Sam is a country bumpkin at heart, living in California as a reluctant Texas transplant. He knows that a dog is a family's best friend.
Southerners are proud and attached to their families, land, roots, and their canines. Our dogs are more than just pets—they are companions and family members that share our roofs and drink from our wells. For this reason, dog names are terms of endearment in a Southern household. Whether we call him/her Bo, Jo, or Lucy Loo, these names carry sentiments of love and are passed down from generation to generation.
Below you'll find a handsome collection of classic Southern names for your male or female dog. These names are as wild as the countryside and as Southern as chicken fry, but they are also pretty cute names that could fit any dog, even ones with urban or Yankee roots.
Traditional Southern Male Dog Names
- Bear: A popular name for a brown country dog, especially a fluffy or fierce one.
- Buddy: A traditional dog name for that faithful companion that never leaves your side, whether you're riding the John Deere or going to town in your pickup.
- Buster: Another often-used Southern name for a playful puppy.
- Duke: A regal and traditional Southern namesake for a dog that commands respect.
- Gus: The name you choose for a dog that will grow old with you and sit with you on the porch while you watch the fields in your rocking chair.
- Hank: A great name for a steady, reliable friend like a hound dog.
- Marley: Perfect for a friendly outdoor dog with a cool vibe.
- Rex: This name is perfect for a tough dog, like a pit bull or strong hunting dog.
Traditional Southern Female Dog Names
- Foxy: One of many popular names for dogs with red or orange coats.
- Gracie: A classic Southern name for a stylish lap dog or a beautiful long-coated shepherd dog.
- Jessie: Perfect for a dog with a Southern rebellious streak.
- Jojo: A traditional redneck name that could fit a male or female dog.
- Lacy: Often used for female farm dogs, like Australian Shepherds or Collies.
- Lulu: It doesn't get any more Southern than this.
- Roxy: A beautiful, but cool name for a showdog type.
- Sassy: For that feisty, young girl pup.
Dog Names Popular in the South
Country Dog Names
Western Dog Names
Dog Names Inspired by Country Singers
Mimi (for Miranda Lambert)
How to Create More Southern Dog Names
I could add more, but I'll stop here. I'd love to hear what some of you have named your good ol' Southern dogs. If you can't quite find the right name from this list, here are some tips I have.
- Use Tree and Flower Names: Oak, Willow, and Clover are just some examples of using nature for name ideas. Country people spend a lot of time outdoors and we appreciate what nature has to offer. Likewise, our dogs love the outdoors, so it only makes sense to name them after some sort of growth.
- Patriotic Names: The red, white, and blue runs through our blood. Why not dedicate your dog's name to a city, state, or hero from history. Some ideas that come to mind are Dakota, Arizona, Lincoln, or Winslow.
- Inanimate Objects: If you're a bit daring and want to get creative, you could name your dog after some classic things that are typical of the countryside, such as Truck, Fiddle, or Hay.
jen on March 19, 2020:
awesome country names!i picked a few for my litter of german shepherd pups.Thanx!
If you want your son’s name to have a feeling of wilderness, here are 35 cowboy-inspired names for him:
The name originates from French word ‘amis’ or ‘ami’, meaning companion. This French word has it roots in Latin and has come from the word ‘amicus’ meaning to love. This name was popular in the early part of last century, and some notable names were singer and actor Ed Ames, and scientist Adelbert Ames Jr.
It masculine name became popular due to the character Ashley Wilkes in the novel Gone With the Wind. This name means ‘meadow of ash trees’. It took a feminine turn as Ashley Abbott became a household name in the TV show The Young and the Restless.
It is one of the most famous and top-rated names in the 1990s. The name has a feel of the southwest and roots from the Anglo-Saxon origin. A notable character with this name is Austin Sloper from the novel Washington Square by the celebrated novelist Henry James.
It’s a name which has always been on the wish-list of parents. Whenever this name comes to your mind, the image of a very impressive person reflects immediately. Beau was the child of Ashley and Melanie Wilkes in the novel Gone With the Wind.
This name gets inspired from a French name Baraud which has its roots in the German name Bernwald. It comes from two different words ‘bern’ meaning bear and ‘wald’ meaning rule.
It’s an English name, and the meaning is burning fire. It is believed that it has originated from the English name Blaise meaning falter. Actress Kate Winslet has a son named Blaze.
This old English name is a contemporary to the Greek name Galenos and has its root in the Greek word ‘galene’ meaning peaceful. One who person who has made this name popular dates back 2nd-century BC. This is the name of a Roman physician, who was known for his contributions to the fields of anatomy and medication in the second century BC.
It is one the rarest yet premium English names, which come from two different words ‘God’ and ‘hart’ which means powerful.
This name denotes the location of your origin which is Grantham in Lincolnshire. Grantham comes from two different words ‘grand’ meaning gravel and ‘ham’ meaning homestead. One of the proud bearers of this name is the renowned scientist Alexander Graham Bell.
The root of this name is an English surname, and it means ‘pasture of Heathers’.
It’s the short form of the very popular name John which means ‘God is merciful’ and comes from Hebrew. The most notable bearer of this name is the famous singer Hank Williams Jr.
Some people think that this name is originated from the German language but the popular belief is that it has derived from English meaning ‘living in hay vale’.
This Anglo-Saxon name is one the commonest of English names and figures at the top of the list of favorite cowboy names for baby boys. Celebrities Sarah Jessica Parker and Colin Farrell have named their sons James.
It’s the English form of the name Jeremiah, and means ‘God has uplifted’. Jeremy Renner plays the character of Hawk-Eye in the famed movie Avengers. If you feel inspired by the heroic activities of the character, you can simply call your son by that name.
It’s the diminutive name of Joshua, which is derived from the Hebrew name ‘Yehoshua’ meaning salvation. Several famous movie actors such as Josh Brolin share this name.
This name comes from the English word meaning free spirit. Tom Cruise had this name in his first hit movie Top Gun.
This name is derived from two old Welsh words ‘mor’ which means sea and ‘cant’ which means circle. This name has been made famous by the Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
This name came from a surname which originated from the phrase ‘atten ash’. The famous Kiwi cricketer Dion Nash has this name.
This name has its origin from a surname which means path and is usually used to denote the name living in proximity of a road or lane.
This masculine name has its roots in Hebrew language and is the name of the servant of Hebrew god Yahweh.
This name originates from an English surname, which in turn has come from the Latin ‘palma’ or palm tree. Golfer Arnold Palmer is a proud bearer of this name.
This name is the short form of the name Peter, derived from the Greek word Petros which means stone. The 14-time Grand Slam tennis champion Pete Sampras has this name.
This originates from the Roman name Quintinus, which means fifth. Parents usually give this name to the fifth child born to their family or someone born in the fifth month. This name reminds us of Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino.
It is the diminutive form of several names like Randolf or Randel. The name comes from two German words ‘rand’ which means edge and ‘wulf’ which means wolf. Randy Couture is a famous boxer-cum-movie actor.
It’s the diminutive form of the name Raymond but has gained immense popularity as a unique name also. The English name means ‘beam of light’. Several renowned personalities such as actor Ray Liotta and athlete Ray Lewis share this name.
It comes from the Anglo name Ruadh, which means red. It is shared by civil right campaigner Roy Innis, and fictional superhero Roy Harper from the comic series Arrow.
This masculine name derives from an old English last name, and it means someone who uses a saw to cut wood. The name had been made famous by Mark Twain when he used it as the surname of the protagonist in his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
This name has come from the name Sean which is also the Irish form of the very common name John. The root of John is again a Greek name called Ioannes, which has its origin in the Hebrew name Yochanan. It means praising the Hebrew god Yahweh. Many celebrities share the name such as the Australian cricketer Shane Warne, Scottish actor and Academy Award winner Sean Connery among many others.
This name comes from the name Schuyler which means a scholar in the Dutch language. When the Dutch colonists came to the US, they brought this name along. This name was made famous by the American general and senator Philip Schuyler.
Used for both boys and girls, the name is the modern version of Tobias. It originated from the Greek name Tobiah. People gave this name to male protagonist in the fictional version of the Old Testament, which was written in English and named as Book of Tobit. Olympic Gold medalist in field hockey in both 2008 and 2012, Tobias Hauke has this name.
This name originates from two different Welsh words: ‘tref’ which means village and ‘mawr’ which means large thus the meaning big community. The famous Australian cricketer of the Chappel brother trio was named Trevor.
This name is the diminutive shape of the name Vernon, which came from a Norman surname. The actual root though is ‘vern’, a Gaulish word which means alder. No guesses about who made this name popular, celebrated French author Jules Verne, who wrote several science-fictions like Around the World in Eighty Days.
This name originated from an English surname which means ford. Some people opine that this name came from another word which means to go. Famous basketball player Dwayne Wade and Australian cricketer Matthew Wade bear this name.
At first, this name was used to signify any inhabitant of La Varenne in Normandy. Later it was found that the name has its roots in the German language and came from the French word ‘warrene’ which means a place where animals are enclosed. Two very powerful and successful men from different eras bore this name, English General Warren Hastings and one of the richest person in the world, investment icon Warren Buffet.
This name originated from the Hebrew language. It is a short form of Zebedee or Zebediah which means a part of God. It is quite a unique cowboy name for your little boy.
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Popular Cowgirl Names For Girls:
Sierra has a majestic vibe to it. It evokes the images of the snow-capped peaks of the Western mountains. The meaning of Sierra is ‘the mountain range’.
This outdoorsy destination name shot to popularity in the early eighties and nineties. In fact, the name was such a hit that it even showed up in the title of a popular baby name book. Montana is a state in the United States Of America. The main charm of the name is its association with the Wild West.
The name Dallas has a much longer history as a baby’s name than the current favorite destination names Dublin and Brooklyn. This classic Western moniker is as incredible as your favorite cowgirl is. The name Dallas means From the valley.
The name Dakota is popular for both boys and girls. Dakota, along with Sierra and Montana rode the 1990s geographical name wave. Dakota Fanning has made the name even more popular. The meaning of Dakota is ‘partner or friend’.
Do you remember Kathie Lee Gifford, the tastemaker of the early 1990s? She chose Cassidy for her daughter. Soon after, thousands of parents followed the suit. This Irish name means ‘clever’.
This Sunbelt name has a high potential to be blazing hot. It has a Southwestern appeal to it. Ari will make a perfect nickname. The meaning of this Native American name is ‘place of little spring’.
The name sultry name Alabama is of Native American origin. It is popular in most of the English-speaking countries.
Annie was the name of one of the most popular cowgirls of her time. Being born in a poor family, Annie took over to hunting to feed her family after her father passed away. She became the first woman to feature on the Buffalo Cody’s Wild West Show. The meaning of Annie is ‘blessed with Grace’.
Dale Evans, also known as the “Queen of the West” inspired many future cowgirls. Besides being a cowgirl, Dale was also a singer, actor and a writer of more than two dozen books.
Sacagawea was just a teenager when she helped a group to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory. She also helped secure the supplies and taught the team about the edible plants.
Also known as, the “Wild Horse Annie” Velma Johnston spent years of her life protecting the wild horses. Velma is also the name of one of the main characters from the Scooby Doo.
Sandra Day O’Connor, before becoming the first female Supreme Court judge, was a little girl who shot guns, rode horses while staying in Arizona. The name Sandra still sounds fresh as it was before.
Rose Dunn, also known as the ‘Rose of Cimarron’ was an inspiration for all the cowgirls. She joined George Newcomb and his Doolin Gang as they robbed stagecoaches and banks. Once, Rose even risked her life to help a battered Newcomb escape a battle. So if you want your daughter to be lovely and brave, then name her Rose. But make sure you keep her away from stagecoaches.
Martha Jane, nicknamed as “Calamity Jane” was a cowgirl from South Dakota. She was a gun-slinging girl who was remarkably good at horse handling skills.
This is one of the unique cowgirl baby girl names. Not many would associate this gentle and delicate name with a cowgirl. But it was the name of one of the most notorious female outlaws of the Wild West. She got hooked on the cowgirl when Jesse James’ gang took refuge at her family’s farm. She spent most of her life robbing banks along with her cowboy husband.
Laura Bullion, the “Rose of the Wild Bunch” was a member of Butch Cassidy’s famous gang. With a bank-robbing father, Laura was raised to be an outlaw. After spending time in prison, Laura gave up the “wild” life and became a tailor in Tennessee.
Etta Place was the companion of the Sundance Kid and American Outlaws Butch Cassidy. People don’t know much of this mysterious cowgirl. Her inexplicable vanishing sparked the most interest amongst the people. No matter what, Etta makes a gorgeous name.
Pearl Hart, the Canadian-born girl, was profoundly inspired by the Wild West and Annie Oakley. She married a gambler and went to America, but eventually left her husband to become a cowgirl. A brave step, we must say.
Lillian Smith was a sharpshooter who joined the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show at the tender age of 15. She was a confident and flashy woman who considered Annie Oakley as her rival. Your little woman will love you for giving her a lovely sounding name.
Name your baby Charlie, a strong and determined cowgirl. Charlie, the daring cowboy, spent most of her life fronting as a man. She took an arduous job as a stagecoach driver and served for the California Stage Company and Wells Fargo. She is also the first woman to cast a ballot.
Remember, several names have different meanings in other languages and countries. So make sure that the name you choose does not have an unpleasant meaning.
If you are aware of some Cowgirl names for babies that are not in the list and you would like to add them, then please leave a comment below.
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