320+ Music-Inspired Dog Names for Your Boogie Woogie Puppy

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We have put on our boogie shoes and compiled the ultimate list of musical names for your puppy. We have everything covered from artists, to styles of music to all the best tunes through the ages and even dabbled in the technical musical terms that make songs so foot-tappingly good.

So pop on your favorite song and dance along with us as we explore all the very best music inspired dog names!

🚺 Music Dog Names Inspired by Female Artists

The female artists on this list have been responsible for some of the most popular chart-topping hits and are a great source of inspiration when naming your pup. No matter the genre of music you love to bop away to, you are sure to find a great name here. We love the dog names “Dolly” and “Missy” for really feminine pups. If you have a bit of a badass girl on your hands, how about “Foxy” or “Gangsta Boo”? 

ArethaAretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul
AzaleaIggy Azalea raps
BillieBillie Holiday sang jazz and swing music – you can turn her name into a fun pun that makes a great name for a dog “Billie Howliday” – Billie Eilish is also a popular artist to honor with this name
BonnieBonnie Raitt sings the blues and plays guitar
ChurchCharlotte Church is a Welsh singer
DollyDolly Parton is a country music icon – “Dolly Pawton” is a great doggy spin
FoxyFoxy Brown raps
Gangsta Booshe raps
IggyIggy Azalea raps
JanetJanet Jackson is a performer just like her brother Michael
JanisJanis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era
JoniJoni Mitchell – a 60's folk music performer
JuneJune Carter a star in her own right was also married to Johnny Cash
KatyKaty Perry is known as The Queen of Camp – “Katy Pawry” is a great puppy name
KellyKelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol
Lady Gagaone of the most epic performers – if you want the puppy pun try “Lady Grr Grr”
Madonnashe is an icon all over the world
MissyMissy Elliot raps
NickiNicki Minaj has great musical versatility – she is known as “The Queen of Rap”
NicksStevie Nicks is a famous singer
PatsyPatsy Cline is an iconic vocalist
PattiPatti Smith, a punk rocker
RebaReba McEntire is The Queen of Country
RuthRuth Brown is sometimes called the Queen of R & B
ShaniaShania Twain has sold over 100 million records – she is one of the best-selling country music artists in history
TaylorTaylor Swift is a singer and performer
ToniToni Braxton sings R & B

🚹 Music Dog Names Inspired by Male Artists

There are literally thousands of male artists to draw inspiration from when naming your dog. We have rounded up just a few of the most popular names in show biz. Some of these male artists have changed the face of music and have continued to have a lasting influence long after their deaths.

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We adore the name “Denver” for a regal puppy – it’s so unusual. If you’re a little bit country, how about naming your dog after Kip Moore? And for those who really like something different, there is the unique musical style of Rob Zombie to fuel your creativity. There are so many great music inspired dog names on this list for boy dogs, we aren’t even going to try to choose one.

AceAce Frehley was a member of Kiss
Action Bronsonhe is a rapper, chef, wrestler and TV presenter
AliceAlice Cooper is the stage name of Vince Furnier, the frontman of the Alice Cooper Band
AndersonAnderson Paak raps
AngusAngus Young is the guitarist for the rock band AC/DC
AxlAxl Rose from Guns ‘n Roses
BaileyPhilip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire fame was born and raised in Denver, Colorado
BentleyDierks Bentley is a country star
Big Daddy KaneBig Daddy Kane is an American rapper
Big JoeBig Joe Turner sang “Shake, Rattle and Roll” a very popular song
BingBing Crosby was an influential musical artist
BobBob Dylan is one of the greatest songwriters ever
BowieDavid Bowie – he had a stage persona called “Ziggy Stardust” which is also the name of one of his songs
BrunoBruno Mars is a versatile performer who sings in various musical styles – Bruno Mars is his stage name, his real name is Peter Gene Hernandez
BuddyBuddy Holly was a central rock ‘n roll figure
CashJohnny Cash was a really popular artist
CharlieCharlie Daniels performed rock, country, jazz and blues music
ChesterChester Bennington was the lead vocalist of Linkin Park before his death
ChinoChino Moreno is the frontman of the metal band Deftones
ChuckChuck Berry was a pioneer of rock ‘n roll
CochranEddie Cochran was a rock ‘n roll teen idol
Cooperfor Alice Cooper of the Alice Cooper Band
CostelloElvis Costello is a talented musician
DanzigGlenn Danzig, the Misfits vocalist
DaveDave Mustaine is the frontman for the metal band Megadeth
DeanDean Martin was dubbed The King of Cool
DenverJohn Denver was a folk music artist
DJ Quikhe raps
DuffyBilly Duffy is the guitarist for the band The Cult
EarlEarl Thomas Conley was a country star
EastonEaston Corbin sings country music
EddieEddie Van Halen is one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock
EltonElton John is a legendary artist well known all over the world
ElvisElvis Presley is one of the most iconic musicians ever – if you want to stand out at the dog park try “Elvis Pawsley”
Eminema huge name in rap music
FlashGrandmaster Flash is a DJ and producer
FrankFrank Sinatra was one of the most popular entertainers the world has ever known
FreddieFreddie Gibbs raps
FreddieFreddie Mercury was the frontman of the rock band Queen
GabrielPeter Gabriel was the original lead vocalist of the band Genesis
GambinoChildish Gambino is the stage name of Donald Glover who raps
GarthGarth Brooks is a country star
GeorgeGeorge Strait is a country star
GucciGucci Mane raps
HankHank Williams was a popular performer
HarlowJack Harlow raps
HarryHarry Styles was a member of the band One Direction
HendrixJimi Hendrix was an influential guitarist despite his short professional career
HollyBuddy Holly was a central rock ‘n roll figure
HueyHuey Lewis was a rock ‘n roll star
JackJack Harlow raps
JacksonMichael Jackson was the King of Pop
JaggerMick Jagger is famous for his music and his big lips
JamesJames Hetfield is the lead vocalist of Metallica
James BrownThe Godfather of Soul
JarobiJarobi White was the vocalist for the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest
JasonJason Aldean is a popular country singing star
JimiJimi Hendrix was an influential guitarist despite his short professional career
JohnJohn Sykes is a guitarist
KaneKane Brown is an American singer
KennyKenny Chesney is a country star
Kid Cudihe raps
KipKip Moore is a country star
KirkKirk Hammett is the lead guitarist of Metallica
Kodak Blackhe raps
KurtKurt Cobain lead vocalist and guitarist of Nirvana
KurtisKurtis Blow is a Hip-Hop/Rap star
LarsLars Ulrich is the drummer for Metallica
LennonJohn Lennon was a member of The Beatles
LennyLenny Kravitz is an iconic performer
LewisHuey Lewis was a rock ‘n roll star
Lil WayneLil Wayne raps
MacMac Miller was a rapper
MarleyZiggy Marley is the son of Bob Marley and Rita Marley and is also a musician
MarvinMarvin Gaye is the soul man
MC Hammera famous hip-hop star
MercuryFreddie Mercury was the frontman of the rock band Queen
MichaelMichael Bublé is a very successful performer
Mick Marsformer lead guitarist of The Motley Crue band
MilesMiles Davis was a jazz performer
MillerMac Miller raps
NeilNeil Young is a famous performer
NelsonWillie Nelson is an iconic performer
Notorious B.I.GThe Notorious B.I.G/Biggie Smalls/Biggie is an American Rapper
OtisOtis Redding had many popular hits
Oz Foxhe plays guitar for the band Stryper
OzzyOzzy Osbourne was the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath, a heavy metal rock band – “Ozzy Pawsborne” is a fun pun
PeterPeter Criss was the original drummer for the rock band Kiss
PharrellPharrell Williams raps – “Furrell” to be top of the pups
Professor Longhairhe performed New Orleans blues
RandyRandy Houser sings country music
Ray Charlesan iconic R & B, soul and blues performer who was blind
RexRex Brown, the bassist for Pantera
Ringo Starra member of the Beatles – this is a really cool dog's name
RobRob Halford is the lead vocalist for the band Judas Priest
RoseAxl Rose from Guns ‘n Roses
RoyRoy Orbison sang ballads mostly
RudyRudy Sarzo is a Cuban American bassist in the rock/heavy metal genre
SmokeySmokey Robinson was a Motown soul and R & B performer
Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg is a rapping icon
Stevie RayStevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician
TimTim McGraw is a country artist
TraceTrace Adkins is a country star
TysonTyson Ritter is a member of The All American Rejects
VinceVince Gill was the frontman of the country rock band Pure Prairie League
VinnieVinnie Paul was the drummer for the band Pantera
WilliamsHank Williams was a popular performer
WizWiz Khalifa raps
WonderStevie Wonder is an iconic multi talented keyboardist who is blind
ZackyZacky Vengeance is the guitarist for rock/metal band Avenged Sevenfold
ZappaFrank Zappa was the band leader of The Mothers of Invention
ZiggyZiggy Marley is the son of Bob Marley and Rita Marley and is also a musician
ZombieRob Zombie makes music with themes of horror and sci-fi

🎶 Name Your Furry Friend After Famous Bands

the beatles

These iconic bands are some of the most well-known influences on modern music. We love the dog names “Iron Maiden” and “Queen” for girl dogs and “Van Halen” and “Rascal” are perfect names for boys.

Beatlesprobably the most iconic band of all time – founded and primarily led by John Lennon, the other members were Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Black SabbathOzzy Osbourne, Tony Lommi, Bill Ward, & Geezer Butler were the founding members of this band
Bon Jovia rock band fronted by Jon Bon Jovi
CarolinaCarolina Rain is a country band
CharlotteGood Charlotte is a rock band
Cometfor Bill Haley and His Comets – a rock ‘n roll band
CreedenceCreedence Clearwater Revival is a rock band
Daft Punkwas a French electronic music duo from the 90's – this is a great pair of names for 2 dogs
De La Soula hip-hop group
Dead Preza hip-hop duo
DixieThe Dixie Chicks are a country band
DokkenGeorge Lynch was a member of this band
Fleetwood Maca famous 60's band – Stevie Nicks played the tambourine in the band
FloydPink Floyd is a rock band
Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand is a rock band
Iron MaidenBlaze Bayley was the lead vocalist for this band for 5 years
Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin is a rock band
LinkinLinkin Park is a rock band
MisfitMisfits is a rock band
Nirvanaa famous rock band fronted by Kurt Cobain
PerryThe Band Perry is a band composed of siblings
PilotStone Temple Pilots was a band fronted by Chester Bennington
QueenThis rock band was fronted by Freddie Mercury
RascalRascal Flatts is a band (they collaborated with Reba McEntire on a song called “Faith in Love”)
Salt ‘N Pepaa Hip-Hop group – great name for a pair of pups
ScorpionScorpions are the rock band that sang “Wind of Change” for the film Gorky Park
SugarhillThe Sugarhill Gang is a Hip-Hop group
Van Halena 70's rock band – Alex Van Halen was their drummer
VelvetThe Velvet Underground is a band

📀 Music Inspired Dog Names From Iconic Songs and Albums

There are so many great songs out there, it was really hard to narrow down a list, but we think we have some epic options for great dog names here. We highly recommend watching the music video for “Bubble Butt” and this is our top pick unisex name. We love “Big Poppa” for a Great Dane and how about “Black Widow” for a female Newfoundland, especially if she has a bit of a sassy nature. 

AbbeyAbbey Road is an album by The Beatles
AngieAngie was sung by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
AnnieAnnie's Song by John Denver
Bad Angelby Dierks Bentley
Big Hunk ‘O Loveby Elvis Presley
Big Poppasong by The Notorious B.I.G
Black Velveteenby Lenny Kravitz
Black Widowby Iggy Azalea
BlackbirdBye, Bye Blackbird by Miles Davis
Bobby McGeeby Janis Joplin
Bubble Butta song by Major Lazer featuring Bruno Mars, Tyga, Mystic & 2 Chainz (all of these are incidentally really cool names for dogs)
Chelseaby Elvis Costello
Chunkya Bruno Mars song
Dinahby Bing Crosby
EchoEchoes was a song by Pink Floyd
EdenBlood of Eden is by Peter Gabriel
Fancyby Reba McEntire – “FancyPants” is a fun dogs name
Foxy Ladyby Jimi Hendrix
GeorgiaBury Me in Georgia is sung by Kane Brown
Hound Dogone of Elvis Presley's biggest hits
Jack FlashJumpin' Jack Flash was sung by Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
Jambalayaby Hank Williams – “Jamba” is a really cool dog name
JohannaVisions of Johanna by Bob Dylan
Joleneby Dolly Parton
JudeHey Jude is one of the most iconic songs written by Paul McCartney to comfort Julian (the son of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia) during his parent's divorce
Little Pink Macka big hit by Kay Adams
LouellaMy Cousin Louella was by Frank Sinatra
LucyLucy in the Sky with Diamonds was primarily written by John Lennon with some help from Paul McCartney
Nikitaa song by Elton John
Norma JeanNorma Jean Baker was Marilyn Monroe's real name and the subject of Elton John's hit song Candle in the Wind
Oliviaa song written by Harry Styles, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan for the band One Direction
OzzThe Blizzard of Ozz was Ozzy Osbourne's best selling album
PanchoPancho & Lefty is sung by Willie Nelson – great names for a pair of dogs
PeachesPeaches En Regalia was sung by Frank Zappa
Pearlan album by Janis Joplin
PiratePirate Flag is sung by Kenny Chesney
Pistol Packin' Mamaby Bing Crosby
Pom PomShake your Pom Pom is by Missy Elliot
Rocket Mana song by Elton John
Rockstarby Post Malone
SueA Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
Sunflowerby Post Malone
Super Gremlinby Kodak Black
ThunderThe Thunder Rolls is by Garth Brooks
Tiny Danceran Elton John hit that he recently remixed with Britney Spears
Treasurea Bruno Mars song
Trudyby Charlie Daniels
Ziggy StardustZiggy Stardust was a song by David Bowie – “Ziggy” and “Stardust” are both awesome music inspired dog names
Zomby Woofby Frank Zappa

🎙️ Music Inspired Dog Names From Music Brands and Record Labels

Some of the coolest people in the world make music and accordingly, they give their record labels uber cool names. There is no better name for a Dalmatian than “Domino” – really! We also adore the dog names “Maverick”, “Jet” and “Matador” for male dogs. Naming your little girl dog “Paisley” is an inspired choice – so very sweet.

ClarkStory and Clark is a piano manufacturer
DominoDomino Records is a British label
ElektraElektra Records is an American record label
HamlinMason and Hamlin is a piano manufacturer
JetJet Records is owned by Ozzy Osbourne
MasonMason and Hamlin is a piano manufacturer
MatadorMatador Records is in New York
MaverickMaverick record label was founded by Madonna
NinjaNinja Tune is an English record label
PaisleyPaisley Park Records was founded by Prince
ShadyShady Records was founded by Eminem

🎧 Music Inspired Dog Names From Music Festivals and Events For Your Furry Friend

Who doesn’t love a good music festival? They are simply the best. You cannot beat good music outdoors with your favorite people. Here are some of the biggest and best music events from around the world to choose dog names from. Our top pick is “Bonnaroo” – delightfully unusual and will ensure your pooch is the talk of the dog park.

Bonnaroothis is held in Tennessee
Coachellaan annual festival in California
Creamfieldselectronic music festival in the UK
Electric Daisyelectronic music festival in Las Vegas
Fireflya music festival held in Delaware
Glastonburya 5 day festival in England
GovernorGovernor's Ball Music Festival is held in New York
Lollapalooza5 day festival in Chicago
Mawazineinternational music festival held in Morocco
PrimaveraPrimavera Sound Barcelona is held in Spain
SplashySplashy Fen is held in the Drakensburg in KZN South Africa
SzigetSziget festival is held in Hungary
Woodstockone of the biggest outdoor music festivals ever – made famous in the 60's for it's hippie culture

🎺 Name Your New Pup After Musical Instruments


Guys, a dog named “Bongo” – you gotta admit is pretty awesome! We also love “Kazoo”. If you want something a little less eclectic, we adore “Viola” – its perfectly suited to a female Cocker Spaniel.

Banjoan instrument similar to a guitar but with 5 strings
Bongofor bongo drums
Carillonbells that are played using a keyboard – “Cari” is a cute name
Clarineta woodwind instrument – “Clari” for short
Harmonicaa mouth organ
Harpa stringed instrument – “Harpy” or “Harper” are fun names
Kazooa tube shaped instrument that you blow into
Kotothe national instrument of Japan
Maracasa rattle instrument
Oboea woodwind instrument
Piccoloa piccolo is similar to a flute – it's sometimes referred to as a “baby flute”
Saxophone“Saxo” is a fun name for a dog
Tam Tama type of gong
Timpania type of drum
Violaa stringed instrument
Xylophone“Xyla” is a cool name

📻 Name Your Music Dog After Fun Music Genres


The old days had the best music genres and styles with the most awesome names. We would totally have a puppy named “Bebop”! We also love the dog names “Calypso” and “Jazz” – time to get your groove on pups!

Bebopa style of jazz music
Bluesthis is emotional lyrical music
Boogie Woogiea style of Blues music
Calypsoa style of Caribbean music
Funkcan call your dog “Funky Pup”
J-Popessentially Japanese pop music
Jazz“Jazzy” is a great dog name
PopPop refers to popular music – “Pops” is a cute dogs name
Punkfor punk rock
Reggaeoriginated in Jamaica
Rockcan call a girl “Rocker” or a boy “Rocky”
SoulR & B style music
Trancefast electronic music

🎼 Find A Name For Your Music Dog Amongst Musical Scales

Now these wouldn’t be your run of the mill dog names, but if you’re a hardcore music buff and want to make a bold statement, going to the park with your dog named “Gypsy” would be kinda cool.

Bluethe Blue scale
Chromaticall the notes arranged in order
Diatonica standard scale
Gypsythe gypsy scale is similar to the harmonic minor scale
Ionianthe plain major scale – “Io” is a cool name for a dog
Lydiana 7-tone musical scale
Majorfor all the major scales
Mixolydiana major scale with a flattened 7th
Pentatonica major scale with 5 notes

🎵 Inspiration For Dog Names From Musical Terms 

Music seems such a simple thing, probably because people skilled in producing it make it seem effortless, but once you start learning about it, you quickly realize just how complicated it is to produce a piece of music. Why not honor all the musical geniuses of the world with one of these quirky dog names? We love the name “Arietta” for a girl pooch.

Adagioa slow tempo
Allegroa fast tempo
Ariaa musical term that refers to an opera solo
Ariettaa short Aria (or short melody)
Cadencea set of chords that ends a piece of music
Cantatamusic that is meant to be sung
Clefa musical symbol
Fermataa musical symbol
Harmonycombining all the sounds together so they blend into a piece of music
Lyriclyrics are the words to songs
Melismaone syllable extended over a range of notes
Melodya musical term that refers to the tune of a piece of music
Motifa short melody
Rhapsodya song with many parts/chapters like Queens Bohemian Rhapsody
Sonatamusic meant to be expressed with instruments
Tempothe beats per minute that determines if a song is slow or fast
Tenutoa musical symbol

🎹 Classical Music Dog Names

If your pup has a touch of regal class, then choosing a name from some of the world’s most talented classical composers is a great way to go. We adore the name “Beethoven” for a puppy and extra points if you name your slobbery Saint Bernard this. He is undoubtedly our favorite movie pup!

BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven was a German composer
BrahmsJohannes Brahms was a German composer
ChopinFrederic Chopin was a Polish composer
DebussyClaude Debussy was a French composer
GiuseppeGiuseppe Verdi was an Italian composer
IgorIgor Stravinsky was a Russian composer
JosephJoseph Haydn was an Austrian composer
MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a famous composer
SebastianJohann Sebastian Bach was a German composer
StraussRichard Strauss was a German composer
TchaikovskyPyotr Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer
VivaldiAntonio Vivaldi was an Italian composer
WagnerRichard Wagner was a German composer

🎸Miscellaneous Musical Inspirations for Naming Your New Pup

Here are some fun musical inspirations for naming your new dog. We adore the dog names “Diva” and “Frankie” for a girl dog and “Maestro” is such a cool name for a boy.

Batfor Ozzy Osbourne's bat-eating scandal
Divatechnically this refers to a celebrated female opera star but has come to be used in other ways to indicate a famous woman who is successful and somewhat demanding
FiddlerFiddler on the Roof was the longest running broadway musical until Grease took over
FrankieEddie Van Halen created a guitar in a Frankenstein fashion by combining elements of other guitars – it was named the Frankenstrat which became shortened to Frankie
Für Elisea popular piece of music written by Beethoven – while it translates to “For Elise”, its a fun play on words for a furry female pup
Hamiltona hip hop broadway musical that even Barack Obama loves!
IndieIndie music is music produced independently of commercial record labels
John MichaelOzzy Osbourne's real name is John Michael Osbourne – such an ordinary name for such an interesting man
Lady Daythis nickname was given to Billie Holiday by her friend Lester Young who was also her music partner
Lion KingThe Lion King is one of the most successful broadway shows of all time with music by Elton John
Maestroa musical genius
PhantomThe Phantom of the Opera composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber is an iconic broadway musical
SwiftySwifties are what the fans of Taylor Swift are known as
SymphonyBeethoven wrote 9 symphonies that are still revered today
Tay Taythis is Taylor Swift's nickname and a great name for a puppy
YeezyKanye West calls himself this
YokoYoko Ono – most famous for being married to John Lennon

Last Thoughts

We hope you have had as much fun reading this list as we had making it. Let us know your favorite song or artist in the comments below and tell us if it inspired the naming of your new puppy.

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