Track and Field Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

When it comes to athletics, few sports or events are as accessible to dogs as track and field. They may not be able to handle a javelin or a discus or a hammer, but they can certainly run fast, hurdle, and leap great distances, and most of the time, it’s just for fun. History has seen some incredible performances over the years both in the Olympic Games and out, and because of it, there’s a healthy roster of notable names that have graced the record books over the years. So if you’re a fan of a specific event, the Olympics, track and field, or just the beautiful simplicity of being athletic, then few things will suit your dog better than a track and field inspired name. 

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Track and Field Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to find an appropriate track and field inspired name for your dog, you’ll need to consider a variety of things. First, you should take a look at their most poignant traits from their looks to their breed origin to their personality. Then think about whether you think they’d be best suited with the name of a great athlete that excelled at similar activities or just a generic term that appropriately captures something about them.

For instance, if your Finnish Spitz or Lapphund is a particularly good runner, then Paavo, Nurmi, Lasse, Viren, and Ville would all be great selections after the legendary Finnish Olympians. If your dog has a penchant for jumping over things (furniture, fences or even actual hurdles) then names like Hemery, Edwin, Moses or Lolo would all be great picks since they’re all famed hurdlers. If you want something more generic, there are plenty of options as well, such as naming them after a particular event such as discus (maybe for a dog that likes catching frisbees, perhaps?) or after something with similar movement, such as naming your spear-like leaper Javelin. 

There are many more ways you can go with your naming process as well. Feel free to use our list for inspiration or thumb through some websites with a few historic track and field athletes to find some great stories that might provide just the right anecdote to help you cement the right name.

Male Track and Field Inspired Dog Names

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Owens
After Jesse Owens, considered one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time
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Bolt
After Usain Bolt, who owns 6 gold medals and several world records
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Lewis
After Carl Lewis, who holds 9 gold medals
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Paavo
After Paavo Nurmi, who has 9 gold medals in track and field
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Griffith
After Florence Griffith-Joyner, who holds several world records
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Zatopek
After Emil Zatopek, who won the marathon by 2 1/2 minutes
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Mathias
After Bob Mathias, who won back to back decathlons
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Thorpe
After Jim Thorpe, who swept the pentathlon and decathlon and excelled at every sport and event he touched
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Beamon
After Bob Beamon, who broke the long jump record
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Fosbury
After Richard Fosbury, who invented a new way to high jump, named the Fosbury Flop
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Felix
After Alysson Felix, four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 200-meter
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Liddell
After Eric Liddell, the legendary subject of "Chariots of Fire"
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Edwin
After Edwin Moses, who set the record for 400m hurdles 4 times
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Moses
After Edwin Moses, a multi-gold-medalist in the hurdles
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Sergei
After Sergei Bubka, a well-known Olympic pole vaulter
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Ennis
After Jessica Ennis-Hill, a champion of the heptathlon and pentathlon
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Acuff
After Amy Acuff, who competed in five straight Olympic games
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Hammer
After the hammer throw, a field event
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Discus
The discus-based throwing event
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Hurdle
After several hurdling events
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Anchor
The last leg or the person who runs the last leg of a relay race
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Dash
A sprinting event
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Runway
The designated area or lane used for the run-up before jumps
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Sector
The designated area for discus, javelin throwers
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Spike
Lightweight speciality shoes used to get extra grip
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Glide
A shotput technique
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Baton
The hollow tube passed between runners in a relay race
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Racer
As in the event where runners compete against each other with speed
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Flop
As in the Fosbury Flop, a type of jumping
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Scratch
After the scratch or center line used in a relay race to designate the baton exchange zone

Female Track and Field Inspired Dog Names

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Usain
After Usain Bolt, quite possibly the greatest sprinter of all time
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Nurmi
After Paavo Nurmi, who won the 5,000 meter and 1,500 meter in the same day, setting records for both
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Joyner
After Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the best female athlete in the world during her tenure
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Kersee
After Jackie Joyner Kersee, who set a new standard for the heptathlon
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Wilma
After Wilma Rudolph, known as one of the fastest women in the world
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Emil
After Emil Zatopek, who won the 5,000, 10,000, and marathon in the same Olympics
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Lasse
After Lasse Viren, the Finnish track star well-known for his insane workouts
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Viren
After Lasse Viren, who got knocked over in the 10,000, then got up and won the gold
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Abebe
After Abebe Bikila, the Ethiopian runner who won back to back marathons
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Bikila
After Abebe Bikila, who won one of his famous marathons barefoot
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Daley
After British decathloner Daley Thompson, who won back to back golds
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Fanny
After Fanny Blankers-Koen, AKA "The Flying Housewife"
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Blankers
After Fanny Blankers-Koen, a Dutch multi-gold winner
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Haile
After Ethiopian track star Haile Gebrselassie, a legendary marathoner
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Ewry
After Ray Ewry, a jumper with 10 gold medals under his belt in several events
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Babe
After Babe Didrickson, who was a HOF golfer and fantastic basketball player on top of Olympic gold medalist
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Hemery
After David Hemery, who set a record for the 400-meter hurdles
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Jenner
After Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, who was the Apple of America's eye after the 1976 decathlon
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Pietri
After Dorando Pietri, a beloved Italian hero for his storied efforts in the marathon
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Silva
After Adhemar de Silva, who set four world records in 1955
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Bubka
After Sergei Bubka, who broke pole vaulting records 35 times
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Ville
After Ville Ritola, a Finnish runner with 8 gold medals
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Lolo
After Lolo Jones, an Olympic hurdler with a fantastic NCAA history
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Sanya
After Sanya Richards-Ross, who was the best runner in the world from 2005-2009
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Javelin
After the javelin throw
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Bell
After the bell lap, or the final lap of a multi-lap race
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Legs
A nickname for great runners
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Pace
The runner's rate of running
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Relay
A type of team race where runners must pass off a baton
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Trainer
All-purpose athletic shoes generally used in event preparation and training

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