German Dog Names – 150+ Awesome Names for Your Dog

Last updated: by Kyle Larson

German dog names are wunderbar!

Whether you or your family are from Germany, your dog is of German breeding, or you just love German beer, cars or culture, we’ve got great German dog names for you.

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We’ve drawn inspiration from traditional German names, popular destinations, regional foods and drinks, famous figures and so much more.

Get ready for 150+ awesome German dog names for your pup!

Male German Dog Names

Here are some popular German male names along with their traditional meanings.

  • Adler – eagle
  • Adolph – noble wolf
  • Albern – white
  • Albert – noble, bright
  • Albrecht – also means noble, bright
  • Alger – clever warrior
  • Aldo – old and wise
  • Alphonse – noble, ready for battle
  • Alvin – noble friend, friend of the elves
  • Arlo – unknown
  • Arnold – ruler, strong as an eagle
  • August – great, magnificent
  • Axel – father of peace
  • Baldwin – brave friend
  • Bach – dweller near the brook
  • Bernard – strong, brave as a bear
  • Bruno – brown
  • Claus/Klaus – people of vistory
  • Dedrick – the people’s ruler
  • Dieter – ruler of the people
  • Dirk – also the people’s ruler
  • Emmet – universal, truth
  • Ernie/Ernest/Ernst – serious, resolute
  • Felix – happy, fortunate
  • Franz – free man
  • Frederik – peaceful ruler
  • Fritz – also peaceful ruler
  • Gunther – bold warrior
  • Hans – God is gracious
  • Heinrich – home of the king
  • Heinz – also home of the king
  • Kaiser – emperor
  • Leonard – brave lion
  • Max – the greatest
  • Otto – wealthy
  • Raymond – wise protector
  • Roland – famous throughout the land
  • Rolf – famous wolf
  • Rudolph/Rudy – also famous wolf
  • Schwartz – black hair or dark complexion
  • Siegfried – victorious peace
  • Sigmund – victorious protection
  • Stein – stone
  • Ulf – wolf
  • Waldo – to rule
  • Walter – army ruler
  • Wolfgang – traveling wolf

Female German Dog Names

These names are commonly used for girls in Germany. Beautiful, unique and distinctly German, it’s no wonder they’re so popular in the country.

  • Ada – noble, nobility
  • Addie – also noble, nobility
  • Amelia – work
  • Anka – purse
  • Annette – the Lord has favored me
  • Ava – life
  • Beatrix – she who brings happiness
  • Bernadette – brave as a bear
  • Britta – strength or exalted one
  • Brunhilde – armed for battle
  • Caroline – free man
  • Claudia – enclosure
  • Ella – all, completely; fairy maiden
  • Elsa – pledged to God
  • Emma – universal
  • Frederika – peaceful ruler
  • Frieda – also peaceful ruler
  • Fritzi – also peaceful ruler
  • Gretchen – pearl
  • Greta – also pearl
  • Heidi – of noble birth
  • Hilda – battle woman
  • Ida – industrious one
  • Leona – lioness
  • Liesel – pledged to God
  • Lola – lady of sorrows
  • Marta – lady
  • Millie – gentle strength
  • Mischa – who is like God
  • Sofie – wisdom
  • Trudy – spear of strength
  • Ursula – little female bear
  • Wanda – shepherdess; wanderer
  • Zelda – gray fighting maid
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German Dog Names Inspired by Locations

Another idea for finding cool German dog names is to look at the names of cities, regions and rivers in the area.

  • Munich (or München in German) – The third largest city in Germany, Munich is home to the famous Oktoberfest festival.
  • Berlin – The capital and most popular city in Germany, Berlin is full of amazing history, landmarks and more.
  • Frankfurt – This large German city makes an uber cute dog name.
  • Hamburg – The second largest city in Germany, Hamburg is home to nearly 2 million people.
  • Cologne – Another populous city, Cologne is known for its stunning cathedral.
  • Düsseldorf – An international business and financial center, Düsseldorf is a distinctly sounding city that could also make a cool dog name.
  • Stuttgart – The city of Stuttgart is perhaps best known for its automative industry. Leading brands Porsche and Mercedes-Benz both are headquartered there.
  • Dresden – Situated in the eastern part of the country, Dresden had heavy losses in WWII, but has been carefully restored since then.
  • Vienna – The capital and largest city in Austria, Vienna makes a gorgeous, unique dog name.
  • Salzburg – Over to the west of Vienna is the Austria’s other popular city, Salzburg, known for its picturesque views and storied history.
  • Bavaria – A federal state of Germany, Bavaria is a well-known region of Germany.
  • Hessia – Another German state, Hessia could make a beautiful name for a female pup.
  • Rhine – As in the Rhine River, a large European body of water that cuts through Germany.
  • Elbe – Another large river, the Elbe passes through the Czech Republic and Germany.
  • Danube – The second largest river in all of Europe, the Danube starts in Germany and flows 2,860 km east, ending in the Black Sea.
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Fun Names From Food

Germans tend to eat hearty meals that can be a little on the heavy side, full of meat, potatoes and bread. When looking at German dog names, we found that popular foods in the region provide cute, unique and authentic options.

  • Schnitzel – This dish of a thin slice of veal or other light meat, coated in breadcrumbs and fried, is quite popular.
  • Brezel – A soft white pretzel made from flour water and yeast and sprinkled with salt. They go great with German beer!
  • Wurst – German for sausage, wurst is available in 1,500 types.
  • Sauerkraut – Sauerkraut is cabbage that is cut fine, salted and allowed to ferment until sour. It seems like people either love or hate this German food.
  • Spätzle – A dish popular in southern Germany, Spätzle consists of small dumplings poached in boiling water.
  • Knödel – Another German dumpling, the Knödel is made from flour, bread or potatoes and then boiled.
  • Goulash – As in the soup or stew  made up of meat, vegetables and seasonings.
dog with beer bottle

Beer-Inspired German Dog Names

Beer is a major part of the German culture. In fact, Austria is #2 in the world for beer consumption and Germany is right behind it at #3. (The neighboring Czech Republic is at the top of the list.)

Naturally, a list of German dog names has to include monikers inspired by the German beer culture!

  • Oktoberfest – You can’t talk about German beer without mentioning Oktoberfest. This traditional festival is held in Munich, Germany, every October and features beer-drinking and merrymaking.
  • Pilsner – A pale lager that gets its name from Pilsen, a city in Bohemia.
  • Oettinger – The top-selling German beer brand.
  • Maibock – Miabock is a pale, strong lager brewed in the spring. How cute would this be for a dog name?
  • Kölsch – A pale, light-bodied, highly fermented beer, Kölsch can only be brewed in Cologne, per law.
  • Dunkel – A dark german lager.
  • Märzen – These medium body, malty lagers are traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Munich.
  • Bock – This heavy-bodied, bitter-sweet lager is darkened by high-coloured malts.
  • Paulaner – Based out of Munich, Paulaner is one of the six breweries who provide beer for Oktoberfest.
  • Krombacher – One of the largest breweries in Germany, Krombacher is second in sales only to Oettinger.
  • Bierkrug – German for beer mug or stein.
  • Hefe – The yeast that’s used in the beer fermentation process.
  • Hopfen – As in the hops used to create the beer.

For even more food & beer dog names check out this list.

Historical and Famous Individuals

Many bright, talented people who have made a major mark on the world hail from Germany or Austria. Check out these names for even more inspiration.

  • Albert Einstein – This German-born theoretical physicist revolutionized modern science.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – One of the world’s most influential and famous composers, Beethoven created Symphony 5, Ode to JoyMoonlight Sonata and many other works.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – A prolific composer of the Classical era, Mozart was considered a child prodigy. His best known works include Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Rondo alla turca and The Marriage of Figaro.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period.
  • Nicolaus Copernicus – This Renaissance mathematician and astronomer formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.
  • Johannes Guttenberg – Guttenberg’s invention of the printing press ushered in the modern period of human history.
  • Sigmund Freud – Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis.
  • Marlene Dietrich – Born in Berlin, Dietrich is considered one of the greatest classic Hollywood actresses.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger – Hailing from Austria, Schwarzenegger has had a career as bodybuilder, movie star and politician.
  • Christoph Waltz – This Austrian-German actor is known for his work in Quentin Tarantino films and other modern movies.
  • Heidi Klum – This supermodel and television host hails from West Germany.
dog on bridge

Other Cool German Dog Names

Last but not least is a hodgepodge of other cool ideas for German dog names.

  • Frau or Fraulein –  Mrs. and Miss in German, respectively.
  • Herr – German for mister.
  • Deutsche – The word for German in that language.
  • Liebling – Translating to “darling,” liebling is a term of endearment.
  • Liebchen – Or you could go with Liebchen, meaning a person who is dear to you.
  • Schnucki – Although there is no direct translation to English, Schnucki is close to sweetie pie.
  • Süße (die) / Süßer (der) – Translating to “sweet,” this could be a cute name for your pup.
  • Prost – The German word for “cheers.”
  • Schatz – Meaning jewel or treasure, Schatz is the most common German term of endearment. In fact, it has other cute forms like Schätzchen or Schnatzi, both meaning little treasure.
  • Maus – Meaning “mouse” in German. You can also use the diminutive form, Mäuschen or Mausi (both translate to “little mouse”).
  • Hase – Translating to “bunny,” this nickname is more commonly used for women. Other forms are Häschen or Hasi.
  • Bärchen – Meaning little bear, this name is quite adorable.
  • Porsche – The high-end car brand hails from Germany.
  • Mercedes – (or Benz) Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury vehicles, buses, coaches and trucks.
  • Audi – Another German automobile manufacturer, Audi is based in Ingolstadt, Bavaria.
  • Rapunzel – The tale of this long-haired princess was first published in Friedrich Schulz’s 1790 book Rapunzel.
  • Hansel – As in the story of siblings captured by a witch, which originated in Germany. Hansel was the brother.
  • Gretel – And Gretel was the sister.
  • Hund – Finally, we end the list on the ultimate German dog name: Hund. What does it mean? German for dog!

Conclusion: German Dog Names

So what do you think? Are you liking these German dog names?

We love that these names are strong, sophisticated and distinctly German.

And as always, if you have ideas for more German dog names, let us know in the comments.

Also, if you’re looking for a European dog name of some sort, here are other ideas you could consider:

We hope your search goes well. Auf wiedersehen!

More Dog Name Ideas

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How Do You Pick the Right Name?

How do you know if you’ve picked the right name for your dog? That’s a question all new dog parents ask.

After years of helping new pup parents, here are some tips we’ve picked up when it comes to selecting a name for your dog:

  • Is it easy to say? Some names are great in theory but tough to pronounce in everyday life. Before you lock in on a name, make sure it rolls off the tongue.
  • Say it out loud. Can you imagine loudly calling for your dog with this name? If not, then it’s not the right name and you should move on.
  • Does it fit your dog? Check to see if the name matches your dog’s personality and appearance. This is important for both you and your pup.
  • And finally, trust your gut. When you find the right name, you’ll know it!

5 Easy Steps to Teach a Dog Their Name

Once you have a name, how do you teach it to your dog?

All pup parents go through this scenario. They’ve picked out a perfect name and can’t wait to start using it for their dog.

The only problem is their dog doesn’t recognize it yet.

If you’re in this situation, don’t fret. Teaching your dog their name is a lot easier than you think.

Here are five easy steps to take to teach your dog their name.

  1. Get some small treats and put your dog on a leash in a location without any distractions.
  2. Say your puppy’s name in a clear, happy, excited voice.
  3. As soon as they look at you, say “yes” and give them a treat.
  4. Wait until they look away and then repeat the process 3-5 times.
  5. Play this name game several times a day and soon they’ll know and love responding to their name!

Want to learn more about how to teach a dog their name? We have an awesome guide that makes it easy

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    Just want to send you a correction for this fun site. You list the words Frau and Fräulein as Miss and Mrs respectively when actually it is the other way around. Frau means Mrs,

  2. Jynine Strand

    Love this list and the fact that two of our dog names for our Dobermans – Kaiser and Bock – are listed. We also had a Doberman named Jäger (meaning hunter) which might be a good addition to your list.

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