200 Badass Dog Names for your Tough Pup!

Puppy Names

So, you need some tough dog names for your new pup?  Finding a perfect name for your perfect pup is a challenge.  No need to worry.  Dog and Pup Town has you covered with this badass dog names list!  This isn’t only a list of Strong dog names.  We also have the meanings of these tough dog names!

Obviously, these names can be used for badass pups.  Naming a Pit, GSD, or Rottie, Beast makes sense.  But you can also use these tough dog names ironically.  Picture calling your Yorkie, Hannibal, or Beast.  What about calling your Westie, Jaws?  That would definitely make you stand out at the pooch park.  Regardless of the breed, these pup names aren’t reserved for just tough-looking canines.

Be sure to read the rules of puppy naming!

How do you know if a dog name is badass?

If it sounds badass and has an even more badass meaning, then it’s badass!  If you look at our names, then you will notice that the meanings are all Badass!  The foreign names with tough meanings are the best.

Badass Dog Names: Girls

  • Adena
  • Aella
  • Aerona
  • Aife
  • Alesta
  • Arma
  • Artemis
  • Astrid
  • Athena
  • Ayra
  • Banshee
  • Barda
  • Branda
  • Brenda
  • Brina
  • Caden
  • Cammi
  • Circe
  • Cora
  • Daga
  • Dara
  • Donovan
  • Elda
  • Elexis
  • Elma
  • Enyo
  • Erma
  • Evanna
  • Evin
  • Fera
  • Fina
  • Gabi
  • Gauge
  • Gesine
  • Ginti
  • Harley
  • Hera
  • Hilda
  • Ilma
  • Jerri
  • Jinx
  • Juno
  • Kara
  • Karma
  • Katana
  • Kelley
  • Kenna
  • Kerta
  • Kimber
  • Kylie
  • Lexus
  • Loba
  • Luana
  • Lupa
  • Mags
  • Makenna
  • Mercy
  • Michonne
  • Morana
  • Nikita
  • Nina
  • Nita
  • Nyx
  • Phoenix
  • Quella
  • Quinn
  • Radon
  • Ragna
  • Raven
  • Rebel
  • Ripley
  • Ritza
  • Rogue
  • Roxie
  • Saber
  • Sasha
  • Sera
  • Siren
  • Skylar
  • Sondra
  • Starbuck
  • Storm
  • Tala
  • Tappaa
  • Tempest
  • Thana
  • Trinity
  • Ula
  • Ursa
  • Valda
  • Vasara
  • Vigga
  • Viper
  • Widow
  • Wilma
  • Zao
  • Zelda
  • Zelma
  • Zemsta
  • Zeva
  • Zoe

Badass Dog Names: Boys

  • Agro
  • Ajax
  • Aldo
  • Alpha
  • Ares
  • Avalanche
  • Axel
  • Badge
  • Bandit
  • Bane
  • Barrett
  • Bash
  • Battle
  • Bear
  • Beast
  • Blitz
  • Bolt
  • Bomber
  • Bones
  • Boots
  • Boss
  • Brand
  • Breaker
  • Brick
  • Bruiser
  • Cane
  • Colossus
  • Crash
  • Cronus
  • Cuervo
  • Dagda
  • Dagger
  • Danger
  • Deacon
  • Donner
  • Durden
  • Eagle
  • Falcon
  • Fang
  • Fire
  • Fireball
  • Fury
  • Gator
  • General
  • Ghost
  • Hades
  • Hannibal
  • Hawk
  • Heller
  • Helmer
  • Hercules
  • Hund
  • Jäger
  • Jaws
  • Kevlar
  • Kodiak
  • Kong
  • Kurgan
  • Lancer
  • Lobo
  • Magnus
  • Mayhem
  • Mogul
  • Neron
  • Omega
  • Ozzy
  • Patrón
  • Providence
  • Pyro
  • Ragnar
  • Raiden
  • Rainier
  • Rawhide
  • Remo
  • Renegade
  • Rip
  • Rock
  • Sandor
  • Search
  • Slash
  • Sledge
  • SoCo
  • Spike
  • Stark
  • Stone
  • Stryker
  • Talon
  • Taranis
  • Taz
  • Thanatos
  • Timberwolf
  • Titan
  • Tracker
  • Trailblazer
  • Tumbler
  • Vulcan
  • Ward
  • Zeus
  • Zilla
  • Zod

If you saw some interesting tough dog names above, then be sure to check out their meanings.  As you will see, these names run the gambit.  There are a few that are actually foreign words with a cool English meaning.

Tough Female Dog Names A-C

Adena:  This name has the meaning of, “Fire.”

Aella:  She was an Amazon warrior that carried two axes.  This comes from Greek lore.

Aerona:  This is a Welsh name.  It indirectly means, “Carnage and slaughter.” 

Aife:  She was a warrior princess in Celtic lore. 

Alesta:  “Defender of man,” is the meaning of this Gaelic name.

Arma:  This name is the word for a weapon in Romania.

Artemis: Artemis was a cool Greek God.  She was also the Goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and the moon.  Her bow and arrow were legendary.  Her chastity was her number one priority.  She would become ruthless to protect it.

Astrid: The German meaning of Astrid is divine beauty or strength.  In Norway, it means, “godly strength.”

Athena:  Athena was the War Goddess in Greek myth.

Ayra:  This badass girl’s name comes from Game of Thrones.  This name also means, “Noble goodness.”

Banshee:  This is an Irish spirit that makes an awful wailing noise.

Barda:  Big Barda is a New God from DC Comic.  Barda was great at fighting and she was strong.

Branda:  This unique name means, “Sword.”

Brenda:  This is an Irish and Scottish name.  It means, “Sword.”

Brina:  A Slovene name that means, “Protector.” 

Caden:  This Welsh name means, “Spirit of battle.”

Cammi:  Cammi comes from France and means, “Warrior.”  It’s kind of cool and reminds me of Cammo.

Circe:  In Greek Lore, Circe was a witch.  She is the one that turned the men into pigs, from the Odyssey.

Cora:  This name comes from Greek Myth.  Cora was the goddess of spring.  However, her alter ego, Persephone, was the goddess of the underworld.

Strong Female Dog Names D-I

Daga:  Daga means, “Dagger,” in the Basque Language.

Dara:  This short name means, “Daring.”

Donovan:  This Irish name means, “Dark Warrior.”  It can be used for a girl or a boy.

Elda:  In English, this name means, “Old and Wise protector.”  In Italy, it means, “Battle maiden.”  Either way, it’s one of the cool badass female dog names.

Elexis: This name’s meaning is “Defender of mankind.”

Elma:  This is the girl form of the Italian name, Elmo.  Both of these mean, “Helmet.”

Enyo:  Enyo was the goddess of war in Greece.  She hung around with Ares, the War God.

Erma:  This name comes from the German word “irmin.”  Irmin is linked to strength and a female deity of War.

Evanna:  This is the girl form of Evan.  Which means, “Young and brave fighter.”

Evin:  Evin is an English name that means, “Strong girl fighter.”

Fera:  In Portugal, Fera means, “Beast.”

Fina:  This Italian name means, “Serpent.”  It also means, “Burning one.”

Gabi:  Gabi means, “Warrior of God.”  It is short for Gabriela.

Gauge:  Gauge is the size of the inner diameter of a gun barrel.

Gesine:  Gesine is a German name.  It has the meaning of, “Spear of Strength.”

Ginti:  In Lithuanian, this word means, “Defend.”

Harley:  The name Harley is linked to the bike, Harley Davidson.   There is also Harley Quinn from DC comics.

Hera:  In Greek myth, Hera is the head Goddess.  She is married to the king God, Zeus.

Hilda:  This name comes from the Norse name, Hild.  Which means, “Battle.”   

Ilma:  This cool name means, “Faithful protector.”  It is from Germany.

Female Badass Dog Names J-M

Jerri:  Jerri means, “spear ruler.”  This can be used for a girl or a boy.  The girl usually has the “i” instead of on the “y” at the end.

Jinx:  Anyone or anything that gives bad luck is a Jinx.

Juno:  She is the Roman counterpart of Hera.  She was the Goddess of love and marriage.

Kara:  This is Supergirl’s name.  Kara means, “Beloved” and “Dearest one.”

Karma:  Karma is the universe’s way of evening things out.  When you’re bad, then bad things happen to you.  When you’re good, then good things happen.  As they say, “Karma is a bitch.”

Katana:  Katana is a hero from DC Comics.  She is known for her martial arts skills.

Kelley:  How can this be a badass name?  In the Gaelic language, this name means, “Warrior.”  

Kenna:  Kenna means, “Born of fire.”

Kerta:  This is an ancient name that means, “Warrior.”

Kimber:  Kimber is a military and NATO handgun manufacturer.

Kylie:  A Kylie is an ancient throw stick.  This weapon was used by the Aborigines.

Lexus:  This just isn’t a car.  It’s a pretty cool name. This another form of Lexi.  It also means, “Defender of man.”

Loba:  Loba is the Spanish word for, “Wolf.”

Luana:  In Germany, this name means, “Graceful Battle Maiden.”  In English, it means, “Gracious Warrior.”

Lupa:  This Latin name means, “She-wolf.”  Just because of the meaning this is one of the coolest badass girl dog names.

Mags:  Mags is a nickname for Magnum or magazines.  Both of which are gun-related.

Makenna:   This English name means, “Born of fire.”

Mercy:   Mercy is to show forgiveness, even though you don’t have to.

Michonne:  This tough name comes from the Walking Dead.  This iconic character is a fan favorite.

Morana:  In Slavic Myth, Morana is the Goddess of death.  

Girl Strong Dog Names N-R

Nikita:  Nikita is a Russian name meaning, “Unconquerable.”  There is also a movie, Nikita.   This film is about a female assassin.

Nina:  Sure in Spanish this name means, “Little girl.”  But it also a Quechua name that means, “Fire.” 

Nita:  This name means, “Bear,” in Choctaw.

little dog rocking the shades

Nyx:  She was a legit badass!  Zeus even feared her.  This name comes from the Goddess of the Night, in Greek myth.  

Phoenix:   This name is based on the X-Men character.  She could destroy worlds in a blink.

Quella:  This English name means, “Kill.”

Quinn:  Quinn comes from Batman Comics.  She first hit as the Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn.  Later she became a stand-alone fan favorite.

Radon: Radon is a deadly gas that is radioactive.  It is silent and deadly, making it one of the craziest names on the list.

Ragna:  Ragna is a Norse name.  It means, “Warrior,” or “Strong.”

Raven:  This name has a few meanings.  In the Marvel world, it is the real name of the villain, Mystic.  As an animal, it is a larger bird that is black.   Some people believe that the raven is a messenger.  While others view it as a jinx.

Rebel:  A rebel is a person that opposes a government.

Ripley:  This name comes from the movie Alien.  Ripley was the female hero of the flick.

Ritza:  This name is from Germany.  It has the meaning of, “Protector.” 

Rogue:  Rogue means a few things and all are badass.  Rogue is one of the X-Men from Marvel.  It is also a person that is dishonest.  Also, this name is linked to going rogue.  Which means to do the opposite of what is expected.

Roxie:  This name just sounds tough.  Especially if you shorten it to, Rox.  However, Roxie means, “Dawn.”

Badass Female Dog Names S-T

Saber: Saber is a big sword with a blade that is curved.

Sasha:  Sasha is from Russia and means, “Defender of man.”

Sera:  This is a nickname for Seraphina.  In Latin, this means, “Burning one.”  It also has the meaning of, “Serpent.”  Talk about two tough meanings!

Siren:  In Greek myth, a siren was a girl hybrid that destroyed ships.  A siren makes the noise a police car makes.

Skylar:  Skylar means, “Protection and shelter.”  It can be used for either a girl or a boy.

Sondra:  This English name means, “Defender of man.”

Starbuck:  This name is taken from the kickass character in the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

Storm:  I think we all know what a storm is.  It’s a weather system that can cause harm.

Tala:  This is what the Native Americans called wolves.

Tappaa:  In Finland, this word means, “Kill.”

Tempest:  A Tempest is a wicked storm.

Thana:  This is the girl form of the Greek name Thanatos.  This means, “Death.”

Trinity: Trinity was the leather-wearing badass in the Matrix movies.

Strong Female Dog Names U-Z

Ula:  This name means, “wolf power.”

Ursa: Ursa means, “Bear.”  It is taken from Latin.

Valda:  This German name has a few meanings.  One meaning is, “Warrior.”  The second one is, “Power and Rule.”  Either way, you go, each meaning is badass!

Vasara:  This Finnish word means, “Hammer.”

Vigga:  A name from Denmark.  It means, “Battle.”

Viper:  This name comes directly from the snakes.  Vipers are beyond deadly.  Any snake is worthy to be on this name’s list.

Widow:  This name comes from the crazy spider.  The Black Widow is known to mate then kill.  This is also the name of an Avenger from the Marvel universe.

Wilma:  Not Fred’s wife.  This German name has the meaning of, “Will helmet.”

Zao:  This is a Croatian word.  It means either evil or wicked.

Zelda:  The meaning of Zelda is “Dark Battle.”

Zelma:  This cool name has the meaning of, “Divine helmet.”  Can you hear yourself screaming this from the backyard?

Zemsta:  This is the Polish word for “Revenge.”

Zeva:  Zeva has two badass meanings.  Zeva is the Hebrew word for, “Wolf.” It is also a name in Greece, which means, “Sword.”

Zoe:  This Greek name means, “Fighter.”

Male Badass Dog Names A-Bl

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Agro:  The meaning behind this Celtic word is, “Battle, slaughter.”

Ajax:  Ajax was one of the known warriors from the Trojan War.

Aldo:  Aldo is from Italy and means, “Little sword.”  This would a cool name for a little bad beast.

Alpha:  Alpha is the first Greek letter.  It has come to mean the top dog.

Ares:  If there is one Badass Greek GodAres the War God is it.

Avalanche:  This is when tons of snow, ice, and rocks fall down a mountain. 

Axel:  Axel Rose was in the band, Guns N’ Roses.  Back in the day, he was crazy.  The meaning of Axel is, “Father of Peace.”

Badge:  A badge is a symbol of authority.  Policemen have badges to prove that they are the police.

Bandit:  Someone that is a thief, is also a bandit.  This name also comes from the film, Smokey and the Bandit.  Bandit was the handle for Burt Reynolds’s character in that movie.

Bane:  Bane is a cause of great sorrow or pain.  This is also the name of a Batman villain in DC.

Barrett:  This is a German name that means, “Strong as a bear.”

Bash:  Bash could mean a huge crazy party.  It also means, to hit very hard.

Battle:  A Battle is a fight.

Bear:  Let’s face it a bear is just scary.  One animal that you don’t want to run into on a walk is a bear.

Beast:  A beast is a big dangerous animal.  A human can be called a beast.  This happens when a person acts like an animal.

Blitz:  A blitz is a type of attack.  This overwhelming attack is focused and usually a surprise. 

Badass Male Dog Names Bo-C

Bolt:  This name has a few meanings.  However, in regards to a badass name, it refers to the “Lightning Bolt.”

Bomber:  This is a kind of plane. Its main purpose is to drop bombs.

Bones:  Bones are the solid white material that provides the structure to vertebrates.

Boots:  Boots are footwear that covers the foot and the ankle.  They are made of tough material and are designed for protection.

Boss:  A Boss is a person who tells you what to do.  My current boss is my ten-year-old daughter.

Brand:  This name means, “Blade.”

Breaker:  This is a nickname for a person that loves to break things.

Brick:  A brick is a block made of dried clay.  Bricks are very strong and sturdy.  For this reason, they are often used in buildings.

Bruiser:  This is a person that loves fistfights.  They leave bruises on their opponent.

Cane:  In Italy, the word for dog is Cane.

Colossus:  A Colossus is something that is bigger than average.

Crash:  When objects or people smash into each other forcefully.

Cronus: Because of his history, this is one of the best crazy names.  In Greek Mythology, Cronus has a few family issues.  He is known for eating his kids and castrating his dad.

Cuervo:  This name comes from this dude who makes some pretty righteous tequila.  His name is Jose Cuervo.

Male Strong Dog Names D-G

Dagda:  Dagda was the name of the Knowledge God in Celtic lore.  He was the “Good God.” 

Dagger:  A dagger is a short knife that is designed to be a weapon.  A knife is meant to cut.  A dagger is meant to stab.

Danger:  This is a person or animal that can cause harm.

Deacon:   A Deacon is an ordained minister.   The name means, “Dusty one, or servant.”   President Carter’s code name was “Deacon.”   

Donner:  Besides being a badass reindeer, it’s a German word.  This is the word for, “Thunder.”

Durden:  Tyler Durden was the nut in the movie, “Fight Club.”  He took crazy to a new whole level.  There is a thin line between being crazy and being a badass.

Eagle:   The Eagle is a large bird of prey.   The Eagle was the Lunar module of the Apollo 11 moon landing.   This is also the Secret Service code name for President Clinton.

Falcon:  Falcons are birds of prey.  Their main victims are other birds.

Fang:  A Fang is a long-pointed tooth in animals.  It is used to rip flesh.   It is also the name of Hagrid’s pooch in Harry Potter.

Fire:  A Fire is a burning of flammable items.  This can be a controlled fire or a wildfire.

Fireball:  Fireball is a shot that you can get at a bar.  It is also a cinnamon whisky.

Fury:  Fury has the meaning of, “Violent or out-of-control anger.”

Gator:  This name comes from the alligator.

General:   This is the leader of a military.   President Truman’s Secret Service Code name was also General.

Ghost:  A ghost is a spirit of a dead person or animal.  They move effortlessly and defy logic.  Ghost is also the name of a Dire wolf on Game of Thrones.

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Tough Male Dog Names H-K

Hades:  Hades was the Greek God of the underworld. 

Hannibal:  There are three Hannibals that make this a bad-ass name.  One is Hannibal Smith from the A-Team.  Two is Hannibal Lector from the film Silence of the Lambs.  The last one is the military leader that lived over 2000 years ago.

Hawk:  A hawk is a bird of prey.  Their diet is mainly critter-based.

Heller:  A Heller is someone that raises Hell.  Seems like a solid choice for a pooch.

Helmer:  This Name means, “The wrath of a warrior.”

Hercules: Hercules is from Roman myth.  He was the son of a mortal woman and Jupiter, King of the Gods.  His strength was legendary.

Hund:  This name comes from Germany.  It is the word they use for, “Dog.”

Jäger:  Jäger in German means, “Hunter.”  If you know what Jägermeister is then you know why this is on the tough name list.

Jaws:  This is one of those tough dog names that has a couple of meanings.  The first is from the movie about the killer shark.  The second is from the James Bond movies.  Jaws was the name of an unstoppable bad guy.

Kevlar:  This name comes from the super-strong material.  It is used in bullet-proof vests.  This is one of the coolest badass boy dog names.

Kodiak:  The name of the ultimate bear that lives in Alaska.  It is the second biggest bear.  The Polar bear takes the top spot.

Kong:  King Kong is a movie monster.  He looks just like a gorilla.

Kurgan:  This was the bad immortal in the movie, “Highlander.”  He was the original evil guy.

Strong Male Dog Names L-O

Lancer:   A Lancer is a soldier that uses a lance.   It was also the Secret Service code name for JKF.

Lobo:  This is the word for, “Wolf,” in Spanish.  Lobo is one of the strongest badass dog names!

Magnus:  This is a Latin name that means, “The greatest.”

Mayhem:  When chaos breaks out and results in complete disorder.  In the old days, mayhem meant something else.  It meant to purposely cause harm that disfigures an individual. 

Mogul:  Mogul means a very important person who has power.  This is also the Secret Services Code name for President Trump.

Neron:  This is a Spanish name that means, “Strong.”

Omega:  It is the last Greek letter.  It has come to symbolize, the end of the final act.

Ozzy:  This name means, “Divine protector.”  It can also refer to the “Prince of Darkness,” Ozzy Osbourne.

Strong Male Pup Names P-R

Patrón:  If you are a drinker then you already know what this means.  If you are not, then it’s a brand of tequila.

Providence:   It is the protection from God or nature.   It was also the code name for President Eisenhower.

Pyro:  A Pyro is a person that likes starting fires.  The word comes from the Greek word for fire, “Pyr.”

Ragnar:  This name is from Norway.  It means, “Judgement or warrior.” 

Raiden:  Raiden is a name from Japan.  This is their God of lightning and thunder.

Rainier:  This name means “Warrior.”  It is from Norway. 

Rawhide:   Rawhide is untanned leather.   This was also President Reagan’s Secret Service code name. 

Remo:  This is a pretty cool name.  Remo means, “Strong.”

Renegade:   This is a person who changes loyalty.   This is also President Obama’s code name.

Rip:  For a badass name, Rip can refer to a few things.  RIP stands for, “Rest in Peace.”  It can also mean tearing something.  Additionally, it can be used to rep a riptide.

Rock:  Rock has two meanings and both work for a tough name.  The first one is Rock from rock and roll.  The second one is the hard natural solid.

Badass Male Dog Names S

Sandor: Sandor comes from the Game of Thrones.  Sandor Clegane is a beast from the series.  Fans will know him as the Hound.

Search:   This is when you try to find something.   Searchlight was the Secret Service’s code name for Nixon.  However, using “searchlight” for a pup name is weird.         

Sledge: Sledge is short for Sledgehammer.  This huge hammer takes both arms to use.

Slash:  Slash has the meaning of cutting something with a wide motion.

SoCo:  SoCo is short for Southern Comfort.  This is a whisky that is used in High School and College.

Spike:  Spike means to impale something.  A spike is also a nail that huge.

Stark:  A few badasses have the name Stark.  There is Tony Stark, who is Iron Man.  Also, there is the entire Stark family from Game of Thrones. 

Stone:  It is identical to a rock, a hard natural solid.

Stryker:  This is an armored eight-wheel vehicle.

President code names that would make Badass dog names

Believe it or not, the government has a few hidden skills. Coming up with code names is one of them!  I’m sure there are people above that you dislike.  But some of these names are badass!

Badass Male Dog Names T-Z

Talon:  This is the large claw on the foot of a bird of prey.

Taranis:  He was the God of Thunder in Celtic lore.

Taz:  Taz is a WB cartoon character.  This beast always leaves destruction wherever he goes.

Thanatos:  This was the of the Greek God of Death.

Timberwolf:   This is another name for the Grey Wolf.   It is also the code name for President George H. Bush, “41.”        

Titan:   In mythology, the Titans were the parents of gods.   Additionally, if someone or something is huge, they can be a Titan.

Tracker:  A tracker can be a person or a dog.  Trackers can follow anyone or anything’s trail.  

Trailblazer:   A trailblazer is a person that makes a new trail.   This is President GW Bush’s code name from the Secret Service.

Tumbler:   A Tumbler is a drinking glass.   It is also the nickname for a person that parties.  Tumbler was President Bush’s code name when his father was President.

Vulcan:  Vulcan was the Roman God of fire.  He was also the blacksmith of the Gods.

Ward:  This name isn’t from, “Leave it to Beaver.”  It is an English name that means, “Guard.”  A perfect name for your beast.

Zeus:  The main God in Greek Mythology is Zeus.

Zilla:  This name is from the Lizard monster, Godzilla.

Zod:  One of Superman’s greatest enemies is General Zod.  Since they are both from the same planet, they have the same strengths.

Zook:  This name stands for the rocket launcher, the Bazooka.

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What makes a good Guard Dog Name?

Besides the meaning, the name needs to one or two syllables.   It shouldn’t rhyme with any basic commands.  Additionally, the name needs to remind people that your dog will mess them up.

What are some good Guard Dog Names?

  • Ares
  • Arma
  • Beast
  • Blitz
  • Brick
  • Crash
  • Daga
  • Erma
  • Fera
  • Fire
  • Fury
  • Hera
  • Jäger
  • Jinx
  • Juno
  • Rock
  • Rogue
  • Saber
  • Slash
  • Stone
  • Stryker
  • Tala
  • Tappaa
  • Zao
  • Zeva


So, you need a guard dog name.  We have you covered with this badass dog names list for both girl dogs and boy dogs. Several tough dog names for your new puppy! #barkinglaughs #puppynames #dognames

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