Pick One From the Best Gray Dog Names For Your New Pup

Last Updated on April 20, 2023

Have you just picked up a gray dog and are now looking for the perfect name for your new dog? Choosing a name that suits their color is a fantastic place to start.

However, there are many ways to describe your Gray dog, with inspiration from ghosts, mythology, or objects. Let’s have a look at some of the best Gray dog names out there:

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How do you pick the right name for your Gray, Silver, or Blue Dog?

Gray dogs come in various shades from Silver to Blue, Merle, Grizzle, Gray Brindle, Seal, Slate, or Pepper. You even get dogs with blue or grey eyes.

Sometimes these dogs are quite common, whereas other times, they are scarce and sought-after by dog owners. It all depends on their breed.

Looking at a Gray themed name is a great place to start when thinking of a moniker for your new family member.

Just be sure that you also opt for something easy to say, matches your dog’s personality, and has meaning to you. 

Of course, you will also want to consider your dog’s other attributes when picking a name, such as their country of origin, build, size and markings. 

Also, always try and opt for a shorter name that isn’t longer than two or three syllables. Words of one syllable are easier for training and your dog to remember.

If you want to go for a loftier, longer term, think of a shortened version you can use as a nickname for your pooch. 

Famous Gray, Silver, or Blue dog names

You could turn to pop culture when choosing a name for your dog. 

How about naming him Gandalf, after Gandalf the Grey from Lord of the Rings, or Buster after the dog actor that stars in John Wick alongside Keanu Reeves?

You might also call him Greystoke, after the Vicounte of Greystoke from Tarzan, Vader after Darth Vader from Star Wars, or TinMan, taken from The Wizard of Oz.

A Blue dog could also be named after one of the many blue characters in popular TV series and movies, such as Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, Dory from Finding Nemo, or Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

Genie, from Disney’s Aladdin, Neytiri from Avatar, Sulley from Monsters, Inc could also all lend their name to your dog. You could even just name your dog Smurf!

You might also choose a name for your Blue dog inspired by a famous Blues artist. Here are a few for inspiration:

  1. B.B, after B.B. King
  2. Billie, after Billie Holiday
  3. Ella, after Ella Fitzgerald
  4. Joplin, after Janis Joplin
  5. Memphis, after Memphis Minnie
  6. Muddy, after Muddy Waters
  7. Steely, after Steely Dan
  8. Winter, after Johnny Winter
Serious Miniature Schnauzer dog posing outdoor
A portrait of a Gray Miniature Schnauzer dog

The best Gray dog names

Various breeds come in a striking Silver or Gray color, including the Weimeranar, Poodle, and Irish Wolfhound.

Other breeds can have black, blue, or silver markings on their coat, such as the German Shepherd or Siberian Husky.

Names for your dog can be specifically related to their grey color or a more abstract moniker taken from mythology, your favorite book, or even a different language. 

Dog names that mean Gray 

One obvious way to name your Gray dog is by choosing a name that means Gray or Silver or refers to something that is Gray in color. 

Here are some Grey dog names:

  1. Ash
  2. Cinder
  3. Coal
  4. Carbon
  5. Dove
  6. Earl Grey
  7. Mink
  8. Dusk
  9. Dolphin
  10. Foggy
  11. Graphite
  12. Silver
  13. Slate
  14. Pebbles
  15. Shale
  16. Smokey
  17. Tinsel
  18. Wisp
  19. Anchovy
  20. Ember

You could also look at the word Gray or Silver in other languages, such as these:

  1. Grigio, which is Italian for Gray
  2. Gris, which is French for Gray 
  3. Haiiro, which is Japanese for Gray
  4. Myst, an ancient spelling of mist
  5. Argent, the French word for Silver
  6. Gin, a Japanese word for Silver
  7. Kesef, the Hebrew word for Silver
  8. Plata, a Spanish word for Silver
  9. Silber, a German word for Silver
  10. Cenzio, the Spanish word for Gray
  11. Grau, which is German for Gray
  12. Grigio, which is Italian for Gray
  13. Plata, a Spanish world for Silver
  14. Arian, a Dutch word for Silver
Angry young Yorkshire Terrier dog lying on the grass
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Famous Silver mines and towns, plus Silver rush-inspired dog names

Have you thought about naming your dog Mint, after the place where currency and coins are produced, or how about Nickel, Pewter, or Steel after the silvery metal alloys?

You could even choose a name like Scratch, a slang term used for coins. 

Alternatively, you might choose to be inspired by famous mines and towns that became popular during the silver-rush. Here are a few good names to get you started:

  1. Chico: Norte Chico, a town in Chili in the 1830s-1840s
  2. Comstock: Comstock Lode’s silver rush was in 1859 and spanned Virginia City and Gold Hill, Nevada 
  3. Hecla: Hecla Mining Company is one of America’s oldest mining companies. 
  4. Kaslo: The British Columbian silver rush of 1889.
  5. Glasebach: Germany’s Glasebach Pit is a silver mine dating back to the 1400s and is now a museum. 
  6. Keeley: Keeley-Frontier Mines produced 19,000,000 ounces of silver in Northeastern Ontario.
  7. Samson: Germany’s Samson Pit in Germany worked in 1922 and was one of the deepest silver mines of its day.
  8. Nasa: The Nasa mine worked in the 1600s in Lappland, between Sweden and Norway.
  9. Pitarilla: A Mexican silver mine that is the fourth largest in the world.
  10. Potosi: The largest silver deposit in the world is found at the Bolivian Potosi mine. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid famously robbed this mine, leading to their demise.
  11. Telluride: An area of Colorado with one of the world’s ten largest silver mines. 

Lunar-inspired names for Silvery dogs from mythology

The stars, moon, and magic can serve as fantastic inspiration for silver-colored dogs. Here are some names that come from the heavens or are inspired by the glow of the night on a full moon:

  1. Gleam
  2. Glimmer
  3. Glitter
  4. Sparkle 
  5. Shine
  6. Sheen
  7. Shimmer
  8. Stellar
  9. Luna
  10. Nimbus

Maybe you’re into Gods and Goddesses of the moon? Check out these unique names:

  1. Anumati: Hindu deity of the moon
  2. Artemis: The Greek goddess of hunting and the moon
  3. Bendis: Another Goddess of hunting and the moon, from Thracian mythology
  4. Elatha: The Irish god of the moon
  5. Jarilo: A shapeshifting Slavic god of the moon and springtime
  6. Kaskuh: The god of the moon in Hittite mythology
  7. Luna: The Roman goddess of the moon
  8. Selene: A Greek moon goddess 
  9. Meness: Latvian moon god
  10. Napir: Elamite mythology moon good
  11. Nyx: The Greek goddess of night
  12. Rathi: The Indonesian moon goddess

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Ghostly names for Silver or Gray dogs 

With Gray or Silver dogs taking on a ghostly appearance, it makes sense to give them a name that reflects their otherworldly looks. Here are some ethereal names and their meanings:

  1. Banshee: A wailing or screeching female apparition that foretells death
  2. Casper: The famous friendly ghost
  3. Mogwai: A Chinese ghost that brings harm
  4. Moroi: A Romanian vampire or ghost.
  5. Phantom: An apparition or ghostly play of the mind
  6. Shade: A being of the underworld
  7. Shadow: A spirit or ghost
  8. Shroud: A mask worn by ghosts or the dead
  9. Specter: A terrifying apparition 
  10. Umbra: A shadowy image
  11. Vapor: A cloudy image
  12. Wraith: An undead creature that is the soul of the recently departed
  13. Trivia: A Roman goddess known as Queen of the Ghosts who haunted graveyards 
Two Siberian Husky dogs bonding together
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Best male and female Gray dog names

While most of the above names can be gender-neutral, you may want a name representing explicitly if your dog is a boy or a girl.

You could also like the sound of a human name on your dog; they are, after all, a member of your family. 

Gray female dog names

Gray female puppy names are often a little bit mysterious and ethereal. Here are some of the top choices:

  1. Astra
  2. Aurora
  3. Crystal
  4. Dakota
  5. Eve
  6. Grace
  7. Griselda 
  8. Heather
  9. Isabel
  10. Jupiter
  11. Silverbell
  12. Lacy
  13. Leila
  14. Lilac
  15. Lyra
  16. Nora
  17. Olive
  18. Pearl
  19. Poppy
  20. Storm
  21. Sylvia
  22. Willow

Gray male dog names

Opt for a name for your boy dog that reflects their loveable appearance but also their soft personality. You could also look to the stars for some inspiration that is out of this world.

  1. Rory
  2. Bear
  3. Boomer
  4. Bruno
  5. Bubbles
  6. Chase
  7. Clay
  8. Cosmos
  9. Falcon
  10. Flint
  11. Floyd (meaning gray-haired in Welsh)
  12. Grayson
  13. Smudge
  14. Jupiter
  15. Lobo (which is Spanish for wolf)
  16. Maverick
  17. Mercury
  18. Orion
  19. Stoney
  20. Scout
  21. Sully
  22. Zane
  23. Dorian (after Dorian Gray, a gothic novel by Oscar Wilde)
  24. Poupon (after Grey Poupon, a type of mustard)
Big blue Poodle dog lying outside playing a ball
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The best Blue dog names

Blue dogs can have a light, pale Gray-Blue coat color or a darker, steeler, almost black shade. In essence, all blue dogs look like a diluted black dog.

Blue dogs come in large and small breeds and are unique looking dogs sought after for their unusual looks.

Dog names that mean Blue

An excellent place to start looking for your blue dog’s name is with words that mean Blue. Describe the various shades of blue or look for blue objects. Here are a few Blue names to get you started:

  1. Agate, which are healing Blue stones
  2. Azure
  3. Beryl, which is a healing Blue mineral used in magic 
  4. Blueberry
  5. Cadet
  6. Cobalt, the Blue color associated with the evil eye 
  7. Harriman, a lesser-known shade of blue
  8. Lapis, which refers to the blue gemstone Lapis Lazuli
  9. Sapphire
  10. Topaz
  11. Teal
  12. Navy
  13. Periwinkle, a Blue flower or sea creature
  14. Powder
  15. Royal
  16. Union, the shade of Blue used for Civil War uniforms
  17. Yale, the shade of Blue associated with Yale university
  18. Han, the Blue pigment used in Chinese imperial pottery
  19. Indigo
  20. Cerulean
  21. Lake
  22. Ocean

Blue-eyed dog names

Blue-eyed and grey-eyed dogs are highly sought after and very unusual. Blue eyes and grey eyes are also said to represent the seer or the ultimate expression of physical beauty.

Blue or grey eyes can also represent detachment or strength of character. 

These characteristics can help you chose a name for your blue-eyed dog, or you could also choose to be inspired by famous people who have Gray eyes. With this in mind, here are some top choices for a blue-eyed dog:

  1. Iris
  2. Arthur: After King Arthur, who had gray eyes
  3. Bourne: After Jason Bourne of the Bourne Identity, whose gray eyes change color depending on his surroundings.
  4. Draco/Lucius: The Malfoys in Harry Potter have cold, evil gray eyes.
  5. Gable: After Anne of Green Gables, who has gray eyes. 
  6. Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and his brother, Mycroft, have gray eyes.
  7. Sirius/Regulus: The Black brothers, also from Harry Potter, have gray eyes.
  8. Stannis: Stannis Baratheon, a character with gray eyes from Game of Throne. 
  9. Athena: A Greek goddess with gray eyes.
  10. Belle: The heroine from Beauty and the Beast has gray eyes.
  11. Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman, whose eyes turn from blue to gray when Athena restores her sight.
  12. Ivy: Ivy Carson in The Changeling has dark gray eyes.
  13. Katniss: The heroine of the Hunger Games has steely gray eyes
  14. March: Josephine March, in Little Women, has gray eyes.

Blue Dog names inspired by breed

Many breeds come in a beautiful blue color, including the Australian Cattle Dog, Kerry Blue Terrier, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, or Pit Bull.

Choose a tough or cuddly name for your Blue dog, depending on their personality and breed characteristics.

Here are some names for your Blue dog that can be inspired by their breed:

  1. Ajax: The Greek hero of the Trojan War and blue cleanser that is stronger than dirt. This name is suitable for a tough Bostie or Pit Bull
  2. Blade: Also an excellent name for a robust and tough breed
  3. Bullet: Only a silver bullet can kill a werewolf making this name perfect for the quick Greyhound or Weimaraner.
  4. Cutlass: A sword popular with sailors and pirates and the perfect name for a guard dog
  5. Ice or Icy: An excellent name for a dog breed that has patches of grey and white, such as the Bearded Collie
  6. Ryder: Tough blue jeans. This name would work well on any breed
  7. Saber: A heavy one-edged sword. This name is also suitable for tough, strong breeds.
  8. Shank: A short, sharp metal object often fashioned in prisons. A tough name for protective watchdogs.
  9. Spike: A projection on a weapon or sporting shoe. Suitable for strong breeds as well as athletic dogs.
  10. Speckled: An excellent name for a Merle Blue dog such as an Australian Cattle Dog
  11. Pepper: Another fantastic name for a Merle colored breed
  12. Comet: Ideal for a super-fast, out of this world racing breed
  13. Graybeard: Perfect for a dog breed that has a beard
  14. Inky: This is a cute name for a brindle gray-colored dog like a Boston Terrier
Portrait of Bully and American Staffordshire Terrier dogs
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Best male and female Blue dog names

The color Blue is associated with the ocean and the sky and thus with a feeling of tranquility, calmness, stability, and cleanliness.

Human names that have these meanings can also work well for your Blue dog, or you could opt for a foreign language word that means Blue.

Female Blue dog names

Female dog names can be inspired by the sea or the sky or also come from foreign words. Here are some of our favorite female Blue dog names:

  1. Sky 
  2. Misty 
  3. Fairy, from the Turkish word for turquoise – Fairuza
  4. Livi, from the Latin word from Blue – Lividus 
  5. Azul, which means Blue in Spanish
  6. Aqua, which means water in Latin
  7. Amrin, meaning Blue sky in Arabic
  8. Celeste, meaning heavenly in French, 
  9. Doli, a Native American name meaning bluebird
  10. Neelja, a Hindu name meaning blue lotus
  11. Nilam, a Muslim name meaning blue sapphire 
  12. Meena, a Hindi name for a blue stone
  13. Bluebell, a kind of flower 
  14. Mingan, a Native American name meaning gray wolf

Male Blue dog names

Be inspired by the sea or the color Blue and opt for a mysterious, calming name for your Blue dog:

  1. Bleu, which means Blue in French
  2. Oakley, which means blue sapphire
  3. Marlais, which means Blue in Welsh
  4. Neptune, after the Roman god of the sea 
  5. Montana, which is known for producing sapphires
  6. Hinto, a Native American name meaning blue-haired
  7. Yahto, a Native American word meaning Blue
  8. Kalter, which means Blue in Albania
  9. Sini, which means Blue in Finnish
  10. Zydra, which means light blue in Lithuanian
  11. Nilesh, a Hindi name meaning Blue God

What should I name my Gray, Silver, or Blue dog?

Purebred Weimaraner dog portrait
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Choosing a name for your dog is a privilege, and your dog’s coat color can serve as the most straightforward form of inspiration.

It’s always a good idea to spend some time with your puppy before making a final decision to ensure you have chosen the best name for their personality.

Have we missed out on your favorite Gray dog name? Let us know your name ideas in the comments below.

Further reading: Other dog names by color you’ll love

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