76 Uncommon Dog Names for Your One-of-a-Kind Pet

Move over Rover, these are the best unique names

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There’s no doubt that your new dog has a special spot in your heart, but finding a name that is equally special can be tough—especially when you don’t want a name that sounds like every other dog at the park! If you’re looking for uncommon dog names that stand out from the pack, consider unique names that describe your dog’s personality, size, or heritage.

There is no shortage of uncommon dog names to consider, but we’ve created this list of the top options for male and female dogs, big dogs and small dogs, or even food-inspired names for the chowhound. Forget about Fido—these uncommon dog names are great options for naming your new best friend.

Top Uncommon Dog Names 

  • Arrow
  • Bixby
  • Cinder
  • Happy
  • Ash
  • Harper
  • Ritz
  • Rain
  • Busy
  • Atlas
  • Tails

Tips for Naming Your Dog

When it comes to naming your dog, there are really no rules to follow. This means the options for an uncommon dog name are nearly endless—which is also part of the challenge of finding the right name! It may help if you start by thinking about your dog’s breed, type, color, shape, or size. If you don’t have your new furry friend picked out yet, think about favorite hobbies or interests that you have—or even your favorite food. Believe it or not, naming your pooch after a popular snack is a top-trending way to find an uncommon dog name!

Just remember that whatever name you choose should be recognizable for you and your dog. This can be especially important when choosing an uncommon dog name, since you may be tempted to stray outside the box. It’s perfectly acceptable to pick a unique name, just be prepared to pronounce and maybe even spell it for family, friends, the veterinarian, groomer, etc.

Picking a name for your dog may not happen overnight. You might spend a lot of time doing research or spend a few days getting to know your new furry friend before finding a name that has the right ring. Be patient and don't be afraid to think outside the box to find a rare and special name for your dog.

Unique Names for Big Dogs

Just like your big dog who never escapes notice, these uncommon names will make a statement. Names like Crush or Ursa are novel options for a dog that is large and in-charge.

  • Dino
  • Bertha
  • Kodiak
  • Crush
  • Dozer
  • Yeti
  • Sumo
  • Ursa
  • Chopper
  • Kane

Uncommon Names for Little Dogs

Take your naming game beyond typical tiny dog names with these uncommon options for small breed dogs. As cute and cuddly as your little pooch, these names are totally adorable for any pocket-sized pet.

  • Acorn
  • Dibby
  • Doodle
  • Jax
  • Pip
  • Mixie
  • Gadget
  • Puck
  • Roo
  • Neutron
  • Blink
  • Rolo
  • Bantam

Uncommon Male Dog Names

Give your male dog a name that will stand out with these uncommon options. Go for a classic name like Oswald or Irving or choose something like Jagger or Jobie that is unique but is also easy to shout out in the dog park.

  • Axel
  • Oswald
  • Hutch
  • Irving
  • Kai
  • Jobie
  • Lars
  • Wren
  • Radar
  • Jagger
  • Orion
  • Yates
  • Banjo
  • Ryder

Uncommon Female Dog Names

Uncommon names for female dogs might be drawn from nature—with options like Briar, Flora, and Rayne making an appearance on our list. Or, you might choose to play up your girl pup’s cuteness with a name like Beebee or Keke.

  • Lottie
  • Fern
  • Norah
  • Briar
  • Alta
  • Beebee
  • Midge
  • Breeze
  • Keke
  • Flora
  • Rayne
  • Kit
  • Priya
  • Sheena
  • Birdie

Uncommon Dog Names Inspired by Food

Foodie fans far and wide will gobble up these unique dog names inspired by everyone’s favorite snacks and treats. Who doesn’t love tacos or Nutella? Show your love for your pet and your favorite food with these uncommon but familiar doggy names.

  • Mayo
  • Gravy
  • Nutella
  • Bacon
  • Taco
  • Pickles
  • Pepsi
  • Toast
  • Espresso
  • Hershey
  • Tater Tot
  • Noodle
  • Queso

Other Dog Name Ideas

Did you find that special, rare, or unique name for your dog? There's no shortage of inspiration for uncommon dog names, so if you're still looking for the perfect option, be sure to check out these lists: