200 Famous Dog Names from Movies and TV Shows

The name you choose must reflect your dog’s personality and temperament. Your furry friend deserves a unique name inspired by your idols. By the end of reading this guide, you will find the perfect dog name.

You can explore dog names based on the most popular movies and TV shows! Let’s get started.

Dog Names Inspired by TV Shows and Movies – A to F

Adam Chandler (All My Children)

Agnes (One Life to Live)

Alan (Two and a Half Men)

Alan Shore (Boston Legal)



Allie (Kate & Allie)

Ally (Ally McBeal)


Amy (Judging Amy)

Anarchy (Sons of Anarchy)

Aladdin (Famous cartoon star)

Alfie (Version of the name “Alfred”)

Ali Baba (Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves)

Andre (The Giant (wrestler)

Apollo Destroyer (a reference to Rocky films and Greek mythology)

Angel (from the TV show Angel)

Angel (Touched by an Angel)

Archie (All in the Family)

Avatar (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Bad (Breaking Bad)

Bajor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Bauer (The Guiding Light)


Belvedere (Mr. Belvedere)

Berta (Two and a Half Men)

Betty (Ugly Betty)

Beverly (Beverly Hills, 90210)

Blue (NYPD Blue)

Bob (The Bob Newhart show)

Bobby (The Practice)


Boss (Who’s the Boss?)

Boston (Boston Legal)

Boy (Boy Meets World)

Bree (Desperate Housewives)

Brenda Johnson (The Closer)

Brooklyn (Living Single)

Buchanan (One Life to Live)

Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Burke (Rachel Burke is a criminal in Profiler)

Burke (White Collar)

Cabot (Cabot Cove from Murder)

Caffrey (White Collar)

Carlos (Desperate Housewives)

Carly (iCarly)

Carol (Step by Step)

1Caroline (Sex in the City)

Charmed ( TV show Charmed)


Christine (The New Adventures of Old Christine)


Clark (Smallville)


Conan (The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien)

Cooper (The Guiding Light)

Corky (Life Goes On)


Cosby (The Cosby Show)

Cramer (One Life to Live)

Cylon (Battlestar Galactica)


David (The Late Show with David Letterman)

Dawson (Dawson’s Creek)

Dear (Yes, Dear)

Denise Huxtable (A Different World)

Denny Crane (Boston Legal)

Dexter (Dexter TV Show)

Dharma (Dharma & Greg)

Diane (Cheers)

Dick Solomon (3rd Rock from the Sun)

Dixie (Designing Women)

Dolly (TV show Dollhouse)

Don ( Mad Men)

Doogie (Doogie Howser, M.D.)

Drake (Drake and Josh)

Draper (Mad Men)

Drew (The Drew Carey Show)

Dunder (The Office)

Dwight (The Office)

Dylan McDermott (The Practice)


Earl (My Name Is Earl)


Edith (All in the Family)


Elsie (St. Elsewhere)


Eric (7th Heaven)

Erica Kane (All My Children)

Falcon (Falcon Crest)

Fatman (Jake and the Fatman)



Fisher (Six Feet Under)

Flaherty (TV show Spin City)

Footie (Monday Night Football)

Frank (Step by Step)


Friend (TV show Friends)


Fugitive (The Fugitive)

Full House

Dog Names Inspired by TV Shows and Movies – G to L

Gabrielle (Desperate Housewives)

Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)

Garrett (The Facts of Life)

Gavin (Rescue Me)

George (Seinfeld)

George Lopez

Ghost (Ghost Whisperer)

Gilmore (The Gilmore Girls)

Girl (Gossip Girl)


Goldie (The Golden Girls)

Grace (Grace Under Fire)

Grace (Will & Grace)

Greg (Dharma & Greg)


Gyver (MacGyver)

Haley (One Tree Hill)

Hannah (Hannah Montana)

Harry or Hamlin (L.A. Law)

Harry Weston (Empty Nest)

Hawkeye (MASH)

Hero (TV show Heroes)

Highway (Highway to Heaven)

Hope (Chicago Hope)

Hot Lips Houlihan (MASH)

House (House M.D)

Hughes (As the World Turns)

Jack (Sons of Anarchy)

Jack Mannion (The District)

Jag (TV show JAG)

Jake (Jake and the Fatman)

Jamie (Mad About You)

Jarod (The Pretender)

Jason ( Growing Pains)

Jay (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

Jerry (Seinfeld)

Jessica (Sex and the City)

Jessica Fletcher (Murder, She Wrote)

Jim (According to Jim)

Jim(The Office)

Jimmy (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)


Jordan (Crossing Jordan)

Kate (Kate & Allie)

Kevin (The Wonder Years)

Kim (Third Watch)

King (King of the Hill)

Knottie (Knots Landing)

Kramer (Seinfeld)

Kuzak (L.A. Law)

Lambert (Step by Step)

Leap (Quantum Leap)

Leno (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)

Lewis (The Guiding Light)

Lilly (Cold Case)


Lynette (Desperate Housewives)

Dog Names Inspired by TV Shows and Movies – M to S


Mackey (The Shield)

Magnum (Magnum PI)

Major (Major Dad)

Malcolm (Malcolm in the Middle)



McDreamy (TV SHOW ER)

McKinley (TV Show Glee)

Meddie (Medium)

Melrose (Melrose Place)

Miami (Miami Vice)

Michael Kyle (My Wife and Kids)

Mifflin (The Office)

Mike (The Growing Pains)

Monica (Friends)


Moonie (Moonlighting)

Mother (How I Met Your Mother)

Mozzie (White Collar)

Murder (Murder, She Wrote)

Murphy (Murphy Brown)

Nanny (The Nanny)

Nash (Nash Bridges)

Nate (Six Feet Under)

Nathan (One Tree Hill)

Neal (White Collar)


Nitro (WCW Monday Nitro)

Nora (Brothers & Sisters)

Nucky ( Boardwalk Empire)

O.C. (The O.C.)

Pam (The Office)

Parker (The Parkers)

Patrick (The Mentalist)

Paul (Mad About You)

Phoebe (Friends)

Picket ( Picket Fences)

Pie (Magnum PI)

Prince (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)


Quantum (Quantum Leap)

Queenie (The King of Queens)

Quinn (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)

Rachael (Friends)

Randall (TV show Spin City)

Raylan Givens (Justified)

Raymond (Everybody Loves Raymond)


Rock (30 Rock)


Salinger (Party of Five)

Sam (Cheers)

Santos (the Guiding Light)

Schuester (TV Show Glee)

Scofield (Prison Break)


Seaver (Dr. Jason from the Growing Pains)


Seventy (That ’70s Show)

Shade (Evening Shade)

Shield (The Shield)

Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Sister (Sister, Sister)

Sister (TV show Sisters)

Sloan (Diagnosis: Murder)

Snyder (As the World Turns)

Sookie (True Blood)

Soprano (The Sopranos)

Spaulding (The Guiding Light)

Stargate (Stargate SG-1)

Sugarbaker (Designing Women)

Susan (Desperate Housewives)

Dog Names Inspired by TV Shows and Movies – T to Z

Tommy (Rescue Me)

Tori (Victorious)

Trace (Without a Trace)

Trapper John (MASH)

Trek (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

TS (The Tonight Show)

Unit (The Unit)

Vegas (Las Vegas)

Veronica (Veronica Mars)

Vic (The Shield)

Vice (Miami Vice)

Vince (Entourage)

Walden (Two and a Half Men)

Walker (Brothers & Sisters)

Walker (Walker, Texas Ranger)

Walsh (As the World Turns)

Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Waverly (The Wizards of Waverly Place)

Westie (The West Wing)

Will (Will & Grace)

William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)


Winslow (Family Matters)

Woody (TV show Everwood)

X (the X-Files)

Zoey (Zoey 101)

Other Popular Dog Names

Can’t decide yet? Here are the most popular dog name ideas to help you decide.

Balboa (Famous movie character)


Bane (Villain in Batman shows)

Basil (A type of herb)

Bengal (Type of orange tiger)

Bentley (Ranch with grass or auto made by Rolls Royce)

Benz (Luxury car)


Berber (Indigenous North African people)

Biscuit (Small bread or cookie)

Blizzard (Snowstorm that causes white-outs)

Boa (A type of Snake)

Bobo (Highly educated liberal)

Bogart( A famous actor)

Bomber (Airplane that dispenses bombs)

Bookie (A bookmaker involved in gambling)

Borat (Comedy film character)

Boris (A contender or warrior)

Brewster (A person who makes beverages)

Bubbles (Air pockets inside liquid)

Buckwheat (Famous TV character)

Buddy (Friend; popular dog name )

Byron (Lord Byron is known for his luxurious and untamed life)

Cameo (a walk-on role)

Canyon (The Grand Canyon)

Cappy (Short term for captain)


Caspian (from the Caspian Sea)

Champ (Short term for champion)

Charlie (Charlie Chaplin; a famous performer)


Chewbacca (from Star Wars)

Clapton (Famous guitar player)

Conan (Funnyman Conan O’Brien and Conan the Barbarian)

Crockett (Name of an explorer)



Dante (Famous poet)



Dilbert (Cartoon character)

Diesel (Type of fuel used for motors)

Dingo (Wild Australian dog)




Doodle “Yankee Doodle” is a popular tune)


Dragon (Mythical creature)


Eddard (Popular character from Game of Thrones

Edward (Famous character different movies)

Elvis (Famous singer)

Pistol (slang for energetic)

Pixel (The tiniest fragment of an image)

Popeye (Famous fictional cartoon)




Ramstein ( Popular German band)


Rascal (Trouble maker_

Tips on Choosing a Dog Name

Choosing a dog name can be challenging and may take some time. You’ll need to spend endless hours researching and practicing any new name. Moreover, your furry friend’s name should be unique so you don’t get confused at the dog park. Choose a name that stands out among the rest.  

Don’t Forget:

You don’t want to give your beloved canine the same name as your friends have for their pets. Names must also be relevant for years to come as most dogs live for up to 15 years. You can give your dog a nickname along with their regular name. Find below some of the best methods to choose the perfect dog name.

Avoid Puns:

Don’t get tempted to use a pun. You must understand that they fade away quickly. For example, naming your pet Gnarles Barkley may appear cute, but it may not be appropriate in the next 10 years. Another example can be calling your pet Chewy because you always find him chewing on stuff. Consider using names that are timeless and ever-lasting.

Go Long

You can choose a name that is long but can be quickly shortened to an adorable nickname. For example, Bently can be shortened to Ben or altered to Bennie. However, before you start to use nicknames, make sure your pet knows their regular full name. You can also add a “Sir” or “Captain” before their name if you feel like it.

Favorite Character

It is tempting to name a puppy after a popular character from a TV show or a movie. However, make sure the dog name has been famous for a while. The longer a show has been popular, the better staying-power it will have.

Human Names

You can name dogs after a variety of things, including names similar to humans. While this is appropriate, using a short “dog-like” name helps avoid difficult situations with friends. If you end up naming your puppy the same as a new friend, they might get offended.

Dog Traits

Pet names based on specific traits always work if those qualities are positive reminders. Tying a negative experience to a pet for the rest of their life may cause behavior problems down the road. For example, a dog that chews up door-knobs is often called ‘Sir Chews-a-lot.’

Don’t Fret

 It is easy to worry about a dog’s name. Finding the right fit with so many options can cause analysis paralysis. No matter what you choose, know that it’s the pet’s quality of life that matters the most.

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