150+ Dragon Names for Your Scaly Sidekick

Dragon names allow us to blend myth, fantasy, and fiery fun into our new scaly pet adventure.

Published February 20, 2024
Woman with her pet dragon over her shoulder

Gear up for some fire-breathing fun because the Year of the Dragon is upon us, and it's shaping up to be a legendary time. If you're planning to welcome a water dragon or any other mesmerizing lizard into your life this year, why not crown them with a name fit for dragon royalty? Check out our list of dragon names and grab the one that suits your scaly sidekick at home.

Mythical Dragon Names to Add Spark 

Dragons, those magnificent beasts of lore and legend, are truly one-of-a-kind creatures that captivate our imaginations and deserve names as majestic and unique as they are. Whether they're breathing fire, guarding treasure, or soaring through mystical skies, each dragon carries a personality and power that's as distinct as their scaly hide. When it comes to naming these mythical marvels, only the most extraordinary, awe-inspiring names will do.

  • Aiden: "Little fire" in Celtic
  • Apalala: The water-dwelling dragon in Buddhist mythology
  • Apep: Egyptian god of evil
  • Apophis: "To slither" in Greek
  • Astarot: A dragon name that means "the leading one" 
  • Cadmus: "Dragon teeth" in Greek
  • Chusi: "Dragon flower" in Hopi
  • Dalinda: "Noble serpent" in English
  • Drachenstein: Wingless firedrake in German mythology
  • Ehecatl: A wind serpent in folklore
  • Eisendrache: “Ice dragon” in German
  • Fafnir: The dwarf who turned into a dragon in folklore
  • Kai: "Fire" in Scottish
  • Kaliyah: "Killer of the multi-headed dragon" in Hindi 
  • Ladon: Like the Greek river god in Greek mythology
  • Leviathan: The sea serpent in the Bible
  • Medusa: Gorgon with snakes for hair in Latin mythology
  • Melusine: Freshwater spirit who was a serpent from the waist down in German mythology
  • Ophiuchus: "Serpent bearer" in Greek
  • Pendragon: The "chief dragon" in Celtic mythology
  • Tanis: "Serpent lady" in Greek
  • Vritra: Dragon-like demon that caused droughts in ancient Indian myth
  • Wyvern: Two-legged dragon in European folklore
  • Xiuhcoatl: "Fire serpent" in Aztec mythology
Quick Tip

Dive into our ocean of over 100 water dragon names to find the perfect wave-worthy title for your Australian companion. 

GOT Dragon Names From the Iconic Show

Cute baby bearded dragon with its mouth opened

The names of the dragons from Game of Thrones echo through the halls of castles, whisper in the leaves of enchanted forests, and ripple across the surface of hidden lakes. One of these names is sure to captivate the fam. 

  • Arrox: A young male belonging to Prince Lucerys Velaryon
  • Balerion: The eldest Targaryen dragon
  • Caraxes: Huge, red dragon belonging to Prince Daemon Targaryen
  • Dreamfyre: A silver and blue female owned by Princess Rhaena Targaryen and Queen Helaena
  • Khaleesi: "A name that means "Mother of Dragons" in Game of Thrones
  • Meleys: Belonged to Princess Rhaenys
  • Moondancer: Beautiful female dragon belonging to Lady Baela Targaryen
  • Rhaegal: One of Khaleesi's dragons 
  • Shrykos: A she-dragon bound to Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen
  • Silverwing: Ridden by Queen Alysanne Targaryen
  • Stormcloud: The young male dragon belonging to Aegon the Younger
  • Sunfyre: Dragon with golden scales belonging to Aegon II Targaryen
  • Syrax: The dragon belonging to Princess Rhaenyra
  • Tessarion: The she-dragon that breathes blue flame
  • Tyraxes: Belonging to Prince Joffrey Velaryon 
  • Vermax: The young male dragon belonging to Prince Jacaerys Valaryon
  • Vermithor: The third largest dragon belonging to Jaehaerys I Targaryen
  • Vhagar: An ancient female dragon

Chinese Dragon Names to Inspire the Fire

In the enchanting world of Chinese mythology, dragons are the superstars, boasting roles filled with awe, might, and a sprinkle of luck. Forget the Western tales of fearsome, fire-spewing dragons — Chinese dragons are the cool, kind-hearted cousins who prefer showering the lands with rain, filling rivers to the brim, and blessing the earth with bountiful harvests. If you're looking for a Chinese dragon name, start with the ones we've found below.

  • Bailong: "White dragon"
  • Bi An: A Chinese dragon that upholds justice
  • Bixi: Eldest of Chinese dragon's nine sons
  • Chaofang: Short dragons with thick heads, bushy tails, and two horns on their head that are often found on imperial palaces
  • Chenglong: "Dragon of success"
  • Coiling: Controller of time in Chinese mythology
  • Fengshuilong: "Dragon of the wind and water"
  • Fulong: "Lucky dragon"
  • Heilong: "Gray dragon"
  • Honglong: "Red dragon"
  • Jilong: "Lucky and auspicious dragon"
  • Longshui: "Dragon water"
  • Longwei: "Dragon greatness"
  • Longyu: "Dragon rain"
  • Lunlong: "Dragon of fortune and prosperity"
  • Pulao: Dragon that likes to scream
  • Qiuniu: Yellow dragon with scales known to be the master of music
  • Shuipinglong: "Dragon of peaceful water"
  • Suanni: Lion-like dragon often depicted on incense burners
  • Xuanshuilong: "Mysterious water dragon"
  • Yinglong: One of the few winged dragons in Chinese mythology
  • Youngquan: "Eternal spring" 
  • Yushuilong: "Rain and water dragon"

Nicknames for Your Dragon at Home

Every one of these playful pet names snags a slice of dragon magic and personality, sprinkling a dash of fun and fondness onto your mythical buddy's blazing personality.

  • Blaze: For a fiery personality
  • Bubbles: Perfect for a water dragon with a bubbly personality
  • Cinder: For a dragon born from the ashes with a fiery spirit
  • Ember: For scaly pets with gentle warmth
  • Flint: For a dragon who can start a fire with just a spark
  • Frostbite: Perfect for an "ice dragon" with a chilly demeanor
  • Glimmer: For one whose scales catch the light in magical ways
  • Gusty: Like a dragon who commands the winds with their wings
  • Mystic: For one with an enigmatic and magical presence
  • Nimbus: For a pet that loves to soar among the clouds
  • Rumble: For a dragon whose roar shakes the earth
  • Snapper: For dragons with a feisty bite
  • Soot: For one with dark, smoky scales

Japanese Dragon Names for Your Lucky Lizard

Japanese dragons are the ultimate power trio of strength, wisdom, and luck-bringing mojo! Picture them as the cosmic bodyguards of Buddhist law, the universe, and Mother Nature herself. Choosing one of these names could give your critter some character.

  • Arisa: Someone connected with dragons in Japanese culture
  • Kagutsuchi: "Fire dragon" in Japanese culture
  • Kaida: "Little dragon" in Japanese
  • Kayda: "Looks like a dragon" in Japanese
  • Kinryu: Golden, eight-headed dragon
  • Kiyo: Represents vengeful power or giving in to desire
  • Mizuchi: A hornless water dragon 
  • Nakagawa: Symbolizes the flow of a dragon
  • Orochi: "Big snake" in Japanese
  • Ryoko: "She who is like a dragon" in Japanese
  • Ryu: Dragon characters that represent strength in anime
  • Ryujin: A sea deity and dragon king who is the master of serpents
  • Susanoo: Storm-diety known for killing the eight-headed dragon known as Yamata
  • Seiryu: Associated with prosperity in Japanese media
  • Tatsuko: "Child of the dragon" in Japanese
  • Tatsuya: A name from the Japanese sign of the dragon
  • Tianlong: Heavenly dragons in Japanese culture
  • Uwibami: "Giant snake" in Japanese
  • Wani: A sea dragon said to reside in the deep sea
  • Watatsumi: Also known as the dragon god named Ryujin
  • Yofune: "Night ship master" associated with mystery
  • Zennyo Ryuo: A rain god depicted as a dragon

Funny Dragon Names for Your Silly, Scaly Companion

Dragon pet in the grass with its toy ball

Every now and then, we enjoy calling our critters by cute pet names. Although you may have your own, we have compiled some ideas here: 

  • Bubblebeard
  • Burpfire
  • Chompers
  • Cuddlebug
  • Droolius Caesar
  • Flapjack
  • Giggles
  • Hiccups
  • Jormungand: A world serpent in Norse mythology
  • Puffzilla
  • Sir Fartsalot
  • Snorelax
  • Squirt
  • Toasty Toes

Names That Mean Dragon in Other Languages

"Dragon" in English already snaps and crackles with a hint of magic, but wait till you hear the dazzling array of names for these mythical beasts from corners far and wide across the globe.

  • Amlub: "Dragon" in Elvish
  • Belindo: "Dragon" in German
  • Drago: "Dragon" in Italian
  • Dragonessa:  "Dragon" in Italian
  • Drake: Dragon" in Greek
  • Drakon: Another word for "dragon" in Greek
  • Herensuge: "Dragon" in Basque
  • Hydra: "Many-headed dragon" in Greek
  • Nithe: Old Norse name meaning "dragon"
  • Ormr: "Dragon" in Nordic
  • Scylla: "Dragon monster" in Greek
  • Wyvern: "Dragon" in French

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Names for Your Dragon From Film

I'd fall off my dragon in surprise if you told me you've never spotted one of these majestic beasts in any movie you've watched! If you're on the hunt to name your lizard something star-studded and fabulous, inspired by the silver screen's most famous dragons, try these on for size:

  • Arman: He's a Dragon 
  • Dagahra: Rebirth of Mothra II
  • Diaval: Maleficent
  • Draco: Dragonheart
  • Eborsisk: Willow
  • Elliot: Pete's Dragon
  • Eustace: Eustace Scrubb, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Falkor: The Neverending Story
  • Ghidorah: Godzilla
  • Haku: Spirited Away
  • Momonosuke: One Piece
  • Mushu: Mulan
  • Norberta: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Puff: Puff, The Magic Dragon
  • Ran: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Rathalos: Monster Hunter
  • Saphira: Eragon
  • Shaw: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Shenron: Dragon Ball
  • Sisu: Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Smaug: The Hobbit
  • Sol Regem: The Dragon Prince
  • Tohru: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • Toothless: How to Train Your Dragon
  • Uroloki: Lord of the Rings
  • Vermithrax: Dragonslayer
Quick Tip

Dragons, those endlessly intriguing creatures, pop up in a heap of films, sprawling from epic fantasies to the heartwarmingly adorable, like Pete's Dragon, so if you're looking for a dragon name, just look through popular films.

Naming Your Dragon at Home

The magic doesn't have to end with the Year of the Dragon. If you see a few you like, jot them down and use them in years to come. Choose a handful of names that dance on your tongue, set your soul aflame, and bring a grin to your face every time they're said aloud. After all, a name isn't just a tag — it's a daily celebration of your love for your reptile. 

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150+ Dragon Names for Your Scaly Sidekick