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Australian Dog Names – 125+ Names from Down Under

Published: Last updated: by Jessi Larson

G’day, mate! Are you looking for Australian dog names? If so, you’re in the right spot.

We’ve rounded up 125+ ideas that draw inspiration from the Land Down Under.

Australian Dog Names - shepherd in the sun

There is no shortage of ideas, from country nicknames to popular animals to gorgeous geography. So get ready for some serious inspiration!

These names are perfect if you have an Australian breed like an Australian Shepherd, Cattle Dog, Kelpie, Terrier, or just love the land of Oz.

Top Australian Dog Names

Let’s get this list started! Here are fun options that we think you’ll love.

  • Ace – a slang term for “excellent!”
  • Aussie – slang for an Australian.
  • Barbie – in Australia, you put another shrimp on the barbie (aka the barbecue).
  • Bikkie – cookie or biscuit
  • Bitzer  mixed-breed dog
  • Bloke  man
  • Bluey – Australian cartoon dog
  • Boomer – short for boomerang
  • Brumby – an Australian term for a wild horse
  • Crikey – an Australian exclamation of surprise or bewilderment.
  • Didgeridoo – A wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians.
  • Digger – an Australian slang term for soldier.
  • Dundee – as in the 1986 comedy Crocodile Dundee.
  • Grommet – a young surfer
  • Irwin – the name of “the crocodile hunter”, Steve Irwin
  • Kiwi – a person from New Zealand.
  • Mate – friend
  • Ozzie – another term for Australian.
  • Sheila – woman
  • Vegemite – (or Mite) Australians love Vegemite, a hick, black food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract.

Australian Female Dog Names

  • Ava – Australian Veterinary Association
  • Bailey
  • Bella
  • Bindi
  • Coco
  • Daisy
  • Harley
  • Isla – Actress Isla Fisher
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Margot – Actress Margot Robbie
  • Matilda
  • Molly
  • Nala
  • Pavlova – meringue dessert
  • Pepper
  • Rebel – Actress Rebel Wilson
  • Rosie
  • Ruby
  • Sia
  • Stella
  • Tart – girlfriend or sweetheart
  • Tilly
  • Willow
  • Zoe

Australian Male Dog Names

  • Archie
  • Arvo – Afternoon
  • Bana – Actor Eric Bana
  • Bandicoot
  • Banjo
  • Baz – Baz Luhrmann, director
  • Bentley
  • Bogan – uncultured person
  • Bogey – to swim
  • Bonzer – splendid
  • Boomer
  • Boonie – safari hat
  • Buddy
  • Charlie
  • Dag – a nerd
  • Duke
  • Heath – Actor Heath Ledger
  • Hugh – Actor Hugh Jackman
  • Jaffa – popular candy
  • Jax
  • Jet
  • Liam – Actor Liam Hemsworth
  • Leo
  • Loki
  • Max
  • Milo
  • Motza – large amount of money
  • Moz – luck
  • Oliver
  • Ollie
  • Oscar
  • Ripper – cool
  • Skip – Australian of British descent
  • Stubby – short bottle
  • Teddy
  • Toby
  • Zeus

If you have a Shepherd, check out our list of Australian Shepherd names.

Australian Animals

Australia is home to dozens upon dozens of exotic animals, many of which aren’t found anywhere else. So why not turn to these when looking for a name?

  • Croc – there are literally hundreds of thousands of crocodiles in Australia.
  • Chook – chicken
  • Emu – National bird of Australia
  • Joey – A baby Kangaroo
  • Roo – (or Kangaroo) this adorable animal is indigenous to Australia and is considered a symbol of the country.
  • Koala – fun fact: the koala sleeps up to 20 hours a day.
  • Dingo – a type of feral dog native to Australia.
  • Kookaburra – a unique-looking bird native to Australia and New Guinea.
  • Quokka – short-tailed wallaby
  • Wallaby – a small marsupial in the same family as the kangaroo.
  • Wombat – a short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupial.
Dog in grass

Geography

Australia is home to cool, cosmopolitan cities and simply stunning sites. So as you look for options, take a check out these gems.

  • Sydney – the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.
  • Melbourne – the state capital of Victoria and the second-most populous city in the country.
  • Brisbane – (or Brizzie) the capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia.
  • Perth  a highly populated city on the southwestern corner of Australia.
  • Adelaide – another large Australian city, Adelaide is a beautiful option for female Australian dog names.
  • Canberra – the capital city of Australia.
  • Tasmania – an island state of Australia.
  • Hobart – the capital city of Tasmania.
  • Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation.
  • Kakadu – a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • Bondi – as in Bondi Beach, a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney.
  • Taz – nickname for Tasmania
  • Mel – short for Melbourne
  • Wagga – Wagga Wagga, city on the Eastern side
Australian shepherd dogs

Aboriginal Words

And finally, let’s end this list with a look at words from the Aboriginal language. The Aborigines are a significant part of Australia, and many of their words and phrases could make beautiful dog names.

Below are Aboriginal words and their meanings.

  • Aari – mountain of strength
  • Adina – pleasant
  • Alinta – flame
  • Amarina – rain
  • Aruma – happy
  • Bardo – water
  • Bunji – friend
  • Carinya – happy home
  • Coorah – woman
  • Dulili – together
  • Jarrah – eucalyptus tree
  • Karri – another type of eucalyptus tree
  • Kiah – from the beautiful place
  • Kirra – leaf
  • Kolya – winter
  • Kylie – boomerang
  • Mandu – the sun
  • Mani – equal
  • Migaloo – ghost
  • Miki – the moon
  • Nala – earth
  • Nioka – green hills
  • Norin – honorable
  • Talia – near water
  • Tidda – sister
  • Youri – to hear
  • Yowie – hairy spirit / monster
Dog on beach

FAQ

What is the most popular dog name in Australia?

According to the New South Wales Pet Registry, the most popular dog names, in order, are Bella, Luna, Charlie, Coco, Max, Ruby, Buddy, Molly, Daisy, and Rosie.

Other Ideas?

If you have other ideas for Australian dog names, let us know in the comments below! We’re always looking for new name ideas and use them to keep our site fresh.

Teach Your Dog Its New Name!

Teaching your dog their name can seem intimidating, but with practice and persistence, your dog will pick up their name in no time.

Here are some tips to speed things up and make it a painless and pleasant experience:

  • Make sure you’re in a quiet place without distractions. This will help your dog focus.
  • From there, repeat your dog’s name. When he or she looks at you, say “Yes!” and hand out a treat. Try to do this 3-5 times in a row.
  • Continue to say your dog’s name in day-to-day interactions. Even if it seems obnoxious. Soon they’ll understand their name in no time.

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6 Comments

  1. Jennifer McDermott

    I have had several Australian Cattle Dogs. Their names were: Toojay, Banda, and Fitzroy.

  2. Kathy

    Mathilda (as in waltzing Mathilda)

  3. Nek&chrisi

    We named our little aussie Zeus

  4. Andrea

    I named My Australian Terrier Kelby 💙

  5. Kia

    I have a dingo puppy, I live in Alberta. I named her Sydney.

  6. Becky Mathis

    I m thinking about Bindi, as in steve irwins daughter,
    Formy little red heeler.

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