200+ Amazing German Shepherd Names With Meanings! Updated 2021!

Puppy Names

Are you getting a German Shepherd?   I am so jealous!  You are getting one of the coolest canines around.  I’m sure you’re asking, what to name a German Shepherd Dog?  Naming a pup can be tricky.  If you get it wrong, you are stuck with it.  You don’t have to worry we have plenty of German shepherd names to choose from.

The names below are taken from a couple of places.  First, some names give a shout-out to the GSDs roots.  So of course, you will see some German names for German shepherds.  Some names are from famous GSDs.

While some of these are just badass German shepherd dog names because the GSD is a badass.  Also, some names represent some GSD traits.

What are some good names for German shepherds?  After reading this, you’ll never have to ask that question again!

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Female German Shepherd Names

  • Ada
  • Addie
  • Adell
  • Alaska
  • Allena
  • Alosia
  • Anja
  • Arabelle
  • Arma 
  • Aslan
  • Asta
  • Asteria
  • Astrid
  • Athena
  • Autumn
  • Ava
  • Bailey
  • Bera
  • Berrma
  • Borra
  • Breeze
  • Brenna
  • Britta
  • Dakota
  • Dash
  • Duchess
  • Ebba
  • Elektra
  • Elexis
  • Elke
  • Ella
  • Eme
  • Emma
  • Erma
  • Fia
  • Frieda
  • Fritzi
  • Gerdie
  • Gretchen
  • Gwyn
  • Heart
  • Helga
  • Hilda
  • Ida
  • Joli
  • Jule
  • Juno
  • Justice
  • Karma
  • Katja
  • Katniss
  • Koda
  • Kona
  • Lady
  • Layla
  • Lily
  • Lind
  • Lumi
  • Mags
  • Matti
  • Maya
  • Mena
  • Neve
  • Nikita
  • Nova
  • Nox
  • Petra
  • Raina
  • Raine
  • Raven
  • Rebel
  • Rika
  • Riley
  • Ripley
  • Rosie
  • Roxie
  • Rudi
  • Saber
  • Sage
  • Selma
  • Sigrid
  • Snow
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Storm
  • Sunna
  • Swift
  • Tilda
  • Tillie
  • Trinity
  • Trudy
  • Ulva
  • Vala
  • Vera
  • Wanda
  • Widow
  • Xena
  • Zara
  • Zenzi
  • Zephyr
  • Ziska
  • Zita
  • Zoey

Male German Shepherd Names

  • Achilles
  • Adler
  • Aldo
  • Apache
  • Apollo
  • Atlas
  • Audi
  • August
  • Axle
  • Baldwin
  • Balta
  • Baron
  • Barrett
  • Bear
  • Berlin
  • Bismarck
  • Blitz
  • Blizzard
  • Blur
  • Blut
  • Bolt
  • Bones
  • Boots
  • Boss
  • Bruiser
  • Bruno
  • Buddy
  • Bullet
  • Captain
  • Chase
  • Chief
  • Crash
  • Croc
  • Crush
  • Dog
  • Dolphus
  • Donner
  • Doom
  • Drogon
  • Duke
  • Falk
  • Forge  
  • Fritz
  • Gator
  • Ghost
  • Gunnar
  • Gunther
  • Hail
  • Hendrik
  • Hero
  • Hoss
  • Huck
  • Hund
  • Hunter
  • Jaeger
  • Kaiser
  • Kane
  • King
  • Kong
  • Konrad
  • Kort
  • Krieger
  • Luger
  • mars
  • Max
  • Miles
  • Negan
  • Nero
  • Night
  • Ninja
  • Noir
  • Odin
  • Ozzy
  • Prost
  • Reaper
  • Remus
  • Remy
  • Ritter
  • Rocket
  • Sandor
  • Schäfer
  • Scrapper
  • Shadow
  • Shep
  • Sleet
  • Smokey
  • Stark
  • Stein
  • Strong
  • Thor
  • Thunder
  • Tier
  • Titus
  • Tracker
  • Ulf
  • Vader
  • Walter
  • Wit
  • Wolf
  • Wolfgang
  • Zeus
  • Ziggy
  • Zilla
  • Zodiac
  • Zoom

Girl German Shepherd Good Names: A-C

Ada:  The name Adele is the origin of Ada.  It has a meaning of, “Noble and serene.”  It makes a great pooch name because it is short.  Plus, it does not rhyme with much.

Addie:  This name is from Adelaide.  It means, “Noble natured.”

Adell:  Adell is a German and French name that means, “Noble.”

Alaska:  Alaska means “Great Land.”   When you think of Alaska, the image of the rugged unknown comes to mind.  Plus, this would be a cool name for a White GSD.

Allena:  Allena has the meaning of, “Precious.” 

Alosia:  This is a German girl name that means, “Famous Fighter.”

Anja:   The meaning of Anja is, “Grace.” 

Arabelle:  This German name means, “Beautiful eagle.”

Arma:  In Romania, this name means, “Weapon.”

Aslan:  This means, “Lion,” in Turkish.  The Lion’s name in the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was Aslan.

Asta:  Asta is a German name that means, “Love.”

Asteria:  Asteria was the Greek goddess of falling stars.  I think this would fit a black GSD.

Astrid: “Divine strength or beauty,” is the meaning in Germany.

Athena:  In Greek Myth, the War Goddess was Athena.

Autumn:  This is the season between summer and winter.

Ava:  Ava is from the Latin word for, “life,” chava.

Bailey:  A Bailey is the name of the wall that protects a castle.   Kind of like a GSD that protects your home.

Bera:  This name means, “Bear.”

Berrma:  A German name that means, “Outstanding warrior maiden.”

Borra:  Borra means snow in Maltese.

Breeze:  A Breeze is a gentle wind.  There really isn’t anything gentle about a GSD.  But it’s a pretty cool name.

Brenna:  This name means, “Raven-haired beauty, “in the Gaelic language.

Britta:  Britta means, “Strength.”

Female German Shepherd Names: D-I

Dakota:  Dakota means, “Friend.”

Dash:  A dash is a fast, short sprint.

Duchess:  GSDs are like canine royalty.  There are few noble titles throughout this list.  The Queen is the only female that outranks a Duchess.

Ebba:  This name means, “Strength.”  It comes from the German name, Eberhild.  Eber means boar and hild means battle.  Which roughly translated to battle like a boar.  Which is pretty cool.

Elektra:  Elektra is a Marvel Comic book character.  She is a deadly assassin.  You just have to ignore everything from the movie.  The comics are good and she is a real badass.

Elexis:  This is a great GSD name. “Defender of mankind,” is the meaning.

Elke:  Some of the names on this list throw props to the GSD’s origins.  Elke (Éhl-kah) means, “Of Noble birth” in Germany.

Ella:  Ella is from the German name Alia.  Alia means, “All.”

Eme:  This name means, “All containing and universal.”

Emma:  This name has the meanings of, “Universal,” or “Whole.”

Erma:  This name is for, “War goddess.” in Germany.

Fia:  This is a Scottish name.  It has a meaning of, “Dark of peace.”

Frieda:  Frieda means “Peaceful ruler,” in German.

Fritzi:  Fritzi also means, “Peaceful ruler.”  

Gerdie:  This German name means, “Protected.”

Gretchen:  This would be a cool name for a white GSD.  Gretchen means, “Pearl.”

Gwyn:  This the Welsh word for white.  This would work for a white GSD.

Heart:  This name is for Strongheart.  This GSD was one of the first Pooch Movie Stars.

Helga:  Helga means, “Blessed” or “Holy” in German.

Hilda:  This German name is derived from Hildagarde.  Which has the meaning of, “Battle maiden.”

Ida:  This girl’s name was created from the German word for work, Id.  So, this name implies a worker.

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Female German Shepherd Names: J-M

Joli:  This is a French name.  Joli stands for, “Pretty.”

Jule:  Lady Jule was the GSD that was the mate of Strongheart.  You can also use this name as Jewel or Joule.  Jewel is a gemstone.  Joule is a unit of energy measurement.  All three meanings would be awesome for a GSD.

Juno:  Juno is the Roman Queen of the Gods.  Juno is the Marriage and Love God. 

Justice:  This word means just and right.

Karma:  This is a belief that what happens to a person is not random.  But is a result of their previous deeds.

Katja:  Katja is a version of Katherine.  Both names stand for, “Pure”.

Katniss:  This name comes for the hero of the Hunger Games books and movies.  Plus, it would be cool to nickname a GSD, “Kat.”

Koda:  Koda means, “Little Bear.”

Kona:  This is a type of coffee from Kona, Hawaii.

Lady:  Lady is a rank of nobility.

Layla:  This is an Arabic name.  It means, “Night,” or “Dark beauty.”  Either meaning would be cool for a GSD.

Lily:  Lily is a flower.  The flower has a meaning of, “Pure.”

Lind:  This German name means, “Snake.”

Lumi:  In Finland, Lumi is the word for snow.

Mags:  Mags is a nickname for Maggie.  However, it is a nickname for ammo magazines.

Matti: “Mighty and powerful,” is the meaning of this name.   Both of these traits are GSD, all the way!

Maya:  The name Maya means, “Water.”  It was also the name of Hermes mother in Greek Myth.

Mena:  Mena is a German name that means, “Strength.”

Girl German Shepherd Dog Names: N-R

Neve:  This is the Italian and Portuguese word for snow.

Nikita:  This name is taken from the film, Nikita.  It was about a woman assassin.  Nikita means, “Unconquerable,” in Russian.

Nova:  This word means, “New,” in Latin.  SuperNova is when a star gives off super light, then dies.

Nox:  Nox was the Roman goddess of the night.

Petra:  Petra is a popular German name.  The word comes from Greece.  It translates to, “stone” or “rock.”  This can represent the strength of a GSD.

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Raina:  Raina means, “Queen.”

Raine:  Raine is from a French word meaning Queen.  Reign means the duration of the power.  Of course, it could mean rain; you know the thing that happens every weekend.

Raven:  This would be a great name for a black German Shepherd.  People with black hair are called ravens.  Also, a Raven is a big bird with black feathers.

Rebel:  This is a person who stands up and fights a ruler or government.

Rika:  Rika is a German name that means, “Honorable Ruler.”

Riley:  The Irish variation of this name means, “Valiant.”

Ripley:  One of the first movie heroines was Ellen Ripley.  She was in the Alien series.

Rosie:  Rosie is a nickname for the name, Rose.  The Rose is a flower.

Rox:  Rox is a nickname for Roxie.  The meaning of Roxie is “Dawn.”

Rudi:  This is a German name that means, “Famous wolf.”

German Shepherd Names for Girls: S-T

Saber:  A Saber is a skinny sword that was used by the cavalry.

Sage:  Sage is a spiritual herb.   Burning sage removes evil from your home.  This name would work for a GSD that protects your home.

Selma:  In Germany, Selma means, “Divine protector.”  This is cool for your new puppy.

Sigrid:  This is a Norse name that means, “Fair victory.”

Snow:  Snow is the white powder frozen stuff that falls from the sky.  Snow usually falls in the winter.

Sophie:  Sophie is from the Greek name, Sophia.  The meaning behind both names is, “Wise.”

Stella:  The meaning of Stella is, “Star.”  It is also a beer.  It is not a German beer but a Belgian one.

Storm:  This is a dangerous weather event.

Sunna:  Sunna is the Sun Goddess in German and Norse Myth.

Swift:  Swift is another word for fast.

Tilda:  This name has the meaning of, “Mighty in Battle.”

Tillie:  Tillie is a German name that means, “The mighty battle maiden.”

Trinity:  A Trinity is a triad, which is a three in one.  This name means “three in one” or Triad.  This is also the heroine in the Matrix films.

Trudy:  In Germany, this name means, “Adored Warrior.”

German Shepherd Names for Girls: U-Z

Ulva:  This German name means, “Wolf.”

Vala:  This is a German name that means, “Singled out.”  This can have a cool meaning for a dog.

Vera:  In Latin, this name means, “True.”  In Albania, it means, “Summer.”

Wanda:  This name means, “The wanderer.”

Widow:  This name would be great for a black GSD.  It comes from the scary spider, Black Widow.

Xena:  This name comes from the TV show. Xena the Warrior Princess.  Basically, she is a bad-ass warrior that goes around saving the day.

Zara:  Zara has a nice sound to it for a GSD.  This name means, “Princess” or “to blossom.”

Zelda:  Zelda means “Dark battle.”  Which might work for a Black GSD.

Zenzi:  This German name means, “Thrive.”

Zephyr:  This is a Greek name that means, “West Wind.”

Ziska: “Free,” is what this German name means. 

Zita:  Zita means, “Seeker,” in Greece.

Zoey:  This is a good GSD name, it means, “Life,”

The above GSD names are all cool.  There are no foo foo names here.  If these names are too much, then check out the entire Girls Name Page for more ideas.
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Boy German Shepherd Good Names: A-Ba

Achilles:  He was the Greek hero of the Trojan War.  When he was an infant his mother dipped him into the River Styx.  This made him invulnerable.  Except on his heel, where his mother’s hand was when she dipped him.

Adler:  This is the German word for, “Eagle.”

Aldo:  This German name means, “Wise and old.”

Apache:  Apache was a Native American Tribe.  They were known for their warfare skills and bravery.

Apollo:  He was both the Greek and Roman god of the sun.

Atlas:  Atlas was a Greek Titan.  After a war, he was sentenced to keep the sky in the air upon his shoulders.

Audi:  This name comes from the German car.

August:   August is the 8th month of the year.  It also means impressive and respected.

Axle:  The name Axle has the meaning of, “Father of peace.”  However, every Axel I know about has the opposite traits.

Baldwin:  Baldwin means, “Bold friend.”  This is a great description for your new GSD.

Balta:  This is the Lithuanian word for the color white.

Baron:  The famous Baron that people know about is the Red Baron.  The Red Baron was a flying ace during World War 1.

Barrett:  This name means the “Strength of a bear.”

German Shepherd Good Names: Be-Bu

Bear:  The name Bear can be on almost every name list.  This one is no exception.  This name is from the beast that climbs trees and eats honey.

Berlin:  This German city is the country’s capital.

Bismarck:  Otto von Bismarck was the man that unified Germany in 1871.

Blitz:  The blitz was one of Germany’s preferred military methods.  They would suddenly attack an area.  They would overwhelm them with destruction.  This is also a well know defensive strategy in Football. 

Blizzard:  A blizzard is a massive snowstorm.

Blur:  A blur is something that you cannot focus on because it is moving too fast.

Blut:  This is a pretty wicked word.  It means, “Blood,” in Germany.

Bolt:  A bolt is a piece of metal that holds two objects together.  It also means to run quickly.

Boots:   This is the strong footwear that covers the foot and the ankle.  Boots are usually worn to protect your feet from abnormal conditions.

Bones:  Bones are the hard white substances that make up the body.  They provide support, structure, and protection.

Boss:  This is the person that makes your life so enjoyable.  It is the person that directs your activities.

Bruiser:  A bruiser is a person that loves to fight.  They usually leave bruises on their targets.

Bruno:  This name is derived from the German name, Brun.  It means armor or shield.

Buddy:  The first seeing eye dog in the US, was a GSD named Buddy.

Bullet:  A bullet is something that moves very fast.  It is taken from the object that a gun shoots.

Male German Shepherd Names: C-F

Captain:  Captain can mean different things to different people.  Within different military branches, captains are ranks.  The Captain of a ship is the one in charge.  Also, a notable Captain in the GSD world is Captain Max von Stephanitz.  He was responsible for what the GSD breed became.

Chase:  The name chase means, “To hunt.”  It also means to try to catch something or someone.

Chief:  This name has the meaning of, “Leader.”  Other Chiefs include the leaders of tribes or departments.

Croc:  Croc is for crocodile.  This is a large reptile that can live in most tropical areas.  They are present in Southern Florida.

Crash:  This is what happens when two objects hit each other.

Crush:  This name means to destroy.

Dog:  What else would the D stand for in GSD? In The Walking Dead, This name was chosen for Daryl’s new pooch.

Dolphus:  I would shorten this name to just, Dolph.  It means, “Noble wolf.”

Donner:  Donner is the German word for, “Thunder.”

Doom:  Doom is an ending that is not that great.  It is also the name of a popular 90’s video game.

Drogon:  The deadliest dragon on the Game of Thrones is Drogon.

Duke:  Archduke, Grand Duke, and Duke were royal ranks in Germany.  Archduke was 3 levels below the Kaiser.

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Falk:  Falk means, “Falcon,” in Germany.

Forge:   This is an act of creating a strong metal item by heating and beating it.  The result is an item that is stronger than the original material.

Fritz:  Fritz has the name meaning of, “King and Peace.”   

Boy German Shepherd Names: G-K

Gator:  This is a nickname for alligators.  Alligators are nasty reptiles that terrorize golfers and dogs in Florida.  They can weigh up to 500 pounds and be 15 ft. long.

Ghost:  A ghost is the spirit of a human or animal that has died.  This would be a good name for a white GSD.

Gunnar:  Gunnar is a Nordic name.  It has the meaning of, “Fighter or Soldier.”

Gunther:  This name means, “Warrior.”

Hail:  Hail is when rain freezes and melts several times before it hits the ground.  The results are large ice pellets.  Hail can cause massive damage.

Hendriks:  This is a shoutout to the guitar great Jimmy Hendricks.

Hero:  Hero is a great name for a GSD!  A hero is admired for their courage and their actions.  They usually sacrifice for the greater good.

Hoss:  Hoss is slang for a big animal or person.  It comes from the word, “horse.”

Huck:  This name comes from the character created by Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn.  If you have ever read the book, then you know that this makes a cool dog name.

Hund:  Hund is the German word for, “Dog.” 

Hunter:  A Hunter is someone that hunts.  They can hunt for animals, food, and treasure.

Jäeger:   Jaeger has a German meaning of, “Hunter.”  It is also from the booze, Jägermeister.

Kaiser:  This German word means, “Emperor.”  This political system ended in Germany after WWI.

Kane:  In Ireland, Kane means, “Fighter.”

King:  A King is the divine ruler of a kingdom.

Kong:  This name is from King Kong.  He is the huge monster gorilla from the movies.

Konrad:  This name means, “wise counselor.”

Kort:  Kort means, brave and bold.

Krieger:  This is the German word for, “Warrior.”

German Shepherd Names for Boy Pups: L-P

Luger:  During both World Wars, the Germans used a specific gun.  This gun was the Luger.

Mars:  Mars was the God of War in Ancient Rome.

Max:  This name pays homage to the man behind the GSD breed Captain Max von Stephanitz.  Another Max is the first Bionic K-9 from the TV show, The Bionic Woman.  Max is one of the go-to German Shepherd Names.

Miles:  This name means, “Merciful.”

Negan:  This is the name of the psycho villain in The Walking Dead.

Nero:  This the Italian word for, “Black.”  In Finland, this means, “Genius.”

Night:  the word night symbolizes a lot of different stuff.  It can be dark, mysterious, fun, restful and the list goes on and on.  I like this name for a GSD that has a black coat.

Ninja:  A Ninja was a Japanese assassin that dressed in all black.  They were known for their stealth and quickness.

Noir:  This is the French word for, “Black.”

Odin:  Odin was the chief God in Norse myth.  He is also Thor’s father.

Ozzy:  Ozzy means, “God’s spear.”

Prost:  This is a happy German word.  It means, “Cheers.”

German Shepherd Names for Boys: R-S

Reaper:  A Reaper is a person that harvests crops.  The Grim Reaper is the most known reaper.  He harvests souls.

Remus:  Remus Lupin was a werewolf character in Harry Potter.  Another Remus was the twin brother of Romulus in Roman myth.  When they were babies they were left alone to die.  They were later saved by a wolf.

Remy:  Remy stands for the gun, Remington.   Remy also means, “Oarsman,” in French.

Ritter:  This is the German word for, “Knight.”

Rocket:  Rocket is used to describe a fast object.  It is also a vehicle that is powered by a rocket engine.

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Sandor:  The name of the Hound from the Game of Thrones is Sandor Clegane.

Schäfer:  This is pretty cool for a GSD.  It means, “Shepherd,” in German.

Scrapper:  This is a nickname for someone who likes to argue or fight.

Shadow:  Shadow would be a cool name for a black German Shepherd.  When you shadow someone, you closely follow that person.  Sounds like a GSD to me.

Shep:  Shep stands for shepherd.

Sleet:  Sleet is when rain freezes before it hits the ground.

Smokey:  Smokey is when a place is filled with smoke.  It is also a shout-out to Smokey the Bear.

Stark:  In regards to a GSD name, Stark means, “Strong,” in German.

Stein:  When you think about Germany, you picture a stein full of beer.  Stein has the meaning of, “Stone,” in German.

Strong:  This name is for Strongheart.  Strongheart was a GSD movie star back in the twenties.  He even has a star on the Walk of Fame.

Boy German Shepherd Names: T-Z

Thor:  In Norse mythology, Thor is the Thunder God.

Thunder:  Thunder is the loud crashing sound made after a lightning flash.

Tier:  This is the German word for, “Beast.”

Titus:  Titus was an emperor and war commander in ancient Rome.  The name means, “Title of honor.”

Tracker:  This name comes from following a person or animal’s trail.  GSD’s are great trackers and are used to track criminals that flee.

Ulf:  This German name has the meaning of, “Wolf.”

Vader:  Darth Vader was the villain in the original Star Wars movie.  He wore all black.

Walter:  The meaning of this name is, “Army leader.”  It can also mean, “Powerful warrior.”

Wit:  Wit is the Dutch word for the color white.  Another good name for a white GSD.

Wolf:  Some say that the GSD bloodline has wolf in it.  They are correct there is wolf in GSDs.  However, every pooch has some wolf.  There is another reason why Wolf would make a good GSD name.  During WWI, the UK changed the name of the German Shepherd to the Alsatian Wolf Dog.

Wolfgang:  Wolfgang is a popular name in Germany.  This name has two parts, wolf and gang.  Gang has the meaning of, “Path” or “Journey.”

Zeus:  In Greek Mythology Zeus is the leader of the Gods.   

Ziggy:  The meaning behind this name is, “Victorious protector.”

Zilla:  Zilla is from the movie monster Godzilla.

Zodiac:  This comes from the 12 birth signs that represent star systems.

Zoom:  Zoom is a synonym for fast.

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What are some good Black German Shepherd Names?

  • Asteria
  • Bear
  • Brenna
  • Fia
  • Nero
  • Night
  • Ninja
  • Noir
  • Nox
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Storm
  • Vader
  • Widow
  • Zelda

What German Names or Words would make great German Shepherd names?

  • Ada
  • Adell
  • Alosia
  • Asta
  • Astrid
  • Bruno
  • Elke
  • Eme
  • Erma
  • Frieda
  • Fritz
  • Helga
  • Ida
  • Jäeger
  • Kaiser
  • Katja
  • Mena
  • Rika
  • Rudi
  • Stein
  • Tillie
  • Vala
  • Wolfgang
  • Zenzi

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