50 Best 4-Letter Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Kyoko •  Updated: 09/29/20 •  12 min read
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Are you trying to find the best name for your dog? Have you just adopted a new fur baby? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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We’ve created a list of some of the best dog names that have four letters in them. Plus, we’ve put together some tips on how to choose the best and right name for your dog, too! Let’s get started!

Four Letter Dog Names

OK, now we’re ready to get started with names for your fur baby!

4 Letter Boy Dog Names

1). Yoda: is the name of a famous character from Star Wars. This might be a great name if your dog has ears that resembles the ears of this famous character.

2). Beau: is the name of a Siberian Husky who was the lead dog for Will Stoneman in Iron will. Plus, it’s a pretty name—we really like it!

3). Tank: this name can refer to those armored vehicles used by the military. This could be a great name for a boy dog who is very board in the chest and very strong such as a Tibetan Mastiff, a Tosa or even a Rottweiler.

4). Milo (pronounced meelo): is the short version of the Czech name Miloslav. This name means “merciful or dear” and would be a great name for any boy dog who has stolen your heart!

5). Loki: this is the name of the Norse god who was a trickster, and who was associated with magic and fire. If you have a mischievous little boy dog, this could be the best name for him!

6). Blue: refers to the color blue in English and could be a great name for a blue dog such as a Blue Heeler, Kerry Blue Terrier, or a Bluetick Coonhound.

7). Neel: is a Latin name that means “champion.” If your fur baby will be a future champion, what better name could you choose for him?

8). Finn: is an Older Irish name for Fionn, which was a surname of the famous Huckleberry Finn, who was a boy character in Mark Twain’s novel of the same name.

9). Kito: this is the Sorbian name for Christian or Christopher, both of which mean “Christian.” If you feel your dog is a gift from above, this would be a very fitting name for him.

10). Race: this name comes from the English verb “race,” which means to go at excessive speeds. Does your dog love to run? Then this would be the perfect name for your fur baby!

11). Bolt: this is the name of a cartoon dog from the movie Bolt (2008) or could also refer to a lightning bolt. This would be another great name for a dog who loves to run!

12) Aldo: this is an ancient German name, or one that is Italian; the origins of this name are not completely clear. However, it is thought to maybe come from the word “adal” which means noble.

13). Amos: this is a Hebrew name that means “load or burden.” We’re sure your fur baby isn’t a burden; however, if he enjoys participating in pulling competitions, this could be a great name for him!

14). Andy: this is the nickname for the English name Andrew, which means “manly or masculine.” If you have adopted a fur baby who is very handsome, this could be the best name for him!

15). Axel: is a German name and could be perfect for a dog such as a German Shepherd, a Dachshund, or even a Doberman.

16). Bear: this name comes from the Old English and literally translated means “the brown one.” This would be a great name for a dog who resembles a brown bear and/or who is large and brown.

17). Boss: is an English word that means “one who is in charge.” This could be another great name if your dog believes he’s the one in charge of your home, or perhaps one who is very protective of who can come to visit!

18). Buck: this is an English word that means “male deer.” If you plan to take your fur baby hunting, then this could be a great name for him, especially if he’s a Labrador Retriever, a Pointer, or a Beagle.

19). Chad: in English, this name means “protector, defender.” Do you have a dog, such as a Giant Schnauzer or a Bullmastiff, or one who is very protective and is a great watch dog? Then this could be the perfect name for your fur baby!

20). Chip: this is an English nickname for Charles. If your dog looks like he’s covered in chocolate chips, this could be a great name for him! Or if he strongly resembles his father, you can call him Chip, as “chip off the old block.”

21). Cody: this name comes from the Irish surname “Cuidightheach,” which means “descendant of Cuidightheach.” This is the name of a famous American who lived on the frontier, Buffalo Bill Cody.

22). Jake: this is short for the English name Jacob, which means “holder of the heel, or supplanter.” This could be a great name for a Blue Heeler, or a shepherding dog who lives in the country.

23). Nemo: this is the name of the famous captain from Jules Verne’s book Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870). This was also the name of a fish in the animated movie Finding Nemo (2003).

24). Niko: this is the Finnish form of Nicholas, but is also found in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and others. The name Nicholas means “victory” in Greek.

25). Sage: this is an English word that can refer to either a wise person, or a spice used in cooking. This could be a great name for your fur baby if he’s very wise.

26). Duke: is a title of royalty around the world. This could be the perfect name for your dog if he believes he’s in charge!

27). Cash: is the English surname for one who is a box maker and would be a great name for a dog who comes from one of the Boxer breeds.

28). Lion: is the English word for one of the largest wild feline predators in Africa. If you have a strong dog, or perhaps one who resembles a lion (such as a ChowChow), this could be a great name for your canine companion.

Four Letter Girl Dog Names

Now, here are some 4 letter names for dogs that are girls!

26). Lady: this word comes from the Old English, and originally meant “bread kneader;” however, later, this term was use as a term of nobility for a woman.

27). Tina: this is usually a nickname for English names such as Christina, Martina, Catharina, or Katarina. We think this name would be perfect for a girl dog who is small and dainty, such as a Chihuahua, or even a Toy Poodle.

28). Ella: this is the English form of the Germanic name Alia, which meant “other.” We just like this name and think it would be fitting for any girl dog!

29). Lulu: this the nickname derived from the German name Luise. However, it could also be short for Lucinda or even Louisa.

30). Lily: this is the English name of a flower, which is the symbol of purity. This is another sweet name for any girl dog who has a sweet, loving demeanor.

31). Rosy: this is the nickname of the English name Rose, which means the rose flower. This could be a great name for a girl dog who has red fur, such as a red Standard Poodle, a red Shiba Inu, or a Red Cocker Spaniel.

32). Bela: is short for the name Isabella, which means beautiful. We know your lady dog is pretty, so what better name could you choose for her?

33). Nala: comes from Arabic and African origins and means “first drink of water” or “water in the desert.” Does your lady dog love to swim and play in the water? Then this would be the perfect, pretty name for her.

34). Emma: this was originally a name that comes from Germany and meant “whole or universal.”

35). Macy: this is the English version of the French surname Massy. This is also the name of famous stores in the US, so if you love to shop till you drop, then this could be a great name for your lady dog.

36). Lena: is the Swedish version of the Latin name “Helen” and means “torch.” This could be a great name for a dog who is full of light or who has light colored fur.

37). Roma: this is a name that is derived from the Italian city of Rome. If you have Italian heritage, love all things Italian, or have visited Italy and fell in love with the city of Rome, then this would be a pretty name for your dog!

38). Lisa: is short for Elizabeth and is also included in the name of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci—the portrait that’s known as the Mona Lisa.

39). July: this is the name of the summer month, which was originally derived from the name of the famous Roman, Julius Caesar.

40). Luna: in Latin, this name means “moon.” This could be a fitting name for a dog who has light-colored eyes or fur.

41). Miah: is the diminutive form of Maria in various languages and means “Mary.”

42). Star: this is the English word for stars in the sky, which would be a pretty name for a lady dog who has a star shape on her chest, face or back. Of if she’s simply as bright as a star, what a pretty name for her!

43). Lyla: this is the English version of the Persian/Arabic name of Layla, which means “night.” If you have a black or dark dog, this could be a pretty name for her.

44). Lucy: is the name of a famous American star, Lucille Ball, who was famous for being funny/silly and for having bright red hair.

45). Sasa: in Hebrew and German, this name means “princess.” If your fur baby rules your heart, then this is the best name for her.

46). Xena: in Greek, this word means “hospitality,” so if your dog loves strangers and invites them in, then this is a very pretty, and fitting name for her.

47). Abby: this is this the nickname for Abigail, which means “my father is joy.” If your fur baby is a daddy’s girl, then this would be a great name for her!

48). Ally: this is a nickname for Alice or Alison. This would make a short and sweet name for your canine companion.

49). Amie: this name comes from the Old French name Amee, which means “beloved.” What a beautiful name this could be for your lady dog.

50). Cali: this is the nickname for the English name Callie, which is short for Caroline.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 4 letter names for dogs and that you’ve found the perfect name for your canine companion!

Why Choose a Dog Name with Four Letters?

For one thing, a dog name with four letters would be a highly unique name for your canine companion. Four letter words for dog make very nice, short names. These days, the tendency seems to be that everyone’s choosing long, difficult names for their dogs. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the names may be those that are simply trendy. These will soon no longer be unique or trendy, especially if they’re popular dog names.

Another reason, dogs are able to better understand and respond to short dog names. This is a scientifically proven fact. Dogs are better able to understand a shorter name, and they’re better able to hear the name, even in a noisy place, such as a dog park.

In addition, a 4-letter name may have two syllables. Dogs are also better able to respond to names that and have two syllables, rather than one or more. However, be sure to avoid picking a name that sounds like a cue such as “sit,” “down,” etc. If your dog’s name sounds like a cue, then he may not understand if you’re calling him or telling him to do something. Think of how confusing that could be!

And if you have more than one dog and/or other pets, make sure to choose a name for your dog that doesn’t sound like the names of your other dogs or pets. This can also be extremely confusing—not just for the dog, but for everyone!

Lastly, be sure to choose a name that fits your dog. For instance, you could choose a name that pertains do your dog’s breed (ex. a French name for a Poodle). Your dog’s name could also be inspired by his personality or characteristics. For example, if you have a dog that has a quirky personality, then an unusual, but positive name may be a good choice for him.

Whatever name you choose for your fur baby, be sure it has only a positive connotation for you. Why? Because dogs are very sensitive and will be able to tell if you like the name or not. Plus, why would you want to give your dog a negative name? So, be sure to choose a name that fits your canine companion and is a positive name for you both to enjoy!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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