Stray Dogs: Name Ideas for Stray, Found or Rescued Dogs

name ideas for stray dogs
name ideas for stray dogs

Are you looking for that perfect dog name that just fits your dog that was rescued? Naming a dog can be difficult.

One way many pet owners do it is to look for a name that goes with your dog’s personality, physical characteristic or maybe even how he is found. Do you have a stray? Or did you rescue a dog? Here are some names ideas for dogs that were found, rescued and stray dogs.

Some strays are named for the street where they were found or the community where they were found. For example, I know a dog named “Bethel” because he was found on “Bethel road” and another dog named “Franklin” because he was found wandering in “Franklin County”. Another common way is by the day of the week that you found the dog – I know a dog named “Friday” that was found on a Friday.

I hope this helps you find the perfect name for your dog!

Do you have any suggestions for additional traits or dog names? Comment below with your dog name ideas and we will try to add them to our dog name list!


Dog names for strays or rescued dogs

  • Angel
  • Bones (thin/skinny when found)
  • Buddy
  • Bum
  • Chance – because he got a second chance at life
  • Dara – which means “gift” in Bulgarian language
  • Destiny – it was destiny to find this pooch
  • Grace
  • Glory
  • Gulliver …And yes, Gulliver did travel…
  • Heaven (you found a little piece of Heaven)
  • Hobo
  • Hope
  • Impulse – dog was love at first sight – an impulse.
  • Journey (dog was on a journey that led to you)
  • Keeper
  • Kisa – an acronym for Knight In Shining Armour
  • Kayle – means faithful dog in Hebrew
  • Kismit which means fate
  • Kaffey
  • Loner
  • Lucky
  • Malachi meaning a special messenger from God
  • Main Street (found on Main Street)
  • Mutta
  • Nuisance
  • Paycheck – started costing us our paycheck
  • Pest
  • Percy, short for Perseverance
  • Podunk -found out in the middle of nowhere
  • Pooka means good luck charm.
  • Retread – found in an old tire along the road
  • Ruckus (he crated a Ruckus when he got home)
  • Scarey – scared little dog
  • Scruffy
  • Snafu
  • Sparkle – because she gave my husband a sparkle in his eye
  • Sweetie
  • Tramp
  • Treasure
  • Tuesday – found on that day of the week
  • Vader -short for “Invader”


Doesn’t matter how or what you would like to name your dog, we have the perfect name for you. Are you looking for a dog name to go with personality traits such as independent dogsplayful dogsfunny dogscute or beautiful dogsloving dogssweet dogsbig dogs or dogs with big personalitiessmall dogsaggressive dogs or good watch dogssmart dogsnot so smart dogsstrong dogsfast dogsornery dogs, or talkative dogs?  

Or are you looking for a name your dog based on his hair coat color or type such as he is whiteyellow,  red or brownsilver or greyblackblack and whitespottedwrinkled or a fluffy dog. Check out the links associated with any of those words and get our list! We have the perfect name for your dog!

Here is even a list of over 1200 common dog names. Or maybe you just want to look for an unusual dog name. How about cool dog names? We have tons of those!

Do you want to know what the most common dog names mean? Learn about the “meaning” behind common Male dog names and Female dog names.