Once used by German nobles to hunt wild boar, the Great Dane is a breed that’s been around for awhile, officially gaining recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887. Another interesting fact? The Dane actually has zero known connection with Denmark, despite their moniker.

Though they’re obviously a large breed, they’re considered true “gentle giants” with friendly, loving personalities—though Great Danes can be very protective of those they love. Plus, their immense size take the responsibility of owning one to a new level, meaning that it’s a commitment that should not be entered into lightly. We’ve rounded up the most popular Great Dane names of the year from our enormous database of dog names nationwide. Yes, these are real names given by owners, ranked in order of popularity. Did your dog’s name make the list?

Looking for a dog name for your new puppy or adopted family member? Have fun, use your imagination, and be sure to check out other ideas from our wide selection of dog name lists.

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  1. Luna
  2. Duke
  3. Bella
  4. Zeus
  5. Moose
  6. Thor
  7. Diesel
  8. Stella
  9. Athena
  10. Hank
  11. Lucy
  12. Willow
  13. Lily
  14. Apollo
  15. Charlie
  16. Max
  17. Daisy
  18. Harley
  19. Scooby
  20. Winston
  21. Jax
  22. Lola
  23. Pepper
  24. Sadie
  25. Gunnar
  26. Tucker
  27. Zoe
  28. Maggie
  29. Ellie
  30. Blu
  31. Zeke
  32. Odin
  33. Beau
  34. Harley
  35. Atlas
  36. Gus
  37. Titan
  38. Tank
  39. Cooper
  40. Brutus
  41. Piper
  42. Bailey
  43. Blu
  44. Maverick
  45. Molly
  46. Ruger
  47. Rocky
  48. Penny
  49. Kane
  50. Loki
  51. Gracie
  52. Nala
  53. Rosie
  54. Nova
  55. Bruce
  56. Cash
  57. Bentley
  58. Mia
  59. Louie
  60. George
  61. Murphy
  62. Lincoln
  63. Bruno
  64. Lady
  65. Fiona
  66. Kona
  67. Finn
  68. Buddy
  69. Henry
  70. Dexter
  71. Oliver
  72. Samson
  73. Pluto
  74. Harlow
  75. Olive
  76. Minnie
  77. Roxy
  78. Millie
  79. Ruby
  80. Charlie
  81. Callie
  82. Remi
  83. Bear
  84. Prince
  85. Leo
  86. Dozer
  87. Lulu
  88. Annie
  89. Pearl
  90. Gypsy
  91. Quinn
  92. Xen
  93. Sampson
  94. Toby
  95. Tux
  96. Raven
  97. Hazel
  98. Georgia
  99. Winnie
  100. June
  101. Phoebe
  102. Penelope
  103. Layla
  104. Mana
  105. Juno
  106. Sophie
  107. Arlo
  108. Ollie
  109. Waylon
  110. Sam
  111. Achilles
  112. Otis
  113. Jake
  114. Harvey
  115. Paisley
  116. Kora
  117. Belle
  118. Frankie
  119. Izzy
  120. Khaleesi
  121. Storm
  122. Duchess
  123. Harper
  124. Iris
  125. Ivy
  126. Bubba

Top 10 Female Great Dane Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Stella*
  4. Athena*
  5. Lucy
  6. Willow*
  7. Lily*
  8. Daisy
  9. Harley*
  10. Lola

Top 10 Male Great Dane Names

Names with an asterisk (*) are not in the top 10 for all dogs nationwide

  1. Duke
  2. Zeus*
  3. Moose*
  4. Thor*
  5. Diesel*
  6. Hank*
  7. Apollo*
  8. Charlie
  9. Max
  10. Scooby*

Via Pixabay/mtajmr

It seems that the size and strength of this breed has had an impact on the names that are chosen for them by their families. As you can see, there are a plethora of names that touch upon their power, including Zeus, Athena, Bear, and Titan. These names speak to the breed’s smart, independent streak and seem wholly appropriate considering their oversized personalities (and bodies!).

We also see some popular character-inspired names, like Scooby, Pluto, and Khaleesi, that show the fun and free-spirited side of this breed—and the personalities of the people that love them.

Great Dane Name Advice

If you’re having trouble deciding, keep in mind that wonderful Great Dane names can come from many different sources of inspiration, such as your favorite books, musicians, your favorite television shows, or even dog breed history. For example, your puppy might sport a famous author’s name like Jane Austen or a tv show-inspired moniker like Lassie.

Another consideration when choosing your Great Dane name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.”

Of course, what matters most is that the dog name you choose rolls off your tongue. The best Great Dane names will make you happy. We’re fans of the “backdoor test” for dog name selection. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: stand at the back door and call out your new dog‘s potential name. Saying “Winnie, it’s time for dinner!” or “Nala, leave it!” helps take the name out of your imagination and into reality.

Via Pixabay/mtajmr

All Dog Names, All the Time

As dog lovers through and through here at Rover, we find dog names absolutely fascinating, and we love searching our data on the topic to discover hot trends, quirky choices, and unique twists on classics. Over the years, we’ve compiled plenty of names for you to peruse—and we keep our lists updated with new data each year.

To start, check out our list of the most popular names of 2020, and then jump over to unique dog names to see the contrast. But that’s only the beginning. We’ve got articles covering top French choices, male dog namesfemale dog names, and popular names for Harry Potter fans, brown dogs, white dogs, Alaskan dogs, and many more.

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