Sounds Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to naming your dog, few things are often as easy and suitable as giving them a name based on sounds they often make, whether they emit them or just create them with the environment around them. If you think that’s a little unusual, think again. Scientists have been giving animals common names by using the same technique for years. Bobolinks, Macaques and Chipmunks were all named after their sounds, as were a variety of birds. While you may not want to name your dog something as novel as Bark or Woof, there are certainly plenty of other options that will playfully suit their personality just as well, all without being so obvious.

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Sounds Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Unlike other themed names where it’s most appropriate to consider all of your dog’s characteristics, giving them a sound inspired name all comes down to anecdotes, quirks and personality. Make some quick notes about the traits that stick out the most to you before taking a look at our list, as it should help provide shortcuts to which ones will be most suitable. Then consider which sounds best compliment their character or tendencies. 

For instance, if you have a dog that is regularly clumsy and runs into things a lot, names like Bonk, Plunk, Thud and Thump would all be appropriate. If they’re more of a high speed variety and tend to take things out at top speed, a name that implies a larger impact, such as Bang, Bash, Bam, Crash, Wham or Whallop, would likely be more suitable. 

Of course, you can play off the noises they actually emit themselves as well. Any dog that is prone to sudden outbursts (aren’t they all though?) would be aptly set with a name like Blurt or Guffaw while a dog that tends to more quietly grumble would be better suited with a name like Croak, Grunt, Gurgle, Mutter or Murmur. 

If you still need inspiration, spend a bit of extra time with them when you have some free time and make sure to minimize other noises in the house. You may be surprised what kind of noises they make when nothing else obscures them.

Male Sounds Inspired Dog Names

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Bang
A loud, sudden, explosive noise
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Bash
To strike with a blow
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Bam
A loud thud of two things colliding
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Blurt
To say something impulsively
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Bonk
A cartoonish sound of two things hitting, especially with a head involved
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Boom
A thunderous exploding noise
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Buzz
A humming or vibrating sound
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Chomp
To bite down with excessive force
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Clash
A loud, often harsh noise
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Clunk
A knocking noise usually low end
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Crash
A cacophonous smashing noise of two high speed objects
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Croak
A low, harsh and raspy sound like a frog
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Flop
To plop down with little coordination
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Grunt
A low-end and ill-defined noise
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Gurgle
A bubbling noise with a low end hum or rumble behind it
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Munch
The low to midrange crunch of eating
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Mutter
To say something low and nearly inaudible
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Rip
A tearing sound
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Rumble
A low end, undefined hum mixed with a rattle
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Screech
A high end, piercing cry
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Slash
To cut through something with little effort or resistance
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Splash
The sound of something breaking the plane of a water surface with force
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Thud
The low, dull sound of two objects colliding
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Thump
A low, dull colliding sound
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Whallop
A dull, low end strike
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Whip
A light, airy sound often accompanied by a snap
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Whizz
A high end, nearly vibratory buzz
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Woof
A low huff of air, usually made by a dog
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Zap
A vibratory noise ending a loud snap
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Zoom
To move suddenly/quickly with a humming sound

Female Sounds Inspired Dog Names

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Bawl
To cry out or wail
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Blare
Making an exceptionally loud sound or series of sounds
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Boo
A spooky "ooo" noise ghosts make
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Bubble
To form spherical shapes
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Bump
A dull knocking sound of two objects colliding
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Chatter
Rapid, near-clicking noises
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Clatter
An inconsistent rattling sound
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Fizz
A hissing or sputtering sound
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Flick
The sound derived from a momentary and quick strike with light to mild force
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Flip
To turn over
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Flutter
Rapid but somewhat light flapping
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Guffaw
Sudden, loud, burst of unrestrained laughter
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Jangle
A midrange clanking or rattle
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Jingle
A high end tinkering
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Murmur
A low, undefined and continuous sound
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Plink
A mid to high end clinking noise
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Plunk
A lower end clinking noise
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Poof
A fluff of air
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Pow
A loud and sudden strike
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Rattle
A continuous, nearly vibratory noise
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Sizzle
A hissing sound accompanied by tiny bubbling
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Sniff
The light, airy sound of inhaling
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Squeak
A very high pitched noise that changes in pitch slightly
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Squish
The light sound of something wet being compressed
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Twang
A plucky, curling sound
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Waffle
A consistent grid-like noise
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Wham
A loud, nearly explosive sound caused by impact
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Whirr
A midrange to high end hum
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Zing
A metallic ringing noise
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Zip
A sudden mid to high end hissing with a definite end

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