Many pet names begin as a joke or a misconception, while others are inexplicably insulting to your furry companion.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 30, 2023. It has since been updated.
Dog names are fun to think of, especially if you are on a silly streak and want to go beyond generic names like Luna, Bruno, and Bella. Many pet names begin as a joke or a misconception, while others are inexplicably insulting to your furry companion. However, for pets and their owners, nicknames share a special place in our hearts. But, it is to be noted that there is a thin line between funny and insulting, so it is better if you think of a proper name beforehand. You do not want to name your rottweiler 'bubbles,' right? Calling a rottweiler 'bubbles' is both funny and embarrassing at the same time, and we do not want a 'man's best friend' to feel embarrassed when all they do is comfort us.
You have come to the right place if you are always googling or are out of creative pet names. Reddit user Sigma_Rho asked the veterinarians on Reddit to share some hilarious names of pets they have heard. If you scroll down, you will find a list of the funniest pet names given by other users, and maybe you can get some inspiration for when your mom allows you to keep a pet.
Had a neighbor once who had two massive Rottweilers and allowed their young daughter to name them -- Big Dog and Glitter. - u/ justGusCos
Someone once posted on Twitter that their mom took their pet tortoise to the vet and was too embarrassed to say its name was Voldetort so she told them it was Susan ._. - u/fooduvluv
Every year the Boston Bruins put out a calendar of the players with either their own dog or shelter dogs. One player was this big German defenseman who posed with his dogs, Wiggles and Bubbles Lollipop. - u/live_free_or_pie
My friend used to have a cat named Chicken Salad. He currently owns a cat named Grandma. - u/danimusRex
Vet tech here. Best one was a tiny little Chihuahua named "Bone Crusher." He was owned by an amateur body builder. Guy was like 6'4" and close to 300 lbs. Funny situation all in all. - u/youMightKnowOfMe
Wanker. A terrier mix who was actually pretty cool and not a wanker in any sense. Also a blind and deaf dog named Helen Smeller. - u/prettyButEmpty
Dog in my service dog class was named toast. - u/(delted)
Vet tech here, we did a minor surgery on a cat named Bastard yesterday. Nowhere near the top but I can't remember the ridiculous ones off the top of my head. - u/unusuallylost
Not a vet, but my husband named a feral tabby cat we adopted Alt-Tab because he'd make us switch from whatever task we were working on when he wanted attention or food. - u/(delted)
Saw a poster for a missing cat named Chairman Meow. - u/(deleted)
worked at a daycare, my favorite was "diogi" (d-o-g) - u/47h3157
My dog’s name is Bark Obama. -u/atreddit13
My personal favourite is a dog named Woofgang, which inspired me to name my cat Meowzart. -u/ubercanucksfan
I met a cat named Maybelline at the vet which I thought was a great name because it comes with a built-in theme song. Like someone walks into the room and says, "Who knocked over the vase?" And you sing, "Maybe it's Maybelline." -u/13707892
Not a vet but saw Lizard named Harry. As in yer a Lizard Harry. -u/(deleted)
I always wanted to have an animal named peeve so I could say "this is my pet peeve" - u/nmvalerie
Not a vet, but if any of the ladies from our vet place were here, they'd probably tell the story of me bringing in my sister's cat to be spayed. And I had to look them in the eyes and tell them this tiny, buzzing calico girl was named "Batman." As the lady behind the counter put it, "We've had a couple other pets named Batman. None of them were girls, though." As to why her name was Batman, my sister, who was in her 30's at the time, just insisted repeatedly that "Batman is a cool name for a girl." -u/AndoraAnaheim
I have some friends who have a cat named Greg from Accounting. -u/FriedPorkchop
I work at a vets, we had to do a call back for advice on a cat named Ballbag. -u/pippabeemine
My aunt had a dog named Bandit. Every year they'd go camping with Bandit and there was a family that always was in a spot near them. The family had this little girl who, for some reason, couldn't say Bandit and instead called the dog "Dammit". - u/tappytapper
Not a vet, but work at a vet clinic (kennel worker). We had two dogs come in named "Peanut Butter" (male) and "Butter Cookie" (female). Both responded exclusively to "Butter." Another time, we had a mean pom named "Puppylove." -u/chernoushka
This has inspired me to name a dog Johann Sebastian Bark. -u/Gizholm
Our cat's name is Feline Dion. We would've named her Meowdona had we known what a diva she was going to be. -u/twitchy_taco
Not a Vet, but I do work with animals. We had a dog named Lunchbox. Still can’t get over that. - u/yumyummers
my aunt and uncle used to have a lovely white cat named Dumptruck. i miss Dumptruck -u/bigblackkittie