The 300 Best Music-Inspired Pet Names (Dogs, Cats, and More!)

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Written by Sharon Parry

Published: June 10, 2024

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Choosing a name is one of the most exciting aspects of getting a new pet. Whether you are having a dog or cat to come and live with you or a rabbit or a gerbil, they will need a name. Even pythons, fish, and lizards will need something that you can call them. So, where do you start? The world of music can provide endless inspiration and the coolest pet names you can find. After all, who could resist a stick insect called Motorhead or a Rottweiler called Mozart? You could get inspired by your own favorite singer, band, or composer. But to get you started, we’ve listed 300 music-inspired pet names where you are bound to find one that you love!

Pet Names Inspired by Musical Composers

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Composers have the best names for pets.

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Musical composers make wonderful pet names. They have a sophisticated yet powerful vibe that suits larger pets. We all fell in love with the adorable St. Bernard dog called Beethoven in the 1992 film of the same name. But there is no reason why you should not call your goldfish Schumann if you want to!

1.Chopin

2.Mozart

3.Bach

4.Elgar

5.Beethoven

6.Wagner

7.Debussy

8.Mahler

9.Haydn

10.Verdi

11.Schumann

12.Vivaldi

13. Schubert

14.Tchaikovsky

15.Handel

16.Stravinsky

17.Bartók

18.Brahms

19.Puccini

20.Sibelius

21.DuFay

22.Glinka

23.Corelli

24.Griey

25.Bizet

26.Scarlatti

27.Gershwin

28.Lully

29.Franck

30.Prez

Pet Names Inspired by Musical Instruments

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Musical instruments have lovely names – just right for a pet.

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Going to music lessons as a kid may have been a chore but they can provide great inspiration for pet names. Some are well-known, such as the cello and harp. Others are more unusual such as the dizi or panduri. They all make great names for pets – large or small.

31.Banjo

32.Bongo

33.Cello

34.Dizi

35.Esraj

36.Erhu

37.Fiddle

38.Harmonica

39.Gong

40.Dobro

41.Yotar

42.Harp

43.Hulusi

44.Kalimba

45.Kantel

46.Lute

47.Lyre

48.Mandolin

49.Marimba

50.Melodica

51.Oboe

52.Ocarina

53.Oud

54.Panduri

55.Panduri

56.Pennywhistle

57.Picola

58.Pipa

59.Pungi

60.Rebab

61.Rebec

62.Sarangi

63.Sarinda

64.Suroz

65.Sursinger

66.Santoor

67.Sarod

68.Shehnai

69.Sheng

70.Sitar

71.Suona

72.Tabla

73.Tambourine

74.Timpani

75.Trombone

76.Trumpet

77.Theremin

78.Tuba

79.Ukulele

80.Veena

81.Viola

82.Violin

83.Whamola

84.Xylophone

85.Zither

Pet Names Inspired by Bands

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Music is a great way for you and your pup to bond so why not name them after a band?

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Try listening to a range of different music to find a band that suits your pet’s personality. Have you got a crazy cat that you could name after a rock band? What about a hamster with attitude that deserves a heavy metal band name?

86.Aqua

87.Winger

88.Surviver

88. Scorpion

89.Poison

90.Jet

91.Blondie

92.Cream

93.Bush

94.Heart

95.Anthrax

96.Keel

97.Vast

98.Jam

99.Snow

100.Skipknott

101.Rush

102.Queen

103.Phoenix

104.Muse

105.Snap

106.Metric

107.Lights

108.Genesis

109.Chicago

110.ZZ

111.Jethro

112.Creed

113.Crass

114.Mac

115.Blur

116.Ash

117.Nirvana

118.Kiss

119Boston

120.Wasp

121.Oasis

122.Wham

133.Crosby

134.Sabbath

135.Van

136.Halen

137.Floyd

138.Garfunkle

139.Purple

140.Crimson

141.Prince

142.Depeche

143.Marillion

144.Springsteen

145.Gabriel

146.Costello

147.Jackson

148.Priest

149.Slayer

150.Motorhead

Pet Names Inspired by Musical Terms

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Musical terms make unusual pet names.

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Music theory can be hard to learn – the terms can be confusing and they sound like another language. Often, they are! They are also beautiful and melodious words in their own right and this makes them perfect for pet names. Here are just a few of the ones we like best.

151.Adagio

152.Allegro

153.Andante

154.Aria 

155.Baroque

156.Basso

157.Bolero

158.Cadence

159.Cantata

160.Capriccio

161.Chanson

162.Chorale

163.Clef

164.Coda

165.Crescendo

166.Elegy

167.Etude

168.Forte

169.Fugue

170.Gigue

171.Giocoso

172.Glissando

173.Harmony

174.Jig.

175.Largo

176.Legato

177.Leggiero

178.Lento

179.Libretto

180.Madrigal

181.Mazurka

182.Mezzo 

183.Minuet

184.Octet

185.Opus

186.Partita

187.Più 

188.Poco

198.Presto

199.Requiem

200.Rococo

201.Rondo

202.Rubato

203.Scherzo

204.Sonata

205.Spiccato 

206.Tempo 

207.Toccata

208.Tremolo

209. Trill

210.Vivace

Country Music-Inspired Pet Names

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Country music artists names are very popular for pets!

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The genre is massively popular and a worldwide industry. Not only is its popularity increasing in the U.S., the same is true for other countries such as the U.K. Streaming of country stars rose by almost 50% between 2020 and 2022. Where better to look for music-related inspiration for your new pet’s name?

211. Brooks

212.Chesney

213.Diffie

214.Conway

215.Hank

216.Buck

217.Travis

218.Lachlan

219.Clint

220.Willie

221.Merle

222.Faith

223.Tanya

224.Dolly

225.Trisha

226.Miranda

227.Tammy

228.Rosanne

229.Patsy

230.Bobbie

231.Dottie

232. Emmylou

233.Connie

234.Danielle

235.Shania

Rap Music Inspired Pet Names

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Rap artists have imaginative names that could be used for your pet.

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If you choose a rap artist to name your pet after, the imaginative bit has already been done for you. These guys put a lot of effort into choosing amazing names so why not take advantage?

236. Eminem

237.Apollo

238.Bronson

239.Busta

240.CeeLo

241.Biggie

242.Cole

243.Cudi

244.Cypress

245.Drake

246.Diddy

247.Dre

248.Fiddy

249.Flash

250.Gambino

251.Griff

252.Gucci

253.Herc

254.Jeezy

255.Kanye

256.Khaled

257.Kodak

258.Luda

259.Malone

260.Prez

261.Royce

262.Tupac

263.Vince

264.Badu

265.Boo

266.Cardi

267.Foxy

268.Iggy

269.Nicki

270.Queen

271.Pepper

272.Sugar

273.Yolandi

274Yo Yo

275.Eve

Reggae Music Inspired Pet Names

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Reggae inspired pet names are super cool.

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Did you know that dogs love reggae more than any other type of music? That makes these reggae artist-inspired names perfect for your pooch. But you can use them for any other pet as well.

276.Marley

277.Bob

278.Cliff

279.Admiral

280.Scratch

281.Aitken

282.Dennis

283.Roland

284.Marlon

285.Aswad

286.Cham

287.Beenie

288.Barry

289.Buju

290.Collie

291.Cidade

292.Daab

293.Dillin

294.Lorna

295.Nora

296.Ellie

297.Marcy

298.Aura

299.Sinthia

300.Josey


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About the Author

Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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