170+ Santa Paws Approved Christmas Dog Names

Celebrate the season all year long with these fun, cute and unique Christmas dog names. Name your pooch for the furry, helpful elf he really is inside.

Published November 3, 2023
Dog wearing reindeer antlers at Christmas time

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect dog name, why not pick one inspired by your favorite holiday? For me, Christmas is everything. It's when the whole fam, even those distant cousins, come together and just enjoy each other's company. If Christmas vibes resonate with you too, consider giving your dog a cool Christmas-themed name to help celebrate the season all year long.

Christmas Themed Names from Movies

There are so many Christmas films that could inspire a dog's name. I always watch The Santa Clause with my kids — it's our yearly tradition. And who can overlook timeless gems like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Santa Claus is Coming to Town? Great naming ideas right there!

  • Ana: Frozen
  • Bailey: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Bernard: The Santa Clause
  • Buddy: Elf
  • Charlie: A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Cindy: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Claire: The Christmas Chronicles
  • Clara: The Nutcracker
  • Clarence: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Cornelius: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys
  • Dizzy: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys
  • Ebenezer: Scrooge
  • Elsa: Frozen
  • Finklestein: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Frosty: Frosty the Snowman
  • Graham: The Holiday
  • Grinch: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Iris: The Holiday
  • Jack: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Kevin: Home Alone
  • Kristoff: Frozen
  • Marley: Marley & Me
  • Max: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • McCallister: Home Alone
  • Miser: The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Mr. Fezziwig: Scrooge
  • Neal: The Santa Clause
  • Nunzio: The Santa Clause
  • Olaf: Frozen
  • Professor Hinkle: Frosty the Snowman
  • Snoopy: A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Tilly: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Violet: It’s a Wonderful Life

Unique Names Based on Christmas Decor

If you want a truly unique name, consider naming your pooch after the festive decor around Christmas time. It's a fun way to make your pup's name as memorable as the holiday season.

  • Advent
  • Bow
  • Dreidel
  • Dresden
  • Evergreen
  • Garland
  • Pearl
  • Ribbons
  • Tinsel
  • Topper

Christmas Names Based on Nature

Even in winter, nature's beauty shines through with snow-covered trees and shimmering icy rivers. The cold season offers its own peaceful charm, showing us that nature always has wonders to share.

  • Amaryllis

  • Antler

  • Arctic

  • Aurora

  • Avalanche

  • Borealis

  • Breeze

  • Cloudy

  • Fir

  • Flakes

  • Flurry

  • Gusty

  • Holly

  • Icy

  • Mistletoe

  • Orchid

  • Piney

  • Poinsettia

  • Polar

  • Snowflake

  • Solstice

  • Spruce

  • Tundra

  • Windy

  • Wren

Christmas Puppy Names

Struggling to find a name for your pup? How about a Christmas-themed one? It's a fun choice, even if it's not Christmas, especially if they were born around the holidays. It's a special way to remember when they joined your family.

  • Boots
  • Cheers
  • Crimson
  • Elf
  • Ember
  • Fable
  • Freya
  • Lucia
  • Miracle
  • Mittens
  • Snuggles
  • Spirit
  • Twinkle
  • Unity
  • Velvet
Quick Tip

Before bringing a dog home — make sure you or whoever is getting the puppy — is prepared for the commitment. 

Christmas Names for Female Dogs

Naming your canine companion with a Christmas touch not only adds an extra dose of cheer to the holidays but also gives a delightful reminder of the season all year round. It's not just a name; it's a constant reminder of the love, warmth, and magic that the festive season brings.

  • Angel
  • Carol
  • Charity
  • Eve
  • Fairy
  • Faith
  • Felicity

  • Feliz

  • Grace
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Merry
  • Noelle
  • Parka
  • Star
  • Stella
Sausage dog wearing a gingerbread man sweater and Santa hat

Christmas Names for Male Dogs

Naming your dog after the holiday season is a special way to remember the joy of Christmas every time you call him. Every time you call your dog's name, you'll be reminded of cozy nights, festive carols, and the magic of Christmas. It's like having a piece of the holiday with you all year.

  • Alabaster

  • Bing

  • Bobsled

  • Caleb

  • Christian
  • Claus
  • David
  • Dickens
  • Echo
  • Gabriel
  • Jingles
  • Joseph
  • Krampus

  • Kris
  • Kringle
  • Malachi
  • Moses
  • Noah
  • Pax
  • Saint Nick
  • Santa
  • Shepherd
  • Toboggan
  • Yule
Quick Tip

Look through Christmas books for more name ideas for male and female dogs.

Christmas Names Based on Food and Drinks

My daughter loves Christmas — mainly for the tasty feast we enjoy. For many people, Christmas means delicious food shared with family. If you're excited about holiday meals, naming your dog after a favorite Christmas treat, drink, or entrée could be a fun idea.

  • Amaretto

  • Biscotti
  • Brandy
  • Brownie
  • Candy
  • Cane
  • Caramel
  • Chardonnay

  • Chestnut

  • Clementine

  • Cider
  • Cocoa
  • Cosmo
  • Cranberry
  • Custard
  • Figgy
  • Fruitcake
  • Ginger
  • Jellybean
  • Mello
  • Mince
  • Pecan
  • Peppermint
  • Pudding
  • Rosemary

  • Snickerdoodle

  • Taffy

  • Walnut
French Bulldog dog dressed up as cute Christmas elf wearing a red and green hat with elven ears

Christmas Names Based on Music

Christmas music and I have mixed feelings about one another. But there's no denying that these songs are key to the holiday vibe. They bring back memories and set the festive atmosphere. 

  • Autry: Gene Autry
  • Blue: Blue Christmas by Elvis
  • Crosby: Bing Crosby
  • Dean: Dean Martin
  • Ella: Ella Fitzgerald
  • Elvis: Elvis Presley
  • Mariah: Mariah Carey
  • Presley: Elvis Presley
  • Sinatra: Frank Sinatra
  • Wonderland: Winter Wonderland by Dean Martin

Naming Your Pup After Santa's Reindeer

We all know the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry, where he lists Santa's reindeer. It's how my kids and I remember all their names. If you're looking for a Christmas dog name, why not pick one of these reindeer names? It's a creative way to add some Christmas spirit to your pet's name.

  • Blitzen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Dasher 
  • Dancer
  • Donner
  • Prancer
  • Rein: Reindeer
  • Rudolph
  • Vixen
Quick Tip

Learn about each reindeer's character and pick a name that best matches your dog's personality.

Picking a Christmas Name 

Choosing a Christmas-themed name for your dog can be fun. While the holiday season provides many creative name ideas, it’s important to remember not to gift a pet as a surprise. Owning a pet is a long-term commitment and something the owner needs to dive into intentionally. That said — if your dog was born around Christmas or you just love the holiday spirit — these Christmas-themed names can be a great fit.

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170+ Santa Paws Approved Christmas Dog Names