50 TV Shows Inspired Dog Names

Reviewed By Tom •  Updated: 01/24/21 •  11 min read
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If you’re here, you must be in search of a name for your newly adopted dog or puppy! Then you’ve come to the very right place to find inspiration! First, we’d like to congratulate you and your new fur baby. It’s exciting to bring your adopted friend home for the first time, and then start out on one of life’s best journeys with your canine companion.

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Looking for a name for your dog or puppy can be challenging. While there are many places to turn for inspiration, it’s still not an easy job. That’s why we’re here to help!

In this article, we’ve put together a list of dog name inspired by TV shows. Now, let’s get started on those name ideas we mentioned earlier!

TV Show Dog Names Female

Here are some great names for girl dogs inspired by TV shows!

1). Penny: this is the main female lead on the show “The Big Bang Theory.” She’s a blonde who ends up falling in love with a physicist.

2). Aria: she’s one of the main characters from “Pretty Little Liars.” She’s the firstborn child of her TV parents, Byron and Ella Montgomery. She’s a bit artsy and likes alternative things. She’s been known to wear pink streaks in her hair, too.

3). Meredith: is the name of one of the female leads on “Grey’s Anatomy.” Meredith is head of the general surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

4). Buffy: from the famous show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This supernatural drama was based on a movie of the same name. Buffy is the female lead on the TV show.

5). Gidget: was the main female lead on the TV show of the same name. She was a teenager who loved surfing with her friends on Malibu beach.

6). Emma: this is the name of one of main characters on the TV series “Once Upon a Time.” Her full name is Emma Swan, and her character is based on the fairytale “The Ugly Duckling.”

7). Rose: is the name of one of Dr. Who’s companions, and she appeared on the TV series on the 9th and 10th seasons.

8). Miley: is the name of the actress, singer songwriter who played Hannah on the TV series “Hannah Montana.” She played a teenage girl who was living a double life as a regular schoolgirl during the day, and a pop singer by night.

9). Lassie: is the name of the main character, who was a dog, on the TV series “Lassie.” The dog is a Rough Collie and was loved by people around the world for being a hero.

10). Waverly: this name comes from a teen sitcom fantasy called “Wizards of Waverly Place.” The show was put out by Disney and ran for about five years. Selena Gomez was one of the leads on this series.

11). Goldie: this name is inspired by the TV series “The Golden Girls,” an American sitcom about four older women who shared a home and friendship in Miami, Florida.

12). Lucy: this name comes from the TV series “I Love Lucy,” which starred Lucille Ball and her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz.

13). Priya: was the name of Raj’s younger sister on the TV series “The Big Bang Theory.” Priya and Leonard became involved during the show, but Priya eventually moved back to India without him.

14). Grace: this name is inspired by the lead female character on the TV series “Will & Grace.” Grace is famous for being skinny and having long, flowing red hair.

15). Abby: this name comes from the name of one of the main women characters on the TV series NCIS. She was one of the criminology experts on the team, and she’s famous for her dark black hair, which is divided into pig tails.

16). Zoey: this is the name of one of the female leads on the TV show “Zoey 101.” The show features teens who live in California.

17). Samantha: from the 60s TV series “Bewitched.” Samantha was a witch who married a mortal named Darwin. She didn’t tell him about being a witch until their wedding night. From there the show took off for lots of bewitching fun.

18). Ladybird: was the name of the dog in the animated series “King of the Hill.”

19). Jessica: was the name of the main female lead in the show “Murder, She Wrote.” The character’s name was Jessica Fletcher, and she was an author who wrote murder mysteries, and solved a few real murder mysteries, too.

20). Blue: from the cartoon series “Blue’s Clues.” Blue is a girl puppy who communicates with two of the main characters through her barking. Thankfully they understand what she’s saying.

TV Show Dog Names Male

Now, here are some names for boy dogs that are inspired by TV shows!

21). Scooby: from the cartoon series “Scooby Doo.” Scooby is Great Dane who happens to travel in a van with his human friends! He has a voracious appetite and helps the group solve mysteries as they travel.

22). Shep: this name comes from the character Dr. Shepherd on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

23). Shaggy: is another character from the “Scooby Doo” animated series. Shaggy is Scooby’s best friend. The two of them usually get into some unusual trouble during the show!

24). Comet: is the name of the Golden Retriever from “Full House.”

25). Kelso: is the name of one of the main characters from “The 70s Show.” He’s known for being tall, slim and for having long hair.

26). Hawkeye: is the nickname of one of the main male characters from the movie and TV series “MASH.” He was drafted and sent to the Korean war where he has many adventures in trying to make the best out of life.

27). Gyver: this name comes from the male lead in the TV series “MacGyver.” Gyver is famous for having a genius intellect, fantastic engineering skills and more. He uses all of his knowledge and abilities to continuously and miraculously get out of trouble.

28). Wiley: from the cartoon series about the roadrunner by “Looney Tunes.” This is the name of the coyote character who is always trying to outsmart and catch the roadrunner. Thankfully he’s not successful, but it’s fun watching his antics.

29). Walker: is the name of the male lead in the TV series “Walker Texas Ranger.” This was a show where the main characters didn’t use drugs, helped the community, and where martial arts was used as a way to manage the bad guys.

30). Kramer: this was a rather wacky character on the TV series “Seinfeld.” He was also the friend of Jerry and they both lived in the same apartment building. One of Kramer’s iconic entrances to Jerry’s apartment was to enter without knocking and somehow slide across the floor at the same time.

Friends TV Show Dog Names

Here are some dog names inspired by the famous TV series “Friends.”

31). Marcel: was the name of Ross’s pet monkey.

32). Rachel: was Ross’s girlfriend on the show.

33). Ross: was the nerdy guy played by the actor David Schwimmer.

34). Minsk: the love of Phoebe’s life, David, eventually moves to Minsk.

35). Joey: is the iconic friend who’s always wanting a girlfriend, but somehow doesn’t manage to have one. He’s also an actor who ends up with some interesting roles.

36). Bing: this is the last name of the one of the male characters, Chandler Bing.

37). Gunther: is the name of the male barista who falls in love with Rachel.

38). Candy: one year Monica happens to make Christmas candy that becomes a hit with the neighbors. When she won’t make more, they riot.

39). Happy: is the name of the happiest dog in the world! Joey is down when Rachel doesn’t love him in return, so Phoebe tries to help by giving Joey the happiest dog in the world.

40). Monica: is the name of Rachel’s best friend.

Famous TV Show Dog Names

Here are some names from dogs in famous TV shows!

41). Astro: from the animated series “The Jetsons.”

42). Brian: from the animated series “Family Guy.”

43). Pluto: one of Disney’s main characters from many of their animated shows.

44). Spike: is the name of a dog from the “Rugrats.”

45). Wishbone: is a Jack Russell Terrier from the children’s show “Wishbone.”

Old TV Show Dog Names

Here are some dog names inspired by dog characters in old TV shows!

46). Eddie: from the show “Fraser,” was a Jack Russell Terrier who had plenty of personality.

47). Flash: was the name of the Basset Hound from “The Dukes of Hazard” TV show.

48). Max: is the name of the Grinch’s dog.

49). Petey: is the name of the dog from the “Little Rascals” series.

50). Snoopy: is the iconic black and white Beagle from the “Charlie Brown” cartoons.

How to Choose a Name for Your Dog

Finding the right name is a challenge, and it’s very tempting to just use one of the most popular names being used right now. However, there’s more to a name than just choosing one that’s popular. In fact, a name that’s popular can be a problem. We’ll get to that in a minute.

We’ve done some research and found some recommendations and considerations on how to choose the right name for your dog. Let’s get started!

Keep it short: scientific research has shown that dogs respond best to name that are about 2 syllables long. It’s OK to choose a longer name, but it’s best to use the shorter version of that name when calling your dog or giving him cues while training. Dogs have the ability to hear a wide range of frequencies; in fact, they can hear sounds that are too high for us to hear. These subtle differences are picked up when we say our dog’s name. They can hear this, even when we can’t. This is one way dogs are able to distinguish your voice in a noisy space, such as a dog park.

Avoid names with negative meanings: our canine companions are sensitive beings. If you give them a name that has negative vibes, they’ll pick up on it. Every time you say the dog’s name, they may act a little sad, hanging their head, and more. This is because they feel the negative connotation you associate with their name. Another thing some people find funny is giving their dog a name that is a racial slur, embarrassing, or just a bad name for an evil character from a movie or TV show. Or the pet parents may choose a name that’s just gross. Can you imagine calling the vet to see “Snots” is ready to go yet?

Don’t choose a name that sounds like a cue: this is another issue that some people don’t realize can be confusing to dogs. If you give them a name like “Bo,” and then tell the dog to “go,” he’ll be confused. He won’t know if you’re saying his name or giving him a cue to do something.

Choose a unique name: OK, we promised to talk about this. For one thing, choosing a name that’s extremely popular for dogs right now is a mistake. Why? What happens if you’re at the dog park and call your dog’s name? You’ll have every dog, but yours, running to you! Or if your dog thinks he hears someone calling him, he’ll go running off with all the other dogs who share that name. Have fun catching up with him! Another issue is choosing a name that rhymes with other family member or pet names. Be sure to choose a unique name for your dog, one that doesn’t sound like anyone else’s name, and one that’s not extremely popular with other pet parents.

Choose a name based on personality/characteristics: your dog could be the ultimate inspiration of a name! Consider his personality. Does your canine companion have some unique personality quirks that would make a great name? What about his characteristics? Does your dog have freckles, a unique color of fur, or a unique eye color? These are some ideas on how you can find inspiration for your dog’s name, a name that will be based directly on his personality or characteristics.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’ve found the perfect name for your dog!

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Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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