If you’re a dog-lover like me, you might consider naming your canine pal to be a pretty weighty task. This is especially true if the pup in question will be a working partner, as well as a best friend. The following is my third post in a series dedicated to listing some of my favorite potential dog names. As a service dog handler myself, I’ve chosen names that I think are particularly suited to give to a working dog, taking the length, ease-of-pronunciation, meaning, and associations all into account. Check out my list of A names or B names for more ideas.
Dog Names Beginning with “C”
Cruise (Masculine): I like this one for a guide dog particularly because “cruising” is such a great way to describe what it feels like to walk freely with your guide. It is also clear, short, and distinct from most English commands that I can think of
Callum (Masculine): Scottish derivative of “columba”, meaning dove
Clemintine (Feminine): these little citrus fruits are bursting with flavor. Good for a little girl with a lot of personality.
Conan (Masculine): this comes from an Irish word meaning little wolf, which seems appropriate. It is also the name of a U.S. special forces military dog who was awarded a medal of honor at the Whitehouse in 2019. Notably, Conan was named after TV personality Conan O’Brian.
Chloe (Feminine): I think this name is fairly widely-used for dogs already. It is a Greek name that means “green shoot”, and refers to Demeter, goddess of aggriculture and fertility. Appropriate for a dog with a youthful attitude.
Corin (Masculine): containing the Latin route for “heart”, this is the name of a prince from C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and his Boy.
Coco (Neutral): the delicious stuff we put in cakes.
Clodagh (Feminine): a popular name in Ireland associated with a river in County Waterford as well as a saint.
Chico (Masculine): meaning boy in Spanish. I just think it’s cute.
Ceili (Feminine, pronounced “Kay-Lee): a social event or step dance traditional in Scotland and Ireland. I attended a Ceili with my friends for my 16th birthday (I know, make fun of me all you want) and had a blast! Great memories associated with this word and I think it makes for a great name.
Cooper (Masculine): an English occupational name associated with those who made buckets and barrels
Chapel (Masculine): this one could maybe go feminine too. Just draws to mind beautiful places with stained glass and I liked the sound of it.
Cherry (Feminine): as in the fruit. Might be a good one if your dog’s coat has a reddish hugh.
Cheer (Masculine): a similar one for a male, denoting happiness.
Chess (Masculine): as in the game. Good for a clever or somewhat mischievous dog.
Chesapeak (Neutral, Chessie for short): a similar sound, named for the bay on the east coast of the U.S. between Maryland and Virginia.
Chaucer (Masculine): as in the English author, for a scholarly type.
Coral (Feminine): a lovely shade of orangey-pink, the tiny sea creatures that grow in reefs, and the mother from Finding Nemo.
Calypso (Feminine): from Greek mythology, meaning “concealing the knowledge”. A nymph who kept Odysseus prisoner on her island for 7 years.
Celtic (Masculine): beginning with a hard “C” sound, this refers to a cultural and linguistic group of the British isles. Use with caution if you plan to spend any time in the UK, though, as it is also a football (soccer) team and could get you into some trouble.
Cove (Neutral): a small inlet or bay in a larger body of water. Might be associated with peace and calm as a more sheltered place along a coastline.
Clue (Feminine): only thing with this one is you could never say “I have no clue” without lying 🙂
Castle (Masculine?): I just think this makes for a cool name
Carolina (Feminine): a region, but also a wild dog breed
Chip (Masculine): reminds me of the little china cup from the Beauty and the Beast
Camberra (Feminine): the name of my stuffed koala bear growing up, and the capital city of Australia.
Cornflower (Feminine): a European bloom associated with growing in aggricultural fields. Blue, white, or pink in color. Can be used medicinally for various ailments.
Do you have a dog with a name beginning with C? What would you add to this list?
See you next time for “D” names, and don’t forget to check out the “A” and “B” lists if you haven’t already.