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Labrador Retrievers are amazing animals full of love, loyalty, and lots of energy. You’ll find all the inspiration you need in this guide to 265+ black lab names.

Black lab names

Best Black Lab Names

Labs come in various colors, most notably black, brown, and yellow, but also red, white, and silver. (1)

We have a list full of ideas for Labrador names, but these options are specifically targeted at black coats.

There is something special about a black Labrador Retriever. After all, the dark, distinctive coat makes this pup stand out among other canines.

And without a doubt, the vibrant, velvety fur offers loads of inspiration for black lab names!

Today, you’re in luck because we have the absolute best ideas for your canine companion.

Top Ideas

First things first, let’s look at the top black lab names. These names are geared toward darker dogs and pay tribute to their jet-colored coat.

  • Ash
  • Asher
  • Cinder
  • Shadow
  • Shady
  • Sable
  • Raven
  • Ember
  • Ebony
  • Slate
  • Cole/Coal
  • Charcoal
  • Jet
  • Pepper
  • Smokey
  • Dusky
  • Carbon
  • Tarmac
  • Inky
  • Olive
  • Stormy
  • Dusk
  • Twilight
  • Steel
  • Graphite
  • Java
  • Coffee
  • Salem
  • Echo
  • Luna
  • Black Jack
  • Moon
  • Dahlia
Dog chewing stick outside in grass

Active Names for Labs

Labs are among the most energetic dogs in the world. The American Kennel Club (AKC) gives the breed the highest rating regarding energy level and exercise needs. (2)

They are often used as hunting and sporting dogs. In this case, the following active and athletic options are perfect for this pup.

  • Hunter
  • Gunner
  • Scout
  • Rambo
  • Ace
  • Blaze
  • Dash
  • Hercules
  • Bolt
  • Chase
  • Alpha
  • Scooter
  • Sonic
  • Flash
  • Bullet
  • Decoy
  • Maverick
  • Ranger
  • Attilla
  • Shooter
  • Alpha
  • Boomer
  • Bandit
  • Trooper
  • Surge
  • Vixen
  • Spike
  • Mack
  • Thor
  • Ares
  • Tank
  • Duke
  • Zeus
  • Nova
Beautiful black lab in autumn

Other Black Animals

Are you looking for a less conventional name? In addition to our black puppy names, explore ideas inspired by other black animals!

They pay tribute to your dog’s black-colored fur while offering a cool, unique moniker based on others in the animal kingdom.

  • Jaguar
  • Batty
  • Jackal
  • Bat
  • Bear
  • Spider
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Puma
  • Wolf
  • Seal
  • Mamba
  • Penguin
  • Falcon
  • Raven
  • Leopard
  • Crow
  • Stallion

Food Names

When you think about it, many food and drinks are black, which is another avenue to explore when naming your pet.

Perhaps you’re a big fan of one of these consumables, or you like how the name sounds. Whatever the reason, you’re sure to find some incredible options for your new four-legged friend.

  • Bailey – Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Snickers
  • Coffee
  • Pepsi
  • Oreo
  • Godiva – chocolate brand
  • Porter – dark beer
  • Guinness – famous dark beer
  • Licorice – the sweet candy can also be black
  • Latte – coffee and milk drink
  • Fig
  • Bock – dark German malty beer
  • Kahlua – coffee liqueur
  • Stout – a variety of dark beer
  • Espresso – Italian coffee
  • Jameson – whiskey
  • Nori – dark seaweed
  • Blackberry
  • Bosco – chocolate syrup
  • Fudge
  • Chip
  • Cookie
  • Kona – coffee bean variety from Hawaii
  • Coco
  • Bean
  • Cola
  • Raisin
  • Brandy – dark liquor
Sweet dog in flowers

Spooky Ideas

The color black can conjure up frightening feelings. After all, it’s associated with fear, evil, magic, and more.

The following ideas explore the darker side of black labrador names. You may find that you’re drawn to these mysterious and magical ideas.

  • Spooky
  • Phantom
  • Witcher
  • Rorschach
  • Mystique
  • Thunder
  • Omen
  • Elvira
  • Merlin
  • Reaper
  • Goth
  • Warlock
  • Enigma
  • Demon
  • Twilight
  • Moon
  • Hex
  • Lucifer
  • Gremlin
  • Eerie
  • Vixen
  • Magic
  • Mystery
  • Fang
  • Wolf
  • Jinx
  • Voodoo
  • Darth Vader
  • Neo
  • Morticia
  • Poe

Find more ideas like this in our Halloween dog names.

Black in Other Languages

Another creative approach to naming your canine is to explore the word “black” in other languages.

You’ve likely heard a few of the translations on the list. And many will be completely new.

Take a look and see if any are suitable for your precious pup.

  • Nero – black in Italian
  • Noir – black in French
  • Preto – black in Portuguese
  • Schwarz – black in German
  • Pango – black in Maori
  • Madow – black in Somali
  • Dunkel – dark in German
  • Eleʻele – black in Hawaiian
  • Tumma – dark in Finnish
  • Svart – black in Norwegian
  • Zwart – black in Dutch
  • Fekete – black in Hungarian
  • Buio – dark in Italian
  • Svartur – black in Icelandic
  • Kuro – black in Japanese
  • Musta – black in Finnish
Gorgeous Black Labrador Retriever puppy

Male Black Lab Names

Are you bringing home a boy dog? Then let’s explore male black lab names that make great monikers.

The following ideas represent the most popular dog names of the year and are beloved by pup parents around the globe.

Any one of these ideas would be perfect for your new pal.

  • Max
  • Duke
  • Apollo
  • Bear
  • Toby
  • Murphy
  • Louie
  • Baxter
  • Milo
  • Rex
  • Buddy
  • Alfie
  • Axel
  • Cody
  • Leo
  • Finn
  • Chewie
  • King
  • Blaze
  • Lucky
  • Alaska
  • Scout
  • Cosmo
  • Atlas
  • Bane
  • Blue
  • Alpha
  • Arlo
  • Hunter
  • Blizzard
  • Barkley
  • Spike
  • Thor
  • Bolt
  • Xerxes
  • Archie
  • Pluto
  • Charlie
  • Rocky
  • Tank
  • Odin
  • Goliath
  • Bruno
  • Jackson
  • Diesel
  • Cooper
  • Brutus
  • Fang
  • Loki
  • Gizmo
  • Onyx
  • Beaux

Female Black Lab Names

Did you decide on a girl dog? Then this is the list for you.

These names top the charts with new dog owners, and it’s not hard to tell why. They’re fun, feminine, and perfect for a furry friend.

  • Sadie
  • Lady
  • Dixie
  • Nyx
  • Gracie
  • Honey
  • Bailey
  • Daisy
  • Lola
  • Dawn
  • Aurora
  • Pearl
  • Harper
  • Roxy
  • Athena
  • Koda
  • Piper
  • Poppy
  • Angel
  • Rogue
  • Dakota
  • Nala
  • Ava
  • Stella
  • Luna
  • Bella
  • Abby
  • Willow
  • Harley
  • Violet
  • Echo
  • Gigi
  • Hazel
  • Lucy
  • Molly
  • Aspen
  • Storm
  • Midnight
  • Mabel
  • Lily
  • Charlotte
  • Zoey
  • Maggie
  • Ginger
  • Izzy
  • Paisley
Sweet dog chewing tennis ball and taking a break from playing

Final Thoughts: Black Lab Puppy Names

We hope you found inspiration in this naming guide. With 265+ options, you’re sure to identify at least a few you like.

You can go many different routes when picking out a black lab name.

The first path is to pick a traditional black name like Ash, Cinder, Raven, Ebony, or Jet. These names recognize the breed’s unique coloring and are intended to represent their dark coat.

Another path is to pick a related name, like food or an animal that’s also black. Or the translation of black in another language. You can also choose a spooky-inspired name too.

Additionally, Labs are incredibly active animals. Therefore, an athletic and strong name is also a great choice, especially if you plan to hunt with your dog or participate in other sporting events.

And finally, you might find that a traditional name is right for your dog. The tried-and-true favorites on this guide have proven to be popular with animal owners like you.

More Name Ideas

If you’re looking for more name ideas, here are a few options.

To start, check out our guide to Labrador Retriever names. It has even more options for the most popular breed in the world.

You can also try our online name generator. You simply enter your dog’s gender, the styles or themes you like, and it’ll provide a list of options perfectly tailored to your pup.


  1. Hepper (hepper.com/labrador-colors)
  2. American Kennel Club (AKC) (akc.org/dog-breeds/labrador-retriever)
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