50 Dinosaur Inspired Dog Names and Their Meaning

By Julie •  Updated: 11/21/20 •  13 min read
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Have you adopted a new dog? Do you love all things to do with dinosaurs? Then you’ve come to the right place! While this may be a unique combination, that’s OK. You need a unique name for your fur baby—one that you and your dog won’t hear everywhere you go!

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In this article, we’ll take a look at dinosaur dog names that may be a good fit for your dog! But first, let’s see why dinos are so interesting to so many of us!

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Now, let’s get started on those dino-inspired dog names!

Dinosaur Movie Dog Names

Here are some dinosaur names inspired by movies that might be a great name for your dog!

1). Alma: from the skeleton of the Alamosaurus that appeared in the movie Jurassic Park. This would be a cute name for a girl dog.

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2). Brachi: from the Brahiosaurus in the original Jurassic Park movie. This would be a great name for a large dog such as a St. Bernard or a Rottweiler.

3). Bronto: from the Brontosaurus mentioned in the Jurassic Park. Do you have a large dog that eats a lot of grass? Then this could be a great name for him. This was a plant-eating dinosaur that was extremely large!

4). Diloph: after the Dilophosaurus that appeared in Jurassic Park. This was a dinosaur that lived in North America during the Early Jurassic, about 193 million years go. The name means “two-crested lizard,” and refers to the crests on this dino’s head.

5). Galli: inspired by the Gallimimus that appeared in the movie Jurassic Park. These dinosaurs lived in Mongolia during the Late Cretaceous period, about 70 million years go. Their name means “chicken mimic.” While your dog may not mimic a chicken, they may love to eat it! And “Galli” would be such a cute name for a girl!

6). Parasaurolophus: appeared in Jurassic Park. The name means something like “near crested lizard.” This is was plant-eating dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, about 76 million years ago. This herbivore was a biped and a quadruped. We think “Paras” would make a cute name for a Poodle or another elegant dog.

7). Compsognathus: this is the name of a dinosaur that put in appearance in the movie Battle at Big Rock. This is dino walked on two legs, and was a small, carnivorous theropod. They grew to the size of about a turkey and lived about 150 million years ago. The name “Comps” would be a great name for a small boy dog, such as a Chihuahua!

8). Pteranodon: this dinosaur also made an appearance in Battle at Big Rock. These were large flying dinosaurs, in fact, they were one of the largest flying dinos ever. They had wingspans of over 23 feet and lived in North America. The name “Ptera” would make a cute name for a lady dog!

9). Allosaurus: this is another dinosaur that appeared in the movie Battle at Big Rock. There were very tall dinos that walked on two legs and had huge jaws of jagged teeth! Their name means “different lizard,” because of their unique concave vertebrae. They had large heads and stood about 31 ft. tall. If you have a girl dog who is tall, such as a Great Dane, then the name “Allos” would be a really cute choice for her!

10). Sinoceratops: this dinosaur appeared in the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This dinosaur lived about 73 million years ago and lived in what is now present-day China during the Cretaceous Period. This dino was medium-sized and walked on 4 feet and was an herbivore. They also had one horn on their snout, similar to a rhino, and plating that went up from their head and over their necks. “Sino” would be a really cute name for a Chinese Crested!

Dinosaur Pet Names

Here some cute names for your dog inspired by dinosaurs!

Film & TV Dino Character Names:

11). Barney: is a T-Rex and is purple! He’s a famous dinosaur that appears on the kids’ show of the same name. He’s very friendly and always upbeat! This would be a cute name for a boy dog!

12). Baby Bop: is a triceratops, who is a green girl and a friend of Barney. We just think this would be a cute name for a small dog, such as a Shih Tzu, Pug or a Pomeranian.

13). BJ: this is a protoceratops that also appears on the show with Barney. He’s a yellow color, so this could make a cute name for a boy Golden Lab, Golden Retriever, or a Carin Terrier.

14). Riff: this is a Saurolophus who is also a friend of Barney. He’s orange, so this would be a great name for a boy dog such as a Vizsla, a Cocker Spaniel, or a Sheba Inu.

15). Baby: is a brontosaurus who appears on Baby: Secredt of the Lost Legend. This is the youngest of the dinos found by an American family. This would be a cute name for any dog!

16). Dorothy: is a megalosaurus who appears on The Wiggles. The Megalosaurus is a large, tall dinosaur that was a carnivore. They lived in the Middle Jurassic. You could shorten this name to “Dottie,” which would make it the perfect name for a girl dog with spots, such as a Dalmatian!

17). Littlefoot: is the name of an apatosaurus that appears in The Land Before Time. This was a young adventurous dinosaur in the story that lived in the “Great Valley.”

18). Spike: is the name of the stegosaurus who was in the same movie. This could be a great name for a boy dog such as a Rhodesian Ridgeback, as the stegoasaurus had ridges down his back.

19). Chomper: was the name in the T-Rex in the same movie. Does your boy dog like to chew? Then this would be a great name for him!

20). Reptar: this was the name of the T-Rex that appears in the animated film Toy Story. This character is anything but fierce. Instead, he’s green, large and excitable and has a great heart. This would be the cute name for a large boy dog.

Dinosaur Female Dog Names

Here are some dinosaur-inspired names for girl dogs!

21). Yoshi: this is the name of one of the dino character that appears in the Mario Brothers games. This would be a cute name for a Shiba Inu.

22). Ducky: the name of the friend of the dinosaur Littlefoot in The Land Before Time. Does your fur baby love to play in the water? Then this would be a great name for her!

23). Blue: this is the name of the head raptor in Jurassic Park: Lost World. This would be a pretty name for a lady dog who comes from a blue dog breed such as a Blue Lacy, Australian Cattle Dog, or a Kerry Blue Terrier.

24). Petrie: this is the name of the anxious Pteranodon from The Land Before Time. We just think this could be a cute name for any girl dog!

25). Edwina: from the book The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She weas Extinct. This is a really cute kid’ book with pictures that was first released in 2006. She’s a very kind girl, so this would be a great name for any lady dog who caring and kind.

26). Cera: this is the name of the sassy triceratops from The Land Before Time. Is your fur baby somewhat sassy? Then this would be a great name for her! This could also be a great name for a lady Siberian Husky!

27). Sue: the best preserved T-Rex ever discovered; you can find her at Chicago’s Field Museum. This would be a cute, short name for any girl dog.

28). Fudgy: this is the nickname for the Sinclair baby from Dinosaurs. Do you have a Chocolate Lab who’s color reminds you of fudge? Then this would make a great name for her!

29). Gwangi: this was the name of the dino in the stop-animation film The Valley of Gwangi. Gwangi is an allosaurus in this movie; while she is rather ferocious, we think her name would be a cute choice for a large lady dog such as a Great Dane.

30). Gertie: this is the name of the dinosaur that was in an animated short film from 1914 called Gertie the Dinosaur. Gertie is a long-necked dinosaur, and this could be a great name for a lady dog who is gentle and kind.

31). Elsa: this is the name of a pteranodon from the film We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. It’s also the name of the main character in the movie Frozen, so could make a great name for a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, a Bernese Mountain Dog, or an Alaskan Malamute.

Dinosaur Male Dog Names

Here are some dinosaur names that would be a great choice for boy dogs!

32). Rex: was a lovable dinosaur in the movie Toy Story. He as a T-Rex, but not very mean, so if you have a boy dog who is very loving and caring, then this would be a great name for him.

33). Reptar: this is the name of the famous dinosaur from the Rugrats, a children’s animated TV series. Reptar is another T-Rex, but he has blue spikes on his back. He looks more like Godzilla and a true T-Rex. This would be a cute name for a large dog such as a Great Dane or a St. Bernard!

34). Sharptooth: was the name of the large male T-Rex and he is famous for his strength and agility. This could be a really cute name for a Border Collie or a Shetland Sheepdog, or dogs from other breeds that are known for their agility.

35). Godzilla: the most famous, fictional dinosaur of all times from Japanese movies. This would be a darling name for a Shiba Inu, Kishu, Japanese Spitz, or a dog from another Japanese dog breed.

36). Dino: was the dino-pet from the famous cartoon The Flintstones. Dino was a great watchdog, but was also loving and caring with everyone in the family, including the kids. This would make a great name for a boy dog who is protective and watches over the kids in his family, like Dino.

37). Bowser: this is the name of a dino character in the Mario Brothers. It’s also an old-fashioned dog’s name, and could be a great name for any boy dog.

38). Jagger: this was a male stegosaurus in the movie Prehysteria. This is also the name of a famous rock-n-roll singer, Mic Jagger. If you like this type of music, and you enjoyed the movie with Jagger, then why not choose this name for your male canine companion?

39). Grumpy: this is the name of the main T-Rex villain in the Land of the Lost. While we hope your fur baby isn’t grumpy, this could be a really cute name for a Chihuahua or other dog that has a lot of personality.

40). Gronk: this is name of the dinosaur comic strip BC! What a cute name for any boy dog!

41). Tyrone: this is a T-Rex from a book named Tyrone the Horrible. This was a green T-Rex who was a bully of Boland and other dinosaurs in the story. Your fur baby is probably not like this dino, but what a cute name this would be for a boy dog!

42). Dazzle: this is an ouranosaurus from the book Dazzle the Dinosaur. We think this would be a great name for a dog who is very smart and has a great personality.

43). Archie: this is the name of a T-Rex from the comic Dinosaurs for Hire. This is a simple, cute name that would be a great fit for any boy dog.

44). Dinny: s a brachiosaurus that appers in the Alley Oop comic strip. We like this name because it’s unusual and cute!

45). Terry Pterodactyl: this is the name of a pterodactyl in the comic Horacio’s World. We love the name Terry and are sure you won’t hear this very often at the dog park!

46). Stego: is a stegosaurus from the animated show Dinosaucers. What a cute name this would make for a Bullmastiff or a Bulldog!

47). Buddy: is the name of a T-Rex the animated show Dinosaur Train. This dino is cute and loves to ask questions and form hypotheses. We just think this would be a great name for your best bud!

48). Craig: is a triceratops in the animated show CollegeHumor. He’s a brown dino who is friends with others in the show. This would be a cute name for any boy dog!

49). Denver: is a corythosaurus who appears in the animated show Denver, the Last Dinosaur. He was hatched from an egg in 1988 California. If you happen to love this show, or the city of Denver in Colorado, then this would be a great name choice for your boy dog.

50). Dink: this is an apatosaurus who appears in Dink, the Little Dinosaur. This is a brave, smart dino who is very close to his friends. This would be a great name for a boy dog who is intelligent and loves to be close to his pet parents and family.

51). Ace: is a carnotaurus in the animated show Dinosaur King.

Why Are We So Interested in Dinosaurs?

Does your heart race every time a new dinosaur is discovered? Then you’re not alone! These wonderous creatures are so different from what most of see each day, that they can captivate our imaginations in many ways. For instance, consider the fossils of these animals. These are the only physical evidence that these creatures ever existed. From dino fossils, scientists try to figure out what they looked like, what they ate, how they acted, and more. It’s amazing to think of our world as once being home to these animals.

Many of us began a love affair with dinosaurs as children. It’s a fact, kids love dinosaurs. In fact, many kids can tell you the long, hard to pronounce scientific names of many kinds of dinosaurs without blinking an eye! They may even be able to share some of the details of where these animals lived, what they ate, and more. It’s amazing!

When it comes to dinosaurs, too, there were many different types that lived on land, in the air, and in the sea. This also makes them extremely interesting to us. Some of these animals were so huge that we can’t even imagine how big they were in life. Some that may look fierce were actually plant eaters, such as the Diplodocus or the Brachiosaurus. And we think of dinosaurs as strong, too. Think of the T-Rex, doesn’t he make you shutter while admiring his strong jaws?

And they’re scary! Who wouldn’t be afraid of a colossal, giant toothed dino coming at us? Because we can’t know for sure exactly how they behaved, the fear dinosaurs instill can make us thrilled with fear. Do you like rollercoasters? It’s that same kind of thrill we get when considering these millennia-old creatures from our world’s past.

Then we consider their tragic end. In almost a flash, the dinosaurs became extinct. This reminds us that extinction is real, and the same fate could easily happen to us. We won’t stay on this thought long, but it is one that comes when thinking about dinos.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on dinosaurs, some famous pop culture dinos, and that you’ve been able to find the perfect dinosaur name for your dog!

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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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