84 German Shepherd Dog Names

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Because they are loyal, clever, athletic, and attractive, are one of the most popular dog breeds. While choosing your ideal dog was simple, deciding on the right German shepherd name might be more difficult. Here are 84 fantastic German shepherd dog names, including girl names, boy names, auto-inspired names, and unusual names.

Top German Shepherd Names

  • Aldo
  • Annika
  • Arvin
  • Astrid
  • Gretel
  • Hansel
  • Heidi
  • Blitz
  • Moose
  • Ranger
  • Rocky
  • Schnitzel

Tips for Naming Your German Shepherd

It's not easy to come up with the perfect name for your German shepherd. You want a name that reflects your dog's personality and strength while still being short and simple. Remember to notify the vet, tell all your friends, and shout it at the dog park.

With a GSD, you already know you've got a huge dog on your hands, but is your dog rough and tumble or sweet as sugar? Consider your dog's characteristics while choosing a name that will fit him for many years. You may even name your GSD after a great German, like as Einstein or Bach, or play on major German products like beer or autos.

Girl German Shepherd Names

Pick a strong but feminine name with one of these popular options for your furry fräulein (which means ‘little miss’ in German).

  • Beatrix
  • Britta
  • Elke
  • Fräulein
  • Frieda
  • Fritzi
  • Gisela
  • Greta
  • Heidi
  • Helga
  • Hessia
  • Ilse
  • Ingrid
  • Katrin
  • Marta
  • Mischa
  • Nadine
  • Nia
  • Petra
  • Sabine
  • Sabrina
  • Susanne
  • Zelda

Boy German Shepherd Names

For a male German shepherd, look no further than these Bavarian names that are perfect for boy dogs.

  • Bruno
  • Dieter
  • Franz
  • Frederik
  • Fritz (an old nickname for Friedrich)
  • Günter
  • Hans
  • Hermann
  • Kasper
  • Klaus
  • Kurt
  • Luther
  • Manfred
  • Otto
  • Wolfgang

Auto-Inspired German Shepherd Names

Germany is known for its love of the open road and its luxury vehicles. If you’re a car buff, then pick an auto-inspired name for your German shepherd.

  • Adler
  • Alpina
  • Audi
  • Axel
  • Beemer
  • Benz
  • Diesel
  • Gumpert
  • Mercedes
  • Opal
  • Porsche

Unique German Shepherd Names

To draw even more inspiration for German shepherd names, consider these unique options that refer to Bavarian life and culture—including one of Germany’s most well-known exports, beer.

  • Beck: German brewery in the city of Bremen.
  • Bock: Type of lager-style beer.
  • Deutsche: The word for ‘German,’ in the German language.
  • Donner: Means ‘thunder’ in German.
  • Dunkel: Describes a dark German beer.
  • Gretel: Popular nursery rhyme character from German fable; the sister of Hansel.
  • Hansel: Popular nursery rhyme character from German fable; the brother of Gretel.
  • Heinz: Translates to ‘ruler of the home’ and is similar to the English name ‘Henry.’
  • Hund: The German word for ‘dog.’
  • Jaeger: Translates to ‘Hunter’ in German. While your shepherd is more of a herder than a hunter, the name is a popular choice for GSDs.
  • Kaiser: A German term meaning ‘ruler.’
  • Schnapps: Spirits, in German.
  • Stein: A traditional German beer mug.

Famous German Shepherd Names

A variety of renowned Germans, both canine and human, may provide inspiration for your dog's name. Some were notable for their real-life achievements, such as Rin-Tin-Tin or Bullet (the first seeing-eye dog), while others, like as Bullet from the Roy Rogers program, were famous for their on-screen antics. Many notable composers, musicians, and scientists hail from Germany, and their names may be ideal for your German shepherd.

  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • Brahms
  • Buddy
  • Bullet
  • Charlemagne
  • Dirk (Nowitzki)
  • Einstein
  • Handel
  • Mozart
  • Rin-Tin-Tin
  • Waldo

A to Z German Shepherd Names

A to B

  • Adler
  • Aldo
  • Alpina
  • Annika
  • Arvin
  • Astrid
  • Audi
  • Axel
  • Bach
  • Beatrix
  • Beck
  • Beemer
  • Beethoven
  • Benz
  • Blitz
  • Bock
  • Brahms
  • Britta
  • Bruno
  • Buddy
  • Bullet

C to F

  • Charlemange
  • Deutsche 
  • Diesel
  • Dieter
  • Dirk (Nowitzki)
  • Donner
  • Dunkel
  • Einstein
  • Elke
  • Franz
  • Fräulein
  • Frederik
  • Frieda
  • Fritz (an old nickname for Friedrich)
  • Fritzi

G to H

  • Gisela
  • Greta
  • Gretel
  • Gumpert
  • Günter
  • Handel
  • Hans
  • Hansel 
  • Heidi
  • Heinz
  • Helga
  • Hermann
  • Hessia
  • Hund

I to L

  • Ilse
  • Ingrid
  • Jaeger
  • Kaiser
  • Kasper
  • Katrin
  • Klaus
  • Kurt
  • Luther

M to P

  • Manfred
  • Marta
  • Mercedes
  • Mischa
  • Moose
  • Mozart
  • Nadine
  • Nia
  • Opal
  • Otto
  • Petra
  • Porsche

R to Z

  • Ranger
  • Rin-Tin-Tin
  • Rocky
  • Sabine
  • Sabrina
  • Schnapps
  • Schnitzel
  • Stein
  • Susanne
  • Waldo
  • Wolfgang
  • Zelda

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