What's In A Male
What is in a dog's name? There are lists of
common dog names, but...what do they mean? Are certain dog names
associated with certain characteristics and traits?
A list of the top 30 male dogs names were compiled by Veterinary Pet
Insurance over 300,000 policy holders. The following are
characteristics associated with each name:
The Meaning Behind the Top 30 Male Dog Names
1. MAX – Dogs named Max are generally
happy dogs. They like to
be petted and groomed and are considered fun-loving. They are very
trustworthy companions. Some dogs named Max can be fiercely
independent and work to keep their aggression under control. Origin:
Latin. The meaning is: A Salmon Basin or large spring.
2. BUDDY – The majority of dogs named Buddy are
mixed breed dogs owned or named by men. They are often rescued or
strays brought into homes and hearts across the world. They are
generally loyal and adore their owners. Origin: American English.
The meaning is: Messenger Man.
3. JAKE – Dogs named Jake are often fun-loving and happy dogs. They
like to play and better yet – loved to sleep. They have that "boy
next door" appeal. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Supplanter; to
fill the place of another.
4. ROCKY – Most dogs named Rocky have big personalities. They are
often playful and strong. They can be either big or small dogs but
have a strong personalities and may be dominant. Origin: English.
The meaning is: A Rocky Reef.
5. BAILEY – This is a great dog name. Dogs named Bailey are often
loyal and good-natured. Most "Baileys" are very trainable. They are
smart dogs, eager to please and respond well to
obedience training if
given the opportunity. Origin: English. The meaning is: Bailiff;
6. BUSTER – Buster is a fairly diverse name and associated with many
different types of personalities. It is often given to little dogs
with big personalities. They are rarely dressed in
dog clothes and if they
are – it is only a masculine bandana. Dogs named Buster can also
have a sneaky quality and may be quick to steal food or do something
else that you don't know about. Origin: American English. The
meaning is: Joy.
7. CODY – Cody is a great name and is often associated with dogs
that are gentle and mild-mannered. They are eager to please and want
to be loved. Most Cody's are very huggable. Origin: English.
8. CHARLIE – Charlie is a great dog name and is used on just about
every breed, shape and size. Most "Charlie's" are warm-hearted loyal
dogs with friendly personalities. They generally like to play and
enjoy either fetching or chewing. Origin: German. The meaning is:
Man; strong and masculine.
9. BEAR – Dogs named "Bear" are often adorable long haired fluffy
dogs that come in a variety of sizes and colors. It is a common name
for Shar Peis. They are generally loyal dogs but can have aggressive
tendencies. Behavior training is generally a good idea. Origin:
American English. The meaning is: Bear; bulky with lots of hair.
10. JACK – Dogs named "Jack" are often fairly carefree. They are
often mixed breed dogs, however, they can also be purebred. They
generally love life and can truly be man's best friend. Dogs named
Jack are often described as "quiet". Origin: English. The meaning
is: God is Forgiving or God's gracious gift.
11. TOBY – Most dogs named Toby can be described as "Cool". They
have a friendly and often energetic demeanor with sweet
personalities. They are good dogs and loyal companions. Origin:
Greek. The meaning is: From Tobias - The Goodness in God; God is
12. DUKE – Dogs named Duke are loyal, loving dogs. They are often
"people" dogs and don't want you out if their sight. Most Dukes are
medium to larger sized dogs. They can be dominant and smart and
respond well to obedience training. Origin: Latin. The meaning is:
Leader of the Herd; high-ranking nobleman.
13. LUCKY – Lucky is a common dog name and used for many
pets that have suffered
an unfortunate experience followed by being rescued. These dogs are
generally happy and well meaning. They are loving and loyal and
realize their good fortune in the new home that they found with you.
Origin: English. The meaning is: Happiness and having good luck.
14. SAM – Sam is a carefree name given to dogs with a good outlook
on life. They seem to know what is important and that have a special
place in your heart. They are loyal and kind. Origin: Hebrew. The
meaning is: Heard by God.
15. HARLEY – Dogs named Harley can be any size or
shape. They often have fun personalities and like to play. They can
be independent and are smart. They are as loyal to their owners as
their owners are to them. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning is: Wild
16. SHADOW – Shadow is a common and wonderful dog name. It is often
given to dogs that are black. Many dogs named Shadow are shy and
slow to approach strangers. They are loving and loyal to their
owners. They hate going to the vet and are not trusting. Some
describe dogs named Shadow as "uptight". Origin: English. The
meaning is: Dark image cast by an object blocking the sun's rays.
17. RUSTY – Rusty is a great dog name and is commonly used for red
or red-browned colored dogs. Many dogs named Rusty are wonderful,
handsome dogs with shy affectionate personalities. Origin: American
English. The meaning is: A Town; also means a reddish brown color or
covered in rust.
18. MURPHY – Murphy is a
carefree name and a perfect name for
Murphy's are loyal, kind and energetic. They love playtime. They
strongly bond to their owners and love nothing more than a little
affection from their owners. Most dogs named Murphy never met a
stranger and love living their lives. Origin: American English. The
meaning is: Sea Fighter or sea warrior. Of course, Murphy's Law
means...anything can happen.
19. SAMMY – Dogs named Sammy are often sensitive dogs. They look as
you as though they can read your soul. They are loyal and kind and
have a fun side to their personalities. Origin: Hebrew. The meaning
is: Heard by God or from Samantha – a "Listener"
20. ZEUS – Dogs named Zeus often have quite regal personalities.
They give of the aura of being a leader and powerful. They are alert
and very good listeners. Not much gets past a dog named Zeus. They
are intuitive and smart. Many people may describe dogs named Zeus as
"handsome". They can be well trained if given the opportunity. Zeus
was a Greek ruler of the gods in Greek mythology. Origin: Greek. The
meaning is: Father of the Gods.
21. RILEY – Dogs named Riley are often wonderful dogs with loving
personalities. They have a tendency to be carefree and fun. They can
be creative when it comes to play and make up games as it suits
them. They like to play and sleep. They are attentive and very loyal
to their owners. Origin: American. The meaning is: Rye Clearing;
22. OSCAR – The name Oscar can be associated with dogs of just about
any size or breed. Most "Oscars" are independent and can be a
bit...ornery. They have fun personalities and are generally eager to
please. Origin: Old Norse. The meaning is: Divine Spear; a fighter
23. WINSTON – Dogs given this rather distinguished name often uphold
the name with dignity. They are commonly loyal and friendly. They
like to meet new people and can be quite smart. Origin: English. The
meaning is: Kind Town; or a friend's estate.
24. CASEY – Casey is a great name for a
guard dog since the
name's origin is for a watchful warrior. Most dogs named Casey are
smart and have an excellent sense of hearing. They are loving and
very special dogs. Origin: French. The meaning is: Belonging to
Case; brave and watchful.
25. TUCKER – This is a fun name and many dogs with this name have
colorful personalities. They may love to eat and very food
motivated. Origin: English. The meaning is: Someone who fills cloth;
cloth thickener – also slang for food in Australia.
26. TEDDY – This common
pet name is a good one.
Most Teddy's are cute, sweet dogs with loyal owners. They may look
like a "Teddy Bear". It is a common name for Chow-chows and
Greek. The meaning is: Gift from God; prosperous guardian.
27. GIZMO – Dogs named Gizmo are often small breeds that are "busy".
They like to get into things and explore their environments. Origin:
American English. The meaning is: Mechanical device or gadget.
28. SAMSON – Samson is a strong name often given to dogs with strong
thick bodies and big personalities. They are loyal and loving. They
are often attentive and have an extra keen sense of smell. Origin:
Hebrew. The meaning is: Name of the Lord.
29. OLIVER – Dogs named Oliver, sometimes called Ollie for short,
are wonderful dogs. They can be ornery and eager to get into things.
Many Oliver's are keen chewers and need to be given frequent
opportunities to play and appropriate chew toys. Origin: French. The
meaning is: Elf Army; or symbol of Peace.
30. BANDIT – Bandit is a common name, often given to loving strays
or mixed breed dogs, although it can be given to any dog. Many
Bandits are very independent and may be difficult to train. They can
be dominant but will respond to training well if given the
opportunity. They can be very smart and have high dog IQ's. Origin:
English. The meaning is: A robber or outlaw.