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150+ Great Dane Names: The Most Popular Picks in 2021
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.
- Solid colors: Black, blue, fawn, silver, chocolate
- Bicolor: Black and white, blue and white, chocolate and white
- Mantle: White and black, with black blanketing most of the body
- Mantle Merle: White and merle, with the merle coloring blanketing the body
- Merle: Light to dark gray body with black patches (and blue eyes)
- Brindle: Golden, light fawn, or dark golden-red base with tiger stripes (also comes in blue brindle and chocolate brindle)
- Harlequin: Black-and-white patchwork markings
- Merlequin: White base with merle patches
They can also have various markings, such as:
- Black mask
- Blue mask
- Chocolate mask
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.
- Annie Oakley
- Billie Holiday
- Calamity Jane
- Catherine the Great
- Lady Godiva
- Mata Hari
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.
- Alexander the Great
- Clifford (especially if he’s red)
- Doc Holliday
- Wild Bill
- Wyatt Earp
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.
- Candy Apple
- Kit Kat
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.
- Smoke or Smokey
- Storm or Stormy
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.
- Harley Quinn
- Nike (this is also a name from Greek mythology)
- Speckle or Specks
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.
- Peach or Peaches
- Rose or Rosie
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.
- Spice or Spicy
- Tiger (good for a brindle)
- Tigger (also good for a brindle pattern)
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.
- Diana (a.k.a. Wonder Woman)
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!
Featured Image Credit: Paul Brennan, Pixabay
Kathryn was a librarian in a previous lifetime and is currently a writer about all things pets. When she was a child, she hoped to work in zoos or with wildlife in some way, thanks to her all-consuming love for animals. Unfortunately, she’s not strong in the sciences, so she fills her days with researching and writing about all kinds of animals and spends time playing with her adorable but terribly naughty tabby cat, Bella. Kathryn is hoping to add to her family in the near future – maybe another cat and a dog.
- How to Name Your Great Dane
- Great Dane Colors and Patterns
- Female Great Dane Names
- Male Great Dane Names
- Genderless Names
- Names Based on Food
- Blue Great Dane Names
- Black Great Dane Names
- Harlequin Great Dane Names
- Great Dane Names Based on Colors
- Names Based on Appearance
- Names Based on Mythology
- Names Based on Fictional Characters
- Use Your Imagination!