The 112 Best Dog Names that Start with ‘A’

So how do you find the perfect dog name? Rover has you covered. Dog names starting with the letter A are popular for multiple reasons—not only does the letter just roll off the tongue, but there are so many cute names for dogs that start with A! Think puppy names like April, Angel, Almond, Adi…and the list goes on.

For a great dog name starting with “A,” look no further. These names are handpicked from our database of dog names. They’re ranked in order of popularity from the top ten all the way down to names that barely squeak into the top 1000. Their numbers here represent their relative popularity in this list, not their actual rank in the master database. Have fun perusing the options and good luck choosing the perfect name for your new best friend!

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Top Female Dog ‘A’ Names

  1. Abby
  2. Ava
  3. Angel
  4. Arya
  5. Aurora
  6. Alice
  7. Amber
  8. Annabelle
  9. Anna
  10. Ally
  11. Avery
  12. April
  13. Amelia
  14. Abigail
  15. Ash
  16. Astrid
  17. Apple
  18. Amy
  19. Audrey
  20. Ayla
  21. Asha
  22. Atlas
  23. Aries
  24. Agnes
  25. Alma
  26. August
  27. Aura
  28. Adele
  29. Alex
  30. Alli
  31. Ace
  32. Alexa

Top Male Dog ‘A’ Names

  1. Atticus
  2. Augie
  3. Alex
  4. Austin
  5. Aries
  6. Albert
  7. August
  8. Anakin
  9. Alfred
  10. Angel
  11. Avery
  12. Aero
  13. Al
  14. Andre
  15. Adam
  16. Aaron
  17. Atom
  18. Admiral
  19. Almond
  20. Audie
  21. Armin
  22. Abby
  23. Anton
  24. Arturo
  25. Antonio
  26. Aster
  27. Apple
  28. Amber
  29. Alfonso
  30. Ava
  31. Alucard
  32. Atari
  33. Arya
  34. Armstrong
  35. Armand
  36. Armie
  37. Austen
  38. Aziz
  39. Alexei
  40. Agent
  41. Anchovy
  42. Alberto
  43. Angela
  44. Aika
  45. Asha
  46. Alice
  47. Apricot
  48. Annabelle
  49. Ander
  50. Agro
  51. Amazon
  52. Armando
  53. Asgard
  54. Alli
  55. April
  56. Anna
  57. Adama
  58. Armond
  59. Alexis
  60. Adele
  61. Ally
  62. Alexa
  63. Alyx
  64. Aymeric
  65. Astrid
  66. Akali
  67. Andreas
  68. Arod
  69. Amenadiel

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Human Names for Dogs

You’ll notice that many of the names on this list are people names as well, and would sound equally at home on a baby as they do on a puppy. Why is that? Our data shows that each year, dog lovers increasingly turn to human names for their pets. This reflects the larger cultural trend that embraces dogs as full-fledged family members rather than “just” pets.

In the past, male dog names and female dog names alike were less likely to be personalized to the dog. For instance, a boy dog might have been named Rex, Duke, or Rover, while a girl dog might have been called Lady or Princess. Nowadays, however, you’re more likely to hear Ashley, Arthur, or Anna called out at the local dog park.

Tips for Choosing a Dog Name

So how do you find the perfect name for your dog? Think about personality—yours AND theirs! For example, in this list, there’s variety to fit any type of dog, from a tiny Atom to a tough Anakin or a tasty Alfredo. For those of us with a sense of humor, funny, food-inspired dog names like Anchovy, Apricot, and Almond fit the bill.

Another consideration when choosing your dog’s name? Dog training. This is of particular importance for puppies. When you’re teaching your new dog to respond to commands like sit, stay, or come, you’ll want to be sure their name isn’t a source of confusion. In other words, avoid puppy names that sound like a common dog training cue, such as “Bit,” which could easily be misheard as “sit.” Many dog experts recommend choosing a name with at least two syllables and a sing-song or vowel sound at the end.

Dog breeds factor into puppy name decisions, as well. A big dog like a Great Dane can carry Alaska, while a French bulldog would be cute as Arabella and a German shepherd as Axel.

However, don’t worry if you don’t stick to your chosen theme for your new puppy or adopted dog. The best dog names fit the individual pet and make you smile. Because dogs are part of our family, and their names reflect what’s important to us as well as our love for them.

For more inspiration and ideas, check out our list of unique names for dogs, along with the most popular dog names of the year, love-inspired choices, tough dog names, cute dog names, and many more.

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