Looking for a name as pretty as your pup? For a garden-inspired approach, consider floral names! With timeless charm and natural beauty, flower names are perennially popular among people and pets alike.
From the meadow to the florist, there are plenty of blossoms that make great names for best buds. For inspiration, check out these fresh-picked flower names for dogs.
Best Flower Names for Dogs
For a floral name that’s always in season, consider this best-of-the-best bouquet.
Blossom: A popular girl’s name during the 1920s, Blossom reappeared in the ‘90s thanks to the sitcom of the same name. And unlike other ‘90s trends (ahem, bucket hats), we think this one has serious staying power.
Bud: Looking for a floral name that isn’t feminine? Whether referencing a “buddy” or a small blossom, Bud is a short and sweet choice.
Buttercup: Cuddle up, Buttercup! The tiny yellow flower makes for an adorable pup name.
Daisy: The word “daisy” comes from an Old English term meaning “the day’s eye,” a nod to the way the flower opens during the day and closes at night. As a name, Daisy has cute vintage vibes around the clock.
Daffodil: The trumpet-shaped flower’s arrival is one of the first signs of spring, making Daffodil an especially cheery name. Just as cute? The nickname Daffy!
Holly: Although Holly has evergreen appeal, the name is especially festive and fitting for pups adopted during the holiday season.
Jasmine: For a royally great option, consider Jasmine. The fragrant flower also lent its name to the Disney princess.
Lily: Popular across cultures, this traditional girl’s name is as pretty as its namesake bloom. (However, pup parents should avoid keeping actual lily flowers in the home. Some varieties are toxic to dogs if consumed.)
Poppy: Although they come in a variety of colors, red-petaled poppies are the most iconic. Consider this spunky name for pups with gingery coats.
Rosie: There are a number of rose-inspired floral names, from classic (Rose, Rosa, Roseanne) to more unusual (Rosalie, Rosina, Rosamund). For pups, Rosie has a happy-go-lucky appeal.
Flower Names for Girl Dogs
Now in bloom: Gorgeous names for gorgeous girls. Try these flower names for girl dogs:
Briar: An English name meaning “wild roses,” Briar is famous for being the first name of Sleeping Beauty—making it perfect for pups who enjoy naptime.
Dahlia: With their vibrant hues and feathered petals, Mexico’s national flower makes for a popular wedding blossom—and girl’s name! Try this colorful bloom for pups with especially colorful personalities.
Leilani: Now this one has wings. Meaning “heavenly child” in Hawaiian, Leilani is both an angelic girl’s name and a type of coneflower beloved by butterflies.
Marguerite: The French word for “daisy,” Marguerite has a certain je ne sais quoi befitting of Poodles, Papillons, and other continental breeds.
Marigold: For dogs with blonde coats, Marigold—which shortens easily to “Goldie”—can be an especially fitting floral name.
Myrtle: Although tailor-made for turtles, Myrtle is also a cute botanical choice for furry friends. The fragrant, flowering shrub was a popular name during the Victorian era, and more recently made an appearance in the “Harry Potter” universe courtesy of the one and only Moaning Myrtle.
Violet: Sweet but by no means shrinking, Violet is a trendy-again girl’s name with retro roots.
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Flower Names for Male Dogs
Masculine flower names can be a little trickier. However, there are a number of floral-inspired male monikers that make good names for Good Boys. Here are our top picks:
- Sweet William
Alpine: “Alpine” is a catchall term for flowers that grow in alpine (or mountain) climates. We love this name for breeds that traditionally worked in mountain environments, such as the Saint Bernard, Great Pyrenees, and Bernese Mountain Dog.
Hickory: Hickory trees have small, greenish-yellow cylindrical flowers known as “catkins.” All “cat” references aside, the name has a wild-and-woodsy vibe for pups.
Lupine: Also known as “bluebonnets,” lupines are tall, flowering plants. The name derives from the Latin word “lupus,” which means “wolf”—a reference to the plant’s “wolfish” consumption of soil resources.
Ren: This male Japanese name means “lotus flower.” (Although fans of “The Ren & Stimpy Show” most likely associate the name Ren with a sociopathic Chihuahua.)
Roosevelt: For a presidential pick, consider Roosevelt, which means “rose field” in Dutch. (As a bonus, Franklin D. Roosevelt was, in fact, a dog lover. A statue of his beloved Scottish terrier, Murray the Outlaw of Falahill, sits beside his presidential memorial in Washington, D.C.)
Sweet William: This popular perennial boasts dense clusters of pink flowers that bloom in the spring. Whether you call your pup Sweet William or simply Will, there’s no denying the name is sweet as can be.
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Wildflower Names for Dogs
For pups with a wild side, consider these free-spirited, where-the-wind-blows flowers.
Betony: This English boy’s name with unisex potential is also the name of a flowering, minty-smelling herb.
Heather: Did you know the popular ‘80s girl’s name has roots in the meadow? Heather is a flowering, light purple shrub that blooms in late summer.
Ivy: Perfect for the pup who is tiny but mighty! Ivy flowers bloom in the fall, providing an important source of nectar for insects when other food sources are scarce.
Susan: With their vibrant yellow petals and signature dark centers, Black-Eyed Susans are some of the most recognizable wildflowers. (And with a hilariously human name like Susan, we can guarantee your pup will be memorable, too.)
Tansy: This cute, spunky name is also the name of a fern-like plant with bright yellow flowers.
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Blue Flower Names for Dogs
Whether your dog has blue eyes, a blue-tinged coat, or simply a fondness for blue skies, these blue flower names are colorful choices.
Bluebell: This pretty woodland flower is also occasionally used as a British girl’s name. (In fact, Ginger Spice herself, Geri Halliwell, has a daughter named Bluebell Madonna.)
Delphinium: The name of this perennial plant derives from the Greek word for “dolphin,” a reference to its dolphin-shaped flowers. Even so, we think it makes a just-as-cute name for canines.
Hyacinth: Blue hyacinth blossoms are practically synonymous with spring, making the vintage girl’s name especially fresh and cheery.
Indigo: The indigo shrub was the original source of indigo dye. As a bonus, we love the nickname Indie!
Veronica: Also known as “speedwell,” Veronica is the much prettier name for a genus of tall, spiky plants with violet-blue blooms. For short, Ronnie is a fun nickname for the dog park.
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White Flower Names for Dogs
If you’re looking for a nature-inspired white dog name, consider these pale-petaled flower monikers:
Calla: Calla lilies are tropical showstoppers available in a number of colors. However, white varieties—which are commonly associated with Easter—are the most popular.
Clover: For a name with a lucky legacy, Clover is a cutie. Four-leaf clovers are mutations found in white clover plants, which have cream-colored flowers.
Lotus: Is your dog wise beyond her years? The white lotus is an ancient symbol of knowledge and enlightenment.
Magnolia: Magnolia is the name of a beautiful flowering tree, as well as the delicate shade of cream named after its petals. For less formal occasions, Magnolia the Dog can simply go by Maggie.
Snowdrop: Most species of Snowdrop bloom in cold weather, making the name perfect for snowy-coated pets adopted during the winter months.
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Cute Flower Names for Dogs
Just like all dogs, all flower names are inherently cute. However, the below blooms are extra adorable, if we do say so ourselves.
- Sweet Pea
Dandelion: Dandelion (or “Dandy,” for short) is a sweet, sunny name for any pet. But we especially love it for breeds that resemble lions, such as the Chow-Chow, Pomeranian, and Löwchen (a German breed whose name actually means “little lion”).
Honey: Although not a flower name per se, the sweet treat wouldn’t be possible without pollen!
Petal: Delicate and darling, Petal is an unusual (and unusually adorable) floral name. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver chose it for his daughter, Petal Blossom Rainbow.
Posey: An old-fashioned term for a small bouquet, Posey makes a super cute name for dogs of all sizes.
Sweet Pea: The climbing plant has beautiful clusters of flowers—and a name that’s just as charming.
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