Clifford the Big Red Dog Inspired Names

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Introduction

Many of us grew up with Clifford the Big Red Dog in books, but now this gigantic pup is making his live-action film debut! Clifford is bigger than ever, and his new adventures are drawing in children and families near and far to step into his unique world.

If you are welcoming home a new pup, Clifford’s many adventures can be an inspiration for names, as there have been lots to choose from sprinkled through the many appearances of this lumbering canine. Check out our list of Clifford inspired names to help you find the best match for your new furry pal.


Clifford the Big Red Dog in Popular Culture

Clifford Inspired Dog Name Considerations

While there are many names inspired by characters from the many books, animated series and films that feature Clifford, this big, red pooch has a lot to inspire on his own! Got a dog as red as Clifford? Try pawrific names based on that red fur, such as Rusty, Blaze, Amber, Cayenne, Scarlet, Ginger or Ruby.

Clifford started as a bloodhound, but over time, he became just a huge mixed breed dog. If you’ve got an oversized fur bud, names for big dogs are furbulous choices! Is your doggo a Wolf, Hercules or Hulk? Perhaps they cause a Storm when they move, play like an Amazon, or are as big as Utah. Or you could always be humorous with a Munchkin or Napoleon.

The famous red dog is also very loving and sweet, as well as playful! Consider your pup’s pawsonality and let them shine with a Cupid, Flirt or Venus. Fun-loving pups can easily don names like Diesel, Bandit, Dutch or Otter. Retro names that will certainly get a smile include Lego, Atari, Rubik, Domino or Tonka. Is your pooch both huge and too rambunctious? Kong may be simply the best way to describe them.


Male Clifford the Big Red Dog Inspired Names

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Clifford
A gigantic pup with a big heart
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Norman
Author of Clifford
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Tiny
A humorous take that was almost the big, red dog’s name
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Howard
Emily Elizabeth's last name
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Pablo
Friend of Emily’s
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Hero
A Beagle, Pablo’s dog
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Red
Clifford’s trademark color, and pawfect for other red-colored dogs
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Owen
Emily’s best friend and classmate
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Casey
Emily’s uncle
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Rusty
A play on Russ T., Clifford’s veterinarian in the film adaptation
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Sanchez
Store owner in the film
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T-Bone
Clifford’s best dog pal, this Bull Terrier is showcased in the animated series
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Mac
This sky blue Greyhound is another dog pal from the animated series
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Horatio
Name of the actor who plays Raul in the film
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Tucker
This Dalmatian helps his courageous owner, Fire Chief Franklin
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Speckle
A fictional dog that features in Clifford’s bedtime reading
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Norville
A parrot from "Clifford’s Puppy Days"
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Raul
Works with Sanchez in the film
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Jack
Competes in a sandcastle contest against Clifford when they are just pups
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Charley
A friend of Emily’s
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Oscar
A fun-loving Golden Retriever who loves the beach
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Rocko
Pablo’s pet rock that would make a great name for a feisty pup
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Cosmo
Younger brother of Jetta, one of Emily’s friends
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Jorge
A Spanish Dachshund owned by Emily’s friend Nina
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Franklin
This Fire Chief’s name would be furbulous for a brave pooch
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Rex
Brown and smug, this pooch is owned by Emily’s cousin Lara
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Spike
Lieutenant Spike is the pup space hero of a book Emily reads to Clifford
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Basu
Friendly Mister Basu is all smiles when he delivers Emily’s mail
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Pedro
Works at the Birdwell Island Pier
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Hudson
A Yorkshire Terrier owned by Fisherman Charlie

Female Clifford the Big Red Dog Inspired Names

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Emily
Clifford’s 8- year-old best friend and owner, and the author’s daughter
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Lizzie
Short for Emily's middle name Elizabeth
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Norma
The author’s wife who gave Clifford his name
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Nina
A friend of Emily’s in one of the animated series
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Maggie
Emily’s patient mother
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Lucy
Lucille works at Clifford’s vet office
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Petra
A character from the new film, this name means “rock” in Greek
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Cleo
This lavender Poodle was one of Clifford’s best friends in the animated series
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Kiki
A pink poodle who loves to play with her aunt Cleo
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Colette
A scheming lawyer who tried to help steal Clifford away from his family
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Daffodil
Emily’s pet rabbit
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Sam
Short for Samantha, one of Emily’s friends
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Bailey
An Australian Shepherd owned by Samantha
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Rayla
Samantha’s mother
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Rosa
Samantha’s grandmother
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Luna
Featured in the bedtime story with Speckle
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Bebe
A Golden Retriever who is a seeing-eye dog for a blind girl named Jenny
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Teacup
A tiny poodle who finally finds a home
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Jetta
Owner of Clifford’s pup friend Mac
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Tonya
A pawdorable Collie who hangs out with Clifford’s friend Mac
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Reba
Another animal friend from the Speckle bedtime story
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Zo
A playful kitten owned by Mr. Solomon
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Sophie
One of the mice who live in the laundromat
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Nessa
Short for Vanessa, a school friend of Emily’s
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Trixie
A retired circus dog who now lives with her owner, Mrs. Z
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Lara
Emily’s cousin who she sees at the family reunion
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Fluffy
Captain Fluffy helps save the galaxy in Emily’s storybook
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Willa
Clifford helps name this little kitty
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Amber
The girl who lives next door to Clifford and Emily
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Darby
Actress who plays Emily Elizabeth

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