50 R&B Dog Names

By Kim •  Updated: 06/24/21 •  9 min read
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Are you looking for a name for your newly adopted dog or puppy? Have you run out of inspiration? Do you enjoy R&B music? If so, then welcome to our site! You’ve come to the right place!

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We understand it can be challenging to find just the right name for your dog or puppy. There are many ways to find inspiration, but sometimes you just run out of ideas. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of dog names based on R&B.

What is R&B?

R&B, also called Rhythm and Blues, is a type of music that was developed by African Americans in the 1940s. This term was also used for white rock music that developed from this genre. The term was first used by Jerry Wexler of Billboard magazine in 1948. However, the term was used before that back in 1943.

Over the decades, R&B has evolved and is sometimes used to refer to a type of hip-hop music.

The names in our list of dog names come from some of the most famous R&B singers, groups, and music ever! Let’s get started!

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Male Dog R&B Names

1). Jimmy: this name comes from James Brown, who was known as the “Godfather of Soul.” His career lasted over 50 years and he’s credited with influencing several new genres of music.

2). Smokey: this name comes from the great singer Smokey Robinson, who was the founder of the Motown group known as the Miracles.

3). King: was the name of the first label to sign R&B singers, though the company started out in country music. In fact, they were known for producing hillbilly music.

4). Spinee: Aretha Franklin had a yellow Labrador Retriever named Spinee.

5). Herb: this name comes from the vocal duo known as Peaches & Herb. One of their most famous songs was “Let’s Fall in Love.”

6). Toni: this name is inspired by the female singer Toni Braxton. She’s sold over 70 million records around the world as of 2020! She’s one of the highest-selling female R&B artists in history.

7). Prince: this name comes from the singer known as Prince. He was a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer and actor. His song “Soft and Wet” hit number 12 on the Hot Soul Singles chars and hit 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.

8). Otis: this name is inspired by the singer Johnny Otis, who was a singer, musician, bandleader, talent scout, disc jockey, record producer, and TV show host. He discovered many R&B singers including Etta James, and more.

9). Jazz: this name comes from a genre of music that has strongly influenced R&B. In fact, this would be a great name for a dog who has a lot of energy and a big personality.

10). Luther: this name comes from Luther Vadross, who was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was known for his dulcet tones and romantic tunes.

11). Jack: this name is inspired by Michael Jackson, who was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was called the “King of Pop,” and is considered one of the most influential singers of the 20th century.

12). Buck: this name comes from Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams, who was a jazz and blues saxophonist, bandleader and songwriter. His record “The Huckle-Buck” (1948) was one of the most successful R&B records at the time.

13). Mo: this name is inspired by the record label Motown Records. This record label was founded by Berry Gordy Jr in 1959 under the name Tamla Records. It was incorporated as Motown Records in 1960. The name was a reference and nickname for the city of Detroit.

14). Commodore: this name comes from the group called The Commodores. They were a funk and soul band. They were most famous in the 70s and 80s.

15). Khan: this name is inspired by the famous singer known as Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens). She is a singer, songwriter and musician whose career has spanned almost 5 decades.

16). Quincy: this name comes from Quincy Jones, an American record producer, arranger, songwriter, and more. His career has spanned more than 60 years, with a record 80 Grammy nominations, 28 Grammys, and a Grammy Legend Award.

17). Usher: this name comes from the singer named Usher (real name Usher Raymond IV), who is a singer, songwriter, actor and more.

18). Franklin: this name comes from Aretha Franklin, who was a singer, songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist.

19). Domino: this name comes from Fats Domino, who was as singer, songwriter, and pianist. He had 35 records in the US Billboard Top 40, and five of his pre-1955 records sold more than a million copies.

20). Stevie: this name comes from Stevie Wonder, a singer, songwriter, and musician.

21). Mick: this name comes from Sir Michael Philip Jagger, also known by his stage name Mick Jagger. He’s a British singer, songwriter, actor and film producer. He gained world famous as the lead singer of the Rolling Stones.

22). Marvin: this name comes from Marvin Gaye, a singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sounds of Motown in the 60s.

23). Jerry: this name comes from Jerry Wexler, who was a music journalist/music producer. He first coined the term “rhythm and blues.”

24). Elvis: this name comes from Elvis Presley, who was a singer, musician, and actor. He is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll,” and is considered by many to be one of the cultural icons of the 20th century.

25). Thomas: this name comes from Carla Thomas, an American singer who is referred to as the Queen of Memphis Soul.

R&B Names for Girl Dogs

Here are some great R&B names for girl dogs!

26). Macy: this name is inspired by Macy Gray, an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actress. She is famous for her raspy singer voice.

27). Diana: this name comes from Diana Ross, who is a singer and actress. She was the lead singer for the group called The Supremes.

28). Destiny: this name is inspired by a group called Destiny’s Child, which included the singers Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.

29). Ruth: this name comes from one of the singers of the famous singing group called the Pointer Sisters. They have had a long career singing all types of music including R&B, pop, disco, jazz, and more.

30). Sheila: this name comes from Sheila Escovedo, a percussionist, and singer for the George Duke Band.

31). Pattie: this name comes from Pattie Labelle, a singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman. She first started her career as the lead singer for a group called Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles.

32). Bobbi: this name is inspired by Bobbi Humphrey, a singer, jazz flautist who plays jazz fusion, funk, and soul-jazz.

33). Alicia: this name comes from Alicia Keys, who is a singer, songwriter, as well as a classically trained pianist.

34). Mariah: this name comes from Mariah Carey, who is a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She’s famous for her five-octave vocal range.

35). Riri: this is the nickname for the famous singer Rihanna. She’s from Barbados and is also an acress and businesswoman. She’s sold over 250 million records worldwide, and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

36). Whitney: this name comes from Whitney Houston, who was a singer and actress. She was the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records, and continues to be one of the best-selling recording artists of all times.

37). Sade: this name comes from the English singer, songwriter, and actress known as Sade (real name Helen Folasade Adu). She’s been called one of the most successful British female artists in history.

38). Marla: this name is inspired by Marlon Jackson, one of the famous Jackson 5 singers. He is an entertainer, singer, and dancer.

39). Bailey: this name is inspired by Philip Bailey, an R&B, soul, gospel, funk singer, songwriter, and percussionist. He was one of the lead singers for the group Earth, Wind & Fire.

40). Val: this name is inspired by Valerie Simpson, who was part of the group called Ashford & Simpson. They were a husband-and-wife songwriting, production team and recoding duo.

41). Anita: this name comes from Anita Baker, who is a singer, songwriter. She’s regarded as one of the most popular singers of romantic ballads.

42). Lavern: this name is inspired by Delores LaVern Baker, who was an R&B singer. She had several hit records hit the pop charts in the 50s and 60s.

43). Beyonce: this name is inspired by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, a singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She first became famous as the lead singer for Destiny’s Child.

44). Candi: this name comes from Candi Staton, who is a singer, songwriter, and sang a famous remake of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.”

45). Mary J: this name coms from Mary Jane Blige, a singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist. She has sold about 80 million records around the world, won nine Grammys, four American Music Awards, and more.

46). Tammi: this name comes from Tammi Terrell, who was a singer, songwriter, and one of the most famous stars of Motown Records in the 60s.

47). Tina: this name is inspired by the great singer Tina Turner. She’s an  American-born Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She’s known as the Queen of Rock & Roll.

48). Gladys: this name is inspired by Gladys Knight, known as the Empress of Soul. She’s a singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman and author.

49). Jill: this name comes from Jill Scott, who is a singer, songwriter, model, poet, and actress. Her debut album, Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1 went platinum in 2000.

50). Etta: this name is inspired by Etta James (real name Jamesetta Hawkins), who was a singer who was famous for singing across several genres of music including R&B, soul, rock & roll, and more. She was known for her powerful, deep, beautiful singing voice.

There you have it! We hope you’ve had fun reading this article and that you’ve found a great R&B name for your dog!

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Kim

Kim is a talented author, who loves animals especially dogs. She engaged in writing books and articles relating to animals a decade ago. Kim resides in Chicago with her husband and son. The family is the proud owner of a dog and a parrot (Jack and Lily). Kim wanted more than these two pets, but her husband put his foot down... She often visits elementary schools to talk to the kids about what she learned about pets and how they could learn from them.

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