If you want to have the coolest cat—err, dog—on the block, a cool name is absolutely vital. Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up some of our favorite cool girl dog names, inspired by musicians, nature, and more. Just don't be surprised if your very good girl starts to don leather jackets and John Lennon-inspired sunnies.
Top Cool Girl Dog Names
Many of the country's top 100 female dog names are a little too saccharin-sweet for our taste. So, we did the work for you and cherry-picked the coolest names out of the United States' most popular dog names.
Tips for Naming Your New Dog
It's no secret: Bringing home a new puppy or dog is a lot of work. Between shopping for your new dog's gear, like a cozy bed and high-quality kibble, and prepping your house for pooch's arrival, your to-do list may feel never-ending. And let's not forget—you have to come up with the perfect name that your whole family will love, too!
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don't! Here's our straight-forward advice that can help naming your new dog a breeze:
- Choose a name that suits your dog's personality. You wouldn't give a blushing violet a rough-and-tumble kind of name, right?
- Consider names with one to two syllables and hard consonants. These names will be easier for your dog to hear and understand.
- Avoid names that sound like a command or other word. If you name your dog Kay, for example, and tell her to "stay," she might get a little confused.
- Always try to use your dog's name in a positive context. Her name is the first thing she'll hear when you ask her to perform—so make it a pleasant experience for her.
Cool Names Inspired by Female Musicians
Go ahead: Name someone—or something—cooler than a super talented female musician. Tough, right? We love these too-cool monikers inspired by the music world's baddest, most rocking babes.
- Amy: Amy Winehouse was beloved for her expressive vocals and super eclectic blend of blues, jazz, and soul.
- Aretha: The Queen of Soul and one of America's favorite performers, Aretha Franklin is the defines cool.
- Debbie: The front-woman of the new wave band Blondie, Debbie made punk rock music accessible to a massive audience.
- Grace: Known for her psychedelic songs, beautiful vocals, and impeccable bangs, Grace Slick was a major figure in San Francisco's musical movement of the 1960s.
- Janis: Another queen of the 1960s music scene, Janis Joplin was one of the few female performers to take the stage at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
- Joan: If you and your pooch just so happen to love rock and roll, Joan—inspired by rocker Joan Jett—might be the perfect pick.
- Kim: Whether you prefer Sonic Youth (Kim Gordon) or the Pixies (Kim Deal), being named Kim is kind of a big deal in the indie music scene.
- Shirley: The lead singer of the alternative band Garbage, Shirley Manson was the 90s alternative girl of all our dreams.
- Siouxsie: This name—inspired by Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees—is easier to say than you might think: It's actually pronounced like "Susie."
- Stevie: You just can't round-up the world's most influential female musicians without including Stevie Nicks, the amazingly talented vocalist from Fleetwood Mac.
Cool Names Inspired by Female Artists
Whether you prefer realism, art deco, or modernism, the art world is absolutely jam-packed with cool-girl naming inspiration. These are some of our favorite names inspired by generations of female artists.
- Adelaide (Adelaide Labille-Guiard)
- Cecilia (Cecilia Beaux)
- Clara (Clara Peeters)
- Dora (Dora Maar)
- Georgia (Georgia O'Keefe)
- Frida (Frida Kahlo)
- Kara (Kara Walker)
- Rosa (Rosa Bonheur)
- Tamara (Tamara de Lempicka)
- Vija (Vija Clemens)
Cool Names Inspired by Female Literary Characters
From Scout Finch, to Arya Stark, to Jo March, some of literature's most fierce characters have been girls and women—making these names totally fitting for your too-cool girl.
- Arwen (Arwen Undómiel, Lord of the Rings)
- Arya (Arya Stark, Game of Thrones)
- Daenerys (Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones)
- Dorothy (Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz)
- Eliza (Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady)
- Jo (Jo March, Little Women)
- Katniss (Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games)
- Lizzie (Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice)
- Scarlett (Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With the Wind)
- Scout (Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird)
Cool Names Inspired by Nature
Over the last few years, there's been a major surge in dog names inspired by nature. We say, pay homage to Mother Earth—and give your pooch a downright cool name—with one of these earthy monikers.
Other Dog Naming Ideas
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