Unique Dog Names Inspired By 2021

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Introduction

Dogs are our best fur-iends, so we owe it to them to let their pawrific personalities shine with a name just for them. Naming a new dog can be just as complicated as naming a new baby, although we don’t often have the pressure of naming our dogs family names like “Robert” for great-uncle Bob. Instead, many doggos are named for their personalities, color, or size, but these monikers can get repetitive. 

Are you looking for a title that lets your dog stand out from the pack? Check out these top suggestions based on pop culture’s influence in 2021.


2021 Inspired Dog Name in Pop Culture

Dog Name Considerations for 2021 and Beyond!

In 2021, we saw some of the COVID restrictions of 2020 being lifted while others remained. Many of us had acquired new pups during the lockdown and given them names that reflected the pandemic, with COVI, Fauci, Rona, and Corona being among the most pupular. Even Pfizer and Vax made an appearance. 

Our lifestyles also reflected the lingering pandemic, with many folks working remotely, connecting through video streaming platforms, and spending hours watching movies, TV, and sports on our streaming services in 2021 to battle boredom and isolation. Several names were inspired from our new normal, and gave rise to many unique names across the country.

As we head into 2022, we may see some of the same names that have surged in 2021, as well as some new additions inspired by celebrities, popular media and world events. Royal names do seem to be on the rise, so expect to see more Queenies and Kates. Adele is dropping her next album in 2022, the Top Gun sequel is slated to come out with new adventures for our favorite Maverick, and Scream returns to screens starring original actress Neve Campbell, all sure-fire candidates for some pawsome dog names.

Sporty pups may be donning the names of 2022 Winter Olympians, such as Jessie, Dusty, Chloe, and Auston, or we may start to see national sports stars shine like Domani, Sonny, or Denver in football, or Shai, Zion or Bam in basketball. We may even see international tennis stars like Sania or Emma appear in 2022! 

Male Unique Dog Names Inspired by 2021

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Rollo
Ian’s wolf-dog from Outlander who’s brave and loyal
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Noodle
One of our favorite take-out and make-at-home treats in 2021
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Brownie
A pawr-fect name for a chocolate lab that speaks to a fur-vorite dessert
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Kiki
The name of a heroic DEA agent from Narcos, a streaming TV show
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Mookie
Former Boston Red Sox outfielder
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Dodger
Member of the LA team who won the 2020 World Series, and Mookie Betts’s new team
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Draco
Harry’s childhood bully in the Harry Potter books and movies
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Max
Hero of the Mad Max movie series
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Judge
From Aaron Judge, baseball star of the New York Yankees
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Sox
Nickname of the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox baseball teams
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Mando
The title character from the TV streaming show, The Mandalorian
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Sushi
A furvorite cuisine from Japan, often the target for take-out and delivery, and the new name for your Akita
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Cooper
Named after Bradley Cooper, a famous actor and celebrity
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Krypto
Superman’s dog
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Miso
This ingredient in Asian cuisine that saw a spike among home cooks would be great for a light beige dog
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Boba
Short for Boba Fett, a well-known Star Wars figure
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Jefe
From the TV show Narcos, a great name for a Chihuahua who thinks they’re the boss
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Clifford
This famous Big Red Dog name would be pawr-fect for an Irish Setter
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Dutton
The name of the family and ranch in the pupular TV series Yellowstone
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George
Pawrfect for royal watchers, the name of the small prince and heir to the throne after his father William
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Ghost
Jon Snow’s direwolf in Game of Thrones who is fearless, fierce and loyal
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Eddie
The Parson Russell Terrier character in the re-running series Frasier
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Geralt
The hero of Witcher, a hunter of bad creatures and rescuer of damsels in distress
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Luke
After Luke Skywalker in Star Wars
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Henry
Named after Henry Winkler, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli from Happy Days reruns
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Brady
Quarterback of New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fame, and widely considered to be the Greatest of All Time (GOAT)
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Darth
Darth Vader, nemesis and father of Luke in Star Wars
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Fauci
Name of the world-renowned immunologist and Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States on COVID-19
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Zoom
An internet platform that helped at-home workers, families and friends stay in touch would make an ideal name for an Australian Shepherd
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Barley
Mainstay of made-at-home soups and stews during the pandemic.

Female Unique Dog Names Inspired by 2021

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Kate
Nickname for Duchess Katherine who will someday be queen of the United Kingdom beside her husband William.
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Gwen
Famed pop star Gwen Stefani of The Voice
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Bella
This pupular dog name became doubly famous after featuring in the Twilight movies and a live-action Beauty and the Beast
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Pippa
Duchess Kate’s sister
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Leia
Princess Leia of the Star Wars was the formidable, brave sister of Luke Skywalker
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Gambit
Gambit is a cute name for a mischievous dog, perhaps a Jack Russell, taken from the streaming movie The Queen’s Gambit
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Sansa
Sansa is the name of one of the Stark daughters from Game of Thrones
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Reba
Reba McIntyre, a well-known country singer, popular on stage and TV
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Duchess
Title of the three most prominent Duchesses of Great Britain, Katherine, Camilla and Meghan, and possibly the best name for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Lucy
This name is derived from Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy who was featured in the 2021 biopic Lucy and Desi.
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Bambi
Currently streaming on Disney+, this classic character has lent its name to many a female dog
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Nora
Nora Roberts is a famous American author of best-selling books, including November 2021’s Treasures Lost, Treasures Found
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Lady
Sansa’s direwolf in Game of Thrones
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Cookie
Inspired by the thousands of homemade cookies allegedly baked during the Covid-19 lockdown
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Lili
Short for Lilibet, Prince Philip's nickname for Queen Elizabeth, and the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child
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Dolly
Famed country music star and actress Dolly Parton inspires this name
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Isis
A beautiful yellow lab from the TV series Downton Abbey
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Nessie
The Loch Ness Monster had a few new sightings in 2021, restoring her status as Scotland’s most famous female
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Charlotte
Great Britain’s young princess, sister to Prince George
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Olivia
Olivia Colman who played Queen Elizabeth for two seasons in the widely-watched show The Crown would lend a lovely name to a Corgi
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Scarlett
Scarlett O’Hara was the main character in the often re-watched classic Gone With the Wind
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Adele
The name of this famous singer-songwriter from England would be fun for a singing dog like a Husky
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Bouton
This small white dog from the Outlander series could sniff out disease
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Hillary
This name derives from The former First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton who wrote State of Terror in 2021
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Serena
Serena Williams is the world champion tennis star that inspired this dog name
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Ripley
Simply pawrific for a Rottweiler, this heroine of Aliens fame battled alien monsters aboard a spacecraft
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Stella
Stella McCartney is singer-songwriter Paul McCartney’s daughter and fashion designer in the United Kingdom
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Jasmine
Strong-headed and brave heroine of the animated movie Aladdin
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Selena
Selena Gomez is a prolific singer and actress starring in a 2021 movie named The King’s Man
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Kamala
First woman Vice President of the United States

Dog Name Stories

Cissy and mikki's name story for Unique Dog Names Inspired By 2021
Cissy and mikki
Female
Poodle
Parker, CO

Both dogs were named after the owner’s last name.