So, you’re planning on getting a white puppy (or already have one) or you’ve just adopted a dog from the shelter. Now, your only problem is what name to choose, and you’re looking for something that matches your pup’s white coat and is a little creative.
We’ve got you covered. Our list includes both unique names and more common options for folks who don’t want to be naming their dog something they can’t even pronounce.
- Names Inspired by Cold Climates
- Words That Mean White
- Names That Mean White
- White Dog Names Inspired by the Sky
- Yummy Names for White Dogs
- Names Inspired by White Stones
- White Flower Names for White Furbabies
- Names Based on White Objects
- Ethereal Names
- Names Inspired by Fictional Characters and Famous Figures
- Miscellaneous Names
- How to Choose a Name for Your Dog
- The Fun and Frustration of Naming a Furbaby
Names Inspired by Cold Climates
If you ask someone what they think of when they think of the color white, the usual answer is snow. White commonly brings winter to the forefront of our minds, so here are some names inspired by the cold.
- Eira – A Welsh name meaning “snow.”
- Haukea – A Hawaiian name meaning “white snow.”
- Miyuki – A Japanese name meaning “deep snow” or “beautiful snow.”
- Neva – A Spanish name meaning “white snow.”
- Neve – A name of Irish and Latin origin meaning “snow.”
- Yama – “Mountain” in Japanese.
- Yuki – “Snow” in Japanese.
Words That Mean White
This list contains the word “white” translated into different languages. These words are technically adjectives and nouns and not names, but we don’t see why you couldn’t use them for your white dog.
Some languages have words that are considered to be “feminine” or “masculine;” whenever you describe a feminine noun, you need to conjugate your adjective to also be feminine (and vice versa). Therefore, we have listed the feminine and masculine versions of words that we are aware of.
Of course, you’re welcome to name a female dog using a male adjective (it’s 2021, after all), but we want to make sure you’re doing so on purpose rather than on accident.
- Bán (Irish)
- Bela (Slovenian)
- Bianca (Italian, feminine)
- Bianco (Italian, masculine)
- Blanca (Spanish, feminine)
- Blanco (Spanish, masculine)
- Blanc (French, masculine)
- Blanche (French, feminine)
- Livna (Hebrew)
- Shiro (Japanese)
- Vit (Swedish)
- Weiss (German)
Names That Mean White
These are actual names that have meanings associated with the color white. Some straight-up mean “white” whereas others have a little twist.
- Alba – A name of Latin origin meaning “white.”
- Arjun – An Indian name meaning “white” or “bright.”
- Caerwyn/Carwyn – A name of Irish and Welsh origin meaning “white fortress.”
- Cadewyn – Also of Irish and Welsh origin, this name means “white battle.”
- Candace – A name of Latin origin that means “white,” “pure,” and “sincere.”
- Finn – A name of Irish origin that means “white” or “fair.”
- Gavin – A Celtic name meaning “white hawk.”
- Guin – A welsh name meaning “white” or “blessed.”
- Jennifer – This popular “hooman” name means “white wave.”
- Laban – This Hebrew name meaning “white” belongs to a character in the Old Testament.
- Marya – An Arabic name meaning “bright whiteness.”
- Tanywyn – A Welsh name meaning “white fire.”
- Whitney – This name is of Old English origin and means “white island.”
- Wynn – A welsh name meaning “white” or “blessed.”
- Zuri or Zuriñe – These names are of Basque origin and mean “white.”
White Dog Names Inspired by the Sky
When we look up at the sky, there are a number of bright white objects we might notice. Here are some names inspired by them.
- Artemis – The Greek Goddess of the Moon.
- Bolt – As in a bolt of lightning; there is also a Disney movie with a white dog named Bolt.
- Cumulus – Cirrus and cumulus are both types of clouds.
- Diana – The Roman Goddess of the Moon.
- Étoile – “Star” in French.
- Hoshi – “Star” in Japanese.
- Lua – Portuguese for “moon.”
- Lyra – A constellation that looks like a harp.
- Mahina – Hawaiian for “moon.”
- Mond – “Moon” in German.
- Nimbus – A type of cloud.
- Nova – An astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of an incredibly bright, apparently new star that fades within the year.
- Polaris – The North Star.
- Rigel – The brightest star in the Orion constellation.
- Selena/Selene – This name means “moon goddess.”
- Sirius – The brightest star in the night sky and part of the constellation “Canis Major” which just so happens to look like a dog.
- Tsuki – “Moon” in Japanese.
- Vega – The brightest star in the Lyra constellation.
Yummy Names for White Dogs
For some reason, food items make adorable names for dogs, and there are a number of yummy foodstuffs that happen to be white!
- Cool Whip
- Onigiri – a triangular Japanese rice ball snack.
- Rice Cake
- Snow Cone
- Tartar Sauce
- White Claw
Names Inspired by White Stones
There are a number of stones (including gemstones) that are white in hue and also make awesome names for dogs. Here are some of our favorites.
- Coral – Most of us think of coral as a pinkish-orange shade, but white coral is a popular choice for jewelry, and some spiritual people believe this stone has healing properties.
- Howlite – Howlite is a mostly white stone that sometimes has black or grey veins running through it; it’s the perfect punny name for a white dog, especially vocal breeds like huskies.
- Jade – Though we often think of Jade as green, it does come in white!
- Sapphire – Contrary to popular belief, sapphires aren’t just blue; they can be white too!
- Topaz – Many of us consider topaz to be orange or even light blue, but white topaz also exists.
White Flower Names for White Furbabies
If you’re looking for a name that brings to mind something beautiful, then how about naming your white dog after a white flower?
Names Based on White Objects
There are a number of white objects that make for cute dog names. Check them out!
- Lace or Lacie
- Chantilly – A type of lace.
- Tulle – A netting material commonly used in wedding dresses.
These names are based on things that aren’t tangible. Some are spooky whereas others are heavenly.
- Celeste – This is a Latin name meaning “heavenly.” We often associate the color white with heaven, so this is a great choice for a white dog.
- Smoke/Smokey – Many of us think of smoke as grey, but it can also be white.
Names Inspired by Fictional Characters and Famous Figures
There are some famous people and characters that have names associated with the color white. Let’s take a look.
- Albus – Not only does this name mean “white” or “bright,” but it’s also the name of the famous headmaster in the Harry Potter
- Betty White – A famous actress known for her sass.
- Casper – The ghost from the animated show Casper the Friendly Ghost.
- Chance – The name of the white and black American bulldog from Homeward Bound.
- Daenerys- The white-haired Queen of Dragons from Game of Thrones.
- Dwight – Not only does this name mean “white,” but it is also the name of a character from The Office.
- Elsa – The ice queen from Disney’s Frozen.
- Fiona – This name means “white” and belongs to the red-haired princess from Shrek.
- Gandalf the White – The powerful wizard from Lord of the Rings.
- Galadriel – A beautiful elven woman from Lord of the Rings who is always dressed in white.
- Jon Snow – A prominent character from Game of Thrones.
- Kenyon – This name means “white-haired” and is perfect for a white dog! It’s also the name of a famous NBA player, Kenyon Martin.
- Odette – The name of a princess who is turned into a swan from the movie Swan Princess.
- Vanna White – The lovely hostess of Wheel of Fortune.
- Snow White – From Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
- Storm – The white-haired X-Woman with weather control powers.
- Yue – The name of a character in Avatar: The Last Airbender who turns into the moon.
Here are a handful of names that didn’t quite fit into any of our other categories but still relate to the color white in some way.
How to Choose a Name for Your Dog
Whether you’re renaming a rescue or choosing a name for a new puppy, the decision can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are so many names to pick from and sometimes families can’t seem to agree on a name everyone likes.
So how do you go about choosing a name? There are a few tips we can offer that may help you narrow things down.
Choose Names With More Than One Syllable
There are a lot of cute one-syllable names, but choosing a name with two syllables or more may be to your advantage. Animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell found that dogs are more likely to come to you when you use short sounds that rise in pitch.
Conversely, they may be hesitant to come to sounds that are long and fall in pitch, as this is what we usually do when we are mad. Since many of us call our dogs using their names, it is helpful to use one with two syllables so we can more easily adjust our pitch from one syllable to the next.
Of course, it’s possible to call out a sing-song “Sta-ar,” but “Star-ry” just rolls a bit better off the tongue. So, you can still use a one-syllable name if you’ve found one you’re really attached to; just remember to call your dog sweetly with a rising pitch.
Pick a Name You Adore
This may seem obvious, but it’s important to pick a name you love for a few reasons. First of all, a good name can help you bond with your dog. If you were to choose something impersonal, it may mean you aren’t thinking of your dog as a living, breathing creature. By choosing a name you love, you’re acknowledging the dog as part of your family.
You can totally get creative with dog names. While it may not be acceptable to name a human baby Q-Tip, it’s cute and quirky when applied to a dog. If you love punny names, this is your chance. Just be careful not to take it so far that you later end up regretting your choice. Try to pick something you’ll be happy with for the next decade or two.
The Fun and Frustration of Naming a Furbaby
Getting a new dog is super exciting, and choosing a name is part of that excitement. However, it’s not always easy to make a decision. There are so many options, and you may find yourself going through hundreds of names, feeling like nothing is quite right.
When this happens, you can try sticking to names that are two syllables since these are the easiest to call out. Make things personal and give your dog a name that will acknowledge her status as a furry family member. Most of all, don’t be afraid to get creative!