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What dog name to choose is something most pet owners start thinking about from the moment they make the decision to either adopt or rescue a pup. It’s a not an easy decision and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. Luckily, there are several ways to pinpoint the best name for your canine companion.
If you own a hunting dog breed like a Labrador Retriever, Dachshund, Pointer or a Beagle, naming your male or female dog monikers that mean “hunter” or “huntress” may be an obvious hunting dog name choice.
But, since it’s their instinct to locate, flush out, retrieve and hunt you could go for dog names that mean 'hunter'. Consider “Chase” meaning “to hunt” in French or “Theron” the greek word for hunter. You get the idea!
Or, how about hunting dog names inspired by guns and ammunition such as “Gunner” for your male hunting dog and “Berretta” for female dogs. Since guns are a critical part of their hunting experience these types of names are fun ideas for gun dogs such as Pointers, Retrievers, Setters, Spaniels, and Water Dogs (such as Poodles).
Perhaps, you prefer to hunt with a “Bow” or “Arrow”? Take it a step further, do you hunt for birds and waterfowl, how about “Fowler” as a dog name for a Spaniel? Other fun names pertaining to bow hunting dog names are “Robin” as in Robin Hood, “Hawkeye” or “Bear”.
Find inspiration for hunting dog names from mythology, television shows, nature, famous hunters and shooters, fishing, favorite book characters or movies, your choices are endless.
So, without further ado here’s our list complete with +150 name choices to help you find the best hunting dog name for your new pet to reflect his or her strong hunting instincts!
Are you ready?
We're going to start off with the current top 10 hunter dog names that you can name your furry friend.
A German Shorthaired Pointer
Of Latin origin meaning "one". A great pick for a dog that excels. It’s also the name of the German Shepherd canine movie star from 1938 to 1946.
A fitting and strong male hunting dog name.
Like to hunt with a crossbow? What’s more fitting than naming your hunting dog “arrow”?
Arawn stags from Celtic mythology and would make a badass name for your dog. Arawn was king of Annwn in Welsh legends and associated with hunting and dogs.
A powerful name for a game hunting dog. In Georgian mythology Apsat was god of the hunt associated with fish and birds.
The name of a skilled hunter in Greek mythology who was changed into a stag and later devoured by his own hounds.
The name of male deity of birds and animals in Georgian mythology. He’s also a patron of birds and fish.
Apollo, the god of hunting in Greek mythology.
A dog name inspired by astronomy. It relates to the stars, celestial objects, or outer space. It isn’t used much in the mainstream so it will make a unique male hunting dog name.
A male name of Greek origin meaning "master planner".
A great name for a big strong dog. Atlas was a Titan in Greek mythology who was responsible for bearing the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, a punishment bestowed on him by Zeus.
Why not choose “Bear” for your big and imposing dog breed. A great choice for powerful pooches like the Norwegian Elkhound or the Karelian Bear dog.
A great choice for your male hunting dog. Benelli is a firearm manufacturing company from Italy. Perfectly apt name for your pet!
Beau means “handsome” in French. It’s easy to say and it’s a perfect choice for a Weimaraner, one of the most unique and elegant looking breeds of the hunting group.
Describes a type of military attack and is a good name for a boy dog who is speedy and resourceful.
We love this name! Bosco is of Italian origin and is a very popular choice with dog owners.
Another good unisex name choice for your new pooch , after the female protagonist Temperance Brennan in the popular crime drama “Bones”.
If you’re looking for a cool name, you can’t go wrong with Boone. Boone means "a blessing".
We love Boomer for a dog name. It’s Dutch and means “gatekeeper”.
Great for a good pheasant hunting dog name. It’s of English and Scottish origin and means “small dwelling place, shed".
Great name for flushing dogs. It was also the name of a white Shepherd dog from the Disney film “Bolt”.
Blaze was the name of the German Shepherd Dog who played Rin Tin Tin in the 1950s TV show The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
Another favorite of ours and a popular hunting dog name.
A cool male hunting dog name that is strong and perfect for a Weimaraner or an Irish Setter.
A very popular name…. after all… he will also be your buddy! Buddy was the name of former U.S. President Bill Clinton's chocolate Labrador Retriever.
Bullet is an awesome name and fitting for a hunting male puppy.
If you’re a deer hunter, this would make a lovely name for your pup. Buck is also the name of an Alaskan Malamute dog, one of the dogs in the movie “Eight Below”.
A tough dog name for your male puppy – this name is bold, tough, and mighty. Great for Bloodhounds or a German Shepherd.
It has a nice ring to it. Great choice of name for a Spaniel. It means “hunter” in Spanish.
A great moniker for tracking dogs since you can’t really hunt if you can’t chase? So we had to include this name in our list of dog names meaning “hunter”. The name Chase, translates to “hunt”.
Another hunting word, in French it literally translates to “hunter”.
Do you hunt a lot with a spear? Cain is of Hebrew origin meaning “a spear”.
A cool name for your male puppy. It’s of English origin meaning “barrel maker”
Chevy is popular choice for male puppies. In French, it means “horseman, knight”.
A distinguished name for hunting dogs. It’s of English origin meaning “hill of the church”.
Best fit for good flushing dogs and sounds, well, dashing.
Is your dog hunting badgers? In German, Dachs means “hunter of badgers”.
Another cool hunting dog name and perfect for a Bloodhound, American Foxhound or a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
A funny or humorous dog name fitting for a hunter’s buddy.
Cool enough for a male puppy. It’s German origin and a pet form of Matthias.
An aristocratic name that oozes nobility.
A bird name perfect for dog breeds that hunt for birds and waterfowl. It’s got a nice ring to it.
Best fit for good speedy hunting dog.
If you or your dog have Irish roots, a strong Gaeilic name like Fiachra is a good choice of moniker for your hunting dog. It means hunter king.
You hunt for foxes? A great name for a speedy and sharp canine.
A fitting name for a dog breed used for flushing birds and waterfowl such as the English Springer Spaniel. The meaning of fowler is “falcon trainer”, it’s also the name of a locality on the Stikine River, British Columbia.
Great duck hunting dog name.
A great name for a fearless and powerful pooch.
The name Gunner is a boy's name of Scandinavian origin meaning "bold warrior".
Harbor has an attractive sound as well as an appealing meaning and image.
A strong name for sharp eyed dog possessing keen senses for hunting.
If you’re looking for a good strong name meaning hunter, then “Hearne” is a good choice. It means ‘mythical hunter’ and is rapidly gaining popularity.
It goes without saying that this is an awesome name for a dog. He was famed for his incredible strength and endurance, which later earned him his immortal place in Olympus. The character of Hercules has been the star of movies and television shows.
The perfect hunting shotgun dog name, holter means “hunter”. It’s dominant and strong perfect hunting dog breeds that hunt large quarry such as deer or moose like the Norwegian Elkhound.
Another dog name that translates to hunter. It’s of English origin and means “meadow of the hunter”.
Hunter, is the leader of the huntress names for male hunting dogs. Ideal for dogs that are persistent, energetic and like to hunt. The meaning of name Hunter is ‘the one who hunts’.
This name is sure to score big with German Wirehaired Pointer. It means “hunter” in German – perfect for a dog with good hunting instincts like the Pointer.
The word means hunter in German. A strong good name for a hunting breed dog.
A great name for a super-charged hunting male dog.
Nice two syllable dog name that sounds nice and strong. It’s of Japanese origin.
Looking for a sophisticated name for your male puppy? We like the nobility sound of Kingsley. It’s of English origin meaning "king's meadow".
A strong-yet-friendly name for a hunting dog. Its leonine associations suggest strength of character and physique. Leo is of Latin origin meaning “lion”.
What’s a better name for a hunting dog than the one that symbolizes an unfettered, free spirit? Think Tom Cruise character in Top Gun! It’s of American origin and means "independent, nonconformist".
The largest member of the deer family. Perfect moniker for dogs hunting for deer.
One of the best hunting dog names for you pup hunter! A musket is muzzle-loading shoulder firearm, evolved in 16th-century Spain as a larger version of the harquebus.
In mythology, Neptune was the Roman god of the sea. This Roman mythology name would be very hard to handle.
A preferable choice you like ancient Roman history. It’s of Latin origin meaning "stern". It’s also a strong fearing name great for a big hunting dog like the Weimaraner or the American Foxhound.
Nyyrikki is the god of the hunt in Finnish mythology. This hunting name sounds youthful, cutesy, and friendly, quite unlike typical mythological names.
Nighthawk is the name of several fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Great name for a superhero hunting dog that possesses strength and increased agility from dusk till dawn.
This name has nice ring to it, it’s an African name and means ‘he who likes to hunt’. A good choice for a Beagle "iconic" hunting dog.
A wonderful name choice for a Bloodhound. It’s of Greek origin meaning “rich”. Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld, the former ninth planet and a Disney cartoon dog.
It’s the Latin word for king. Your hunting dog named Rex is strong and sounds well…..quite intimidating.
Rundas is the god of the hunt and good fortune in Hittite mythology. If your ancestry is Anatolian, you might want to consider this classic name for your hunting dog.
A good name for a strong hunting dog. It’s of Hebrew origin meaning “sun”. Samson was, of course, the supernaturally strong who defended the Israelites against the Philistines and who was betrayed by Delilah.
An upstanding name for a “good scout”.
Short for sergeant, conveys authority and power.
Short and sweet. Sip was the hunting god often shown with deer ears and antlers in Mesoamerican mythology.
The name Sidon means ‘fish hunting’ in greek. The perfect Chesapeake Bay Retriever male dog name for the ultimate waterfowl retriever.
Tanks are big and imposing, just like a big dog or a big quarry hunter.
An Anglo-Saxon name, a tanner is a person who tans animal hides, especially to earn a living. Good choice for a happy and easy going dog with a gentle and sweet nature and yet possesses strong hunting skills.
The name Theron is a male name of Greek origin meaning "hunter".
The name Todd is a boy's name of English origin meaning "fox". A classic name for an American Foxhound male dog who are great fox hunters.
Name of Roy Rogers's horse. Also part of a gun (yes, you already knew that).
A male name of Irish origin meaning "descendant of foot soldier". It’s also very popular among hunting dog names.
A good name for a big hunting dog. This name comes from Greek mythology and means “defender”.
The name Thimba is a male name of Swahili origin meaning "lion hunter". A good choice of name for a large dog such as the Norwegian Elkhound or Karelian Bear Dog.
What’s more striking than thunder? Your hunting dog has a strong and powerful demeanor.
A Greek mythology name meaning "wrathful". A distinguished and weighty name for your hunting dog.
Norse god of hunting, mountains, archery, and skiing in Norse mythology. Your hunting dog has many skills.
If you’re looking for a quirky name for your male hunting dog, it doesn’t get better than this! Vosegus is the Gaulish god of hunting and forests; gives his name to the Vosges region in Celtic mythology.
A notable namesake for your loyal hunting dog and companion.
Wolf is of German origin meaning "traveling wolf" and who themselves are skilled impeccable hunters.
A good strong and cool name for a skilled hunter dog. It’s a weapon name, linked to arms manufacturer Smith and Wesson.
A rifle and an awesome name for a fearless and powerful hunting dog.
Wōden, leader of the Wild Hunt in Anglo-Saxon mythology.
Wolverine of course is the mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities and, powerful regenerative ability in Marvel Comic’s X-Men. A good name for an energetic hunting dog.
A cool dog name for a brave and fearless hunter dog. Wyatt is of English origin meaning “brave in war”.
Zeus, another great duck hunting dog name.
A Biblical name referring to hunting, fishing, and venison.
This military code word is a fun name for your hunting dog.
A soulful name for a female hunter dog. It’s of Latin origin meaning "nurturing, soul".
Military code name for your female huntress dog.
The perfect name for a female hunting dog. Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the moon in Greek mythology Athena.
A strong name for a good female breed dog. Atlanta was the mighty and fleet-footed huntress from Greek mythology.
An appealing choice for a female puppy. It means "law enforcer, bailiff".
The name of a weapon and a good hunting name for your dog.
If you can't have an Alpha dog male, how about a Beta dog girl? The name Beta is a female name of Greek origin. It represents the second letter of the Greek alphabet.
A beautiful name fitting for an American Foxhound who is generally very docile and has a sweet demeanor.
Great for a witty, high spirited hunting dog. This classic name is of Latin origin meaning “she who brings happiness; blessed”. It’s got lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea, Bee and Trixie. The name can be pronounced with two syllables, BEE- or BEH-tris; with three, as in BEE- or BAY-ah-tris; or, as the Italians say it, with a magisterial four, bay-ah-TREE-chay.
The name Beretta is a girl's name of Italian origin. Beretta of course, is also a gun, so named because of the Italian firearms manufacturer that makes it. And now Beretta is also a badass female hunting dog name.
The best name for a cute black hunter dog.
The name Brielle is a girl's name of French origin meaning "hunting grounds".
An elegant royal name for a female hunter dog. Charlotte is a girl's name of French origin meaning "free man".
A great name for a smart and beautiful hunter dog. Coco is a Spanish and French pet name. Most notably, Coco was the nickname of the legendary French designer Chanel.
If you’re looking for awesome mythological dog names for your female hunting dog, look no further. Cyrene was a mythical nymph and huntress who was beloved by Apollo. It means "supreme power" in Greek.
A colorful name for an adorable and energetic female hunter puppy. The name Daisy is of English origin meaning "day's eye". Daisy is now second only to Delilah among most popular girl names starting with D.
Simply the most beautiful female hunter dog on the planet! Delilah is of Hebrew origin meaning "delicate". Currently, Delilah is among the most popular Hebrew female names in the US.
A good strong name for a bird hunting dog.
A good strong name for a huntress female dog. Devana is the goddess of the hunt; the Slavic equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana in Slavic mythology.
Diana is the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness; the counterpart of Artemis, goddess of the hunt and wild. Twin sister of Apollo. Daughter of Leto and Jupiter.
A great name for a female hunting dog. Dali is the goddess of the hunt, associated with horned beasts of the mountain in Georgian mythology.
A trendy name for a very friendly yet skilled huntress dog. Dakota is of Native American origin meaning "friendly one".
An awesome name for a kind and intelligent female dog. Dixie is of Latin origin meaning "tenth".
A strong name for a lively dog who loves life, hunting, play time and is loyal. The name of Eva is of Hebrew origin meaning "life".
Perfect for a quick, agile, and intelligent canine.
If you want something really obvious.
Judy was the name of an English Pointer POW who served with the Royal Navy and was awarded the Dickin Medal in 1946.
A female name from Africa meaning “hunter”.
American small arm manufacturer.
A name from Africa meaning “last born” or “mother’s pet”. A good and cool strong name for a female hunter dog.
This one is obvious.
A very strong name for an overprotective female pup. A virtuous name with a long American heritage.
Mallard, great duck hunting dog name for a female puppy.
A trendy name for your huntress dog. Montana is a name of Spanish origin meaning "mountainous".
For the new dark dog joining the family, selecting a name that matches is always a safe choice. Nova, is a name that's inspired by the dark night sky but refers to a star showing how brilliant and bright it can be before returning to its natural state of darkness.
Neith is the goddess of war and the hunt in Egyptian mythology.
A quiet and subtle name for your huntress dog. The name has positive associations to the olive branch as a symbol of peace. Olive is of English origin and meaning “olive tree”.
Pinga is the goddess of the hunt, fertility, and medicine in Inuit mythology.
A unisex name, Ryder is an English surname meaning “post messenger”. Also a badass female dog name for your huntress canine.
For the beautiful female hunter in your pack.
Is your female dog hunter a Pointer, a Raider, a Trapper, or a Flusher? This Gothic name choice is perfect because of the tasks they carry out.
Because your dog is used to the sounds of shots fired, why not make use of hunting dog names which pertains to guns and ammunition.
Sable is a type of animal historically hunted for its fur. Perfect for a hunting dog with a warm, rich black color since that’s the second meaning of “sable”.
A cute name for a female hunting dog. Sedna was the goddess of the sea, marine animals, and sea hunting in Inuit mythology.
An outdoorsy girl name for your huntress dog. It’s of English origin meaning "scarlet, red".
An African-American name meaning one who is a great hunter.
Another fun name for your female pup and the military code name for S.
A strong historic and stylish moniker. Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece that defeated Athens in the Peloponnesian War.
A celestial name for your sports huntress dog. Stella is of Latin origin meaning "star".
A good strong name for hound dogs – great for roaming for scent and sight. Terra is a name of Latin origin meaning "earth".
A particularly nice name for a female pup that symbolizes strength. Trudy is of German origin meaning “spear of strength”.
A good strong name for your hunting and shooting prowess canine. The name means “life” in Latin.
A female name of Swahili origin meaning “hunt, hunter”.
Code word for W the military alphabet used in the military phonetic alphabet.
Xena is a modern fictional character, but she is associated with Greek mythology, her name makes a pretty sweet hunting dog name, too.
The ultimate awesome name for your female hunting dog. The name means “victory”.
Here are some tips on how to choose the best hunting dog name for your pup.
Choosing a hunting name for your fur baby is not an easy task— with many dos and don’ts, how do you even pick? Narrowing your search down to a specific theme can help, like dog names that mean hunter and hunting-word associations.
Once you narrowed down to a few options, see which name sounds the best, has a significant meaning, and how unique it's going to be.
And lastly, try not to give your dog nicknames.
They may learn to respond to these but it can get confusing to them and be less effective over time.