190 Southern Dog Names Blending Tunes, Flavors, & Culture

From Dixie darlings to down-home favorites, discover the perfect Southern-inspired name for your beloved dog companion.

Updated November 30, 2023
Two golden retriever dogs on beach

Choosing Southern names for dogs can beautifully capture the essence and culture of the Southern United States. Whether you're drawn to sweet tea or the twang of a country tune, find the perfect Southern flair for your furry friend's name in this diverse and heartwarming collection. 

Dog Names from Southern Cuisine

You can't think of the South without delicious and authentic dishes. My entire family is from Florida, and I can tell you, you'll see the majority of these at any Southern family picnic or reunion. 

  • Ambrosia: A fruit salad
  • Boucherie: Type of BBQ in Louisiana
  • Boudin: Sausage from Louisiana
  • Butter Bean: Type of bean
  • Caramel Cake: Yellow cake with caramel frosting
  • Chayote: A type of squash
  • Cheerwine: Soda
  • Chicory: Type of coffee
  • Chow-Chow: A condiment
  • Cobbler: A delicious dessert
  • Craw Daddy: Another term for crayfish
  • Dewberry: Type of berry
  • Divinity: Type of candy
  • Étouffée: A stew
  • Fatback: Meat from the back of a pig
  • Goo Goo Cluster: A candy bar
  • Goober: As in Goober peas
  • Hominy: Side dish made of corn
  • Hoppin' John: Dish of peas and rice
  • Hummingbird Cake: Spice cake with bananas and pineapple
  • Mello Yello: Type of soda
  • Modjeska: Marshmallows dipped in caramel
  • Muffuletta: A sandwich
  • Muscadine: Grape used for wine
  • Okra: A vegetable
  • Pawpaw: A type of fruit
  • Peanut: Grown heavily in the South
  • Pecan Pie: Southern-style pie
  • Po' Boy: A sandwich
  • Praline: Candy with butter, brown sugar and pecans
  • Red Velvet: A type of cake
  • Sazerac: Whisky from New Orleans
  • Scuppernong: Grape found in the South
  • Shoofly Pie: Pie made with molasses
  • Succotash: Dish with corn and beans
  • Sun Drop: Type of soda
  • Tabasco: Made in Louisiana
  • Tea: As in Southern sweet tea
  • Tipsy Cake: Cake soaked in liquor

Boy Southern Dog Names

Young Woman cuddles her Golden Retriever

The Southern lifestyle, famed for its leisure and hospitality, also offers up names like 'Buddy' or 'Duke' that embody the friendly and laid-back nature of the region. So, dive into the culture and heritage of the American South to find a name that perfectly suits your furry Southern gentleman.

  • Archie
  • Beau
  • Duke
  • Walker
  • Finn
  • Jax
  • Jem
  • Rhett
  • Rusty
  • Sawyer

Old Southern Dog Names

Old Southern dog names possess a certain special charm and resonance. They bring a touch of uniqueness and a sense of heritage to your dog's identity. 

  • Bobby
  • Byrdie
  • Dottie
  • Faye
  • Hank
  • Hattie
  • Magnolia
  • Roscoe
  • Scarlett
  • Wyatt

Southern Girl Hunting Dog Names

If you're an enthusiast planning to take your Southern beauty on hunting trips, you have the opportunity to personalize your female pup's name around this shared passion. Names that evoke the spirit of the outdoors, the thrill of the hunt, or the natural beauty of the Southern wilderness can be a perfect fit.

  • Belle: As in southern belle
  • Dixie: Like Winn Dixie
  • Gracelyn
  • Gracie
  • Harley
  • Hunter
  • Lulu
  • Maddie
  • Millie 
  • Nellie
  • Oakley
  • Piper
  • Pixie
  • Remington
  • Scout
  • Shiloh 
  • Trixie

Funny Southern Dog Names

Dog lying on bed

If you're in search of a name that's both delightfully silly and quintessentially Southern, you've come to the right place. Southern names often have a whimsical charm that can add a touch of lightheartedness and fun to your dog's personality.

  • Chewbacca
  • Crusher
  • Diesel: Like diesel pickups
  • Dixon: Like the Mason-Dixon line
  • Dumplin'
  • Giddiyup
  • Harvester
  • Piglet
  • Porkchop
  • Tuttifrutti

Cajun Dog Names

Southern states, especially Louisiana, are well known for their love of everything spicy. My Dad, from Florida, makes food sometimes that makes you run for water. To honor this love for spicy goodies, consider one of these names. 

  • Cane's: As in the restaurant
  • Creole
  • Gumbo
  • Hardees
  • Marie: Like Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen
  • Mudbug: Another name for crayfish
  • Jumbalaya
  • Popeye: Popeye's Chicken
  • Roux
  • Shoneys
  • Spice

Southern Places to Name Your Dog After

These names capture the jovial spirit of the South and reflect the unique character and joy your dog brings into your life. If you're aiming for a name that's fun, memorable, and steeped in Southern tradition, check out these city names.

  • Atlanta: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin: Austin, Texas
  • Boone: Boone, North Carolina
  • Bossier: Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Carolina: North and South Carolina
  • Dahlonega: Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Eunice: Eunice, Louisiana
  • Fairhope: Fairhope, Alabama
  • Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Jackson: Jackson, Tennessee
  • Jeanerette: Jeanerette, Louisiana

Southern Music Names

Shot of a young woman relaxing with her dog at home

From country to the blues to southern rock, you can honor many well-known musicians and bands by naming your dog after them.

  • Allman: As in Allman Brothers
  • Aces: As in Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • Crowe: As in the Black Crowes
  • Blackfoot: The band
  • Cash: Like Johnny Cash
  • Creedence or Clearwater: As in the Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Dolly: As in Dolly Parton
  • Doobie: As in the Doobie Brothers
  • Eagle: As in the Eagles
  • Edgar or Winter: As in Edgar Winter
  • Humble Pie: The band
  • Jerry Lee: As in Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jolene: Like Dolly Parton's song
  • Leon: As in the Kings of Leon
  • Lynyrd or Skynyrd: As in Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Molly Hatchet: The band
  • Outlaws: The rock band
  • Ray or Charles: As in Ray Charles
  • Scorcher: As in Jason and the Scorchers
  • Shooter: As in Shooter Jennings
  • Stillwater: The band
  • Stonehoney: The band
  • Thorogood: As in George Thorogood
  • Thunderbird: As in the Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Tom or Petty: As in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Waylon: As in Waylon Jennings
  • ZZ: As in ZZ Top

Southern Birds, Fish and Mammal Names

The wildlife found in the South is much different than what's found in the Northern states. You don't see alligators up north, for example, unless you're at the zoo. And you definitely don't see rattlesnakes or manatees, either. 

  • Chickadee: Carolina Chickadee found primarily in the South
  • Croc: As in Crocodile, native to Florida
  • Cuckoo: Mangrove Cuckoo found in Florida
  • Flounder: Gulf Flounder primarily in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Gar: Fish found primarily in the Southern U.S.
  • Gator: As in Alligator, native to the Southeast
  • Gecko: Reef Gecko found in Southeastern U.S.
  • Manatee: Found in Florida
  • Panther: Native to Florida
  • Peeper: Southern Peeper frog found from Texas to Georgia
  • Porgy: Fiish found in Southern waters and Gulf of Mexico
  • Snapper: Fish found in Southeast U.S. waters and Gulf of Mexico
  • Sunfish: Pygmy Sunfish, mostly in Southern waters and Gulf of Mexico
  • Tanager: Summer Tanager found primarily in the South

Flowers and Trees

Even the plant life is different in the South. What doesn't survive up north will flourish down south. The northern winters certainly take a toll. But if you're looking for a special name from a Southern flower, plant, or tree, check these out.

  • Aster: As in Stokes' Aster, a flower
  • Azalea: As in Sweet Azalea, a flower
  • Bugbane: A flower
  • Carolina Jessamine: A flower
  • Carolina Rose: A flower
  • Chickasaw: As in Chickasaw Plum, a tree
  • Cypress: As in Bald Cypress, a tree
  • Dogwood: A flowering tree
  • Indigo: As in False Indigo, a flower
  • Hibiscus: A flower
  • Kudzu: A plant
  • Palmetto: A tree
  • Spicebush: A flower
  • Tobacco: A plant

Fictional Southern Character Names

Books, movies, and TV have featured many compelling Southern characters. Find a name that fits your dog's personality and your cultural interests.

  • Adora: From Sharp Objects
  • Alcée: From The Awakening
  • Amma: From Sharp Objects
  • Bayard: From The Unvanquished
  • Beloved: From the book by Toni Morrison
  • Brick: From Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Calpurnia: From To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Celie: From The Color Purple
  • Daryl: As in Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead
  • Dolphus: From To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Domino: From the comic X-Force
  • Finch: As in Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Finn: As in Huckleberry Finn
  • Foghorn Leghorn: From the Looney Tunes cartoon
  • Fuzzy Lumpkins: From the Powerpuff Girls
  • Gambit: From the X-Men comic
  • Junius: From The Grass Harp
  • Léonce: From The Awakening
  • Matlock: From the TV show
  • Mayela: From To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Meridian: From the book Meridian
  • Michonne: From The Walking Dead
  • Portia: From The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • Rafe: From A Southern Family
  • Rogue: From the X-Men comic
  • Sookie: As in Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood
  • Verena: From The Grass Harp

A Southern Canine Name

These Southern-inspired names can serve as a perfect starting point for naming your new puppy. If you're a fan of the American South's rich culture and heritage, you'll find no shortage of unique and charming ideas to make your dog's name truly stand out. Ultimately, choosing a name from the rich tapestry of Southern life means giving your dog a name that's as full of character and history as the region itself.

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