Best 120 German Dog Names For Your New Puppy

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Oct 20, 2020
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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Giving your German puppy a cute and yet ruff-and-tuff name is not easy.

German dogs are known to be very loyal and quite strong and healthy. Many dog lovers often want to stick close to their dog's German roots when choosing the perfect dog name.

We have assembled quite a list of all kinds of German names for your dog. Read on to find the name that will suit your little pup's personality the best.

Will it be something strong and ferocious or will it be something more on the adorable side? We have got all kinds of dog names covered, from the popular ones to the unique and coolest ones.

For more pet naming inspiration, take a look at these cartoon dog names or these Irish dog names.

Popular Female German Dog Names

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Popular German dog names never go out of fashion. Here is a list of names that you can give to your female German dog.

1.Ada, meaning "Noble". This is also the name of Ada Lovelace, a female mathematician, instrumental to the development of the modern computer and the name of actress Ada Noble. Ada Noble was in the 1992 film 'Resistance'.

2.Addie, meaning "Noble"

3.Amelia, meaning "Work"

4.Anka (Hebrew Origin) meaning "Grace" or "Bright"

5.Annika (Hebrew Origin) meaning "Grace" or "Favor"

6.Aubrey (English Origin) meaning "Noble ruler" or "Powerful Elf". It is derived from the German word, Alberic which means "Rich, powerful elf".

7.Ava, meaning "Life", "Bird", or "Island". Actress Ava Michelle carries this name.

8.Beatrix (Latin, Dutch Origin) meaning "Blessed". It is the name of the famous English writer, Beatrix Potter.

9.Britta (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Strength, Exalted, Lofty"

10.Bernadetta, meaning "Brave as a Bear". The name is associated with Bernadette, a character in the sitcom, 'Big Bang Theory'.

11.Brunhilde, meaning "Dark and Noble" This name could be perfect for a dark haired German pup.

12.Claudia (Latin Origin) meaning "Lame, Enclosure"

13.Dagmar (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Dear and Famous"

14.Freida, meaning "Peace". The name is similar to the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.

15.Fritzi, meaning "Peaceful Ruler"

16.Gretchen, meaning "A little Greta (pearl)"

17.Heidi, meaning "Nobility" or "Of Noble Birth". The name can also be associated with the famous German-American model and host, Heidi Klum.

18.Irmalinda, meaning "War Goddess"

19.Kaja (Estonian, greek Origin) meaning "Pure"

20.Leona (Latin Origin) meaning "Lioness". Leona is one of the best names for a bold and confident German Shepherd.

21.Lola (Spanish Origin) meaning "Lady of Sorrows"

22.Lorelei, meaning "Luring Rock"

23.Marta (Hebrew Origin) meaning "The Lady"

24.Mareike (Dutch Origin) meaning "Of the Sea"

25.Millie (Latin Origin) meaning "Gentle Strength"

26.Nadja, meaning "Hope"

27.Norberta, meaning "Bright Heroine"

28.Raina (Slavic Origin) meaning "Queen"

29.Sigrid (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Victorious, Wise and Beautiful Lady"

30.Sascha,meaning "Defending Warrior"

31.Schatzie, meaning "Dear" or "Treasure"

32.Sonje (Russian, Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Wisdom"

33.Tilli, meaning "Mighty in Battle"

34.Trudy, meaning "Spear of Strength" or "Familiar, Loved"

35.Ulrika, meaning "Power, Prosperity"

36.Ursula (Latin Origin) meaning "She-Bear" or "Little Bear". She was the main antagonist in the Disney movie, 'The Little Mermaid'.

37.Wanda, meaning "Wanderer, traveler"

38.Winola, meaning "Gracious Friend". It is similar to the name, Winona is also a famous dog character from the fictional American-Canadian animated TV series, 'My Little Pony'.

39.Winifred (Welsh, English Origin) meaning "Joy, Peace, Blessed"

40.Zelda, meaning "Strong Woman" or "Gray Battle".

Cool Male German Dog Names

There are many meaningful male German dog names which are suitable for your German dog.

41.Adler, meaning "Eagle". Adler Eagle makes for one of the best names for German Shepherds.

42.Adolph, meaning "Noble Wolf"

43.Albrecht, meaning "Noble, Bright"

44.Alvin (Old English Origin) meaning "Old Friend" or "Noble Friend". This name can be associated with the cartoon and movie series, 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'.

45.Arlo, meaning "Hills" or "Fortified"

46.August (Latin Origin) meaning "Great, Magnificient"

47.Axel (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Father of Peace"

48.Bach, meaning "Stream, Creek". The name of the famous German musician, Johann Sebastian Bach.

49.Baldwin, meaning "Brave Friend"

50.Bruno, meaning "The Brown One". Bruno was also the name of the dog of Disney character Cinderella.

51.Damian (Greek Origin) meaning "To Tame"

52.Dedrick, meaning "Gifted Ruler"

53.Dieter, meaning "Warrior of the People, Famous Warrior"

54.Dirk, meaning "Famous Warrior, Ruler"

55.Ellard ,meaning "Noble and Brave"

56.Ernie, meaning "Earnest"

57.Felix (Latin origin) meaning "Happy, Prosperous"

58.Franz, meaning "Free". Franz Kafka was a famous German poet and writer.

59.Frido, meaning "Peaceful Ruler"

60.Fritz, meaning "Peaceful Ruler"

61.Hans (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "God is Gracious"

62.Heinrich, meaning "Home of the King"

63.Hugo, meaning "Bright mind and Spirit" The name can also be linked with the fictional character Hugo Cabret from the Oscar-winning movie of the same name.

64.Kaiser, meaning "Emperor"

65.Keene (English Origin) meaning "Wise, Proud"

66.Klaus, meaning "People's Victory"

67.Leonard, meaning "Lion-Hearted"

68.Max (Latin Origin) meaning "The Greatest". Max is one of the most popular German Shepherd Names.

69.Milo (English Origin) meaning "Gracious, Soldier"

70.Otto, meaning "Wealth and Prosperity"

71.Ozzy (English Origin) meaning "Divine Protector". It is the name of the famous English singer, Ozzy Osbourne.

72.Raymond, meaning "Mighty, Wise Protector"

73.Ritter, meaning "Mounted Warrior"

74.Rolf (Scandinavian Origin) meaning "Famous Wolf"

75.Rudolph, meaning "Renowned Wolf". Santa Claus's famous red-nosed reindeer was also called Rudolph.

76.Siegfried, meaning "Victory, Protection and Peace"

77.Ugo (Spanish, Italian Origin) meaning "Mind, Spirit"

78.Waldo (Engish Origin) meaning "God's Power". The name is associated with the famous philosopher and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

79.Walter (English Origin) meaning "Ruler of the Army" or "Warrior of the People". This is the name of the protagonist, Walter White, from the series, 'Breaking Bad'.

80.Zelig, meaning "Blessed One"

Unique Male German Dog Names

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Want something cool and unique for a dog name? Here is a list of unique and interesting German dog names, some of which are also based on various different German cities and famous personalities.

81.Benz, meaning "Brave as a Bear". The name is related to the vehicle brand, Mercedes Benz.

82.Beethoven, The name is linked with Ludwig Van Beethoven who was a legendary German composer and pianist. Beethoven is also the name of the famous fictional dog in the animated TV series of the same name.

83.Deutsche, meaning "Language"

84.Dusseldorf, meaning "The Village of the Dussel"

85.Frankfurt, The name is derived from the German city, Frankfurt

86.Gunther, meaning "Battle, Warrior"

87.Herr, meaning "Mister"

88.Hund, meaning "Dog"

89.Koeln, meaning "Cologne". This is also the name of a German city.

90.Rowland, meaning "Renowned in the Land"

91.Schwarzenegger, meaning "Mountain Peak". Arnold Schwarzenegger is a famous Austrian bodybuilder, politician, and actor.

92.Stien, meaning "Stone, Rock"

93.Strom, meaning "Stream, Current"

94.Stuttgart, meaning "Stud Yard"

95.Ulf, meaning "Wolf"

96.Wolfgang, meaning "Path of the Wolf." This name is associated with the famous German Composer, Wolfgang

97.Waltz, meaning "Young Ruler".

Cool And Unique Female German Dog Names

Give your lovely female puppy a special and unique dog name. Here are some good ideas for your female German female dog.

98.Amara (Latin, Spanish Origin) meaning "Eternal, Immortal, Beloved"

99.Dietrich, meaning "Ruler of the People" Marlene Dietrich was a famous German-American actress and singer.

100.Dresden, meaning "People from the Riverside Forest"

101.Faiga (Yiddish Origin) meaning "Bird"

102.Fraulien, meaning "Miss"

103.Hansel, meaning "God is Gracious". The name can be related to the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.

104.Hessia, meaning "The German state, Hessia"

105.Holle, meaning "Hidden, Good female Spirit"

106.Leyna (Russian and Latin Origin) meaning "Little Angel"

107.Maud meaning "Battle Mighty" This feminine name can be a perfect badass name for your female German Shepherd.

108.Mercedes (Latin Origin) meaning "Mercies"

109.Nordica, meaning "From the North"

110.Rapunzel, meaning "Rampion Flower" The name comes from a famous German fairy tale written by Brothers Grimm.

111.Richelle (American Origin) meaning "Wealthy and Powerful Ruler"

112.Vienna (Latin Origin) meaning "From Wine Country" This name is based on the city of Vienna in Austria which borders Germany.

Cool And Unique Gender Neutral German Dog Names

Many parents search for some unique and interesting gender-neutral dog names for their German pups. Here we have some of the coolest dog names inspired by a variety of sources.

113.Audi (Latin Origin) meaning "Listen". This name is a popular German car brand.

114.Berlin (Slavik Origin) meaning "River Lake"

115.Herne (Celtic Origin) meaning "Mythical Hunter"

116.Kellen (Irish Origin) meaning "The Brightheaded One's Descendant"

117.Kolsch, meaning "From the City of Cologne" This is also the name of the famous German style of beer from the city of Cologne, Germany.

118.Mischa (Russian Origin) meaning "Who is like God"

119.Munich, meaning "Monk"

120.Porsche, meaning "Offering". It is a famous sports car brand.

Kidadl has lots of great names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for German dog names then why not take a look at these Husky names, or for something different take a look at these Corgi names.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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