Being a nerd isn’t such a bad thing. It means you’re smart, talented, and probably driven. These days, it also means that you have your finger on the pulse of pop culture. It makes sense, then, that many nerds (and nerd-wannabes) would want to give nerdy names to their dogs. Doing so requires a little research, but it’s not that hard to find a nerdy name for your pooch.
The Most Popular Nerdy Dog Names
As you can imagine, some nerdy names are a little more common than others. Looking at these names is not only a good way to see what gets used often, but to see how your fellow nerds think about their pets. If you’re wondering what you should name your dog to bring out the nerd within, you might want to check out a few of these great names.
The number one nerdy dog name for a male dog is Gizmo. It’s followed fairly closely by Chewie, then Finn and Thor. Ripley is a surprisingly popular name for male dogs even though it’s based on a female character, but Bones and Ash follow it in popularity.
Looking for a female dog name? The Big Bang Theory’s Penny takes the cake here, with names like Buffy and Gidget following behind. Ripley and Gizmo are also popular female dog names, as are Clara and Sansa.
Nerdy Dog Names Based on Tech
There are plenty of great names on the list of the most popular names, but most of them aren’t based in the world of tech. If you love your electronic toys, you’ll definitely want to take a look at a few of them.
Alpha and Beta are both surprisingly popular names, and they definitely both suit puppies. Bit and Byte jump onto the list as well, along with Data and Chip. Cloud is a fun tech name that isn’t all that techy, while Cookie is a fun name for a hunting dog. For some, though, it’s all about names like DOS, Java, or even Apache.
Prefer a more human name? Why not try out Jobs or Bill? Woz is also very popular, and so is Pascal. Steve, oddly enough, doesn’t join the rest of the tech founders up top.
Nerdy Dog Names Based on Comic Books
Maybe your passion is for comic book characters. Whether you fell in love with them on the big screen or on the page, these heroes and villains have great names that can be used for dogs.
If you’re a DC fan, you might like to go with Clark or Bruce. If you’ve got a girl, though, Diana can be a better fit. Harley is also incredibly popular right now, as is Alfred. Jade is popular if you want to go for a deeper cut, while both Lex and Raven round out this part of the crew.
Prefer your comics to come from Marvel? There are plenty of names to choose from here. Hulk isn’t a bad name for a big dog, but nothing beats the mastery of Magneto. Loki is an incredibly popular dog name, as is Pepper. Storm and Thor are also both great dogs names that sound very cool
Prefer something from Manga? Jojo is a great pick here, as is Goku. Many people have chosen Akira (perhaps for their Akitas) or even Vash. Don’t forget about names like Bulma or Vegeta, just to round out your cast of characters.
Nerd Names from Video Games
If you like video games, you’re in luck – there are also some great names to be found in that medium. From heroes to console names, these are among the best for dogs.
If you want a hero, going with something like Banjo, Mario, Cloud, or Drake can be a great choice. The Crash is great for a wilder dog, while a Duke could have a lot of personalities. On opposite ends of the spectrum are names like Kirby and Kratos, with other heroes like Link, Ryu, Zelda, and Luigi rounding things out. If you prefer villains, you might want to go with something like Bowser, Ganon, or even Koopa.
Nerd Names from Movies, TV, and Literature
There are also plenty of great dog names that can come from other forms of media. Whether it’s a sci-fi show or a fantasy book, you’ll get some great inspiration from these works.
Let’s start with Star Wars because you must. Whether it’s Han, Luke, or Leia for you or it’s Rey, Finn, or Poe, you’ll find something here. Anakin (or Annie) is great, as is Obi or Chewie. Yoda can be a cool name, but many new viewers might prefer Mando.
Star Trek, of course, has its own names. Kirk, Spock, and Scotty all work well here. Riker is a cool name, as is Sisko. You might even go with Janeway, Archer, or Picard for your dog.
On a more general note, there are great names from all over television. Archer and Astro are great names, as are Bender, Cersei, and Ghost. Xena is a great name, as are Harry Potter dog names like Potter or Flynn.
Nerdy Dog Names from Real Nerds
Maybe the best choice for you is to pick a name of a real-life nerd. Scientists, engineers, and writers can all lend their names to dogs. In fact, these names can be perfect if they also tell others a little bit about your own passions.
If you’re looking for ancient thinkers, try out Archimedes or Aristotle. Copernicus is a little more modern, but so too are Tycho and Galileo. Da Vinci, Newton, and Pascal are all great scientists and thinkers as well, as are Faraday, Einstein, Darwin, and Tesla.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are some scary dog names?
There are definitely some names that sound scarier than others. Fang is a good choice, as are names like Killer or Psycho. Really, anything that sounds like your dog wants to hurt someone can work here.
2. What is a badass name for a dog?
There are a lot of really badass names for dogs. Names like Rex are definitely up there, as are names like Hunter or Chief.
3. What are some unique dog names?
Almost anything can be a unique dog name. Picking a name from another culture is a great way to give your dog a name that has a cool meaning but that won’t sound like anything else you hear around town.
4. What is the weirdest dog name?
The easiest way to get a weird dog name is to pick something unusual. Try something like Beaker or Hawking if you want to go nerdy, or pick an obscure character name like Grogu if you want to stand out.
Interested in other types of dog names? Here are some more ideas for you: