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?