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Big Dog Names: 300+ From the Classic to the Unique

Looking for Big Dog Names for your Dog?

Naming your dog can be both fun and difficult all at the same time. If you are like me you want to find the perfect name for them.

But that is not always easy to do, especially when your little puppy will grow into a large dog.

That is why we have gathered 300+ big dog names ranging from the classics to funny to help you choose.

In this post we list large dog names from movies, mythology, words that mean big or large and more.

Big Dog Names: 300+ From the Classic to the Unique

How to Choose a Dog Name

There are 6 tips to follow when choosing a name for your big dog.

  • Try to choose a unique name.  Our adopted puppy came with the name “Bella”. Since she already knew the name we decided not to change it.  But it is a very popular name on our street.  She often becomes confused when the name is used for someone else.  
  • Pick a name that you are comfortable saying in public. What might seem funny in private might not go over well in a public place.
  • Your dog’s name will influence what people think of your dog.  If you name your German Shepard Killer, people may believe that your dog presents a danger to others.
  • Choose a name that is easy to say.  You will be saying it a lot over the next 10 to 15 years.  
  • Don’t choose a name that can be mistaken for another word. For example, Bo sounds a lot like no.
  • Choose a name with one or two syllables. Dogs can recognize shorter words easier. If you do choose a longer name consider using a nick name for everyday use.
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Classic Big Dog Names

There are certain names that just scream big dog. Names like Big Bertha or Brutus and we can’t forget the childhood favorite Clifford the Big Red Dog from children’s books with the same name.

You can find these types of names and more here in our Classic Big Dog Names category.

NamesGender
NanaF
QueenieF
BanditM
BeauM
BeethovenM
Bo M
BuddyM
CliffordM
CodyM
CometM
GoliathM
HunterM
KingM
LouieM
MarmadukeM
MiloM
RangerM
RockyM
SargeM
TysonM
Total 20
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Unique Names For Your Big Dog

Looking for a unique name for your one of a kind pup? Check out these unique names that you probably won’t hear at the local dog park. For more unique name ideas please check out our post; Unique Dog Names: Plus Tips on How to Pick One

NameGender
AsiaF
Bisou – Pronounced /bi.zu/ – Meaning ‘kis’s in FrenchF
Button – as in cute as a buttonF
Danica – Type of FlowerF
HarmonyF
KeebaF
KodaF
LaceyF
Lilou – French for LilyF
Puff F
SashiF
ShilohF
StarF
ArloM
BalooM
DarwinM
DeuceM
Digger M
Ellington M
FerrisM
HopperM
HuronM
JaiM
RaineM
SeymourM
TazM
Total 24
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Funny Names for Your Dog

Looking for a name that will give you a chuckle? Check out these funny names for large dogs.

Name Gender
BeanN
MochaN
ShadowN
TinyN
Female Names
DaisyF
MiniF
PandoroF
PeanutF
PetuniaF
PigletF
Total 10

Funny Names for your Male Dog

Funny Names Gender
AttilaM
ChubbsM
HugoM
JeevesM
JuniorM
RhinoM
ShaggyM
StalloneM
TankM
TugM
VaderM
Wolf M
YogiM
ZiggyM
Total 14
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Names from Movies

When putting together this list we couldn’t help but pull names from the movies. Some of these were selected because they were big dogs in the movies and some, like Frank from the Men in Black or Lex, just lent themselves to being a great name for a large dog.

Name Gender
LadyF
RajahF
ClydeM
DiegoM
DozerM
FangM
Frank – Men In BlackN
GonzoM
HoochM
KristophM
KronosM
LexM
LoganM
MauiM
MaximusM
RemiM
SymbaM
TrampM
YodaM
Chance – Homeward BoundN
BlueN
Shadow – Homeward Bound N
Total 22

Scottish Names for Large Dogs

If you happen to have a large dog breed from Scotland then a Scottish name might be in order. For more Scottish inspired names check out our post; Scottish Dog Names: 500 Names to Choose From

NameGender Meaning or association
AylaFStrong
Bean FFair
DixisF
FloraFGoddess of Flowers
Kyla F
LexiF
MadraFDog in olde Galtic
Nessie FLoch Ness Monster
SelkieFMytholgical creatures
AngusMTown in Scotland
BodieM
ButeMIsland of Scotland
DuffyM
DugalM
DuncanM
FaganM
OliverM
TavishM
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Names Inspired By Pop Culture

This list was inspired by the famous dogs of our present and past pop culture.

NamesGender
Chloe – The secret Life of PetsF
Maggi – The SimpsonsF
Tinkerbelle – Fairy from Peter PanF
Appa – Flying Bison from Avatar: the Last Air BenderM
Astro – The JetsonsM
Bart -The SimpsonsM
Baymax – Big Hero SixM
Buddy – Air BudM
Buzz- Buzz Light Year From Toy StoryM
Comet – Air BudM
Gandalf – Wizard from Lord of the RingsM
Hercules – The SandlotM
Hooch – Turner and HoochM
Hulk – Super HeroM
Jabba – Star WarsM
Lassie – Book: Lassie come homeM
Marley – Marley and MeM
Mr. Big – Sex and the City M
Pluto – Micky Mouse’s dogM
Scooby – Animated series: Scooby Doo, Where are you? M
Smalls- Movie: The SandlotM
Toto – Small dog from Wizard of Oz M
Babe- The Big Blue Ox from Paul Bunyan N
Chewie- Star WarsN
Groot- Guardian of the Galaxy N
Total 25
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Names Inspired by the North

Many large dogs originate from colder climates so why not give them a name that is inspired by cold or up north.

Name
Aspen
Blizzard
Bjorn
Burke
Everest
Has
Hunter
Jackson
Juneau
Klondike
Kodiak
North
Soren
Tundra
Vale
Winter
Yeti
Yuki – Meaning snow
Total 18
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Big Dog Names Inspired by Cultures

Names inspired by the cultures around us tend to be unique and well…. inspiring. For more names from various cultures around the world check out our other posts for dogs names:

NameGender Meaning
AstridFOld Norse -Divine strength
AthenaFGreek Goddess of Wisdon 
Bestal FAn Ancient Frost giantess
ChanFChinese meaning snow
EiraFWelsh meaning snow
FreyjaFNorse Goddess Beauty
HeraF
ShebaFAfrican Queen
SkadiFNorse Mythology- goddess of winter
AceMSlang meaning “Excellent!”
Albion MOne of the titan giants 
AspenM
AtlasMKing of Atlantis – A Triton Giant
BalorM“Evil Eye king of the Fomorians, a race of Giants
Enzo MA giant  
OdinM
ThorM
TritonM
ZeusMGreek God
AnakimA giant race
AzurNBlack in Egyptian
YukiNJapanese meaning snow
Total 19
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Names for Large Female Dogs

Big dogs don’t always have to have a name that implies they are big especially when they are girls. In our list of names for large dogs we made sure we added lots of sweet names for our big girls.

Names Names Names
Akira HelgaRikki
BerthaIdaRogue
BlossomKaraRosie
CaliKiraRoxie
CassieLarissaRuby
CleoLexiSasha
CloverLolaShelby
CocoLukaStella
DakotaLunaTika
DarlingMayaTilly
DixieMimiTrinity
Faith NaylaUma
GretaPenelopeVegas
GwenPrincessWillow
HarleyHope Winnie
HazelTotal 47Zoey

Names for Large Male Dogs

While reading through this list you might wonder why there is so many more male names on our list then female names. We wondered the same thing. It appears that names that invoke the image of “big” tend to be more masculine.

Male Names A to B
Ace
Admiral
Archie
Archer
Apollo
Axel
Bailey
Bear
Bennett
Benny
Boone
Boris
Brady
Brody
Bronson
Bruiser
Bruno
Brutus
Bryson
Total 19
Males Names C to F
Caesar
Captain
Casper
Chance
Chase
Colby
Dawson
Dexter
Diesel
Dude
Dudley
Duke
Dunkin
Finn
Flynn
Forest
Total 16
Male Names G to K
George
Gizmo
Grizzly
Gunther
Gus
Homer
Indigo
Jasper
Jax
Judge
Julius
Kai 
Kaine
Kodi 
Kona
Kong
Kylo
Total 17
Male Names L to N
Laddie
Lenny
Leo
Levi
Lewis
Lilo
Loki
Mack
Marley
Marvel
Maverick
Max
Moose
Murphy
Nash
Nikko
Norman
Total 17
Male Names O to T
Oliver
Ollie
Otis
Ozzy
Pablo
Preston 
Prince
Rex
Rufus
Ryder
Scout
Simon
Talon
Teddy
Tiger
Titus
Toby
Trooper 
Troy 
Total 19
Male Names W to Z
Whooper 
Wolfgang
Wyatt
Zuke
Total 4
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