Choosing a name for your new best friend is so much fun but also so challenging. There are so many names to choose from and so many things to consider. Where does one even begin?!? Well, a great place to start is to think of specific letters that may have significance to you. Maybe everyone in your family has a name that begins with an "A" or maybe you'd like to combine your initials with your spouses and begin your dog's name with those exact letters. It could also just be as simple as liking the sound of names that begin with "An". Whatever the reasoning behind choosing "An" to start your dog's name, we have tons of great names for your new pooch.
Dog Names that Start with 'An' In Pop Culture
Dogs with "An" names are not as common as you may think. While there are plenty of great names starting with these letters, your dog will definitely be a rarity in a park full of Duke's and Daisy's. However, there are several famous dogs who had names beginning with An, our favorite being Andromeda, a beautiful German Shepherd from the 1961 movie The Parent Trap. Andromeda belonged to the little girl Susan who went to summer camp and coincidentally met her twin sister, Sharon. When the girls secretly switch places, Andromeda immediately knows that the little girl who returned home from camp was not Susan. When Andromeda barks at Sharon, he was told "Stop that Andromeda, you crazy dog. It's Susan, silly". His true dog sense knew that the girl was, in fact, not Susan!
The name Andromeda also has greater meaning, the first being found in Greek mythology where Andromeda is the daughter of the Ethiopian King Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. Andromeda is also a galaxy made up of over one trillion stars (more than twice the number of stars in the Milky Way) and is 5 million light years away from Earth. Andromeda is also an evergreen shrub which grows small bell shaped flowers. There are just so many ways to interpret this name!
While Andromeda is a super unique and interesting name for a dog, it can be kind of hard to say (especially when you are calling for your pooch over and over again at the dog park!). Luckily, there are many ways you could shorten it. Andy, Andro, or even Meda are all nick names that roll right off your tongue. Thanks to The Parent Trap for making this distinctive dog name more mainstream!
There are a few other "An" dog names that have been highlighted over the years in pop culture. If you ever saw the Drew Carey Show, you may be familiar with Antonio who was a Pug belonging to the character Mimi. Angus was a Bulldog in the 1997 film Mr. Magoo who was trained to use a urinal and wake up Magoo by ringing a bell by his bedside. If you are familiar with comic books then you may know Andy, a Saint Bernard from the comic strip Mark Trail.
Dog Name that Starts with 'An' Considerations
Now that we have the ball rolling and have you thinking of all the "An" name possibilities for your doggy, let's think about dogs who would best be suited for a name beginning with these letters. Luckily, there are so many "An" names that there is practically one for every kind of dog! When considering a dog's outward appearance, a name like Anvil may suit a big, sturdy dog while Angel would be the perfect name for a small fluffy pooch. A Chilean Terrier, Chihuahua or other breed of Latin descent may be a perfect dog for a name like Antonio which has a Spanish flair. If you like to name a dog based on personality, Animal would be a good fit for a feisty pup while Annalee sounds more like a calm, dainty dog. You can also consider your personal hobbies and the places where your dog may accompany you. For example, someone who likes to sail may choose the "An" name Anchor. There is so much to think about when choosing a dog name, even when you have the first two letters to help guide your search! So, now onto the master list- you will surely find an "An" name here!