Athlete Dog Names

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Introduction

So your dog is athletic, or maybe you’re athletic, or maybe you just have a great appreciation for the amount of time, effort, and dedication it takes to be a great athlete. If any of these are the case, we can guess why you’re here, because it sounds like giving your dog a great athlete’s name would be the perfect fit! Regardless of the circumstances, numerous greats not only had legendary careers and performances, but names as well, ones that will undoubtedly help your dog to stand out in a crowd. Plus, if your canine anywhere close in ability to the athletes in the list below, you may have a legend of your own. 

Famous Athlete Dog Names in Pop Culture

Athlete Dog Name Considerations

Given the number of athletes that exist, there is certainly no shortage of names to choose from. But if you’re looking to give your dog something more than just a great athlete’s name, say, something with some actual meaning, you’ll have to do a bit more legwork, pun intended. Before you start narrowing down your choices, don’t forget to take into consideration your dog’s breed type, appearance, and personality, as they are all great shortcuts to coming up with something both clever and appropriate. 

For instance, for something simple, if your dog is a Czech breed, such as a Cesky Terrier or Fousek, the name Martina would be appropriate — especially if they also love tennis balls! If they love to chase and kick around soccer balls, maybe Pele, Ronaldo, or Messi would be more appropriate, the latter especially if they don’t keep themselves particularly clean. If they’re good at just about everything, then Thorpe, Bo, Jackson, Zaharias or Sanders would all be great choices. 

Whatever you choose, try several avenues to narrow it down to your favorite sports (and athletes themselves if need be), then see if any of the remaining names can have meaning beyond just their titles, such as the Messi/messy example above. Many athletes already had notable names, so being able to work with them on multiple levels will provide you that many more ways they can fit your dog. Chances are, when you do finally find it, it’ll stick like a good landing.

Male Athlete Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
1
Bolt
After Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth
1
Griffey
After Ken Griffey Jr., a Hall of Fame MLB star and one of the very best to ever play the game
1
Slater
After Kelly Slater, a pioneer, champion, and best-known surfer
1
Hank
After Hank Aaron, home run champion and one of MLB's most consistent producers
0
Jordan
After Michael Jordan, widely known as the greatest NBA player ever
0
Pele
After Pele, a Brazilian soccer player, considered the greatest of all time
0
Phelps
After Michael Phelps, the most decorate swimmer in Olympic history
0
LeBron
After LeBron James, who is arguably one of, if not the, best NBA player
-1
Thorpe
After Jim Thorpe, who was prolific at every sport he touched from track and field to football
-1
Sanders
After Deion Sanders, a fantastic multi-sport athlete who excelled in both NFL and MLB
-1
Jackson
After Bo Jackson, a top notch football and baseball player
-1
Woods
After Tiger Woods, one of golf's most famous players
-1
Gretzky
After Wayne Gretzky, who is considered the best hockey player of all time
-1
Kareem
After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, amongst other things
-1
Lewis
After Carl Lewis, one of the greatest Olympic track and field athletes ever
-1
Owens
After Jesse Owens, a highly-accomplished Olympic gold-medalist
-1
Hawk
After Tony Hawk, one of skateboarding's most accomplished athletes, a pioneer of the sport as well
-1
Clemente
After Roberto Clemente, the five-tool phenom, Hall of Famer and humanitarian
-1
Erving
After Julius Erving, one of the NBA's greatest players
-1
Shaq
After Shaquille O'Neal, one of the NBA's most dominant players in his day
-1
Henderson
After Rickey Henderson, who has the most stolen bases in MLB history
-1
Russell
After NBA star Bill Russell, who led his team to 11 titles
-1
Iverson
After Allen Iverson, the most electric NBA scoring machine pound-for-pound
-1
Watt
After JJ Watt, an incredible defensive end, one of the best active NFL players
-1
Rodgers
After Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL
-1
Nicklaus
After Jack Nicklaus, one of golf's greatest
-1
Robinson
After Sugar Ray Robinson, one of boxing's best
-1
Williams
After baseball legend Ted Williams
-1
Cobb
After MLB legend Ty Cobb, who set the tone for talent in his era
-2
Ronaldo
After Christiano Ronaldo, one of the best active soccer players in the world

Female Athlete Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
2
Bo
After Bo Jackson, one of the finest multi-sport athletes to ever play
2
Sugar
After Sugar Ray Leonard, a legendary boxer with 70 KOs
1
Magic
After Magic Johnson, a legendary NBA player
1
Gable
After Dan Gable, the most accomplished freestyle wrestler
1
Dempsey
After Jack Dempsey, who was the world heavyweight champion boxer for over seven years
0
Messi
After Lionel Messi, one of the greatest living soccer players worldwide
0
Vonn
After skiier Lindsey Vonn, a highly-decorated Olympian
-1
Ali
After Muhammed Ali, widely considered the greatest boxer of all time
-1
Babe
After Babe Ruth, a legendary and supremely talented baseball player, one of the most widely known athletes
-1
Tiger
After Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers in PGA history
-1
Joyner
After Jackie Joyner-Kersee, widely recognized as the greatest women's track and field star
-1
Mays
After Willie Mays, a Hall of Fame outfielder who is widely considered on one baseball's greats
-1
Jackie
After Jackie Robinson, a prolific MLB player who helped break the color barrier
-1
Hamm
After Mia Hamm, a talented soccer player who has two World Cups, two gold medals and 4 NCAA titles
-1
Serena
After Serena Williams, a prolific tennis player and winner of countless championships
-1
Rice
After Jerry Rice, Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers wide receiver
-1
Kersee
After Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of track and field's greatest athletes, male or female
-1
Nadal
After Rafael Nadal, a tennis superstar and multi-championship winner
-1
Trout
After Mike Trout, the best baseball player currently active
-1
Abby
After Abby Wambach, the U.S. Women's National Team's all-time leading scorer and FIFA's all-time leader (both sexes) in international goals
-1
Lemieux
After Mario Lemieux, widely considered one of hockey's greatest players
-1
Bryant
After Kobe Bryant, aka Kobe Buckets, an apt title for the NBA all-around star
-1
Mullen
After Rodney Mullen, a skateboarding pioneer and the most prolific flatland skater of all time
-1
Zaharias
After Babe Zaharias, a prolifically talented multi-sport athlete with medals to prove it
-1
Lee
After Bruce Lee, one of the most talented martial artists of all time
-1
Martina
After Martina Navratilova, a legendary tennis player with titles to prove it
-1
Miller
After Cheryl Miller, three-time national player of the year while at USC
-1
Montana
After dynamite NFL quarterback and Hall of Famer Joe Montana
-2
Nadia
After Nadia Comaneci, who put on a masterful performance at the 1976 Olympics
-2
Silva
After Anderson Silva, a decorated MMA fighter

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