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220 Clever Black Dog Names for Any Size Pup

Mychelle Blake
Black French bulldog

There are many dog breeds that come in all black or mostly black, such as Chows, Schipperkes, Labrador Retrievers, and Rottweilers. Finding a name for your black dog, big or small, can look for sources of inspiration from the color black and names meaning darkness and the night.

Big Black Dog Names

Big black dogs can be mixed breeds or breeds like Portuguese Water Dogs, Belgian Shephards, and the massive Newfoundland. If you need a male or female black dog name for a big, bold dog, these choices may work for you.

Blackjack

Cosmo

Darth

Elvira

Indigo

Inkwell

Jaguar

Knight

Morticia

Panda

Panther

Phantom

Puma

Raven

Shadow

Smokey

Clever black dog names

Small Black Dog Names

Just as there are big black dog breeds, there are several small dog breeds that come in black like the Pomeranian, Cocker Spaniel and the Pug. These cute names would fit a small precious black dog well.

Ace

Agate

Beetle

Bean

Blackberry

Inky

Magpie

Olive/Olivia

Opal

Oreo

Poppy

Raisin

Smudge

Spades

Spot

Unique Black Dog Names

If you want a more unusual name for your female or male black dog, these names come from things that are black.

Angus

Chicory

Crow

Diamond

Earl Grey

Ember

Friday

Guinness

Hershey

Licorice

Magic

Mahogany

Mamba

Mocha

Molasses

Nestle

Obsidian

Onyx

Penguin

Pepper

Sable

Sapphire

Sierra

Squid

Tea

Toucan

Tulip

Portrait of black dog

Popular Black Dog Names

These names are commonly found with black dogs if you're looking for something more familiar to name your new pet.

Ash/Ashes

Batman

Bear

Blackie

Chocolate

Cinder

Cocoa

Coal

Cole

Ebony

Eve

Jett

Midnight

Night

Pearl

Black Dog Names Meaning Black, Darkness and Night

These names come from different languages and exemplify concepts such as night time, darkness, dusk and other black items like hair. Give your black dog one of these names for a more unique sounding moniker.

Name Meaning M/F/U Origin
Abnus type of dark wood F Persian
Achlys darkness F Greek
Adham black stallion M Arabic
Adriana
Adriano
dark

F
M

Spanish
Amaya night rain F Basque
Blake black U Old English
Brangwen dark and pure F Welsh
Bruna dark hair F German
Caliban black M Romanian
Cary/Carey dark complexion U Gaelic
Charna black F Yiddish
Ciara
Ciaran
dark or black F
M
Irish
Coakley dark meadow U Old English
Colley dark hair U Old English
Corbin crow U Latin
Corvinna dark hair F Latin
Darcy dark one U French
Devlin little dark one U Celtic
Dolan black hair M Irish
Donahue dark fighter M Irish
Donovan dark-haired chieftain M Gaelic
Dougall dark stranger M Gaelic
Douglas black river M Scottish
Doyle black stranger M Irish
Duncan dark warrior M Gaelic
Feardorcha dark man M Irish
Finneas dark skin M Persian
Gethin dark skin M Welsh
Guadalupe river of black stones F Spanish
Hadrian dark hair M Latin
Hari dark M Hindi
Jemish queen of darkness F Sanskrit
Kakarauri dusk or darkness F Māori
Kara black or dark, courageous M Turkish
Keir dark or black M Irish
Kerry dark hair U Irish
Kyra little dark F Sanskrit
Laela/Layla dark hair F Arabic
Lila night, play F Arabic/Persian
Lonán blackbird M Gaelic
Manu bird of the night M Polynesian
Maureen dark skin F Arabic
Maurelle dark, elfin F French
Maurice dark skin M Latin
Maurus dark skin M Roman
Maury dark complexion M Latin
Melanie black, dark F Greek
Melantha dark flower F Greek
Merel blackbird F Dutch
Merle blackbird U French
Miyako beautiful night child F Japanese
Moreno dark skin M Spanish/Italian
Morris dark skin M English
Myrtle dark F English
Nigel black hair, dark hair M Irish
Nisha dark, night F Hindi
Nox dark, dusk U Latin
Perran little dark one M Irish/Cornish
Pinchas dark skin M Hebrew
Rajnish lord of the night M Hindi
Ratree night F Thai
Risna dark hair F Hindi
Sauda dark complexion F Swahili
Tinuviel nightengale F Sindarin
Tynan dark M Gaelic
Smiling schipperke dog

Black Dog Names From Other Languages

Another easy way to find an unusual name for a black dog is to look at other cultures. The word "black" in other languages can make a lovely name for your new black dog.

Name Origin
Aswad Arabic
Badeng Balinese
Beltz Basque
Černá Czech
Čornyj Russian
Czarny Polish
Den Vietnamese
Du Welsh
Dub Hmong
Dubh Irish
Dúdú Yoruba
'Ele'ele Hawaiian
Fekete Hungarian
Geomjeong Korean
Gvhnage Cherokee
Hēisè Chinese
Hitam Indonesian
Itam Tagalog
Juodas Lithuanian
Kahòn:tsi Mohawk
Kālā Hindi/Punjabi
Klale Chinook
Kuro Japanese
Lusa Choctaw
Madow Somali
Mávros Greek
Melns Latvian
Mnyama Xhosa
Morë or Morna Quenya
Morn Sindarin
Must Estonian
Musta Finnish
Nero Italian
Noir(m)/Noire (f) French
Nyeusi Swahili
Pango Māori
Preto Portuguese
Qara Azerbaijani
Sápa Lakota
Schwarz German
Seedum Thai
Siyāh Turkish/Persian
Sort Danish
Svart Norwegian/Swedish
Tsídii Navajo
Zwart Dutch
Xap Mongolian
black cocker Spaniel

Black Dog Names From Famous Real and Fictional Dogs

There are many well-known dogs, both real and fictional, that were black. You can name your black puppy after one of these unforgettable dogs.

Name Claim to Fame
Balto Siberian Husky that led a famous sled team in 1925. He was primarily black.
Barney President Bush's Scottish Terrier
Baskerville After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles story
Chop Grand Theft Auto V
Fala President Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier
Fluffy Three-headed giant black dog from the Harry Potter series
Grim Evil black dog figure from Harry Potter series
Jock Scottish Terrier from Lady and the Tramp
Kyle Gru's black dog in Despicable Me
Mrs. Beazley President Bush's Scottish Terrier
Sirius Sirius Black from Harry Potter series took the form of a black dog
Sunny President Obama's black Portuguese Water Dog
Toto Black Cairn Terrier in the Wizard of Oz

Black Dog Names Based on Mythology

Another excellent source of inspiration for your black dog is world mythology and folklore. You can name your black dog after a god or goddess of the night or famous ghostly dogs.

Name Claim to Fame
Al-Quam A god of the night and war in Arabic mythology
Artemis Greek goddess of the hunt who is associated with the moon and night
Cadejo Latin American folklore tells of an evil large black dog with red eyes
Cerebus Three-headed giant black dog that guards the underworld in Greek mythology
Chandra Hindu god of the moon
Chernobog In Slavic mythology, the god of darkness
Hades Greek god of the underworld who is associated with darkness
Hecate Greek goddess of witchcraft who is associated with the moon and the night
Kali Hindu goddess of destruction, the name means "the black one." Can be used for males or females
Krishna The major god in Hinduism, the name means "black" or "dark"
Lilith In Judaism, the first wife of Adam. The name means "of the night".
Luna Roman goddess of the moon
Melaina In Greek mythology, a nymph whose name means "dark" or "black"
Nótt Norse goddess of the night
Nut Egyptian goddess of the night
Nyx Greek goddess of the night
Orpheus Means "darkness of night" in Greek and was a poet who visited the underworld to find his wife
Rajani Hindu name that means "the dark one" and another name for the goddess Kali
Ratri Hindu goddess of the night
Shuck Black Shuck is a legendary ghostly black dog roaming the English countryside
Selene Greek goddess of the moon
Tsukuyomi Japanese god of the moon
Close-up portrait of a dog

Choosing the Best Name for Your Black Puppy

Black dogs are beautiful dogs that deserve a name that stands out from the rest of the canine crowd. Whether you choose a name related to their color or follow a different naming route, make sure you find something that fits you and your dog's personalities and interests, and you'll enjoy saying it for the lifetime of your dog.

220 Clever Black Dog Names for Any Size Pup