So you’ve got a new dog, and he’s a very good boy? Congrats! One of your first tasks as a dog parent is choosing the perfect male puppy name for your new furry fellow. Will you choose a name based on his color, breed or personality? Only one thing is certain: You’ll know the right name when you see it. So browse our list of boy dog names. With nearly 500 choices to consider, there’s no better dog name list for your inspiration.
Read on for our ultimate list of the best boy dog names.
Chocolate or potato, these delicious morsels would make a great namesake.
For dog parents of especially chew-happy pups.
Inspired by a kitchen device, helicopter or low-riding motorcycle – it’s your choice.
An homage to rock and roll singer Chubby Checker, or just to your puppy’s roly-poly physique.
Spanish for “five.”
If you find a clover with four leaves, you’re in very good luck.
If you have another pup named Bonnie, you have quite the mischievous duo.
Chocolate wouldn’t be chocolate without it.
Meaning “helpful,” a pup named Cody is always there when you need them.
A surname of English origin meaning “charcoal.”
Meaning a young male horse, this name could be inspired by Indianapolis’ NFL team.
An out-of-this-world object that orbits the sun (just like your pup orbits your feet).
Of “O’Brien” and “the Barbarian” fame, Conan is of Irish and Gaelic descent and means “hound.”
Centuries ago, the maker of barrels was called a cooper. Today it’s a common last name and increasingly popular first name for pets and people alike.
A soft and malleable dog name option, especially for those whose coats are a rusty red.
Short for Cosmopolitan, the iconic cocktail with vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime juice.
Perfect for a rugged pup who’s at home on the range.
An insect your dog will love to chase, or the baseball-like sport that’s globally popular.
A rich shade of red.
There’s a North Dakota, South Dakota, and maybe your dog Dakota too?
The third largest city in Texas by population, behind Houston and San Antonio.
Signifying a person from Denmark, this name already belongs to the Great Dane dog breed.
For the dog who’s great at sniffing out trouble.
The Italian poet and philosopher known for his “Divine Comedy” poem.
Taken from a town in Southwestern France, the name Dax has risen in popularity in recent years.
For the pup who loves to race.
The largest city in Colorado with a population of more than 700,000.
Slang for the number two card in a deck of cards.
Meaning “fortunate,” this name has plenty of pop culture references, from cartoon scientist Dexter to the Showtime TV drama starring Michael C. Hall.
As in Dez Bryant, NFL star who was a long-time wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.
Spanish for “devil” and also a popular, dungeon-y video game series.
A pair of cubes that could help you win big at the casino.
A type of engine and fuel.
A nickname for those with longer, -dino ending names (e.g., Bernardino).
The popular 70s-era music genre full of big hair and synthesizers.
The loyal house elf from the “Harry Potter” series.
In 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers won its first World Series since 1988.
The popular game played with black and white tiles.
Homer Simpson’s favorite food.
Short for Douglas, this was the name of an adored ‘90s animated show tracking the school adventures of Doug Funnie.
Latin for “dragon.”
Mythical creature that can fly and breathe fire.
Canadian rapper who got his start as Jimmy on the TV series “Degrassi.”
After Duckie, the lovelorn best friend in “Pretty in Pink,” or just those animals your dog wants to chase at the pond.
An informal word for a guy.
An industrial town in England near Birmingham. Or, inspired by Harry Potter’s cousin, Dudley Dursley.
Meaning “dark” and of Irish origin. Also, it’s Homer Simpson’s favorite beer brand.
Big-time British royalty who you’ll want to address as “your grace.”
Signifying “brave warrior” in German.
The official language of the Netherlands.
In honor of Minnesota-born songwriter and rock icon, Bob Dylan.
The bald type of this bird would make for a very patriotic dog name.
The reflection of sound waves.
This was the name of the beloved Jack Russell Terrier on the hit TV show “Frasier” starring Kelsey Grammer.
A prime name for an extra-smart pup.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States.
Short for names like Elijah and Elliott, and meaning “elevated” in Hebrew.
After “The King,” Elvis Presley, of “Jailhouse Rock” “Hound Dog” fame.
John Elway is an executive for the Denver Broncos and also helped the team win two Super Bowls in the late ‘90s.
A small piece of burning wood in a fire.
Meaning “winner” in Italian.
After Bert’s best friend on “Sesame Street” or South Africa’s Ernie Els, once the No. 1 golfer in the world.
City in Oregon and home of the University of Oregon.
For the little helper in your life, this means “helper” in Hebrew.
Actor and comedian Chris Farley starred in “Saturday Night Live,” “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep” before his passing in 1997.
Fenway Park is one of the most iconic stadiums in baseball and home to the Boston Red Sox.
Signifying a “fair-haired hero” in Scottish.
For fair-skinned male dog names, this literally means “fair or white” in Irish.
Also means “fair-haired” in Irish.
A good name for a speedy pup.
A name with a macho vibe.
If your pup’s fur matches this description, you can’t go wrong with this name.
Some Shiba Inu parents give their dogs this nickname due to their shared resemblance.
For a bigger dog, “Frank the Tank” does have a nice ring to it.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.
A top pick for a pooch with spots.
The longer version – Frederick – has German roots and means “peaceful ruler.”
Honor the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, with this name.
For the feisty pup who cannot be contained.
A German name meaning “peaceful ruler.”
A chocolatey treat, and a great name for a dark brown dog.
As male dog names go, it doesn’t get more badass.
Detective “Inspector Gadget” has taken many forms since his 1983 debut.
Perfect for a pup who’s out-of-this-world.
As in country music star Garth Brooks, or Wayne’s best friend in “Wayne’s World.”
The chomping reptile that you may find at a Florida lake or golf course.
The mystical creature who grants wishes.
Of Greek origin meaning “farmer.”
Skydivers are known to scream “Geronimo!” when they are jumping out a plane.
For a white dog, or a dog who likes to sneak up on you.
Joe Gibbs was a popular coach of the Washington NFL team and is now a big-time owner in the auto racing world.
Short for Giovanni, meaning “God is gracious.”
For “Gremlins” fans, this is the most adorable Mogwai.
An Italian dumpling.
The Disney icon often clad in oversized shoes and pants.
Named for the bird, or for Maverick’s best friend in “Top Gun.”
Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th president of the Unites States, serving from 1869 to 1877.
A mischievous creature who loves to wreak havoc.
Of Latin origin meaning “strong lord.”
Clark Griswold – played by Chevy Chase – has been the main character in numerous “National Lampoon’s” flicks throughout the years.
A type of brown bear that is native to North America.
After Rob Gronkowski, the NFL tight-end and recipient of many of quarterback Tom Brady’s touchdown passes.
The tree-like Marvel character.
A furry, blue “Sesame Street” personality.
After the Italian luxury fashion brand.
A beer that's especially popular on St. Patrick’s Day.
A must-have soup whenever you visit New Orleans.
Meaning “warrior” this name may have originated from the occupation of operating canons.
Another version of Gunner, this was also the name of the barista with a crush on Rachel on “Friends.”
Often short for August, Angus or Augustine and signifying “majestic.”
The obvious choice for your photogenic pup.
In honor of “Hammerin’ Hank,” aka Hank Aaron, long-time home run king and star of the Atlanta Braves.
Meaning “God is gracious,” this name has Scandinavian, German, Danish and Hebrew roots.
Gretel’s sibling in the classic fairy tale.
Give your dog this name and you’ll smile all day.
Meaning “bold and brave” in German.
A timeless neighborhood in New York City.
After Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or DC Comics character Harley Quinn.
Short for Harold, this name has belonged to everyone from royalty (Prince Harry) to fictional boy wizards (Harry Potter).
From English and French, this name means “battle worthy.”
A candy bar made of chocolate, toffee and almonds.
Trojan prince and legendary defender of Troy.
The king of ketchups.
The world’s largest cognac producer. Cheers!
Of German origin and meaning “estate ruler.”
From Roman and Greek mythology, this hero is known for his epic adventures.
Pennsylvania-based purveyor of chocolate bars and kisses.
This name could refer to a trailer hitch, the act of hitching a ride, or the 2005 rom com starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes.
A Southern term of endearment.
After the famous illusionist and escape artist.
The space telescope that has been orbiting the earth since 1990.
Short for Huckleberry as in the classic read, “Huckleberry Finn.”
After some strenuous playtime, your dog may be left huffing on the couch.
Name your incredible dog after “The Incredible Hulk.”
Count on your pup hunting for anything from treats to socks.
For the dog who is cooler than cool.
A common Russian and Polish name meaning “farm laborer.”
Short for Indianapolis or perhaps the annual “Indy 500” race?
After the artist (Jackson Pollock) or actor (Samuel L. Jackson).
Short for Jacob, meaning “supplanter.”
Irish whiskey that’s been in production since the late 1700s.
A typically quartz-comprised gemstone that comes in a variety of colors.
A name based on John or Jacques, and a key character on the hit show “Sons of Anarchy.”
An American musical genre, and a great dog name for a pup with style.
Spanish for “boss.”
Paying homage to the third state admitted to the union, New Jersey.
Traditionally a medieval entertainer. In the realm of boy dog names, your four-legged entertainer.
Perhaps faster and more luxurious than the average plane.
Another word for a young kangaroo.
Biblical figure that avoided drowning by being swallowed by a whale.
Meaning “to flow down,” this name could pay homage to basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The Spanish form of “Joseph.”
San Francisco-bred rock band known for “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Means young or younger, and also refers to the third year of high school.
The Roman goddess of love and marriage.
When referring to its Hawaiian origin, it means “sea.”
German for “emperor.”
A popular beer in the Bahamas.
The seven-foot-tall World Wrestling Entertainment star who became mayor of Knox County, Tenn.
Actor Keanu Reeves has starred in “Speed,” “The Matrix” and “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” among other flicks.
Name your pup after Keegan-Michael Key, half of the comedy duo Key & Peele.
John F. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States, serving from 1961 until 1963.
Because you know your dog will be the king of the house.
The capital of Jamaica and also a city in New York north of Poughkeepsie.
A nickname for Kipling, and a cute boy dog name for your pup.
For the dog that loves to run up and down hills, this name is of Scottish descent and means “round hill.”
The redhead character in Sega’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” series.
After basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
A famous brand of camera, perfect for your photogenic pup.
If you have a little helper, this name means “helpful” in Gaelic.
From the “Mario” franchise, Koopa Troopas are turtle-like characters that throw their shells.
A short form of Lawrence, as in Larry King and Larry Bird.
A rockin’ name that may be inspired by Lars Ulrich (drummer of Metallica) or Lars Frederiksen (singer of Rancid).
This name is a knockout, in honor of three-time world heavyweight champ, Lennox Lewis.
A name for your new BFF? Lenny Leonard is one of Homer Simpson’s BFFs.
In the zodiac world, Leos are charismatic, passionate and always entertaining.
Greek for “lion.”
As in DaVinci, Italian artist and engineer, or DiCaprio, the “Titanic” actor.
Of Norman origin, this name means “the king.”
For a dog that’s as tough as a pair of your favorite jeans.
Lex Luthor is a DC Comics mainstay – a supervillain and nemesis of Superman.
The state of freedom, an ideal written into the U.S. Constitution.
The cracking energy that lights up the sky during nighttime storms.
Beloved orphan alongside Stitch in Disney’s “Lilo & Stitch.”
The U.S. president on the penny, or a luxury vehicle company.
The main character in Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda” video game series.
Sibling of Lucy and Rerun in the iconic “Peanuts” franchise.
This would probably not be the best name for a Mastiff or Great Dane.
The capital of England.
An aquatic plant that’s also known as a water lily.
In honor of Lou Gehrig, baseball’s “Iron Horse” who rarely missed a game.
For a little warrior, this is of French origin and means “famous warrior.”
For a lucky dog, or to tell the world how lucky you feel to have them!
“Bringer of light” in Latin.
A Biblical name meaning “light.”
As in Lex Luthor, famed comic book villain.
For music lovers, Lyric should strike the right chord.
A common Scottish and Irish nickname.
As in Greg Maddux, long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher and Hall of Famer.
Generally signifying something big. Small dogs need not apply.
Inspired by Mr. Magoo, the cartoon character that made TV Guide’s “50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time” list in 2002.
In music, a key or scale. In the military, a high-ranking individual.
A nickname for monikers like Manuel, Emmanuel and Manfred.
Reggae lovers can have Bob Marley’s spirit live on through their pup.
A fish found in oceans throughout the globe.
A less formal version of Bernard, shared by celebrities from Mac toKids still play this game of knocking small glass balls out of a circle. Sanders.