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Introduction

You were thinking of your future when you decided to adopt a dog, but that doesn't mean the dog's name can't be retro. There are lots of cool names from the past that work great for a cool pup. Retro is anything fashionable from a bygone era, particularly from the 20th century. It's almost a form of nostalgia, a yearning for days gone by. Your pup may be new but a retro moniker might bring back memories of dogs you loved in the past or touch a place in your heart you thought could no longer be touched. A retro name may be the perfect way to express your bond with this new pup. Plus, it be groovy, man.

Retro Dog Names in Pop Culture

Retro Dog Name Considerations

One thing we know, naming a dog is a bit easier than naming a child. You don't have to worry about the dog being socially accepted, whether the initials spell anything undesirable, or how the first and last name sound together. It does, however, require thought and  consideration. How about coming up with something unique for your furry friend? 

A retro name is perfect for many dogs. There are words that describe personality, size, attitude and many more attributes. Is your dog calm and laid back? How about calling it Chill from hippie lingo? Active and energetic? Maybe Dynamite (a phrase made popular on the TV show Good Times) would be ideal?

Whatever name you choose, make sure it's easy to say and easy for the dog to understand and remember. They work best with short names of just one or two syllables. Names that sound too similar to everyday commands aren't usually a good idea, either. For example, "Joe" sounds like "no" and could cause the dog to be confused. 

A retro dog name should be chosen because you love it. It needs to make you feel something, either happy or nostalgic or sentimental. It also needs to please the other members of the family, and most importantly, make the dog happy.

Male Retro Dog Names

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Checkers
After singer Chubby Checker, great name for a black and white dog
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Clark
Clark Kent, Superman
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Tarzan
Tarzan the ape man
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Woodstock
After the hippie fest
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Bopper
In memory of the Big Bopper
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Einstein
After Albert, of course
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Fabio
Remember the hunky male model on romantic book covers?
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Henry
After Henry Fonda
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Elwood
One of the Blues Brothers
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Presley
After Elvis
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Elvis
As in Presley
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Lennon
After John
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Jagger
After Mick Jagger
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Ringo
After Ringo Starr, of course
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Wilson
After Brian Wilson, a member of The Beach Boys
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Domino
After Fats Domino
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Archie
For the comic book character
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Jughead
Another character in the Archie series
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Opie
The son on the And Griffith show
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Herman
Of Herman's Hermits
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Sinatra
In memory of Frank
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Stewart
To celebrate James
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Barney
After Barney Fife
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Churchill
After Winston
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Simon
Of Simon and Garfunkel
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Nehru
In memory of Nehru jackets
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Bogart
After Humphrey
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Gomer
Remember Gomer Pyle?
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Skipper
The captain from Gilligan's Island
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Brando
For Marlon
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Yogi
After Yogi Bear
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Rambo
The movie

Female Retro Dog Names

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Agatha
After Agatha Christie, the mystery writer
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Trixie
After Trixie Belden, girl detective
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Ginger
After Ginger Rogers
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Gladys
For Gladys Knight and the Pips
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Peaches
From Peaches and Herb
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Edith
After Edith Bunker
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Maude
Edith Bunker's cousin
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Chantilly
A type of lace popular in wedding dresses in the 50s and 60s
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Veronica
A character in the Archie comic books
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Lulu
Little Lulu was a popular comic book character
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Bea
Aunt Bea from Mayberry
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Connie
After Connie Francis
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Brenda Lee
A famous singer in the 50s and 60s
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Tammy
The protagonist in a series of movies
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Rhonda
The Beach Boys sang about her
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Wilma
After Wilma Flintstone
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Janis
For Janis Joplin
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Marilyn
After Marilyn Monroe
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Gloria
For Gloria, a song in the 60s
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Barbie
After the Barbie doll
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Hula
For the hula hoop
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Hayley
For Hayley Mills, actress
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Jackie O
For the first lady
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Doris
For actress Doris Day
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Peace
The popular hippie sign
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Daisy May
A comic strip character from Lil Abner
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Nova
It was a cool car
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Twister
Can she do the twist?
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Cher
After the phenomenal singer
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Annette
In memory of Annette Funicello
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Peyton
After book and TV show Peyton Place
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Maxi
After maxi skirts
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Blondie
An adorable comic strip character

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