Southern Dog Names

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Introduction

In the South, dogs are a staple of our lives. Many utilize dogs for farming and hunting. Often, Southerners name their dogs due to a variety of influences. Some owners wait a few days after procuring a new pup to give the dog a name that "fits his (or her) personality," or we may name the dog due to his coloring or a pattern of markings. In the South, pets are a part of the family, and we often name them as such. Research says that dogs need a one or two-syllable name, and often, this name does not need to be human. We Southerners pay no heed to that - we may name a dog after a hunting buddy or a relative (and in this case, naming a pet after a beloved relative is always an honor!).

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Southern Dog Name Considerations

To be considered a Southern dog, the pooch must live anywhere from North Carolina to Texas. We do include Florida and Kentucky in our list of Southern states. Southern dogs may include hunting dogs such as Beagles, Coon Hounds, or Labrador Retrievers, or they may be pristine, tiny "froo-froo" dogs such as Maltese, Pomeranians, and miniature Poodles. In other words, any dog can be a Southern dog provided he or she lives below the Mason-Dixon line. 

Southern dogs may be named after locations: Memphis and Jackson are great examples of this. They may be named after the person from whom the dog was obtained. My father named many of his Beagles after his friend and fellow dog-trader, Bobby. I myself have named a few of my most favorite pups after beloved family members; in the South, it is never demeaning to have a pet as a namesake. In Louisiana, a popular pet name is Boudreaux, which is also a family name in the area. Some dogs are named after historical figures, Jackson and Forest are a couple of popular names inspired by military figures. 

Southerners tend to treat their dogs as a member of the family. He is likely to sleep with you, accompany you on walks or ride along to the store with you. It is for this reason that Southern dogs must have just THE perfect name. 

Male Southern Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Bennet
Related to the name "Benedict", but meaning "blessed"
5
Colonel
Colonel is a popular name for many alumni of the University of Mississippi, whose mascot for many years was "Colonel Reb"
5
Hudson
The Hudson was a type of car
3
Bandit
May refer to a film titled Smokey and the Bandit
3
Basil
Basil is one of the many spices Southerners use in cooking
3
Biscuit
One of Southerners' most favorite foods is the biscuit
3
Bourbon
Bourbon whisky is the influence for this name
3
Butter
Butter is another food staple in the South
3
Cooper
Cooper is an English name; it literally means "barrel maker"
3
Elvis
Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll hails from Tupelo, MS
2
Gumbo
Gumbo is one of the primary popular meals in Louisiana
2
Gunner
Refers to the love of the hunt throughout the South
2
Hunter
Another reference to hunting
2
Jackson
Jackson generally refers to General Andrew Jackson, who saved New Orleans during the American Revolution
2
Khaki
This name is usually given to a dog of cream or tan color
2
Major
The name Major reflects a deep respect for the military
1
Bailey
Bailey was originally spelled "baili", meaning justice
1
Faulkner
Mississippi's own William Faulkner was poet laureate, and spoke out on numerous occasions regarding racism in the South
0
Eli
Commemorates former Ole Miss quarterback (and current NY Giants QB) Eli Manning
0
Memphis
One of the South's most prominent cities
-1
Beaux
Beaux means "handsome"
-1
Charlie
Could be a family name or the name of a fellow dog-lover
-1
Chip
Chip is a variation of Charlie
-1
George
George may be given to a dog as a name in remembrance of a beloved friend or family member
-1
Leroy
Leroy is just a traditional, good ol' boy Southern name
-2
Bacon
A staple of Southern cuisine
-2
Henry
Henry can refer to a family member or friend, or it may refer to the Henry line of pocket knives that many men carry
-2
Hugo
Hurricane Hugo wreaked havoc in the Carolinas in the late 1980s
-4
Blue
This name is often given to Bluetick Coonhounds and Blue Heelers
-4
Bud
A dog named Bud or Buddy will generally be very friendly and playful

Female Southern Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Maggie
Maggie is a family name
5
Emma
A novel by Emily Bronte
4
Sally
Many beloved female hunting dogs have been christened Sally
4
Pepper
A dog named Pepper might have a lively, perky personality
4
Madison
Can also refer to several cities in the South of that name
4
Lexie
A variation of Alexandria, a town in Virginia
4
Hannah
Originates in the Bible, meaning "grace"
4
Ginger
Ginger can refer to Ginger Rogers or the coloring of a pup's coat
4
Georgia
This name no doubt refers to the great state of Georgia
3
Trixie
A traditional Southern name for female pups
3
Rosie
Rose or Rosie is usually given as a name when a pup is a rich, red color
3
Millie
A variation of Mollie
3
Lucy
Lucy is another traditional Southern name
2
Ruby
"Ruby" is the name of a classic Kenny Rogers song
2
Lela
Lela means "dark-haired beauty"
2
Harley
Refers to the motorcycle
1
Shelby
Mississippi historian and author Shelby Foote
1
Maisie
Maisie is a traditional name in the South
1
Kiki
Kiki means "ruler of her domain"
1
Gracie
A variation of grace
0
Savannah
As in Savannah, GA
0
Peaches
"Peaches" refers to a staple fruit of Georgia
0
Magnolia
Magnolia refers to a prominent Southern tree
-1
Nellie
Nellie often refers to a popular television show, Little House on the Prairie, and the character Nellie Olsen
-1
Mollie
Mollie is a derivative of the name Mae, which means bitter
-1
Lola
Lola means "princess of all things"
-1
Harper Lee
Harper Lee, a native Alabamian, wrote the iconic To Kill a Mockingbird
-2
Myrtle
Can refer to the numerous crepe myrtles across the South
-3
Sadie
Cute small dogs and large hunting dogs have been named Sadie
-3
Atlanta
One of the largest cities in Georgia

Community Dogs with Southern Names

Tucky's name story for Southern Dog Names
Tucky
Female
Miniature Schnauzer
Newport Beach, CA

I was born and raised in KY-- live in California now. A sweet reminder of my roots.

Dixie
Female
Aussiedoodle
Nacogdoches, TX

We wanted her to have a Southern name to honor our Southern Heritage