15 Best Names for Golden Retrievers

A Golden Retriever lounging on a couch

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If you are bringing home a golden retriever, and you are struggling to come up with a name, think for a minute about the beautiful creature you selected. Goldens are known for being loyal, friendly, intelligent dogs. Their physical characteristics and personality are other factors you can consider when naming your dog. Take a look at some of the best names for golden retrievers.

Top Names for Golden Retrievers

  • Amina
  • Allegra
  • Bear
  • Brick
  • Buttercup
  • Chaplin
  • Clem (Clemence)
  • Dorado
  • Doris
  • Dug
  • Gil
  • Liberty
  • Mustard
  • Sam
  • Truman

Fun Fact

Golden retrievers are known for being gentle dogs, and that includes their bite. These dogs were bred to retrieve fallen game, not attack it themselves. When retrieving the bird, they were bred to use a soft mouth, meaning their teeth would not puncture the prey item. Due to instinct, golden retrievers have one of the softest bites among all dog breeds. They’re not likely to bite you, but even if they do, it shouldn’t hurt much.

Tips for Naming Your Golden Retriever

If you like the idea of highlighting your dog's positive qualities in a name, think of words in other languages that mean loyal or happy. For example, the name "Amina" means "honest" in Arabic, "Truman" is another way of saying "true one," and "Allegra" is "happy" in Italian. Other sources of inspiration can come from the dog's shimmery coat or if you plan for your dog to be your hunting companion. Golden retrievers live on average 10 to 12 years, so make sure it's a name that can go the distance and you feel comfortable sharing it with people who ask as you walk your dog, in dog runs, or at the vet's office.

A Golden Retreiver with a Goofy Grin upside down on a bed
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A happy Golden Retriever running
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Golden Retriever Girl Names

If you are looking for a catchy name for a female golden retriever, take a look at these popular selections.

  • Amber
  • Bella
  • Blondie
  • Brandy
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Gracie
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Lady
  • Nala
  • Pearl
  • Penny
  • Sadie
  • Zuzu

Golden Retriever Boy Names

Good dog names are short and easy to say. Take a look at these popular favorites for male goldens.

  • Blaze
  • Buddy
  • Cody
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Duke
  • Harley
  • Leo
  • Marley
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Nugget
  • Rusty
  • Tucker
  • Whiskey

Golden Retriever Hunting Dog Names

Golden retrievers are a gun dog or bird dog that developed during the mid-19th century in Scotland. Good swimmers, golden retrievers were primarily bred for collecting waterfowl during a hunt. These dogs remain great hunting companions.

  • Ace
  • Apollo
  • Archer
  • Artemis
  • Bolt
  • Chase
  • Dash
  • Echo
  • Gunner
  • Hunter
  • Magnum
  • Orion
  • Ranger
  • Ryder
  • Scout

Golden Retriever Cute Names

As puppies, golden retrievers are among the most adorable dogs, but as they grow, their faces retain a gentle, friendly face with soulful, piercing eyes. It is no wonder they get sweet-natured names like Buttercup and Precious.

  • Angel
  • Biscuit
  • Buttercup
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake
  • Fluffy
  • Happy
  • Marigold
  • Marshmallow
  • Peaches
  • Precious
  • Sugar
  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie
  • Waffles

A to Z Golden Retriever Names

A

  • Ace
  • Allegra
  • Amber
  • Amina
  • Angel
  • Apollo
  • Archer
  • Artemis

B

  • Bear
  • Bella
  • Biscuit
  • Blaze
  • Blondie
  • Bolt
  • Brandy
  • Brick
  • Buddy
  • Buttercup

C–D

  • Chaplin
  • Chase
  • Clem (Clemence)
  • Cody
  • Cookie
  • Cooper
  • Copper
  • Cupcake
  • Dash
  • Dorado
  • Doris
  • Dug
  • Duke

E–H

  • Echo
  • Fluffy
  • Gil
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Gracie
  • Gunner
  • Happy
  • Harley
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Hunter

L–O

  • Lady
  • Leo
  • Liberty
  • Magnum
  • Marigold
  • Marley
  • Marshmallow
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Mustard
  • Nala
  • Nugget
  • Orion

P–S

  • Peaches
  • Pearl
  • Penny
  • Precious
  • Ranger
  • Rusty
  • Ryder
  • Sadie
  • Sam
  • Scout
  • Sugar
  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie

T–Z

  • Truman
  • Tucker
  • Waffles
  • Whiskey
  • Zuzu

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