Pasta Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Whether it’s obvious or not, dogs and pasta have a lot more in common than most might think. They both come in a variety of shapes and can both be soft, hard, curly, straight, and even tube-like (thanks Dachshunds!). Of course, it doesn’t hurt that pasta names are a fantastic roster of Italian words with meanings that are similarly applicable from “big bellies” to “thin hair”, leaving potential dog-namers a literal grocery list of clever titles to represent their canine companions. And best of all, if you’re Italian (or your dog is), it’s just that much more appropriate and clever when your relatives understand the meaning behind the name as well.

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Pasta Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with a clever and appropriate pasta inspired name for your dog, there are a few things you should consider. First, start by isolating their most prominent traits, such as their looks, personality and quirks, as they’ll help you identify some possible directions. Second, consider whether you want to keep their name true to their gender, as many pastas end with masculine and feminine-specific suffixes (-ini, -elli, -illi, -etti for male, -ine, -elle for female). 

There are several different ways you can go with the naming process, such as using their aesthetics. For instance, if your dog has particularly curly hair, such as a Poodle mix, consider giving them the name of a curly pasta, such as Busiate, Mafalde or Fusilli. It also works if their hair is long and thin, making names like Bavette or Spaghetti good options as well. 

Of course, if you want to be extra clever, try looking into the named meanings of the pasta as well. By example, if your dog has a particularly large potbelly, then the name Pansotti would be perfect. If they’re particularly slow, then the name Lumache would be great, the same way the name Rotelle, which means “little wheels”, would be great for a small, fast dog. 

There are plenty more ways you can go about it, but these are just a few easy ideas on how to come up with something cute, clever and meaningful. At least, as far as it can be when it comes to pasta names. 

Male Pasta Inspired Dog Names

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Bigoli
A thicker yet softer spaghetti-like pasta sometimes made with duck egg
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Bucatini
A thick, drinking straw-shaped pasta, the name meaning "hole" or "pierced"
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Capellini
Thin spaghetti-like nests; meaning "thin hair"
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Fedelini
Super thin spaghetti; meaning "little faithful ones"
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Fazzoletti
Thin squares or rectangles
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Fettucce
Wider than fettuccini
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Lagane
Like pappardelle, long, flat, and broad
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Linguine
Flatter spaghetti; name meaning "little tongues"
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Mafaldine
A shorter version of Mafalde
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Maltagliati
Scraps of pasta made from other bad cuts
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Rombi
Rhombus-shaped ribbons of pasta
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Stringozzi
Name meaning "shoestring-like" for good reason
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Trenette
Thin ribbon pasta that's ridged on one side
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Tripoline
A thick ribboned pasta that is ridged on one side
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Gemelli
A loose spiral; Italian for "twins"
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Rigatoni
Grooved, medium-sized tubes with square cut ends; name meaning "to line, groove"
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Cavatelli
Short but solid cuts of pasta
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Farfalle
A bow-tie or butterfly shaped; name meaning the latter as well
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Fiori
A wide-cut flower-shaped pasta with the name meaning the same
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Ditali
Short tubes with about the same width and length; meaning "thimbles"
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Orzo
Little rice-shaped pasta
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Cannelloni
A long, hollow roll of pasta, usually filled with a variety of things
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Agnolotti
Square or semi-circular stuffed pasta, usually with meat/cheese
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Lumache
Snail shell-shaped pasta with the name meaning the same
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Mezzelune
Semi-circular stuffed pasta meaning half-moons
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Ravioli
Two flat, square cuts of pasta stuffed and combined
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Tortellini
Ring-shaped, meat or cheese stuffed pasta
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Sacchettoni
Meaning "large, little sacks"
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Pansotti
A triangular shaped pasta with a puffed center; meaning "big bellies"

Female Pasta Inspired Dog Names

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Barbina
A coiled, nest-shaped pasta meaning "little beards"
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Busiate
A long, coiled macaroni often wrapped around a twig for shape; name meaning "reed"
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Pici
Thick, long, and irregular hand-rolled pasta; meaning "to stick"
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Spaghetti
Long, thin strings of pasta; name meaning "little strings"
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Vermicelli
A thicker spaghetti
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Ziti
Long and skinny hose-like pasta
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Bavette
A long ribbon pasta, name meaning "bibs"
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Bavettine
A narrower version of Bavette
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Fettuccine
Medium-width ribbon pasta
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Fileja
Pasta that looks like someone stretched out a screw
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Lasagna
Rectangular sheets
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Lasagnette
A longer, narrower version of lasagna
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Mafalde
Long, rectangular ribbons of pasta with ruffled edges
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Pappardelle
Thick, flat, egg-based ribbons; name meaning "to pig out"
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Pillus
Thin ribbons of pasta
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Sagnette
Short, thick ribbons from abruzzo and molise pasta
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Tagliatelle
Ribbons of pasta that are egg-based and usually narrower than fettuccine
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Taglierini
A thinner version of tagliatelle
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Testaroli
Thicker, triangular shaped flat pasta
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Anelli
Short, tubular rings with the name meaning the same
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Calamarata
Wide, ring-shaped pasta; name meaning "squid-like"
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Fusilli
Medium length, medium thickness corkscrew-type pasta
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Maccheroni
Bent or straight short tubes
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Penne
Medium length tube-like pasta with ridges
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Campanelle
Flattened, bell-shaped pasta with an open, frilly end; name meaning bellflower
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Gnocchi
Bumpy, lobed shells
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Rotelle
Wagon wheel-shaped pasta; name meaning "little wheels"
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Trofie
Thin, twisted pasta made of durum wheat
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Fregula
Bead-like, slightly toasted pasta; name meaning "little fragments"
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Caramelle
A stuffed pasta resembling double-twisted candy
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Passatelli
One of few made from a variety of ingredients including bread crumbs, cheese, and lemon

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