Holiday Dog Names for Your Pup

Many families will welcome a new pup into the family over the holiday season. And one of the many joyful tasks ahead of you is to find the perfect name. Whether you’ve got a male or female puppy, we’ve put together a list that will get you thinking about the perfect name for your perfect dog.

Will any of these names make sense for your new pet?

Dog Names Inspired by The North Pole

  • Dasher (nickname: Dash)
  • Vixen (nickname: Vicki)
  • Donner
  • Comet
  • Kris
  • Kringle
  • Nicholas (nickname: Nick)
  • Rudolf (nickname: Rudy)
  • Klaus
  • Cookie (in honor of the treats left for Santa)

Dog Names Inspired by Holiday Cheer

  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Tinsel
  • Sparkles
  • Bell
  • Star
  • Jingles
  • Yule
  • Noel
  • Gloria

Dog Names Inspired by Hanukkah

  • Maccabee (Nickname: Mac)
  • Latke
  • Kugel
  • Dreidel (Nickname: Dre)
  • Olive
  • Flame
  • Blue
  • Gimel
  • Gelt
  • Menorah (Nickname: Norah)

Dog Names Inspired by Holiday Sweets

  • Sugar Plum
  • Nog
  • Cocoa
  • Ginger or Gingersnap
  • Cider
  • Sugar
  • Sprinkles
  • Chestnut
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon

Dog Names Inspired by Holiday Books and Movies

  • Buddy (from Elf)
  • Grinch (from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)
  • Max (from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)
  • Cindy Lou Who (from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)
  • Cratchit (from A Christmas Carol)
  • Scrooge (from A Christmas Carol)
  • Tiny Tim (from A Christmas Carol)
  • Elsa (from Frozen)
  • George (from It’s A Wonderful Life)
  • Clarence (from It’s A Wonderful Life)
  • Kevin (from Home Alone)
  • Hans Gruber (from Die Hard)
  • McClane (from Die Hard)

Dog Names Inspired by Winter

  • Frosty
  • Snowflake
  • Snowy or Snow
  • Crystal
  • Blizzard
  • Stormy
  • Whitey
  • Blanca
  • (snow) Banks or Banksy
  • Aurora


Keystone Puppies wishes you and your family a happy new year. If you’d like to explore puppy breeds, click here. If you want to get started to find your forever dog, click here.

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