Chances are if you had a dog in the 90s, it’s dead.
But if you’re a 90s kid – someone whose main childhood years took place from 1990 – 1999 – you’re also now old enough to adopt a dog of your very own. Silver lining!
I’ve entertained the idea of getting a second dog – an idea that I’ve shelved for now because my 11-year-old puppy needs some pricey surgery. However, I got far enough to start mulling over dog names. I don’t think you can really name a dog before you meet it, but maybe you have a new dog and you can just tell that it’s a 90s dog. But not an actual dog from the 90s. Which, again, are mostly dead. If your new pup is giving you total pre-Y2K vibes, get a load of some of the 90s dog names I’ve brainstormed.
Because a great dog deserves to be named after a great dog artist. I actually had a dream that I had a dog named Lisa Frank which was the catalyst for this post. I may use this if any of my short-list dog name faves don’t fit my next dog.
Other Tanner family options that work are Becky Katsopolis, Kimmy Gibbler and Uncle Joey, which will always lead into a fun convo about how Joey wasn’t even really an uncle.
Comet would still be good, too.
For this reference to really *work* and make people think of the preeminent sports/animation/celebrity vehicle right away, you can’t name your dog after a Space Jam CHARACTER. You have to name it Space Jam.
Bella is one of the most popular dog names out there, but in this case your dog is named for famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi.
You could probably name your dog after Kerri Strugg as well.
After Nancy. Also if you have two dogs, and ones a good girl and one’s full of mischief? Nancy and Tonya.
Please? Someone please?
Hallie and Annie
Only if you have two dogs, otherwise the reference is lost.
I happen to think that it works better with the “s” on the end, but do what you wanna. Pogs the pug would be especially wonderful.
This is a great name for a dog that you think is really cool-looking but you don’t actually know what to do with.
Is your dog the lovable boy next door? With tousled brown curls?
You can technically name your dog just Rachel, but you have to use the article before it for this to be a top-shelf 90s reference.
Mavis is a great dog name AND Mavis Beacon is a great fictional typist. Obviously if you get a pet pig you’ll name it Mavis Bacon.
Have to leave your dog Home Alone? And he always gets into unlikely, messy mischief?
Also you could call a boy dog Mac for short and a girl dog Callie so this is just perfect for any dog ever.
If your dog is tiny and compact, maybe you should name her after our favorite 90s choking hazard, Polly Pocket. I’ve already talked about how Molly is an overdone dog name, but for some reason Polly doesn’t get much play and I think it’s a lot more unexpected and cute.
Your dog already has fur, so right away this fits. It’s especially apt if you end up with a dog who doesn’t shut up.
Macarena isn’t just an annoying pop song and an even worse dance craze – it’s also a girl’s name. Heyyy, Macarena!
If you were jealous of the kids whose moms bought Dunkaroos, imagine how jealous people will be of your dog named Dunkaroo. This has no basis as a dog name other than that it’s fun to say and also sounds kind of dog-ish?
You can name your dog after a Spice Girl, but I think the spice name has to match your dog’s personality. Like if your dog is intimidating, Scary Spice, and if small and fluffy, Baby Spice.
How dope was Carmen Sandiego? This would work great on a dog who was a runaway, is sneaky, or who is just very good with geography.
You can definitely call your dog Baz or Zubie for short, but if he’s stripe-y or sporty there’s no name like Zubaz.
Too soon? It works equally well for a very big dog or a very small dog.
Pepper Ann or Doug Funnie
She’s like one in a million.
Or in the case of Doug, dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah.
I don’t like the sound of this as a dog name. But what I DO like is the idea of someone being like “I have to go home to feed my Tamagotchi.”
Last but not least: I can think of no better way to honor your dog than to name him or her after the greatest dog of the 1990s, Wishbone.