233 Black Dog Names

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

A Note of Appreciation

Before the naming can begin, we’d like to appreciate the fact that you adopted one of the many black dogs. Like black cats, these poor babies don’t see as much love as they should. So, know that you are simply made of awesome! Since black dogs are as special and beautiful as their counterparts in other shades, we searched high and low. So, let us wade into the huge pool of names that we have picked for the list below.

Suitability of the Names

You must have come across ill-named pooches before. It could have been a striking great Dane named Tiny or a schnauzer with the title Ajax of all things. Therefore, it is understandable that you’d want to name your canine companion something suitable. Well, we have monikers to suit almost every breed you can conceive of, including the unusual Portuguese water dog and the tea cup poodles. You’ll also find a name for the lovely mix-breed dog that inherited the dark genes of their family.

We’ll cover the salient points on what to remember when choosing what to call your pup below in detail. However, here’s the short version. Think in terms of size, look, and personality when bestowing a name on your fur baby. If you have a lovely delicate breed at home, go with Luna rather than with Onyx. The latter would suit a larger, sturdier type of dog. Or, maybe throw all these precautions out the window. Pick a name that you know resonates with the puppy on your lap – or by your side!

Gender Neutral Names are the Best

We have made the attempt to choose mostly gender-neutral titles for this list of black dog names. For instance, while you can call a female black dog Ash, it is also suitable for boy dogs. Similarly, male black dogs will sport Raven as well as the girls.

And another thing, below, you’ll also find the meanings of some of the unusual naming choices.

The A’s Have It

  • Arya
  • Asher or Ash
  • Astra
  • Athena
  • Ashley
  • Ashton
AceYou hide this solitary-spot playing card up a sleeve
AchillesThis Greek warrior was a major player in the Trojan War. Homer’s Iliad mentions him and the way he allegedly dies was so uncanny that authors often allude to it in their own works!
AdrianIf Nobel Prize winners are your favorites, this individual received one in Medicine back in 1932. How do you like this as one of the black dog names?
AgateA variegated cryptocrystalline rock consisting of silica
AjaxNow, a cleaning agent brand, but historically, another soldier of the mythical Trojan War.
AliceShe tumbled after a bunny. Perfect if your pooch loves chasing squirrels.
AmorDoggos are love and that is what this word means.
AniseYou may know this as a spice but the Mediterranean plant has small yellow-white colored blooms. Those flowers are the source of aniseeds.
AnisetteAlcohol spiced with aniseed
AmayaA delicate name for a delicate-looking pup, Amaya is Japanese for when it rains at night.
ArtemisThe Greek goddess of the hunt’s name would be apt for your furry hunter.
AstraYour canine companion might be a bright spot in your life. The word means, to the stars.
AthenaAnother deity – this one was in charge of wisdom and fertility

Here Come the B’s

  • Batman
  • Black Jack
  • Blackout
  • Bamboo
  • Black Keys
  • Bartholomew, which you can truncate to Bart
  • Black Pearl
  • Bean
  • Black Widow
  • Bear
  • Black Beauty
  • Blackberry
  • Berrylicious
  • Berry
  • Blake
  • Boomer
  • Bran – not just a GOT character; this black dog name literally means raven
  • Brenna or Brena
  • Bruno
BelugaThis white sturgeon calls home the Black and Caspian oceans. It is also the source of caviar and isinglass that so many of us enjoy eating.
BlackheartWhen the centre of a plant’s tissues turns black due to the fluctuating temperatures.

C’s Here These Black Dog Names

  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Coal
  • Calla
  • Celeste
  • Chase
  • Cocoa
  • Cola or Coke or Pepsi
  • Colby
  • Cole or Coal
  • Corbin
  • Cosmos
CelesteThis Latin word means heavenly and is perfect for girl pups.
CinderellaWhether you like the children’s version or the original tale, this character had courage in spades. She put up with a nagging step-parent and siblings until she took matters in her hands and changed her life.
CocoA coconut palm and the cute character in the new kids’ favorite flick.
ColbySure, it’s a type of cheddar. But this one is mellow and gentle with an open surface.
CorbinAnother courageous woman – but a real one. She was an American Revolutionary.

D’s Abound Below

  • Dakota
  • Dahlia
  • Darth – Because he wasn’t all rotten
  • Darcy
  • Delaney
  • Dashiell or Dash
  • Duna
  • Domino
  • Duncan
DaganNot a deity but a divine force that Mesopotamians thought controls horticulture and the earth.
DarleneIf your dog’s a darling, then give her this Old English name.
DunaThis is the Hungarian name for the Danube.

E’s In Here

  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Elvira
  • Emery
  • Espresso
  • Eve, Evie, or Evening
  • Eventide
ElviraAnother name for a girl pup that has Germanic origins. It means elf counsel
EmberThe part of coal or wood that still burns within a withering flame.
EmeryThis word indicates a granular mineral like substance but also refers to an individual who is industrious and hard-at-work.

Putting the F’s in Furry

  • Falcon
  • Ford
  • Fox
  • Franklin
  • Flash
  • Flint
  • Freda
FelixPerfect title for a boy pup since it means happy and lucky.
FeyDoes your dog seem otherworldly cute to you? Then this will suit them!

G’s — Did you See that?

  • Gina
  • Godiva
  • Greta
  • George
  • Guinness
  • Galaxy
  • Graphite
  • Gothic
  • Gunnar
  • Gypsy
  • Gethen, which is both unique and Celtic for dark

H’s for…

  • Hershey
  • Hunter
  • Halo
  • Harriet
  • Honey
  • Hairy Paw-ter
  • Hale
  • Hesper — the Evening Star
HarlequinYou’ll spot these comic characters dressed in tights and wearing veils on their faces. They often have a wooden sword/wand for enchantment. Oh, and there’s also the comic reference for those who enjoy them!
HecateAnother goddess whose name fits canines perfectly since she was related to divination, earth, intersections – and guess, what else? Dogs.

And I’s…

  • Iris
  • Indigo
  • Inky
  • Isra means a journey you take at night in Arabic – ideal addition to any list on black dog names

J’s in the House

  • Jacob
  • Jimmy
  • Jinx
  • Jett, Jetta, or Jet
  • Jaguar
  • Jurassic Bark
  • Jameson
  • Java

The K’s to your Canine’s Name

  • Keira
  • Kieran
  • Kodiak
  • Kona – A Hawaiian coffee bean variety
  • Kuro, which is Japanese for the color, black
  • Kylo – Another nod to a great fandom
  • Kahlua – A coffee liqueur

Putting L’s in Love

  • Latte
  • Leila or Layla – both mean the night; also Persian for dark-haired
  • Legend
  • Licorice
  • Luna or the moon in Spanish
  • Lyra
  • LBD

M’s to Amaze

  • Maverick
  • Midnight
  • Magic
  • Morticia

N’s But No Outs

  • Nash is a star of the Sagittarian constellation
  • Nerissa
  • Nisha means night in Sanskrit
  • Nebula
  • Nocturne
NightshadeA deadly plant of the potato family or Solanaceae
NimbusA sparkling cloud
NovaWhen suddenly a star becomes more brilliant than ever
NyxAnother Greek goddess. She embodies the night.

O’s Do You Like These Black Dog Names?

  • Olive
  • Opal
  • Onyx
  • Oreo – Works for both black pups and white ones
  • Ophelia
  • Orpheus
  • Orion
  • Oso – the Spanish word for bear

P’s in a Pod

  • Panther
  • Pearl — or Black Pearl for a movie reference
  • Pepper
  • Panda
  • Persephone or Persie
  • Poppy
  • Pango is what they call black in Maori
  • Preto is the Portuguese word for black

Don’t Miss the Q’s When it Comes to Black Dog Names

  • (of the Night) Queen
  • Queen
  • (Of Spades) Queen
  • (Shadow) Queen
  • Queen Bee

R’s Not You Loving These?

  • Raven
  • Rain or Rainy

S’s Each of These Carefully

  • Semira means from the heavens in Hebrew and a nighttime companion in Arabic
  • Sable
  • Scout
  • Salem
  • Selena
  • Selkie
  • Shadow
  • Skye
  • Smoky
  • Shady Lady
  • Slate
  • Starling is a black colored bird
  • Soot
  • Storm or Stormy
  • Stella
  • Sullivan or Sully – another movie reference

So Many Choices for Black Dog Names to T’s You!

  • Turtle – not just the animal but also a kind of black bean
  • Twilight
  • Thunder
  • Tynan
TansyAnother botany-based moniker. These plants are scented, weed-like, and produce cylindrical yellow roses in bunches.
TaterPotato and ideal for couch potato pups
TiffanyA sheer textured embroidery

U’s Still Undecided?

  • Ursula
  • Usher
  • Umbra — A shadow
  • Ursa means She-Bear in both Scandinavian and Latin
  • Uno
  • Umbel

V’s Nearing the End Now

  • Velvet
  • Vanish
  • Vesper
  • Voodoo
  • Vinnie
  • Vega
  • Vader
  • Violet
  • Vlad

W’s the Prize

  • Wednesday – Because Addams
  • Wilder
  • Whiskers
  • Wiggles
  • Warlock
  • Wasabe is the Sioux word for a Black Bear
  • Weezy
  • Witchy

X’s Mark the Dog

  • Xena
  • Xander

Y’s Haven’t You Picked One Yet?

  • Yeti
  • Yukon
  • Yeezy
  • York
  • Yorkie
  • Yoda

Z’s Will You Pick One?

  • Zeek
  • Zeus
  • Zero Bark Thirty 
  • Zorro
  • Zenith
  • Zaza
  • Zara
  • Zwart is Dutch for black
  • Zander
  • Zoe
  • Zwartkop
  • Zebra

Other Related Questions

What do you recommend for someone naming their first puppy?

We’d say go with your heart, obviously. But if you’re really floundering, here are some guidelines to make the process smoother:

  • Narrow down your options from this list of black dog names. Then try out each of them in public. Which ones are you comfortable with when calling your dog? Choose those.
  • Get the other members of the family to choose their favorites to narrow down the list a bit more.
  • See if the names left on your list match your new dog’s personality. Do they sound too harsh for a mellow puppy? Are they not strong enough for your gigantic pooch? And so on.

Why is naming a new dog so important?

The thought of getting a canine friend can be exciting. At first. But as you go from one sleepless night to another, that excitement might lose its luster. Potty training the pooch isn’t a breezy process either, particularly if they have any bad habits that need breaking. So, dog ownership isn’t a joke. But naming them and shaping their identity as a member of your clan will bring you together. That’s why giving them a name matters.

I have seen my other dog owning friends give multiple names to their dogs. Why is that so?

That’s one thing we’d recommend for you too. As time passes, your affection for the pooch will likely grow. Choose a longer than usual name because you will soon begin truncating it. For instance, you may start with the name, Shadow Guard. Over time, it could become just Shadow or Guard.

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Hopefully, you will find a good match as you peruse this list of black dog names. Even if you don’t decide on one, it could lead to other more suitable and inspired choices!

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