Published: May 20, 2022  

Last updated: May 20, 2022  

Naming your puppy or rescue dog should reflect their personality and show pride in who they are.

Giving your black dog a name that is powerful and shows off their beautiful black coat is only fitting.

Definition of Black:

Noun: black color or pigment.
Adjective: of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white.

The color black symbolizes power and sophistication. Black can also evoke emotions of depression or anger. So be careful to choose a positive name so as to not reflect any depression.

It could be a synonym of the word black or an animal or item that resembles black. Be creative and choose a name for your new puppy that will last them a lifetime.

two black lab mix dogs
Our two black lab mix dogs, Symba and Nala Midnight

Here are the best names with meanings for your female or male black puppy:

  • Ash – residue left when material is thoroughly burned
  • Batman – known for his black mask and cape
  • Bean – black beans
  • Bear – black bear
  • Berry – blackberry, fruit
  • Black Beauty – the name of the horse in the Disney movie
  • Blackie – color black
  • Blackjack – card game
  • Blackster – motorcycle; mix of blackberry brandy and monster energy drink
  • Boss – PBS TV series
  • Bullet – animated action fiction series
  • Caviar – fish eggs
  • Charcoal – dark black
  • Chia – edible seeds of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family native to central and southern Mexico
  • Cinders – a fragment of ash
  • Coal – a combustible black rock consisting mainly of carbonized plant matter, found mainly in underground deposits and widely used as fuel
  • Crow – black bird
  • Darth Vader – Star Wars
  • Dusk – shadowy, dim, or dark
  • Ebony – heavy blackish or very dark brown timber from a mainly tropical tree
  • Eightball – black ball in the game of pool
  • Elvis – famous for his black hair and of course his music
  • Ember – piece of glowing carbon or charred wood
  • Espresso – strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans
  • Friday – black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving
  • Goth – a style of rock music; favoring black clothing and makeup
  • Graphite – a gray crystalline allotropic form of carbon which occurs as a mineral in some rocks
  • Guinness – a strong very dark heavy-bodied ale
  • Inklike – resembling ink
  • Inky – as dark as ink
  • Jet – very intense black
  • Jock – Lady and the Tramp
  • Knight – black knight
  • Limo – black limousine
  • Licorice – a sweet, chewy, aromatic black substance made by evaporation from the juice of a root and used as a candy and in medicine
  • Luna – lunar eclipse; an eclipse in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth’s shadow
  • Mamba – a black, large, agile, highly venomous African snake
  • Merlin – a small dark falcon that hunts small birds
  • Midnight – the middle period of the night
  • Miner – a person who works in a mine
  • Mink – a small semiaquatic animal
  • Muddy – covered in or full of mud
  • Ninja – a person skilled in the Japanese art of ninjutsu
  • Obsidian – a hard, dark, glasslike volcanic rock formed by the rapid solidification of lava without crystallization
  • Olive – small oval fruit with a hard pit
  • Onyx – a semi-precious variety of agate with different colors in layers
  • Ozzy – heavy metal rockstar
  • Panther – a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to grayish coat
  • Pepper – spice
  • Pitch – completely dark; as black as pitch
  • Raven – a large heavily built crow with mainly black plumage
  • Sable – similar to black relatively and seems like a shade of brown
  • Sapote – soft, edible fruit native to southern Mexico, Central America and northern parts of South America
  • Schwarz – German for black
  • Shadow – a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
  • Smoky – like smoke in color or appearance; dark gray
  • Sooty – covered with or colored like soot
  • Storm(y) – an intense low-pressure weather system
  • Stygian – extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding the stygian blackness of the cave
  • Treacle – a thick, sticky dark syrup made from partly refined sugar; molasses
  • Tux – tuxedo, formal wear for a man
  • Twizzler – black licorice
  • Velvet – fabric material
  • Wolf – black wolf
  • Zeppelin – heavy metal rock band with song called Black Dog
  • Zorro – (Spanish for ‘Fox’) is a fictional character, famous for his black cap and mask
  • Zulu – largest ethnic group and nation in South Africa
black dog
Our black dog JJ loved to go camping with us.

Black translated into other languages

  • Baki – Hausa
  • Beltza – Basque
  • Černá – Czech
  • Čierna – Slovak
  • Czarny – Polish
  • Dub – Hmong
  • Dubh – Irish
  • Dudu – Yoruba
  • E zeë – Albanian
  • Fekete – Hungarian
  • Hitam – Indonesian
  • ʻeleʻele – Hawaiian
  • Itim – Filipino
  • Juodas – Lithuanian
  • Kuro – Japanese
  • Madow – Somali
  • Mainty – Malagasy
  • Musta – Finnish
  • Negru – Romanian
  • Nero – Italian
  • Noir – French (male)
  • Noire – French (female)
  • Nyeusi – Swahili
  • Pango – Maori
  • Preta – Portuguese for black (female)
  • Preto – Portuguese for black (male)
  • Qara – Azerbaijani
  • Qora – Uzbek
  • Schwarz – German
  • Siyah – Turkish
  • Svart – Norwegian
  • Svart – Swedish
  • Svartur – Icelandic
  • Swart – Afrikaans
  • Wakuda – Nyanja
  • Xap – Mongolian
  • Zwart – Dutch
black and white dog
Our black and white foster dog, Georgia.

Names perfect for the black and white dog

  • Bishop – chess piece
  • Cookie – reference to the black and white Oreo cookie
  • Domino – game with black and white tiles
  • Friar – a member of any of certain religious orders of men, whom can be seen wearing a black robe
  • Oreo – Black and white cookies
  • Panda – a bear species endemic to China. It is characterized by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body.
  • Pen – Penguin
  • Perdita – 101 Dalmatians
  • Pongo – 101 Dalmatians
  • Snoopy – Charlie Brown’s dog from the world-famous comic strip by Charles M. Schulz
  • Spotty – marked with (black and white) spots
  • Tux – black and white formal wear

If you have a dog that is more white than black, check out our list of Unique dog names for white dogs.

In conclusion

I hope this list of black dog names has inspired you. Remember be creative and choose the most fitting name to your puppies personality.

If you are looking for spiritual names for black dogs, check out our list of 400 Spiritual dog names and what they mean.

Black dogs often get overlooked at the shelter, so thank you for adopting a black dog.

Didn’t find the perfect name for your black dog? Check out our entire library of dog name ideas.

About the Author

Debi McKee

Debi McKee is the expert behind Rescue Dogs 101 where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She is a mom of 3 human kids and 4 dogs and volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society. Click here for more about Debi and her passion for helping you and your dog.

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