Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog breed in the United States for nearly thirty years, according to the AKC, so it’s no wonder that “Labrador names” is a frequent search inquiry! Labs are intelligent, friendly, loving, and adorable. Is it possible to find a name that reflects all those qualities and more?
In a word, yes!
But there may be several contenders for perfect Labrador Retriever names. Coming up in this article, we have compiled lists of awesome Labrador names specifically for certain characteristics, such as black Lab names, yellow Lab names, chocolate Lab names, male or female Lab names, as well as names with a variety of inspirations.
Our Favorite Labrador Names
Our fifty favorite Labrador Retriever names for 2019 cover a variety inspired by our lists for black Lab names, chocolate Lab names, unique Labrador names, and more, are:
- Lil Lady
Best Labrador Retriever Names
Labradors are pretty awesome. They’re friendly, smart, playful, hard workers, and fantastic companion animals.
They’re also known for their lovable personalities.
Oh, and the fact that they’re so cute at every age!
It’s only natural to want to name your Lab something that reflects one of her fantastic qualities. You may want a name that references her beautiful chocolate coat, or how cute she was as a puppy, or maybe even her annoying-but-still-adorable habit of trying to help you in the garden by digging up every plant, whether it’s a weed or not.
Regardless of what type of Lab you have, we’re confident that you will find the perfect name somewhere here on this list. In fact, the main problem may be deciding which one of your own top ten best fits your pup!
Female Lab Names
For Lab names for girls, we’ve taken inspiration from the Lab’s wonderful character. These female Lab names are great whether you’ve brought home a female Lab puppy, or you’re adopting a full grown lady Lab.
Take a look at our top female Lab names right here!
- Cass (short for Cassidy)
Male Labrador Names
Boy Lab names may reference exactly how handsome and spirited your Lab is. Or it could be a funny reference to his sense of humor!
Here are some of our favorite choices for personality-filled options.
Good Labrador Names
Every dog is a good dog, right? And good dogs deserve good names!
If you have a good dog (and of course you do), you’ll probably want to consider some of these options.
Chocolate Lab Names
Chocolate is one of the three primary coat colors (the other two are yellow and black) according to the official breed standard.
These chocolate Lab names strive to capture how lovely a chocolate brown Labrador can be in all varieties of shade.
- Jasper (a gemstone)
Yellow Lab Names
The golden coat color some Labradors show off is a color on the spectrum of the yellow Lab, as is the fox red Labrador (learn more about Labrador coat color genetics here).
More recently we’ve also begun to see more Goldadors, a hybrid dog breed. Puppies have one Labrador parent and one Golden Retriever parent. Yellow Lab names may work very well for this mix, as well!
These yellow Lab names can help you express your love for the beauty of your golden pup’s unique coat.
- Angelfood Cake
Fox Red Labrador Names
The fox red Labrador is truly one of the most unique and beautiful of all the Labrador coat colors.
What is most interesting is that the fox red coat color isn’t actually considered “red,” per se, but rather is actually one variation out of the many shades contained within the yellow coat color spectrum.
Choose one of these, or let this list inspire you to find your own perfect name for your fox red Lab.
- Zinny (short for Zinnia)
- Chrissy (short for Chrysanthemum)
- Bryce (after Bryce Canyon National park red rock formations)
White Labrador Names
These choices for both males and females can help you capture your white Lab’s rare and stunningly beautiful coat color.
- White Star
- Ametrine (a lavender-white stone)
- (White) Knight
Black Lab Names
Did you know that black was initially the most favored coat color for Labrador dogs?
Today, of course, everyone has their opinion on this lively topic and there are more coat colors than ever before to choose from. Meanwhile, when it comes to finding a great moniker, you’ll surely want to look at some specifically black Lab names!
If you are seeking the perfect black Lab names, one of these might be the lucky winner.
- Taz (short for Tasmanite, a black mineral)
- Spinel (a black stone)
- Drusy (a black crystal stone)
- Hema (short for Hematite)
Cool Labrador Names
Reaching into different cultures and languages can yield neat ideas such as these cool English and Indian dog names for female Labradors and male Labradors.
- Amee (beloved)
- Bella (beautiful)
- Candace (queen mother)
- Diane (heavenly)
- Evangenline (good news)
- Maximus (greatest)
- Kwan (strong)
- Benedict (blessed)
- Constant (steadfast)
- Hugo (smart)
- Sai (divine)
- Baba (teacher)
- Arjun (honor)
- Kabir (great)
- Raj (king)
- Anika (grace)
- Chanda (moon)
- Jaya (victory)
- Keya (flower)
- Mirai (miracle)
Cute Labrador Names
These cute monikers aim to capture that all-too-brief puppy cuteness while still making room for the big adult dog that has yet to appear.
- Lil Lady
- Saffy (short for Saffron)
- Silly Putty
- Mr. Chips
Unique Lab Names
Learning more about Labrador breed development is a great way to brainstorm unique Labrador dog names with interesting, significant meanings.
These names are all inspired by the Labrador’s early breed development and history and the people and pups who contributed to that history.
- Night Light
Also, be sure to take a look at this list of even more unique dog names.
Famous Labrador Names
When you share your life with a Labrador, or any other kind of dog, there is no doubt who the celebrity is in your household.
And this is true even for “real” celebrities whose Labs are front and center in their lives as well.
Here is naming inspiration from some famous Labrador owners and their pups.
- Flossie (Drew Barrymore)
- Jackson (Dick Cheney)
- Dave (Dick Cheney)
- Buddy (Bill Clinton)
- Seamus (Bill Clinton)
- Bubba (Minnie Driver)
- Marley (Edie Falco)
- Rex (Sarah Maclachlan)
- Luca (MaryKate Olsen)
- Holden (Gwyneth Paltrow)
- Roger (Steve Martin)
- Esmerelda (Anne Hathaway)
- Rosello (Hulk Hogan)
- Harvey (Prince Charles)
- Martha (Jennifer Garner)
- Spinee (Sandra Bullock)
- Oliver (Tommy Hilfiger)
- Waylan (Miranda Lambert)
- Koni (Vladimir Putin)
- Storm (Ben Fogle)
- Inca (Ben Fogle)
- Gustav (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- Endal (Royal Navy Officer Allen Parton)
- Spike (canine star of “Old Yeller”)
- Saddie (Lance Corporal Karen Yardley)
Labrador Names Summary
Naming a dog is an incredibly important part of bringing home your new best friend. After all, both you and your pet will have to live with that name for a long time!
And it can be overwhelming to face the task of finding the perfect name. On the other hand, searching for that name can be kind of fun, too!
Whether you’re looking for the best black Lab names, chocolate Lab names, yellow Lab names, or Labrador names based on something other than coat color, we hope you found what you were looking for here!
What’s your Labrador called? We’d love to hear your own ideas for Labrador names. Let us know in the comments below!
References and Further Reading
- Fogle, B., “Why do we love Labradors,” The Telegraph UK, 2015.
- Welle, D., “Coat Color Inheritance,” Blue Knight Labs, 1998.
- Young, J., “Best Labrador color: does coat make a difference?” The Field, 2016.
- Massey, J., “White English Labrador Puppies,” Snowy Pines White Labs Kennel, 2018.
- Kampo, Jr., F., et al, “Labrador Breed Standard,” The Labrador Club, 2018.
- Dollevoet, K., “Labrador Origins and Timeline,” Lorken Farms Labradors Kennel, 2018.
This article was extensively revised and updated for 2019.