Old-Fashioned Dog Names

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Introduction

Years ago, it seems that naming your dog was simple. Dogs were more likely to be named standard “dog” names, like Spot or Fido. These days, it seems like anything goes when it comes to naming your dog, which makes the idea bringing back an old-fashioned name kind of fun. Choosing an old-fashioned name for your dog is a nod to simplicity and a time where choices did not seem limitless. Whether you are a fan of old literature, past presidents or kings and queens of long ago, our list will give you ideas for naming your new addition while celebrating the days past.

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Old-Fashioned Dog Name Considerations

An old-fashioned dog name can be appealing to anyone and for any breed of dog. When deciding on an old-fashioned dog name, you can consider names that were common for dogs long ago, or names that are old-fashioned in general and that would be fun monikers for your pet. Old-fashioned names may also be historical in nature; particularly appealing for history buffs.

When choosing a name that was once common for dogs, you may be evoking a memory that makes you smile. You also may appreciate the simplicity of a name such as “Spot”. As far as names that are old-fashioned for anyone, including dogs, these can be fun to bring back after a long absence. For example, when was the last time that you heard the name “Myrtle”, whether for a dog or a person? How about Ethel or Gertrude?

For those considering an old-fashioned name that is historical in nature for their pup, this offers an opportunity to choose a name of someone that made a big impact. You can honor this individual’s contribution by giving your dog his or her name. There are many reasons to choose an old-fashioned dog name; and many options to consider.

Male Old-Fashioned Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
11
Rex
In Latin, Rex means “king”; for many humans, their dog does rule the roost
10
Spike
Often a Bulldog, brings to mind a tough canine
8
Bandit
An Ingalls family dog, a Border Collie on the television series Little House on the Prairie
8
Lucky
A stroke of luck may have led you to your new pooch
8
Spot
Featured in two versions of children’s books, Spot helped many of us learn to read
8
Winston
Only popular in the United States around World War II, Winston was the name of the main character in George Orwell’s 1984
6
Fido
President Lincoln had a dog named Fido; the name is derived from a Latin word that means “to trust, believe, confide in”, fitting for man’s best friend
6
George
Meaning “farmer”, this name of Greek origin is a great fit for a farm dog
6
Snoopy
The Beagle in the Peanuts comic strip and animated movies
5
Walter
This name of German origin has recently become more popular as a result of Walter White from Breaking Bad
4
Franklin
Meaning “free landholder”, Franklin is fitting for a dog with the run of his household’s land
4
Theodore
Of Greek origin and meaning “gift of God”, which may be exactly how you feel about your new pup
4
Wilbur
Meaning “resolute” or “brilliant”
3
Herbert
A name that has been around since medieval times; talk about old-fashioned!
3
Ralph
Around for a thousand years or so, meaning “wolf counsel”
2
Archie
Meaning "truly brave", Archie makes an ideal moniker for your future search and rescue canine
2
Stanley
Meaning “stone clearing”, Stanley seems a fitting name for a hard-working pooch
0
Harry
The medieval English form of Henry, Harry means “estate ruler” which is very appropriate for some dogs!
0
Milton
An English poet of the 1600’s
-1
Chester
One of the top names from the 1880’s through 1929, Chester was a character in the television show Gunsmoke
-1
Farley
The English Sheepdog in the comic strip For Better or Worse
-2
Henry
Has a long history as a royal name and means “estate ruler”, fitting for a beloved pet
-2
Sherman
Was a name for someone who trimmed wool cloth, a fit for a particularly fuzzy pup
-3
Albert
This classic name of German origin means “noble” or “bright”, fitting for your smart, possibly serious, canine pal
-3
Homer
This ancient Greek name could represent the “every dog” as Homer Simpson is an every-man
-4
Orson
Brings to mind Orson Welles, an American actor, director, writer and producer who was born in 1915
-5
Abraham
The first of the Hebrew patriarchs, also brings to mind Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President
-5
Gerald
Popular in the 1930’s and 40’s, Gerald means “ruler with the spear”
-5
Herman
Meaning “army man”, a great name for a military dog, present or future
-6
Ronald
Means “ruler’s counselor”, an appropriate name for a canine sidekick
-9
Rupert
Means “bright fame” and is the name of a cartoon bear in Britain

Female Old-Fashioned Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
11
Sadie
Meaning “princess”, this moniker is a sweet name for your new family member
9
Charlotte
An old-fashioned name coming back into style, meaning “free man” or in this case, “free dog”.
7
Rose
While its peak of popularity was 1896-1921, Rose is a popular middle name referring to the beautiful flower
6
Estelle
A name that is coming back into fashion; meaning “star”
6
Ethel
An old English word meaning “noble” and a common name a century ago
6
Lucky
Easy to feel lucky when bringing home your sweet new pup
5
Lady
From the 1955 movie Lady and the Tramp
4
Lucille
Of French origin meaning “light”, brings to mind Lucille Ball and her antics, two reasons it may be a fit for your special friend
3
Celeste
Of Latin origin meaning “heavenly”, which may be how having a dog feels
3
Jane
This one syllable name is easy to say and brings to mind Jane Austen and Jane Fonda among others
3
Myra
Most popular in the 1880’s, the name was invented in the seventeenth century
2
Harriet
Think Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who participated in the underground railroad
2
Opal
In the top 100 during the first two decades of the 1900’s, the name means “gem”
1
Eleanor
Most popular in the 20’s, Eleanor is a serious name for a serious dog
1
Genevieve
The medieval saint Genevieve defended Paris against Attila the Hun; the name means “tribe woman”
1
Mildred
With a meaning of “gentle strength”, Mildred makes a great name for your canine
0
Constance
Meaning “steadfastness”, Constance may be a good name for a pooch with a stubborn side
-2
Cleopatra
The last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, a good fit for a dog in “charge”
-2
Edith
Meaning “prosperous in war”, this old-fashioned name is gaining popularity in Stockholm and London
-2
Millicent
Of German origin meaning “strong in work”, a name to consider for a hard-working canine
-2
Pearl
The birthstone for the month of June, Pearl is gaining popularity again, particularly as a middle name
-3
Camille
Some may find the name’s meaning “young ceremonial attendant” appropriate for their dog
-3
Matilda
Meaning “battle mighty”, this is a fun name for a tough (or no so tough) canine
-4
Bessie
Meaning “pledged to God”, Bessie was the 9th most common female name in 1889
-4
Erma
With a meaning of “universal, complete” ideal for a dog who completes your family
-4
Florence
Meaning “flourishing” or “prosperous”, a sweet name for a fast-growing pup
-5
Martha
Means “lady” and brings to mind domestic success in Martha Stewart
-6
Helen
Meaning “bright shiny light”, which may well be what your new friend is in your life
-6
Lillian
Named for the “lily”, this moniker was common in the early 1900’s and is experiencing a resurgence
-10
Gertrude
A common name 100 years ago, St. Gertrude is the patron of cats which may appeal to dog owners

Dogs with Old-Fashioned Names

Benji's name story for Old-Fashioned Dog Names
Benji
Male
Golden Retriever
Dallas, TX
Personality
Friendly

I had never seen the movie “Benji” but when I heard the name I knew it was perfect for my Benji. My Benji looks nothing like the movie star but he is for sure a Benji and we love all of the nicknames that stem from it. Benny, Benjer, Benj, Bengi Samurai.

Samuray's name story for Old-Fashioned Dog Names
Samuray
Male
Yorkshire Terrier
Malden, MA

a member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan, especially a member of the class of military retainers of the daimyos. But I changed for SAMURAY

Roscoe
Male
Basset Artesien Normand
San Diego, CA

From the dukes of hazard of course

Stefano's name story for Old-Fashioned Dog Names
Stefano
Male
Pit Bull Terrier
Forest Hills, NY
Personality
old-soul

The kill shelter in NYC named him Stefano. We decided to keep it because it ‘s unique and exotic. Like an Italian wine connoisseur with great wisdom! LOL

Sidney's name story for Old-Fashioned Dog Names
Sidney
Female
Belgian Malinois
New York City, NY
Personality
Cute
Lazy
Adorable

When I was visited Australia back in 2008, I stayed at the city called Sidney. I met my friend’s dog there and spent time with them all included the dog. My friend’s dog very cute, little hyper and jumping lots to people but very photogenic. So that was I found myself that I love dog and when I got back, I decided to adopted Sydney and reminded me of my friend’s that live in Sydney Australia.

Pearl's name story for Old-Fashioned Dog Names
Pearl
Female
Husky
Santa Barbara, CA
Personality
Hyper
Energetic
Fun-loving
Unique

Pearl was a 12 week husky when we got her. My kids and I spent many weeks trying to name her until one morning it became clear on what her name would be. While getting dressed, I turned around after I heard a loud crash to find the jewelry box hit the ground with my pearl necklace breaking open on the ground. Pearls were everywhere! She is a rebellious puppy, but still a pearl to me and continues to be uniquely special to this day