Sweet girl dogs deserve girly dog names, don’t they? If you’re searching for the perfect name for your furry family member, Rover is here to help. We searched through our database of dog names nationwide to find the girliest options around. These girly pet names are as cute as your new dog. Girly dog names are perfect for small dog breeds, fluffy puppies, and really, any family dog—because why not?
We’ve handpicked these great name ideas for your sweet pup by digging through millions of names chosen by dog owners in the last few years, going way beyond the top 100 dog names to find the most adorable choices for your new family member. Whether you’re drawn to classic choices like Rosie, Ellie, and Molly, or trendsetters like Chloe or Violet, you’re sure to find a girly dog name that fits the bill.
Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.
Girly Dog Names
- Bella / Belle
- Evie (Evelyn or Eva)
- Francesca (Franny)
- Grace / Gracie
- Isabella / Isabel
- Lily / Lillie
- Madeline / Maddie
- Zoe / Zoe
Human Names for Dogs
You’ll notice that many of the names on this list are people names as well, and would sound equally at home on a baby as they do on a puppy. Why is that? Our data shows that each year, dog lovers increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-fledged family members rather than “just” pets.
In the past, male dog names and female dog names alike were less likely to be personalised to the dog. For instance, a boy dog might have been named Rex, Duke, or Rover, while a girl dog might have been called Lady or Princess. Nowadays, however, you’re more likely to hear Olivia, Zoe, or Emma called out at the local dog park.
Dog Naming Advice
Are you still uncertain about which moniker to choose? You’re not alone. Some dog owners just know their pet is a Bailey or Peaches as soon as they make eye contact, but many other pet parents need time to try out various options. If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that a creative dog name can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favourite foods, books, celebrities, your heritage, or even dog breed history.
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.” Many dog experts recommend choosing a name with at least two syllables and a sing-song or vowel sound at the end.
Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue with ease. You’ll want to select a name that you feel comfortable repeating because you’ll be saying it…a lot. Your dog’s name should 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 “Delhi, it’s time for dinner!” or “Asha, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.
More Dog Names
We find dog names absolutely fascinating here at Rover, and we love searching through 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 dog name data each year. You can also check out our list of unique dog names or take a look at our list of celebrity-inspired dog names!
The Dog Name Generator
Check out our Dog Name Generator if you’re still not sure what to call your furry new family member. We’ll delve into our huge database of dog names and based on the information you provide, we’ll give you some dog-name-related intel. We’ll tell you the two most popular dog names for your dog’s breed and gender, and if you’re looking for a name that stands out from the pack, you’re in luck! We’re throwing in a third, decidedly random option that’s just for fun. That’s right, we won’t just give you one result, we’ll give you three whole dog names to choose from! Then we’ll leave it up to you to decide if your new addition is more of a Harry or a Stompy.