Let’s get the obvious names out of the way: Two of the most famous Great Danes are Scooby-Doo and Marmaduke, so those are definitely options for your Great Dane. If those dog names are not for you, though, we have plenty more for you to consider.
These ginormous dogs are worthy of a unique and grand name that suits such a majestic breed, but we know how difficult it can be to come up with just the right name. Whether you have a new Great Dane puppy or have adopted an adult, you’ll want a name that you like, that suits your dog, and that sounds okay when you need to yell it out at the dog park.
So, here are more than 150 names that cover various features: There are male, female, and genderless names, as well as names based on color, specifically blue, black, and harlequin. We’ve organized each list in alphabetical order so you can easily find the perfect name for your very large, very beautiful dog!
How to Name Your Great Dane
There are many ways to come up with names for Great Danes. For example, many people use the color or pattern of their pets as inspiration. There’s also the dog’s background. Great Danes are German in origin, and you could look up words, colors, or items in German and give your dog a unique German name.
You can also use the names of your favorite celebrities, musicians, or famous characters from books, TV, or movies. Some people like to name their dog after their unique personality or physical trait or quirk. You can even consider traditional horse names, given how large Great Danes are. A pure black Great Dane would make a wonderful and majestic Midnight!
We’ll go over these ideas and categories, and we hope that you’ll find something that works for you and your pup.
Great Dane Colors and Patterns
Before the names, here is a list of the patterns and colors that Great Dane dogs come in. These colors might also help you come up with a name.
They can also have various markings, such as:
If your Great Dane is one of these colors or patterns, it could help you choose a name. Maybe it won’t be original to call your merle-colored dog, “Merle,” but also, why not? There aren’t any rules when choosing a name for your pet!
Female Great Dane Names
So, you have a girl dog, and you’re in the mood to give her a more feminine name. Great! There are many names to choose from. You can play around with the fact that she’s tall, for example. We also included a few famous (and infamous women) from history.
Male Great Dane Names
Your boy Great Dane deserves an inspiring name. You can use musician or celebrity names. We’ve also thrown in the names of both renowned and infamous male historical figures.
If you don’t care that your dog is male or female and just want a strong name, we’ve got your back. Some of these names are a little tongue in cheek (Atom for a large dog, for example). Here are a few gender-neutral names to get you started.
Names Based on Food
The following names are all oriented around food. These names can be just for fun, but you can also use one of these names based on your Great Dane’s color.
Blue Great Dane Names
All these names are based on the blue color of your Great Dane. If you’re looking for more options, get inspiration from your Great Dane’s blue color and use a thesaurus.
Black Great Dane Names
These are names based on your Great Dane’s black coat. Black is a great color to find unique and pretty cool names. Besides colors, we also picked out characters known for wearing black.
Harlequin Great Dane Names
Here are unique names based on the unique pattern of your Great Dane. The most common harlequin coloring is white with black patches, but there are other colors out there, so feel free to come up with different names based on these colors.
Great Dane Names Based on Colors
These names include a variety of different words for colors. This gives you more options. Whether your pup is any of these colors or you just think that one of these words will make a great dog’s name, we hope this inspires a few ideas.
Names Based on Appearance
These are names based on your Great Dane’s appearance, such as their large size or the patterns of the coat. You can also think about how your dog moves or acts as inspiration for a name that will capture your pup’s personality.
Names Based on Mythology
There are so many mythologies with amazing names to choose from — Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Japanese, and so on. If you don’t find the right name on this particular list, read through your favorite mythologies until you find a name that seems to fit your Great Dane.
Names Based on Fictional Characters
Here, we have the names of fictional characters, of which there are many. In fact, there are too many to list here, so be sure to also look through the cast lists of your favorite movies, tv shows, and books.
Use Your Imagination!
You can name your dog almost anything. But remember to try out the name before you commit to it. Try saying it out loud several times, and see if it is something that you’re comfortable with. In the long run, though, your dog doesn’t care about their name. It’s all about your attention and love.
You can even give your pup a silly name: Cookie Monster (also works if your dog is blue), Pee Wee (Herman), Porkchop, Pup Tart, Bingo, Captain Chaos, to name a few. The world is your oyster!
This list is not exhaustive by any means. But we hope that if you haven’t found your Great Dane’s name on our list, perhaps we’ve provided you with a few ideas, anyway. You definitely want to capture the uniqueness of your dog with a great name. It also reflects on you as well!
If you find your Great Dane’s name on our list, fantastic! If not, keep reading name lists and look through your favorite books and movies. Chances are, you’ll stumble on the perfect name, and before you realize it, your brand-new dog will be responding to the name that you picked with enthusiasm!
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