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“What’s in a name” is a famous quote by William Shakespeare from the play Romeo and Juliet. For dog lovers, the quote is particularly pertinent as these days settling on calling your dog ‘Rover’ is no longer the ‘done thing’. Instead prospective dog owners put a huge amount of work into choosing a dog’s name that both represents the dog’s unique characteristics and says a little about themselves as owners as well! For example, do you prefer an elegant dog’s name that sounds classy and timeless or are you into trendy names that show you are really with the times?

Popular dog names

If you are looking for either boy or girls dogs names, here are some of the popular dog names:

Tough dog names

Female powerhouses are also earning canine namesakes with Oprah, Madonna and Ivanka filling the charts. If you are looking for a tough dog’s name that makes people sit up and take notice as well as treat your dog with respect, here are some suggestions:

Boys:

  • Admiral
  • Bandit
  • Simba
  • Brutus
  • Captain
  • Chief
  • Bruno
  • Diesel
  • Goliath
  • Hunter
  • Rebel
  • Rocky
  • Tiger

Girls:

  • Jedi
  • Raven
  • Olympia
  • Akita
  • Katniss
  • Leia
  • Harley
  • Blaze
  • Bella
  • Chloe

International dog names

Will your dog be a well-travelled expat? If you are looking for a name that works well in many countries, here are some suggestions:

Boys:

  • Ivan
  • Czar
  • Azted
  • Pablo
  • Ronaldo
  • Atlas
  • Picasso
  • Gizmo

Girls:

  • Aries
  • Chanel
  • Cleopatra
  • Freya
  • Giselle
  • Pandora
  • Sushi
  • Xena

Classic dog names

If you are looking for a classic dog’s name that will stand the test of time, consider some of these:

Boys:

  • Bentley
  • Dickens
  • Gatsby
  • Harvey
  • Kipling
  • Nero
  • Winston
  • Jake
  • Axel

Girls:

  • Coco
  • Bella
  • Lady
  • Ophelia
  • Sadie
  • Lily
  • Lucy
  • Scout
  • Scarlett

Cute dog names

Do you have a lovable Pug or a sweet Maltese? If you are looking for a cute dog’s name, you can’t go wrong with:

Boys:

  • Teddy
  • Banjo
  • Bowie
  • Gizmo
  • Oreo
  • Pluto
  • Pugsley
  • Yogi
  • Ziggy

Girls:

  • Baby
  • Precious
  • Bambi
  • Bindi
  • Chi Chi
  • Fifi
  • Mia
  • Roxy
  • Pixie
  • Nala
  • Lulu
  • Honey

Funny dog names

Does your dog make you smile? Do you want to spread some good humour with their name? Try one of these:

Boys:

  • Banjo
  • Ewok
  • T.
  • K-9
  • Ninja
  • Muggles
  • Squirt
  • MacGyver
  • Gonzo

Girls:

  • Cha-Cha
  • Biscuit
  • Baby
  • Marilyn
  • Nessie
  • Skittles
  • Yoko
  • Waffles
  • Widget
  • Pixie

The 90s are still in the minds of many pet owners with references to “Harry Potter” and the Spice Girls. “Star Wars” name have also had a revamping due to the new blockbuster hits.

Various pet parents also tun to their vagabond ways when name dogs referring to cities and states, like London, Sydney, Paris and Alaska. If you are a South African living or moving abroad with your dog and would like to know more about how you can maximise your finances through financial emigration from South Africa, accessing your South African retirement annuity and our tailor-made tax solutions for South Africans around the world, contact FinGlobal today.