Golden Retriever Dog Names

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Introduction

The Golden Retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds in America today. Although he was developed to retrieve downed prey, he is now first and foremost a family dog. His early development as a dog who would remain close to the hunter has made him crave human companionship. He enjoys nothing more than spending time with his adoring family. He loves children, and he is highly protective of them. He is an active dog who is also sweet-natured. The Golden Retriever is often utilized as a service dog and therapy dog. He often gets along well with other animals, even cats and rabbits. Choosing a name for your wonderful Golden Retriever will not be difficult based on his special traits and personality.

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Golden Retriever Dog Name Considerations

The Golden Retriever is a highly adaptable, friendly, affectionate, and all-around loyal companion. He is highly intelligent, courageous, and protective without being an overly aggressive dog. While he is a large dog, he is never intimidating unless he perceives danger to his family. He is happiest with his family, and he should live inside with his people. He is sweet, and he is generally laid-back. He usually wants nothing more than to please his family. 

Names for a Golden Retriever should be chosen carefully. Of course, there are obvious names such as Goldie or Honey that reflect the coat color of the Golden Retriever. Some may name the dog after a character on a television show. Brinkley (You've Got Mail) or Comet (Full House) are some popular Golden Retriever names inspired by television and movies. You may also want to give your Golden Retriever a name based on his personality. Of course, the Golden is generally a happy dog, so you might choose the name Happy. He or she might have a propensity for chewing, and he is a dog with long, sometimes reddish, hair. In this case, you might decide to name him Chewy. Whatever you name your Golden, keep in mind the wonderful qualities present in the breed. 

Male Golden Retriever Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
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Abel
Can refer to a Biblical character; one who suffers innocently
7
Billy
This name means "protector"
6
Andre
This name means "manly", some owners may like the exotic-sounding name
6
Samson
This Biblical character was extremely strong; he also had long hair
5
Buddy
Refers to the friendship potential of the Golden
5
Sparky
This lively name is one of the most popular dog names
5
Shaggy
Can refer to the long hair of the Golden
4
Sully
A cartoon character featured on Disney's Monsters, Inc.
4
Toby
An English name; this is a highly popular dog name
4
Thor
The Norse god of thunder
4
Jin
This name translates to "golden" in Chinese
4
Goldie
Refers to the most common color Golden Retriever
3
Odie
Refers to the sweet, highly affectionate Odie of the Garfield comic strip
3
Dougie
Gaelic name meaning "dark stream", this is just a cute name for a laid-back Golden
3
Copper
May refer to the color of the Golden's coat
3
Barney
Meaning "son of comfort", this is a great name for a therapy dog
2
Brando
May refer to Marlon Brando, a highly popular actor in the 1960's and 1970's
1
Woody
May refer to the lovable Toy Story protagonist; he is the best friend of Andy
1
Brady
A traditional Irish name meaning "one who dwells on an island"
1
Boz
May refer to former NFL standout Brian Bosworth
1
Casper
Can be given to a Golden who is very light-colored
0
Tucker
This was an English occupational name; the Golden is often a service dog
0
Rusty
Can refer to the Golden's tan coat
0
Max
The most popular name for any breed of dog
0
Bandit
An English word meaning "thief"
0
Shakespeare
Refers to William Shakespeare; might fit a Golden belonging to a writer or language arts teacher
-1
Teddy
The Golden Retriever is reminiscent of a teddy bear
-1
Alpo
Alpo Dog Food's company mascot is a Golden Retriever named Big Mo
-1
Harry
Can refer to Harry Connick, Jr. or Prince Harry
-2
Asa
This name means "healer", befitting a service or therapy dog

Female Golden Retriever Dog Names

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Kricket
Kricket is a rare name; it can be used to describe an active Golden girl
7
Talulah
A small town in Louisiana, also may refer to actress Talulah Riley
7
Malia
Malia is the name of one of Barack Obama's daughters; this name means "bitter"
7
Uma
Can refer to actress Uma Thurman; this unique name fits a unique Golden girl
5
Sasha
A fitting name for any Golden girl; Sasha means "defender"
5
Marti
Marti is an Aramaic name; it is often a variation of Martha
4
Aphrodite
The Greek goddess of beauty
4
Honey
A great name for a Golden girl
4
Jasmine
A type of flower; also, one of the Disney princesses
4
Tandy
Tandy is of Greek origin; it means "flower"
4
Princess
The perfect name for a Golden girl that you treat like royalty
3
Dinah
This Hebrew name means "God will judge;" it is a ladylike name for a classy Goldie
3
Maisie
A PBS cartoon character; Maisie means "pearl"
3
Verena
This Latin name means "integrity;" if anything the Golden is a loyal dog
2
Cleo
Cleopatra was the historic queen of Egypt; Cleo is a variation of her name
2
Blondie
This name is a reflection of the coat color of the Golden Retriever
2
Mariah
Might refer to singer Mariah Carey; this name means "teacher"
1
Layla
"Layla" is the name of a classic Eric Clapton rock song; it is also the name of a Golden girl who stole your heart
1
Dory
Inspired by Dory of Finding Nemo fame; this name is perfect for a sweet, but often goofy Golden
1
Nakita
Russian origin meaning "victory of the people;" also the title of an Elton John song
1
Pippa
Pippa is the sister of (Princess) Kate Middleton
1
Sophia
This is a Green name meaning "wisdom"
0
Jem
A variation of the word gem; also a cartoon character from the 1980s
0
Kaya
This name has roots in a multitude of cultures; it means "wise child"
-1
Beauty
This name is inspired by the Disney princess
-1
Peaches
Peaches can refer to a reddish-blonde coat on a Goldie
-2
Goldie
Can refer to the golden color of the dog, or Goldie Hawn, famous actress
-2
Bonnie
This Gaelic name means "pretty," and is a perfect name for any Goldie
-2
Jackie
This name could honor former First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis
-2
Minerva
Minerva is a small town in Ohio; it is also the name of the Roman goddess of wisdom

Community Dogs with Golden Retriever Names

Bubba
Male
Golden Retriever
New York, NY

My dad saved him from being thrown away but the owners before us named him Bubba because they thought he was dumb.