Top Border Collie Names – 75 Wonderful Names For Your Pup

by Jessi Larson

When it comes to Border Collie names, we had no problem herding up lots of options. (It’s OK, you can groan at that one.)

A unique, beautiful dog with a high-energy, playful personality deserves a name that’s equally as impressive, and we think these Border Collie names are great inspiration.

Border Collie Names

Border Collie Names

  • Ranger – The word ranger has several definitions, including “a keeper of the park” and “a person who ranges or roves,” which are perfect descriptions for the Border Collie.
  • Ace – Border Collies are very skilled and adept at their job as a herding dog, making Ace a great name for such a talented dog.
  • Rascal – This strong, stubborn dog can sometimes be a rascal, so this name is fitting.
  • Colt – This dog can run incredibly fast, just like a colt.
  • Dash – Another name for a dog who likes to run.
  • Lucky – Border Collies are considered a classic dog. Lucky is a classic dog name. It’s a perfect pair.
  • Pepper – This breed is most often black and white, and this name fits the color.
  • Sheppie – A cute name for a dog who likes to act as a shepherd.
  • Spot – A classic moniker that recognizes the breed’s mixed colorings.
  • Sky – Border Collies love to be outside and hail from Scotland, so how lovely is this name?
  • Lassie – The television star of this name was a Rough Collie, a close companion of the Border Collie.
  • Raven – A soulful, beautiful name especially for black-and white-colored Collies.
  • Sunny – How cute is this name for a dog who loves to be outside in the sun and is full of energy? When it comes to Border Collie names, this is a fun choice.
  • Scout – A Scout is someone who observes and watches the scene, which is exactly what the Border Collie does with a flock!
  • Lady – We love this classic name for a female Border Collie.
  • Chief – The Border Collie loves to take charge so this is a natural name for the breed.
  • Flash – Like Dash and Colt, this name recognizes the breed’s enormous speed and agility.
  • York – This breed hails from the hilly border country between Scotland and England, making a distinctly British word like York a cool choice for a name.
  • Andrew – St. Andrews, a famous borough in Scotland, is known for the University of St. Andrews and is also considered the birth place of golf, among other things. Could be a cool name for a dog native to the country.
  • Emma – This beautiful name has been used by royalty for centuries and is now of the most popular names in Great Britain.
  • Duke – The ruler of a small state, Duke is a title that has been used throughout centuries and has a regal ring to it.
  • Nessie – A nickname for the Lochness Monster of Scotland. It’s cute and unique.
  • Isla – Meaning “of the Island,” Isla is a gorgeous name for a dog, especially one who has roots in Scotland.
  • Winston – A timeless British name that is perfect for this breed.
  • George – Like Winston, this name is classic and elegant, just like the Border Collie.
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More Border Collie Names

To add to our top picks above, here are some more great name ideas for your Border Collie. Many of these names come from Irish, Scottish or English sources which are a perfect fit.

  • Alfie
  • Angus
  • Ash
  • Bailey
  • Barney
  • Bella
  • Bran
  • Cap
  • Charlie
  • Chester
  • Chewie
  • Cody
  • Comet
  • Daisy
  • Echo
  • Elsie
  • Fife
  • Fiona
  • Flora
  • Gus
  • Lad
  • Lola
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Max
  • Misty
  • Molly
  • Oscar
  • Poppy
  • Rosie
  • Sadie
  • Saoirse
  • Sherlock
  • Skipper
  • Sly
  • Teddy
  • Tilly
  • Toby
  • Watson
  • Wynn

Border Collie Names in Movies & TV

  • Bandit – 2nd dog from Little House on the Prairie
  • Fly – Babe
  • Hector – Heck’s Way Home
  • Jessie – Animal Farm
  • Murray – Border Collie mix from Mad About You
  • Nana – Snow Dogs
  • Raffles – Rover Dangerfield animated movie
  • Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. – Everything is Illuminated
  • Shep – British children’s show Blue Peter
  • Trip – A Dog Year
  • Ryder – A Dog Year
  • Lucy – A Dog Year
  • Shep – A Dog Year

More Name Ideas

The Border Collie is a smart, hard-working dog that was bred for intelligence and obedience in the Anglo-Scottish border.

Energetic and athletic, the breed was used for herding livestock, in particular sheep.

Physically, the Border Collie is a striking dog. They weigh between 27-45 pounds, but their thick coat adds to their perceived size.

Speaking of that coat, the Border Collie can be one of many different colors, including black, blue, blue merle, brindle, gold and red, and also mixed with white coloring. Eye color varies from brown to blue and occasionally one of each.

If you want to explore names that pay homage to the Collie’s heritage, check out Scottish dog names and British dog names.

We also recommend spending time with your dog and getting to know him or her before you decide on a final name. It’s always good to get a name that fits their personality and appearance.

If you have other ideas for Border Collies names, we’d love to hear them. Let us know below!

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  1. Stefanie

    We named our Border collie Bonnie, after the famous female bandit. She liked to steal socks as a puppy, but she still lives up to her name as an adult!

  2. Cathleen Cooks

    A friend of mine has a rescue Border Collie named Bizzy. Her name before my friend rescued her was Izzy but Judy already had a cat by that name so she stuck a b in front. Original & a great name for a Border Collie.

  3. Karen Hay

    I have a six month old border collie his name is lomond looking f or a other one stuck for names was thi king Ben

  4. Sam

    Our Collie was called Ghillie , Unfortunately last year he passed away but he gave us 18 years of pure joy and love

  5. Rob

    My first Border Collie was a black and white long nose called Judy. The next, Tess, was the granddaughter of the first dog to win “One Man & His Dog”. Kate was a brown and white b/c cross. Gem broke the mould of border collies as she had the brains of a turnip and Gibbs was named after the character on TV

  6. Mrs Philippa P Prentice

    My beautiful girl is named Breagha as she was born on the Isle of Skye
    This is a Gaelic word for beautiful

  7. Linda

    Our handsome BC was named Gunner because he gunned it every were he went. He was only 10 and he past away Jan 28 2021. RIP my little man we love you so much….

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