Last Updated on December 8, 2022 by The Puppy Mag
Choosing your Australian Shepherd’s name is an exciting and important part of getting your new pup. From cool names to cute names, exotic and unique, one thing always matters, and that’s the meaning!
This article will run through 101 awesome Australian shepherd names for both male and female, as well as providing the meaning.
How To Choose The Best Name For Your Australian Shepherd
It’s all well and good providing a great list of names with interesting meanings, but it doesn’t necessarily make the decision easier…
Things that can help massively when choosing a name:
Verbalize it! Don’t just read or think it, say it out loud multiple times, both loudly and quietly. After all, whatever name you go for, will be what you end up shouting out loud for everyone to hear at the dog park! lol.
Think about how easy it is to say? Does it roll off the tongue and have a nice sound?
Nicknames. It’s also important to consider if there’s a logically shortened version of the name you like, because sure enough, even short names, are inevitably made shorter. Or even completely changed to make something that’s easier to say.
An easy example: I named my black lab rocky, but pretty much only ever called him “rock”…
Shortening names always happens, so it helps to think about whether or not you like the nickname too.
50 Exotic Names For Male & Female Australian Shepherds
The following list will cover 50 amazingly exotic and unique names for both females and male Aussies (25 each, although some are more or less unisex).
Each name listed will come with its meaning! Super cool, right!
|Kenzo||Male||Kenzo is a Japanese name meaning “healthy and wise”|
|Calisto||Male||Calisto is a Spanish name meaning “most beautiful one”|
|Sage||Male||Sage is a name of Latin origin and means “wise” or “prophet”|
|Maleko||Male||Maleko is the Hawaiian version of Mark and means “Male”|
|Akio||Male||Akio is a Japanese name meaning “a bright man”|
|Ludo||Male||Ludo is a name of German origin and means “famous fighter”|
|Nilo||Male||Nilo has Latin origin and means “butterfly” or “victory of the people”|
|Koji||Male||Koji is a male Japanese name and means “cultivate, heal, and peace”|
|Oban||Male||Oban is the name of a small town in Scottland|
|Tau||Male||Tau is a South-African name meaning “Lion”. Pronounced Tah-Oh|
|Zeus||Male||Zeus is the god of the sky in Ancient Greek Mythology|
|Yuki||Male||Yuki can be male or female and means “snow” in Japanese|
|Bane||Male||Bane is a Hawaiian name meaning “long-awaited child”|
|Denver||Male||Name of English origin meaning “green valley”|
|Magnus||Male||Name of Latin origin meaning “large”|
|Paolo||Male||Name of Latin origin meaning “little”|
|Orion||Male||Orion is a Greek name meaning “son of fire” or “the hunter”|
|Diego||Male||Diego means “teacher” in Ancient Greek|
|Cosmo||Male||Name of Italian origins meaning “order, decency, and beauty”|
|Jazz||Male||Jazz is a unique name inspired by Jazz music originating in the states|
|Enzo||Male||Enzo is the Italian name for Henry|
|Leon||Male||Leon is of Greek origin and means “Lion”|
|Rocco||Male||Rocco is an Italian name meaning “rest”|
|Felix||Male||Felix is of Latin origin and means “happy” or “lucky”|
|Santi||Male||Santi can be female or male and has Italian origins relating to all saints day|
|Alba||Female||Alba is a female name of Spanish origin meaning “dawn”|
|Maya||Female||Maya is a Greek name meaning “good mother”|
|Azora||Female||Azora is an old Spanish name meaning “sky blue”|
|Carina||Female||An Italian name meaning “cute”|
|Kai||Female||Kai is a name of many countries but in Hawaiian means “ocean”|
|Lola||Female||Lola is a beautiful Spanish name and means “sorrow”|
|Yara||Female||Yara is a name with Persian origins and means “friend” or “helper”|
|Nova||Female||Nova is the astrological name for “bright star”|
|Akila||Female||Akila is an Egyptian name meaning “intelligent”|
|Peni||Female||Peni is a shortened version of the Spanish name Penelope|
|Nahla||Female||Nahla has Arabic origins meaning the “first drink of water in the desert” Unique!|
|Iris||Female||Iris has Ancient Greek origins and means “rainbow”|
|Amya||Female||Amya is a female name of American origin meaning “night rain”|
|Tasha||Female||Female name of Russian origin meaning “birthday”|
|Havana||Female||Havana is the capital of Cuba, but some consider it to mean “heaven”|
|Suki||Female||Suki is a Japanese name meaning “beloved”|
|Fiji||Female||Fiji is a feminine name inspired by the Fiji Islands|
|Astra||Female||Astra has Latin origin and means “star”|
|Kali||Female||Kali is the name of a Hindu goddess|
|Ayla||Female||Ayla is a unique name meaning “gazelle” or “deer”|
|Sakari||Female||Sakari has Native-American origins and means “sweet”|
|Honey||Female||Honey has American origins and is a beautiful feminine name|
|Zanna||Female||Zanna has Hebrew origins and means “lily”|
|Mai||Female||Mai is a Japanese name and means “dance”|
|Naomi||Female||Naomi is a Jewish name meaning “pleasantness”|
What are your thoughts on those names above? These names not only sound great, but you certainly don’t hear them often at the dog park.
And remember, say them out loud! Don’t just read them. Some names sound better when actually said, and others not so much…
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30 Unique Australian Shepherd Names For Male & Females
Let’s get straight into another 30 unique Australian Shepherd names for both male and female Aussies. These names may not be as exotic as above, but they’re still unique, beautiful, and easy to say.
|Haze||Unisex||Haze is considered short for “hazelnut” and has Angelo-Saxon origins|
|Jax||Male||Short for Jackson, also has a biblical meaning “God is gracious”|
|Capri||Female||Capri has Italian origins and means “Island”|
|Syd||Male||Syd has English origins and means “wide meadows” suitable for Aussies!|
|Pepper||Unisex||An unusual, yet easy to say name that could suit both male and female|
|Miki||Female||Name with Hawaiian origins meaning “who resembles god”|
|Delilah||Female||Delilah is of Hebrew origin meaning “delicate”|
|Ranger||Male||Ranger is a french name meaning “guardians of the forest”|
|Apple||Female||Apple is a beautiful feminine name inspired by the fruit!|
|Oslo||Male||Oslo is the capital of Norway and also means “meadow beneath the ridge”|
|Koda||Female||Name with Native-American origins meaning “friend”|
|Keanu||Male||Keanu is of Hawaiian origin and means “breeze”|
|Willow||Female||Name of English origin and means “freedom”|
|Dallas||Male||Dallas has Scottish origins meaning “The meadow dwelling”|
|Lucius||Male||Lucius has Latin origins and means “light”|
|Ginger||Female||Ginger is a unique female name inspired by the spice; Ginger.|
|Luna||Female||Luna means “moon” in Latin and several languages|
|Cashew||Male||Cashew is inspired by the cashew tree|
|Cassie||Female||Cassie is a unique name meaning “shining upon men”|
|Blaze||Male||Inspired by firey blazes. Is also a name of Latin origin|
|Pesto||Male||Inspired by the Italian dressing/sauce; Pesto!|
|Coco||Female||Unique feminine name inspired by the cocoa bean|
|Cali||Female||Short for Calista and has Greek origins meaning “fairest, beautiful, lovely”|
|Dalton||Male||Unique male name meaning “settlement” or “valley”|
|Harper||Female||Name of English origin representing some who plays the Harp|
|Julius||Male||Name of Greek origin meaning “devoted to love”|
|Bacio||Male||Meaning “kiss” in Italian|
|Rain||Unisex||Inspired by the Rain! Go figure…|
|Pirro||Male||Originally an Italian name meaning “rock”|
|Sahara||Female||A unique feminine name inspired by the Sahara desert|
I personally love some of these! “Rain” for example, sounds so cool and unique!
Anyway, let’s move on to the next set of 21 names that you might end up choosing for your Aussie!
21 Great Names That Suit Australian Shepherds: Our Favorites!
The following is a collection of our all-time favorite dog names. Some are cute and sweet while others sound more stern and powerful… Let’s get into them!
|Sabre||Male||Sabre is a French name and means “Sword”|
|Tiger||Male||Tiger is a male name of American origin and represents the powerful Tiger cat|
|Zante||Unisex||Zante can be a unisex name and is the name of a Greek Island|
|Amara||Female||Amara is a name of Latin origin and means “everlasting”|
|Mocha||Female||Mocha is a cute feminine name and perfect for those coffee lovers!|
|Hunter||Male||Hunter is a unique and powerful sounding name perfect for males|
|Ava||Female||Ava has Latin origin and means “bird”. Pronounced A-vah.|
|Azalea||Female||Azalea is a name of Greek origin and means “dry”|
|Duke||Male||Duke is a unique name with the meaning “the leader”|
|Charlie||Male||Although a popular human name, charlie would sound great for an Aussie!|
|Arlo||Male||Arlo has Angelo-Saxon origins and means “army” or “troops”|
|Dakota||Unisex||Dakota is a very unique sounding name and means “friend”|
|Eva||Female||Eva is derived from a Hebrew name that means “dawn”|
|Loki||Male||Loki is a Scandinavian name that originally means “trickster god”|
|Lotus||Female||Lotus has Egyptian origins and comes from the Lotus flower|
|Alina||Female||Alina has European origins and means “independent and strong-willed”|
|Parker||Male||Parker is an old English name that originally means “park keeper”|
|Olive||Unisex||Olive is an unusual name that could work for both male and female|
|Nessa||Female||Nessa has Greek origins and means “pure” and “holy”|
|Storm||Male||Storm is a powerful sounding name perfect for a male Aussie|
|Poppy||Female||Poppy is a cute name and makes for a great, easy nickname “pop”!|
What do you think of those names? Did any stick?
If those names inspired you to think of your own, be sure to let me know! If I receive enough submissions back I’ll be sure to create a new section for future readers!
One Extra Tip!
If you are really struggling to choose a name, it’s a great idea to just wait until you have your Aussie at home with you…
You’ll be surprised how just after a couple of days you’ll get a sense of their character, their natural charm and even unique quirks about them. This can really help you select a name!
It’s fine to wait a couple of days, but try not to wait a couple of weeks! They’ll need to start learning their name soon!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out more of our Australian Shepherd articles