German Shepherd Dog Names

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Introduction

Without a doubt, German Shepherds are considered one of the most recognized dog breeds not just in Germany but also worldwide. In fact, according to the American Kennel Club, it is the second most popular dog breed in the world – and rightfully so. This breed is not only exceptionally loyal to its family, it is also easy to train, attentive and smart. This is also one of the reasons why German Shepherds are used by the military and police forces as their K-9 unit dogs. But, aside from their high level of intelligence, they can also be friendly and sweet to their owners, which makes for the ultimate guard dog and companion. The wonderful dedication to work that this breed has can be an influence when choosing a suitable name for them.

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German Shepherd Dog Name Considerations

German Shepherds have been around since 1890 and were originally bred for sheep herding, thus the name. Their unique abilities, along with their devotion to their owners, are unheard of in dogs. These traits further solidify why they are one of the world’s most adored dog breeds. Therefore, this exceptional breed deserves a similarly exceptional name; the usual dog names simply won’t do the trick.

For German Shepherds, whether male or female, a name that exudes strength is appropriate. For the males, names of certain powerful men in history or terms related to power can be chosen. For females, a good name should be one that reflects their femininity while still highlighting their fierce personality. Good examples of such names would be “Thor” for boys or “Xena” for girls.

Aside from the personality, you may also choose a name according to your dog’s physical looks. Lots of pet owners name their dogs based on their coat’s color or some special markings that they may have. Another option to consider is choosing a German name. Since the breed originated from Germany, it would be apt to give them a name or term that is part of the country’s culture.

When it comes to naming your dog, the possibilities are endless. You just have to take some factors into account and eventually, you will find the most suitable name for your new pup.

Male German Shepherd Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Berlin
Capital city of Germany
6
Friedrich
German name meaning “merciful leader”
6
Goliath
A Biblical character referred to as a giant
5
Dimitri
Greek name meaning “earth lover”; good for German Shepherds who love to play outdoors
5
Ellard
Means “brave and noble” in German
5
Panzer
A popular German tank from World War II
5
Leonard
German name meaning “lion-hearted”
4
Bruno
Means “brown” in German; good for German Shepherds with brown coats
4
Zak
Hebrew name meaning “pure”
3
Samson
A character in the Bible known to be extremely strong
3
Ranger
A watcher or keeper of a certain area
2
Burgh
Means “protection” in German
2
Schwarz
Means “black” in German; good for black German Shepherds
2
Eberhard
German name meaning “strong boar”
2
Fremont
Means “noble protector” in German
1
Luger
A kind of pistol that is famous in Germany
1
Henri
Means “home ruler” in German
1
Krypto
The pet dog of Superman in the comics
1
Dieter
German name meaning “people’s army”
0
Haan
A small German town known for its beauty
0
Gunther
Means “battle” in German
0
Max
Shortened version of Maximus, which is Latin for “greatest”
-1
Adalard
Means “brave” in German
-1
Rolf
German name meaning “famous wolf”
-1
Kort
Means “bold” in German
-2
Sigmund
German name meaning “victorious defender”
-3
Exie
Greek name meaning “defending men”
-3
Alaric
Means “noble leader” in German
-3
Gregor
German name meaning “vigilant watchman”
-3
Clovis
German name meaning “renowned fighter”

Female German Shepherd Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Matilde
German name meaning “strong fighter”
6
Erma
Means “warrior” in German
5
Henrika
German name meaning “home ruler”
4
Milda
Lithuanian goddess of love and freedom; a small German city
4
Rika
German name meaning “powerful protector”
4
Gertrude
German name meaning “strength of a spear”
4
Lena
Greek name meaning “bright one”
4
Ember
Glowing hot coal; good name for black German Shepherds
4
Ulrika
German name meaning “prosperity and power”
4
Walda
German name meaning “ruler”
3
True
English name meaning “loyal”
3
Holle
German name meaning “beloved”
3
Mady
Means “maiden” in German
3
Trudy
German name meaning “universal strength”
2
Süss
Means “sweet” in German
1
Bathilda
Means “heroine” in German
1
Dame
Means “lady” in Germany
1
Adele
German name meaning “noble”
1
Elexis
Greek name meaning “defender of mankind”
0
Bernie
Pet form of Bernadine, which means “brave as a bear” in German
0
Brownie
A kind of small cake, also a slang term for brown; can be used for brown-colored German Shepherds
0
Emera
Latin name meaning “worthy of merit”
-1
Minne
Means “resolute protector” in German
-1
Hedwig
German name meaning “battle”
-1
Geneva
Means “woman” in German
-1
Sadie
Hebrew name meaning “princess”
-1
Cloud
A mass of condensed water vapor seen in the sky; good for white German Shepherds
-2
Joli
Means “lovely” in German
-2
Anka
Hebrew name meaning “grace”
-3
Heidi
German name meaning “noble”

Community Dogs with German Shepherd Names

Saxon's name story for German Shepherd Dog Names
Saxon
Male
German Shepherd
Orange County, CA

Adopted from German Shepard rescue with the name of Saxon which fits him perfectly.