Love is in the air at Rover HQ. Tiny bluebirds of happiness are buzzing around the office, whispering sweet nothings into our ears and chasing the office dogs in circles.
One sweet nothing in particular: the idea to pour through Rover’s extensive data on dog names searching out the most romantic dog names we could find. We also highlighted the sweetest and most sentimental names in our data. Read on to see how many of our pets have some of the most romantic dog names around!
The Top Canine Couple Names
We’ve applied our matchmaking skills to our extensive database of dog names to come up with these romantic dog name pairings, ranked by overall popularity. The name rankings come from our national dog name data.
Simba and Nala
These regal Disney names of Lion King fame are by far the most popular in this list.
Mickey and Minnie
Can you believe Mickey and Minnie have been together for 87 years?
Lucy and Ricky
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo were the stars of I Love Lucy for nine years, as well as a real-life couple (Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, of course).
Fred and Ginger
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers = dancing perfection. Their names will always be associated together.
Romeo and Juliet
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” The doomed love of teen heartthrob Romeo and his fair Juliet has been wrenching hearts since 1597.
Harry and Sally
When Harry Met Sally was released in the ’80s but still looms large in our cultural memory. Vintage Meg Ryan is just so fabulous!
Frida and Diego
These iconic Mexican artists are almost as well-known for their fiery relationship as for their masterpieces.
Napoleon and Josephine
Napoleon and Josephine’s love may not have lasted a lifetime but their love letters are a lasting tribute to the fire they shared. Not as many dogs are named the full Josephine as they are named Josie—so we went ahead and combined the two!
Tara and Willow
This nostalgic TV couple of Buffy the Vampire Slayer sports a couple of fabulous names.
Princess Buttercup and Wesley
A romance of unusual size, Buttercup and Westley suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (and the fireswamp) to reunite. As you wish.
Leeloo and Korben Dallas
Leeloo quite literally falls into the arms/taxi of Korben who can’t help falling in love with her supreme being-ness in the ’90s hit The Fifth Element. Note that our database doesn’t have any dogs named Korben, but plenty named Dallas!
Beauty and the Beast
A tale as old as time, the love between bookworm Belle and the boorish Beast is one for the ages. Beauty is not as a common a dog name as Belle or Bella, as it turns out—but it still ranks in the top 1000.
Nick and Nora
Nick and Nora Charles from the classic Thin Man films were a dog-owning pair, too, with a wire-haired fox terrier named Asta.
William and Kate
Whether or not the royal couple inspired these dog names, we don’t know, but aren’t they distinguished
Boris and Natasha
The…explosive passion of Boris and Natasha is the greatest love story of all Pottsylvania, dahlink.
Hamlet and Ophelia
These two tragic figures from literature make for some regally-named dogs.
The Top 4 Doggy Bromances
Since we’re in the matchmaking mood, we pored over the database to discover some long-lost friends! These duos have a true bond.
Maverick and Goose
Have you lost that lovin’ feeling? These handsome Top Guns top the bromance charts and would love to do a flyby of your tower anytime.
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy
These cartoon scaredy cats are friends to the very end. And they’ll do just about anything for a couple of Scooby Snax! We found quite a few Scoobys and Shaggys in the Rover database.
Sherlock and Watson
The consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed sidekick Dr. John Watson have inspired several pet parents to give their dogs these monikers.
Bert and Ernie
These best friends from Sesame Street have been charming children for ages, and their names sound pretty cute on dogs.
Top Lovey-Dovey Romantic Dog Names
These pet parents couldn’t resist giving their dogs the cutest of names.
- Love / Lovey / Lovely / Lovebug
Top Gemstone Dog Names
These canine treasures are worth more than their weight in gold.
Top Flower Power Dog Names
Flowers are the first language of love. These sweet dogs bear the names of lovely blossoms.
- Rose / Rosebud
- Sweat Pea
Top Dog Names for Sweet Tooths
Sweets for the sweet! Who can resist a little something nice like this?
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
Here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, 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
If you need some more name inspiration, check out our Dog Name Generator! We’ll delve into our huge Rover 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 an Audrey or a Princess Porkchop.