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Introduction

Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, is about as unique as states come. The Appalachian Mountains run through the state, giving it a special type of beauty. Middlesboro is the only American city built in a meteor crater. Bluegrass music calls Kentucky home. Kentucky Fried Chicken was literally founded in Colonel Sanders' home state of Kentucky. The state is also home to natural wonders such as large waterfalls and the Mammoth Cave system, the largest of its kind in the United States. Furthermore, the Kentucky Derby is an event that people of all walks of life look forward to witnessing. The state of Kentucky provides something exciting for citizens and tourists alike and will give you plenty of inspiration for a dog name!

Kentucky Dog Names in Pop Culture

Kentucky Dog Name Considerations

Since Kentucky is a very extraordinary state, a name inspired by the location will fit just about any pup. Kentucky is more than the annual Derby and basketball (the University of Kentucky Men's team regularly makes an appearance in the national championship tournament). The state is famous not only for its breweries, but also for a multitude of outdoor activity opportunities. Kentuckians own dogs for a number of reasons: companionship, hunting, and guardianship, to name a few. Names for these dogs should be just as unique and varied as the state itself. 

Some popular dogs in Kentucky are used for hunting, such as the Beagle or the Labrador Retriever. With such a vast amount of acreage for enjoyment of the outdoors, this is not surprising. Companionship canines such as the Golden Retriever and the Yorkshire Terrier are also quite popular in the Bluegrass state. The Rottweiler and the German Shepherd are popular watch dogs across Kentucky as well. 

Consider the individuality of the state of Kentucky when choosing a dog name inspired by the Bluegrass state. Certainly, a dog with a Kentucky-inspired name deserves something a little out of the ordinary.

Male Kentucky Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Rand
Former ophthalmologist Rand Paul represents his home state in the U.S. Senate
6
Roy
The infamous "hanging judge" Roy Bean was born in Mason County, Kentucky
5
Kudzu
Kudzu is a creeping vine that was introduced to prevent erosion; it is now considered a nuisance
5
Ali
Championship boxer Mohammad Ali was born in Kentucky
5
Evan
Evan WIlliams is a type of Kentucky bourbon; it is brewed in Bardstown
5
Dewey
Dewey Lake is located in Kentucky; this name is befitting of a Golden Retriever or a Yellow Lab
4
Colonel
Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken; this name is befitting of a regal dog
4
Blue
Kentucky and the color blue are synonymous
4
Duncan
The creator of the Duncan Hines line of products is a native of Kentucky
3
Bourbon
Kentucky has a rich history in making liquor
3
Clooney
Actor George Clooney was born in Kentucky
3
Abe
America's sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, was born in Kentucky
3
Sawyer
Journalist Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky
3
Hunter
Controversial author Hunter S. Thompson hails from Louisville
3
Penn
Author Robert Warren Penn hails from Kentucky
2
Grayson
Grayson Lake rests in Kentucky; it is a perfect name for a silver or gray dog
1
Bowie
The inventor of the Bowie knife, James Bowie, hails from the Bluegrass state
1
Fido
Abe Lincoln owned a very "indulged" dog named Fido
1
Carlisle
A city in Kentucky; this name is perfect for a Pomeranian
1
Apollo
This horse was the 1982 Kentucky Derby winner
0
Kit
Frontiersman Kit Carson hails from Kentucky
0
Campton
This refers to a small town in Kentucky; an outdoors enthusiast might name his dog "Campton"
-1
Man O' War
Man O' War was a Kentucky Derby winner; this name fits a Rottweiler
-1
Berry
Author Wendell Berry was born in Henry County, Kentucky
-1
Cotton
Western-style novelist Ralph Cotton hails from Louisville; this is a great name for a white pup
-1
Blaine
A small town in Kentucky; this name is perfect for a Yorkie or a Maltipoo
-1
Kincaid
Lake Kincaid is part of the beautiful outdoors in Kentucky; this name is befitting of a Lab
-2
Jim Beam
Jim Beam whisky is manufactured in Clermont, Kentucky
-3
Hensley
Hensley was once a settlement in Kentucky; it was later abandoned
-3
Ferdinand
A Kentucky Derby winner; this name is befitting of a Bulldog

Female Kentucky Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Sue
Author Sue Grafton hails from Kentucky; this name is great for a hunting dog
6
Georgia
Georgia Davis Powers, civil rights leader, was born in Kentucky
6
Nelda
As in community advocate leader Nelda Lambert Collings
5
Clara
As in Clara Oldham, a women's rights advocate from Kentucky
5
Patty
A variation on the name Patricia Neal, an actress from Kentucky
5
Eula
Eula Hall founded the Grethel's Mud Creek Clinic in Kentucky
4
Carson
Frontiersman Kit Carson grew up in Kentucky before heading west
4
Nelle
Refers to Nelle Pitcock Horlander, a women's rights advocate from Kentucky
3
Wynonna
Wynonna Judd was part of the mother-daughter country duo The Judds
3
Lani
This Kentucky Derby winner's name is befitting of a Rottie or a Pit
3
Lyda
This name refers to Lyda Ramey of Kentucky who worked for orphan's rights
3
Willa
Kentucky's Willa Brown was the first African American female earning a pilot's license
2
Bellefonte
A small town in Kentucky; this name is perfect for a scent hound
2
Belle
A traditional Southern name; this name is befitting of a small, petite dog
1
Amelia
Social activist (ironically, she worked for temperance) hailing from Garrard County
1
Rumer
The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore lives in Kentucky
0
Loretta
Country music superstar Loretta Lynn made a career of singing about her upbringing in Butcher Holler, KY
0
Laurel
The Laurel River Lake rests in Kentucky; this name is perfect for a dog that loves the outdoors
0
Destin
A variation of Destiny; the name of a Kentucky Derby winner
0
Crystal
Loretta Lynn's sister, Crystal Gayle, was also a country music star; she was known for her ankle-length hair
0
Mae
Mae Street Kidd was a Civil rights activist; this name is perfect for a Boston Terrier
0
Laura
As in Laura Clay, Civil rights activist; this name is perfect for a Goldie
0
Hannah
Community activist Hannah Hume Baird hails from Kentucky
-1
Adlai
Former Vice President Adlai Stevenson hails from Kentucky
-1
Allie
Women's rights advocate Allie Hixson hailed from Kentucky; this name fits a Maltese or a Yorkie
-1
Sophia
Notable educator Sophia Alcorn called Kentucky home; this name is perfect for a designer dog
-1
Maddie
A variation of the name Madelyn Breckenridge, a suffrage advocate
-2
Rosemary
Singer Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt!) hails from Maysville, KY
-2
Dixie
A tradition Southern name; this name is fitting of a Beagle
-3
Mary
Refers to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln

Community Dogs with Kentucky Names