If you’ve ever served in the military, you know how much that service can impact the way you look at the world. While there are certainly many ways to honor that in your daily life, one fantastic way to do so is by giving your dog a military name. Doing so will not only help to show others something that’s important to you, but it will help you shape the way that you look at your pet. So, what should you name your dog to honor the military? Let’s look at some great options at your disposal.
Military Dog Names Based on Rank and Position
Some of the most popular dog names are based on the various ranks in the military. In fact, Chief is one of the more popular names even among those who aren’t looking specifically for a military name. Other names you might like that are based on ranks include Colonel, General, Commander, Admiral, Major, Private, Sailor, and Sergeant.
If you’re looking for something that’s based on a specific role, there are also some great names you can choose including Bomber, Pilot, Ranger, Scout, Shooter, Hunter, Gunner, Sniper, and, of course, Soldier.
Military Dog Names from the Alphabet
Another great source of dog names is the NATO phonetic alphabetic. These code letters make it easy to come up with a name for a dog, at least as long as you know a single letter. Some of these names are also fantastic even for those who aren’t in love with military names.
So, what might you choose from the alphabet? Why not Delta for ‘Dog’ or Charlie for ‘Canine’? Alpha and Bravo are also very popular dog names, as are Echo, Juliet, and Oscar. Romeo is a great name for a male, while Juliet is a great name for a female. Sierra is a good name for an outdoor dog, while Foxtrot might be a good choice for a dog who is a little weird – especially if his siblings are named Whiskey and Tango.
Military Dog Names from Weapons
Some other great military dog names are actually based on weapons and those who use them. Like Gunner above, Archer has become a very popular name – as is Arrow. Fans of more archaic weapons tend to like names like Bayonet or Dagger. Those who are fans of explosives, though, might like Bazooka, Grenade, Missile, Nitro, or Nuke.
If guns are more your thing, there are plenty of great dog names you can find. Ammo is popular, as are Berretta, Colt, Remington, and Wesson. Bullet, Caliber, and Cartridge are fairly unique dog names, as are Gauge, Hammer, and Magnum. Some like Mauser or Kimber, while others like Carbine or Musket. Rifle and Ruger are also very cool dog names. Other unique weaponry-based names include Cannon, Kevlar, Laser, Striker, Torpedo, Taser, Laser, and Uzi.
A Note on Famous Military Dogs
Some of the best names for dogs come from real military dogs. Learning a little more about these brave pups can give you an idea of whether their names fit your dog’s personality.
One of the most famous military dogs in the world is Chesty, the Marine Corps mascot. He is always a Bulldog breed, and he’s got a great reputation among the Corps. This dog’s a real fighting dog, usually holding the rank of Corporal and having the admiration of all.
Chips, on the other hand, is less of a mascot. A real dog who served in WWII, he’s the most decorated canine officer in history. He was best known for assaulting a fortification on his own, capturing it from Italian soldiers (and since we’re on the topic, you might want to consider an Italian dog name as well). A recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Star, Chips was a real fighter.
If you’re Canadian, you might know Gander. A Newfie who served in WWII, he was a life-saver during the Battle of Hong Kong. He saved the life of his handlers by returning a live grenade to the enemy. Speaking of WWII, you may want to consider a Hawaiian dog name due to the geographical significance.
Gunner, on the other hand, was an American dog in the same conflict who warned soldiers about incoming aircraft and only made noise when his soldiers were under attack. Both names are great choices for dogs who live to protect their owners.
Another WWII vet is Judy, who was the only official animal POW. She protected her soldiers even in a Japanese POW camp, making her a particularly brave soul even among these great animals. Lava, on the other hand, is a more modern fighting dog who was adopted in Iraq by the Marine Corps. Another Iraq War vet was Lex, who stayed by his handler’s side even after he was mortally wounded in combat. In fact, Lex is such a special soldier that he’s the only fighting dog to ever get early retirement due to his injuries.
Other famous military dogs include Rags, who was adopted by the US 1st Infantry during WWI and worked as a message courier even as the bombs dropped all around him, and Rip who worked as the first Search and Rescue Dog in WWII. In fact, Rip is credited with saving over one hundred lives!
Rin Tin Tin might be the most famous of all the military dogs, though. Adopted on the battlefield, he later became a movie star. In fact, the legend of Rin Tin Tin was so strong that they’d make movies about him for decades after his death.
Sergeant Stubby might not be as famous as Rin Tin Tin, but they served in the same conflict. Stubby was an expert at finding wounded soldiers, and his rank is much more than just a joke. He’s the first dog to hold the rank of sergeant, a position he was nominated for and earned due to his bravery. Today, though, he might better be known for being Georgetown’s Mascot.
Other famous pups who have served include Sarbi, an Australian explosives detection dog who went MIA and was eventually found by an American soldier, and Sinbad, who spent eleven years at sea as a member of the Coast Guard and is credited as the most famous mascot in Coast Guard history. Finally, there’s Smoky, a Yorkie who served in an astonishing twelve combat missions and was rewarded eight times even though she only weighed four pounds.
Picking the Right Name for Your Dog
So, how do you choose from all of these military names?
The easiest way is to start by thinking about which names mean the most to you. They could have something to do with your service or that of a loved one, or they might have a special family connection. From here, try to figure out which of those names might suit your dog’s personality. Finding the name that is the perfect combination of the two can be tough, but it will leave you with a name that’s perfectly suited for your new dog.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a badass name for a dog?
Some of the most badass dog names are definitely taken from the military. You can go with gun names like Colt or Remington, or position names like Gunner or Sniper. Other great names include those held by real-life badass dogs like Stubby, or names that come from parts of the NATO alphabet like Alpha or Omaha. Badass names are only badass when applied correctly to a dog, so stop to think about whether or not your dog will be able to live up to the name that you give to him or her. Sometimes even a tough name sounds silly if it’s applied to the wrong dog.
2. What is a strong name for a dog?
Strong names for a dog can come from many different sources. Some of the strongest names, for example, might come from the military. Shooter, Soldier, Sailor, and Marine are all strong, as are names like Bullet, Ammo, or Carbine. Some people like the grab names from ranks like Admiral or Colonel, while others might like names like Marine. Picking a strong name for your dog is really a matter of stopping to think about the words that have strong connotations in your life and then figuring out if they will work with your pet’s personality.
3. What are some unique dog names?
The great thing about dog names is that virtually anything can be a unique dog name. If you love the military, for example, you could choose a NATO letter like Foxtrot to represent your dog or a rank like Corporal. You might also want to look at names from dogs who have served in the past (which range from Rin Tin Tin to Judy) or even at some of the weapons used by soldiers. Almost any noun can work as a dog name as long as you feel like it really suits your dog.