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Name Ideas for German Shepherds

Find German Shepherd Dog Names

If you're in need of ideas for German Shepherd dog names, you'll find plenty of inspiration in this slideshow. Along with a number of traditional German names and their meanings, you'll also find some creative ideas for less common names.

Male GSD Names

Maybe one of these names will be the perfect fit for your dog.

  • August - Revered
  • Derek - Gifted ruler
  • Fritz - Peaceful ruler
  • Gerolf - wolf
  • Gunter - Battle
  • Kaiser - Leader
  • Kiefer - Barrel maker
  • Maximilian - Greatest
  • Rainer - Strong counselor

Female GSD Names

Here are a few names to consider for female German Shepherds.

  • Amalie - Labor
  • Elke - Noble
  • Giselle - Pledge
  • Gretchen - Pearl
  • Ilsa - Short for "Elizabeth"
  • Katrina - Pure
  • Heidie - Noble
  • Leizel - Bountiful
  • Lilli - Purity and beauty
  • Mina - Love

German Actor Names

Let the stars of the silver screen offer a little naming inspiration.

  • Greta Garbo
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Dita Parlo
  • Nastassja Kinski
  • Klaus Kinski
  • Jürgen Prochnow

German Sports Figures

You can always look to the sports world for inspiration.

  • Max Baer - Heavywight boxer
  • Boris Becker - Tennis player
  • Steffi Graf - Tennis player
  • Katja Seizinger - Alpine skier
  • Katarina Witt - Ice skater

German Composers and Singers

Some of these names are instantly recognizable. In most cases, you'll likely just want to use the last name.

  • Richard Wagner
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Georg Friedrich Händel
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Richard Strauss
  • Nena - Of 99 Red Balloons fame
  • Anja Silja
  • Brigitte Fassbaender

German Beers

Beer might seem like an odd place to find naming inspiration, but try one of these on for size and see if it fits your pet.

  • Pilsner
  • Alt
  • Bock
  • Octoberfest (Toby for short)
  • Kolsch

German Royalty

There's no denying that Shepherds are a regal breed. Try a royal name.


  • Wilhelm
  • Frederick
  • Ludwig
  • George
  • Albert


  • Matilde
  • Gisela
  • Beatrix
  • Sophia

Other Famous Germans

If you haven't already found a name you like, maybe one of these will spark your imagination.

  • Grimm - for the Brothers Grimm who wrote fairy tales
  • Claudia Schiffer - model
  • Heidi Klum - model
  • Albert Einstein - scientist
  • Tristan (male) and Isolde (female) - Characters from the Wagner opera

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Name Ideas for German Shepherds