Black Dog Names: 200+ Best Names For A Black Dog

Have you just welcomed a new puppy to your home, and you’re still not sure what to name it?

Naming a dog is difficult. It took me nearly two weeks to settle on a name for my black lab, so I’m speaking from experience. I wanted to pick a name that would embody her personality and wouldn’t cause confusion at the dog park.

The sooner you name your puppy, the sooner she will be able to respond to you. But it’s hard to choose a name for someone when you’ve only known them a week or two because it’s hard to determine how much it will reflect her reality in the future.

Giving your name a puppy that’s inspired by his or her appearance is a good way to pick a name sooner. Also, don’t be scared to use a bit of humor!

Tips For Choosing The Right Name

  • Don’t worry about whether the perceived gender of a word matches your puppy’s sex. For example, Blackbeard might suit your female, and Diva might suit your male.
  • Remember that your dog will most likely live up to his or her name. Trust me, my friend had a dog named Havoc. He totally lived up to his name.
  • ​To avoid calling your dog by a name you will regret, don’t pick anything controversial, even if you think it’s funny.
  • ​Likewise, remember that you will have to say your dog’s name in front of other people, including your vet, your family and passersby.
  • If you have more than one pet, make sure the one you choose for your new puppy sounds different or you will have issues getting their attention in the future.
  • If the name you settle on is long, find a nickname so that it doesn’t take long to call his/her name or give him/her commands.

Best Names For A Black Dog

Here is a list of names that might suit your black dog. Choose wisely and have fun!

Names

Meaning

Ace

ie. Ace of black spades

Angel

Ironic name

Anise

Food/drink

Anisette

Food/drink

Anubis

Ancient Egyptian god of the afterlife

Apollo

Greek and Roman god of music, truth and healing

Argos

The name of Ulysses’ loyal canine companion

Ash

ie. burnt ash

Asphalt

The dark material used to lay down roads

Atticus

ie. Atticus Finch the lawyer from To Kill a Mockingbird; Latin name meaning ‘classic, elegant.’

Aubergine

Nicer word for egg plant

Avalon

Mystical island from the Arthurian Legend

Babar

Babar the Elephant

Baccara

ie. Black Baccara Rose

Balto

Legendary and heroic black dog

Barbecue

Food/drink

Barkly

For the yappy pup

Beetle

Dark animal

Birdie

Dark animal

Black bean

Food/drink

Black beauty

Fictional horse

Black Mamba

Venomous snake from sub-Saharan Africa

Blackbeard

Legendary pirate

Blackjack

Card game

Blizzard

Ironic name

Bo

The name of the Obama family’s black dog

Bobby

ie. Greyfriars Bobby the Skye Terrier

Bolero

Classical musician

Bootsy

ie. Bootsy Collins, or if your dog has patterned paws

Buffy

ie. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bug

Dark animal

Bullet

For the fast black dog

Cabernet

Dark red wine

Cadbury

Chocolate brand

Casper

The friendly ghost

Chablis

Dark red wine

Chaos

For your mischievous pup

Chaplin

ie. Charlie Chaplin

Charcoal

Dark as charcoal

Cherry

ie. Dark cherries

Chips

ie. Chocolate chips

Cu Dhub

Black dog’ in gaelic, also a brand of dark whiskey

Coco

Dark chocolate

Cola

Food/drink

Colbie

Black as coal

Comet

Dark and cosmic

Cosmo

Dark and cosmic, also a type of black flower, ie. Chocolate Cosmos

Currant

ie. Black currant (fruit/berry)

Dahlia

ie. Black Dahlia (flower)

Dante

Dante's Inferno

Darko

ie. Donnie Darko

Darth

ie. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Dawn

When the sun comes up

Daylight

Ironic name

Dewey

ie. Dewey Decimal (especially if your dog is blind)

Diva

Theatrical talent

Django

ie. Django Unchained

Dolce

Sweet' in Italian

Domino

Good for a dog with spots

Drooler

If your dog is a loogie machine

Dugan

Black haired' in Celtic

Duncan

Black warrior

Dusk

When the sun goes down

Dusty

Dark dust

Echo

Yappy puppy?

Eclipse

Cosmic

Eightball

The black ball in billiards

Elderberry

A type of dark berry. When your dog is old, you can call him ‘elder'

Enigma

Dark and mysterious

Espresso

Food/drink

Fella

A name for your good friend

Flint

To spark a fire

Fluffy

Harry Potter reference

Forest

Dark and mysterious

Frosty

Ironic name

Gandalf

ie. Lord of The Rings

Ginger

Ironic name, Food/drink

Goldie

Ironic name

Graphite

Dark and mysterious

Guinness

Food/drink

Hades

Greek god of the underworld

Hannibal

Bad guy from Silence of The Lambs

Havoc

For your mischievous pup

Hellebore

Type of dark flower

Hendrix

ie. Jimmy Hendrix

Icarus

The creator of the Labyrinth in Greek mythology

Indigo

Dark blue

Inky

ie. Pac-Man, or ink splotch

Iris

Iris ‘Before the Storm’

Jack

Blackjack

Jaguar

Black cat

Jinx

Dark and mysterious

Junco

Type of black bird

Juno

Cosmic

Kellogg

Food/drink

Kit-Kat

Food/drink

Kuma

Japanese word for ‘bear’

Kuro

Japanese word for ‘black'

Lightening

Dark and mysterious

Lily

Chocolate lily flower

Luna

The moon

Mamba

ie. Black mamba

Manson

ie. Charles Manson, Marilyn Manson

Marmite

Food/drink

Marshmallow

Ironic name

Martin

ie. Martin Luther King

Matisse

Painter known for his use of black

Maverick

unorthodox’

Mavro

A type of dark red grape from Cyprus

Mayhem

For your mischievous pup

Merlin

ie. The wizard

Micky

ie. Micky Mouse

Mocha

Food/drink

Morticia

Character from The Addams Family

Muffin

Food/drink

Murkrow

Black Pokémon

Mystery

Dark and mysterious

Nebbiolo

Dark red wine

Nefertiti

Ancient Egyptian queen

Nero

Roman Emperor from 54 to 68 AD

Nightmare

For your mischievous pup

Ninja

For your warrior doggie

Nugget

Ironic name, ie. golden nugget

Obsidian

Dark, naturally occurring volcanic glass

Omen

Dark and mysterious

Onyx

Black stone

Opal

White stone

Oreo

Good for a black and white dog

Panda

Good for a black and white dog

Pantera

Spanish word for ‘panther'

Panther

Dark cat

Pearl

ie. Black pearl

Pepper

Food/drink

Pepsi

Food/drink

Periwinkle

Ironic name

Petunia

Type of flower, ie. Black Petunia

Phantom

Dark and mysterious

Pierrot

Legendary pantomime

Pippi

Swedish fictional rebel and role model

Poochyena

Pokémon dark hyena canine hybrid

Predator

For your fierce pup

Pursy

For a fat pup

Quixote

Character from Spanish novel, ie. Don Quixote

Raven

Type of black bird

Reaper

ie. Grim Reaper

Relic

Dark and mysterious

Resin

Sticky tree sap

Rex

Name of Reagan family’s dog and character from Babe

Riddle

Dark and mysterious

Ringo

Drummer from The Beatles

Rocket

For the fast black dog

Roscoe

Classic dog name

Rosie

Black rose

Rover

Classic name

Sambuca

Anise liqueur

Sandy

Ironic name

Scorpion

Dark animal

Shadow

Does your black dog follow you everywhere?

Sheba

Biblical: Queen of the kingdom of Sheba

Shiraz

Dark red wine

Shocker

For your mischievous pup

Shwarz

Old High German name for ‘dark, black’

Sigmund

ie. Sigmund Freud

Sinbad

Legendary pirate

Sir Loin

Food/drink

Smoky

Dark and mysterious

Snape

Harry Potter reference

Snoopy

Everyone’s favorite cartoon pup

Snorlax

Pokémon character

Snowball

Ironic name

Sooty

Like dark soot

Spade

ie. Ace of black spades

Spazzy

For a spastic pup

Spirit

Ironic name, mysterious

Spock

Star Trek reference

Spooky

Dark and mysterious

Stormy

Dark and mysterious

Sunny

Ironic name

Tangela

Dark Pokémon character

Tara

Hindi word for ‘star'

Tchaikovsky

Russian classical composer, created ‘Swan Lake’

Tinkerbell

Ironic name

Torrent

Dark and mysterious and cosmic

Toto

Black dog from The Wizard of Oz

Tuvok

Star Trek reference

Tux

ie. Black tuxedo

Umbra

Dark and cosmic

Umbreon

Black Pokémon character

Ursula

Evil sea woman from The Little Mermade

Vader

ie. Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Velvet

ie. Black velvet

Venus

Cosmic

Verruca

Type of wart/character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Wednesday

Character from The Addams Family

Winfrey

ie. Oprah Winfrey

Wolfie

Cute name for your wolf-like pup

Xray

Dark and mysterious

Zappa

ie. Frank Zappa

Zinfandel

Type of red wine

Zwart

Middle Dutch word for ‘dark, black’


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