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Sports Dog Names

Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

As a sports fan it’s fun to name your dog after your favorite team, player, or field. You’ll probably want to make sure you go with a classic name as only the best players will be memorable 10 years from now. Think through the best player’s from your favorite team or sports history to see if anything works for you dog’s name. Here are a few sports dog names to get you started…

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Baseball Dog Names

There are a lot of classic baseball dog names that can be found to fit your pup. You could go with a famous baseball player, some classic ballparks or even some terminology for great baseball dog names.

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  • Albert – Alber Pujols
  • Angel – Los Angeles Angels
  • ARod – Alex Rodriguez
  • Astro – Houston Astros
  • Babe – Babe Ruth, often considered one of the greatest of all time
  • Bender – curve ball
  • Bo – Bo Jackson
  • Bonds – Barry Bonds
  • Brewer – Milwaukee Brewers
  • Cal – Cal Ripken Jr., great hitter broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record
  • Chipper – Chipper Jones
  • Chopper – ball hit into the dirt by the plate
  • Comiskey – Comiskey Park
  • Crackerjack – or jack for short, famous baseball snack
  • Cy – Cy Young, famous pitcher with most lifetime victories
  • Dinger – home run
  • Dodger – team from Los Angeles
  • Dorothy – Dorothy Kamenshek, female pro ball player
  • Fenway – Boston stadium, home of the Green Monster
  • Griffey – Ken Griffey, one of the top home run hitters
  • Hank – Hank Aaron, broke Babe Ruth’s home run record
  • Harry – Harry Carey
  • Hercules – Mastiff in The Sandlot
  • Homer – Home Run
  • Honus – Honus Wager, great hitting infielder
  • Ichiro – Ichiro Suzuki
  • Jackie – Jackie Robinson, broke down race barriers in baseball
  • Jeter – Derek Jeter
  • Kirby – Kirby Puckett
  • Lou – Lou Gehrig
  • Mauer – Joe Mauer well known Minnesota Twin
  • Meatball – easy pitch to hit
  • Mickey – Mickey Mantle, greatest switch hitter of all time
  • Miller – Miller Park
  • Mitt – baseball glove
  • Nolan – Nolan Ryan, impressive pitcher
  • Ortiz – David Ortiz
  • Ozzie – Ozzie Smith
  • Peanut – famous baseball snack
  • Pete – Pete Rose, record setting player and manager, who was banned from the Hall of Fame for gambling
  • Prince – Prince Fielder
  • Ranger – Texas Rangers
  • Rocki – Colorado Rockies
  • Scully – Vin Scully, sportscaster
  • Slugger – hitter
  • Sox – White or Red Sox
  • Teddy – Ted Williams
  • Trout – Mike Trout
  • Ty – Ty Cobb
  • Willie – Willie Mays, one of the greatest offensive players of all time
  • Wrigley – Wrigley Field, Chicago Stadium
  • Yankee – after the New York Yankees
  • Yogi – Yogi Berra, player, coach and manager

Check out the full sports list for more baseball dog names.

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Football Dog Names

When you’re thinking football, think classic players. You could also try out a classic coach or field for your football dog name.

  • Barry – Barry Sanders, Lions runningback
  • Bear – Chicago Bears
  • Blitz – quick rush
  • Brady – Tom Brady, Super Bowl winning quarterback
  • Brett – Brett Favre, Packers quarterback
  • Bronco – Denver Broncos
  • Buc – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cam – Cam Newton
  • Charger – San Diego Chargers
  • Chief – KC Chiefs
  • Coach – leader
  • Colt – Indianapolis Colts
  • Deion – Deion Sanders, defensive back
  • Ditka – Mike Ditka
  • Elway – John Elway, Broncos quarterback
  • Emmitt – Emmitt Smith, Cowboys runningback
  • Gronk – Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end
  • Heisman – best college player
  • Jet – NY Jets
  • Lambeau – Lambeau Field
  • Montana – Joe Montana, 49ers quarterback
  • Madden – John Madden, player and coach with a famous video game
  • Omaha – term used by some quarterbacks to signal an audible
  • Packer – Green Bay Packers
  • Peyton – Peyton Manning, Colts & Broncos quarterback
  • Raider – Oakland Raiders
  • Raven – Baltimore Ravens
  • Reggie – Reggie White, hall of fame defensive end
  • Skol – Viking chant, meaning cheers or in good health
  • Soldier – Soldier Field
  • Starr – Bart Star, Packers quarterback
  • Steeler – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Titan – Tennessee Titans
  • Tom – Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback
  • Unitas – Johnny Unitas, Colts & Chargers quarterback
  • Vince – Vince Lombardi
  • Walter – Walter Payton top running back
  • Wilson – Russell Wilson, quarterback

Check out this list for some more classic football dog names.

Hockey Dog Names

There’s nothing tougher than a hockey player or a hockey named dog. These names come from players, slang terms, hockey gear, and more. The best hockey dog names include:

  • Apple – assist
  • Bauer – Hockey brand
  • Biscuit – the puck
  • Blue – St Louis Blues / Blue Line
  • Bobby – multiple famous players with this name including Mcgee, Hull, Orr
  • Brett – Brett Hull
  • Captain – team leader
  • Celly – celebration after a goal
  • Cheese – top shelf of the net
  • Chirper – trash talker
  • Crosby – Sidney Crosby
  • Easton – Hockey brand
  • Goon – player who is a fighter
  • Gordie – Gordie Howe
  • Gretzky – Wayne Gretzy, the great one
  • Grinder – player known for working hard
  • Hattie – Hack trick
  • Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Hobey – Hobey Baker
  • Jagr – Jaromir Jagr
  • Jet – Winnipeg Jets
  • Lucky – Lucky Luc Robitaille
  • Kane – Patrick Kane
  • Mario – Mario Lemieux
  • Mitts – hands / gloves
  • Moose – Mark “Moose” Messier
  • Oshie – TJ Oshie
  • Pavel – Pavel Datsyuk
  • Puck
  • Ranger – NY team
  • Sniper – perfectly placed shot
  • Stanley – the cup
  • Teemu – Teemu Selanne
  • Zamboni – machine that cleans the ice between periods

Here are some more hockey dog names.

Golf Dog Names

I’m a big golfer, but never considered a golf name for my dog; after looking around there are actually a lot of good options for golf dog names. There are a bunch of golfers with interesting names, golf terms, and golf courses that could inspire your name.

  • Ace – hole in one
  • Arnie – (or Arnold) Arnold Palmer, brought attention to the sport like no other
  • Augusta – Home of the Masters
  • Bear – Jack Nicklaus’ nickname, the Golden Bear
  • Bertha – golf club brand
  • Birdie – 1 under par
  • Bogey – 1 over par
  • Bubba – Bubba Watson
  • Bunker – in the trap
  • Bryson – Bryson DeChambeau
  • Byron – Byron Nelson, classic golfer who won 11 tournaments in a row
  • Caddie – club carrying assistant
  • Callie – Callaway golf brand
  • Carl – Carl Spackler, Bill Murray’s character in Caddyshack
  • Chip – short shot
  • Chunk – bad shot
  • Condor – four under par
  • Daly – John Daly
  • Divot – spot on the ground left after a club strike
  • Dottie – Dottie Pepper golfer and broadcaster
  • Duffer – inexperienced golfer
  • Eagle – two under
  • Ernie – Ernie Els, winner of 4 majors
  • Flyer – shot that sails further than expected
  • Freddy – Fred Couples
  • Fuzzy – Fully Zoeller
  • Gimme – shot so close that no more play is needed
  • Hacker – mediocre golfer
  • Happy – Happy Gilmore
  • Hogan – Ben Hogan, the Hawk a great shotmaker
  • Jack – Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 majors, the Golden Bear
  • Links – golf course style
  • Morris – Old Tom Morris
  • Mulligan – redo a shot
  • Noonan – Danny Noonan, character from Caddyshack
  • Obie – out of bounds
  • Palmer – Arnold Palmer
  • Phil – Phil Mickelson, one of the top winners on tour
  • Ping – golf brand
  • Rory – Rory Mcilroy, major champion from Ireland
  • Ryder – Ryder Cup
  • Sandy – hit out of the sand and get in the hole with one putt
  • Scratch – even par
  • Shooter – Shooter Mcgavin from Happy Gilmore film
  • Stinger – low shot
  • Taylor – Taylormade golf brand
  • Tiger – Tiger Woods, a dominant player with Nike brand and video game series
  • Torrey – Torrey Pines
  • Watson – Tom Watson
  • Wedge – short iron
  • Yip – swing issues

Check the full sports list to find more golf dog names.

Soccer Dog Names

Are you a big soccer fan (aka football in most places)? These soccer dog names might be a great match for your pup.

  • Arsenal – Soccer Club
  • Becks – David Beckham
  • Brandi – Brandi Chastain
  • Captain – team leader
  • Chelsea – Premier League Club
  • Claudio – Claudio Reyna
  • Cobi – Cobi Jones
  • Diego – Diego Maradona
  • Franz – Franz Beckenbauer
  • Gaffer – British slang for the head coach
  • Hope – Hope Solo
  • Howard – Tim Howard
  • Howler – grave mistake
  • Jersey – team shirt
  • Kasey – Kasey Keller
  • Keeper – goalie
  • Landon – Landon Donovan
  • Lilly – Kristine Lilly
  • Lionel – Lionel Messi
  • Lotta – Lotta Schelin
  • Mia – Mia Hamm
  • Milan – Soccer Club
  • Nutmeg – kicking the ball through another player’s legs
  • Pablo – Pablo Zabaleta
  • Pele – Great Brazilian player
  • Poacher – someone who stays near the goal box to try and score
  • Ronaldo – Brazilian player
  • Rooney – Wayne Rooney
  • Shadow – shadow play without opponents
  • Skipper – captain of the team
  • Solo – Hope Solo
  • Striker – forward position
  • Sweeper – defensive position
  • Timber – Portland Timbers
  • Umbro – soccer gear
  • Winger – side forward position
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Basketball Dog Names

Love playing hoops or just watching the games? These basketball dog names are for you!

  • Barclay – Barclays Center
  • Barkley – Charles Barkley
  • Bird – Larry Bird
  • Blazer – Portland Trail Blazers
  • Buck – Milwaukee Bucks
  • Bull – Chicago Bulls
  • Curry – Stephen Curry
  • Dirk – Dirk Nowitzki
  • Dish – assist
  • Duncan – Tim Duncan
  • Dunk – slam dunk
  • Ewing – Patrick Ewing
  • Grizz – Memphis Grizzlies
  • Gunner – player who shoots a lot
  • Hoops – playing some b-ball
  • Hoosier – Indiana Hoosiers
  • Jackson – Phil Jackson
  • Jazz – Utah Jazz
  • Jordan – Michael Jordan
  • Kareem – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Kidd – Jason Kidd
  • King – Sacramento Kings
  • Knicks – New York Knicks
  • Kobe – Kobe Bryant
  • Kyrie – Kyrie Irving
  • LeBron – Lebron James
  • Magic – Orlando Magic / Magic Johnson
  • Malone – Karl Malone
  • Mav – Dallas Mavericks
  • Moses – Moses Malone
  • Nera – Nera White
  • Nugget – Denver Nuggets
  • Rain – making lots of baskets aka making it rain
  • Raptor – Toronto Raptors
  • Reggie – Reggie Miller
  • Payton – Gary Payton
  • Penny – Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway
  • Pippen – Scottie Pippen
  • Pistol – ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich
  • Rocket – Houston Rockets
  • Shaq – Shaquille O’Neal
  • Sky – Sky hook shot
  • Scottie – Scottie Pippen
  • Spalding – Brand
  • Spud – Anthony ‘Spud’ Webb
  • Swish – sound made when the ball goes directly through the hoop
  • Thunder – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Wade – Dwayne Wade
  • Walton – Bill Walton
  • Warrior – Golden State Warriors
  • West – Jerry West
  • Wilt – Wilt Chamberlain
  • Wolf – Minnesota Timberwolves

Female Sports Dog Names

There are also a lot of good sports dog names for female dogs including some listed above. Great female names include:

  • Babe – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Track & Field
  • Billie – Billie Jean King, Tennis
  • Blair – Bonnie Blair, Skating
  • Coco – Coco Gauff, Tennis
  • Dallas – city name / team location
  • Dorothy – Dorothy Hamill, Figure Skating
  • Florence – Florence Griffith Joyner, Track & Field
  • Gabby – Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics
  • Jackie – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field
  • Mary Lou – Mary Lou Retton, Gymnastics
  • Nadia – Nadia Comaneci, Gymnastics
  • Peggy – Peggy Fleming, Figure Skating
  • Picabo – Picabo Street, Skiing
  • Rousey – Ronda Rousey, MMA
  • Serena – Serena Williams, Tennis
  • Sonja – Sonja Henie, Figure Skating
  • Steffi – Steffi Graf, Tennis
  • Venus – Venus Williams, Tennis
  • Wilma – Wilma Rudolph, Track & Field

Check out the full list of sports names for female dogs.

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