The Best Badass Dog Names for your Tough Pup!

Dog Names

So, you need a badass puppy name.  Finding a perfect name for your perfect pup is a challenge.  No need to worry.  Barking Laughs has you covered with this badass dog names list!

Obviously, these names can be used for badass pups.  Naming a Pit Bull or a German Shepherd Beast makes sense.  But you can also use these tough dog names ironically.  Picture calling your Yorkie, Hannibal or Beast.  That would definitely make you stand out at the pooch park.  Regardless of the breed, these pup names aren’t reserved for just tough looking canines.

Badass Dog Names: Girls

  • Arma
  • Artemis
  • Astrid
  • Athena
  • Ayra
  • Barda
  • Daga
  • Elexis
  • Erma
  • Fera
  • Gauge
  • Ginti
  • Harley
  • Hera
  • Jinx
  • Juno
  • Karma
  • Katana
  • Kimber
  • Mags
  • Michonne
  • Nikita
  • Quin
  • Radon
  • Raven
  • Rebel
  • Ripley
  • Rogue
  • Roxie
  • Saber
  • Storm
  • Tala
  • Tappaa
  • Trinity
  • Ursa
  • Vasara
  • Viper
  • Widow
  • Zao
  • Zelda
  • Zemsta
  • Zeva

Badass Dog Names: Boys

  • Ares
  • Axel
  • Bandit
  • Bane
  • Bear
  • Beast
  • Blitz
  • Brick
  • Colossus
  • Crash
  • Cronus
  • Deacon
  • Eagle
  • Fire
  • Fury
  • General
  • Ghost
  • Hannibal
  • Hercules
  • Jäger
  • Jaws
  • Lancer
  • Mogul
  • Providence
  • Rawhide
  • Renegade
  • Rock
  • Sandor
  • Search
  • Sledge
  • Slash
  • Spike
  • Stark
  • Stone
  • Stryker
  • Taz
  • Timberwolf
  • Titan
  • Trailblazer
  • Tumbler
  • Zeus
  • Zod
  • Zook

If you saw some interesting tough pup names above, then be sure to check out their meanings.  As you will see, these names run the gambit.  Their are a few that are actual foreign words with a cool English meaning.

Tough Female Dog Names A-J

Arma: This name is the word for weapon in Romania.

Artemis: Artemis was a cool Greek God.  She was also the Goddess of the hunt, wild animals and the moon.  Her bow and arrow were legendary.  Her chastity was her number one priority.  She would become ruthless to protect it.

Astrid: The German meaning of Astrid is divine beauty or strength.  In Norway it means,  “godly strength.”

Athena: Athena was the War Goddess in Greek myth.

Ayra: This badass girl name comes from Game of Thrones.  This name also means, “Noble goodness.”

Barda: Big Barda is a New God from DC Comic.  Barda was great at fighting and she was strong.

Daga: This word means, “Dagger,” in the Basque Language.

Elexis:  This names meaning is “Defender of mankind.”

Erma:  This name comes from the German word “irmin.”  Irmin is linked to strength and a female deity of War.

Fera: In Portugal, Fera means, “Beast.”

Gauge: Gauge is the size of the inner diameter of a gun barrel.

Ginti: In the Lithuanian, this word means, “Defend.”

Harley:  the name Harley is linked to the bike, Harley Davidson.   There is also Harley Quinn from DC comics.

Hera: In Greek myth, Hera is the head Goddess.  She is married to the king God, Zeus.

Jinx:  Anyone or anything that gives bad luck is a Jinx.

Juno: She is the Roman counterpart of Hera.  She was the Goddess of love and marriage.

Badass Girl Pup Names K-R

Karma: Karma is the universe’s way of evening things out.  When you’re bad, then bad things happen to you.  When you’re good, then good thing happen.  As they say, “Karma is a bitch.”

Katana: Katana is a hero from DC Comics.  She is known for her martial arts skills.

Kimber: Kimber is a military and NATO handgun manufacturer.

Mags: This is a nickname for Magnum or magazines.  Both of which are gun related.

Michonne: This tough name comes from the Walking Dead.  This iconic character is a fan favorite.

Nikita:  Nikita is a Russian name meaning, “Unconquerable.”  There is also a movie, Nikita.  This film is about a female assassin.

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Quinn: Quinn comes from Batman Comics.  She first hit as the Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn.  Later she became a stand alone fan favorite.

Radon: Radon is a deadly gas that is radioactive.  It is silent and deadly, making it one of the craziest names on the list.

Raven: This name has a few meanings.  In the Marvel world, it is the real name of villain, Mystic.  As an animal, it is a larger bird that is black.   Some people believe that the raven is a messenger.  While others view it as a jinx.

Rebel: A rebel is a person that opposes a government.

Ripley: This name comes from the movie Alien.  Ripley was the female hero of the flick.

Rogue: Rogue means a few things and all are badass.  Rogue is one of the X-Men from Marvel.  It is also a person that is dishonest.  Also, this name is linked to going rogue.  Which means to do the opposite of what is expected.

Roxie: This name just sounds tough.  Especially if you shorten it to, Rox.  However, Roxie means, “Dawn.”

Badass Female Dog Names S-Z

Saber: Saber is a big sword with a blade that is curved.

Storm:  I think we all know what a storm is.  It’s a weather system that can cause harm.

Tala: This is what the Native American called wolves.

Tappaa:  In Finland this word means, “Kill.”

Trinity: Trinity was the leather wearing badass in the Matrix movies.

Ursa: This name means, “Bear.”  It is taken from Latin.

Vasara: This Finish word means, “Hammer.”

Viper: This name comes directly from the snakes.  Vipers are beyond deadly.  Any snake is worthy to be on a this names list.

Widow: This name comes from the crazy spider.  The Black Widow is known to mate then kill.  This is also the name of an Avenger from the Marvel universe.

Zao: This is a Croatian word.  It means either evil or wicked.

Zelda: The meaning of Zelda is “Dark Battle.”

Zemsta:  This is the Polish word for “Revenge.”

Zeva: This name has two badass meanings.  Zeva is the Hebrew word for, “Wolf.”  Zeva is also a name in Greece, which means, “Sword.”

Male Badass Dog Names A-B

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Ares: If there is one Badass Greek GodAres the War God is it.

Axel: Axel Rose was in the band, Guns N’ Roses.  Back in the day he was crazy.  The meaning of Axel is, “Father of Peace.”

Bandit: Someone that is a thief, is also a bandit.  This name also comes from the film, Smokey and the Bandit. Bandit was the handle for Burt Reynolds character in that movie.

Bane: Bane is a cause of great sorrow or pain.  This is also the name of a Batman villain in DC.

Bear: Let’s face it a bear is just scary.  One animal that you don’t want to run into on a walk is a bear.

Beast: A beast is a big dangerous animal.  A human can be called a beast.  This happens when a person acts like an animal.

Blitz: A blitz is a type of attack.  This overwhelming attack is focused and usually a surprise. 

Brick: A brick is a block made of dried clay.  Bricks are very strong and sturdy.  For this reason, they are often used in buildings.

Badass Male Dog Names C-F

Colossus: A Colossus is something that is bigger than average.

Crash: When objects, or people smash into each other forcefully.

Cronus: Because of his history, this is one of the best crazy names.  In Greek Mythology, Cronus has a few family issues.  He is known for eating his kids and castrating his dad.

Deacon: A Deacon is an ordained minister.   The name means, “Dusty one, or servant.”   President Carter’s code name was “Deacon.”  

Eagle: The Eagle is large bird of prey.   The Eagle was the Lunar module of the Apollo 11 moon landing.   This is also the Secret Service code name for President Clinton.

Fire:  A Fire is a burning of flammable items.  This can be a controlled fire or a wild fire.

Fury:  Fury has the meaning of, “Violent or out of control anger.”

Tough Male Dog Names G-P

General: This is the leader of a military.   President Truman’s Secret Service Code name was also General.

Ghost:  A ghost is a spirit of a dead person or animal.  They move effortlessly and defy logic.  Ghost is also the name of a Dire wolf on Game of Thrones.

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Hannibal: There are three Hannibals that make this a bad-ass name.  One is Hannible Smith from the A-Team.  Two is Hannibal Lector from the film Silence of the Lambs.  The last one is the military leader that lived over 2000 years ago.

Hercules: Hercules is from Roman myth.  He was the son of a mortal woman and Jupiter, King of the Gods.  His strength was legendary.

Jäger:  Jäger in German means, “Hunter.”  If you know what Jägermeister is then you know why this is on the tough name list.

Jaws: This is one of those tough dog names that has a couple of meanings.  The first is from the Movie about the killer shark.  The second is from the James Bond movies.  Jaws was the name of an unstoppable bad guy.

Lancer:  A Lancer is a soldier that uses a lance.   It was also the Secret Service code name for JKF.

Mogul: Mogul means a very important person who has power.  This is also the Secret Services Code name for President Trump.

Providence: It is the protection from God or nature.   It was also the code name for President Eisenhower.

Badass Male Dog Names R-S

Rawhide: Rawhide is untanned leather.   This was also President Reagan’s Secret Service code name.  

Renegade: This is a person changes loyalty.   This is also President Obama’s code name.

Rock: Rock has two meanings and both work for a tough name.  The first one is Rock from rock and roll.  The second one is the hard natural solid.

Sandor: Sandor comes from the Game of Thrones.  Sandor Clegane is a beast from the series.  Fans will know him as the Hound.

Search: This is when you try to find something.   Searchlight was the Secret Service’s code name for Nixon.  However, using “searchlight” for a pup name is weird.  

Sledge: Sledge is short for Sledgehammer.  This huge hammer takes both arms to use.

Slash: Slash has the meaning of cutting something with a wide motion.

Spike: Spike means to impale something.  A spike is also a nail that huge.

Stark: A few badasses have the name Stark.  There is Tony Stark, who is Iron Man.  Also, there is the entire Stark family from Game of Thrones. 

Stone:  It is identical to a rock, a hard natural solid.

Stryker: This is an armored eight-wheel vehicle.

President code names that would make Badass dog names

Believe it or not, the government has a few hidden skills. Coming up with code names is one of them!  I’m sure there are people above that you dislike.  But some of these names are badass!

Boy Badass Pup Names T-Z

Taz: Taz is a WB cartoon character.  This beast always leaves destruction wherever he goes.

Timberwolf: This is another name for the Grey Wolf.   It is also the code name for President George H. Bush, “41.”  

Titan: In mythology, the Titans were the parents of gods.   Additionally, if someone or something is huge, they can be a Titan.

Trailblazer: A trailblazer is a person that makes a new trail.   This is President GW Bush’s code name from the Secret Service.

Tumbler: A Tumbler is a drinking glass.   It is also the nickname for a person that parties.  Tumbler was President Bush’s code name when his father was President. 

Zeus:  The main God in Greek Mythology is Zeus

Zod: One of Superman’s greatest enemies is General Zod.  Since they are both from the same planet, they have the same strengths.

Zook: This name stands for the rocket launcher, the Bazooka.

GSD rocking the 80's shades

What makes a Badass Dog Name?

The sound of the name and the meaning of the name.  If you look at our names, then you will notice that the meanings are all Badass!  The foreign names with tough meanings are the best.

What makes a good Guard Dog Name?

Besides the meaning, the name needs to one or two syllables.   It shouldn’t rhyme with any basic commands.  Additionally, the name needs to remind people that your dog will mess them up.

What are some good Guard Dog Names?

  • Ares
  • Arma
  • Beast
  • Blitz
  • Brick
  • Crash
  • Daga
  • Erma
  • Fera
  • Fire
  • Fury
  • Hera
  • Jäger
  • Jinx
  • Juno
  • Rock
  • Rogue
  • Saber
  • Slash
  • Stone
  • Stryker
  • Tala
  • Tappaa
  • Zao
  • Zeva

More Puppy Naming Sources

We hoped you liked these kickass puppy names, there are some great choices.   Of course, this list can be used for badass guard dog names or you can look at our GSD names, as well.

If you need more ideas, we have plenty!  These tough dog names are only the beginning!  Check out all the different niches below.

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