Superheroes are more popular now than ever before, even when it comes to our canine companions. Dogs and superheroes just go together. Think of news stories where dogs have saved their pet parents from all types of dangers. Dogs are just natural superheroes, so what could be better than a dog with a superhero name?
Why are Superheroes So Popular?
Some studies have been done on why superheroes have become so popular. We’re naturally drawn to stories and tales of beings that are strong and perform heroic acts. Think about the Viking myths, the tale of Beowulf, and the Greek myths. They feature stories about brave, strong men and gods who try to save the day. Most of these characters have some minor flaws, but they work to overcome these in the performance of saving someone and/or the world. We’re drawn to these characters who save the day, in spite of (or because of) their flaws.
We’re also drawn to characters and stories where good takes on evil. Evil needs to be dominated and destroyed. Many of our myths and superhero stories revolve around this kind of plot.
This seems to be especially true in troubled times. Think back to when comic books first became popular during the Depression and then during WWII. People needed a break from reality, while they also needed to see that good can triumph over evil.
Today, too, we have much going on around the world and superheroes have their place to ease our stress and give us hope. So, what could be better than giving your pup a superhero name? What a great reminder that good does beat evil, plus our fur babies do come to our rescue in times of danger.
Dogs Are Superheroes
In real-life, dogs are truly superheroes. They may not wear spandex suits, but dogs work as superheroes every day. Why not use dog celebrity names? Let’s take a look at some true life superhero dogs.
Banjo: Banjo and his three-year-old companion, Mason, wandered more than a mile into the woods near their home. Banjo stayed by Mason’s side the entire time. The boy and dog were lost overnight, with searchers working the whole time to find the boy. Finally, it was Banjo’s barking that drew rescuers’ attention around 3AM in the morning. Mason and Banjo were both safe and sound, aside from some bumps and scratches. Way to go, Banjo!
Leon: protected his family from intruders in their home. Leon gave chase, knowing that man in a ski mask, with a gun, wasn’t allowed in his house. The intruder shot at Leon, hitting the pup in the head. The dog survived, even though the bullet just barely missed his brain. This brave Pitt Bull saved his family and their home from those who meant no good.
Jedi: is a black lab who monitors his boy companion, Luke, for diabetes. Jedi alerts Luke’s parents when the boys blood sugar goes too low or too high. The pup went through extensive training to be able to work with Luke. As a result, the dog has saved Luke’s life on more than one occasion. Jedi even works through the night to keep watch over Luke.
These are just three superhero dog stories we’ve shared. There are millions of more superhero dogs out there—including your fur baby!
DC Comic Dog Names
You’ve probably heard of DC Comics—even non-nerdy people have heard of them! DC Comics is one of the oldest and largest comic book companies in the U.S. They’ve produced a number of iconic superheroes including:
- Green Lantern
- Wonder Woman
- The Flash
- Green Arrow
This is only a brief list, but you’ve definitely heard of Superman and Batman. The letters “DC” come from the initials of their most famous series Detective Comics. In fact, it was in this series that Batman made his debut.
DC Comics have delighted readers for years with their superheroes who are known for their courage, support of justice, righteousness, and virtue. The stories are generally full of action and filled with good vs. evil.
When it comes to a dog’s name, you’ll have many DC superheroes to choose from! Here are some great boy dog names to choose from:
- Krypto: Superman’s dog. If you are into classics, checkout our selection of alcohol inspired dog names!
- Ace: the crime-fighting dog belonging to Batman
- Comet: a magical horse and pet of Supergirl
- Barry: the Flash’s secret identity
- Orin: Aquaman’s alter-ego
Now, let’s take a look at some DC Comic names for girl dogs:
- Diana: Wonder Woman’s name
- Lois: for Lois Lane, Superman’s girlfriend
- Martha: the name of Superman’s and Batman’s mothers
- Kara: the name of Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El (Supergirl)
- Kasumi: one of Batgirl’s aliases
Marvel Comics Dog Names
Marvel Comics has been around for some time; in fact, the company became very popular during WWII. Their hero, Captain America (Cap), made his first appearance in March 1941, just before the U.S. entered the war. The cover of the comic features Captain America taking on the bad guys of the day.
From there, Marvel went on to develop other superheroes (and supervillains!) in their ever-evolving Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU), including:
- The Fantastic Four
- Avengers (The Age of Ultron, Infinity Wars, Endgame, et cetera)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man
From the 1960s, Marvel has become one of the largest comic companies in the U.S. The company is currently owned by The Walt Disney Company. They’ve come out with their own superhero movies and characters—you’ll have a wealth of names to choose from! First, let’s take a look at Marvel dog names for male dogs:
- Angel: is a mutant who can fly due to his wings.
- Ant-Man: he can shrink or grow to any size.
- Peter: Peter Parker, aka Spiderman
- Gambit: from the X-Men, this character can manipulate kinetic energy.
- Iceman: also part of the X-Men team, his mutant ability is to manipulate the water vapor around him.
- Groot: The tree-like creature from Guardians of the Galaxy. Perfect for pets who are less active and energetic, but still very lovable.
- Loki: The brother of Thor. Loki is known for being both a supervillain and an anti-hero. He is a trickster god, so this is the perfect name if your puppy is a rapscallion!
- Hawkeye: One of the members of the Avengers. If your dog is known for having a keen eye, this is the name for them.
- Bucky: The real name of the Winter Soldier, best friend of Captain America. If you want to pay an homage to comic books without being too on-the-nose, Bucky is perfect for a dog name.
- Drax: part of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. He is known for his super strength and being the “tough guy” of the group.
- Thanos: The supervillain of Infinity Wars and Endgame. If you adore comic book villains, what better name can you go with than Thanos?
- Falcon: One of the Avengers. Known for his acrobatic skills and avian technology.
- Jarvis: Short for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System,” Jarvis started as Tony Stark’s super-intelligent AI assistant, then became a sentient being of his own!
- Odin: King of Asgard and father of Thor.
- T’Challa: The real name of the king of Wakanda, the Black Panther. This is perfect if your dog has a fur coat that is made up of black and other dark shades!
- Spidey: If you think calling your dog “Spiderman” is a bit of a mouthful, you can substitute that with Spidey!
- Ronan: The supervillain of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
- Cosmo: Cosmo the Spacedog is an actual superhero dog in the Marvel comics! He’s a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Logan: The real name of Wolverine, one of the X-Men.
- Hulk: The juggernaut of the Avengers, known also as Bruce Banner. This is a great name if your dog is on the larger side and is an ace at intimidating strangers.
- Wade (Wilson): The real name of Deadpool. A great name for a dog that likes to joke around and be mischievous!
- Daredevil: A lawyer at day, a vigilante at night. Matt Murdock is also known for being blind, so if your dog suffers a similar fate, this is the perfect name for him!
- Foggy: The sweet and loyal best friend and partner of Daredevil. This is the perfect name if your dog is known for being good-natured and fun-loving.
In the next list, we’ll review some Marvel Comics names for female dogs:
- Blink: from the Marvel superhero lineup—her mutant ability is the power of teleportation.
- Crystal: an Inhuman princess who controls the air, fire, earth and water.
- Gwen (Stacy): this is Spiderman’s first love; she’s also known as Spider-Gwen.
- Pixie: her mutant ability is the power of flight, though she’s also great at inducing hallucinations with her pixie dust.
- Sage: another mutant from the Marvel Universe, she works with mental abilities.
- Gamora: One of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and love interest of Star-Lord.
- Shuri: The sister of Black Panther, known for her high intelligence and innovative mind.
- Wanda: Also known as the Scarlet Witch, a superheroine from the Avengers.
- Natasha (Romanoff): The real name of Black Widow, the female superheroine who’s a part of the Avengers.
- Elektra: An antihero, as she’s been both on the good side and the bad side. She’s also known for being a love interest to Daredevil.
- Thor: The god of thunder from Asgard.
- Nebula: Gamora’s sister, who started out as a villain and ended up working with the Avengers.
- Carol (Danvers): The real name of the superheroine Captain Marvel.
- Mystique: One of the X-Men, known for her abilities to metamorph.
Nerdy Dog Names
We live in a world of smart devices constantly connected to the Internet. IT and technology are popular fields. In fact, techy people have commonly been called “nerds,” but what does that mean?
A nerd is someone who is intelligent, obsessed and not socially smart. This is different than geeks—we’ll take a look at this term later on.
The term “nerd” was once meant as a slight; however, these days, many people consider the term to be a compliment, if applied to them by others. The word “nerd” first appeared in the Dr. Suess book If I ran the Zoo (1950). After that, the term was picked up in by the pop culture of the 50s and applied to people who were not “cool.”
Why would anyone want to give their dog a nerdy name? If you or a loved one work in the tech industry or in one of its many branches, then you may want to choose a nerdy name for your pup. Cartoon dog names are trending these days! Here are some boy dog nerdy names:
- Apple: this should be obvious, but in case its not, this is a reference to the electronics company that makes iPhones, iPads, the Mac, and more.
- Java: a programming language (you can’t be nerdier than that!)
- Gates: in honor of Bill Gates, who founded the Microsoft company—think Windows PCs.
- Apache: a type of server technology.
- Edison: an American inventor and businessman credited with developing electricity and much more.
- Tesla: a famous scientist.
- Megabyte: the measure of a unit of information that’s equal to 1M bytes (if you’re not a nerd, that’s OK. We don’t necessarily understand this, either!)
- Cache: a type of memory on our computers (including the computer this is being written on).
- Data: characters and symbols, along with quantities, that computers use to perform operations. It also happens to be the name of the android character on Star Trek Next Generation (OK! I’m a nerd!)
- Beta: often used in reference with things computer, it means something that’s new and not quite ready to be released to the general public. It’s still under development.
Now, let’s look at some nerdy names for girl dogs!
- Xena: the warrior princess, of course!
- Uhura: the communications officer on the Enterprise, of course you’ll know this if you’re a Trekkie!
- Lady: the direwolf from Game of Thrones.
- Zip: a type of compressed computer file (we warned you—the person writing this is a complete nerd!)
- Echo: the name of Amazon’s voice-activated system for the entire house. Do you talk to your Echo? (Isn’t that an oxymoron…or something?)
- Siri: Apple’s voice activated assistant—if you have an iPhone or iPad, you surely talk to Siri. We’ve heard some of the discussions with her can be quite interesting!
- Mouse: a handheld device that helps us move the cursor on the computer
- Giga: is in reference to another computer data size, the Gigabyte (which is a unit of data that’s equal to one thousand million—can you even comprehend that number? If so, you’re definitely a nerd!)
- Clara: in reference to Santa Clara, which is located in Silicon Valley
- Bug: if you’ve dealt with software problems, then you’ve dealt with a bug. No getting around that!
Geeky Names for Dogs
Now we’ve come to geeky names you can give your dog! We promised to discuss the difference between a nerd and geek, so here goes! Just like nerd, the word “geek” was initially used as an insult. It was first noted back in 1916, when it was used to describe circus performers who did crazy stunts. It’s thought that “geek” comes from a German word “geck,” which means fool or freak.
These days, “geek” means someone who is obsessed with something. It could be anything from computers, comic books, video games, etc. Here, you might think of people who love to play Dungeons and Dragons, though Trekkies can cross over into geekiness, too, especially if they’re obsessed. Back to geeks—they can be obsessed about any type of topic, including science, math, dogs, etc.
Can a person be a geeky nerd? Technically, yes. It’s possible. Maybe there’s a Dungeons and Dragons player who loves computers! There you have it—a geeky nerd!
Let’s take a look at a few geeky names for boy dogs:
- Atom: the smallest known particle (that we know of!)
- Orbit: what a satellite does around the Earth
- Petri: you know those small, clear glass dishes scientists use in the lab? They’re called petri dishes.
- Meme: you have to be familiar with this term, especially if you’re active on social media!
- WiFi: technology that uses radio frequencies to allow us to wireless connect to the Internet.
Here are some geeky names for girl dogs:
- Leia: after Princess Leia from the movie Star Wars.
- Khaleesi: the term given to a Dothraki warlord’s wife—directly from the Game of Thrones popular series and books!
- Zelda: the ever-popular name of a video game
- Etsy: the popular online shop, where you can buy hand-made items.
- Hermione: one of the main characters from the Harry Potter series. Check out our list of french dog names for more classics!
There you have it—comic book dog names, nerdy and geeky dog names! We hope this guide has helped you to find just the right name for your own precious canine companion! And if you’re a nerd or a geek, you’re in very good company!