Best German Dog Names
Since Dachshunds are of German origin, German dog names are great
way to name dogs in a way that reflects that origin. Most dog
owners want to find a unique Dachshund name that is original or
has great meaning. These words definitely sound German – even if
you don’t speak the language and are more uncommon that the
usual Struedel and Sauerkraut while still sounding
- Aufbruch: To depart or set forth.
- Biesl: An inn or small pub.
- Erfassen: To catch or understand, to get a
- Finster: Dark or gloomy. Use it as irony with
your happiest dog.
- Grinsen: To grin or smirk
- Hegen: To care for
- Ingwer: Ginger, as in the spice
- Irrsinn: Insanity or madness.
- Klauser: A test or examination (as in your
- Lieben: To love
- Lustig: Funny
- Marotte: Quirk
- Nahtlos: Smooth
- Prunklos: Modest or unostentatious
- Racker: Rascal or scamp or a rogue.
- Scheiden: To divide or separate
- Schiefer: Slate (stone), shale
- Schlaff: Floppy
- Schnapps: Distilled liquor.
Beautiful (pronounced Shern)
- Schwätzer: Chatterer, chatterbox
- Spiel: Play
- Stark: Strong
- Stein: Stone, flint, rock. Also a drinking vessel
- Teufel: Part of a saying that means “like crazy”,
as in it was raining like crazy
- Traum: A dream or daydream
- Urig: Natural or down to earth
- Vorbild: An example
- Zickzack: Zigzag
The most recent trend in German dog names, though, is to give them
“people” names. Yes, our pets are now considered “people” to us,
so the trend makes sense. Dog names these days sound like the
birth announcements in the society pages, full of Brittany’s and
Mikaela’s and Zachary’s and Ashton’s. Unfortunately, a similar
trend has taken place in Germany where German names for babies
have trended toward “softer” more Anglo names such as Joshua and
Jessica. There are still many interesting and unique German
names, beyond Siegfried and Brunhilda. Here are some German names with
their origin or meaning to get you started.
- Amadeus: German form of "God’s love"
- Ambrose: Immortal or divine
- Anshelm: Helmet of the gods
- Asta: From Anastasia
- Axel: From Sweden, also good for Guns N Roses
- Bernhard: Means hardy bear
- Bruno: Old German name meaning “brown bear”
- Detlef: Meaning “son of the people”
- Eckhart: From Old High German meaning “hard sword
- Elke: A nickname of a longer German name,
- Falco: Used by an 80’s German pop star, but also
a popular name.
- Fausta (female dog name) or Faustus (male dog
name): Rare. Also from a play by Christopher Marlowe.
- Fritz (male dog name) or Fritzi (female
dog name): Traditional, very common nickname.
- Gandolf: Not made up by JRR Tolkein! Actually an
old German name meaning “magic wolf”.
- Gorch: A form of George
- Hartwig: Means “hard battle”
- Hasso: Originally used only by nobility, a
popular dog name in Germany today.
- Jager: A German word for “light infantry”. A
version of this, jaeger, is a nickname for an alcoholic
- König (male dog name): King
- Königin (female dog name) Queen
- Nietzsche: After Frederick, the philosopher
- Oskar: The German name spelling of our Oscar
Meyer © favorite food.
- Sternchen: Means “little star”
- Tristan (male dog name) and Isolde (female
dog name): From the Wagner opera.
- Ulrich: A first or last name in Germany. Great
for Metallica fans (Lars Ulrich)
- Wotan: German name for Odin, the Norse god
- Zuckert: Means “sweetie”
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