The 10 Best German Shepherd Dog Names

Written by Kristin Hitchcock
Updated: July 24, 2023
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Congrats on your new German Shepherd!

New dogs can be a ton of fun. However, there is a lot you have to do right after adopting a dog. You have to purchase everything your dog needs, get your dog used to its new home, and pick out a name.

Choosing a name may seem like the easiest of this list. However, it can be challenging. There are so many options out there, and you can only pick one.

Below, we’ve picked out ten of our favorite German Shepherd names so that you can choose the perfect one for your pooch.

1. Axel

Axel means “father of peace.” It’s perfect for a gentle, calm German Shepherd. It’s even from Germany, which matches the breed’s heritage. This name reflects the dog’s ability to be a protective guardian and keep the peace.

2. Bella

Bella is a name that means “beautiful,” and we can all agree that German Shepherds are good-looking dogs. This name is perfect for a female German Shepherd.

Plus, “Bella” isn’t easily confused with any common training commands. Therefore, it’s a perfect name for a dog that’ll be undergoing lots of training.

3. Chase

German Shepherds tend to be extremely energetic, loving to chase just about anything. Therefore, the name Chase can be very suitable, especially for dogs on the hyper end of the spectrum.

You can use this name for both males and females, as well.

4. Duke

Duke is perfect for the regal German Shepherd. Many of these canines are noble and dignified, so Duke usually fits them well.

Furthermore, Duke also has a strong masculine sound, making it perfect for these imposing dogs.

5. Elsa

Elsa means “sworn to God,” making it ideal for loyal German Shepherds. These dogs bond closely with their owners, so it is hard to find a more fitting name. Plus, Elsa has a feminine ring to it that most other names on this list do not.

6. Fritz

Fritz is an uncommon name, making it perfect for those that don’t want their dog’s name to be shared by others. Plus, this name means “peaceful leader,” – which is appropriate for a German Shepherd.

Fritz also has an authentic German feel, honoring the breed’s heritage.

7. Greta

Similar to Fritz, but for a female dog. Greta is a rare, authentic German name that means “pearl.” It expresses the German Shepherd’s grace and charm. Plus, it complements the breed’s appearance and personality.

8. Hulk

German Shepherds are big, powerful dogs. Therefore, it makes sense to give them a powerful name like Hulk. It complements their physical abilities, especially if your dog is on the larger side.

Plus, Hulk is fitting without being too serious. It’s a fun name for a fun dog.

9. Ivy

The Ivy plant represents friendship, making it a great option for German Shepherds. These canines are known for being very loyal and affectionate. Therefore, this name is perfect for those that are looking for something a little bit different.

10. Juno

Juno is derived from the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth, who also protected women. This name is perfect for the protective German Shepherd. It’s also a rarer name, so you don’t have to worry about meeting another dog with it.

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About the Author

Kristin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering dogs, cats, fish, and other pets. She has been an animal writer for seven years, writing for top publications on everything from chinchilla cancer to the rise of designer dogs. She currently lives in Tennessee with her cat, dogs, and two children. When she isn't writing about pets, she enjoys hiking and crocheting.

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