Best Golden Retriever Names

Looking to bring home a Golden Retriever? 

You’re in for a treat! But that means you need to find the perfect name for your new addition!

There are so many things to consider when trying to find a great name for your Golden Retriever. 

How many syllables does it have? Might it be confused with any potential commands? And will you be calling out to them in public?

Read on for some inspiration and advice!

Considerations When Choosing Your Golden Retriever’s Name

When considering a name for your new pup you’ll need to consider a few things. This is a name you’ll be saying a lot (for many years), so I think it’s important to choose a good one.

If you’re adopting an older dog (or buy an older puppy), they might already have a name. If that’s the case, it will probably be better to stick to similar-sounding names. If you don’t, they might get confused or not respond to their new name.

Check out the top 10 tips for picking a good name for your Golden Retriever:

  1. Does the name sound like a command that you’ll be using?

Think Faye/May/Kay – all sound like the command ‘Stay’ which may confuse your pup. Another example is Joe which is similar to ‘No’. Try to avoid names that rhyme or have similar sounds here.

  1. Is it too long or short? 

Common advice is that you should keep dog names to a maximum of two syllables. To a species that doesn’t understand our language, a name with two short sounds is easier for your pup to recognise and pick out from your speech than a single syllable name or a longer, more complex one.

  1. Do you have any similar names in the house? 

Consider your names, the names of your children, and other pets. If your name is Hayley and you decide to call your dog Bailey, chances are you’re all going to have a confusing time.

  1. Will you be embarrassed calling the name?

This is the name the vet will call in the waiting room and you’ll be shouting it across the field. Will you be happy to shout the name? This is one to consider if you have young children and you let them choose the name.

  1. Is it a common name?

Certain names are more common for dogs like Rex or Buddy, and while they’re cute and fitting, they’re also popular. It might cause some confusion if your Golden Retriever hears their name called by someone else. Sometimes more unique names are easier as they avoid this problem.

  1. Does it have a vowel at the end?

Names that end in a vowel are usually easier for your Golden to recognise and understand as they pick up on the change in tone. This helps them listen for their name when you’re talking. Examples include Millie and Alfie.

  1. Do you know someone with the same name?

While you might like the name Rosie, your partner’s sister might be offended that you named your dog after her. If you’re worried about this, a quick chat with them might be worthwhile!

  1. Are there any nicknames?

It’s human nature to shorten names, and most people will affectionately call their pet by a nickname. For example, Dexter might be shortened to Dex, and Clementine might be shortened to Clem or Clemmie.

  1. Does the name suit your Golden Retriever?

Goldens are usually sweet, good-natured pets, so calling them ‘Hunter’ or Spike’ might not suit their personality.

  1. Is the name offensive in any way?

You’ll want to avoid names that others might find offensive – such as any cultural or racial slurs, insults, or crass language. It might be worth searching for the meaning of any potential names to try and avoid this.

Remember, you can always test a name for a day or two to see if it fits your Golden Retriever. If you’re lucky, you’ll have your furry friend for 10 plus years, so it needs to be a name you’ll be happy to call for quite a long time.

Great Names for Your Golden Retriever

If you need some inspiration, take a look at the lists below to find your perfect name:

“People” Names For Golden Retrievers

Male (1)Male (2)Female (1)Female (2)
Toby
Oscar
Tommy
Charlie
Teddy
Cooper
Bailey
Tucker
Marley
Ollie
Louie
Harvey
Barney
Arlo
Rufus
Cody
Wally
Dexter
Jasper
Reuben
Bodhi
Archie
Theo
Ryder
Reggie
Henry
Ronnie
Logan
Milo
Rory
Benji 
Mason
Wilson
Murphy
Bella
Chloe
Zoey
Elsa
Penny
Lexi
Margot
Holly
Freya
Millie
Ella
Isla
Ruby
Ava
Lacey
Lucy
Sadie
Molly
Callie
Gracie
Josie
Olive
Lola
Macy
Mila
Roxie
Frankie
Piper
Leia
Allie

Names That Mean ‘Golden’

MaleFemale
Aurelio
Aurelius
Blane
Citron
Copper
Peach
Sunny
Topaz
Orla
Amber
Buttercup
Clem/Clementine
Coral
Crisanta
Lemon
Marzipan

Names for White or Pale Coloured Golden Retrievers

MaleFemale
Ghost
Arctic
Winter
Polar
Casper
Eira (Snow in Welsh)
Alaska
Coconut
Popcorn
Marshmallow

Cute Names for Golden Retrievers

Male (1)Male (2)Female (1)Female (2)
Buddy
Lucky
Simba
Moose
Goose
Pepper
Red
Scampi
Timber
Patch
Moo
Tigger
Beau
Raine
Stitch
Marvin
Atticus
Cyrus
Spirit
Bear
Noodle
Oreo
Waffle
Ace
Nacho
Pickle
Alfie
Chip
Domino
Buzz
Diesel
Echo
Biscuit
Cheddar
Otis
Duke
Cookie
Honey
Wren
Willow
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Winnie
Lamby
Shae
Sweetpea
Nala
Kiara
Blossom
Stormi
Clover
Missy
Cinnamon
Ginger
Lilo
Cinders
Cece
Gigi
Dotty
Jellybean
Minnie
Mabel
Dolly
Aspen
Tango
Tink
Pixie
Bunny
Cherry
Misty
Nutmeg

Short and Snappy Names for Golden Retrievers

MaleFemale
Max
Blue
Jack
Jake
Tom
Cash
Kai
Ash
Jett
Rex
Elle
Jaz
Sam
Joy
Mae
Belle
Grace
Pip
Brie
Kay

Flower and Nature Themed Names for Golden Retrievers

MaleFemale
Basil
Ren
Indigo
Cedae
Oakley
Nut
Pine
Sprout
Herb
Berry
Plum
Sage
Poppy
Daisy
Lilly
Rosie
Leilani
Jasmine
Azalea
Marigold
Primrose
Dahlia
Ivy
Saffron
Violet
Peony
Bluebell

Space Themed Names for Golden Retrievers

MaleFemale
Apollo
Pluto
Comet
Mars
Vega
Cosmo
Solar
Leo
Libra
Aster
Atlas
Archer
Sirius
Oberon
Phoenix
Skye
Halley
Nova
Luna
Aura
Aurora
Lyra
Ophelia
Seren
Stella
Astra
Carina
Elara
Phoebe
Leda

God/Goddess Themed Names for Golden Retrievers

MaleFemale
Thor
Loki
Odin
Eros
Osiris
Pollux
Sol
Theseus
Zeus
Tyr
Tristan
Athena
Calliope
ClioInara
Indra
Juno
Nyx
Pandora
Penelope
Persephone
Selene

Famous Golden Retriever Names

MaleFemale
Buddy
Tucker
Todd
Budderball
August
Liberty
Rosebud
Petunia

Kennel Club Names

Purebred Golden Retrievers that are registered with the Kennel Club where you live, will need a ‘Kennel Club Name’. If you get your pup from a breeder, this will be done by the time your new pup comes home with you.

However, if you need to pick a Kennel Club Name for your Golden Retriever, follow these rules:

  • The name has to include at least two separate words.
  • It can’t be longer than 24 letters.
  • It can’t be the same as a pre-existing Kennel Club name.
  • It needs to be registered and approved with the Kennel Club.
  • You can’t use your surname (unless your surname is used in your breeding business – in this case, you might be able to counter this rule).
  • You can’t repeat words.
  • You can’t use numbers.
  • You can’t use initials.
  • Some abbreviations won’t be allowed.
  • Certain ‘dog words’ won’t be accepted. This includes ‘dog’, ‘bitch’, ‘Crufts’, and ‘champion’.

If in doubt, you can use this name checker from the Kennel Club website to see if the name would be accepted. This is for the UK Kennel Club.

If you’re in America, check out the American Kennel Club website here. You can check the Canadian Kennel Club website out here for naming your pet.

Did This Help?

Did you find a name you used on this list?

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And one more thing: Don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your gorgeous new addition – they grow up SUPER quick.

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