60 Elements, Science or Chemistry Inspired Dog Names

By Julie •  Updated: 01/12/21 •  9 min read
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Getting a newly adopted dog is very exciting. There’s nothing more exciting or filled with happiness like bringing your fur baby home for the first time! So, congratulations to you and yours!

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Choosing Scientific, Engineer, Nerdy, Geeky Names for Dogs

Now, you’re probably getting ready to find a name for your canine friend. That can be challenging and there are many places to find inspiration. If you’ve already explored all of those, have you considered something more unique, not used as dog names by many others?

If you’re a scientist or an engineer, then perhaps you should consider a science-based name for your dog! Why not? A dog name based on science will ensure that your dog’s name won’t be so common that it’s heard everywhere. And you won’t have worry about getting your dog’s health records mixed up with another dog of the same at the vet’s. Those are just two good reasons to choose a science dog name!

Plus, if you consider yourself somewhat of a nerd, then what could be better for your fur baby than a nerdy name? Nerdy dog names aren’t just for scientists or engineers, either. Nerdy names are also a good fit for anyone in the tech field. Techy names can also make great dog names!

Or if you’d rather be called a geek, then a geeky name will work for your dog just as well! Geeky can fit all of the above, but can also be a great descriptor for programmers, gamers, chemists, those who love sci-fi and more.

Let’s get started!

Elements Dog Names

1). Arsen: for Arsenic (As), atomic number 33

2). Hydro: this is short for Hydrogen (H), and its atomic number is 1

3). Zinc: comes from Zinc (Zn), and its atomic number is 30.

4). Gallium: comes from Gallium (Ga), and its atomic number is 31.

5). Krypton: comes from the element Krypton (Kr), and its atomic number is 36. Yes, this is the same substance that is used to take away Superman’s powers!

6). Trogen: is short for Nitrogen (N), and its atomic number is 7.

7). Neon: comes from Neon (Ne), and its atomic number is 10.

8). Phos: comes from Phosphorus (P), and its atomic number is 15.

9). Argon: comes from Argon (Ar), and its atomic number is 18. You could shorten this name to “Argie,” which might be a good fit for a small dog who has a lot of personality.

10). Copper: comes from Copper (Cu), and its atomic number is 29. This would be the perfect name for a dog that has reddish, coppery hair such as an Irish Setter, or a Golden Retriever.

11). Rhodi: is short for Rhodium (Rh), and its atomic number is 45.

12). Antimony: comes from Antimony (Sb), and its atomic number is 51.

13). Oxy (f): comes from Oxygen (O), and its atomic number is 8. This would be a really cute name for a medium-sized dog who’s full of energy and life!

14). Li (f): comes from Lithium (Li), and its atomic number is 3.

15). Beryll (f): comes from Beryllium (Be), and its atomic number is 4.

16). Flo (f): comes from Fluorine (F), and its atomic number is 9. This would be the perfect name for a delicate girl dog.

17). Maggie (f): comes from Magnesium (Mg), and its atomic number is 12. This would be a really cute name for a small girl dog who has long, flowing fur and a funny, quirky personality.

18). Sili (f): is short for Silicon (Si), and its atomic number is 14.

19). Tassi (f): comes from Potassium (K), and its atomic number is 19.

20). Scandi (f): comes from Scandium (Sc), and its atomic number is 21.

21). Vana (f): is short for Vanadium (V), and its atomic number is 23.

22). Rubi (f): is short for Rubidium (Rb), and its atomic number is 37.

23). Ruth (f): is short for Ruthenium (Ru), and its atomic number is 44.

24). Lantha (f): is short for Lanthanum (La), and its atomic number if 57.

25). Goldie (f): is for Gold (Au), and its atomic number is 79.

Nerdy Science Dog Names

Here are some nerdy science dog names that might be a good fit for boy or girl dog!

26). Gizmo: this can be a small electronic device, tool, or another type of small object that’s designed for a specialized purpose. This would make a darling name for a small dog!

27). Apache: this is the most popular web server software used around the world. This software helps the computer to hose one or more websites that can be accessed from the Internet with a web browser.

28). Mac: this is a type of personal computer that is made by Apple, a large electronics company, which is a competitor of Microsoft.

29). Win: comes from “Windows,” which is a computer software developed by Microsoft to run on personal computers. This is called an operating system (OS), which is the foundation for running other programs and apps on a personal computer.

30). Ram: stands for Random Access Memory, which is a type of very fast storage that allows the computer to hold data is needs in the short term. Ram is also referred to as short-term memory.

31). Java: this is a programming language that developers use to create apps for your computer. What a cute name this could be for a girl dog, one who likes to run fast and has plenty of personality!

32). Link: this is short for hyperlink, which is a reference in a document or web page that when clicked, opens up a new webpage. The hyperlink usually underlines some words; the link and the words are blue.

33). DDR: refers to Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory for computers. This is a type of computer memory that transfers data on both the rising and falling edges of the clock signal.

34). Data: this is a type of information that’s processed or stored on a computer. And if you’re a Star Trek Next Generation fan, you’ll be very familiar with this name! It’s the name of the android on this show.

35). Crypto: is short for cryptocurrency, which is a type of digital asset that’s used similar to analog money (physical currency).

36). PC: is short for Personal Computer. Two of the most famous makers of PCs are Apple and Lenovo. This would be a cute name for any boy or girl dog!

37). Darwin: this name comes from the English naturalist/geologist/biologist Charles Darwin. He is most famous for his contributions to the science of evolution.

38). Pasteur: this name comes from the French biologist/microbiologist/chemist Louis Pasteur, who is famous for his breakthroughs in the cause and prevention of disease. He was the first scientist to come up with the theory of germs.

39). Isaac: this name comes from the English mathematician/physicist/astronomer/theologian/author Sir Isaac Newton. He is considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time.

40). Draco: is the name of a constellation which strongly resembles a dragon. It’s the 8th largest constellation. The name comes from the Latin term draconem which means “huge serpent.”

Geology Dog Names

If you’re a geologist or a rockhound, here are some great names you might choose for your dog!

41). Beryl: is a type of silicate mineral, which is found in igneous and metamorphic rocks all around the world. It comes in a variety of colors, which are quite beautiful, making this one of the world’s most popular gemstones.

42). Flint: is a type of hard grey rock, which is almost completely made of silica. In prehistoric times, it was often used to make arrowheads, knives and more because it was so sharp.

43). Galena: is a lead sulfide mineral and is the world’s primary source of ore lead. It’s found in many parts of the world, in igneous and metamorphic rocks.

44). Onyx (m/f): is a striped semiprecious type of silica mineral agate that has white and black alternating striations. It’s often used to carve cameos and intaglios.

45). Slate: is a low-grade metamorphic rock that is formed by the metamorphosis of mudstone and shale, but sometimes basalt, under low pressure and temperature conditions.

46). Olivine: is the name of a group of rock-forming minerals that are typically found in mafic and ultramafic igneous rock. It has a greenish color and is very pretty.

47). Opal: is a hydrated amorphous form of silica, which comes in a variety of colors. It’s very popular in jewelry making.

48). Ruby: is a type of gemstone that comes in colors from pink to blood-red.

49). Dacite: is a type of igneous, volcanic rock that is mostly made up of feldspar and quartz. It’s fairly and is found in many tectonic settings.

50). Mica: is not just one type of rock; it’s a group of hydrous potassium, aluminum silicate minerals. You’ve probably comes across these when out hiking. Rocks that have mica look as if they have small mirrors on them.

Chemistry Dog Names

Are you still looking for a great nerdy name for your dog? Then here are some bonus names to help you out!

51). Anima (m/f): this refers to amino acid, which is a simple organic compound. These are the building blocks or proteins.

52). Atom: this is the basic unit of a chemical element. This means these are the smallest parts of all matter. These were created after the Big Bang (not the show!).

53). Beaker: is a type of cylindrical glass container that’s used in experiments. These are used to store, mix, and heat liquids in laboratories.

54). Carba (f): refers to carbon, a metalloid. Carbon is actually a nonmetal but has some metallic properties and is sometimes classified as a metalloid.

55). Cupra (f): refers to cuprum, which is the Latin name for copper.

Science Geek dog names

Here are a few more bonus names, just in case you’re still looking for just the right name for your fur baby!

56). Bunsen: this is a type of gas burner used in a laboratory that produces a single open gas flame. The name comes from the inventor of this gizmo, whose name was Robert Bunsen.

57). Faraday: this name comes from the English scientist Michael Faraday who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

58). Kelvin: is a method used to measure temperature—it’s the base unit of temperature in the International System of Units, and uses the symbol “K.” This name comes from the engineer and physicist William Thomas who was the 1st Baron Kelvin.

59). Nebula: is an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases.

60). Aristotle: was a Greek philosopher and polymath in the Classical period of Ancient Greece. He was a student of Plato.

We hope you’ve had fun reading through this article, and that you’ve found the perfect nerdy/geeky name for your canine companion!

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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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