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130+ Christmas Dog Names for Holiday Puppies!

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Whether your puppy was born in the Christmas season, adopted during the holidays or you just love the spirit of the season, we’ve got a gift for you: over 130 Christmas dog names!

All your dog walks might not be in a winter wonderland, but you can carry the spirit of the season with you with a puppy name that’s merry and bright. Whether you’re a fan of Christmas carols, Christmas movies or the legend of Santa himself, these names can might be the perfect fit–whether your new puppy is naughty or nice!

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Christmas Dog Names that Start with A

  • Alabaster Snowball — Santa’s head elf!
  • Angel — For the dog who makes life seventh heaven for his or her forever family.
  • Aquabob — If you are a logophile who is looking for a little-known winter-inspired name for your new tail-wagging chum, you might want to consider this 17th century word for “icicle.”


  • Babbo NataleItalian for Santa or Father Christmas.
  • Bailey — As in George Bailey, the protagonist of the perennial festive flick It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Bing Crosby — The name of the iconic crooner of the classic “White Christmas” is synonymous with the holiday season.
  • Blitzen — One of Santa’s reindeer.
  • Blizzard — The perfect name for a dog who is a “flurry” of activity.
  • Buddy — Why not name your new pal with paws after the human who was raised by Santa Claus’s elves in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf?
  • Burl Ives — “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas” with a pup named after the performer who gave voice to Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the classic holiday television special that has brought smiles to the faces of good little girls and boys since 1964.


  • Candy Cane — A popular peppermint-flavored candy with jolly red and white stripes that help to make the season bright.
  • Carol — The perfect name for the dog who puts a song in your heart and brings harmony to your life.
  • Celyn — A Welsh name meaning “holly”.
  • Charlie Brown — The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without at least one viewing of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • Chestnut — A popular name for canines with brown coats, these nuts are forever associated with the holiday season thanks to the tune “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).”
  • Cindy Lou Who — The tiny tot from Whoville who catches “Santa” taking her family’s Christmas tree in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Clara — The pirouetting protagonist of The Nutcracker.
  • Clarence — The angel who shows a distraught George Bailey that It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Clarice –The gal pal of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Coal — You might not to find coal in your stocking on Christmas Day, but if you’ve been a good little girl or boy you could have the love of a canine companion named Coal every day of the year!
  • Comet — One of Santa’s reindeer.
  • Cranberry — Since the 19th century, cranberry sauce has been a hit during the holiday season.
  • Cratchit — Bob Cratchit is the father of Tiny Tom and employee of Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
  • Cupid — One of Santa’s reindeer.


  • Dancer — One of Santa’s reindeer.
  • Dasher — One of Santa’s reindeer.
  • December — The name for the end of the year could be a good moniker for a dog who is just beginning years of happiness with his or her new forever family.
  • Dedt Moroz — Russian for “Santa.”
  • Dickens — Not only did Charles Dickens pen the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol, as one of the earliest supporters of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home he also helped companion animals in need turn the page to a new chapter in their lives!
  • Donna Reed — The silver screen legend who portrayed Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life.
  • Donner — One of Santa’s reindeer.


  • Ebenezer — Don’t say “Bah! Humbug!” to Scrooge’s first name as a moniker for your pal with paws.
  • Eggnog — Combine cream, sugar, milk, raw eggs and flavoring and you have a sweet Christmas beverage. Add friendship, trust, compassion and a heaping helping of love and you have the perfect recipe for happiness with a dog named after this traditional Yuletide refreshment!
  • Eira — The Welsh name for snow.
  • Elf — The North Pole’s producers of toys for all the good little girls and boys.
  • Elsa — Stressed out about what to call your new fur baby? “Let it go, let it go….” and name your canine companion after Frozen‘s heroine!
  • Emmanuel — Also spelled Immanuel, the name means “God is with us.”
  • Evergreen — The perfect name to describe your everlasting devotion to your dog.


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  • Faith — A word which stands for unwavering belief and trust.
  • Festivus — If you are a fan of the iconic sitcom Seinfeld, you might want to name Fido for the secular seasonal holiday for the Rest of Us.
  • Fezziwig — Mr. Fezziwig is a kind-hearted character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
  • Fir — The most popular tree to leave gifts under at Christmas.
  • Flick — We triple-dog-dare you to name after the character whose tongue became stuck to a flagpole in A Christmas Story.
  • Frozen — Everyone’s favorite animated winter tale!
  • Fruitcake — A cake that’s become synonymous with the season, fruitcake may be a no- no for dogs to digest due to the fact that raisins and liquor are often added to the ingredients, but the name of the holiday cake would be a sweet treat for your tail-wagging chum! (Note: If you would like your canine companion to enjoy this popular taste of the holidays, try our recipe for a dog-friendly fruitcake!)
  • Fyole— A little-known word for ‘a sprinkling of snow.’


  • Gabriel– – A name which means “God is my strength.”
  • Glory — A name which means “worship, “praise,” “renown” and “valor.”
  • Grace — A name which means kindness and mercy.
  • Grinch — Name your pup after Dr. Seuss’ green grump whose heart grew three sizes when he learned the meaning of the holiday season.
  • Grover Dill — One of Ralphie’s arch-nemeses in A Christmas Story.


  • Hogamadog — This quirky Christmas-themed word for a super-size snow ball that has been rolled on the ground.
  • Holiday — The definition of every day when you have a four-legged friend by your side!
  • Holly — An evergreen plant which has long been a symbol of the Christmas season.
  • Hope — A particularly apt name for a dog who may have had a rough start in life.
  • Hoteiosho — The Japanese word for Santa.


  • Icicle — Nature’s way of decorating the exterior of your house during the holidays, the name for this form of frozen water would be a beautiful moniker for the dog who warms your heart.


  • Jimmy Stewart — The Hollywood icon who portrayed George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life.
  • Jolly — A cheerful name for your tail-wagging chum, one which could be paired with “Holly” if you welcome two dogs into your heart and home during the Christmas season!
  • Joulua — The Finnish word for Christmas.
  • Joulupukki — The Finnish word for Santa.
  • Jovie — An employee of Gimbel’s department store who becomes Buddy’s gal pal in the Christmas movie Elf.
  • Joy — The definition of what your new fur baby will bring to your life!
  • Jul — The Swedish word for Christmas or Yule.
  • Julenisse — The Norwegian word for Santa.
  • Jultomten — Swedish for “Santa.”


  • Karácsony (Hungarian) — Christmas
  • Karen — A name that means “pure,” Karen is one of the children who built Frosty the Snowman in the classic animated Rankin/Bass Christmas special which, just like Frosty himself, returns each holiday season.
  • Kerstfeest — The Dutch word for Christmas.
  • Kringle — Kris Kringle is a name synonymous with Santa.
  • Kurisumasu — The Japanese word for Christmas.


  • Lucia — Held on December 13th, St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated in Sweden.


  • Marley– – Once a business associate of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the ghost of Jacob. Marley urged the miser to change his ways in the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.
  • Max — The Grinch’s canine companion. One of the most pup-ular Christmas dog names!
  • Meggle — A word which describes slogging through the snow.
  • Mistletoe — The perfect moniker for the pooch who loves to smooch!
  • Mittens — You can name a fur baby who warms your heart after gloves that keep your hands warm.
  • Mitzi — The name of Rudolph’s mother in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie.


  • Narodzenie — “Christmas” in the Polish language.
  • Natal — The word for Christmas in Portuguese.
  • Natalia — A name which means Christmas Day.
  • Natale — The Italian word for Christmas.
  • Naughty, Nice — The perfect partnering of names for two dogs adopted together!
  • Navidad — The Spanish word for Christmas.
  • Neve — The word ‘snow’ in Portuguese and Italian.
  • Nick — As in Saint Nick (or Saint Nicholas,) a name synonymous with Santa.
  • Nieve — The word ‘snow’ in Spanish.
  • Noel Baba — Turkish for “Santa.”


  • O. Henry — The American author who penned the perennial Christmas favorite, The Gift of the Magi. (Did you know that William Sydney Porter chose his nom de plume in honor of his cat, Henry? Legend states that the writer would exclaim “Oh, Henry!” whenever he wanted the company of his feline friend.)
  • Olive — A holiday favorite among fans of Fidos, Olive, The Other Reindeer is a tale of a Jack Russell Terrier who saves the day by filling in for an injured Blitzen on Christmas Eve. The beloved children’s book came to life in an Emmy Award-nominated animated special.
  • Olaf — Why not name the dog who makes your heart melt after Frozen‘s friendly snowman?


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  • Pai Natal — The name children in Portugal call Father Christmas.
  • Papai Noel — The name children call Father Christmas in Brazil.
  • Pepper Minstix — One of Santa’s elves.
  • Partridge — An apt name for the fur baby who joins your family on the first day of Christmas!
  • Poinsettia — This festive flower may be toxic to dogs and cats, but its name isn’t!
  • Prancer — One of Santa’s reindeer.


  • Quilt — A cozy name a tail-wagging chum who finds a forever home during the holiday season.


  • Ralphie — Why not name your dog after the lead character in “A Christmas Story”? After all, you longed for a dog to love as much as the movie’s protagonist longed for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200- Shot Range Model air rifle.
  • Reindeer — A sweet name for your little “dear.”

Christmas Themed Dog Names Starting with S

  • Schnee — The word ‘snow’ in German
  • Scrooge — An iconic character who transforms from miserly to merry when he finally learns to open. his heart.
  • Scut Farkus — A bully in the holiday classic A Christmas Story.
  • Shèngdàn — “Christmas” in Chinese.
  • Shinny Upatree — One of Santa’s elves.
  • Sneeuw — The word ‘snow’ in Dutch.
  • Snerdle — A rarely used word which means to get cozy under the blankets in bed.
  • Snaw — A Scottish word for snow.
  • Snow — …or Snowball, Snowman, etc.
  • Sugarplum — Visions of sugar plums dance in the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and the Sugar Plum Fairy prances in the ballet products of “The Nutcracker.” Sugarplum Mary is also the name of an elf who makes toys in Santa’s workshop.


  • Tannenbaum — The German word for one of the most popular Christmas trees, the fir tree.
  • Tinsel — Although it’s a decorative element that is dangerous for dogs, it would make a festive name for Fido!
  • Tiny Tim — Your new barking buddy is a blessing in your life, Why not name him in honor of the Dickens character who said “God bless us, everyone.” in A Christmas Carol.
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  • Unity –A word that defines family togetherness.


  • Vánoce — The Czech word for Christmas!
  • Virginia — “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” You can say this well-known holiday phrase to your dog as you unwrap presents together if you name your new four-legged family member after the child who questioned the existence of Kris Kringle.
  • Vixen — One of Santa’s reindeer.


  • Wassail — A festive drink which has been immortalized in the words of the Christmas carol “Here We Come A-Wassailing.”
  • Weinachten — Add a dash of Deutschland to you dog’s name by calling him/her the German word for Christmas.
  • Who — Why “Who?” More than merely a pronoun, it’s also the surname of all the holiday-loving Whos down in Whoville in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Winter — A name inspired by the freezing season for the dog who has melted your heart.
  • Wreath — Perfect for the canine companion who will keep you wreathed in smiles!
  • Wunorse Openslae — The name of one of Santa’s elves.


  • Xmas — A abbreviated form of Christmas which dates back to the 1500s.


  • Yule — A 12-day seasonal celebration.


  • ZuZu — George Bailey’s little “gingersnap” in the beloved Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life.

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