Best Names For German Shepherd Males & Females: Ideas and Lists


What do you want out of a German Shepherd Male or Female Puppy Dog Name?

Do you want it to be popular, unique, tough, strong, funny, top 10, cute, common, cool, just good or the best?

Do you want a name for a girl or boy German Shepherd, or even a police dog?

Most sites we’ve looked at out there don’t give you alot of guidance on picking a name for your German Shepherd puppy, boy or girl.  It usually goes along the lines of “Hey here’s a giant list of over 1000 names…pick one”. 

What good is a name if it has no meaning or basis behind it? 

Whatever you’re after, we think the following GSD (German Shepherd Dog) name ideas and lists have you covered!


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


German Shepherd Names: Based On Gender – Male/Female, Boy or Girl

Probably the most obvious one. We’re all for equality, but you’re probably not going to name your male/boy GSD Cleopatra, or your female/girl Axel.

Narrowing down the name by male, female, or gender neutral is a good start!

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Female dog names at (girl dog names) (boy dog names)


German Shepherd Names: Based On First Letter, Or Alphabet

Taking a leaf out of the Kardashian book, maybe you have dog already named Jack, and you want ideas for other German Shepherd names starting with J. Or, maybe you just prefer certain letters to others!

You’re in luck, there are heaps of resources out there sorting Alsatian/German Shepherd names by letter. 

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German Shepherd Dog Names: Based On Being The Best, Good, Cool, Common, Top 10 or 20 or Popular

Do you want to know what everyone else is calling their pooch?

Perhaps you want the top 10 or even the top 100 boy and girl names for your GSD?

Here are the 10 best, most common and popular names available:


10. Tucker

9. Bear

8. Duke

7. Toby

6. Rocky

5. Jack

4. Cooper

3. Buddy

2. Charlie

1. Max



10. Bailey

9. Chloe

8. Sophie

7. Maggie

6. Sadie

5. Lola

4. Molly

3. Daisy

2. Lucy

1. Bella


Where to Find More of These Names – (top 10 boy and girl names) (top 100 boy names) (top 100 girl names)


German Shepherd Names: Based on Personality or Appearance

Is your GSD happy, smart, lazy or even sometimes has a bit of attitude? You may want to name it based on it’s personality.

What about the appearance of your GSD? Does it have unique markings, or other physical features which make it stand out? You could make a name out of this.

Where to Find More of These Names – (names about personality of your GSD) (names about appearance)


German Shepherd Names: Based on Being Cute or Funny

How do some of these cute ones sound? – Lilly, Blixen, Buffy, Apricot, Honey….

Or how about some of these more funny names? – Bongo, Brian Griffin, Burrito

There’s heaps more, have a look!

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German Shepherd Names: Based On Another Language Or Origin – German, Spanish, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, Italian…

The list goes on with this one. There are many names with different meanings in different languages and origins.

Allegra is Italian for ‘Lively’ or ‘Cheerful’, and Latin for ‘Joy’. Or, Donner is German for ‘Thunder’.


Where to Find More of These Names – (mix of names based on origin and meaning) (German Names) (for Spanish Names)


German Shepherd Names: Based On Meaning

Do you want your German Shepherd Puppy’s name to mean something? 

Take Excel for example, which means ‘To Be Superior’. Or Adele, which has Germanic roots with being ‘Noble’.

I was tempted to make a joke about spreadsheets or Rolling in The Deep, but I’ll spare you.

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German Shepherd Names: Based On Famous Dogs and Movies

This is a pretty cool one. There has been several famous German Shepherds throughout history.

Perhaps the most famous is Rin Tin Tin who was a German Shepherd rescued from the battlefield during World War I.

Rin Tin Tin went on to star in several movies and had a TV series made about him and his owner called ‘The Adventure of Rin Tin Tin’.

There are also German Shepherds who belong to famous celebrities:

Angel – Actor Chuck Norris

Atticus – Actor Jake Gyllenhaal

Happy – Fitness Guru Jack Lelanne

Ork – Singer/Songwriter Amy Grant

Orso – U.S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Prince – Actor Rudolph Valentino

Tim – Singer/Songwriter Shania Twain


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German Shepherd Name: Based on Big and Small German Shepherds

Obviously German Shepherds are medium to large dogs as a breed.

But, what happens if you have a Miniature German Shepherd? There are names for both big and small GSDs.

Where to Find More of These Names – (big dog names) (small dog names)


German Shepherd Names: Tough and Strong, and Police Dog Names 

How do some of these names sound? Atilla, Ulysses, Panzer, Antonov, Clipper…

All of these are tough and strong names which are just that, or even based on police dogs.

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German Shepherd Names: Based On Advice From the AKC

The AKC had the following advice on naming your German Shepherd – 

“Names often reflect the character of your pet. Observe your dog for a few days and see if his personality suggests a name. Is he regal? Does she always want to be the center of attention? If so, how about “King” or “Star”?

Short, sweet and easily recognizable names work best in getting your dog to be responsive. Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as “Sadie” or “Rocky.”

Don’t choose a name that is too long or difficult to say. A name such as “Sir Barks A Lot” will only confuse your dog.

Avoid names that sound like commands. Names like “Joe” sound like “no” when called.

Pick a name that will fit your dog regardless of his age. For example, a puppy named “Fuzzy” may not be a good fit after he grows into adulthood.

Don’t name your dog after a friend or family member without getting their prior permission. You never know who could be offended.

Test out the name you would like to give your dog for a day or two. Remember any name you give your dog will be a 10-to-15-year commitment for the life of the dog.

After you chose a name for your dog make sure you use it often so he can learn it more quickly.

Don’t raise your voice every time you call him, and try to use his name in positive, playful settings, such as when you feed him, play with him or pet him.”


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German Shepherd Names: Based On Being Unique 

Pagoda, Cashmere, Magento and Ember are all names which are seldom heard or uncommon.

If this is your style, you may want to browse some more.

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German Shepherd Names: Based on White or Black German Shepherds

This one is pretty self explanatory – you want a name that matches the color of your GSD.

It might be Alaska, Marshmallow or Casper, or even Pepper, Pepsi or Midnight. 

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