Newfoundland dogs—fondly shortened to Newfs or Newfies—are a large dog breed that originated in Canada. They are big, cuddly, sweet, and loyal. However, some people find their size intimidating, which is probably one of the reasons why people have a hard time finding good names for them. We have a few ideas on how to find good Newfoundland dog names that could fit your gentle giant nicely.
As a dog breed, Newfies are intelligent, strong, calm, and loyal. They excel in water rescue or lifesaving thanks to their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and outstanding swimming abilities. Their musculature makes it easy for them to power through ocean waves and powerful tides.
This is why when giving your Newfie a name, you should choose one that sounds strong, so it reflects their characteristics and abilities, yet gentle so people won’t be intimidated by their big size. A name like that is quite a tall order, but don’t worry because we’re well prepared to fulfill it.
Not all of us have a collection of names ready for our future best friends. If you’re having problems naming your Newfie, don’t worry because we’re sure you’ll find something that shows off your dog’s best features well in the list of names below. No two Newfies are the same, and because we understand that, we’ve categorized the names according to different Newfie characteristics so you can choose one that best symbolizes your dog.
The Best Newfoundland Dog Names
Newfies look like big bears, and it was said that they descended from the big black bear dogs introduced by the Vikings. In fact, it is not uncommon for Newfies to be called “Blackie, Brownie,” or “Bear” due to their coloring and looks.
However, these names sound generic and common. As a dog owner, you want a name that stands out—lest a couple of Brownies, Blackies, and Bears run to you when you’re at the local dog park. You want a name that commands respect and pays tribute to your dog’s abilities, strength, or characteristics.
Names for Gentle Newfies
Newfs are known as gentle giants. They are calm and have a sweet temper. They are also easy to train when started young. Newfs are great with children and are ideal companions in the world of therapy. In fact, Newfs are forever immortalized as the beloved guardian dog “Nana” in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
If you chose a Newfoundland for their gentle nature—perhaps because you’d like to delegate the task of being your child’s playmate and guardian to them—here are some ideas to get you started:
Argos — Odysseus’ faithful dog in Homer’s Odyssey
Arav – clam and peaceful
Ada – noble and kind
Buddha – teacher of Nirvana
Bree – the exalted one
Casimir – keeping the peace
Chesna – peaceful
Dembe – African for peace-loving
Denys — Medieval form of Dionysus, the god of the grape harvest
Enid – soul
Eric – eternal ruler in Norse mythology
Fred – peaceful ruler
Frida – peace
Gala – calm
Galen – calm
Halima – patient
Hoshi — star
Iren – peaceful
Iris — rainbow
Jeff – God’s peace
Jonah — Dove
Jam – something sweet
Keola — life
Kenny – good looking
Liam – protection
Livia – life
Milo — peaceful
Malia – Mary in Hawaiian
Noah – rest
Nadine – hope
Ollie – elf army
Olive – olive
Paz/Pax — peace
Placido – untroubled
Rafiki – friend
Rei – salute
Salma – whole
Salim – secure
Tova – good
Tao – apple
Udo –time of peace
Uma – flax
Valentina – healthy, strong
Vladimir – to rule with greatness, peace
Winnie – blessed peace
Wyatt – brave and strong
Zoey – life
Ziggy – victory, protection
Names for Strong Newfies
If you got a Newfie to guard the house against intruders, you’d want to underline their size, strength, and protective nature. Here are some great options when you’re looking for the best name to gift to your new guardian angel, divided by gender:
Strong Newfie Names #1: Males
Here are some names inspired by powerful male heroic figures.
Some of these figures can be found in history or literature books whereas others are fictional characters derived from popular movies and cartoons.
Strong Newfie Names #2: Females
Female Newfies can be just as strong and dependable as their male counterpart—perhaps even more so.
Be it from pop culture or mythological sources, there is no lack of female hero names to go by.
Tiger or Tigress
Names for Smart Newfies
Aside from being strong and tough, Newfies are also highly intelligent. That’s why they are highly coveted as help dogs or rescue dogs.
If you got a Newfie for that purpose, here are some names that can get them admitted to Harvard or Yale after they get straight A’s at home.
Albert or Einstein – genius physicist and Nobel Prize winner
Alcott – after the author of Little Women and 270 other books, Louisa May Alcott
Asimov – after the science fiction author, Isaac Asimov
Bobby – chess master
Brain – Penny’s dog in Inspector Gadget
Curie – for scientist Marie Curie
Darwin – after Charles Darwin, developer of the Theory of Evolution
Dell — Michael Dell of Dell Computers
Dexter — genius cartoon character with a laboratory
Doogie – Doogie Howser, our favorite teenage doctor
Dolph – Dolph Lundgren from the Rocky movies has an IQ of over 160
Egghead – slang for smart kids in school
Faraday – nice guy and physicist
Freud – psychologist and one smart man
Galileo – astronomer and physicist
Genius – let’s just call a spade, a spade
Hannibal – sounds tough, scary and smart just like evil genius Hannibal Lecter
Hawk — short for Stephen Hawking, the genius physicist
Holmes – Sherlock Holmes, the detective
IQ – for smarty pants dogs
Jobs – Apple founder and iPhone creator
Kasparov – Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster
Kepler — for Johannes Kepler who discovered the motion of planets
Kofi – former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Leonardo — inventor and painter
Lisa – the smartest Simpson
Ludwig – the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven
Mensa – society of people with high IQ
Neutron – the other boy genius cartoon character
Newton – genius, mathematician, and a good guy
Princeton – for the smart Newf with unlimited budget
Professor – Newfs that are smart enough to teach at a university
Quentin — movie director Quentin Tarantino with IQ over 160
Roslin — President Laura Roslin of Battlestar Galactica
Rubik – the game for smart cookies
Sage – for smart Newfies that don’t pick fights with pit bulls
Salk – Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine
Savant – for the Newf with detailed knowledge in a specialized field
Savvy – meaning smart and shrewd
Screech — Screech Savage from Saved by the Bell
Urkel – the brainy kid from Family Matters
Witty – Newfs with an intelligent sense of humor
Wright – for the Wright Brothers
These are just examples of how you can give an intelligent Newf a smart name. These names will impress people especially if they know who or what you’re naming your dog after. While Newfies are naturally smart, make sure to hone their intelligence by teaching them skills and tricks so that other people can see and appreciate how clever they are. If your Newf is trained as a help dog or a rescue dog, rest assured while you entrust your safety to them because they will help you navigate your way around and protect you.
Names for Water-Loving Newfies
If you take a look at a Newfie’s paws, you will instantly notice the webbed feet. Not all dogs have webbed feet, so Newfs are really special. Aside from this, they also have a water-resistant coat. This is because Newfs were originally companions of fishermen in Newfoundland in Canada. They were used as working dogs that pulled up fishnets, hauled cart, and other equipment.
Newfies also exhibit a strong instinct to rescue people from the water. One Newfie once aided in the rescue of 63 shipwrecked sailors. There are many accounts of Newfies rescuing humans from the water. For example, an unnamed Newfie was said to have rescued Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 during his infamous escape from Elba.
In 1995, a Newf named Boo rescued a hearing-impaired man in the Yuba River in Northern California who almost drowned while dredging for gold. Such brave dogs deserve a strong and heroic name. Here are some ideas for your water-loving Newf.
4 Winds – the strength of God
Admiral – highest Naval rank
Anchor – somebody to hold us in 1 place
Bahama – one of the best places for swimming and relaxing
Beach – in reference to their love of the water
Bo Po – short for Beach Police
Buoy – the good boy who helps us stay afloat
Captain — because sometimes you’re the admiral and he’s a rank lower
Commodore – for Newfs above captain rank
Corona – because we need a cold one after rescuing people
Crab – can be in reference to Crusty Crab, famous underwater burger joint
Duck – a name that can confuse and amuse other people
First Mate – the captain’s right-hand man
Goose – another amusing name for a Newf
Kayak – a ride for a water-loving dog
Lighthouse – guiding light in perilous or unfamiliar waters
Marina – safe harbor
Mate – an apt name for your best friend
Pier — stopover for sailors and seamen
Pirate – conqueror of hearts
Sailor – low ranking Naval officer, but still loved
Sand Dollar – Newfs that love collecting shells or sand
Sandusky – meaning water
Shrimp – a small name for a big lovable pooch
Sub – a big name for a big dog
Sundancer – when your Newf is not only a water lover but a dancer too
Trout – more amusing Newf names
Waves – because waves are fun
TMF – for Newfs that are too much fun!
Hopefully, these names will “float your boat.”
Names by the Color of the Newf’s Coat
Another way to name your Newf is to take a look at the color of their coat. Newfs come in 3 colors: black, brown, and white-and-black (Landseer).
Coming up with names based on their coat color can be hard considering this limitation, but we’ll give it our best shot. Here are some ideas beyond Blackie, Brownie, and Spot.
Names Inspired by Famous Newfies
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; so, if you’re having a hard time finding a name for your best friend, why not borrow the names of famous Newfies?
Here are the names of some of the most famous real and fictional Newfoundland dogs.
Adam — winner of Best in Show at the 1984 Westminster Dog Show
Bashaw – the Earl of Dudley’s favorite dog
Beckham — dog of Penguins’ Matt Murray
Bilbo – lifeguard at Sennen beach in Cornwall that saved three lives
Boatswain – Lord Byron’s pet
Bouncer — Newfie given to George V and Queen Mary when they visited Newfoundland in 1901
Brumus — RFK’s dog
Bonkers – dog from The World According to Garp
Bummer – friend of Lazarus that frequently wandered San Francisco during the early 1860s
Carlo – Newfie friend of Emily Dickinson
Charlie Erhart – Lyndon B. Johnsn’s Newf
Crusoe – main character in R.M. Ballantyne’s The Dog Crusoe and His Master
Faithful – Ulysses Grant’s first dog
Gander — Royal Rifles of Canada’s mascot, also known as Sergeant Gander
Napoleon the Wonder Dog – famous circus dog from England during the 1860s
Nana – Wendy, John, and Michael’s dog in Peter Pan
Pollux – Newf in Desolation Island
Russ – the last dog of Richard Wagner that was buried in the tomb of the famous composer
Rigel – mythical Newf of the first officer William Murdoch aboard the RMS Titanic
Sable Chief — Royal Newfoundland Regiment’s WWI mascot
Newfies started out as a working dog, and they sure know how to work their way into our hearts. As a dog breed, they are calm, dignified, and quiet, which is why they need a good strong name that best describes these attributes. Their big size makes them intimidating, but deep down we know that they’re gentle and kind.
Newfoundland Dogs are also big, strong, intelligent, and loyal. Because they are strong, Newfies are also perceived as tough. This is pretty understandable since they look like black and brown bears. Dogs are inherently loyal to their masters. In fact, this is why we have the term “lap dog.” Just like other dogs, Newfs show loyalty to those who are a part or could be part of their pack. Therefore, dogs and Newfs want to bond with their owners because loyalty to humans makes the pack work more efficiently (see how naturally smart they are).
They should have a name that highlights these admirable traits and something that you will be proud to call. You don’t want a name that’s common because other dogs might already have those names, but you also don’t want a name that’s too weird. While there is nothing really wrong about naming them funny or unusual names, it is best to remember that you might need to call your dog aloud in public.
Remember that Newfies are polite dogs that are good swimmers and like to rescue people in the water. Keep their characteristics in mind, and it will be easy for you to find a name for this gentle giant.
Have you found a name for your Newfie best friend? What did you think of the names listed above? Do you think you will name your dog after one of the names we suggested? Or perhaps you have a list of names of your own that Newfie owners should not miss? Tell us by leaving your comments below.