Color Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Color is an important part of our lives, in the colors we see, the colors we feel, and even in the colors of the food we eat. Whether its due to their enthusiastic greetings each day, the amusing antics that they exhibit, or the new places that they take us, our dogs add color to our lives. Like colors our canine companions can be a calming influence, helping us to relax at the end of the day, or a stimulating one, getting us up and going each morning for our morning walks. People looking to colors for inspiration  have many options available, from comedic to elegant.  

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Color Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Choosing a name for our dogs is an important task, it’s a name we will be saying and hearing multiple times a day, hopefully for many years to come. Choosing a name that your dog responds well to and that is easy for you and your household to pronounce can help to enhance your bond as well as improving the response time to training. There are many options when choosing a name inspired by color, color names are able to express not only the dog’s physical attributes but also their personality traits and their heritage. Certain color names might have an obvious physical origin, such as the blue merle-coated dog named Blue or the Golden Retriever with the name of Goldie, while others may be slightly more subtle like Whitman, a name which means white-haired but may also allude to the 19th-century poet and essayist Walt Whitman. When choosing a name based color, individual personality may also influence the decision and white dog with a high prey drive may be well-suited to the name Gavin, while a dog with a calm and healing nature may end up with the name Turquoise. A dog’s breed and heritage may also affect the final selection and a name like Sienna may work well for an orange-colored Spinone Italiano, while a Spanish Greyhound, the hunting hound of choice for many Spanish kings, may be given the moniker Porfirio or Jacinta to denote their royal status.

Male Color Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Bruno
In Germany this name means brown one, while in Italy it means brown haired
9
Colby
A Scandinavian name with Old Norse roots that means dark or coal-black town
9
Slate
Slate is a fine-grained metamorphic rock with a unique dark grey coloration
8
Copper
A metal with a distinguishing reddish brown color, frequently used to make coins such as the US penny
8
Denver
This is a name of Old English and French origin that means green valley
7
Merle
A French name that means blackbird
7
Periwinkle
A light purple-blue color reminiscent of the periwinkle flower
6
Blue
While only some dogs have blue eyes or a blue coat, almost all dogs are true blue friends
6
Bowie
An Irish name meaning yellow-haired
5
Roux
A French word for red; also a cooking term relating to a mixture of flour and fat for thickening sauces
5
Tanner
A name that refers to both the color tan and the profession of a tanner, or one who tans hides
5
Blanche
This name is derived from the French word for white, blanc
5
Zisa
The Lakota Sioux word for orange
4
Albion
A Celtic name that means white cliffs
4
Grigio
The Italian word for grey
4
Porfirio
A name from Spain and Italy that means purple or purple clad
4
Sage
A name that both references the bluish-green color of the sage plant and suggests wisdom
4
Salmon
A distinctive pinkish color as well as a strong swimming ocean fish that makes a healthy meal
4
Umber
A natural yellowish brown pigment that is darker than either sienna or ochre
4
Zigi
The Dakota Sioux word for orange
3
Lloyd
This Welsh name means the one with grey hair
3
Red
The name Red is almost exclusively given to dogs with red coats
3
Sterling
A strong name that refers to the color of sterling silver
3
Taji
A name meaning silver and yellow color in Japan
3
Whitman
An English name meaning white-haired
3
Wit
The Dutch word for white
2
Adam
The meaning of the name Adam is of the red earth
2
Gavin
A Welsh name meaning white hawk
1
Rusty
Named for the unique red-brown color of rust
1
Ska
The Lakota Sioux word that means white
0
Dunne
An English name meaning dark or brown
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Forest
A deep, dark shade of green, like you would find in a shady forest

Female Color Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Iris
A Greek name that means colorful or rainbow
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Ivory
This refers to the creamy white color that comes from the tusks and teeth of certain animals
7
Olive
A reference to the distinctive color of green olives
7
Tale
A name from Egypt meaning green
7
Turquoise
A semi-precious stone with a unique blue-green color
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Amber
A name that references the color of the fossilized resin of ancient trees, hardened like stone and used as decoration
5
Sapa
The Lakota Sioux word for black
4
Morela
A Portuguese name that means one with the brown hair
4
Raven
A name referring to the highly intelligent large black bird known as a raven
4
Scarlet
A particularly vibrant shade of red
4
Sienna
An Italian name referring to a reddish brown color
3
Hitomi
A Japanese name meaning blue eyes
3
Melina
A Greek name that means bright yellow
3
Ngaire
A name of Hawaiian and Maori origin meaning silver fern
3
Saffron
An expensive spice with a distinctive yellow-orange hue
2
Arona
A Hawaiian name meaning colorful
2
Chloe
A name from Greece meaning a growing green shoot
2
Roja
The Spanish word for red
1
Bianca
An Italian name that means white
1
Cera
A French name that means colorful
1
Daiya
A Chinese name that translates into black-colored jade
1
Rufina
An Italian name that means red-haired
0
Eerin
An Australian name meaning small grey owl
0
Fiona
Although the Irish meaning of Fíona is vine, the Gaelic name is from the word fionn, meaning white or fair
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Goldie
This name refers to the precious metal known as gold
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Ashley
The grey of ashes is the inspiration for this English name
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Ebony
A name referring to the black colored wood of the Ebony tree
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Jacinta
An Italian name meaning purple or hyacinth

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