If you have arrived here because you are searching for Dalmatian names, welcome! We’re glad you are here.
The Dalmatian dog is just one of those dogs nearly everyone recognizes. Thanks to a certain Disney film and the breed’s own iconic appeal, to own a Dalmatian is to bask in the glow of a real canine celebrity.
This can feel pretty great – except when you are trying to select a name for your new Dalmatian puppy or rescue dog. Many new Dalmatian owners really feel the pressure to select the perfect name.
We aim to take the pressure off by giving you plenty of naming inspiration with these curated lists of great Dalmatian names.
The Dalmatian dog has a long and noble history as a guard dog for royalty – both human and equine. In days of old, Dalmatians were frequently found standing steadfastly while guarding royal coaches and their horses.
But as regal and reserved as these dogs can be around strangers, just watch what happens when a Dalmatian’s favorite people enter the room! Suddenly, all that reserve melts away to reveal the most boisterous and loving companion canine – no wonder owners love this breed so much.
Here are just a few naming tips we hope you will find helpful:
Be sure to pick a name that is short or can be easily shortened since you will likely be saying it a lot. Remember you may need to say your dog’s name out in public at the dog park or among strangers, so pick something that won’t leave you red-faced!
If you would like to name your new pup after a loved one, it’s always nice to ask their permission first.
Once you have your shortlist of Dalmatian names picked out, try each one out on your pup and take notice of which name seems to produce the most response – that might be your new name.
Best Dalmatian Names
Some of the best Dalmatian names come from creative name-matching with your pup’s signature black and white coat colors. Many of these names are inspired by actual Dalmatian firedogs who are working in firehouses around the country today.
- Jot the Dot
- Polka Dot
Female Dalmatian Names
These female Dalmatian names take inspiration from celebrities who have Dalmatian dogs – you will find the names of well-known singers, rulers, actresses, artists, writers, designers and many more.
- Valerie (Bertinelli)
- Ingrid (Bergman)
- Paula (Abdul)
- Annabella (Power)
- Gloria (Estefan)
- Beatrix (the Queen of the Netherlands)
- Sarah (Ferguson, the Duchess of York)
- Melanie (Griffith)
- Barbara (Hale)
- Melissa (Joan Hart)
- Susan (Hayward)
- Edith (Head)
- Marcella (Howard)
- Wynonna (Judd)
- Natassja (Kinski)
- Mary Ann (Krupsak)
- Maureen (O’Sullivan)
- Dorothy (Parker)
- Kim (Oondatje)
- Rosa (Ponselle)
- Connie (Sellica)
- Patricia (Sheridan)
- Ginny (Simms)
- Vera (Salaff Newman)
- Mary (Leakey)
Find more top names for female puppies and dogs here.
Male Dalmatian Names
These male Dalmatian names are inspired by famous owners, including actors, athletes, scientists, singers, designers, inventors and even military generals.
J. Paul (DeGrasse)
Michael (J. Fox)
George (C. Marshall)
Check out 200 more awesome male dog names here.
Cool Dalmatian Names
Did you know that black and white animals can gain certain evolutionary advantages from this color combination? No wonder the Dalmatian makes such expert protectors.
These cool Dalmatian names are inspired by both nature and culture: from cool black and white animals to equally cool human-made black and white inventions, you will have plenty of ideas to brainstorm after reading this list!
Browse through 250 more cool dog names here.
Cute Dalmatian Names
What could be cuter than naming your Dalmatian dog after a famous pup from that all-time classic, ‘101 Dalmatians.’ Enjoy these cute Dalmatian names that come straight from the story itself!
Find more than 200 cute dog and puppy names here.
Funny Dalmatian Names
These funny Dalmatian names feature even more fun puppy names from ‘101 Dalmatians’ and also share a selection of real-life Dalmatian owners’ creative name choices.
Unique Dalmatian Names
These unique and fun Dalmatian names reference popular sweets, games, cartoons, culture and another one-of-a-kind black and white things.
York Peppermint Patty
Pepe Le Pew
Enjoy more than 300 unique dog names here.
Tough Dalmatian Names
Dalmatians specialize in keeping things cool and calm, whether it is a nervous horse, a smoking house or an intruder up to no good. These Dalmatian names reference some of the coolest fictional and real-life firefighters who tackle the tough jobs to protect others.
NOTE: For names inspired by real firefighters, full names are included in case you like a name and want to learn a bit more about the firefighter behind it.
Jack Morrison (“Ladder 49”)
Tommy Corn (“I Heart Huckabees”)
Charles Levine (“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”)
C.D. Bales (“Roxanne”)
Michael O’Hallorhan (“The Towering Inferno”)
Vince Gillian (“Trespass”)
Wayne Grey (“Evolution”)
Guy Montag (“Fahrenheit 451”)
Frank Sullivan (“Frequency”)
“Bull” McCaffrey (“Backdraft”)
Gordy Brewer (“Collateral Damage”)
Kristin Scott (“Trial by Fire”)
Cindy Fralic (“Firefighter”)
Robert (John Burke)
For even more tough pup names, check out this article.
Fun Facts about Dalmatian Names
Dalmatians are many things to many people. To firefighters, the Dalmatian is a powerful mascot!
In the 18th century, people noticed that when Dalmatians hung around nervous horses, the horses calmed down. This was especially important during an era when horses pulled fire engines.
So Dalmatians began to run alongside the horses and easily segued into guarding both horses and engines. Their barking also served as the first “sirens” to let people know the fire truck was coming through.
Many famous people have chosen to keep company with Dalmatians. One of these was the very first President of the United States, George Washington, who chose to name his Dalmatian dog ‘Madame Moose.’
Congratulations on welcoming home your new Dalmatian puppy or rescue dog! We hope these lists of Dalmatian names have inspired your own creativity so you can find the perfect name for your new pup.
When you do choose your Dalmatian’s name, please drop back by to share your choice.
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“Soldier, Statesman, Dog Lover: George Washington’s Pups,” George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 2019.
Daly, Natasha, “Why Are So Many Animals Black and White?,” Readers Digest/National Geographic, 2017.