The Top Twenty Male Dog Names in the USA

The Top Twenty Male Dog Names in the USA

1. Max
Derivative: Maxwell, Maximillian
Means: Large spring
Inspired by: Max Mara – fashion designer label.
Famous because of
The German Shepherd dog of ‘The Bionic Woman’.

2. Jake
Derivative: Jacob
Means: To fill the place of another
Inspired by: Boxer, Jake La Motta
Famous because of
Character in “Melrose Place”
Jake – one of the Blues Brothers
Actor, Jake Gyllenhaal

3. Buddy
Derivative: Bud, Budd, Buddie
Means: The welcome messenger.
Inspired by: Singer Buddy Holly (1938-1959)
Famous because of
Story of a New Yorker who raised a gorilla called “Buddy”
(1997 film).

4. Bear
Means: Large mammal
Inspired by: Bear Bryant, football coach

5. Bailey
Derivative: Bailie
Means: A trusted guardian of other peoples’ property
Inspired by: The Old Bailey, a criminal court in London.

6. Shadow
Means: A dark image cast by something blocking light.
Famous because of
a Golden Retriever in Film, “The Incredible Journey” (1993).

7. Sam
Derivative: Samuel, Samson, Sambo
Means: Heard by God

8. Lucky
Means: Having good luck.
Inspired by: Dog of President Ronald Reagan.

9. Rocky
Means: An area with lots of rocks
Famous because of
Films of the same name with actor, Sylvester Stallone.
Rocky the Flying Squirrel in the cartoon “Rocky and Bullwinkle”.

10. Buster
Derivative: Busta
Means: Extraordinary one
Famous because of
Actor, Buster Keaton (1895-1966)

11. Casey
Derivative: Cassey, Caysi, Kasey
Means: The brave and watchful warrior who never slept
Inspired by:
Australian country singer, Kasey Chambers –
Baseball player and manager, Casey Stengel –
Song Casey Jones about the engineer of the Cannon Ball Express.

12. Cody
Derivative: Codi, Codie,
Means: A cushion
Inspired by: Buffalo Bill, Wild West pioneer, born William Cody
Famous because of Cody – actor Robin William’s son.

13. Brandy
Derivative: Brandi, Brandee, Brandie
Means: An alcoholic drink distilled from wine
Inspired by: Brandy the American R ‘n’ B pop star.
Brandy used to flavour Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Custard.

14. Duke
Means: Leader or highest nobleman
Inspired by: Duke Ellington, jazz pianist.
Famous because of
Nickname of actor John Wayne (1907-1979)
Dog in “The Beverley Hillbillies” (1962-71).

15. Charlie
Derivative: Charles
Means: Strong and manly
Inspired by: Charlie Watts – drummer from The Rolling Stones.
Famous because of
Lead character Charlie Brown from “Peanuts”
Actor Charlie Sheen.
Actor, Charlie Chaplin.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne.

16. Bandit
Means: An outlaw or robber
Famous because of
Movie – Smokey and the Bandit.

17. Jack
Derivative: John, Jacko
Means: God’s gracious gift
Inspired by: Fairy story, Jack and the Beanstalk –
Actor, Jack Nicholson.
Actor, Jack Palance.
Jack Osbourne – son of Sharon and Ozzy.
Actor, Jack Lemmon.

18. Harley
Means: From the meadow of the hares
Inspired by: Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Harley Street, street of private Doctors in London.

19. Rusty
Derivative: Rusti
Means: Covered in rust
Famous because of
The cat belonging to Elly May in “The Beverley Hillbillies” (1962-71).

20. Winston
From a surname derived from an English place name, which was
in turn derived from the Old English given name Wynnstan
meaning “joy stone”.
Famous because of Winston Churchill (British prime minister
during World War II).

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