Are you thinking about getting a four-legged friend? Or will you be bringing one home very soon? Either way, they’ll need a name and luckily for you, we’ve handpicked a selection of monikers that any pooch would be proud of. And they’re all ones you won’t mind shouting out in the park.


  1. Nova

Meaning ‘new’ in Latin — and very apt for the new and beautiful friendship you are both about to embark on — Nova is the pawfect name for first-time pups.


  1. Duke

If you’re anything like us and have been OBSESSED with Netflix’s new seriesBridgerton, then why not name your dashing new dog after the season’s dreamboat? 


  1. Boris

According to a survey by, Boris is said to be the most popular lockdown-inspired name. Ideal if you have a fair-haired pooch!


  1. Dora

We’re all currently grounded until further notice so there won’t be any far-reaching adventures à laDora the Explorer just yet. But you can give your future travel buddy a wanderer-inspired name. 


  1. Lady

You’ve probably been taking full advantage of streaming services over the last year, especially Disney+ if you have children. So, a name inspired by one of the characters from Walt’s magical kingdom — in this caseLady and the Tramp — is a great shout. 


  1. Balto

Name your canine after a famous dog from history! Balto was a Siberian Husky who led a team of sled dogs on the final leg of a run to get a batch of the lifesaving diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925. 


  1. Queenie

The Queen’s Gambit was one of the most-talked about series in 2020, so give your new pet a chessboard-inspired name like Queenie. 


  1. Chanel

Sandra from Liverpool lost her African grey parrot back in April 2020, and her video of her searching — and thankfully finding Chanel — became a viral hit. Chanel is also a great name for fashion-loving pooches. 


  1. Loki

If you’ve got a mischievous pup on your hands, Loki — which is Scandinavian and means ‘Trickster God’ — is a suitable choice. Plus, it’s the perfect homage to theAvengerseries.


  1. Tik and Tok

This is one for the Gen Z-ers. Welcoming a pair of pooches to your home? Pay tribute toTikTok, reportedly the most downloaded app of 2020.



Top Dog Names for 2021

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