Reggae Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For a diehard fan of reggae music, there are few better ways to pay tribute to the genre’s legacy than bestowing your faithful and furry friend with a name of one of the greats. Although it only truly culminated in the 1960s, reggae and its subgenres have taken the world by storm numerous times since their inception, cementing Jamaica as an epicenter of fervid culture and musical influence. And better yet, for our purposes, it also furnished a plethora of fantastic and original names to choose from, from those who were musical pioneers to those that brought the genre overseas, all of which hold as much importance in the musical world as your dog likely does to you. 

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Reggae Inspired Dog Name Considerations

The best part of all the top notch reggae artists and groups that surfaced over the genre’s existence is that many of them came with inherent or self-appointed names and nicknames respectively, those that provide the perfect bi-level fodder for your naming enjoyment. 

For instance, if you have a Pug that is often itchy, the name Lee Scratch Puggy would be an ideal fit. For any dog that tends to “wail”, you can always go with Bob, Tosh, or Bunny, all members of the original Wailers band — that way when someone asks where their name came from, you can have fun with it and say “Oh we call her Bunny because she’s a wailer.” For a dog who always tends to walk to the edge of things such as the couch or bed but never jumps (or even if they hesitate before they do), Cliff might be a suitable option. 

Of course, you can take it as far as you want. If you want to play on their looks as well, Shaggy, Blondy, Dread, and Yellow all work as well. You can also play on their breed name, such as naming your King Charles “Tubby” or calling them King Tubby Charles — which works especially well if they have a few extra pounds. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative. Goodness knows these pioneers and artists did, and without them, we wouldn’t have reggae!

Male Reggae Inspired Dog Names

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Bob
After Bob Marley, the most famous reggae artist of all time
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Cliff
After James Chambers, aka Jimmy Cliff, a famous multi-instrumentalist reggae artist
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Spear
After Burning Spear, Rastafarian and roots reggae artist
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Damian
After Damian Marley, Bob's youngest son, the only with Cindy Breakspeare as his mother
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Steel
After Steel Pulse, the first non-Jamaican band to win a reggae album Grammy
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Wailer
After the Wailers, who featured Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and Bunny Wailer
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Scratch
After Lee "Scratch" Perry, innovator of dub reggae
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Banton
After Buju Banton, a prominent dance hall musician
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Barrington
After Barrington Levy, a tenured dance hall and reggae artist
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Sly
After Sly Dunbar, a prominent drummer in the Jamaican music scene
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Desmond
After Desmond Dekker, who had one of the earliest reggae hits
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Dekker
After Desmond Dekker, a reggae pioneer
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Congo
After the Jamaican musical group The Congos
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Ranks
After Shabba Ranks, who grew in recognition due to his rapping instead of singing
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Shaggy
A modern Jamaican reggae artist and DJ
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Romeo
After Max Romeo, a roots reggae recording artist
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Linton
After Linton Kwesi Johnson, a Jamaican-British dub poet
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King
After King Tubby, a Jamaican sound engineer
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Tubby
After King Tubby, who had significant influence on many styles of music including reggae
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Roy
After I-Roy and U-Roy, both prominent reggae artists
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Prince
After Prince Buster, a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer
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Buster
After Prince Buster, one of Jamaican music's greatest pioneers; influenced many genres
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Alton
After Alton Ellis, The Godfather of Rocksteady
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Professor
After Mad Professor, an Afro-Caribbean dub music producer
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Dread
After dreadlocks, a common hairstyle to Rastafarian followers
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Dunbar
After Sly Dunbar, one of Jamaica's greatest drummers
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Rocksteady
The evolving genre that fell between ska and reggae
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Kingston
The birthplace of reggae music
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Dub
A subgenera of reggae that emphasized remixing rhythm sections and sometimes adding time-based effects
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Mento
An early genre of Jamaican folk music that preceded ska

Female Reggae Inspired Dog Names

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Marley
After Bob Marley, one of the earliest and most prolific reggae artists ever
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Tosh
After Peter Tosh, a core member of the Wailers
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Toots
After Toots and the Maytals, an early ska and rocksteady band
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Maytal
After Toots and the Maytals, who coined the term "Reggae" in their hit "Do the Reggay"
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Ziggy
After Ziggy Marley, one of the famous musical sons of Bob and Rita
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Bunny
After Bunny Wailer, a core member of the Wailers band
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Uhuru
After Black Uhuru, a reggae band from the 70s still playing today
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Perry
After Lee "Scratch" Perry, a highly-talented Jamaican music producer
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UB
After UB40, a popular pop/reggae band formed in the late 70s
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Buju
After Buju Banton, a Grammy-award winning reggae musician
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Levy
After Barrington Levy, a reggae artist with a considerable discography
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Yellow
After Yellowman, a popular reggae artist in the 1980s
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Alpha
After Alpha Blondy, an international musical artist from the Ivory Coast
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Blondy
After Alpha Blondy, reggae artist and political activist
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Robbie
After Robbie Shakespeare, the talented Jamaican bass player
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Jah
The Rastafarian name used to refer to Lord God
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Shabba
After Shabba Ranks, a dancehall/reggae musician who surfaced in the mid-80s
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Matis
After Matisyahu, a modern Jewish American reggae artist
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Kwesi
After Linton Kwesi Johnson, who performs/reads poetry over dub reggae
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Aitken
After Laurel Aitken, The Godfather of Ska
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Ellis
After Alton Ellis, a Hall of Fame singer-songwriter who helped pioneer the rocksteady genre
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Rasta
The short name for Rastafarian, a religious and social movement developed in Jamaica in the 1930s
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Rudie
After "Rudie Blues", an early term for dancehall/reggae/ska music
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Blue
After "Blue Beat", a term used to describe early reggae-style music
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Ragga
AKA Raggamuffin music, a subgenre of dancehall and reggae
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Calypso
A style of Afro-Caribbean music
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Rhythm
An important musical element
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Jamaica
The origins of reggae
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Roots
A type of reggae music
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Kumina
A music-centric African-Jamaican religion

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