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Introduction

If you’re looking to give your dog a famous astronaut’s name, you’re probably an appreciator of space exploration or at least of those brave enough to be cast off into the nearly-unknown. Either that or your dog is a total space cadet and you want to give them a name suitable to their spacey demeanor. Either way, giving them a famous astronaut’s name is a great way to honor those who have risked their lives for the sake of science and exploration and in turn, a great way to give your dog a name that stands out, and with any luck, also matches their personality. 

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Famous Astronaut Dog Name Considerations

Compared to other famous people you can name your dog after, being clever with a famous astronaut’s name is considerably more difficult given the limited number of those who have actually traveled into space, let alone have enough physical or personal presence to give you something to work with. Unlike poets, actors, and comedians, few had exceptionally distinct looks and most of their personalities were publicly defined by short interviews, leaving little to work with unless you feel like doing a considerable amount of research. 

So what’s left? Well, using a name to match your dog in some other facet while also tying it into the astronaut theme may work. For instance, if you dog loves to dig and explore, naming them Digger after Duane “Digger” Carey would be appropriate and allows you to play the name on multiple levels. For the same reasons, giving your water-loving explorer the name Fischer, after Jack Fischer, is just as appropriate. 

But of course there are numerous other ways you can go about it, some as simple as picking your favorite astronaut or the one you remember seeing on TV as a kid. If you can’t find any ties between your dog and one of the astronauts but still love the idea, get creative, name your spacey Blue Heeler, Bluford, after Guion Bluford, name the starry-eyed dog you got on Valentine’s Day, Valentina, or your exploratory stick-fetcher Carpenter. There are no wrong answers and there’s nothing wrong with exploring some new territory in the process. 

Male Famous Astronaut Dog Names

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Sergei
After Sergei Krikalev, third-most amount of time in space, over 803 days
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Duke
After Charles Duke, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16, youngest person to walk on the moon
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Mattingly
After Ken Mattingly, flew on the Apollo 16
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Eugene
After Eugene Cernan, last person to have walked on the moon, Apollo 17
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Slayton
After Deke Clayton, NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office
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Deke
After Deke Clayton, one of Mercury Project's original 7
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Swigert
After Jack Swigert, one of only 24 people to have flown to the moon
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Harrison
After Harrison Schmidt, most recent living person to walk on the moon and last living member of Apollo 18
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Whitson
After Peggy Whitson, first female commander of the International Space Station
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Garneau
After Marc Garneau, first Canadian in space to take part in three missions
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Leonov
After Alexey Leonov, first human to conduct extravehicular activity
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Cooper
After Gordon Cooper, piloted Mercury mission
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Gordon
After Gordon Cooper, piloted final Mercury mission
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Bluford
After Guion Bluford, first African American into space
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Guion
After Guion Bluford
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Grissom
After Gus Grissom, second American to fly in space
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Digger
After Duane "Digger" Carey, pilot of the Columbia
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Carey
After Duane "Digger" Carey, helped upgrade the Hubble Telescope
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Godwin
After Linda Godwin, veteran payload officer and commander in Mission Control, served four flights
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Conrad
After Pete Conrad, Apollo 12, third man to walk on the moon, set eight-day space endurance record
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Musgrave
After Story Musgrave, flew on six spaceflights
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Gagarin
After Yuri Gagarin, flew in the Vostok
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Yuri
After Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into space
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Hadfield
After Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space
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Shepard
After Alan Shepard, the first American into space
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Collins
After Michael or Ellen Collins, both esteemed astronauts
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Buzz
After Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to land on the moon
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Glenn
After John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and did so three times
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Armstrong
After Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon
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Neil
After Neil Armstrong, "One small step for man..."

Female Famous Astronaut Dog Names

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Sharma
After Rakesh Sharma, Hero of the Soviet Union
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Rakesh
After Rakesh Sharma, former Indian Air Force pilot, only Indian citizen to travel in space
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Suni
After Sunita Pandya Williams, previously held the record for most spacewalks and most time spent spacewalking for a woman
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Roosa
After Stuart Roosa, Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14
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Payette
After Julie Payette, served on two space flights, now Governor General of Canada
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Chaffee
After Roger Chaffee, capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for Gemini 3, Gemini 4 missions, died during pre-launch test for Apollo 1
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Morgan
After Barbara Morgan, part of the Teacher In Space program, backup to Christa McAuliffe for the 1986 STS-51-L mission, Space Shuttle Challenger
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Carpenter
After Scott Carpenter, one of Project Mercury's original 7, 2nd American to orbit Earth, 4th into space
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Bondar
Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut and neurologist into space
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Roberta
After Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut
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Bean
After Alan Bean, fourth person to walk on the moon
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Haise
After Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13
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Alexey
After Alexey Leonov
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Young
After John Young, ninth to walk on the moon, longest career Astronaut, seven missions, 42 years of service
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Fischer
After Jack Fischer, Flight Engineer on the International Space Station, Expedition 51/52
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Skaya
After Russian Svetlana Savitskaya, second woman into space, first woman into space twice and first woman to spacewalk
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Chawla
After Kalpana Chawla, first Indian woman into space
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Kalpana
Kalpana Chawla, first Indian woman in space
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Jemison
After Mae Jemison, first African American female in space
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Mae
After Mae Jemison, first African American woman to fly in space
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Noriega
After Peruvian Carlos Noriega, helped to build the International Space Station on second mission
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Resnik
After Judith Resnik, second American female astronaut into space
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Story
After Story Musgrave, the second astronaut to fly on six spaceflights
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Kova
After Russian Valentina Tereshkova
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Teresh
Russian Valentina Tereshkova was the first female in space
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Valentina
After Russian Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space
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Lovell
After Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13
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Ochoa
After Dr. Ellen Ochoa, veteran astronaut, now director of Johnson Space Center
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Aldrin
After Buzz Aldrin, along with Neil Armstrong, one of the first two humans to land on the moon
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Ride
After Sally Ride, first American woman in space, still the youngest person in space to date

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