Are you a super Thanksgiving person? Do you plan the perfect menu for weeks in advance? Would you rather eat pie than cake? We’ve created this list of Thanksgiving dog names for the true-blue Thanksgiving fans of the world. If your puppy is born around Thanksgiving or you adopt your new dog in the fall, one of these names might inspire. We here at Rover dug into our database and consulted the experts to find Thanksgiving dog names for deliciously cute dogs, plus some fall dog name classics.
We’ve handpicked these great Thanksgiving dog names by digging through millions of names chosen by dog owners in the last few years. It’s all search of the tastiest options for the newest member of your family! The names with an asterisk (*) are among the top 100 dog names in terms of popularity.
These Thanksgiving dog names, along with more fall puppy names, are indulgent, friendly, and often heartwarming—just like the Thanksgiving season. Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to pick a name that you’ll be comfortable saying well beyond Turkey Day.
The Best Thanksgiving Dog Names
- Alton (as in Brown)
- Aurelia (meaning “golden”)
- Charlie* (Brown)
- Contessa (as in the Barefoot…)
- Crescent (Roll)
- Dolce or Dulce
- Emeril (as in Lagasse)
- Grace or Gracie*
- Leaf (or Leif)
- Mac* (‘n Cheese)
- Mayflower or just May*
- Mercy (Merci is French for “thank you”)
- Oak or Oakley
- Persephone (Persie)
- Pippin (or Pip)
- Pomona (Roman goddess of fruit trees)
- Prudence (or Prue)
- Rain / Rainy
- Rose or Rosie*
- Roux (a sauce and a color word)
- Sweet Potato
- Topaz (it’s the November birthstone, after all)
- Zucchini (Zuke?)
Do Thanksgiving Puppies Need a Themed Name?
Sure, a Thanksgiving dog named Cinnamon, Pumpkin, or Apple is pretty cute. But you don’t have to go that route. Some of the names on Rover’s list are inspired by the season, but not all! You don’t have to give your new puppy a name that has anything to do with Thanksgiving if you don’t want to. Here are some other considerations when choosing your new dog’s name.
People Names for Dogs
Do you like the sound of a human baby name on a puppy? If so, you’re not alone. It used to be that most of us agreed on a good name for a dog. Fido, Rex, Lady: we expected generic choices. Now, however, you’re more likely to hear human names on dogs.
Our data shows that each year, dog owners increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-on family members who deserve their own special place in our homes and hearts. Our dog love runs deep.
Dog Naming Advice
If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a great Thanksgiving dog name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history. For example, a pug puppy might sport a food-inspired name like Potato (Pug-tato?), while a red heeler or Viszla could carry a colorful name like Ruby.
Another consideration when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Goldie, it’s time for dinner!” or “Apple, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
The Bottom Line
Good luck, have fun and be sure to check out our other dog name coverage. As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.
To start, check out our list of the most popular names this year, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top Irish choices, male dog names, female dog names, and popular names for hunting dogs, small dogs, white dogs, Huskies, German shepherds, and many more.