Maltese Dog Names – 99 Adorable Ideas for Maltese Pups

Last updated: by Jessi Larson

Looking for Maltese dog names? You’ve come to the right place, my friend.

The Maltese is an adorably sweet dog with a big, vicious personality in a small package. This dog weighs in at only 7-9 pounds, making it a toy breed.

Maltese Dog Names

Notably, the breed has a striking white coat that is cute and fluffy when short and glamorous when grown out.

All of this provides lots of great inspiration for Maltese dog names! Check out our ideas below.

Maltese Dog Names Based on Color

The Maltese is white in color, which provides so much inspiration for names. We’ve found lots of cute names that connect back to the color. Check ’em out.

  • Snowball
  • Snowy
  • Frosty
  • Sugar
  • Cotton
  • Cottonball
  • Fluffy
  • Angel
  • Blizzard
  • Daisy
  • Bones
  • Casper
  • Coconut (or Coco for short)
  • Crystal
  • Gardenia
  • Ghost
  • Ice
  • Jasmine
  • Marshmallow
  • Milky
  • Pearl
  • Powder
  • Tundra
  • Vanilla
  • Winter
  • Alaska
  • Bunny

Do you like the idea of a white dog name? We’ve got more ideas.

Maltese Dog Names Inspired By Size

The Maltese rarely weighs over 10 pounds, making it a teeny tiny tot. You can pay homage to their small size with one of this small, sweet names.

  • Tiny
  • Minnie
  • Itty Bitty
  • Mouse
  • Olive
  • Peanut
  • Gizmo
  • Baby
  • Squirt
  • Bitsy
  • Sweetpea
  • Slim
  • Button
  • Elf
  • Pixie
  • Tinkerbell
  • Smalls
  • Teeny
  • Runt
  • Junior
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Ironic Maltese Dog Names

Clearly the Maltese comes in an extra small, super sweet package, but how funny would that be to give the dog a name that implies they are large and ferocious?

  • Hunter
  • Whopper
  • Beowulf
  • Diesel
  • Hulk
  • Hercules
  • Bertha
  • Major
  • Tank
  • Moose
  • Thor
  • Duke
  • Amazon
  • King Kong
  • Athena
  • Bruno
  • Conan
  • Hercules
  • Titan
  • Stallone
  • Rex
  • Maximus
  • Major

Cute Female Maltese Dog Names

The Maltese is nothing if not cute. These darling names are fitting for a female Maltese pup.

  • Cookie
  • Gigi
  • Gracie
  • Mimi
  • Izzy
  • Millie
  • Lady
  • Penny
  • Peach
  • Piper
  • Princess
  • Lily
  • Pumpkin
  • Penelope
  • Buttercup
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Cute Male Maltese Dog Names

If you’ve got a boy Maltese, these might fit your fancy.

  • Theodore
  • Lucky
  • Buddy
  • Bear
  • Buttons
  • Oscar
  • Oliver/Ollie
  • Frankie
  • Finn
  • Winston
  • Ernie
  • Fritz
  • Paddington
  • Snoopy

For more Maltese dog names, we suggest checking out our full list of cute male dog names and cute female dog names. And of course, congratulations on your new little furball! The Maltese breed is adorable, sweet, smart and a bundle of joy. You’re in luck.

Maltese Fun Facts

Believe it or not, the Maltese is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. In fact, their history can be traced back at least 2,000 years. The dog was around for the start of the great civilians in Greece, Rome and Egypt – how amazing is that?

Later in history, the dog became a favorite of European aristocrats in the 15th and 16th centuries. Unfortunately, the Maltese almost went extinct in the following two centuries due to careless breeding. Luckily, the dog came back and today is popular around the world.

So what’s the secret behind the Maltese’s lasting appeal? Well, for one, they make excellent lap dogs. They are affectionate and love to cuddle. Who doesn’t adore that? In addition to being people-oriented, they also like to whoop it up and have fun. This dog is quite the ham! Silly and sweet, the Maltese is a wonderful family dog.

And even better, the Maltese is considered hypoallergenic. This is great if you or someone in your home has allergies.

Clearly, if you’re welcoming a Maltese into you’re life, you’re making a smart decision!

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41 Comments

  1. Roxanne

    My little Maltipoo’s name Is Gozo…after the beautiful island off the coast of Malta. He has brought so much joy to my life!

  2. Lena Russo

    My fur babies names are Cannoli & Zeppoli for those that don’t know what that is they are Italian Sicilian pastries

  3. Linda

    My baby’s name is Bella. She is sweet, smart and wonderful. She always puts a smile on my face. She loves to play with her babies (toys).

  4. Nancy Nettles

    Our dogs name is Gideon. From the bible. Gideon was the smallest son of the smallest clan, of the snallest tribe of Israel.. Our Gideon is a morkie.

  5. Bobbie McGarry

    I named mine Bolt beacause he like a bolt of lightning he is all over the place & so busy Love Him Very much❤️

  6. Yolanda Chiponde

    I named mine Oria, she’s one pretty little lighting ball which is all over the place, putting smiles on every one’s face. I love her to the moon n back.

  7. Dave

    My mom has Elsa, who is more affectionate, then you could ever imagine… Mom also has Elsa’s only child, who is a 3.25 pound heart breaker. His name is Waldo, as in “Where’s Waldo.”
    I have Burt, who loves it when his “Papa”(me) gets home after a week out on the road. He just loves to sit on Papa’s lap, and give him kisses!

  8. Kylie

    I have a girly girl here she is 1 month old we got her today but i still dont know what to call her she is as white as snow

  9. Barbara W

    I named my sweet Maltese Vallie because I received her on Valentine’s Day from hubby. She is the love of our lives and have given us many smiles.

  10. Mary

    Our female Maltese is named Jillie Rizzo. She’s so adorable, and getting her first grooming tomorrow. She’s 3.5 months old.

  11. Sabrina

    Our 4.5-pound Maltese is named Kako, a Japanese girl’s name meaning “summer rainbow.” I picked her out, but she prefers my husband.

  12. Doug Bruce

    My female’s name is Portia as in Merchant of Venice. After all, it had to be something from the Mediterranean!

  13. Ola

    I have a whole family , Mickey, Minnie, Casper, Luna, Pinky , Pearla, Reina, Teddy , Sila , and finally a boy that has no name yet

  14. Samantha

    I have a Maltese dog named Matilda (Mati for short). I don’t really like the name but I can’t change her name now. I love her a lot she makes me smile everyday.

  15. Ali Messer

    I had a Maltese names Maggie May who passed this past November. I will be getting a male next month and looking for ideas. I don’t know his personality yet so that’s an issue for now

  16. Becky Bobbitt

    Our first Maltese were a boy named Scooter Jack and a girl named Blossom. We now have another male. His name is Oliver Wendell. I love my fur babies so much! They are the best little doggies! ♥️

  17. Michele Cureton

    My 10yr old little guy is named Ted. We have many nicknames for him, tho. “Big Head Ted”….b/c when he’s all shaved in the Summer his head looks really big. My fav and what I generally call him, “Ted Dog”. He’s definitely become a solid member in our family over the last decade. My kids are all grown now and my spouse passed away, so it’s just my four-legged son and I. Don’t know what if do without his goofy sweet self.

  18. Sushi's Mom

    I had a beautiful loving heart of my soul Maltese who passed 6 1/2 months ago on New Years Eve 2020. His name is Sushi, I named him before I ever met him, he was with me for 18 years. I miss miss miss my love.

  19. Rosel

    We named our Malitese dogs Coco. Candy and Cindy… Coco is curly and brown color while the other two have white straight hair. Lovely dogs.

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