One of the most exciting parts of getting a new pup is choosing an awesome name! With Border Collies being the world’s smartest breed, they deserve a truly outstanding name.
This article will run through 101 exotic names for both male and female border collies AND provide the unique meanings behind each name. Oh yes, meaning matters.
Tips on choosing the right name for your Border Collie
When it gets tough deciding on a name, something that helps a lot is to verbalize the name… Say it out loud!
Say it quietly, loudly and figure out the potential shortened version for the name.
Consider how easy it is to say… Does it flow off the tip of your tongue or do you feel like it’s a mouthful?
Remember, you can always wait!
Let’s be honest here, your border collie isn’t really going to know much different for the first 1-3 days after you get them. So, there’s no harm in waiting for a few days while you get a sense of their character, as this can really help you narrow down suitable names.
You will, of course, need to start training soon, though, so don’t wait too long as you’ll need to have their name ready for use!
50 Exotic Border Collie Names With Meanings: Male & Female
Let’s run through some of the most exotic and unique names for border collies. Each name is fairly short, easy to say, and comes with a meaning. Below I cover around 25 male names and 25 female names, with some being considered unisex names.
|Akio||Male||Japanese word meaning “bright man”|
|Sabre||Male||French male name meaning “sword”|
|Hunter||Male||Male name of English origin meaning “one who hunts”|
|Moon||Male||Unique name inspired by the moon|
|Breeze||Male||Unique name inspired by the collie’s quick movement|
|Loki||Male||Male name meaning a trickster god from Norse mythology|
|Zeus||Male||Greek word meaning “living”. Also inspired by the Greek god Zeus|
|North||Male/Unisex||Unique unisex name uncommon for dogs|
|Storm||Male||Name of English origin meaning “tempest”|
|Diego||Male||Male name of Spanish origin meaning “supplanter”|
|Cosmo||Male||British/Italian name meaning “order, decency, and beauty”|
|Milo||Male||Unique male name meaning “solider”|
|Zorro||Male||Slavic name for “Golden Dawn”. Also Spanish for “fox”|
|Lynx||Male||Unique name of Greek origin meaning “brightness”|
|Panther||Male||Male name inspired by the black panther cat|
|Sage||Male/Unisex||Unisex name of Latin origin meaning “herb” or “prophet”|
|Keiko||Male/Unisex||Japanese name meaning “shadow or reflection”|
|Tofu||Male||Unique male name inspired by the food: Tofu|
|Ice||Male||Unique climate-inspired male name|
|Aramis||Male||Unique name with French origins. One of the three musketeers|
|Apollo||Male||Greek name meaning “destroyer”|
|Picasso||Male||Inspired by the great Spanish artist, Picasso|
|Jazz||Male/Unisex||Unique male name inspired by Jazz music originating in the states|
|Bolt||Male||Winter-inspired name suitable for a collie’s quick movement and speed|
|Orlando||Male||British/Italian name that means “from glorious lands”|
|Naomi||Female||Unique female name of Jewish origin meaning “pleasantness”|
|Carmella||Female||Hebrew female name meaning “garden” or “orchard”|
|Talia||Female||Hebrew female name meaning “dew of god” or “to bloom”|
|Sahara||Female||Female Arabic name meaning “desert”|
|Lulu||Female||Unique name with Arabic origin meaning “pearl”|
|Mochi||Female||Exotic name of Japanese origin meaning Japanese rice cake|
|Willow||Female/Unisex||Unisex name of English origin meaning “willow tree” or “freedom”|
|Maya||Female||Greek name meaning “good mother”, and in Hebrew “water”|
|Nahla||Female||Nahla has Arabic origins meaning the “first drink of water in the desert”|
|Priya||Female||Name of Indian origins meaning “dear” or “beloved”|
|Kali||Female||Name of a Hindu goddess, and Sanskrit for “the black one”|
|Kaira||Female||Female name of Latin origin meaning “friend” or “beloved”|
|Amara||Female||Exotic female name of Latin origin meaning “everlasting”|
|Saphire||Female||Female name of English origin and is the name of a gemstone|
|Astra||Female||Female name of Latin origin meaning “star”|
|Opal||Female||Name derived from Sanskrit meaning “jewel” also the birthstone of October|
|Athena||Female||Female name of the Greek goddess of “war and wisdom”|
|Nova||Female||Inspired by astronomy, a nova is a bright star that releases powerful energy|
|Aurora||Female||Unique name of Latin origin meaning “dawn”|
|Atlanta||Female||Unique female name of Greek origin meaning “secure and immovable”|
|Raven||Female/Unisex||English name meaning dark-haired or “wise”|
|Ayla||Female||Ayla is a unique female name meaning “deer” or “gazelle”|
|Miska||Female||Unique female name meaning “gift from God” in Hebrew|
|Sakari||Female||Female name of Native-American origin meaning “sweet”|
|Skyla||Female||A unique female name meaning “the sky”|
Many of the names above are certainly more exotic and unique than most dog names we hear. If any take your fancy, say the name out loud to get a sense of how it feels.
Let’s move on to other unique and wonderful names for border collies.
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15 Unusual Border Collie Names: Male & Female
Exotic names aside, let’s cover a few more unusual names for those that like to stand out from the crowd. These might not flow off the tongue as smoothly as the list above, but these definitely set you apart.
|Gatsby||Male||Name of German origins meaning “God’s boy”|
|Pharaoh||Male||Name referring to the royal palace in ancient Egypt|
|Galaxy||Unisex||Name of American origin referring to a large collection of stars|
|Dexter||Male||Name of Latin origin meaning “right-handed” or “fortunate”|
|Primrose||Female||19th-century female name of English origin meaning “first rose”|
|Leonardo||Male||Name of Latin origins meaning “as strong as a lion”|
|Artemis||Female||Name of Greek origin meaning “butcher”|
|Kodiak||Female||Name meaning “island”|
|Falcon||Unisex||Unisex name inspired by the Falcon bird.|
|Delilah||Female||Female name meaning “delicate” in Hebrew|
|Hercules||Male||Male name of Greek origin, Hercules was the son of Zeus|
|Dalton||Male||Male name meaning “valley” or “settlement”|
|Ezra||Male||Biblical name meaning “help” or “helper”|
|Rolando||Male||Name of Latin origins meaning “famous throughout the lands”|
|Petal||Female||Name of Greek origin meaning “leaf”|
15 Weather-Inspired Border Collie Names
It turns out that there are numerous weather-inspired names that sound awesome! These are just exotic and unique sounding as all of the names listed so far. Check them out below!
|Blizzard||Unisex||Inspired from snow blizzards|
|Rain||Unisex||Inspired by the rain (who invited captain obvious, lol!)|
|Strike||Unisex||Inspired by lightning strikes and quick movement|
|Alpine||Unisex||Inspired by snow-capped mountains|
|Glacier||Unisex||Inspired by floating masses of ice|
|Yuki||Unisex||Japanese word for snow|
|Polar||Male||Inspired by the north and south pole|
|Blaze||Male||Inspired by blazing hot summers|
|Thor/Thora||Unisex||Inspired by thunder|
|Frosty||Unisex||Inspired by cold icey mornings|
|Sol||Male||Spanish for sun|
|Cyrus||Male||Persian for sun|
|Summer||Female||Female name representing the season of summer|
|Keanu||Male||Hawaiian for “cool breeze over the mountain”|
21 Cool Border Collie Names
Okay… let’s just carry on with more AWESOME names that suit border collies down to a tee. Let’s get into it.
|Ruby||Female||Inspired by the Ruby gemstone|
|Jax||Male||Short for Jaxon, meaning “God of gracious”|
|Mila||Female||Means “gracious” or “dear” also short in Spanish for “miracle”|
|Atlas||Male||Name of Greek origin meaning “to carry” “responsible”|
|Queso||Male||Inspired by the Spanish word for “cheese”!|
|Manila||Unisex||Originally a name of a plant but now referred to as the capital of the Philippines|
|Deena||Female||Related to the French name Geraldine. Meaning “decoration”|
|Rocky||Male||Italian name with the meaning of “rest”|
|Scout||Unisex||Name with French origins meaning “to listen”|
|Haze||Unisex||Name with Angelo-Saxon origins meaning a light brown color (hazelnut)|
|Ranger||Male||Inspired by rangers and forest guardians|
|Bruno||Male||Name with German origins meaning “brown”|
|Miki||Female||Name with Japanese/Hawaiian origins meaning “who resembles God”|
|Drake||Male||Name with English origins meaning “dragon” or “snake”|
|Capri||Unisex||Name with Italian origins meaning “Island”|
|Lola||Female||Short for Dolores, Spanish for “sorrows”|
|Camile||Female||Name of French origins meaning “noble” or “free-born”|
|Lena||Female||Unique name which means “the ray of light”|
|General||Male||Unique name inspired by generals of the war|
|Syd||Male||An old English name derived from Sidney meaning a “wide meadow”|
|Javi||Male||Name with Spanish and Portuguese origins meaning a boy that is “bright”|
What Name Will You Choose For Your Collie?
Out of the 101 exotic and awesome names given above, did you find any you like?
Let me know your thoughts on those names, and be sure to let me know what you go for!
And don’t forget, The Puppy Mag has a lot of super helpful articles all about Border Collie health, behavior, grooming, and more.
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