50 Best 2-Letter Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Julie •  Updated: 09/27/20 •  12 min read
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Are the pet parent of a newly adopted dog or puppy? Would you like to have a very unique name for your new fur baby? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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In this article, we’re going to take a look at 2-letter dog names and their meanings. While the dog names on this list are only 2 letters long, that doesn’t mean they aren’t meaningful. In fact, each name on our least has a meaning, which may make it a little easier to find a great name for your canine companion on the list!

Two Letter Dog Names

OK! Now we’re ready to begin our list of two-letter names for dogs! Remember, when you choose a two-letter name for your dog, it’s always a good idea to lengthen the name by dividing it into 2 syllables. Names with two syllables are easier for dogs to learn and remember.

2 Letter Boy Dog Names

Here are some great two-letter names for boy dogs!

1). De: is a Chinese word that means “virtue.”

2). Om: is the Norse name for “Father of Idunn.” It’s also the Buddhist sound which is considered to be the sacred sound of the universe. It stands for everything in the universe, including your fur baby!

3). Ai: this word, in Chinese, means “love.” What a beautiful name for your boy dog, especially if he is the love of your heart.

4). An: is a Chinese word that means “safe.” This could be the perfect name for a boy dog who you’ve adopted from a shelter or a rescue, for now he’s truly in a safe home with you.

5). Sy: this is the Greek from of the Hebrew name “Shimon,” which means “he has heard.” If your fur baby feels like a prayer that’s been heard and the response is your fur baby, this is the perfect name for him!

6). Li: is a Chinese word that means “upright” or “strength.” If you have a great dog who is large and strong, such as a Great Dane, or a St. Bernard, then this would be the perfect name for him!

7). Az: is Hebrew and means “powerful.” If you have a Dogue de Bordeaux, a Leonberger, or an English Mastiff, then this two-letter name would be one of the best choices for your canine companion.

8). Bo: this name comes from one of the most famous First Dogs in recent history—Bo. Bo lived in the White House when former President and Mrs. Obama live in there!

9). Da: is a word that means “father” in many languages around the world. If your fur baby is a father, then what a great name this would be for him!

10). Ea: is a Celtic or Gaelic name that means “fire.” This could be a great name for a dogs, such as a Golden Retriever, who have golden or reddish fur!

11). Jr: this is an abbreviation for the word “junior.” Do you already have the father and would like a name that goes with his? Then this would be a really cute choice for your new fur baby!

12). Ka: in ancient Egyptian referred to a part of the soul. This would be a great name for a beautiful Saluki, Basenji, or an Ibizan Hound, all of which are Egyptian dog breeds.

13). PJ: this is an abbreviation for the word the clothes we wear to be at night, pajamas! This could be a great name for a dog whose fur resembles a repeating pattern, which is often seen on PJs. The name might be a good fit for a Dalmatian or other type of dog with many spots, too!

14). Ky: this is another Celtic and Gaelic name which means “straight of water.” If your dog loves to swim, this could be a fitting name for him!

15). Ro: this name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word that means “red haired.” If your canine companion has red hair, such as an Irish Setter, this would be a great name for him!

16). Yu: is a Chinese name that means “pleasant, delightful.” What dog isn’t pleasant and delightful? What a great name!

17). Po: is an English word that is the name for a River in Italy and is also the name of a Portuguese city. If you have a Portuguese Water Dog, Portuguese Podengo, or a Portuguese Pointer, then this would be a great name for your fur baby!

18). Ed: this is a name in English that is short for “Edward.” What a great name for any dog! Or if you remember Ed the talking horse from the famous 60s TV series, then this would also make a great name for your fur baby, especially if your dog seems to understand everything you say!

19). Mo: is short for Moses, Mojo, or Moe. What a great name for any boy dog—this one’s short and sweet.

20). Pi: remember the math you didn’t like in school? Pi is a mathematical term which represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle. By the way, this is also the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet!

21). RJ: these are common initials in the US, which make a nice-sounding name for a dog, too!

22). Cy: is the English name short for “Cyrus,” which was also the name of a Persian king. It’s also a pretty, 2-letter name for any boy dog!

23). Ab: is an Old English, Arabic, Old German, Hebrew name for “stern, somber; father.” If your fur baby is a little on the serious side, this could be a great name for him!

24). Ho: is the Chinese word for “good.” We know your fur baby is good, so why not choose this name for him?

25). Oz: is the Hebrew word for “strength, powerful and courageous.” If your dog has the heart of a lion, then this is the best name for him!

Two Letter Girl Dog Names

Now, if you have a girl dog, here are some dog names with two letters that may fit her!

26). Si: is the Incan word for “moon goddess.” If you have a light-colored dog, or one who happened to be born during a full moon, this would be the perfect name for her!

27). Ka: is the Indian word for “beautiful angel.” We know your fur baby is an angel! So, what name would be better than this?

28). Ja: is Korean and means “attractive or fiery.” All lady dogs are attractive! Plus, if your fur baby has a lively personality and/or has bright red hair, then this would be a great choice of name for herR!

29). Ga: is the Indian name that means “goddess.” If your fur baby is heavenly, then this would be the perfect name for her!

30). Mi: is Chinese and means “honey or overflowed.” Do you have a dog that is honey-colored? Does she look like a jar of honey has overflowed? Then this is an apt, and pretty name for her!

31). Tu: is the Chinese word for “jade,” and the Vietnamese word for “star.” This name could be a good fit for a dog who has jade green eyes (they do exist!), or who has a star on her forehead or chest.

32). Ia: is a Greek word that means “voice or shout.” Does your lady dog have a large voice? Then this is a pretty name that would definitely fit her!

33). Jo: comes from the English name of Joanna, which comes from the Greek for “God is gracious.” If your fur baby reminds you of Jo from Little Women, then this could make a great name for your canine companion.

34). So: is a Korean word that means “smile.” Does your fur baby like to smile? Then what better name could you choose for her?

35). Di: is a Latin name that means “divine.” It’s also the shortened version of the name of Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales. Plus, we just think this would make a pretty name for a lady dog!

36). Vy: is Lation for “purple-blue flower,” and could be short for the English name Vivian.

37). Ir: is a Hungarian word that means “peace.”

38). Le: is Vietnamese for “pearl.”

39). Ha: is Vietnamese for “kiss of life.” What a beautiful name for girl dog, especially if she loves giving you puppy kisses!

40). Gi: in Korean means “brave.” Do you have a brave girl dog? Does she protect you and your family?  Then this would be a great name for her!

41). Su: is Turkish for “water.” Does your fur baby love to swim and play in the water? Then this would be a fitting name for her!

42). En: is a Hungarian word that means “deer.” Does your fur baby remind you of a deer? Then this would be the perfect name for her.

43). In: is a Korean word that means “humanity, wise.” If your fur baby seems very human and wise, then this is the best name for her.

44). Mu: is the Chinese word for “wood.” If you and your canine companion enjoy walking in the woods together, then this would be the perfect name for her!

45). My: is a Swedish word that means “beloved.” We know your lady dog is beloved, so why not give her this beautiful name?

46). Lu: is an English name that is short for Luanne or Louise. Plus, it’s just a cute name!

47). Tu: is a French word that means “You.”

48). Em: is a German name that is short for Emma, which means “whole, universal.” If you and your fur baby enjoy yoga together, this could be a pretty name for her!

49). Lo: is the shortened version of the English names Lois, Loraine, etc.

50). Ma: is short for “mom,” in many languages around the world. If your fur baby is a mother, or a mother-to-be, then this would be a pretty name for her!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 2 letter names for dogs and that you were able to find the perfect name for your canine companion here!

Why Choose a Unique Name for Your Dog?

One of the main reasons for choosing unique, two letter words for dog names. This is because not everyone won’t be using the same name for their dogs. Dog names, just like the names of our kids, go in and out of fashion. And trends also come and go quickly. Here, think of the names of social media influencers who may ride the wave of popularity for all of 15 minutes, and then quickly go out of style. Trendy names can be fun, but they’re not unique.

By giving your dog a trendy name, or one that’s extremely popular, then what will happen when you visit the dog park? Yell your fur baby’s name and about 5 to 10 other dogs may come running to you! What a mess that would be!

Instead, a unique name is one that your dog will quickly recognize. Call that name, and your dog will know you’re calling specifically to him or her. Your dog will learn to associate you and all things good with the name you give them. What could be more unique than a two-letter name for your fur baby?

Dogs Respond Better to Short Names

Did you know that dogs respond better to names that are short? It’s true!  Dogs prefer names that are one or two syllables long. Long name can be highly confusing to dogs, so a short, unique name is one of the best choices for your canine companion’s name.

Avoid Names that Sound Like Cues

While short names are best, be sure to avoid those names that sound similar to cues such as:

A name that sounds like a cue can be confusing. Your dog won’t know for sure if you’re calling him or giving him a cue!

With one syllable, two letter names, it’s also helpful to drag the name’s pronunciation out to two syllables, too.

What About People Names?

There are people names that can be the perfect fit for your dog. And yes, before you can ask, there are two-letter human names that can be a great choice for a dog. However, be sure to avoid using the name of anyone you know. For instance, avoid names of:

The reason is that you want your fur baby’s name to be unique. By choosing a human name of someone you know, the tendency is to transfer your feelings about that specific person to your dog. Not only that, but some people even begin to ascribe too many human-like qualities to their dog.

For these reasons, it’s always best to use a name that doesn’t come from someone you know. If you are set on using a person’s name, be sure to ask their permission first. Not doing so could cost you the relationship.

Give Your Dog a Name That Fits Their Personality and/or Characteristics

Before giving your canine companion a name, why not take some time to observe them first. Learn about your dog’s personality, observe how he acts, etc. Also consider his characteristics, such as the color or patterning of his fur, the type of fur, and more. You can also choose a name inspired by the dog breed (or mix) of your dog. For instance, if you have a Siberian Husky, then names from Siberia or the Arctic might be fitting choices. Or perhaps if you have a dog from a breed that originated in China, then a Chinese name would be a pretty name choice.

When you’re naming your dog, get creative and choose a unique name for him or her. One that fits them now if you have a puppy, and a name that will grow with them and be fitting as an adult.

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Julie

Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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