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100 Unique Dog Names That Are as One-of-a-Kind as Your Pet

Your precious pup deserves one of these rare dog names.

By Kate Franke and Kelsey Hurwitz
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Arguably, the most important moment in a dog's life is when their family picks their name. It'll be their name for the rest of their life, though a few nicknames may be acquired along the way. So it's important to choose wisely. We've put together 100 unique dog names to help you choose the perfect moniker for your pooch.

Whether it's a nod to their breed like Collie, a call-out to their features like Ivory, a play on their personality like Queenie, or an ode to their birthplace like Nash, your pup deserves a rare dog name that totally suits them. Even a funny dog name like Hot Dog can have meaning behind it. (We're looking at you, wiener dogs!)

Since 100 names is a lot to sift through, we divided them into categories to help make browsing easier. These uncommon dog names include unique gender-neutral dog names, boy dog names, girl dog names, cute dog names, and more. Our favorite might be the category of famous dog names inspired by movies, books, television, music, and art. Eeyore? Matilda? You can't tell us those aren't adorable.

Whether you're planning to adopt a pet or simply hoping for one in the future, jot down your favorite of these distinctive dog names to give your next furry family member.

Best Rare Dog Names

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  • Granger
  • Dixon
  • Birdie
  • Pilot
  • Mojo
  • Ivory
  • Badger
  • Gibson
  • Stark
  • Malbec

Unisex and Gender-Neutral Dog Names

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  • Rhode
  • Blythe
  • Cillian
  • Navy
  • Polaris
  • Synth
  • Calipso
  • Collie
  • Joplin
  • Piccolo

Unique Female Dog Names

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Paul Park
  • Lillian
  • Sylvia
  • Nora
  • Paisley
  • Clara
  • Donna
  • Sandy
  • Ophelia
  • Jane
  • Phoebe
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Unique Male Dog Names

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Chris McLoughlin
  • Drake
  • Boris
  • Mason
  • Tony
  • Maddox
  • Jefferson
  • Virgil
  • Heath
  • Carson
  • Diego

Short Dog Names

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  • Kev
  • Abel
  • Andy
  • Ivan
  • Joey
  • Kat
  • Ina
  • Busy
  • Tito
  • Rudy

Cute Unique Dog Names

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  • Cappy
  • Swae
  • Cleo
  • Pea
  • Pomme
  • Ruth
  • Penelope
  • Queenie
  • Hermes
  • Rascal

RELATED: 16 Cute Dog Breeds That Stay Small Forever

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Unique Food Names for Dogs

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  • Tonic
  • Meatball
  • Molé
  • Sprout
  • Courgette
  • Soju
  • Haggis
  • Bacon
  • Hot Dog
  • Pumpkin Spice

Nature-Inspired Rare Dog Names

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  • Locust
  • Quill
  • Sage
  • Goose
  • River
  • Coral
  • Maple
  • Violet
  • Star
  • Magnolia

Rare Dog Names Inspired by Travel

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  • Nola
  • Havana
  • Cayman
  • Alaska
  • Banff
  • Rico
  • FiDi
  • Malibu
  • Austin
  • Nash

RELATED: 100+ Unique Country Dog Names for Your Down-Home Dog

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Creative Famous Dog Names

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  • Remus
  • Matilda
  • Scar
  • Regis
  • Lennon
  • Jolene
  • Monet
  • Eeyore
  • Ron Weasley
  • Sherlock
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Kate Franke
Editorial Assistant

Kate Franke (she/her) is the editorial assistant at Woman’s Day. She loves all things lifestyle, home, and market related. Kate has a BAJMC in Magazine Media and BA in Writing from Drake University. She is a proud ASME alum whose work has appeared in Food Network Magazine, The Pioneer Woman Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Modern Farmhouse Style, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, and more. Next to writing, Kate’s two favorite things are chai lattes and pumpkin bread!

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Assistant Digital Editor
Kelsey Hurwitz is the assistant editor of, and covers entertainment, holidays, pets, and good news. When she’s not writing about doughnuts and talk show hosts, she can be found watching hours of bad reality TV, belting ‘70s rock songs, and searching for her next favorite snack.

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