Dog and Cat Names in German
Hunde- und Katzennamen
Cool Names for Your Dog or Cat
One of the questions that German teachers hear most frequently (besides "why is a table masculine?") is: "What are some popular German names for dogs/cats?"
But Germans don't always use German names for their pets, any more than they do for their children! (See "German First Names.") Although there are German versions of names like "Fido," "Spot" or "Tabby," just as those English names are fairly uncommon for pets today, so are many "typical" German pet names. Dog names like "Bello" or "Hasso" are viewed as clichés. Very few dogs in Germany answer to those names, or any German name, today.
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If you don't believe me, look at this edited sample list of suggested dog names taken from a German "Hundenamen" Web site: Aida, Ajax, Alice, Amy, Angel, Angie, Aron, Babe, Baby, Bandit, Barney, Beauty, Benny, Berry, Billy, Bingo, Blacky, Blue, Buffy, Butch, Calvin, Candy, Chaos, Charlie, Cheese, Chelsea, Cheyenne, Cindy, Cookie, Criss-Cross, Curly and Curtis. And that's just taken from the A-C section! Yes, I left out some of the more Germanic names from the original list, but you can see the Germanic names in our own Haustiernamen list. The point is that "exotic" English and other non-German names are popular with German pet owners. Even the "detective" hero of the bestselling German cat mystery novel Felidae was named Francis, not Franz. Most German name lists for pets contain about 90 percent non-German names.
Then you may wish to have a good old Germanic name or word with a certain meaning: Adalhard (noble & strong), Baldur (bold), Blitz (lightning, fast), Gerfried (spear/peace), Gerhard (strong spear), Hugo (smart), Heidi (based on fem. names containing heid or heide; Adelheid = noble one), Traude/Traute (dear, trusted) or Reinhard (decisive/strong) are just some options. Although few Germans today would be caught dead with such names, they're still great pet names.
Other categories for pet names include movie characters (Strolch, Tramp in "The Lady and the Tramp"), colors (Barbarossa [red], Lakritz[e] [licorice, black], Silber, Schneeflocke [snowflake]), drinks (Whisky, Wodka) and other characteristics of your pet. Choosing a name for your dog, cat or other Haustier is after all a very personal decision. You can use our name list to help you make that decision. On the next page we discuss some German cat names.
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