Alternative Rock Music Dog Names

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Introduction

Alternative rock music, also known as Alt-Rock, became immensely popular in the early 1990s. An off-shoot of the punk rock genre of the 1970s, alternative rock music was partly a response to the intensely popular hair metal of the 1980s. Many fans had become disillusioned with the often-duplicated hair metal genre; in effect, the advent of bands such as Guns and Roses contributed to the demise of hair metal and ushered in a new generation of bands dependent upon heavy guitar riffs and often thought-provoking lyrics. While the 1990s saw the heyday of alternative rock music, the genre still has quite a following.

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Alternative Rock Music Dog Name Considerations

Any dog breed can successfully carry an alternative rock music name. Depending on owner preferences, a person might give a Maltese or a Yorkie the name "Beast" as a sort of paradoxical name. The proud new owner of a Welsh Pembroke Corgi might give his pup the moniker "Billy Corgi." While these ideas are very original, one should consider the tenets of alternative music to determine whether or not an alternative rock music name is fitting for his new dog. 

Alternative rock music is all about doing things in an unconventional way. Dogs who might be a little headstrong, such as any Terrier breed, a Bulldog, or the Chihuahua can successfully depict an alternative rock music name. For instance, David Bowie created the Ziggy Stardust character for a concept album. He was about twenty years ahead of the alternative rock movement, but many bands cite Bowie as an influence. Therefore, Ziggy might be a good name for a Yorkie or a Boston Terrier. 

Many of the musicians of the 1990s, the height of the alternative rock music era, dealt with a desire to play music without the fame and fortune of Hollywood. Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder are two prime examples of this phenomena. Kurt would be a great name for a Chihuahua as they are often a "one-person" dog, and they do not welcome relationships with other people. Of course, a name such as "Beast" would be fitting of a large, muscular dog such as the Pit Bull or Rottweiler. This nod to the Beastie Boys could also refer to a pup with a rowdy personality. 

Again, alternative rock music dog names fit almost any breed and are at the discretion of the owner. However, these original names can say something about your pup's personality as well as your own personal favorite music. 

Male Alternative Rock Music Dog Names

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Bowie
Refers to David Bowie, whose Ziggy Stardust album was influential to many alternative rock musicians
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Layne
Layne Staley, vocalist of Alice in Chains
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Cornell
As in Chris Cornell, vocalist for Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog
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Eddie
Refers to Eddie Vedder, vocalist of Pearl Jam
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Bizkit
As in Limp Bizkit, a popular group from the early 2000s
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Kurt
Refers to legendary singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
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Chester
Honors Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
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Stipe
Refers to R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe
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Smitty
A nod to vocalist Brent Smith of Shinedown
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Perry
A nod to Perry Farrell, lead singer of Jane's Addiction
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Ben
A variation of Breaking Benjamin, a popular alternative rock group
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Navarro
Refers to Dave Navarro, guitarist for many groups including Jane's Addiction
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Johnny
Refers to Highly Suspect's Johnny Stevens, vocalist for the group
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Flea
This iconic bass player (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is known for his on-stage antics
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Ezra
Refers to alternative rock music group Better than Ezra
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Anthony
Refers to Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis
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Beast
A nod to alternative rock/rap group Beastie Boys; this name is perfect for a large dog
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Billy Corgi
This name, fitting a Welsh Pembroke Corgi, is a nod to Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan
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Aaron
Refers to vocalist Aaron Lewis of Staind
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Beck
Beck is a legendary alternative music star; his career spans nearly three decades
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Ziggy
Refers to David Bowie's character and subsequent concept album, Ziggy Stardust
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Moby
Moby's iconic career spans at least twenty years in the world of alternative music
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Zappa
Refers to Frank Zappa, who was an alternative music star before the genre even began
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Ramone
Refers to the punk rock band The Ramones; alternative rock finds its roots in punk rock
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Lenny
Musician Lenny Kravitz is an alternative rock musician
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Leon
This name refers to alternative music group Kings of Leon
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Hurley
This is the name of alternative group Weezer's eighth studio album
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Cobain
Refers to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain; this name fits a dog who might be shy
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Weiland
Refers to Stone Temple Pilot's vocalist Scott Weiland
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Buddy
Refers to Weezer's hit song, "Buddy Holly"

Female Alternative Rock Music Dog Names

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Pearl
Refers to alternative legends Pearl Jam; this name is fitting of a cream-colored dog
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Alice
Refers to iconic alternative group Alice in Chains
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Siouxsie
A nod to alternative group Siouxsie and the Banshees
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Chili
As in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a group with a successful career spanning two decades
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Pixie
Refers to musical group The Pixies; this name is perfect for a toy or miniature dog
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Minerva
A name belonging to a Roman goddess; this name is also a song by alternative group The Deftones
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Penny
Refers to a song by the alternative group the Stone Temple Pilots, "Pretty Penny"
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Molly
A song by the Kings of Leon; this name would fit a Cocker Spaniel
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Glissandra
Refers to a song by the Smashing Pumpkins
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Donna
A nod to the alternative rock group The Donnas
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Delores
Refers to the lead singer of The Cranberries, Delores O'Riordan
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Hazel
A nod to alternative group Sister Hazel
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Noel
May refer to Noel Gallagher of alternative group Oaisis
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Nat
A nod to the lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant
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Mazzy
Refers to alternative group Mazzy Star
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Luna
Meaning "of the moon," this name is perfect for a Rottie or a Pit Bull
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Lorde
Refers to alternative artist Lorde; this name is fitting of a Great Dane
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Blondie
Refers to musical group Blondie; this name is perfect for a Golden Retriever
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Alanis
Alternative songstress Alanis Morissette; this name fits a Poodle
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Ani
A nod to solo artist Ani DiFranco
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Cambria
Refers to alternative group Coheed and Cambria
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Courtney
Alternative singer Courtney Love is a solo artist; she has also fronted alternative group Hole
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Cleo
A nod to the alternative group Letters to Cleo
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Hayley
Refers to Hayley Williams of the alternative group Paramore
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Charlotte
A nod to the alternative group Good Charlotte
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Jezebel
A nod to the alternative group Gene Loves Jezebel
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Shirley
Refers to iconic alternative songstress Shirley Manson of the group Garbage
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Fiona
A nod to the "Criminal" singer, Fiona Apple
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Eve
A nod to the alternative group Eve 6
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Daisy
Refers to the alternative group Daisy Chainsaw; this name is fitting of a dainty, small pup

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