Your dog’s name can tell others quite a bit about her personality. It makes sense, then, that as a dog parent you would want to give your new dog the perfect name. For a female puppy, you’d want a name that tells others not just that she’s cute, beautiful, or sweet, but that she’s also very strong. Finding unique female dog names that sound strong and feminine at the same time can be difficult, but it is quite doable.
One of the great things about naming your dog is that there will always be many names from which to choose. There are a number of great names for a girl puppy that not only sound very feminine, but that announce the dog’s strength to the world around her. If you’re looking for a great name that will make your little girl sound like the strong princess she really is, you’ll definitely want to keep reading on.
Strong Female Names for Dogs: The General List
Sometimes it makes sense to just have a general list of puppy names for female dogs. This list of name means a variety of things, of course, but they all manage to sound suitably strong without getting too ‘girly’. These names run the gamut, though, so do your research to find out which one works for you.
The ‘As’ is a fairly eclectic bunch. You not only have place names like Aspen, Adelaide, and Alaska here, but you also have other names like Adeline, Alexia, Amina, and Alexis helping to round out the group. ‘B’ names include Brooklyn and Blizzard, but also names of notably tough characters like Blossom and Blondie. Cricket and Dakota are typically good, tough names for a female dog, as are names like Dallas, Destiny, or Diamond. You can even go with Delilah, Diva, Duchess, or Dora to get a name that’s a little more on the feminine side.
Not satisfied with those names? Why not try something like Echo of Eden, or perhaps Electra, Ember, Esmerelda, Emery, or Etta? You might also want to look at names like Faye, Gaia, Geneva, Genesis, or Georgia. Other good names include Harlow and Harley as well as Harper, Hattie, Huntress, and Haven.
Still, looking for names? India and Indiana are great names for dogs, as are Indigo, Iris, and Inez. Isla, Ivy, Izzy, and Ivory are fairly strong and pretty names, as are Jane, Jade, Jasmine, and Jersey. Jewel signifies toughness as well as beauty, while Jordan, Jinx, and Justice typically just sound a little stronger than many other names. You can go with a famous huntress and name your dog Katniss, but names like Karma, Kayla, Kennedy, Kendall, and Kenya are also great choices.
Honestly, there are more strong names than you might imagine. From Leia, Lena, and Liana to Liberty, Lois, and Lola, you’ll have no shortage of good names from which to choose. London, Loretta, Lucia, Lucinda, and Lucky all work well, as do Mae, Malia, Maple, Marianna, Marilyn, and Matilda, Even older names like Maude are solid choices, along with names like Maya, Mazie, McKenna, Melina, Mercy, Mia, Mika, Mila, Miram, and Missy. Moving along the alphabet will take you to names like Nola, Nora, and Nori, along with Nova, Odessa, Olive, Olivia, Opal, and Olga.
The back half of the alphabet isn’t too shabby when it comes to strong names, either. There’s Parker and Payton, Peral and Perdita, Phoeba and Phoenix, Piper, Pippa, Poppy, Portia, Princess, and Queen to a lookout. You also have names like Raven, Remy, Riley, Rebel, River (and Rio), and Rowan to choose from, as well as Rogue, Roxy, Ruby Rylie, Sable, and Sage. The ‘S’ contingent even finishes out with great names like Sage, Sammie, Savannah, Scarlet, Scout, Selena, Selma, Serena, Shadow, Sheba, Shelby, Shiloh, Sierra, Sienna, Siti, Skye, Skyler, Smokey, Sunny, Sydney, Sylvia, and Starbuck.
The list even finishes strong with names like Talia, Tabitha, Taylor, and Tessa as well as Thea, Theo, Tiana, and Virginia. The end of the alphabet brings with it Vixen, Willow, Winter, Zia, Zoe, and Zola – along with a host of other options that you can create with a little effort.
Girl Dog Names with Cultural Meanings
While all of the names above can be fantastic choices, some dog owners do want something that’s got a little bit of meaning behind it. These are names that mean something strong and special – perfect names for a dog that’s meant to show strength in daily life.
Some good female dog names and meanings are those based popular strength-based titles from cultural backgrounds like mythology. Good options are Greek Goddess titles like Athena, Artemis, Andromeda, Cora, and Nyx, as well as Idunn (or Ida) and Freya from Norse myths. There are also Roman goddess names like Flora and Juno.
People famous for their strength and wit are fantastic female dog names and meanings too. Amelia is a name chosen to honor the famous female pilot, for example, while Rosa is in honor of the civil rights icon. Authors often lend their names to dogs as well, as Austen (as in Jane), Virginia (Woolf), and Zora (Neal Hurston) are all popular names for female dogs with a great deal of spirit. Other famous female names include Cleopatra (after the Queen), Curie (as in Marie, the groundbreaking scientist), Frida (as in the artist, Kahlo), Ada (and Lovelace), and Florence (as in Nightingale)
Sometimes it’s also wise to look to other languages for a good name. You can choose Amari, which is an African word for strength, or Zuri, which is Swahili for beauty. Likewise, Imani is a Swahili word for faith, and Bindi is an Australian word that means alternately little girl or little spear. There are dozens of great words for strength out there, so take a look to find one that speaks to you.
Famous Names of Strong Female Dogs
If you’re not sold on random dog names, you might want to look at the names of some real-life female dogs who were known for their strength. These dogs have gone above and beyond to establish themselves in various fields, so it makes sense to name your dog for one of them.
Two of the obvious choices are Strelka and Belka. These famous girls were among the first sent into space by the USSR, orbiting the Earth on the Sputnik 5. Unlike the more famous Laika, these dogs actually made it back to Earth safely – you can even go visit the Museum of Cosmonauts in Moscow to see their preserved bodies.
If you’re looking for something more local, you might want to think about Sallie. This dog accompanied soldiers of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry into battle during the Civil War, where she was separated from troops during the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. Though lost and scared, Sallie was later found standing guard over wounded troops.
A more modern choice might be Lucca, a dog who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Famous for completing over 400 missions, she was a major part of ensuring the survival of military soldiers over the course of her career. Though Lucca was ultimately discharged after losing a leg to an improvised explosive, this strong girl is still alive today and lives with one of her former handlers.
Another fantastic dog to look at for inspiration is Roselle. Her owner, for whom she was a guide dog, was on the 78th floor of the first tower struck on 9/11. Though the scene was certainly chaotic, Roselle managed to guide her owner all the way down to the ground floor. Not only was she able to get her owner down 78 flights of stairs, but she actually helped him to find shelter on the ground and even managed to get him all the way to a friend’s apartment.
Choosing the Right Name for Your Female Dog
As you can imagine, it’s not always all that easy to choose the right name for your dog. Even if you know that you want to give your dog a name that conforms to a general theme like strength, there are so many names out there (and even on this list!) that you might have trouble narrowing things down. As such, it does make sense to think about what you can do to narrow things down.
It’s always a good idea to start by thinking about whether there’s something about strength-based names, for your strong and healthy dog, that call to you. Is it just about strength, or is there a connection to something else? If you are looking for something cultural, for example, you can make your search much easier by looking at things that relate to that specific aspect. This lets you cut out a fair number of alternate names and it really allows you to zero in on the names about which you care the most.
You may also want to think about the practical aspects of naming your dog. Try to choose a name that you can not only easily spell, but that you can pronounce. It’s not a bad idea to make sure that it’s fairly easy for others to pronounce as well, as the last thing you want to do is spend too much time correcting people about how they refer to your dog. You should always make sure that you choose a name that will not only fit your dog but that you can actually use when you’re trying to communicate with your pet.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I name my girl dog?
Honestly, you should name your girl dog anything that you like. You should take the time to think about the names that matter to you, of course, but you should also spend some time thinking about your dog and what kind of name really fits her. The name for your new pet is something that you’re going to be saying for years to come, so make sure that you put some thought into this choice. The last thing you want is to saddle your dog with a name that doesn’t fit her or that you’re embarrassed to say around other people, so don’t choose a name hastily.
2. What is the beautiful name for a dog?
There are many different beautiful names for a dog. Some names literally mean beautiful, of course – Belle is one choice that stands out, as is Zuri (or Nzuri). Other names that don’t quite mean beauty can also fit here – Pearl, Diamond, or Gemma, for example, can work, as could name like Rose or Iris. Really, it’s a matter of finding something that you think is beautiful or that you think sounds beautiful. Once you have the name that works best for you, the way that you feel about that name is going to end up meaning much more than the actual definition of the word.
3. What is a tough girl dog name?
Toughness is really in the eye of the beholder. In some cases, you can choose a ‘tough’ name that’s really not gendered specific while in others the names can be fairly feminine but still strong. Diamond is a good choice here, as is a name like Brooklyn. You might also want to choose names that are a little less traditional to give your female dog a name that sounds really strong but that is also a little exotic. You will, however, need to think about your dog’s actual size and personality to figure out if a name is going to sound tough or if it is just going to sound like a joke.
4. What are some unique dog names?
One of the great things about dog names is that just about anything can be a name for a dog. If you’re looking for something unique, you really just need to think about a word or name that most people don’t use. Maude, for example, won’t exactly be found in a lot of pet stores, so it counts as unique. On the other hand, though, you could choose a name that’s much more common but that’s in another language in order to give your dog something that sounds great but that won’t be too confusing if it is heard in a crowd.