100+ Human Names For Dogs

Man's best friend deserves the perfect name

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Your dog is more than just a pet, he or she becomes part of the family. Why not choose a human name that reflects that? Naming your pet is an important step, and some careful thought can lead to the perfect choice.

Everyone has heard of Fido or Spot, but what about names usually given to people? These could help reflect your dog’s unique personality and have them stand out among their own furry friends.

Perhaps you’d like to name your pup after a celebrity, or even find a humorous name. Either way, consider these top human names for dogs when naming the newest member of your fur family.

Top Human Dog Names 

  • Riley
  • Charlie
  • Milo
  • Oliver
  • Sophia
  • Emma
  • Benjamin (Benji)
  • Hunter
  • Cooper
  • Kiara
  • Carli
  • Camila
  • Zoey
  • Hazel
  • Augustus (Gus)
  • Kevin

Tips for Naming Your Dog

Any time you bring home a new member of the family, one of the top responsibilities is choosing the right name. It's true for human babies, and certainly is true when you adopt a new fur baby.

The name you choose will stick with your dog for its lifetime, so make sure it’s something your dog (and your friends and family) will be able to learn.

Long or complex names may make it harder for your dog to learn their identity. Also, keep in mind that whatever name you choose will be on all your pet’s medical records—so if you find it embarrassing to tell your dog’s name to their vet, you might want to think of choosing a different one.

Human names for dogs stand out in this regard since they're generally recognizable and easy to understand for other people that may interact with your pet.

Thinking about your dog’s appearance or personality may help some names come to mind. Do you have a large or small dog? Is she calm, or even lazy? Is he full of endless energy? Is she fluffy? Does he have curly hair? Even thinking about his or her breed may help generate some fresh ideas. This could bring to mind famous dogs of the same breed and uncover some great name choices.

Girl Human Names for Dogs

If your dog is a little lady, then consider one of these top female names as an option. Whether she has a spunky personality that makes you think of a Sasha or a sweet disposition like a Gracie, these human names are a great fit for girl dogs.

  • Sasha
  • Katie
  • Madelyn
  • Sadie
  • Harper
  • Victoria
  • Madison
  • Gracie
  • Scarlett
  • Layla
  • Stella
  • Violet
  • Emilia
  • Lydia
  • Josephine (Jo)
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Boy Human Names for Dogs

Pick out one of these masculine names for your male dog, borrowed from the human world. Go for a trending name for boys, like Luka or Jace, or keep it classic with options like Jack or Hugh.

  • Eli
  • Jace
  • Jack
  • Watson
  • Hugh
  • Luka
  • Berkely
  • Austyn
  • Easton
  • Cameron
  • Hudson
  • Maverick
  • Tony
  • Vinny
  • Ricky
  • Harvey

Celebrity Human Names for Dogs

Whatever name you choose will slowly begin to represent your dog's personality. Perhaps your dog is funny, vocal, or outgoing. Why not give him or her a name that indicates that by choosing a human name inspired by the stars.

If your furry friend is always making you laugh, the name of a comedian could be a great fit. Or if your dog is very vocal and likes to howl, why not name him or her after a famous singer? Below are some great celebrity names for your four-legged companion.

  • Pink
  • Ariana Grande
  • Will Smith
  • Elvis
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Beyonce
  • Zendaya
  • Lady Gaga
  • Madonna
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Usher
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Taylor Swift
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Meryl Streep
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Ryan Reynolds

Humorous Human Dog Names

Dogs keep us smiling, but some are exceptionally hilarious. Choosing a funny name can help show off your dog’s outgoing personality. Sometimes a distinctly “human” name can play on the humor. Here is a list of very human and humorous names for your new family member.

  • Bob
  • Waldo
  • Olga
  • Karen
  • Steve
  • Jake
  • Guy
  • Mike
  • Robert
  • Bertha
  • Patricia
  • John
  • Alexa
  • Frank
  • Paul
  • Ron
  • Gary
  • Carl
  • Doris
  • Herbert

Human Names for Dogs A to Z

A - B

Amy

Annie

Asher

Aurora

Austyn

Ava

Bella

Bentley

Berkley

Betsey

Bobby

C - E

Chase

Clayton

Clyde

Damon

Dave

Don

Easton

Eli

Eliza

Emilia

Emory

Everett

F - J

Frank

Freddy

Fritz

Gil

Gracie

Gus

Harper

Harvey

Heather

Henry

Hudson

Jace

Jack

Josephine (Jo)

K - M

Layla

Liam

Louie

Lucy

Luka

Luke

Lydia

Madison

Mateo

Maurice

Maverick

Maxwell

Molly

Murphy

O - T

Otis

Pat

Penelope

Pete

Quincy

Remi

Ricky

Rob

Roxanne (Roxy)

Sam

Scarlett

Scout

Spencer

Stella

Theodore (Teddy)

Tucker

U - Z

Ulysses

Victoria

Vinny

Violet

Virginia

Waldo

Walter

Watson

Winston

Wyatt

Other Dog Name Ideas

Sometimes the search for the perfect name for your dog takes time. You can gain more inspiration with these other top names for pets: