Ah, the Dutch. With their stroopwafels and bicycles, it's easy to see why people from all over the world are enamored with Dutch culture. The Netherlands, where windmills spin and tulips bloom, has abundant inspiration for christening your furry friend. Dutch dog names are more than just a label – they're a reflection of the country's culture, language, and heritage.
From “Hondje” to “Schatje,” Dutchies love to give their dogs names that stand out in the world. Regardless of the breed you have, pet owners are in for a real treat because finding a name that’s the perfect fit for your canine companion is the fun part – and we are here to guide you.
In this article, we'll take a deep dive into the world of Dutch dog names, their origins, meanings, and cultural references. So, whether you're trying to find the perfect name for your Dutch dog or are just curious about the Dutch way of life, grab your “bitterballen” and let's unravel the secrets of Dutch dog names!
Best Dutch Dog Names for Female Dogs
There are so many great Dutch names here for female dogs, for example, “Anneke”, “Hansje” and “Sanne”. We think “Milou” is the perfect fit for a girl pup of any breed – its a Dutch name that makes us go “aww”.
|Aleid (diminutive form of Adelaide)|
|Anki (Dutch form of Anne)|
|Catharina (Dutch diminutive form of Katherine)|
|Maaike (diminutive form of Maria)|
|Marja (Dutch form of Mary)|
|Milou (short form of Marie Louise – popular name in Holland)|
|Tineke (Dutch form of the Latin name Christina)|
Dog Name Ideas for Male Dogs
Every good boy deserves a unique moniker and there are some awesome Dutch names here to suit every dog's personality. We love traditional names like “Loek” or “Hendrik” for your four-legged furry male friend. “Jager” is a great option for a modern family and would suit any breed of dog.
|Hendrik (Dutch version of Henry)|
|Jaap (Form of Jacob)|
|Loek (Dutch form of Lucas/Luke)|
|Mees (Dutch form of Hebrew name Bartholomew)|
Funny Dutch Dog Names Inspired by Dutch Culture for your Pooch
Dutch culture is a great place to look for awesome name ideas for your dog and with one of these fun suggestions, life will never be dull at the dog park. We think “Dutchess” is the perfect name for a girl dog, while “Maatje” tops the list for a male Dutch dog.
|Dutch||language of the Netherlands|
|Dutchess||play on word “Dutch”|
|Knuffelen||Meaning to cuddle|
|Lekker||meaning “tasty” – “Lekker Cracker” as a nickname|
Dutch Dog Names for your Furry Friend Inspired by Other Animals
If you are looking for an unusual Dutch dog name why not look to other creatures for inspiration? We think “Berenjong” is a good name for male dogs. Another superb dog name is “Libelle” for the pretty little missy in your life.
|Distelfink||thistlefinch – symbolizes good luck and happiness|
|Grutto||black-tailed godwit – national bird of the Netherlands|
|Haas||hares are the most common animal in the Netherlands – “Haasie” as a pet name|
|Leeuw||lion (a big cat) – national symbol of the Netherlands|
|Libelle||dragonfly – “Belle” for short|
Popular Choices for Cute Dutch Dog Names Inspired by the Geography of the Country
One of the top travel tips given to tourists visiting the Netherlands is to rent a bicycle to explore the life of Amsterdam. It is a beautiful city that will fill you with wonder and is also one of the most popular choices for a dog’s name. This country’s geography is so magnificent that it provides plenty of inspiration for dog names. We adore “Texel” for a tough male dog.
|Adriaan||Windmill De Adriaan – built in 1776|
|Anne||Anne Frank House – museum|
|Arnhem||city – “Arnie” for short|
|Artis||The Natura Artis Magistra Zoo|
|Cube||Rotterdam Cube Houses|
|De Haar||giant castle – its huge|
|Deltawerken||defensive system to protect against high water from the sea – “Delta” for short|
|Dom||Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands|
|Erasmusbrug||iconic bridge in Rotterdam – “Erasmus” for short|
|Frank||Anne Frank House – museum|
|Ginger||Gingerbread Houses on Damrak|
|Het Loo||Het Loo Palace – “Loo Loo” for short|
|Keukenhof||Keukenhof Gardens – best place to enjoy tulips – “The Hof” for short|
|Koppelpoort||medieval bridge – one of the most prominent historical monuments|
|Lelystad||city – “Lely” for short|
|Lisse||Town where the Keukenhof Gardens are|
|Nelle||Van Nelle factory – UNESCO industrial heritage site|
|Texel||Texel Lighthouse – island located in the North Sea off the coast of Holland|
|Thorn||village in the Netherlands|
|Tilburg||city – “Tilly” for short|
|Van Gogh||Van Gogh Museum – Dutch art museum (named for Vincent Van Gogh)|
|Zaanse Schans||most visited village in the Netherlands famous for its windmills|
Best Name Ideas for your Dutch Dog Derived from Colors in the Dutch Language
Dog names are often derived from the color of your dog’s coat or eyes and Dutch names are no different. We think “Zwart” is a dashing dog name for dogs with inky black fur. .
Dutch Dog Names Inspired by Drinks for your Canine Companion
There are a lot of Dutch names to be found from the most popular drinks. We love “Jen/Gen” after the juniper flavored national drink of the Netherlands.
|Anijsmelk||Anise milk – traditional nightcap – “Ani” for short|
|Dropshot||liquorice flavored shot|
|Genever/Jenever||juniper flavored Dutch gin – national drink – “Gen”/”Jen” for short|
|Heineken||Dutch pale lager|
|Kopstoot||beer and genever mixed together – translates to “headbutt”|
Dutch Dog Names Inspired by Food for your Puppy
Dutch names for dogs are abundant amongst the Dutchies’ delightfully named foods. We would love a small fluffy dog called “Poffertjes” after the yummy fluffy pancakes that are a popular Dutch snack food.
|Frikandel||deep fried skinless sausage of beef, pork and chicken|
|Hachée||beef and onion stew|
|Hagelslag||chocolate sprinkles on bread or toast|
|Kroket||deep fried croquet with meat filling|
|Oliebollen||fried donuts covered in icing sugar – “Olie” for short|
|Pastechi||pastry with meat, vegetable and cheese filling|
|Patat||thick french fries – street food|
|Pepernoten||“PepperNuts” – spiced cookies|
|Poffertjes||fluffy baby pancakes|
|Stamppot||mashed potatoes and root vegetables with kale or spinach|
|Tosti||classic ham and cheese toasted sandwich|
Dutch Dog Names Inspired by Historical Figures and Famous People for your Pup
Dutch history is a rich source of inspiration for finding a Dutch dog name that honors all the wonderful heroes and heroines of the past (and present). “Tiesto” is a fabulous Dutch dog name for all the party animals out there.
|Abel||Abel Tasman – seafarer – “Tasmanian Devil” for a nickname|
|Antonie||Antonie van Leeuwenhoek – microbiologist|
|Beatrix||former Monarch of the Netherlands|
|Bosch||Hieronymus Bosch – painter|
|Candy||candy Dulfer – saxophonist|
|Corrie||Corrie ten Boom – Christian clockmaker and writer|
|Escher||optical illusion art by Maurits Cornelis Escher|
|Famke||Famke Janssen – actress|
|Garrix||Martin Garrix – DJ|
|Hari||Mata Hari – exotic dancer and spy|
|Kristel||Sylvia Kristel – actress|
|Lara||Lara Stone – fashion model|
|Lizzy||Lizzy Ansingh – painter|
|Mark||Mark Rutte – prime minister|
|Maxima||Queen of the Netherlands|
|Mol||Albert Mol – author|
|Neelie||Neelie Kroes – politician|
|Obrecht||Jacob Obrecht – composer|
|Oscar||Oscar Benton – singer|
|Piet||Piet Mondrian – artist|
|Rembrandt||Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn – painter|
|Rosalie||Rosalie van Breemen – model|
|Rutger||Rutger Hauer – actor|
|Spinoza||Baruch Spinoza – philosopher|
|Van Halen||Eddie Van Halen – rock star|
|Vermeer||Johannes Vermeer – painter|
|Vincent||Vincent Van Gogh – famous artist|
Dutch Names for your Furry Friend from Movies, TV Shows and Books
Looking to your existing interests for inspiration when trying to find a Dutch name for your dog is the perfect place to start – after all if you name your dog after a favorite character, you already know you love the name! Our top picks are “Captain Nova” and “Bumble”.
|Ares||Ares – Dutch Horror drama|
|Bulletje||Bulletje en Boonestaak|
|Bumble||Oliver B. Bumble comic|
|Captain Nova||Captain Nova|
|Dries||Riphagen the Untouchable|
|Kikker||Kikker the Frog|
|Loekie||Loekie de Leeuw|
|Panda||Panda comic strip|
|Tom Puss||Tom Puss comic strip|
Dutch Dog Names Derived from Mythology for your Puppy
Mythology is one of the most common trends to follow when deciding on a name for your pooch. We think the Dutch name “Jecha” is so perfect for a hunting dog who loves running free in the forest.
|Bullebak||creature that scared people at night with loud roaring noises|
|Hludana||goddess of fishing and the Rhine|
|Jecha||goddess of the forest and the hunt|
|Kabouter||akin to the Irish leprechaun|
|Nehalennia||goddess of fertility|
|Witte Wieven||spirits of wise women|
Sweet Dutch Dog Names from Nature for your Pet
Beautiful nature is a marvellous source of creativity when deciding on a Dutch name for your furry buddy. We love “Zee” for an adventurous pup who loves splashing around in the waves at the beach.
|Duinen||means “dunes” – they line the Dutch coastline|
|Heide||means “heath” – for the Dutch heathlands|
|Polder||piece of land reclaimed from the sea – 50% of Holland is polders|
|Storm||same as in English|
|Tulip||tulips are the national flower of the Netherlands|
Sporty Names for your Dutch Dog
Your sporty dog will be honored to bear a Dutch dog name that honors one of these incredible sports stars. We think “Jacco” is a great fit for a dog who loves to chase tennis balls around the garden.
|Babel||Ryan Babel – soccer|
|Dafne||Dafne Schippers – track and field athlete|
|Dekker||Erik Dekker – cyclist|
|Frenkie||Frenkie de Jong – football|
|Germaine||Germaine de Randamie – mixed martial artist|
|Jacco||Jacco Eltingh – tennis|
|Marco||Marco van Basten – football|
|Max||Max Verstappen – formula one|
|Persie||Robin van Persie – football|
|Robben||Arjin Robben – football|
As you can see, Dutch dog names are a lot of fun. So, the next time you're strolling through Rotterdam and you hear someone calling their dog’s name, take a moment to appreciate the linguistic and cultural richness of their moniker. And who knows, maybe you'll even get inspired to give your own dog a Dutch name.
I’m Shelley, a content creator and copywriter from Wicklow in the Irish countryside. I am a big animal lover, so writing about dogs is a dream come true! I’m the crazy lady who will stop you in the street while you’re out walking your dog to give it cuddles. I adore all dogs, but I would have to say the big slobbery ones are my favorite.