California Dog Names

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Introduction

Located on the Pacific coast of the United States, California has 39.5 million residents, making it the most populated state in the country. Overall the state is known to have good weather, access to the beach and the place where movies are made. If you live in the state or feel connected to it in some way, choosing a name inspired by California may be the way to go when naming your new pup. You may enjoy the reminder of the state that you love each time you call your dog’s name, or you may appreciate a memory that the name of your dog evokes. Fortunately, there is no shortage of California inspired names, leaving you with many to choose from.

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California Dog Name Considerations

As you look to choose the right name for your new pup, a California inspired moniker may be just what you are looking for. For those who live in the state or feel a special connection to it, turning to the place that is important to you to find a name for your special friend makes perfect sense. Each time you call the name of your pooch, you will be reminded of a place that means something to you.

You may choose a California inspired name for your pal because he reminds you of a specific dog (whether real or fictional) from the state. Your new friend may look like Hooch in Turner and Hooch, for example, or exhibit personality traits of Shadow from Homeward Bound-the Incredible Journey. The particular breed of dog that you have welcomed into your life may lead to your considering a California inspired name; perhaps your new Chihuahua brings to mind Chloe of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, reminding you of California. There may be something about the state that is important to you, like its proximity to the ocean, that guides your choice of name.

Regardless of your reason for considering a California-inspired name, there are plenty of options to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect name for your new pooch.

Male California Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Coronado
The popular beach located in the San Diego area gives a good name for a water loving pooch
7
Laker
The Los Angeles Lakers are an NBA team
7
Sherman
For the large General Sherman tree, a Giant Sequoia that can be seen in Sequoia National Park
5
Ansel
For the photographer Ansel Adams who was from California
5
Diego
For the Southern California city of San Diego
5
Fresno
A city in northern California, Fresno means “ash tree” in Spanish
5
Quail
The California quail is the state bird
5
Yosemite
A national park in the western Sierra Nevadas that is known for granite cliffs, waterfalls, streams with clear water, large sequoia groves, lakes and mountains
4
Cruz
For the popular beach city Santa Cruz
4
Uni
Universal Studios Hollywood is a theme park focusing on movies
3
Bruin
For the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins
3
Francisco
San Francisco is a large metropolitan area in Northern California
3
Klamath
For the mountain range located in northwest California
3
Spike
Snoopy’s brother who lives in Needles, California
3
Tahoe
A stately dog name, after Lake Tahoe
3
Warner
For the Warner Brothers movie studio
2
Burbank
A city 12-miles northwest of Los Angeles' downtown area
2
Dolby
The Dolby Theatre is where the Academy Awards are held
2
Pacific
For the Pacific ocean west of the state
1
Brady
The Brady Bunch was set in Los Angeles, may suit a Bulldog
1
Jose
As in San Jose, a city in northern California
1
Joshua
The Joshua trees grow only in the Mojave desert
1
Lego
Lego Land is located in southern California
1
Pedro
The Southern California port city San Pedro provides a name for a very perky pup
0
Clipper
For the Los Angeles Clippers, an NBA team
0
Dodger
The perfect name for an agile dog, as in the Los Angeles Dodgers, a major league baseball team
0
Gavin
Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco from 2004-2011
0
Hollywood
A neighborhood in the central area of Los Angeles, for a dog with a star-like personality
-1
Mojave
A large desert in the southeastern part of the state, this name seems to suit a German Shepherd
-1
Oakland
The largest city in the East Bay area of San Francisco
-3
Disney
For Disneyland, which is located in California

Female California Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Mar
Means “ocean” in Spanish
6
Oso
Spanish word for “bear”, for Big Bear Lake
5
Sierra
For the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California
4
Hannah
For the Hannah Montana television series that was set in Malibu, California
4
Laguna
For Laguna Beach, a resort city on the coast of southern Orange county
4
Napa
For California’s Napa Valley Wine Country
3
Golden
California is known as the Golden state; also for San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge
2
Beach
Where many Californians spend time and where tourists come to enjoy the Pacific ocean
2
Grizzly
The state animal of California is the California grizzly bear
1
Drew
As in Drew Barrymore, an actress from California
1
Margaret
Margaret Cho is an actress and comedian from California
1
Playa
Means “beach” in Spanish
1
Reagan
Ronald Reagan was once the Governor of California before becoming President of the United States
1
Trinity
The Trinity river is located in Northwestern California
0
Holly
Short for Hollywood
0
Lucia
The Santa Lucia mountains are in California
0
Palm
Palm trees are abundant in southern California
-1
Angel
For the city of Angels, a nickname for Los Angeles
-1
Barbara
Santa Barbara is a coastal city about 100 miles north of Los Angeles
-1
Berkeley
A city located on the east shore of the San Francisco bay
-1
Beverly
For Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles county, also a famous tourist attraction
-1
Catalina
An island off the coast of southern California, for a classy girl pup
-1
Monica
For Santa Monica, a beachfront city located in western Los Angeles county
-1
Pacific
For the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, would be perfect for a sleek and beautiful canine
-1
Poppy
The state flower of California and a cute name for a Pekingese
-1
Sequoia
For the large Redwood trees called Sequoias, as well as a National Park by that name
-1
Venice
A hip beachfront neighborhood within Los Angeles
-3
Maria
Santa Maria is a city that is located close to the coat of southern California, about 150 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles
-3
Pomona
A city in Los Angeles county, named for Pomona, the ancient Roman goddess of fruit
-3
Valencia
A neighborhood in the northwest corner of the Santa Clarita Valley in the county of Los Angeles

Community Dogs with California Names