400 Best Labrador Retriever Names that are Unique and Cool

Last Updated on April 16, 2023

Naming a dog is absolutely momentous. We all want to encapsulate our dog’s essence. When it comes to Labradors, they are a sunny, fun-loving, active breed of sporting dogs beloved by many

Here we have all the most popular and best dog names in one place. Whether you’re searching for Black Lab names, Chocolate Lab names, Yellow Lab names… You get the picture.

A Labrador sitting on a yellow sofa

Ready to find your puppy’s perfect name?

What’s a Good Name for a Labrador Retriever?

A good name is easily pronounced. You don’t want something overly complicated unless you want your dog to go by a nickname. For instance, Maximus could be shortened to Max. 

One or two syllable names are the best for your Labrador puppy because they respond best to curt sounds.

Also, pro training tip: don’t name your dog something similar to a command. It might confuse your furry friend when you’re telling them, “Kit, sit” or “Clay, stay”.

What’s in a Name? Famous Labrador Retriever Names

Arguably one of the most popular male Labs of all time is Marley. Many know him as the crazy dog from Marley and Me. He’s not the only famous Labrador Retriever around. Here are a few that you may have heard of.

Instagram-famous Labradors

In a world where social media is everywhere, it’s not surprising to see some Labrador Retriever dogs cultivate a following of their own. The most notable being:

  • Ace @ace__adventures – with 59.8K followers
  • Benjie @benjie1748  – with 85.7K followers
  • Bill, Emmy, Humphrey & Percy @mylabrachildren – with 119K followers
  • Hank @a_lab_named_hank – with 17.8K followers
  • Honey @honighund – with 27.4K followers
  • Radja @radja_official – with 340K followers
  • Junior @junior_the_copenhagen_lab – with 18.9K followers
  • Juneau & Behr @juneau_and_behr – with 56K followers
  • Kiba & Kona @kiba.kona.thelab – with 51.1K followers
  • Magnus @magnusthetherapydog – with 764K followers
  • Nala @dogswiss – with 72.5K followers
  • Sybil @sybbiegrace – with 13.4K followers
  • Yogi @yogibear_yellowlab – with 12.6K followers

TV-famous Labradors

Smiling Labrador Retriever named Magnus
Source: @magnusthetherapydog / IG

Here are a few Labrador characters that have graced both the big and small screen:

  • Brandeis – Sesame Street
  • Brian Griffin – Family Guy
  • Clifford – Big Red Dog
  • Krypto – Superman (Comics) 
  • Little Boo – Orange Is the New Black
  • Marley – Marley & Me
  • Spike – Old Yeller
  • Vincent – Lost
  • Wowser – Rascal 
  • Zuma – Paw Patrol

Celebrity-owned Labradors

You’ve heard the saying “celebrities are just like us”, but we’re sure their doggos are living lives even more lavish than ours. While we might not be able to give our family dogs the same treatment, we can find some inspiration from their Lab puppy names.

  • Buddy – Bill Clinton
  • Dave – Dick Cheney
  • Esmerelda – Anne Hathaway
  • Flossie – Drew Barrymore
  • Gustav – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Harvey – Prince Charles
  • Holden – Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Inca – Ben Fogle
  • Jackson – Dick Cheney
  • Koni – Vladimir Putin
  • Luca – MaryKate Olsen
  • Maggie – Ben Fogle
  • Martha – Jennifer Garner
  • Oliver – Tommy Hilfiger
  • Rex – Sarah Maclachlan
  • Roger – Steve Martin
  • Rosello – Hulk Hogan
  • Seamus – Bill Clinton
  • Spinee – Sandra Bullock
  • Waylan – Miranda Lambert

Celebrity-inspired Labrador Names

Perhaps you’re more interested in having a Lab named after a celebrity. Here are a few names that could potentially suit your new best friend.


  • (Justin) Bieber
  • Brad (Pitt)
  • Brooklyn (Beckham)
  • Blake (Shelton)
  • Channing (Tatum)
  • Drake
  • (Vin) Diesel
  • (Lionel) Messi
  • Neymar
  • (Cristiano) Ronaldo


  • Billie (Eilish)
  • Gwen (Stefani)
  • Harper (Beckham)
  • Iggy (Azalea)
  • Katy (Perry)
  • Lady (Gaga)
  • Pink
  • Riri (Rihanna)
  • Shirley (Temple)
  • Taylor (Swift)

Best Labrador Retriever Names

Adorable Labrador Retriever posing outdoor
Source: @04sugar05 / IG

What can the best name for this popular dog breed be? These dogs are dependable and kind, so we think that their names should be equally strong and confident. 

Whether you are after some female dog names or male dog names, you’ll find what you’re looking for from the top human names for your Lab below. We also pay homage to the Lab’s Canadian roots by adding a couple of names popular in Canada.

Female Labrador Retriever Names

  • Ava
  • Bella
  • Chloe
  • Sadie
  • Sydney
  • Lola
  • Mia
  • Molly
  • Penny
  • Riley

Male Labrador Retriever Names

  • Avery
  • Ben
  • Duke
  • Finn
  • Jackson
  • Killian
  • Henri
  • Mason
  • Sam
  • Theo

Labrador Names Based on Color

Chocolate, yellow, and black Labrador Retriever dogs sitting on the grass

Labs come in three distinct colors. Black, Chocolate, and Yellow. Naming your furkid based on its coat color is common practice.

It’s one thing we’ll be certain of, especially if it’s a new puppy and not a rescue. We’ve got both male and female names picked out for each category.

Black Labrador Names

Close-up Portrait of Black Labrador Retriever dog
Source: @inspawrationphotography / IG

Black Labrador Retrievers have long been associated with hunting. They are also considered the original color of Labradors. If you’re eager for a name that will reflect either one of these qualities, take a look at our top picks.

Male Black Labs

  • Dash
  • Hercules
  • Hunter
  • Kieran
  • Gunner
  • Night
  • Sarge
  • Shadow
  • T’Challa
  • Vader

Female Black Labs

  • Artemis
  • Coco
  • Diana
  • Ebony
  • Lylah
  • Maverick
  • Raven
  • Nova
  • Onyx
  • Xena

Yellow Labrador Names

Yellow Labs can range from white to fox red. The most common yellow is rather similar to a Golden Retriever, and we’ll start with those.

Cute yellow Labrador Retriever dog

Yellow is the color of happiness and often associated with the sun. Names for Yellow Labs should be bright and optimistic

Male Yellow Labs

  • Aubrey
  • Charlie
  • Champ
  • Cheddar
  • Fairfax
  • Leo
  • Merry
  • Sherlock
  • Sunny
  • Tucker

Female Yellow Labs

  • Avery
  • Blondie
  • Daisy
  • Glitter
  • Goldie
  • Buttercup
  • Pancake
  • Serena
  • Summer
  • Nyx

Chocolate Labrador Names

Chocolate Labs look good enough to eat, and food-related names work best for them.

But we’ve thrown in a couple of supermodel and designer names in there because Chocolate Labs are associated with the show-ring. What are show dogs, if not glamorous?

Cute chocolate Labrador Retriever dog

Male Chocolate Labs

  • Brownie
  • Cadbury
  • Hershey
  • Jacobs
  • Lucky Blue
  • Mocha
  • Snickers
  • Sable
  • Tyson
  • Waffles

Female Chocolate Labs 

  • Beverley
  • Brandy
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Cookie
  • Chanel
  • Jordan
  • Muffin
  • Naomi
  • Sierra

Fox Red Labrador Names

Smiling Fox Red Labrador Retriever dog
Source: @foxredmarv / IG

Fox Red Labs are striking and we think that they need some unforgettably great names. Here are a few that we’ve picked out for new dog owners who have no idea where to start. Hopefully, they give you some inspiration!

Male Fox Red Labs

  • Archie
  • Copper
  • Red
  • Ember
  • Flame
  • Jasper
  • Lava
  • Mars
  • Phoenix
  • Tiger

Female Fox Red Labs

  • Ariel
  • Blossom
  • Foxy
  • Peaches
  • Robin
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Scarlett
  • Venus
  • Vixen

White Labrador Names

White Labrador Retriever dog wearing red collar
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White Labs are simply gorgeous to look at. Whether your white dog is a male or a female Lab, here are a couple of popular white-themed names for your new pet.

Male White Labs

  • Albus
  • Blizzard
  • Casper
  • Frost
  • Ghost
  • Polar
  • Marshmallow
  • Milkshake
  • Twinkle
  • Winter

Female White Labs

  • Angel
  • Dove
  • Heron
  • Glimmer
  • Lily
  • Luna
  • Misty
  • Pearl
  • Tinsley
  • Sugar

Labrador Names by Nature

Six-month old Labrador Retriever dog celebrating its birthday
Source: @riverthelabradorrr / IG

Labs love nature. They love swimming, hiking, chasing after smells. They are hunters after all, and nature-related names are popular with Lab owners. Here are a few of the coolest names we could find!

Male Labs

  • Amazon
  • Bear
  • Cloud
  • Colt
  • Oakley
  • Jaguar
  • Rain
  • River
  • Sirius
  • Twister

Female Labs

  • Aspen
  • Bloom
  • Clover
  • Crystal
  • Flower
  • Gaia
  • Gisele
  • Meadow
  • Star
  • Willow

Surnames as Labrador Names

If you’re not too keen on having a human first name or a name inspired by color or nature, how about using surnames? We’ve got some great picks here.

Male Labs

  • Bowie
  • Carter
  • Jones
  • Kent
  • Kingsley
  • Presley
  • Russell
  • Scott
  • Tanner
  • Walker

Female Labs

  • Bell
  • Caron
  • Cameron
  • Evans
  • Jolie
  • Kelly
  • Lopez
  • Morgan
  • Murphy
  • Rivera

Historical Names for Labradors

If you’re a history buff or a fan of mythology, why not check out some historical names for your Lab? 

Male Labs

  • Augustus (Roman emperor)
  • Beethoven (Composer)
  • Cassanova (Author)
  • Dickens (Author)
  • Einstein (Physicist)
  • Goliath (Biblical figure)
  • Gulliver (Fictitious character)
  • Midas (Fictitious king)
  • Solomon (Biblical figure)
  • Titan (Greek god)

Female Labs

  • Ada (Mathematician)
  • Amelia (Pilot)
  • Cleo (Queen)
  • Guinevere (Fictitious character)
  • Florence (Nurse)
  • Hera (Greek god)
  • Jezebel (Biblical figure)
  • Joan (War hero)
  • Mary (Biblical figure)
  • Sylvia (Poet)

Literary Names for Labradors

Labrador Retriever dog walking in the forest
Source: @riverthelabradorrr / IG

Fiction is also a great source of inspiration, especially if you’re a bookworm. Let’s dive into what names our favorite books have for us.

Male Labs

  • Draco (Harry Potter)
  • Frodo (Lord of the Rings)
  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Jace (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Jake (Animorphs)
  • Jay (The Great Gatsby)
  • Percy (The Lightning Thief)
  • Pippin (Lord of the Rings)
  • Ron (Harry Potter)
  • Snape (Harry Potter)

Female Labs

  • Arwen (Lord of the Rings)
  • Arya (Game of Thrones)
  • Cersei (Game of Thrones)
  • Clary (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Ginny (Harry Potter)
  • Jo (Little Women)
  • Katniss (Hunger Games)
  • Lyra (His Dark Materials)
  • Sara (The Little Princess)
  • Tonks (Harry Potter)

Super Hero Labrador Names

Labradors are our personal superheroes. They comfort us when we’re sad, protect us from the baddies simply by looking imposing.

Here are a few characters in pop culture that you can take your cue from!

Male Labs

  • Bruce (Batman)
  • Clark (Superman)
  • Charles (X-men)
  • Gambit (X-men)
  • Loki (The Avengers)
  • Thor (The Avengers)
  • Tony (Ironman)
  • Logan (Wolverine)
  • Morpheus (Matrix)
  • Vision (The Avengers)

Female Labs

  • Carol (Captain Marvel)
  • Rogue (X-men)
  • Selina (Batman)
  • Shuri (Black Panther)
  • Storm (X-men)
  • Sue (Fantastic 4)
  • Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Hope (The Wasp)
  • Jean Grey (X-men)
  • Kara (Supergirl)

Labrador Names From Children’s Characters

Two cute Labrador Retriever puppies wearing their scarves

Another great source of inspiration comes from cartoons! Not only do they give us good memories, it is like having our favorite characters come to life. Some make awesome female Labrador names, while others are cool dog names.

Male Labs

  • Andy (Toy Story)
  • Baloo (The Jungle Book)
  • Donatello (Ninja Turtles)
  • George (Curious George)
  • Sonic (The Hedgehog)
  • Simba (The Lion King)
  • Toothless (How to Train Your Dragon)
  • Mickey (Disney)
  • Olaf (Frozen)
  • Pongo (101 Dalmatians)

Female Labs

  • Dora (The Explorer)
  • Elsa (Frozen)
  • Sophie (The First)
  • Jane (Peter and Jane)
  • Lilo (Stitch)
  • Marie (The Aristocats)
  • Merida (Brave)
  • Meg (Hercules)
  • Minnie (Disney)
  • Perdita (101 Dalmatians)

Cute Labrador Names

  • Baby
  • Bubbles
  • Fluffy
  • Lolly
  • Oreo
  • Pluto 
  • Pixie
  • Princess
  • Shaggy
  • Socks

Cool Labrador Names

  • Aries
  • Baron
  • Fluke
  • Rajah 
  • Ranger
  • Rocky
  • Karma
  • Khaleesi
  • Khal
  • Orion

Funny Labrador Names

  • Ducky
  • R2
  • Chewbacca
  • Ewok
  • Doodles
  • Gumball
  • King Kong
  • Meatloaf
  • Taco
  • Quack

Unique Labrador Names

  • Bones
  • Denver
  • Happy
  • Mustang
  • Judge
  • Jury
  • Pepsi
  • Polo
  • Quinn
  • Zelda

What Should I Name My Labrador Retriever?

Adorable chocolate Labrador Retriever dog wearing her dog tag
Source: @lolalol_labrador / IG

You’ll be using this name on a daily basis, for dog training, and in conversation, so make sure it’s something you won’t get sick of.

We suggest picking out a couple of names and sharing them with your family or friends and see what they think. Say it out loud a couple of times to test it out.

At the end of the day, it should be something you love!

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