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Pug Names – 250+ Sweet, Silly & Adorable Ideas

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Looking for a name for your new pug? You’re in luck – we have lots of great Pug names for inspiration!

Pugs are adorable dogs full of charm and gumption. Their unique look and and hilarious personalities have won over legions of fans throughout history.

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Although their exact history is unknown, the Pug is believed to be of oriental origin, similar to the Pekinese. Today they are in the top 30 most popular dog breeds according to American Kennel Club (AKC).

If you’re thinking of welcoming a pug into your home, you must check these out amazing Pug names. They are inspired by famous Pugs, the breed’s size, color, appearance and so much more!

Names of Famous Pugs

A number of famous pugs have starred in movies, graced the pages of novels and even made history in real life. This is a great place to start when looking for Pug names!

Your Pug is sure to be quite the character, so why not name them after the most famous of their kind?

You may or may not have heard of these dogs. Either way, they provide great inspiration for Pug names.

  • Otis – from The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Frank – from Men in Black
  • Percy – from Pocahontas
  • Mops – Marie-Antoinette’s dog
  • Pompey – legendary pug who saved the life of the Prince of Orange in the 1500s
  • Basco – Queen Victoria’s favorite pug
  • Peter Pug – from Wee Peter Pug
  • Bess – from The West Wing
  • Vinny – Vinny the Pug is a famous rock-climbing pup

Funny Pug Names

With their unique appearance, gregarious personalities and distinct-sounding name, pugs are perfect for funny – and punny – dog names.

Check out these hilarious names that are perfect for Pugs.

  • Pugsley
  • Pugsworth
  • Pugster
  • Love Pug
  • Spark Pug
  • Elvis Pugsley
  • Sir Pugs-a-Lot
  • Pugzilla
  • Mugsy Pugsy
  • Pepe Le Pug
  • Puggles
  • Elvis Pugsley
  • Pugaroo
  • Peppa Pug
  • Puggy
  • Puggo

Size and Appearance

Pugs are smaller in size, weighing between 14-18 pounds, and have quite the unique appearance.

Their flat, round face, deep wrinkles, dark eyes and short, stubby legs give them almost a comical look. So naturally, this provides excellent inspiration for pug names!

Be prepared to laugh and smile when you view these adorable Pug names.

  • Mr. Big
  • Baby
  • Stumpy
  • Shorty
  • Junior
  • Tiny
  • Munchkin
  • Teenie
  • Wrinkles
  • Crinkles
  • Yoda
  • Peanut
  • Mini
  • Pixie
  • Shortcake
  • Slim
  • Button
  • Bean
  • Nugget
  • Teeny
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Pugs are primarily fawn (a light, yellowish tan) or black in color. These colors also provide great inspiration for names.

Have a look at these ideas and see if any fit the coloring of your new four-legged friend.


  • Almond
  • Amber
  • Buttercup
  • Caramel
  • Cashew
  • Chai
  • Chestnut
  • Goldie
  • Graham
  • Hazel
  • Honey
  • Sandy
  • Sesame
  • Taffy
  • Tawny


  • Ash
  • Carbon
  • Coal
  • Cinder
  • Dusty
  • Ember
  • Espresso
  • Hershey
  • Mocha
  • Noir
  • Olive
  • Pepper
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Snickers

Find more black puppy names.

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Other Male Pug Names

OK, we must admit, there’s no rhyme or reason to the names below other than the fact that they just seem like Pug names to us.

They’re cute, silly and fun, just like a Pug.

Are any right for your new pup? Take a look and see!

  • Barkley
  • Brutus
  • Hamlet
  • Homer
  • Gus
  • Teddy
  • Miles
  • Charlie
  • Dexter
  • Kirby
  • Gizmo
  • Gordie
  • Louie
  • Oscar
  • Quincy
  • Rocky
  • Harry

Other Female Pug Names

Same with these names. They just seem like they’d fit a Pug perfectly!

Beautiful, fun and full of personality, these pretty names just be right for a new female Pug.

  • Petunia
  • Peanut
  • Fern
  • Duchess
  • Flora
  • Bambi
  • Penny
  • Lucy
  • Pumpkin
  • Lola
  • Mabel
  • Muffy
  • Sandy
  • Sweet Pea
  • Tinkerbell

The names above are curated specifically for the Pug and draw upon the breed’s name, size, personality, coloring and other distinctive qualities.

If you’re looking for more general names, however, a great place to look is our list of the most popular dog names, as determined by our millions of users.

These names were the most selected by visitors to our site, and with good reason. They’re cute, stylish, fun and so much more.

Top Male Dog Names

The following names are the top 50 most popular male dog names of the year. Our readers love these names, and we think you will, too!

  • Bear
  • Milo
  • Charlie
  • Archie
  • Oreo
  • Bailey
  • Blue
  • Tiger
  • Duke
  • Teddy
  • Axel
  • Biscuit
  • Buddy
  • A.J.
  • Alfie
  • Coco (Cocoa)
  • Diesel
  • Benji
  • Caesar (Ceasar)
  • Chewie
  • Bacon
  • Bandit
  • Barkley
  • Archer
  • Atlas
  • Arlo
  • Max
  • Scout
  • Bruno
  • Barney
  • Rocky
  • Finn
  • Pluto
  • Bingo
  • Blaze
  • Banjo
  • Boomer
  • Thor
  • Toto
  • Brownie
  • Waffles
  • Ace
  • Augie (Augie Doggy)
  • Jasper
  • Copper
  • Gizmo
  • Yoshi
  • Tank
  • Argos
  • Ziggy

Top Female Dog names

Our users determined that these were the best female dog names, and it’s not hard to tell why. They’re pretty, sweet and sophisticated names perfect for a pup like the Pug.

  • Bella
  • Daisy
  • Luna
  • Willow
  • Roxy
  • Bailey
  • Lola
  • Harper
  • Rosie
  • Nala
  • Abby (Abigail)
  • Coco (Cocoa)
  • A.J.
  • Bambi
  • Addie
  • Sadie
  • Ava
  • Bell (Belle)
  • Gracie
  • Addison
  • Piper
  • Dixie
  • Biscuit
  • Hazel
  • Angel
  • Zoe (Zoey)
  • Cookie
  • Honey
  • Ellie
  • Winnie
  • Lucy
  • Blue (Blu)
  • Millie
  • Oreo
  • Maisie (Maisy)
  • Poppy
  • Cleo
  • Buttercup
  • Alice
  • Kiki
  • Lady
  • Olive
  • Penny
  • Mia
  • Amber
  • Pixie
  • Pippa
  • Lily (Lilly)
  • Violet
  • Paris

More Funny Pug Names

Funny dog names are always a good choice, especially when you have a hilarious pooch like the Pug.

Their silly personalities and unique appearance make them a perfect candidate for one of these monikers.

Are you ready to laugh out loud? These ideas are dog-gone goofy!

Funny Male Pug names

  • Big Mac
  • Bigfoot
  • Biggie
  • Bubba
  • Chewie – short for Chewbacca
  • Chubbs
  • Chuck Norris
  • Chunk
  • Conan
  • Cujo
  • Danger
  • Godzilla
  • Hefty
  • Jabba
  • Kahuna
  • Meatball
  • Moby
  • Monster
  • Nacho
  • Napoleon
  • Taco
  • Yeti

Find more funny male pug names.

Funny Female Pug names

  • Babe – as in the Blue Ox
  • Babushka
  • Bertha
  • Brunhilda
  • Chalupa
  • Chi Chi
  • Cleopatra
  • Diva
  • Flo
  • Helga
  • Leia
  • Mama
  • Marge – or Large Marge
  • Myrtle
  • Olga
  • Poochie
  • Porky
  • Pudge
  • Smooches
  • Snooki
  • Tankerbell – a fun play on Tinkerbell
  • Tootsie
  • Ursula
  • Vixen
  • Whoopi
  • Xena

Find more funny female pug names.

Even More Ideas for Pug Names

If you’re not inspired by any of these dog names, try our online generator and discover even more options. You can sort by your favorite styles and themes to discover the perfect name for your pup.

Or check out these categories that are popular among our readers:

You may also find inspiration in the following articles:

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 to something better.
  • 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.

  • Get some small treats and put your dog on a leash in a location without any distractions.
  • Say your puppy’s name in a clear, happy, excited voice.
  • As soon as they look at you, say “yes” and give them a treat.
  • Wait until they look away and then repeat the process 3-5 times.
  • 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.

Other Ways to Find Great Pug Names

Inspiration for dog names is all around you. You may find it online through articles like this guide to Pug names. Or you could find the perfect dog name in your everyday life.

Here are a few ways to brainstorm cool dog names all on your own.

What is your favorite hobby?

Do you have a favorite activity that you love to do in your free time? That could provide excellent inspiration when naming your dog.

What is your favorite sport or sports team?

Sports are another great place for dog name ideas. You could give them a name based that refers to the game you love, your favorite team, player or mascot, the field they play on or another aspect of the sport.

For example, our neighbors love to play hockey and named their dog Bauer after the hockey brand.

Where do you live? Or where do you love to travel to?

Your home state or hometown can serve as inspiration as well. Maybe it’s your state’s nickname, the city where you grew up or a cool landmark.

Or continuing the theme of geography, you could brainstorm the name of places you’ve traveled to, or where you’d someday like to go.

What’s your favorite TV show, movie or book?

Think about what TV show you can’t live without. Or what movie you adore. Or the book you can’t get enough of.

Do you have a character that sticks out?

We know someone who named his dog after Dwight on The Office. He loved the show and was a huge fan of this character. The name fits his pup perfectly and pays tribute to his favorite TV show.

Do you have a nickname?

Have you been given a fun nickname that you could extend to your pet? Take for example a family we know with the last name Williams. They’re often called “Willy” for short, so that’s what they named their new dog.

What names do you like?

When you’re getting a dog, keep an ear out for names that pique your interest. Inspiration is everywhere, and you’ll be surprised by the number of names you hear throughout the day.

Maybe one will be just the right fit for your furbaby!

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  1. Amira

    Is awesome

  2. Brainbuster

    Jessi Larson spelled espresso wrong.

    • Jessi Larson

      Good catch! Thank you for noting that — we will fix it.

  3. Olivia

    Does anyone know a really cute female pug puppy name for me I am really curious to know your ideas I was thinking something like oggie or bean? What do you think?????💕

    • Debra Gonzales

      I named mine Piggie 😊

  4. Makeisha

    OMG!!! I love the name Lola!

    • Sheena

      I had one named Lola….my mom wants a black girl named Chloe

  5. Syl

    Mine is Romeo..when I get a little girl, she will be Juliet

  6. Laurie

    How about brendel for a female pug



  7. Ella

    I like pumpkin 🎃

  8. Anni Carratala

    I just got a 9 wk old male pug and I’m sooo undecided about name. But i want something different not so common but not hard for my kids to remembe please help!!!!!!

    • Patricia

      Walter, Murphy, Marty are cute!

  9. Tricia

    We have a pug named Poppy, and a male bugg named Marty!

  10. Zoe ettridge

    I have a Fawn pug named Ralphy and a black pug named Rocco

  11. Kris

    I’m actually kinda surprised the names “Edgar” and “Maya” aren’t here, they’re the names of Pewdiepie’s pugs and are really nice names.
    btw I love the name “Spark Pug” I was rolling when I saw that

  12. Kenny

    We have three pugs, two fawns and one black. The fawns are named Prissy and Presley and the black is a female (runt of the litter, but runs things around here), her name is Pepper.

  13. Snort's Dad

    My little girl is named “Snort”. Not the most feminine name, but that’s what happens when you let a guy name a dog.

  14. Internet guy

    I’m stuck between shadow Rocky shade and pugzilla

  15. Candi

    We have a fawn male named wall*e we are picking up our new pug puppy tomorrow black female 10 weeks old. Trying to find a name for her. Any suggestions

  16. annie hyde

    Of u got 2 dogs call one woody and the other buzz

  17. Andi

    Samuel L. Pugson aka ‘Samu’, our little sweet male puggy :)

  18. Maggie

    what about the white pugs!!!

  19. Tanya

    Mine is called Toby and when his naughty…TOBES. haha

  20. Gail

    We had a father and daughter pug, Buford and Buffy, they have both passed,❤️Loved them, and miss them !

  21. Aaron Mcmaster

    My black pug is called Dave

  22. Kimberly Blankenship

    Sadie, Paisley, Lilly
    Jasper, Sebastian

  23. Annie

    We are getting a black female pug and her name is going to be Stella!!

  24. Josh Finfrock

    Sorry folks but I had the two best names EVER for my pugs. My fawn male was Rick James and my black female was Charlie Murphy. RIP my sweet babies.

  25. Mathieu Fortier

    My pug name is Roman, after the town of Romford

  26. Marilia Calandrino Antunes

    Hello, I am from Brazil and I have two female pugs, one is apricot color and her name is Mel, wich the translation to English is Honey. The other one is black and her name is Cacau, that means Cocoa.

  27. Teresa Sevilla

    I have a 3 month black one. Name her Khleo short for Cleopatria.

  28. Antu Mathew

    Does anyone know a really cute female pug puppy name for me I am really curious to know your ideas I was thinking something like floky or pepper stella ?

  29. Charo D Davis

    You can’t deny that a fawn pug puppy looks like a potato. My awesome little man of 10 years is Tater Bug Davis! Now that’s an awesome name! DON’T BE A TATER HATER!

  30. Trish

    My girl is named CONTESSA von PUG !! But we call her Tessa for short

  31. Jamie Mccaffery

    Pugsy malone
    Is also good

  32. Robert

    We named are 11 week old pug Doser

  33. 13Agate circle drive Yerington, Nv 89447

    My mom had two fawns, brothers and sister. Their names where Bogey and Lovey

  34. Filipa Sampaio

    My pug name is Oreo

  35. Donna

    My daughter’s sweet black pug was called Java. We had a fawn who was queen overall and was named Kirbi. Both have gone over the Rainbow Bridge. Miss them dearly.

  36. sudesh kumar

    Taurus is great name

  37. Maha devan king

    I am going to buy a male white pug and his name going to be Leo…….. 🥰😘

  38. Stephanie airzee

    My black girl pug is called BETTY after ugly Betty lol x

  39. Sherri Smith

    I have 3 Chinese Pugs. I named them all after Chinese food but spelled according to their gender. 1 Male named Moo Goo “guy” Pan..we call him Moo Goo. A girl named Poo Poo Platter..we call her Sissy Baby Poo poo and another female named Chop “Sue”ey…we call her Sue or Susan Poochie.

  40. Sherri Smith

    I forgot to mention they were all named in honor of my very first pug Egg “Foo” Young…we called him Foo

  41. Erin (@BookwormOfHEA)

    My fawn pug’s name was Roscoe. It was tough getting 4 people to agree on a name. We finally decided on Rocco, only to have a friend slip up & say Roscoe lol. I miss like crazy. The pug motto (I didn’t know there was one until recently) is “multum in parvo” or a lot in a small package. That was definitely my buddy.
    I love these other names! x

  42. The pug

    Ember is a great name

  43. Kara Emo.

    I have a black 6 month old Pug named Princeton. He is so darn cute with his big brown sparkling brown eyes he is extra cute because he’s cross eyed.

  44. Sr Doge

    Why not name it Nugget.

  45. Altaf Ahmad

    I think Bunny is good

  46. Kathy Martin

    We’ve had 4 pugs: Jessie, Chloe, Paris, and our current girl is Pansy. My loves!

  47. Cindy

    My pugs are Pumpernickel and Poppyseed!

  48. Kodirotti.

    Bentley and Baxter

  49. Daniel

    My brother in law named his pug, Blackie Chan

  50. Henry

    I got the perfect name because of the pug’s tan color and black face. How about Fig Newton?

  51. Paige


  52. Kenny

    Edgar is good, short for Edgar Allen Pug.

  53. Kyla Jones

    Over the years we’ve had a fawn female named Petunia, two black boys-Apollo and Loki, and several fawn boys including Spencer, Hermes, Vulcan, Santa (pulled from the shelter on Christmas eve), Archie, Baxter, Hawk, Billie, Buster, Ferragamo, Roy, Jenkins, Orville, Percy and Sammie.


    My Little girl was Chai…. With many nick names… Chinamite…Chister…Chai Chai…1..2..Chai Chai Chai. She passed 2 yrs ago and I am about to get another. YAY!

  55. NILDA Acosta

    My pudgie pudgie was Ginger 🙏💜🌷
    She passed away 12 yrs ago and I still miss her dearly. 😢

  56. Janice

    Ily, sounds like I Lee. Initials for I Love You.

  57. Linda Lemcke

    I am in pug love, mine were: Peepers, Chata, Meadow, Sierra, my guy now is Blaze.

  58. mark yanez

    im going to have a pug soon so im going to name him tubby

  59. Jamie

    Oliver Wilson, haji, bean

  60. Sanmeet Singh Chandhok

    My pugs name is mango my wife kept it 🤣🤣😂😂

  61. Kathy Martin

    We are 4 pugs in, never having more than 2 at one time. The names we have used are Jessie, Paris, Chloe, and our current girl is Pansy.

  62. Heather

    I have a fawn pug his name is Jake (from State Farm) & his sister name is Baby Jade

  63. Bert

    I have a faun pug named Vincent (pulp fiction)we call him Vinchi..soon to get a second one Vincent will be a father. not sure yet if Yoda(Star wars) or chichi(Scarface)…my niece had one named Paulie(Goodfellas)…guapo is also a cool name for a male…

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