Famous Olympian Dog Names

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Introduction

For many dog-owners, pets serve as multi-dimensional companions. Many run with their dogs, teach them agility skills, train them to be athletic for hunting purposes or even just like to keep both their dogs and themselves active and healthy. Of course, there are always those that go above and beyond or at least aim to, which is why if you have a passion for both sport and canine, giving your dog an Olympian name is the perfect way to honor your pet, favorite event, favorite athlete or competitor. Plus, most of them have pretty unique names themselves, which should help to offset your furry friend from the rest of the pack, just as the Olympians they're named after already have.

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Famous Olympian Dog Name Considerations

The best part about choosing to give your dog a famous Olympian’s name is that there is a full roster of potential options that span around the world and cover just about every Olympic event you can think of. 

Of course, that leaves a lot of angles to get creative from. If you’re looking to start simple, just pick a few of your favorite athletes, find a suitable name you like and just pick one. But if you’re looking to be a bit more clever and find a name that works for your dog on multiple levels, consider everything you can from your dog’s look, to their personality and even the nationality of their breed. 

For instance, naming a German Shepherd that likes the water Fischer works on three levels: Gold-medalist Birgit Fischer-Smith is German, won medals canoeing, and of course, the water - Fischer/fisher bit works too. The same holds true for the name Coughlin, after swimmer Natalie Coughlin, especially if the dog is prone to reverse sneezing or does a lot of huffing while swimming around. 

If you want to use the dog’s personality, you can do that too. The name Joyner would be perfect for any dog that loves to run, especially one that is particularly social, so Joyner/joiner works on multiple levels. Of course, you can simplify things as well, such as naming your Boxer, Cassius, Clay, or Ali after Muhammed Ali or naming your Rhodesian Ridgeback hunting buddy Rhode after expert Olympic shooter Kim Rhode. 

There are tons of options for you to choose, so pick a direction and run with it. With any luck, you’ll end up with a golden name for your four-legged companion. 

Male Famous Olympian Dog Names

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Lewis
After nine-time track gold medalist Carl Lewis, American
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Emil
After Emil Zatopek, Czech phenom track star
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Freeman
After Australian track star Cathy Freeman
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Major
After Major Dhyan Chand, Indian hockey player, reignited international hockey interest
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Phelps
After American swimmer Michael Phelps, 14 gold medals, 39 world records.
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Spitz
After American swimmer Mark Spitz, seven golds, seven world records, one year: 1972
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Usain
After Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt, known as the fastest man on Earth
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Bolt
As in the dog Bolt, and legend Usain Bolt, known as the fastest man on Earth
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Ali
After legendary American boxer Muhammed Ali, "the Greatest"
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Owens
After American track star Jesse Owens
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Mathias
After American decathlon athlete Bob Mathias
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Thorpe
After American track and field star Jim Thorpe
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Pyrros
After Greek weightlifter Pyrros Dimas
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Beamon
After American long jumper Bob Beamon
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Fischer
After German canoe medalist Birgit Fischer-Smith
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Shakhlin
After Russian gymnast Boris Shakhlin
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Koen
Very successful at the 1948 Summer Olympics, Dutch track athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Clyde
After Clyde Drexler, American gold medalist, part of the "Dream Team"
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Torres
12 time medalist swimmer Dara Torres
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Coughlin
12 time medalist swimmer Natalie Coughlin
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Reiner
After German equestrian champ Reiner Klimke
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Oscar
After basketball legend Oscar Robertson
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West
After American basketball Olympian Jerry West
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Frazier
After legendary American boxer Joe Frazier
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Cassius
After "the Greatest" boxer ever, Muhammad Ali, aka Cassius Clay
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Clay
Boxing great, Cassius Clay
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Rhode
After American gold medal shooter Kim Rhode
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Omar
After Cuban baseball star Omar Linares
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Felix
Sprinter champion, American track star Allyson Felix
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Hoy
After famed British cyclist Chris Hoy

Female Famous Olympian Dog Names

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Nadia
After Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, perfect 10.0 on parallel uneven bars and 5 gold medals
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Laty
After Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina, most individual medals won w/ 14
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Joyner
After American heptathlon specialist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, in '88, the best female athlete in the world
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Kersee
For your fast dog and for Jackie Joyner-Kersee, in '88, the best female athlete in the world
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Florence
After American track world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner
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Wilma
After American track star Wilma Rudolph
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Alexei
After Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
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Lasse
After Finnish track star Lasse Viren
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Kato
After Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato
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Lougi
After legendary American diver Greg Louganis
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Bikila
After Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila
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Daley
After British decathlon athlete Daley Thompson
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Fanny
After Dutch track athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Biondi
After eight-time swimming gold medalist Matt Biondi, American
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Haile
After Ethiopian track star Haile Gebrselassie
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Lipa
After Romanian rowing-specialist Elisabeta Lipa
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Ewry
After American track athlete Ray Ewry
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Babe
After American track athlete Babe Didrikson
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Dara
After American multi-medalist swimmer Dara Torres
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Natty
After American gold medal swimmer Natalie Coughlin
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Regla
After Cuban volleyball gold medalist Regla Torres
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Jingjing
After Chinese diving champ Guo Jingjing
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Gable
After American wrestler Dan Gable
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Olga
After Russian gymnast Olga Korbut
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Retton
After American gymnast Mary Lou Retton
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Jenner
After American decathlon athlete Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner
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Allyson
After four-time gold medalist American track star Allyson Felix
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Misty
After American volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor
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May
Beach volleyball legend Misty May-Treanor
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Treanor
Most successful female beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor

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