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Great Dane Names – 655+ Ideas for Your Gentle Giant

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When looking for Great Dane names, how do you find the right one for this giant and gentle creature?

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Great Dane Names

Trying to find the right name for your new dog can seem daunting. Where do you even begin?

To help in your search for Great Dane names, we’ve compiled ideas inspired by their size, coloring, strength, personality and so much more.

If any of them stand out, just click on the button to the left to save.

Big Dog Names

As a pet, Great Danes emanate a soulful and sensitive quality. At the same time, you can’t deny their large, looming size.

A female weighs 100-130 lbs, and a male tops the charts at 120-200 lbs.

That’s a lot of dog!

To celebrate their size, why not consider these big dog names?

  • Biggie
  • Brawny
  • Bubba
  • Bull
  • Burly
  • Clifford – as in the Big Red Dog
  • Everest
  • Giant
  • Goliath
  • Heavy
  • Husky
  • Jumbo
  • Kahuna
  • Macro
  • Mammoth
  • Moose
  • Kong
  • Mammoth
  • Marmaduke – the lovable Great Dane cartoon character
  • Maximus
  • Sumo
  • Whopper
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Strong Male Great Dane Names

Tipping the scales at up to 200 lbs, male Great Danes are a sight to behold. Large and lanky, the breed turns heads with their sheer size.

And even though Great Danes are a bit gangly looking, they’re remarkably athletic and agile.

When looking for male Great Dane names, there’s no denying their hulking size and enormous strength, which provide excellent inspiration for this list of strong male Great Dane names.

  • Ace
  • Alpha
  • Ares
  • Avalanche
  • Bandit
  • Bane
  • Blade
  • Blaze
  • Boomer
  • Brando
  • Bruiser
  • Bruno
  • Brutus
  • Butch
  • Caesar
  • Chief
  • Crash
  • Denali
  • Diesel
  • Dozer
  • Duke
  • Fang
  • Fury
  • Gage
  • Ghost
  • Grizzly
  • Grudge
  • Hawkeye
  • Hercules
  • Hulk
  • Hunter
  • Jumbo
  • Killer
  • King
  • Kong
  • Loki
  • Macho
  • Mack
  • Magnum
  • Maverick
  • Moose
  • Nitro
  • Odin
  • Panic
  • Prometheus
  • Raider
  • Rambo
  • Reaper
  • Rex
  • Rocky
  • Rogue
  • Samson
  • Sasquatch
  • Scorpio
  • Sergeant
  • Spartacus
  • Spike
  • Sumo
  • Surge
  • Tank
  • T-Bone
  • Thor
  • Thunder
  • Titan
  • Tracker
  • Trapper
  • Trooper
  • Tyson
  • Vader
  • Vice
  • Vinnie
  • Yeti
  • Yukon
  • Zeus

Strong Female Great Dane Names

Compared to their male counterparts, female Great Danes are petite pups at “only” 100-130 lbs. Still, that’s a massive-sized dog – one who deserves a strong, spirited name.

For even more inspiration, check out these bold and beautiful female Great Dane names.

  • Alaska
  • Alpha
  • Amazon
  • Artemis
  • Arya
  • Attila
  • Athena
  • Baroness
  • Beastie
  • Brawny
  • Cinder
  • Cruella
  • Dahlia
  • Dakota
  • Daenerys
  • Diva
  • Echo
  • Elektra
  • Foxy
  • Gypsy
  • Harley
  • Hera
  • Huntress
  • Indiana
  • Indy
  • Jericho
  • Jezebel
  • Jinx
  • Justice
  • Kahuna
  • Katniss
  • Khaleesi
  • Koda
  • Kodiak
  • Liberty
  • Maxi
  • Medusa
  • Midnight
  • Mystique
  • Nova
  • Nyx
  • Olympia
  • Onyx
  • Queenie
  • Raven
  • Rebel
  • Ripley
  • Rogue
  • Rousey – as in Ronda Rousey
  • Saber
  • Scrappy
  • Sheba
  • Starbuck
  • Taboo
  • Tiger
  • Vega
  • Vixen
  • Xena
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Cute & Classic Great Dane Names

Although the Great Dane has a giant, intimidating exterior, they’re known to their owners as sweet, loyal and loving pets. That’s why cute and classic dog names are a great option for this breed.

The following names are beloved by millions of pup parents and make cute and charismatic monikers.

Cute Male Great Dane Names

  • Alfie
  • Archie
  • Archer
  • Argos
  • Arlo
  • Asher
  • Atlas
  • Augie
  • Banjo
  • Barkley
  • Barney
  • Bear
  • Beau
  • Benji
  • Bernie
  • Bingo
  • Blue
  • Brody
  • Buddy
  • Buster
  • Champ
  • Chance
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chewie
  • Coach
  • Comet
  • Cooper
  • Dino
  • Ernie
  • Fido
  • Finn
  • Flash
  • Gizmo
  • Hank
  • Henry
  • Jack
  • Jake
  • Jasper
  • Leo
  • Lincoln
  • Louie
  • Lucky
  • Marley
  • Max
  • Mickey
  • Milo
  • Morty
  • Murphy
  • Murray
  • Odie
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Patches
  • Percy
  • Perry
  • Pluto
  • Rascal
  • Rex
  • Rudy
  • Scout
  • Shiloh
  • Skip
  • Spot
  • Sully
  • Teddy
  • Tiger
  • Toto
  • Waldo
  • Wally
  • Wishbone
  • Yoshi
  • Ziggy

Cute Female Great Dane Names

  • Abby
  • Addie
  • Amelia
  • Ava
  • Autumn
  • Bailey
  • Bambi
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Buffy
  • Buttercup
  • Candy
  • Charlotte
  • Chloe
  • Clara
  • Cleo
  • Coco
  • Cookie
  • Cricket
  • Daisy
  • Dakota
  • Dixie
  • Dory
  • Ellie
  • Elsa
  • Emma
  • Gertrude
  • Gigi
  • Gizmo
  • Gracie
  • Hannah
  • Happy
  • Harper
  • Hazel
  • Izzy
  • Jojo
  • Joy
  • Kiki
  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Mabel
  • Macy
  • Madison
  • Maggie
  • Maisie
  • Mia
  • Millie
  • Minnie
  • Nala
  • Nellie
  • Olive
  • Paisley
  • Penny
  • Petunia
  • Phoebe
  • Piper
  • Pippa
  • Pixie
  • Poppy
  • Pumpkin
  • Riley
  • Rosie
  • Roxy
  • Sadie
  • Sophie
  • Trudy
  • Violet
  • Willow
  • Winnie
  • Zoey
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Elegant Great Dane Names

The Great Dane is an incredibly elegant animal. It moves with grace and dignity and possesses a gentle and refined personality.

With this in mind, let’s look at names that are elegant, just like your dog.

Elegant Male Great Dane Names

  • Alcott
  • Alfred
  • Arthur
  • Asher
  • Ashton
  • Augustus
  • Baron
  • Berkeley
  • Bernard
  • Charleston
  • Churchill
  • Clancy
  • Duke
  • Edwin
  • Emerson
  • Fairfax
  • Francois
  • Gatsby
  • Hamilton
  • Jacques
  • King
  • Kingsley
  • Kingston
  • Lord
  • Prince
  • Princeton
  • Redmond
  • Wesley
  • William
  • Winston

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Elegant Female Great Dane Names

  • Afton
  • Amelie
  • Aspen
  • Aurora
  • Bianca
  • Buffy
  • Camilla
  • Chanel
  • Constance
  • Diamond
  • Duchess
  • Effie
  • Elizabeth
  • Fifi
  • Genevieve
  • Harper
  • Jewel
  • Jules
  • Juliet
  • Lady
  • Lux
  • Octavia
  • Paris
  • Portia
  • Princess
  • Queen
  • Ruby
  • Victoria

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Great Dane Names Inspired By Color

Great Danes sport a variety of coat colors, from light brown to black and even blue.

The color of your dog’s coat can make for interesting Great Dane names perfect for your pup’s appearance. Let’s check out the different options!

Fawn Dog Names

Fawn is defined as a tan color ranging from light in color all the way to dark deer-red. If your Great Dane has this color of coat, here are some names to consider.

  • Acorn
  • Almond
  • Amber
  • Bambi
  • Bean
  • Bear
  • Beige
  • Blondie
  • Braun – brown in German
  • Brownie
  • Brun – brown in Swedish
  • Buff
  • Butterscotch
  • Cashew
  • Charlie Brown
  • Cheddar
  • Chestnut
  • Chewbacca
  • Chip – like chocolate chip
  • Cocoa
  • Copper
  • Fawn
  • Ginger
  • Goldy
  • Hazel
  • Heath
  • Hershey
  • Honey
  • Java
  • Kahlua
  • Khaki
  • Kobicha – one of the Japanese traditional colors used in kimonos
  • Manila
  • Maple
  • Marron – brown in French
  • Mocha
  • Moose
  • Oak
  • Peaches
  • Peanut Butter
  • Penny
  • Poppy
  • Prairie
  • Pumpernickel
  • Russet
  • Sahara
  • Sandy
  • Sepia
  • Sesame
  • Sienna
  • Summer
  • Sunny
  • Tan
  • Tanner
  • Tawny
  • Teddy
  • Terra
  • Topaz
  • Wheaten 
  • Woody

Black Dog Names

Black is another popular color for a Great Dane. This dark, glossy color is quite striking, especially on such a regal and statuesque dog.

  • Ash
  • Black Jack
  • Cinder
  • Coal
  • Crow
  • Ebony
  • Elvira
  • Ember
  • Enigma
  • Espresso
  • Inky
  • Jet
  • Midnight
  • Morticia
  • Mystery
  • Nero – black in Italian
  • Noir – black in French
  • Olive
  • Onyx
  • Pepper
  • Poe – Edgar Allen Poe
  • Preta/Preto – black in Portuguese
  • Raven
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Shady
  • Smokey
  • Stormy
  • Tarmac
  • Thunder
  • Zorro

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Brindle Dog Names

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) standard, the Brindle coat color is golden-yellow with black markings across the body in a chevron pattern. Check out these great names inspired by the pattern and coloring.

  • Brindi
  • Brownie
  • Cadbury
  • Camo
  • Caramel
  • Caramelo
  • Chev – short for chevron
  • Cocoa
  • Godiva
  • Guiness
  • Heath
  • Hershey
  • Hickory
  • Inky
  • Kahlua
  • Nutella
  • Oriole
  • Porter
  • Raisin
  • Reese
  • Rolo
  • Sarge
  • Stripes
  • Sundae
  • Tiger
  • Tootsie
  • Tortie – Tortoiseshell pattern
  • Umber

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Harlequin and Merle Names

Great Danes can also sport coats with incredible patterns. This is most commonly found in harlequin and merle colored canines.

The harlequin coat is white with ‘torn’ black patches over the body. The patches are evenly-spread throughout, creating a gorgeous, interesting pattern.

For Great Danes with a merle coat, the pattern is similar to that of a harlequin but with a base color of gray.

If your dog fits one of these descriptions, these pattern-inspired ideas might just be a fit.

  • Blot
  • Blotch
  • Checkers
  • Dot
  • Dottie
  • Freckles
  • Harley
  • Harlow
  • Jackson – artist Jackson Pollock
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Merle
  • Marble
  • Mosaic
  • Patches
  • Pebbles
  • Pixel
  • Pollock – artist Jackson Pollock
  • Puzzle
  • Smudge
  • Speck
  • Speckles
  • Spot
  • Sprinkles

Blue/Gray Dog Names

Amazingly, the Great Dane can also be blue in color. This is a steel-blue that looks almost gray or silver, depending on the light.

If your new dog boasts this beautiful coloring, you might just like one of the following names.

They also work great for Great Danes with a merle coat.

  • Aqua
  • Ash
  • Azure
  • Blue
  • Cerulean
  • Cobalt
  • Cyan
  • Dusty
  • Flint
  • Fog
  • Gray
  • Grey
  • Marine
  • Misty
  • Navy
  • Pewter
  • Sapphire
  • Silver
  • Sky
  • Slate
  • Stone
  • Storm
  • Teal

Mantle Names

For a mantle coat, the entire body is black in color with a white muzzle as well as a white neck and chest. A part of all the four legs must also be white, as does a tip of the tail.

The following black and white dog names are perfect for a mantle pup.

They also work well for Great Danes with a harlequin pattern.

  • Banksy
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Cookie
  • Cruella
  • Dice
  • Domino
  • Jeeves
  • Monk
  • Oreo
  • Panda
  • Pepe Le Pew
  • Peppermint Patty
  • Perdita
  • Pongo
  • Puffin
  • Shamu
  • Skunky
  • Snoopy
  • Soccer
  • Spade
  • Tux
  • Tuxedo
  • Whaley
  • Ying Yang

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White Dog Names

Although it’s very rare for a Great Dane to be completely white, many feature this color prominently in their fur. If this is the case with your canine, the following white dog names could be a fit.

  • Alabaster
  • Al Bino
  • Bianco/Bianca – white in Italian
  • Blizzard
  • Bones
  • Boo
  • Casper
  • Cotton
  • Crystal
  • Dove
  • Frosty
  • Gardenia
  • Ghost
  • Ice
  • Ivory
  • January
  • Marshmallow
  • Pearl
  • Polar
  • Powder
  • Snowball
  • Snowy
  • Sugar
  • Winter
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Ironic Great Dane Names

Continuing the list of Great Dane names, let’s look at some ironic ideas that playfully toy with their size.

After all, how funny would it be to give a hulking Great Dane the name “Tiny”?

If you’re on board with exploring this idea, check out these names.

  • Baby
  • Bean
  • Bitsy
  • Bitty
  • Button
  • Elf
  • Half Pint
  • Little
  • Minnie
  • Morsel
  • Munchkin
  • Nugget
  • Peanut
  • Peewee
  • Pixie
  • Pumpkin
  • Puny
  • Runt
  • Scrappy
  • Shorty
  • Shrimpy
  • Smalley
  • Smalls
  • Squirt
  • Teensy
  • Tiny
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Funny Great Dane Names

If you like the idea of a funny, entertaining name, then you’ll get a kick out of these hilarious dog names. They’re silly, goofy and just a little bit weird and wacky.

Funny Male Names

  • Bacon
  • Boss
  • Bubba
  • Corky
  • Chuck Norris
  • Chunk
  • Cletus
  • Dilbert
  • Dude
  • Fabio
  • Frito
  • Frodo
  • Gonzo
  • Homer
  • Jaba
  • McGruff
  • Nacho
  • Ole
  • Opie
  • Pee Wee
  • Romeo
  • Skip
  • Spud
  • Taco
  • Tamale
  • Toto
  • Trouble
  • Waldo
  • Yoda

Funny Female Dog Names

  • Babushka
  • Beaker
  • Biscuit
  • Brunhilda
  • Bunny
  • Cheeto
  • Chica
  • Cupid
  • Cutie
  • Flo
  • Kitty
  • Marge
  • Myrtle
  • Nugget
  • Olga
  • Pinky
  • Spanx
  • Squeaky
  • Stinky
  • Sweetie
  • Tankerbell
  • Twinkie
  • Ursula
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Famous Great Danes

The Great Dane is one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world and has been featured in movies, television shows and more.

These famous Great Danes might serve up the inspiration you need when naming your dog.

  • Scooby-Doo – animated franchise featuring titular Great Dane
  • Marmaduke – newspaper comic strip
  • Astro – canine character in The Jetsons
  • Landru – Great Dane from The Burbs
  • Einstein – animated Great Dane in Oliver & Company
  • Duke – Great Dane from Disney’s The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Turk – Great Dane from Disney’s The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Gibson – tallest dog in the Guinness World Records

Final Thoughts: Great Dane Names

Finding the right name for your new dog is never easy. With so many options, it can be hard finding just the right one.

And since you’ll be saying the name daily for years to come, you want to get it right.

Fortunately, our guide to Great Dane names include 655+ options to choose from.

If a name sounds interesting, make a note of it. Don’t think too hard.

Once you’ve compiled all possible names, narrow them down one by one.

When you’ve got a handful figured out, try each one with your new dog and see if it fits their appearance and personality. You’ll know which one is right in your gut!

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If you’re not inspired by any of these Great Dane 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.

Our site helps millions of new dog owners each year and offers thousands of unique ideas. We know you’ll find the name for your dog on our site.

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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!
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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 pup 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.

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14 Comments

  1. Amber Loxley

    Fezzik is the name I have picked for a male Great Dane when I get one. It’s the name of the giant in the Princess Bride.

  2. Susan Taylor

    My male Great Dane’s name was “Macro,” which means Large in Latin, opposite of Micro.

  3. Kelly Hanratty

    I am going to name my fawn male Great Dane Loki the Viking God known for trickery which I find funny, if not that then Odin, the greatest Viking God known to lead the Vikings to battle and to bring the fallen to Valhalla. Idk just a couple names I like a lot.

  4. bella

    my family have a black and white male great dane and his name is alfie my family got him from huha in otaki.

  5. Elisa

    My Dane’s was born at 11:07 am on July 11, 7/11 so we named him Reno! He was a large Mantle weighing 204 lbs & stood 39 inches at his shoulders. We had him for 9 f 1/2 years & miss him terribly.

  6. Zach

    We named our Male Mantle, Kobe. He was the best!

  7. Leanne

    We named our Harlequin Male Zeus.

  8. TinaMarie

    Male-Vasyl means resolute protector
    Female-Willa means protector
    Just a coincident that the names I picked both mean protector. I simply wanted Germanic names.

  9. Robin Brewster

    My much loved and missed boy Dane was called Merlin, my girl, who is a blue, is called Blossom

  10. Lily Jeffries

    I love my puppy Great dane and we name him Eli…
    I think its very beautiful name ….

  11. Josh Knapp

    We named our female Great Dane ( Khaleesi ) Queen of the Danes . She was our everything and life has not been the same without her silly butt … she was so massive but ever so gentle with our grandson .. he could do anything to her and she just let him.. those two were thick as thieves! She is truly missed as she passed away on 6-9-2020 from a snake bite .. oh losing her was mike losing a child !

  12. Kristine Schulz

    I had a great dane he was a harlequin his name was Dempsey sir lots of spots

  13. an angry bean

    i have never wanted a great danebnamed Nyx more in my life…

  14. Lindsey Gleason

    My black lab is named Travolta wouldn’t trade him.

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