50 Best 6-Letter Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Julie •  Updated: 10/01/20 •  12 min read
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Are you the pet parent of a newly adopted dog or puppy? Are you looking for just the right name for your new fur baby? If so, then you’ve come to the right place!

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We’ve put together a list of 6 letter names, one of which could be the perfect name for your canine companion. Let’s get started!

OK, now we’re ready to get started on the list of 50 six letter dog names!

6 Letter Boy Dog Names

Names of six letters that may be a good fit for your canine companion:

1). Harley: do you love motorcycles? Then why not choose this name of the classic Harley Davidson?

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2). Adonis: this name comes from ancient Greek mythology and means “lord.” What a great name for a dog who thinks he’s the head of the house! Plus, Adonis is a pretty name!

3). Hoover: does your fur baby have a great appetite? This might be the perfect name for a boy dog who “hoovers” up all the small bits of food he finds on the floor.

4). Bailey: this was one of the most popular dog names in 2017. This name comes to us from the Old  English, and it means  “berry clearing; bailiff, city fortification.” If your fur baby is large, and is a great guard dog, or if he loves eating berries, this could be a great name for him!

5). Harlowe: this is an old English surname, and it means something like “from the hare’s hill.” Does your dog enjoy chasing rabbits or hares? Then this may be the ultimate best name for him!

6). Tinker: is a person who can fix things, but it once also referred to someone who moved from place to place mending things made of metal. If your fur baby enjoys traveling, this could be a great name for him!

7). Cooper: this was once a surname in England, where it was used to refer to someone who was a barrel maker. This could be a great name for your dog if he’s somewhat shaped like a barrel, or just because you like the name!

8). Booker: this is another name that came from England, and it meant someone who made books. Now, we know your dog doesn’t make books, but if he enjoys chewing them up, then this might be an appropriate name for him.

9). Bandit: the meaning of this name is a robber or outlaw who belongs to a gang. Does your canine companion enjoy playing with his pack of friends? Or does his face look as if he’s wearing a mask? Then this might be a great name for your dog.

10). Viking: do you enjoy the TV series Viking? Then why not consider this great name for your dog? In history, Vikings were from Scandinavia and would go on annual raids to find money and new lands. We think this is a great name for a dog who likes to raid the kitchen wastebasket for snacks!

11). Murphy: this name is a traditional Irish surname that means “descendant of sea warrior.” If you have Irish heritage or your fur baby comes from an Irish dog breed, this might be a great name for him.

12). Magnum: this name is inspired by the TV show Magnum PI, though if you like those famous Magnum ice cream bars on a stick, this could be a great name for your dog.

13). Keeper: does your dog protect your and your family? Then this might be the best name for him! “Keeper” means someone’s whose job it is to take care of someone or something, or to guard.

14). Hunter: do you and/or your fur baby enjoy hunting? Then what could be a better name for your canine companion?

15). Tucker: this is an old surname that refers to someone to pulls cloth. These days, however, it’s just a cute name for a boy dog!

16). Oberon: do you enjoy Shakespeare’s play a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream? Then this name, which is the name of the king of the fairies in the play, may be a great name for your dog.

17). Oliver: this name’s inspired by the book Oliver Twist, written by Charles Dickens. It’s also a popular boy’s name these days and would make a great name for your fur baby!

18). Archie: this is a cute name for a boy, which means “someone who is truly brave.” Is your fur baby brave and protective, then this could be the perfect name for your boy dog.

19). Carlos: this is a Spanish name that means “free man.” If you choose this name for your dog, you could even shorten the name down to Carl!

20). Jeremy: this name comes from the Bible and means “someone with a holy name.” This could be just the right name for a dog that lives on the farm, in the mountains or some other rural setting.

21). Monroe: this is an elegant name that comes from Scotland. It means “mouth of the Roe River.” Do you have a dog that loves water? Then this would make an excellent name for him!

22). Walter: originally comes from Germany, where it means “ruler of the army.” Some famous men have borne this name including Sir Walter Raleigh, a famous English poet, courier and explorer.

23). Carter: this is a very popular name what once referred to someone who transported goods by car or wagon. This name has Scottish, Irish and English origins, so it may be a great fit for an Irish Setter, a Cairn Terrier or even a Scottish Deerhound.

23). Hudson: this name has English origins and meant “son of Hugh.” The name later became a surname but is still a popular boys name today.

24). Connor: this name has Irish roots and was once the name of the King of Ulster. Today it’s another popular boy’s name, which can even be shortened to “Con.”

25). Colton: this name comes from England and means “Cole’s Town.” We just like this name and think it would be a great name for a dog who lives in the West, perhaps on a farm or range! You could definitely shorten this name to “Cole,” too!

Six Letter Girl Dog Names

Now we’re ready to take a look at some 6 letter names for dogs who are girls!

26). Lottie: this name is the nickname for Charlotte. It’s a pretty name for just about any girl dog!

27). Nikita: do you remember a show called Le Femme Nikita from back in 1997? The movie was about a female assassin; however, we didn’t choose this name for that reason. It’s just a pretty, unique name.

28). Tessie: this name comes from Spain and Portugal and is short for Teresa. We love the name Tessie and think it could be a great name for a smaller, lap dog.

29). Cassie: this name is short for Cassandra, which means “to excel or shine” in Greek. If your fur baby has long, silky shiny hair then this would be a pretty name for her.

30). Brandy: this word comes from the Dutch and means “burnt wine.” Do you like to think brandy? Or does your fur baby have fur the color of brandy? Then this would be a great name for her!

31). Maggie: comes is short for the name Margarita, which in Latin means “pearl.” We know your fur baby is the jewel of your heart, so what better name could you choose?

32). Alexis: this is a Greek name that means “helper or defender,” and could be the perfect name for a lady dog who is very protective and/or is a service dog who helps!

33). Dazzle: this is an usual name, which in reality is a word that means to impress or surprise someone with brightness or exceptional qualities. If your fur baby is extremely smart and beautiful, then what better name could you choose for her?

34). Ginger: this name is inspired by the famous actress and dancer Ginger Rogers. It’s also the name of a warm spice that’s used in baking and cooking. This could be a pretty name for a dog who has red fur, such as red Chow Chow, a red Standard Poodle, or a red Shiba Inu.

35). Trixie: this is a nickname for the name Beatrix, which is the name of the author Beatrix Potter. This could be the perfect name for a dog who has a fun, playful, mischievous personality!

36). Clover: this is the name for the wildflower, which is said to bring good luck if you find one that has four leaves. This could be a pretty name for a dog who lives in the country, perhaps on the farm.

37). Sophie: this name comes from Greece, where it means “wisdom.” If your lady dog is especially smart and wise, this could be a great name choice for her!

38). Olivia: this name comes from England, but in Latin means “olive.” We’re sure your canine companion isn’t green, but if she loves to eat olives, this would be a pretty and apt name for her!

39). Gidget: this is the name comes from the US and means “small girl.” This could either be a pretty and unusual name for a small dog, or if you enjoy opposites, then this could be the name for a large lady dog, such as an Alaskan Malamute.

40). Minnie: this is the nickname for Wilhelmina, which comes from Germany. The name means “will, desire, protection.” If your fur baby is a great protector, and you happen like the Walt Disney mouse of the same name, then this would be an excellent name for your dog!

41). Sarabi: this is the name of the lioness who was the mother of Simba in the Lion King. We just love the sound of this name!

42). Maisie: this is a pretty English name that means “pearl.” This would make an extremely unique name for your lady dog!

43). Maddie: is the nickname for Madeline and means “tower.” This might be a great name for a girl dog is very tall, or perhaps any girl dog. It’s a cute name!

44). Dottie: is short for the name Dorothy, which means “god’s gift.” If you believe your fur baby came directly from heaven, then why not choose this name for her?

45). Willow: this is a unique and pretty name inspired by those beautiful trees that have long, drooping branches that sometimes trail in the water. What a pretty name for a girl dog!

46). Mystic: this would be a magical, pretty name for your canine companion.

47). Pepper: this is the name of the spice, which comes in various colors including black, white, red, and more. If your fur baby has a spicy personality and/or is one of these colors, then this would be a cute name for her!

48). Kimchi: this is the name of a favorite food of many Korean people. It’s made of fermented, spicy cabbage. If you love this dish and/or have Korean heritage, then this could be a great name for your fur baby.

49). Amelia: this is the English version of the name Amalia, which means “industrious.” Does your fur baby have a penchant for something? Even if she doesn’t, this would still be a pretty name for her.

50). Bonnie: this is a name that comes from Scotland, where it means “pretty, charming, or beautiful.” If your lady dog is pretty and charming, what better name could you choose for her?

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

How to Choose the Best Name for Your Dog

What’s in a name? Quite a bit, according to science! When it comes to choosing just the right name for your dog, there are some things to keep in mind:

Your dog’s name is important for training: your dog’s name needs to be easy to use during training. This is also a name that should be unique—think of calling your dog in the dog park. If you choose a traditional name such as “Duke,” you’ll have more than just your dog showing up when you call! In addition, your fur baby’s name will also become a cue and he’ll identify you by the way you say his name or when you call to him.

Dogs prefer certain sounds: not only do dog prefer short names, but they also seem to have a preference for names that include hard consonants, including “k” or “c.” These sounds seem to help dogs to hear their names, even in a noisy environment.

What about a new name: sometimes an adopted dog comes with a name already. While you may not like the name, it’s one that your fur baby has grown used to hearing. So, if you’d like to chase your dog’s name, it’s a good idea to choose a name that sounds very similar to his current name. This way, he’ll be able to hear the name and know it’s a sound associated with him, and he won’t be confused by the name change.

Inspiration for Choosing Your Dog’s Name

If you’re having trouble finding that perfect name for your dog, you may find inspiration by thinking about certain characteristics of your dog’s looks or personality. For instance, you may choose a name based on your dog’s color. Is he black? Then maybe a name such like Onyx, Coal, or Noir would be a good fit.

You could also choose a name based on your dog’s size. Do you have a St. Bernard? Then you could name him “Tiny,” or even “Tank.” See what we mean?

Another way to choose a name is based on a favorite place or your heritage, or even where your dog’s breed originally comes from. Do you have German heritage? Then perhaps a name such as Fritz would fit your dog. Or if you have Italian ancestors, then maybe the name Rome would be a good choice for your fur baby.

What about your favorite movie or TV series? Do you enjoy watching Outlander? Then perhaps the name Jamie or Fraser would fit your fur baby! Let your imagination run wild!

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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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