even roll his eyes if you refer to him as 'Justin Bieber.' Just sayin'.

Rock on with these rock star name ideas >>

6Laverne and Shirley

If your pet is truly your other half, give him or her credit. If your name is Jill, why not name your precious pet Jack? Kellys out there may love snuggling with their very own Regis at nighttime. And what's a Juliet without her Romeo?

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Comments on "6 Unique pet names"

jules September 30, 2011 | 12:38 PM

I named my black lab Nebraska after the state I found her in. She was a 6 month old puppy when I spotted her at a truck stop running under semi trucks and looking for attention. I fed her some bread and told her to hop in the car. She has not left my side since.

Mel September 20, 2011 | 9:53 AM

Growing up, we had Irish Wolfhounds and my mother would never settle for common dog names. Since the dogs were Irish (we weren't) she wanted Irish names for them. There was Clancy Muldoon O'Rose, O'Tooley M. Rose and Shannon O'Rose. Years later we got some sort of malamute type mutt from the shelter and my mom named her Nanook of the North.

snickers September 18, 2011 | 4:15 PM

i named my dog after the candy bar because i love sweets

Robyn August 01, 2011 | 8:39 AM

Our first dog was a brindle Great Dane. We named him "Hootis". A friend gave him the name and it stuck. He was with us 11 1/2 years. He was a great pet and our children grew up with him. He loved everyone he met and would lean on them so they would not get away without petting him. We miss him- now we have 2 beagles. Buster & Cheyanne

dawnoftherockies July 08, 2011 | 7:34 AM

one of the most fun things to do is think up a name that really captures your pet's unique qualities.I now am raising our 4th Malamute and the female of the breed is so loving and protective of the family I named her Zanna...after the Angel of family love security and protection, she has already fulfilled her name beautifully ,her middles name is song...anyone who knows the Mals know they love to vocalize...we have great howling sessions together moments a pet mom cherish's forever. Dawn

Karen June 23, 2011 | 11:43 AM

I named my cats after Movie Stars they resembled; Valentino( his hair on his head looked like Rudolph Valentino); Charlie resembled Charlie Chaplin, he was a Hemingway cat that walked a little funny.

Mellie Morgan June 05, 2011 | 6:22 AM

Some good ideas. My dogs name came from a novel then with a change. I decided it was so close to my sister's name that I spelt the first part with her name.....thus Kayo. When I registered her the certificate came back with Kayo IV....so someothers like the sound of it.

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