Bulldog Names

bulldog names

Bulldog lovers and owners probably know that there are many types of bulldog breeds, in addition to the four most common types of bulldogs (American Bulldog, French Bulldog, Olde English Bulldog, and English Bulldog). If you have recently adopted a bulldog, or are considering adoption, it’s important to choose the right name for your new bulldog.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), although bulldogs may display an unmistakable sourmug that gives them a dour expression and sets them apart from other breeds,  they are typically calm, friendly, and courageous pooches. They usually stand about 15 inches tall, and may weigh 50 lbs. (males) or 40 lbs. (females). The AKC sets a bulldog’s life expectancy at eight to ten years.

The bulldog’s one-of-a-kind sourmug is characterized by loose skin on the head, a furrowed brow, a nose that looks as if it’s been pushed in, small ears, and an undershot jaw with chops hanging down on each side. Bulldogs walk in a rolling sort of shuffle pattern.

Bulldogs were bred long ago to fight bulls, in a practice known as “bull-baiting.” This was outlawed in England in 1835. Today’s bulldogs are good family dogs, acting as loyal companions to their owners. They are intelligent and stubborn, and may be trained if given the proper motivation. They need to be exercised with short walks, which will also help to manage their weight. They may be also more susceptible to respiratory issues than other breeds.

Bulldogs are a popular breed. In 2022, the French Bulldog became the most popular breed in the United States, according to the AKC, overtaking the Labrador Retriever’s 31-year run at number one. Now that you know a bit more about bulldogs, let’s look at a few ideal names for them. The following are some potential names for bulldogs, categorized to help you locate them more easily:

Popular Names for Female Bulldogs

  • Baby
  • Bella
  • Chloe
  • Daisy
  • Fifi
  • Jojo
  • Lucy
  • Luna
  • Maggie
  • Molly
  • Rosie
  • Sadie
  • Sasha
  • Tilly
  • Zoe

Popular Names for Male Bulldogs

  • Boris
  • Bruno
  • Brutus
  • Bubba
  • Buster
  • Charlie
  • Dexter
  • Diesel
  • George
  • Leo
  • Max
  • Tank
  • Tucker
  • Vinnie
  • Winston

Popular Names for French Bulldogs

  • Andre
  • Celine
  • Jacques
  • Marie
  • Napoleon
  • Pascal
  • Phoebe
  • Pierre
  • Piper
  • Sophie

Popular Names for American Bulldogs

  • Eleanor
  • Ella
  • Glory
  • Kennedy
  • Lily
  • Lincoln
  • McKinley
  • Rosa
  • Truman
  • Virginia

Popular Names for English Bulldogs

  • Angus
  • Bentley
  • Churchill
  • Duchess
  • Elizabeth
  • Joan
  • Sebastian
  • Sherlock
  • Thurston
  • Winston

Names for Bulldogs Derived from TV and Movies

  • Butch (bulldog from Disney’s “Pluto” cartoon in the 1940s)
  • Colossus (from “Van Wilder” movie)
  • Liberty (from “The Pooch and the Pauper” movie)
  • Linus (from “Bringing Down the House” movie)
  • McBarker (from “Mr. Magoo” animated television series)
  • Beefy (from “Little Nicky” movie)
  • Rocky (from “Leatherheads” and the “Rocky” series of movies)
  • Romeo (from “Marry Me” movie)
  • Shadow (from “Baby Bulldog” movie)
  • Spike (bulldog from “Tom & Jerry”)
  • Stallone (from actor Sylvester Stallone, who played Rocky)
  • Sunny (from “Due Date” movie)

Names for Bulldogs Derived from Music and Musicians

  • Beatle (from “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles)
  • Biggie (name of Gloria Estefan’s bulldog)
  • Billy (from “Billy Does Your Bulldog Bite” by Sawyer Brown)
  • Chief (name of Chris Brown’s bulldog)
  • King Maximus (name of Ice T’s bulldog)
  • Large (name of Michael Jackson’s bulldog)
  • Lola (name of bulldog owned by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne)
  • Lonesome Bulldog (from a song by Butthole Surfers)
  • Rockefeller (name of Willow Smith’s bulldog)
  • Snoop Dogg (from rapper Snoop Dogg)
  • Spartacus (name of Ice-T’s bulldog)
  • Ziggy (name of Miley Cyrus’ bulldog)


Names for Bulldogs Derived from Literature

  • Atticus (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Buck (from Call of the Wild)
  • Clifford (from Clifford the Big Red Dog)
  • Gandalf (from The Hobbit)
  • Gollum (from The Hobbit)
  • Hagrid (from Harry Potter)
  • Heathcliff (from Wuthering Heights)
  • Marley (from Marley & Me)
  • Oliver (from Oliver Twist)
  • Toto (from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Sports and University-Related Bulldog Names

  • Barney (mascot of the Gardner-Webb University Bulldogs)
  • Bruiser (mascot of the Adrian College Bulldogs)
  • Butler Blue (mascot of the Butler University Bulldogs)
  • General Determination (mascot of the Kettering University Bulldogs)
  • Griff (mascot of the Drake University Bulldogs)
  • Handsome Dan (mascot of the Yale University Bulldogs)
  • Ironclad Tupper (mascot of the Bryant University Bulldogs)
  • Jack the Bulldog (mascot of the Georgetown University Hoyas)
  • Uga (mascot of the University of Georgia Bulldogs)
  • Woofer Dog Whitten (mascot of the Western Bulldogs Australian Rules football team)

Funny Names for Bulldogs

  • Buttercup
  • Eiffel
  • Fergie
  • Lumpy
  • Moose
  • Peanut
  • Pepe
  • Porkchop
  • Tater Tot
  • Twinkie

Names for Bulldogs Related to Coat Color

Brindle Bulldog Names

  • Bailey
  • Ellie
  • Freckles
  • Oreo
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Sadie
  • Sprinkles
  • Stella
  • Tux

White Bulldog Names

  • Bianca
  • Cloudy
  • Denali
  • Diamond
  • Pearl
  • Powder Puff
  • Snowball
  • Snowflake
  • Snow White
  • Sugar

Tan Bulldog Names

  • Acorn
  • Axel
  • Benji
  • Buttercup
  • Coco
  • Ginger
  • Lion
  • Sahara
  • Sandy
  • Toffee

Red Bulldog Names

  • Apple
  • Copper
  • Loki
  • Poppy
  • Robin
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Rufus
  • Rusty
  • Tabasco

Names of Bulldogs Owned by Celebrities

  • Bianca (name of Howard Stern’s bulldog)
  • Boston Beans (name of President Calvin Coolidge’s bulldog)
  • Brando (name of Shia Labeouf & Carey Mulligan’s bulldog)
  • Coco (name of David Beckham’s bulldog)
  • East (name of Jessica Biel’s bulldog)
  • Frank Sinatra (name of Reese Witherspoon’s bulldog)
  • Herman (name of Michael Phelps’ bulldog)
  • Meatball (name of Adam Sandler’s bulldog)
  • Puddy (name of John Legend & Christy Teigen’s bulldog)
  • Sir Sleep a Lot (name of Val Chmerkovskiy’s bulldog)



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