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A tenant of mine might be getting a dog soon (don't know if it's going to be a shelter dog, didn't ask).

After mentioning it, she asked what might be a cool name for it, she didn't have any good ones herself (she seems kinda vanilla/unimaginative that way... she's literally the kind of person who might name a dog Fido or Spot).

I sorta kinda racked my brain in front of her, and came up with the following:

Ruffington
Barkley
Cujo
Ricky Bobby
Hannibal
Ripper (only cool if the dog is under 15 lbs.)
Jon Snow

...and that's it.

Anyone have any cool doggie names they've heard? I don't feel like I'm exactly knocking this out of the park.
 

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our first dog's name was Nina, like the ship.

Santa Maria is a better dog name though.

Nina was a dachshund. (was.) I saw one earlier tonight on the trail. it was leashed and pointing at a rabbit. that was a serious staring contest. they're good enough dogs, but i'd rather have a boxer.
 

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When I was a kid we had a dog called "little b--ch, name fit perfectly, nasty thing who thought she was ten times as big as she was.

If my next dog is male I'm going to name him Gus, not sure why, the name just appeals to me.
 

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I once met a guy that owned an Aussie Cattle Dog named Dee-Ooh-Gee.

Not being fast on the uptake, it took me awhile to get the humor.
 

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I would suggest to find cool names, you search for unusual dog names, not cool dog names.

The dog might not be cool. One would not want to name a dog "Regis , Qui Delevit ex Sciuri" if it is really a "Flurb."

I always say live with it a few days, and when you find a name that fits, you'll know it.
 

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^Agreed. One does not find cool dog names, cool dog names find you.

That being said, a dog's name needs to find that sweet spot between cleverness and affectation, and it has to have a short, easy-to-distinguish tonally version of itself, that sounds ok when you're yelling it through the neighborhood. Gender, noticeable traits of the dog, and breed/origins (if known) can offer helpful inspirations, as can occupations, avocations, or hobbies of the owner.

How about "El-ray" for a male?
 

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The name has to fit the dog to be cool.

Like our English Setter...Holmes.
 
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I once met a guy that owned an Aussie Cattle Dog named Dee-Ooh-Gee.

Not being fast on the uptake, it took me awhile to get the humor.
My B-I-L named his dog that. The Oh is the long/emphasized syllable in his pronunciation. Sounds almost Spanish at first. He shortens it to Doh Gee and Doge for short.

Anyways, my first dog was Fumbles. She was a stray my family found when I was a high school football player. We decided to keep her the week after I had recovered a fumble for the 2nd year in a row in the opening game of the season.
 

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I find that sometimes old tv personalities seem to work, if you can fit them to the dog.

I had a Chihuahua named Willis, a greyhound named Lyle, and now have a lab mix named Norm and a pit-boxer mix named Laverne.

So... there are all kinds of fodder. Mr. T, Mr. Belvedere, Newmann, Tootie, Murdoch, Flip, Ernest, Cooter, ReRun, Fonzie....

I find it less contrived than naming small dogs tough names like 'Spike', or big dogs 'Tiny'.
 

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Tell her to give the dog a fancy name, if they enjoy explaining to everybody what it means or its origins. Otherwise, stick to Fido, Spot, Rover, Gus, etc. I like Rocky or Chip (my last two dogs' names!), but there's tons more, like Skippy, Boomer, Buzz, Hero, Jupiter.
 

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I had a corgi named Retread once.

I thought that was a cool name. No one wanted her and some called her "the reject". We just rearranged things a bit and it came out to a cool name.
 

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I always say live with it a few days, and when you find a name that fits, you'll know it.
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The dog's personality and looks helps with the naming.
Ask "Ziggy"!
 

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We keep our dog names short and easy to holler. If you don't they end up with a second nickname that's short and easy to holler anyway. Mark is a good name for a dog, when you stand out on the deck yelling "Mark" your neighbors will think you're a hair-lipped dog yourself.
 
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