Picking a name is one of the many fun parts of welcoming a pup into your family. That said, it’s also a big responsibility. After all, you want to select something that perfectly suits your one-of-a-kind best bud.
With that in mind, consider looking to the holiday season for inspiration. Brimming with good cheer, sweet treats, and memorable characters, the most wonderful time of year has plenty of equally wonderful dog naming options for your furry fluffball.
From the faintly festive to the jubilantly jolly, here are 40 Christmas dog names you’ll want to celebrate all year long.
Female Christmas Dog Names
Ladies first! When it comes to girl dogs, most pet parents stick with the classics. And while we love a tried-and-true hit, perhaps you’re in the market for a merrier moniker. Look no further than this Christmas dog names list.
Sugar Plum: In “The Nutcracker,” the Sugar Plum Fairy is the ethereal ruler of the Land of the Sweets. While perhaps best suited for dainty doggos—she is, after all, the production’s prima ballerina—there’s something extra adorable about a Rottweiler named Sugar Plum.
Noel: “The First Noel” is one of the best-known traditional Christmas carols. For a nostalgic holiday name, Noel hits all the right notes.
Snowball: If you’d rather skew more winter-inspired than full-on Christmas, consider Snowball. This one works especially well for the fluffiest and fairest breeds, including Maltese, Bichon Frise, and Havanese.
Holly: A traditional Christmas green, holly is an iconic part of the holiday season, as well as a timeless girls’ name. Short, snappy, and cheery, Holly will never feel out of season.
Mistletoe: If Holly is too subtle, consider Mistletoe. There’s no mistaking this winter green’s holiday origins, but don’t be surprised if it comes along with slobbery puppy kisses.
Candy Cane: When selecting a memorable name, it’s important to think about everyday use. Do you really want to yell “Mrs. Penelope Snugglebutt” across the dog park more than once? That’s why we love Candy Cane—when you want to keep things simple, shorten it to just Candy.
Carol: Carol, of course, is a festive word for a hymn or folk song. But it’s also the name of everyone’s aunt who never fails to send fruitcake and hand-knit socks each Christmas. Plus, this is just plain fun to say: “Carol, stop eating the Christmas tree!”
Eve: A simple reference to the night before Christmas proper, Eve is a true holiday charmer.
Cocoa: Cocoa is both a classic dog name and a yummy holiday treat. If you have a pair of pups, Marshmallow is the perfect complement!
Cindy Lou-Who: As the sweet little girl in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” bright-eyed Cindy Lou-Who is the very definition of the holiday spirit. Not only is her full name super fun to say, but “Cindy” is nice for less formal occasions.
Mariah: Pay homage to the official Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey, with a pup named in her honor. Mariah is a great moniker for any pet, but it’s especially fitting for well-groomed pups who enjoy the finer things in life.
More Female Christmas Dog Names
Male Christmas Dog Names
We didn’t forget you, festive fellas. Similar to girl dogs, the most popular boy dog names are usually fairly predictable: Max, Charlie, and Cooper often round out the top three.
Good Boys, consider these Christmas-inspired dog names instead. They’re our gift to you.
Santa Paws: Sneaking a pun into your child’s name is generally frowned upon. But that’s the great thing about naming dogs—they’ll never be embarrassed during kindergarten roll call. With this in mind, Santa Paws tops our list.
Clark Griswold: As the patriarch of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold is the embodiment of goofy, naïve, unapologetic holiday cheer. Practically a clumsy puppy himself, we think Clark’s name lends itself to dogs perfectly. (Runner up: Clark’s nickname, Sparky.)
Feliz: ¡Feliz Navidad! Feliz—which is the Spanish word for happy—has yearlong good vibes.
Chestnut: If your best bud is a handsome brunette, Chestnut is a fun way to namecheck Nat King Cole’s beloved Christmas song.
Kringle: How about a shout-out to the head honcho himself? Popularized by “Miracle on 34th Street,” Kris Kringle is one of Santa Claus’ many aliases.
Eggnog: Cheers to this spirited name! The perfect mixture of silly and sweet, Eggnog is a name befitting the life of the party (which is, of course, always a dog).
Charlie Brown: Move over, Snoopy. As an advocate for unwanted Christmas trees, Charlie Brown forever holds a place in our holiday hearts. Whether you call your pup Charlie Brown, Charles, Chuck, or Mr. Brown, this versatile name is the gift that keeps giving.
Blizzard: Dreaming of a white Christmas? If your bestie is a flurry of energy, consider Blizzard.
Rudolph: When it comes to reindeer, Rudolph is the obvious choice. However, don’t forget the rest of the herd! With only a couple exceptions—sorry, Vixen and Cupid—Santa’s sleigh crew offer plenty of great male Christmas dog names.
Buddy the Elf: Buddy is a time-tested winner when it comes to dog names. But for a seasonal spin, consider Buddy the Elf. Will Ferrell’s classic Christmas character never fails to make us smile—just like our dogs.
More Christmas Boy Names for Dogs
- Bob Cratchit
- Jack Frost
Fun, sweet, and beloved, dogs and Christmas were made for each other. From our pups to yours, we’re wishing you a pawesome holiday season!
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