Top girl puppy and dog names

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Choosing just the right name for your new girl puppy can be a difficult decision. There are so many girl dog names to choose from … classical dog names, human names, famous females (and female dogs), themed names (movies, food, nationality, etc)… the options are practically endless.

Every year we at Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance see that the most popular names for pets are human names, reflecting the idea that owners often view their pets as members of the family. According to the survey, other common naming conventions include borrowing from popular culture, literature and even ancient mythologies.

Whatever name you decide on, you and your new puppy will be living with it for a long time, so it deserves some careful deliberation. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve collected the very best female dog names — from the most popular to themed to unusual and unique. Read on to find out the do’s and don’ts of choosing a name and our top 10 lists of female puppy names.


Female dog names – How to choose the right one

A good dog name can enhance your dog’s responsiveness and improve communication between you. Consider the following when choosing:

  • Dogs have an easier time hearing hard consonants and long vowels, so a name like “Becky” (hard consonants) or “Queenie” (long vowels) will be easier for her to distinguish from other sounds.
  • Most dog training experts recommend a one or two-syllable name that you can say quickly.
  • Avoid names that sound like commands, for example, “Kit,” which sounds like “sit,” or “Po,” which sounds like “no.”
  • You’ll be saying your puppy’s name a lot for the foreseeable future, so pick a name you like to say out loud (and that you won’t be embarrassed to yell across the park or put on a dog tag).
  • You don’t have to decide on a name right away, so if you prefer, take your time and get to know your new puppy before deciding what to call her – in time, her personality, behaviour or appearance might point you to the perfect name for her.
  • Read more pet naming tips to make sure you’ve covered all the bases.


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Most popular female puppy names

Puppy care and health Bow Wow MeowJust like baby names, dog names rise and fall in popularity. For the past few years there has been an unwavering trend to choose human names for our canine family members and at least 20 percent of dogs currently have human names like “Bella” or “Luna”, according to Rover.com. In line with this trend, human names consistently make up the most popular female puppy names that we at Bow Wow Meow process each year.


Our current top 10 girl dog names in Australia

    1. Luna
    2. Daisy
    3. Bella
    4. Coco
    5. Lola
    6. Ruby
    7. Millie
    8. Molly
    9. Bonnie
    10. Winnie

These are the top 10 girl dog names for Bow Wow Meow policies received during 2023.

Taking out spots 11 to 20 are Tilly, Rosie, Willow, Frankie, Maggie, Lucy, Poppy, Lulu, Nala and Penny.


Use our pet name search tool to find the perfect female dog name from the thousands in our database!


Popular-culture themed girl puppy names

Does your girl dog remind you of a film or TV character, either human? Do you, your partner or your kids have a favourite famous female that you would love to name your new pup after? Never fear, many dogs are named after their owner’s (or their owner’s kids’) favourite celebrity, villain, or hero. Apparently, the number of dogs named after “Frozen” characters rose 900 percent the year after the movie came out!


Disney girl dog names

Traditionally and more recently, many names from the Disney universe of characters have helped inspire girl dog names such as:

    1. Minnie (Mickey Mouse)
    2. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
    3. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
    4. Moana (Moana)
    5. Nala (The Lion King)
    6. Elsa (Frozen)
    7. Anna (Frozen)
    8. Jasmine (Aladin)
    9. Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy)
    10. Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy)


Pop culture inspired cool girl dog names

In fact, a third of pet owners have named their dog after a character or dog from a TV show, video game, movie, or book, Rover.com found. Here are some more popular famous names to consider for your female pup:

    1. Arya (Game of Thrones)
    2. Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
    3. Luna (Harry Potter)
    4. Harley (Harley Quinn)
    5. Leia (Star Wars)
    6. Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird)
    7. Xena (Warrior Princess)
    8. Dorothy (Wizard of Oz)
    9. Annie (Annie)
    10. Bella (Twilight)


Canine pop culture girl dog names

Best girl dog names Bow Wow Meow

    1. Lady (Lady and the Tramp)
    2. Perdita (101 Dalmatians)
    3. Marley (Marley & Me – although Marley is a male dog in the movie, the name is unisex)
    4. Samantha (I am Legend)
    5. Annabelle (All Dogs go to Heaven)
    6. Beatrice (Best In Show)
    7. Daphne (Look Who’s Talking Now)
    8. Lolabelle (Heart of a Dog)
    9. Daisy (John Wick)
    10. Lassie (Lassie)
    11. Cinnamon (The Big Bang Theory)


Famous female historical figures for female dog names with meaning

Pop-culture names – whether dog or human – not tempting to you? Female puppy names with meaning and gravitas can be found throughout human history, whether Cleopatra or Delilah from ancient times, or a host of authors, musicians, scientists and world leaders from our more recent past. Here are some of our favourites to choose from:

    1. Laika (the first dog in space)
    2. Amelia (Amelia Earhart)
    3. Joan (Joan of Arc)
    4. Flo or Florence (Florence Nightingale)
    5. Theresa (Mother Theresa)
    6. Rosa (Rosa Parks)
    7. Di, Lady Di or Diana (Princess Diana)
    8. Marie (Marie Curie)
    9. Liz, Lilibet or Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth)
    10. Sheba (Queen of Sheba)


Cute girl dog names by theme

Food-themed cute girl puppy names

Pop-culture and famous names don’t appeal to you? You might want to turn to your favourite food or drink for inspiration – apparently, twelve percent of pet owners do so, according to Rover.com. Here are some of the cutest we’ve come across recently:

    1. Jelly Bean
    2. Cinnamon
    3. Ginger
    4. Crumpet
    5. Muffin
    6. Pudding
    7. Nugget
    8. Cupcake
    9. Pumpkin
    10. Popsicle


Flower themed cute girl puppy names

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Another source of inspiration for female puppy names is flowers. If this theme is up your alley, there are many options to choose from, or you could always pick your favourite blossom. The following are popular choices as well as some of our personal favourites:

    1. Bluebell
    2. Clover
    3. Rose
    4. Daisy
    5. Blossom
    6. Buttercup
    7. Sweet Pea
    8. Pansy
    9. Petunia
    10. Marigold


Popular small dog names girl

You’ve got a tiny girl and are looking for a cute and cuddly name to suit? Without a doubt, many names are more suited to small dogs than their much larger relatives, even though some diminutive gals act like they are big deals! Here are the current top 10 names for small girl dogs:

    1. Trixie
    2. Lulu
    3. Pixie
    4. Pickles
    5. Wiggle
    6. Angel
    7. Snuggles
    8. Sparkle
    9. Topsy
    10. Roxy


List of cute girl dog names

Don’t want to follow the masses but still looking for something that cries out “cute and adorable” for your little girl? These cute female dog names will be sure to fit the bill and attract attention:

    1. Tinkerbell
    2. Maisie
    3. Angel
    4. Snuggles
    5. Cricket
    6. Gracie
    7. Pebbles
    8. Sweetie
    9. Tilly
    10. Wiggles


Strong female dog names

Best girl dog names for large puppy Bow Wow Meow

You’ve got a big, strong dog, and want a big, strong name to match? Big dogs often have big personalities, but some can be softies at heart, so you may want to consider the breed and your dog’s personality before deciding whether she’s a Harriet or a Hobbit, a Tabatha or a Toffee. Here are some more popular power names to think about for your big girl:

    1. Matilda
    2. Beatrix
    3. Athena
    4. Maggie
    5. Dakota
    6. Hermoine
    7. Briana
    8. Pepper
    9. Sheena
    10. Venus

Unusual female dog names

The name you choose is not always about size but also breed and personality. Generally, you are more likely to find a Pomeranian called Pickle than a Rottweiler, or a Poodle called Snuggles than a German Shepherd. To make your girl dog stand out from the crowd, how about switching things up? Here are some ideas for coming up with some unusual girl dog names that may be perfect for your pooch:

  • Give your little girl a big girl name from the strong female dog names list; or,
  • Give your big girl one of the cute girl dog names above that is more common among the tiny tots.
  • Choose one of the classic girl dog names that is rarely heard in dog parks and puppy school anymore; or,
  • Choose a traditional human female name that has gone out of fashion among both humans and canines.
  • Combine two names or words or make a minor change to an existing name, concept or word to create a new name such as Flopsy Mopsy (from Peter Rabbit), Blinky Belle (from Blinky Bill) or Lady Sadie (from Sadie the Cleaning Lady).


Unique girl dog names

Somewhat ironically, there are hundreds of internet searches each day for unique girl dog names. To come up with a truly unique female dog name, you’ll need to get your creative juices flowing and think outside of the box, rather than pick one from a list. To get you started, here are some of the more unique female dog names we’ve come across lately:

    1. Gummy Bear
    2. Queen Bee
    3. Cherub
    4. Sparkplug
    5. Hera
    6. Zanzibar
    7. Rapunzel
    8. Valkyrie
    9. Sashimi
    10. Zelda


Unusual girl dog names – less common human names

You’re a fan of a human name but don’t want to follow the masses with another Bella, Coco or Luna? Here are some human names you won’t find on the “best girl dog names 2021” list:

    1. Agatha
    2. Camilla
    3. Prunella
    4. Griselda
    5. Thandi
    6. Amanda / Mandy
    7. Jackie
    8. Catherine / Kitty / Katie
    9. Ellen
    10. Natalie


Unusual female dog names  – non-human names

Still not inspired? Don’t fancy a human name for your new little girl? Here are a few more non-human names that definitely don’t feature on the “most popular female dog names 2021” list:

    1. Boodle
    2. Stunner
    3. Destiny
    4. Tsarina
    5. Camomile / Cami / Camo
    6. Jingle
    7. Spiffy
    8. Rococo
    9. Charmer
    10. Flamingo


Funny girl dog names

Looking for a name that draws attention and puts a smile on faces? These are genuine dog names that other quirky and pun-loving dog owners have selected (or invented). If you think of an even funnier one, please let us know!

    1. Elle McPup
    2. Clawdia Sniffer
    3. Angelina Collie
    4. Snootchie Pootchie
    5. Mary Puppins
    6. Kate Barkingsale
    7. Miss Chevious
    8. Virginia Woof
    9. Sarah Jessica Barker
    10. Megan Dog


More themed lists of best girl dog names

The best black girl puppy names

Best girl dog names for black puppy Bow Wow Meow

Wanting a name that suits your dog’s colouring? How about Copper or Sienna for your brown- coated girl or Pearl or Bianca if she’s white? There are also many options for black girl dogs – you may fall in love with one of the following:

  1. Indigo
  2. Blackberry
  3. Cocoa
  4. Dusky
  5. Midnight
  6. Pepsi
  7. Pepper
  8. Ebony
  9. Liquorice
  10. Velvet


Hawaiian girl puppy names

While it’s highly unlikely that you are looking to name a Hawaiian Poi Dog – the breed is sadly now extinct – perhaps you are a fan of the islands, their culture and language? If so, these Hawaiian girl puppy names may appeal:

  1. Akela (lucky)
  2. Kala (princess)
  3. Akua (spirit)
  4. Lani (sky)
  5. Keiki (child)
  6. Koa (fearless)
  7. Hula
  8. Kina
  9. Lilo
  10. Aloha


Best female dog names – traditional

If all else fails, there are always the traditional girl dog names that have held their appeal to generations of dog owners. You can’t go wrong with any of the following, regardless of breed, size, colour or even personality:

  1. Gypsy
  2. Goldie
  3. Sadie
  4. Lucky
  5. Missy
  6. Princess
  7. Queenie
  8. Betsy
  9. Duchess
  10. Fifi


Final word…

In the end, there are no rules for naming your female dog. Whether a human name, a classical dog name or something completely unique, whatever name you choose will most likely soon become a good fit. Pick a name, try it out, and see how you like it—as well as how your dog responds (although she certainly won’t be voicing any complaints about it). If the name seems not quite the perfect match for your pooch, you can always consider changing it for another one.



My new puppy is a specific breed. Are there any common names for this breed that I should consider?

Yes, many breeds have naming traditions, offering rich inspiration! Here’s how to explore them:

  • Breed origins: Delve into your puppy’s heritage. German Shepherds often sport names like Greta, Heidi, or Max, while Japanese breeds might suit names like Akiko, Sakura, or Hiro. This honours their homeland and can give clues about the breed’s personality traits.
  • Breed clubs and resources: Breed-specific clubs or online forums are goldmines! They often list traditional names, popular choices, or even historical figures within the breed. This connects you to a community of like-minded owners.
  • Famous fictional and real dogs: Think of well-known dogs of that breed in movies, history, or literature. Lassie for Collies, Toto for Cairn Terriers, or Balto for Siberian Huskies. While not unique or original, these names carry a sense of legacy and tradition.
  • Breed-specific traits: Some breeds have distinct appearances or personalities. Names such as “Rusty” for a reddish Irish Setter, or “Dash” for a speedy Whippet, playfully references these features.


I love unique names but worry my dog won’t learn it.  Any tips?

Unique names are wonderful, but clarity helps your pup learn quickly! Consider these factors:

  • Sound is key: Even within an unusual name, stick with hard consonants (K, T, Z) and clear vowels (A, O, E). “Zora” is easier to hear than “Willow,” especially in noisy environments.
  • Short and sweet: One or two syllables are ideal for dog training. If your chosen name is longer (like “Penelope”), create a catchy nickname (“Penny”) for everyday use.
  • Consistency is everything: Use your dog’s name frequently, especially during positive moments like playtime, treats, or cuddles. Soon, she’ll associate it with good things and respond reliably.
  • Don’t give up: Some dogs take a little longer to learn unusual names. Be patient, keep rewarding them for responding, and they’ll eventually get it!


Is it okay to change a dog’s name, especially if it came from a shelter?

Absolutely! Changing names is often beneficial, especially for shelter dogs:

  • Unknown history: Shelter names may be generic or hastily assigned by the staff. A fresh start with a name you chose creates a stronger personal bond and a sense of new beginnings.
  • Negative associations: The old name may be linked to bad experiences the dog had before you adopted her. A new name offers a metaphorical clean slate, helping her feel safe and loved.
  • Ease of training: If the old name is too common (“Buddy”), confusing (sounds like a command), or just not your style, a new one can improve your dog’s responsiveness and help them focus on you.
  • Transition period: Introduce the new name gradually alongside her old one. Reward her for responding to both, slowly phasing out the old name over time.


I want a food-themed name, but worry it’s silly. Are there good options?

Food names are adorable and offer endless creativity! Think beyond the obvious for extra flair:

  • Subtle nods: Instead of “Cookie,” consider “Ginger” (for a brown dog), “Pepper” (for a lively one), or “Honey” (sweet personality).
  • Herbs and spices: Unique choices like “Sage,” “Basil,” “Rosemary,” or “Clove” are cute, unexpected, and often suit dogs with certain colours or temperaments.
  • Fancy foods: “Truffle,” “Mochi,” “Biscotti” or “Latte” have a playful, sophisticated air compared to everyday snacks, and work well for dogs of any size.
  • Personality match: Is your dog sweet? “Marshmallow” is perfect. A bit mischievous? “Pickle” might be a fun fit!


Puppies are very adventurous and highly accident prone, and often end up hurting themselves whilst they are still growing. Their under-developed immune system means they are also vulnerable to getting infections and catching diseases.

It is important to take out pet insurance from the very start, to ensure that your puppy is always covered and before any pre-existing conditions are diagnosed. Get 2 months free pet insurance for your puppy2!


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This article is written by

Nicky Klugman

Nicky is our Marketing Communications and Content Specialist. She is an animal-lover who is particularly interested in animal behaviour and the relationships between humans and their pets. While growing up, dogs were always an integral part of the family. Nicky is mum to three human sons and a rescue pup called Dobby.

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