DOG NAMES

Pop Culture Dog Names: You Can Never Go Wrong with These Names

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Emily Young
Written by Emily Young

Picking the right name for a new pup isn’t an easy task for any dog owner. You want to choose just the perfect name that you wouldn’t mind addressing multiple times a day; at the same time, you also want something easy to pronounce and hard to forget; how about pop culture dog names? Connecting pop culture to your dog’s name can be an amazing approach and a great first step to begin the pursuit for the perfect name, fit for your new pup.

Each and every one of us has our own pop culture. It’s pretty simple—pop culture is the popular culture, driven by the society you’re living in. It can be your favorite music, dance style, or even common names and phrases your society uses, not to mention habits, trends, fashion, most watched movies, and TV shows—all of these represent your pop culture. Pop culture can represent your life, personality, and habits, all in one. At the end of the day, our dogs are a part of us, as is pop culture, and so, it’s a great idea to give your dog a pop culture name.

Creating your own pop-culture driven map will be the first step towards summarizing your likes and will eventually turn into an awesome, perfect name. Follow through step #1 to #2 where we suggest ways to be creative and connect your life and passions to your dog’s name. Or you can also jump to the list where we’ve come up with pop culture names, divided by gender to make the search simple for you.

Steps to Take When Choosing a Name for Your Dog

It seems like it is impossible for us to manage to guide each person reading this to personalize the name they wish to give their dog. However, by following the steps below, you will not only find the right name, but also learn things about yourself and explore multiple ways to be creative.

Step #1: Brainstorm

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Sit down, get a pen, and write the words that come to your mind when we mention the numerous subjects below.

Let’s start with music; since we all agree that music defines us on a personal level, music can be a great approach to look for your pup’s name. Who are your favorite artists? What are your favorite songs? Favorite lyrics?

Keep in mind that all the questions we are asking are not your only possible choices; you can go around and ask yourself other questions that you think will help.

Are you a gamer? Each one of us has played many games in our lives, and more than once we had to come up with amazing names that would fit the character we’re about to play. Those names that you picked can be a good name for your puppy too.

Moving on from music and games, you can continue with naming your favorite TV shows, favorite actors, movie characters, favorite sports players, favorite food, hobbies, etc. If it’s something that makes you smile, you are on the right track.

Step #2: Make the Connection

When your map of words seems complete, the second step is basically putting words together; what can be better than random words that make you happy, tied together?

To go on and give you an example, before buying my first puppy, a tiny 1-month Cane Corso, I considered the fact that he was the last male pup to leave his mom. He had many health issues, and I wanted a special name. A name that symbolizes power confidence.

I randomly did my map and ended up choosing the name Carson. The name took life from the actual breed of the dog, being a Cane Corso. Now it’s your turn! Be creative and randomly weave letters together; you never know what amazing name turns out to be perfect for your dog!

Step #3: Find Inspiration from the List Below

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Of course, not all of us feel inspired enough to start from scratch, and not all of us have the time to create our own map. So in case being creative is not your strong suit or you just need to scan through different names and pick one that just clicks with you, feel free to check the list below.

We came up with a couple of names that we found are most likely to fit your pop culture; at the same time, you can use the names as references to take you closer to the name you’re looking for.

Pop Culture Name Suggestions Divided by Gender

To make the search easier for you, we’ve divided our pop culture names by gender. Pop culture is a broad genre because it may mean something different to one person as compared to another, which is why we try to include many different pop culture references below, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Check out the fun list below!

#1: Male Pop Culture Dog Names

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  • Berlin — cities may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it’s about pop culture names, but the famous show Casa de Papel makes Berlin worth mentioning as an amazing dog name. If you’re a fan of the show or a fan of one of the actors, maybe this reference will be what you are looking for.

  • Bruce – Batman’s real name. This name suits a big and strong dog—especially one with a dark coat. You can also draw inspiration from the Robins—Dick, Jason, Tim, and Damian.

  • Casper — One name that always takes us to our childhood; everyone would’ve loved a loyal friend like Casper, the friendly ghost. If you have other childhood cartoons that you cherish, or even a favorite character from when you were young that you used to look up to, their names can be amazing options.

  • Ghost — If you’re in love with Game of Thrones, you’re definitely in love with the dire wolves from the House of Stark. They exhibit unimaginable loyalty towards their owners. It’s even better if your dog belongs to one of these wolf-like dog breeds.

  • Harry — no one can deny that Harry Potter is here to stay. Most of us grew up reading Harry Potter books, and even today parents are still reading their kids Harry Potter books.

  • Jake – Jake is the name of the yellow dog from the cartoon Adventure Time. He’s a cool dog who can stretch his body. If your dog acts more mature than he should be for his age, this is a good name for him.

  • Justin — Although not all the news that circulate about him are pleasant, there’s no denying that Justin Bieber is a pop culture icon.

  • Pikachu – Gotta catch ‘em all! Although the one we’ve suggested here is Pikachu, Pokemon is a huge franchise with a little bit of something for everyone. No matter what type of character trait your dog exhibits, there is a Pokemon that resembles that.

  • Pluto — Whether you’re a fan of Mickey Mouse or just passionate about planets, Pluto can be the right name for your new family member. A combination of cute serious, if you think it fits your pup’s profile, this can be an amazing name to choose. You can never go wrong with Disney dog names.

  • Sephiroth – our list of pop culture names won’t be complete if we didn’t mention video games. One of the most popular video game series would be Final Fantasy, and FF VII is the most popular of them all. The main antagonist, Sephiroth, is a tragic character whose background makes him one of the most memorable antagonists of all time.

  • Stark – These days, movies that have ‘Marvel’ stamped on them are almost guaranteed become top-grossing blockbusters. Tony Stark is a good naming inspiration because he’s handsome, rich, and a genius. What’s not to love? Perfect for smart dogs.

  • Thor – if your dog is big both in body and heart, then this is the perfect name for him—more so if he’s not scared of thunder.

  • Winchester – The Supernatural TV series may not be new, but the fact that it has endured for such a long time testifies for its quality and popularity. You can also name your dog either Dean or Sam. This name is perfect for badass dogs.

#2: Female Pop Culture Dog Names

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  • Allura – the alien princess from the popular cartoon series Voltron: Legendary Defender. Despite her status as a princess, Allura is anything but demure or helpless. She’s brave and has a kind heart, just like your dog.

  • Cataleya Referencing this movie character is a must on this list. If you haven’t watched Colombiana yet, seeing this movie is a must. If you love strong female character roles, Cataleya is the cherry on top of the cake.

  • Diana – this is Wonder Woman’s real name. Perfect for strong and beautiful pups that exude grace and nobility.

  • Elsa – from the famous Disney movie Frozen that has captured our heart with its hit song, Let It Go, this name is perfect for pups with a snow white coat, or one with a cool attitude.

  • Hermione Are you a Harry Potter fan? Hermione is the famous female character with a great perspective on what it is to be a woman, and she’s a magician as well! You can also check out our article on Harry Potter dog names.

  • Natasha – the real name of the Black Widow is Natasha Romanov. This name is great not only for Russian breeds but also for any other dogs with a calm and collected personality.

  • Sakura a famous Asian pop culture that people all around the world follow is that of anime. Whether you’re a grown-up, a teen, or just enrolled in college, the beauty of anime is that it doesn’t matter. Sakura is like the first name that comes to mind when we think of female anime characters. Cardcaptor Sakura, anyone? How about Sakura from Naruto?

  • Sansa Sansa would make a great pup name, wouldn’t you agree? If your new pup shows some sassiness just like Sansa does in the show, this name can be a great choice. There are also plenty of other creative character names in Game of Thrones you can take into consideration, such as Arya, Nymera, and even Cercei!

  • Taylor – Taylor Swift has definitely made a splash in the music world today. If your dog has blond hair or belongs to a country dog breed, this name can be apt. You may also want to check out our list on the best farm dogs.

  • Yuna do you love K-Pop? If yes, then this name can be a good place to start, although there are so many members of Korean girl bands and boy bands that you definitely won’t run out of options.

  • Zelda – who doesn’t know the Legend of Zelda? Zelda is the name of a princess in the game; it’s perfect for dogs that have a regal bearing.

Wrap Up

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Are you convinced yet just how easy it is to use pop culture to your advantage? To conclude, our everyday life can play an important role especially when it comes to connecting ourselves with those around us. The same goes for when we’ve just adopted a new pup.

We hope that we’ve managed to help you better connect with your dog by choosing a suitable name for him/her. At the same time, we hope you enjoyed reading this article! The names we mentioned above are far from being the only pop culture names suitable for dogs. This list isn’t exhaustive, but we hope we’ve managed to spark inspiration for you.

Do you have any other favorite pop culture references you think should have been included in this article? Did we miss any good names? Leave us a comment below and let’s talk about our favorite pop cultures! And now that you’ve found the perfect name for your dog, please check out our article on puppy feeding schedule next so you’ll know how to best take care of your new furry friend.

About the author
Emily Young
Emily Young

Emily is originally from China where she graduated from The University of Hong Kong with high distinction learning about fashion and design. During university she opened her own magazine about Dog Fashion as dogs were always in her heart. She was surprised, when she moved to a beautiful British Columbia 10 years ago, to see many great Boutiques with dog's designer clothing and desire of pet owners to make their babies look nice.

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