Most Popular Golden Retriever Names Of 2021 (And 500+ Other Ideas)

Need help choosing the best name for your new Golden Retriever?

You’re in the right place because in this post, you’re going to see the most popular Golden Retriever names of 2021, as well as over 500 other ideas to help you pick the perfect name for your new Golden.

No matter your style, we’ve got loads of names to inspire you separated into male and female, and then broken down into categories, like people names, classic dog names, food & drink names, names for red Golden Retrievers, and much more

But first, let’s talk about what to consider when naming your Golden.

What To Consider When Naming Your Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are sweet, loving dogs with big personalities.

They were originally bred over 150 years ago in Scotland as hunting dogs, but in today’s world, they’re one of the most popular family pets.

And they’re also some of the best-looking dogs with their famous gold coats and their flowing feathers.

So what does that have to do with what you name your pup?

Well, the best names are typically reflective of your dog’s personality (as well as your own).

For example, given that Goldens are so loving, Diablo probably wouldn’t be a good name (I mean, would you name your sweet Golden Diablo?).

And they’re also relatively big, so something like Pee-wee wouldn’t fit either.

golden retriever puppy names

As far as what types of names do work, here are some ideas…

They’re athletic, so a name like Scout, Rookie or Captain fits.

They’re beautiful, so an elegant name like Sage, Rose, or Winston works.

They’re big and fluffy, so Bear or Moose could also work.

They’re mischievous, so a name like Rebel fits.

They’re sweet, so names like Honey or Waffles work.

And they’re goofy, so funny names like Neville or Bernard work. (Sincere apologies if your name is Neville or Bernard…)

Plus, there are lots of famous Golden Retrievers to name yours after, like Comet (from Full House), Buddy (from Air Bud), or Shadow (from Homeward Bound).

Another thing to consider when choosing a name for your Golden is this: what is your personality like?

If you’re funny and love food, maybe you should name your pup Peanut or Gnocchi.

Or if you’re more on the serious side, you might want to name your dog a classic dog name like Duke.

Whichever type of name you want to go with, you’re going to love this big list of name ideas.

Most Popular Golden Retriever Names Of 2021

In the 2021 Golden Retriever Owners Report, Golden Retriever parents shared 675 Golden retriever names.

Here are the top 20 (in order of popularity)

  1. Tucker
  2. Finn/Finley/Finlay
  3. Bailey
  4. Charlie
  5. Henry
  6. Murphy
  7. Bella
  8. Harley
  9. Oliver
  10. willow
  11. Winston
  12. Stella
  13. Beau
  14. Cooper
  15. Daisy
  16. Leo
  17. Lola
  18. Oakley
  19. Rosie
  20. Winnie

You can see the other 655 names here.

And below, you’ll find 300+ other name ideas.

Male Golden Retriever Names

male golden retriever names

Regular Names:

Anquan Boldin (the Golden)
Archie
Argo
Arthur
Bam
Barney
Barry
Beau
Ben/Benjami/Benji
Benji
Bentley
Bernard
Bodie
Boone
Brady
Brant
Brantley
Bruce
Bruno
Bubba
Bucky
Caleb
Calvin
Camden
Charlie
Chesney
Chester
Clark
Cody
Cooper
Crosby
Dakota
Derby
Dexter
Doug
Easton
Felix
Finn
Flynn
Frisco
Garth
George
Gill
Gio
Gordon
Grady
Graham

Gus
Hank
Hamilton
Harry
Harold
Harvey
Henry
Holden (the Golden)
Huckleberry
Hudson
Hunter
Hutch
Jack
Jackson
Jake
Jamie
Jeter
Jimbo
Joey
Keegan
Kelso
Ken
Kevin
Kiran
Kobe
Kyle
Kyler
Lennox
Leo
Levi
Lewis
Louie
Luke
Mack
Maddox
Manny
Marcus
Mason
Max
Merlin
Milo
Moby
Monty
Mulligan
Murphy
Ned
Neville
Nico
Norbert
Norman
Odin
Oliver
Oscar
Otis
Ozzie
Presley
Quincy
Ridley
River
Roman
Ron/Ronnie
Rufio
Rufus
Ryder
Sam
Sawyer
Scout
Seamus
Shelton
Slinger
Sonny
Starsky
Sterling
Tanner
Tate/Tatum
Teddy
Theo
Tommy
Tucker
Vinnie
Wallace
Walter
Watson
Webber
Webster
Willy
Wilson
Winston
Woody

Classic Dog Names:

Baloo
Baxter
Buddy
Buster
Captain
Champ
Chance
Duke
Gunner
Hercules
Ranger
Ringo
Rusty
Rocky
Rookie
Simba
Shiloh
Zeus

Animal Dog Names:

Bear
Moose
Goose

Food & Drink Dog Names:

Barley
Cashew
Cheddar
Gnocchi
Ketchup
Meatloaf
Oatmeal
Peanut
Ribeye
Taco
Waffles
Whiskey

Object Dog Names:

Bolt
Boulder
Cash
Comet
Copper

Red Golden Retriever Names:

Blaze
Carrot
Chili
Copper
Crimson
Eddie (Ed Sheeran)
Elmo
Garnet
Ketchup
Mars
McIntosh
Redwood
Robin
Ron Burgundy
Rosso (red in Italian)
Roşu (red in Romanian)
Ruddy
Rudolph (the red-nosed reindeer)
Rusty

Miscellaneous Dog Names:

Aslan
Bojangles
Boston
Dash
Fisher
Hoosier
Leonardo Dog Vinci
Mowgli
Nemo
North
Oakley
Red
Thor
Tigger
Timber
Vader

P.S. Getting a Golden Tetriever puppy? Check out the Golden Retriever Puppy Handbook!

Female Golden Retriever Names

female golden retriever names

Regular Names:

Abby
Addie
Alice
Amber
Anna
Annie
Autumn
Bailey
Bella
Brooke
Callie
Cassie
Charlotte
Chelsea
Chloe
Danielle
Ellie
Emma
Fiona
Gemma
Gracie
Hannah
Harley
Harper
Hermione
Holly
Jamie
Jessie
Kayla
Kylie
Leila
Lena
Lexi
Lilly
Lizzie
Lucy
Maggie
Mandi
Matilda
Maui
Maya
Mia
Mila
Millie
Missy
Molly
Nikki
Olivia
Penelope
Penny
Piper
Posi
Reese
Riley
Ruby
Rylie/Riley
Sadie
Sage
Sandy
Sasha
Sky
Sophie
Summer
Tilly
Violet
Ziggy

Classic Dog Names:

Belle
Lady
Lola
Luna
Nala
Rebel
Remy
Scout
Winnie

Food & Drink Dog Names:

Butter
Cashew
Clementine
Cookie
Daisy
Honey
Ginger
Kiwi
Mocha
Mojito
Muffin
Nugget
Olive
Pancake
Peanut
Pepper
Stella

Plant Dog Names:

Aspen
Basil
Hazel
Maple
Poppy
Pumpkin
Rose
Rowan
Willow

Red Golden Retriever Names:

Amber
Amy (Amy Adams)
Annie
Ariel (as in Disney’s Mermaid)
Beryl
Carmine
Cerise
Červené (Czech)
Cherry
Cinnamon
Claret
Cosmos
Cranberry
Crimson
Dahlia
Ember
Ginger
Holly
Merlot
Penny
Pepper
Pinkie
Poppy
Robin
Röda (Swedish)
Rosy
Rouge (French)
Russet
Sienna

Miscellaneous Dog Names:

Camper
Georgia
Kona
Stormy
Sunday
Wednesday
Zesty

Check out the funniest Golden Retriever nicknames here!

Conclusion

best golden retriever dog names

Alrighty, there you have it…

Over 300 options for you to choose the best name for your pup.

If you do choose a name from this list, let us know in the comments below!

And if you know someone who needs help deciding on what to name their Golden Retriever, share this with them!

P.S. Getting a Golden Retriever puppy? Check out the Golden Retriever Puppy Handbook!

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20 thoughts on “Most Popular Golden Retriever Names Of 2021 (And 500+ Other Ideas)”

  1. I’m getting my 4th golden. Our first was a male American Golden Bala after the singer Bala Fleck, #2 was a female English Golden Bailey- for Bailey’s Irish Cream, #3 was a male English Golden named Ferguson (we called him Fergus or Ferg), and my #4 is another female English Golden that I’m planning on naming Maggie Mae after the song.
    I have enjoyed your blog, and am learning a lot for my next. I think I have made every mistake you have mentioned and then some.

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  2. Our latest Golden was a true hero: Rex. He was 6, weighed 120( stout not fat), and saved three family members from a burning house. He passed away from cancer a few weeks ago. RIP buddy, you are missed.

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  3. Any thoughts about the name Gridlee for a female golden? It is a name of a charcter on a movie we watched. It was a male name but we are thinking it could be a female name.

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  4. We are on our 4th golden retriever, and I agree they are the most wonderful, beautiful, gentle, and best dogs and pets in the whole wide world. All of ours have been. males, and these are their names..
    Hobson (from the movie Arthur)
    Buffet (for Jimmy Buffet)
    Dugan, (my daddy’s childhood nickname)
    Guinness ( he came from Istanbul, Turkey through Adopt a Golden Knoxville

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    • Some peoples names are inspiring!! Here are some names that I have down!!
      Lilly
      Tucker
      Cody
      Cookie
      Stella (this name means star).
      Dona ( Thai name means lady).
      Bella (this name means beautiful).
      Luna
      Ellie
      Elsa
      Ella
      Ginger
      Goldie
      Janet
      Nellie
      Cassie
      Pip
      Beth
      Buttercup
      Bear
      Rachel
      Haley
      Hazel
      Buddy
      Peanut
      Ocean
      Kim
      Anna
      Wild
      Tilly
      Copper
      Taco
      Abby
      Comet
      Crystal
      Amber
      Anna
      Rose
      Daisy
      And I could go on but maybe I shouldn’t
      Cream
      Mandy
      Annie
      Star
      Galaxy
      Lexi
      Ok I am done I promise

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